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”

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”

Freedom of information requests – Greater Manchester Police in Special Measures

To support ongoing journalistic investigations into the well-publicised shortcomings of Greater Manchester Police, two conjoined requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were made to the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue (HMICFRS) on 13th September, 2021 by Neil Wilby. Home Office Please disclose the following information by wayContinue reading “Freedom of information requests – Greater Manchester Police in Special Measures”

Will controversial report face further delays?

A meeting at which the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police was due to release a much-delayed and highly controversial report into the running of his force has been cancelled. Greater Manchester Combined Authority say it is because of the death of Bolton Council Leader, David Greenhalgh, and as a mark of respect to him.Continue reading “Will controversial report face further delays?”

Review of February, 2021 on neilwilby.com

A fairly busy month saw six articles published on this website. They have contributed to a pleasing and continuing upward trend in visitor numbers and page impressions. The first, published on 10th February, saw a return to the vexed situation in Oldham, where a group of political agitators cling desperately to a series of mostlyContinue reading “Review of February, 2021 on neilwilby.com”

Hidden in plain sight

Written by a former Greater Manchester police officer, retired Inspector David Sutcliffe, an email circulated amongst key influencers in regional and central government has piled even more pressure on beleaguered Mayor Andy Burnham and his chief constable, Ian Hopkins. Others caught in the crossfire are Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling, about much has already beenContinue reading “Hidden in plain sight”

The beginning of the end

In August last year, I assisted in breaking one of the biggest policing scandals in recent times. ITV led their regional news bulletin with this package (view here) and it went out later across the network. It concerned a technology upgrade at one of the country’s biggest police forces that had gone badly wrong. OnContinue reading “The beginning of the end”

We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong

During this course of this week, details have emerged of three more sub-optimal North Yorkshire Police investigations. These add to a shocking catalogue over the past 10 years or so (read more here). Not burglaries or car break-ins, but deaths in two different rivers in the county, 12 years apart. Denying closure for bereaved familiesContinue reading “We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong”

Disaster-prone chief constable exits Twitter

To all intents and purposes it appears as though Ian Hopkins, beleagured Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, has either suspended or deleted his account on the well-known social media platform, Twitter. Yesterday morning, not being able to access his account, I mistakenly believed that Hopkins had ‘blocked’ me. An action he has taken againstContinue reading “Disaster-prone chief constable exits Twitter”