Watchdog chief faces ‘under-age relationship’ allegation

On 3rd December, 2022, Neil Wilby Media was amongst the first to break the news that the Director General of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), Michael Lockwood, had been forced to resign. It was, most certainly, the first to call for an inquiry into how that resignation was handled by both Lockwood andContinue reading “Watchdog chief faces ‘under-age relationship’ allegation”

‘Promising young officer’ dismissed from police service

On 18th November, 2022 an accelerated misconduct hearing was held at Greater Manchester Police HQ, chaired by Chief Constable Stephen Watson. It followed an incident in December. 2021 during which PC Jacub Mielczarek had assaulted a male member of the public whilst off duty and severely intoxicated. The officer admitted the assault and accepted anContinue reading “‘Promising young officer’ dismissed from police service”

Mermaids revelation sends local police force into tail spin

Mermaids, a Leeds-based charity which advocates for ‘gender variant and transgender youth’, has confirmed that they provided ‘support training’ to a group of officers from their local police force in 2019,  alongside others from Merseyside Police. The training session was opened by then-Assistant Chief Constable of the latter force, Julie Cooke. Mrs Cooke retired fromContinue reading “Mermaids revelation sends local police force into tail spin”

A Growing Threat to Life: Taser Usage by Greater Manchester Police

This report was written by the Resistance Lab collective and is reproduced here, in full, on the Neil Wilby Media website, alongside many other articles written that explore the legitimacy and effectiveness of Greater Manchester Police and, more widely, the use of Tasers throughout the police service. Notably, this one here. Full credit is givenContinue reading “A Growing Threat to Life: Taser Usage by Greater Manchester Police”

All for nothing?

The perennially ineffective Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has completed the last of three investigations instigated as a result of the Public Inquiry into the death of Anthony Grainger (pictured above alongside his partner Gail Hadfield Grainger). Anthony was fatally shot in Culcheth, Cheshire, by a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) firearms officer during aContinue reading “All for nothing?”

Bereaved family re-launch justice campaign for murdered boy

At around 5am on Saturday 3rd May, 1997, petrol was poured through the letterbox of a stone built terraced house in Haywood Avenue, Marsh, Huddersfield. From evidence found at the scene, it took a number of attempts to light the accelerant but, having done so, the flames took hold very quickly and created intense heatContinue reading “Bereaved family re-launch justice campaign for murdered boy”

Freedom of information request to Greater Manchester Police – Authorised firearms officers

On 18th July, 2021 an access request was made to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), by journalist Neil Wilby, in these terms: ‘Please disclose the following information by way of the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA or the Act]: “As at the past three force years ending 31st March, 2019, 2020 and 2021 how many licencedContinue reading “Freedom of information request to Greater Manchester Police – Authorised firearms officers”

Say one thing, do another

Earlier this month, a Liverpool Echo article announced that a Merseyside Police officer had been sacked for clearly using racist language during the stop and search of an Asian member of the public (read in full here). It resonated immediately, as the racist term used by the young, inexperienced constable (it was his first everContinue reading “Say one thing, do another”

‘A grubby little police force’

This catchphrase, now widely shared on social media and indelibly associated with Durham Constabulary, was first coined in November 2016 as part of communication between journalist, Neil Wilby, and the force, concerning a concise, plainly expressed freedom of information request (read in full here). The disposal of that request quickly turned very ugly after DurhamContinue reading “‘A grubby little police force’”

Bailey can’t bridge the credibility gap

In July 2019, after serving for over 27 years with a backwater county police force, Nicholas Bailey took the short, but well worn path, from Cheshire Constabulary to its metropolitan neighbour, Greater Manchester Police, the fourth largest force in the country. He followed in the footsteps of past chief constable Peter Fahy; the present incumbentContinue reading “Bailey can’t bridge the credibility gap”