This is an extract from an article that appeared in The Independent on the 16th May 2013. Criminal suspects who have been arrested should not normally be named until they are charged, the Home Secretary has said. In a letter to the recently formed professional standards body, the College of Policing, Theresa May said she [...]
Home Secretary say criminal suspects who have been arrested should not normally be named until they are charged
Our attention has been drawn to a challenging article by Frank Furedi published on Spike Online here It begins … After Savile: policing as entertainment Operation Yewtree isn’t about solving crime – it’s more like a reality TV format where the police’s aim is to thrill the paedo-fearing public. When, 50 years from now, historians look back [...]
This item first appeared on the BBC website on the 18th May Home Secretary Theresa May has said she wants to know if the case of a Norfolk police officer suing a garage owner was “symptomatic” of a claims culture among officers. Mrs May told the Home Affairs Select Committee it was important to find [...]
Serious consideration to be given to keeping the names of suspects confidential until they are charged
The Daily Telegraph report (here) that serious consideration is being given to keeping the names of suspects confidential until they are charged. Britain’s police chiefs are considering proposals that would mean names were only released once someone has been charged with an offence. The plans follow recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson in his report [...]
The three women fighting to clear their loved ones’ names What is it like if your brother or son is convicted of murder when you are convinced they are innocent? Three women who have fought for years to prove their loved ones’ innocence tell their story. Read their stories on Guardian Online here and guardian.co.uk/video.
New CPS report shows that while false allegations must be taken seriously they are relatively rare and are often complex cases
Writing in the Guardian (here) Keir Starmer QC, director of public prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service. says .. The Crown Prosecution Service has come a long way in dealing with cases involving violence against women and girls. In the last year (2011-12) we have seen the conviction rate rise to 73%, delivering the [...]
The following Media release has been issued by Quality Solicitors Jordans X v Secretary of State for Home Department March 7, 2013 It has been confirmed that a challenge to the requirement of convicted Sex Offenders to provide details of their bank accounts and credit cards will be heard by the Administrative Court at Birmingham [...]
The Following media release has been issued by Chris Saltrese, a solicitor specialising in defending allegations of sexual abuse . MEDIA RELEASE CHRIS SALTRESE RESPONSE TO THE DPP’S PROPOSALS TO REVIEW SEXUAL OFFENCE PROSECUTIONS “Case building’ risks case manufacture in historic child abuse” warns defence solicitor. Responding to the DPPs proposals to increase prosecutions for alleged [...]
The Independent Police Complaints Commission to be given more staff to deal with complains against the Police.
The Home Office have issued a Press release stating that the Independent Police Complaints Commission is to be expanded to deal with all serious complaints against the police, the Home Secretary announced today. The move was revealed as part of series of measures designed to ensure the highest standards of integrity in policing. In addition to the expansion [...]
Jimmy Saville: A Report for the Director of Public Prosecutions by Alison Levitt Q.C. Extracted below is the the reports introductory summary and the conclusion. For a full understanding of the issues you should read the whole report (here) Introductory Summary This case concerns four allegations that the late Jimmy Savile indecently assaulted girls and [...]
There is an interesting article on the BBC website which discusses how future cases of [alleged] child abuse might be handled by the police and prosecuting authorities. Jimmy Savile’s ability to commit hundreds of serious sexual offences inside public institutions, “hiding in plain sight” as Friday’s police and NSPCC report (here) on his crimes puts [...]
This is an extract of an item which appears on the Guardian website on 8th Jan 2013 The court of appeal has quashed the murder convictions of five men convicted of a gangland killing after hearing of failures to reveal potentially crucial evidence to the defence. The five men were serving life sentences totalling a minimum of [...]
It would appear from information on the Go Petition website website that police officers (except in Northern Ireland) are exempt from Criminal Records Bureau checks Peter Danby is asking Damien Green, Minister for Police, to enact legislation to make sure that every person employed at present in the UK police forces has a Criminal Records Bureau [...]
There is a very interesting and thought provoking article by Joseph Kotrie-Monson, in the January Inside Time newspaper (here) in which he argues that Press reporting of criminal cases has become massively biased and anti-defendant in recent years and, in some instances, makes it very difficult to obtain a fair trial. In the article Joseph Kotrie-Monson of Mary Monson Solicitors [...]
HMIC says the “very legitimacy” of the police service risks being undermined unless more is done to take issues of integrity more seriously.
This item is an extract taken from the Guardian website here Police officers have been warned that the “very legitimacy” of the service risks being undermined unless more is done to take issues of integrity more seriously, a watchdog says. Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary (HMIC) says integrity, such as how police deals with the [...]
Prosecutors and police have no business in pronouncing that the late Liberal Democrat MP Cyril Smith guilty of abuse.
There is a long but interesting article by Luke Gittos in Spiked Online, stating that Prosecutors and police had no business in pronouncing that the late Liberal Democrat MP Cyril Smith had abused children. Prosecutors and police had no business in pronouncing that the late Liberal Democrat MP Cyril Smith had abused children. Greater Manchester Police [...]
Press release: Assembly Members in Wales to receive an early Christmas Present – The Truth About Bryn Estyn.
Balance, Fairness and the Burden of Proof: A Christmas Gift Worth Treasuring South Wales Against Wrongful Conviction (SWAWC), Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers (FACT), False Accusation Support Organisation (FASO) jointly call upon Welsh Assembly Members and relevant authorities to make themselves fully aware of the dangers which can attach to accusations of sexual abuse and the corresponding [...]
Mail on Sunday expose ambulance chasing lawyers amid concerns that lawyer is facing investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
A Mail on Sunday investigation exposes ambulance-chasing lawyer’s in care home case In a very detailed article David Rose questions the practice of Mr Greenwood, a partner of a Jordan’s a large law firm in Yorkshire who specialise in fighting for compensation for victims of alleged child abuse, which the Mail says has benefitted from receiving millions [...]
The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) have issued a Press release in relation to allegations made against Cyril Smith which can be accessed here
Members of the public, the media and the police are to be banned from next automatically naming teachers in cases of alleged abuse. The power, enshrined in the 2011 Education Act, has been introduced to protect innocent teachers against malicious claims from pupils and parents, but critics fear that the legislation has gone too far and [...]
This is an extract from a report in the Independent on 20th September Too many police officers and staff have taken sexual advantage of members of the public they were supposed to be helping, a watchdog said today. More than 50 cases over the last two years showed corrupt behaviour by officers which was considered [...]
The Home Office have published a report (here) by the Forensic Regulator into the circumstances of a complaint received from the Greater Manchester Police on 7 March 2012 regarding DNA evidence provided by LGC Forensics. The report concludes: that a man was the innocent victim of avoidable contamination from an unrelated case that did contain his DNA. the contamination [...]
Former Met police officer admits to faking police reports, failing to pass on evidence and other serious errors
This is an extract from a story published in the Guardian on 12 September 2012 An investigator from the Metropolitan police specialist sex crimes unit has admitted failing to investigate the alleged rapes and sexual assaults of 12 women by faking police reports, failing to pass on forensic evidence and not interviewing suspects. The activities of detective [...]
This is an extract from the EADT online newspaper here published 13th September 2102 Detectives are investigating abuse claims by more than 60 former pupils of a Suffolk school in what is now believed to be the county’s largest inquiry of its kind. Ex-students of Oakwood School in Stowmarket, which closed in 2000, have made various [...]