Hero police officer sues chief constable over racial and religious discrimination

On Thursday 16th January, 2020, at the Leeds Employment Tribunal centre, a final hearing into claims of racial and religious discrimination against West Yorkshire Police opened. A serving police sergeant, Umer Saeed, is the claimant. An accomplished individual, with a BSc degree in Business Administration and Management and over 20 years experience as a policeContinue reading “Hero police officer sues chief constable over racial and religious discrimination”

Chickens come home to roost

On 3rd February, 2019, during a pre-trial hearing held in Bradford Combined Court Centre, a barrister, Olivia Checa-Dover, made several quite remarkable submissions to the judge, His Honour Neil Davey QC. One of those was to the effect that West Yorkshire Police had, incredibly, instructed her to say they did not know where to locateContinue reading “Chickens come home to roost”

The Smoking Gun

Earlier this week, an exclusive article revealed to an unsuspecting public the known misdemeanours of a ‘bad apple’ West Yorkshire Police detective (read in full here). It is an important story because the reckless and, at times, dishonest actions of former Huddersfield based detective constable, Mark Lunn, may have placed the convictions of 45 menContinue reading “The Smoking Gun”

‘Calm down’ whilst my detective colleague assaults you

David Rogerson is an unpleasant, foul-mouthed bully, a view readily formed by most people viewing films of his interaction with Huddersfield businessman, Stephen Bradbury, outside of West Yorkshire Police’s prestigious divisional HQ at Havertop, near Featherstone. It is also the view of at least two WYP colleagues who worked with him at Havertop and, havingContinue reading “‘Calm down’ whilst my detective colleague assaults you”

So I arrested him for something, sergeant.

It is said that renowned explorer Ranulph Fiennes has one stipulation about whom accompanies him on his far flung expeditions.  He is quoted thus: “I would be happy to take anyone on my expeditions, with one exception ….. people from Yorkshire”!  The characteristic Fiennes is, apparently, unable to tolerate is the Yorkshireman’s dourness and refusalContinue reading “So I arrested him for something, sergeant.”

The counts of Monte Christie

Over the years, no force in the United Kingdom matches West Yorkshire Police (WYP) for sub-optimal criminal investigations, and the high profile miscarriages of justice that flow from their routine incompetence, and, in some cases, blatant dishonesty. The known history dates back to just after their formation, in 1974, with the infamous cases of StefanContinue reading “The counts of Monte Christie”

Information rights ‘watchdog’ vexed by recent Tribunal findings

For a journalist to pursue her, or his, craft productively, one of the most important tools in their workbox is the ability to make effective requests under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Public authorities are obliged to consider requests, make searches within their own records and then decide, if the information is held byContinue reading “Information rights ‘watchdog’ vexed by recent Tribunal findings”

David Oluwale: A scandal that stains the history of the grand old city of Leeds

This is an updated version of a piece I first wrote in 2013 for the uPSD police whistleblower website. A condensed version also featured on the widely acclaimed Justice Gap website in 2014, during the period when I assisted fellow journalist and justice campaigner, Jon Robins, in research for his book about the appalling Tony StockContinue reading “David Oluwale: A scandal that stains the history of the grand old city of Leeds”

Stefan Kiszko and a police force enamoured by its own sense of invincibility

This is a piece I first wrote for the uPSDWYP police whistleblowers’ website eight years ago (2013), writes Neil Wilby. It has been widely updated with a substantial tranche of new information, together with some recent developments relating to other miscarriage of justice cases involving West Yorkshire Police. Its importance lies, over 45 years afterContinue reading “Stefan Kiszko and a police force enamoured by its own sense of invincibility”