North Yorkshire Police has released the results of their annual Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers. Drink and drug driving is a year-round priority for the force but there is a particular focus on the issue across the Christmas period and summer months, as it’s often a busier time for people socialising. The latestContinue reading “Police urged public to dob in drink and drug drivers”
Category Archives: North Yorks Police
Police issue urgent warning over courier scam
North Yorkshire Police is warning residents to be extra vigilant after a number of reports, since Christmas, where victims have lost thousands of pounds to a well-known courier fraud scam. Victims are first contacted by phone from someone claiming to be an officer from the Metropolitan Police in London. The victim is then informed thatContinue reading “Police issue urgent warning over courier scam”
‘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’”
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”
Inquest finds river death following police chase was ‘misadventure’.
In October, 2020, a series of river deaths in and around the ancient city of York, and the alleged failings of North Yorkshire Police connected to them, were the subject of a searching article article elsewhere on this website. Its headline: ‘We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong‘ is a giveaway (read here). It willContinue reading “Inquest finds river death following police chase was ‘misadventure’.”
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 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”
Only one Yorkshire police force knows how many unsolved murders amongst their files.
In a departure from past practice, updates to requests made by Neil Wilby, under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000 (‘FOIA’ or ‘The Act’), will, in future, be charted on this website. Each request or group of requests will occupy a separate page. Previously, a combination of Twitter and the iconic What Do They KnowContinue reading “Only one Yorkshire police force knows how many unsolved murders amongst their files.”
Does Court of Appeal Horizon judgment scupper convicted murderer’s innocence claim?
An absorbing and, at times, testing four days was spent last month looking into the beautifully ornate Court 4 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, writes Neil Wilby. Held remotely, of course, in this virus epidemic era, it was a Court of Appeal Criminal Division hearing of forty-two cases remitted by the CriminalContinue reading “Does Court of Appeal Horizon judgment scupper convicted murderer’s innocence claim?”
Has Horizon claim disappeared into the sunset?
In the week that marked the tenth anniversary of the conviction of Robin Garbutt, there have been three noteworthy developments, with a fourth to follow on shortly with the handing down of a Court of Appeal judgment, in a connected matter, on Friday 23rd April, 2021 at the Royal Courts of Justice: The Post OfficeContinue reading “Has Horizon claim disappeared into the sunset?”
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