Liston boxes clever

Of all West Yorkshire Police’s rogue officers down the years, the chequered history of this one, ex-PC Kevin Liston (pictured above), informs more about this police force than, very arguably, any other. The sense that WYP has been, for decades, an organisation out of control at the very top pervades a surprising number of theContinue reading “Liston boxes clever”

New chief sets out his stall

Recently appointed District Commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Bowen, made a scheduled appearance at this month’s meeting of Full Council in Oldham – and what a breath of fresh air it was, writes Neil Wilby. A proud South Walean, but adopted by God’s Own County for university education and his entire career, C/Supt Bowen joined GreaterContinue reading “New chief sets out his stall”

Yet another GMP officer set to appear before magistrates next month

A 24 year old serving Greater Manchester Police officer, PC Edward Ballantyne-Rowland, who is posted to the force’s Oldham-based Q Division, has been charged with three counts of theft. They relate to alleged incidents between October and December, 2020. He has been bailed to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 18th November, 2021.Continue reading “Yet another GMP officer set to appear before magistrates next month”

MP challenges social media giants to tackle on-line abuse and radicalisation

This is the text of a Facebook post put up in the wake of the second killing of a Member of Parliament in the past 5 years, writes Neil Wilby. The first slaying was much closer to home, Jo Cox repeatedly shot in the head and stabbed, by a far right extremist, as she steppedContinue reading “MP challenges social media giants to tackle on-line abuse and radicalisation”

Another police officer charged with child sex offences

Following the conviction and sentencing of a 38 year old Tameside officer, PC Farooq Ahmed in December, 2020 and January, 2021 respectively, another Greater Manchester Police officer has been charged with child sex offences. Lee Cunliffe, 40, who is a Detective Constable based in GMP’s Salford Division, has been charged with: Two counts of attemptingContinue reading “Another police officer charged with child sex offences”

Is Home Secretary prepared to break the law to avoid disclosure?

If only that headline was unique it would be some story, writes Neil Wilby. Regrettably, the United Kingdom presently has the worst (and most palpably lawless and morally bankrupt) Secretary of State for the Home Department in its history. No mean feat when one considers that previous hapless incumbents have included Jack Straw, David BlunkettContinue reading “Is Home Secretary prepared to break the law to avoid disclosure?”

Police watchdog claims that disclosing dates of inspections will inhibit its ability to function

On 12th September, 2021, an information access request was made to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services. It was headlined ‘Planned HMICFRS inspections at Greater Manchester Police’. The text of the request was plainly expressed: Please disclose, by way of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the following: (i) the dates andContinue reading “Police watchdog claims that disclosing dates of inspections will inhibit its ability to function”

“Do not Fear Them. Do Not Fear Any of Them”

On Monday 11th October, 2021, Raja Miah, from Mossley, Tameside will appear, remotely, before leading information rights judge, Stephen Cragg QC, and two lay Panel members at a General Regulatory Chamber, First Tier Tribunal hearing. The disgraced political activist, currently on police bail over suspicions of racially aggravated public order and malicious communications offences, isContinue reading ““Do not Fear Them. Do Not Fear Any of Them””

Why did it take so long?

On 5th January, 2021, a 38 year old serving Greater Manchester Police officer, PC Farooq Ahmed who had worked in the force’s Tameside Division for around three years, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, given a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and his name added to the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. He hadContinue reading “Why did it take so long?”

Councillor’s luxury car stolen from outside Party HQ

A newly elected, highly controversial Oldham Metropolitan Borough councillor has reported his car stolen from outside the Failsworth Independent Party HQ in Lord Lane, Failsworth. In a statement broadcast on Facebook on 30th September, 2021, Cllr Mark Wilkinson and his wife, Kathleen Wilkinson, the Party Chairwoman, said: “To any of our friends that live inContinue reading “Councillor’s luxury car stolen from outside Party HQ”