Rough justice for Anthony Steel

This is an article, first written by Neil Wilby for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSDWYP, in 2013. It has been edited and refreshed with new information and connected case history that has emerged since then. Its importance at the time it was written, in aiding understanding of the incompetence and deep rooted institutional corruption thatContinue reading “Rough justice for Anthony Steel”

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”

Judith Ward: Conviction by ambush

This is a piece first written by Neil Wilby for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSDWYP, in 2013. It has been edited and refreshed with information and case history that has emerged since then. Its importance at the time it was written, in aiding understanding of the incompetence and deep rooted institutional corruption that still dogsContinue reading “Judith Ward: Conviction by ambush”

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”

Catholic Church defends decision to hold mass for murderer

Much has been written elsewhere on this website about the case of Robin Garbutt, convicted in 2011 of murdering his wife, Diana, in the living quarters of Melsonby Post Office in North Yorkshire, writes Neil Wilby. Those articles, extending to over 50,000 words and representing over 600 hours of research and writing, cover the leadContinue reading “Catholic Church defends decision to hold mass for murderer”

Police sergeant refuses to accept responsibility over death following police custody

A police misconduct panel is expected to announce its findings on Monday 11th October, 2021 following a hearing lasting eight sitting days at Leyland Police Station. Witness evidence has been heard, followed by legal submissions, over the actions of a police sergeant about whom it was said that ‘he was more interested in finishing his shiftContinue reading “Police sergeant refuses to accept responsibility over death following police custody”

Police misconduct hearing set to make findings over death of vulnerable woman

A 35 year old woman from Darwen, Lancashire, Kelly Hartigan-Burns, was found unresponsive in a cell at Greenbank Police Station in Blackburn at around 1.30am on 4th December 2016, having self-ligatured. She was taken to hospital and put on a life support system. She was pronounced dead the following day. Misconduct hearing set to openContinue reading “Police misconduct hearing set to make findings over death of vulnerable woman”

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”

CCRC makes six more appeal referrals

An article published elsewhere on this website on 3rd September, 2021 highlighted a particularly busy period for the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) (read more here). Just ten days later, the watchdog announced a further six appeal referrals. All are applicants connected to the much publicised ‘Post Office Horizon’ scandal. The cases of Mohammed Aslam, AmandaContinue reading “CCRC makes six more appeal referrals”

Sentences reduced in notorious ‘hit and run’ killing

In a lengthy article published elsewhere on this website (read here), the outcomes of a Court of Appeal Criminal Division hearing held in July, 2021 are explored in detail. The judgment, dealing with the safety of convictions and the sentencing of a notorious criminal, known as Meggy or King Meggy, and two others, was handedContinue reading “Sentences reduced in notorious ‘hit and run’ killing”