Plight of bereaved mother of murdered 7 year old boy ‘not exceptional’ says outgoing Commissioner

Few, if any, journalists or information rights practitioners will mourn the forthcoming departure of the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, writes Neil Wilby. A relentless self-promoter, she has, through inattention to the detail of running her own organisation, and recruiting and deploying sub-optimal managers, allowed the complaints system around the Freedom of Information Act (the Act)Continue reading “Plight of bereaved mother of murdered 7 year old boy ‘not exceptional’ says outgoing Commissioner”

“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””

Chocolat scandal comes back to bite watchdog

A scandal that broke earlier this year over alleged misuse of a corporate credit card has come back to bite the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). In February, 2021 the information rights watchdog said it was investigating itself over how one of its corporate credit cards was used to spend £6,248.40 with luxury chocolate specialist HotelContinue reading “Chocolat scandal comes back to bite watchdog”

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”

Freedom of Information request to Greater Manchester Police – Operation Cayman

On 6th August, 2021, the following request was made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA or FOI or the Act). It followed publication, elsewhere on this website, of an article about a knife crime initiative launched by Greater Manchester Police‘s Q Division in Oldham and backed by one of the town’s MPs, Jim McMahonContinue reading “Freedom of Information request to Greater Manchester Police – Operation Cayman”

A dirty business

The virus epidemic that has changed so many lives appears to be on the wane, the sun is shining, Spring is in the air and the nation’s long held traditions are gradually being restored after the cancellation, or postponement, of so many key events over the past year. Near the top of that list beingContinue reading “A dirty business”

Sold down the river

In October, 2020 I wrote a short piece that featured, yet again, the ‘cover-up’ culture that pervades every part of North Yorkshire Police, writes Neil Wilby. There are over thirty other such articles on this website. It is a rich seam for any curious journalist to mine. That, apparently, excludes those working for the tameContinue reading “Sold down the river”

‘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”

Did ‘bad apple’ taint the Thatcham barrel?

In March 2008, an investigation began into two Huddersfield brothers. Concerns about their extravagant lifestyle, following an anonymous tip-off, appeared to be the trigger for the police probe. At the subsequent trial in Bradford Crown Court in March, 2011, it emerged in evidence that Nadeem and Thazeem Khalid had exaggerated their earnings to obtain £968,000Continue reading “Did ‘bad apple’ taint the Thatcham barrel?”