He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

On 5th March, 2015 at Bradford Crown Court, Ralph John Christie was sentenced to seven years in prison at the end of a trial lasting almost eight weeks. He had been found guilty on five counts of fraud by false representation relating to property business dealing on the Greek island of Crete (read more here).Continue reading “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

CCRC uses special powers to reach out to convicted sub-postmasters and counter staff

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has written to around 170 former Post Office sub-postmasters and counter staff convicted for fraud, theft, or false accounting to offer help for those wanting to challenge their conviction. These individuals had not responded to efforts by Post Office Ltd to contact them.  The CCRC stepped in last monthContinue reading “CCRC uses special powers to reach out to convicted sub-postmasters and counter staff”

Commission says leaflet defect ‘a police matter’

Two articles published elsewhere on this website over the past four days have charted the course of a controversial leaflet cum newsletter that appears to be a clumsy attempt to subvert a local council election due to take place in just over six weeks time.  The first, headlined Will hate campaign claim second local councilContinue reading “Commission says leaflet defect ‘a police matter’”

Publication date of Oldham CSE report delayed yet again

The release of a report into an alleged ‘cover-up’ of sex offending against children in Oldham, commissioned by the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, has suffered a further delay. The Oldham Strand of the Assurance Review chiefly concerns historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) allegations, and any Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council failings, and those of partnerContinue reading “Publication date of Oldham CSE report delayed yet again”

‘Another quite extraordinary tale of sustained, institutional and outrageous police corruption’

This is an article first written for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSD WYP in January, 2013. It stands the test of time, given all that has been revealed about widespread and sustained police corruption across the entire police service, since. Now refreshed and updated in February, 2022 to incorporate links to other cases and events.Continue reading “‘Another quite extraordinary tale of sustained, institutional and outrageous police corruption’”

Tainted murder investigation another stain on troubled force

On 3rd May, 1997, a seven year old boy, Joe McCafferty, died in a horrific arson attack on his aunt’s home in Huddersfield. He was sleeping over, along with his brother, Nicky, at Debra McCafferty’s house in Heywood Avenue, Marsh, whilst his mother was working away from the area. A murder investigation was launched immediately,Continue reading “Tainted murder investigation another stain on troubled force”

‘You f*****g Pakis think you own the country’ says WYP officer

This was one of the very first articles that Neil Wilby wrote for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSDWYP, back in 2012. There has been much water under the bridge since then but this piece has been reprised as, earlier this week, an Employment Tribunal judge found that racism in the ranks of West Yorkshire PoliceContinue reading “‘You f*****g Pakis think you own the country’ says WYP officer”

Another setback for Post Office murderer

A short press statement issued by the Criminal Case Review Commission earlier today (16th February, 2022) appears to confirm the contrary view, held almost alone by the author of this piece, Neil Wilby, that the conviction of a man who murdered his sub-postmistress wife in 2010 is, in criminal justice terms, safe. “The current positionContinue reading “Another setback for Post Office murderer”

Another leaked section of Assurance Review identifies more police and council failings

On Thursday, 3rd February, 2022 the author of this article, Neil Wilby, received an email from Khazir Rehman (or Kaiser as he is much more commonly known) as part of the follow up to an article published earlier that day that reported on a libel and harassment claim in which he was the unsuccessful defendantContinue reading “Another leaked section of Assurance Review identifies more police and council failings”

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?”