Commissioners in denial

Two high profile public figures suffered an embarassing defeat in Barnsley Law Courts this week. Elizabeth Denham, a Canadian ‘expert’ brought in last year to head up the troubled Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) and Julia Mulligan, the disaster-prone Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire (NYPCC). Elizabeth Denham (left) and Julia Mulligan (right). At aContinue reading “Commissioners in denial”

Information rights regulator faces moment of truth

Investigative journalist, Neil Wilby, takes on the Information Commissioner (ICO) in court this week in the first of four First Tier Tribunal hearings. A fifth appeal is set to be determined on the papers. The hearing is listed for 10am on Thursday 28th September, 2017 in Court 4 at Barnsley Law Courts. A concrete carbuncleContinue reading “Information rights regulator faces moment of truth”

Democracy dies another death

Just a few short weeks after publication of one of the most damning civil court judgments I’ve read in recent times, the council at the centre of that legal storm are in the news again: For all the wrong reasons. North Yorkshire County Council, based in sleepy Northallerton , is the host Authority for theContinue reading “Democracy dies another death”

Convicted York paedophile extradited to face further charges

Former York resident, Peter Hofschröer, who was convicted of child sex abuse offences last year, has been extradited to Austria after lengthy legal proceedings which concluded last month. A jury at Teesside Crown Court found him guilty of 16 counts relating to the downloading over 36,000 images and videos. Judge Tony Briggs QC, in hisContinue reading “Convicted York paedophile extradited to face further charges”

Pick of the crop?

On Monday 21st November, 2016 an item was posted on the website of the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire (NYPCC) [1]. It was unheralded elesewhere. No local press coverage. No announcement on the busy NYPCC Twitter feed. No mention on the ‘News’ section of the PCC’s website. Nothing. The announcement concerned the beginning ofContinue reading “Pick of the crop?”

Where there’s a Will there’s a way

Over the past two years, I have had a considerable amount of dealings with Will Naylor in his role as Chief of Staff to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in North Yorkshire. He is a personable man, generally courteous and, mostly, helpful insofar as the limitations of his present role allow. Will appears popular withContinue reading “Where there’s a Will there’s a way”

‘Open and transparent’ Police & Crime Commissioner stonewalls questions over public misconduct hearings

There are few words in the policing lexicon that crop up more often than ‘open’ and ‘transparent’. Some luminaries, such as North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Julia Mulligan, use it so often that they actually begin to believe in the myth.

In the Eye of the storm

In July of last year I wrote a lengthy, forensic piece setting out a list of professional and business failings of a noted public figure in North Yorkshire, Jane Kenyon [1]. The thrust of it was opposition to her upcoming nomination as an Alderman of the Scarborough Council. It also detailed the ways our respective pathsContinue reading “In the Eye of the storm”

Deceit and subterfuge underpinned PCC’s decision to fund chief’s civil claim

Much has been written elsewhere, almost exclusively by me, concerning the North Yorkshire Police investigations codenamed Operations Rome and Hyson. The satirical magazine Private Eye did, however, break mainstream media ranks and publish an article in the last week of August, 2016 [1]. The Eye piece is a scathing condemnation of the failed criminal investigationContinue reading “Deceit and subterfuge underpinned PCC’s decision to fund chief’s civil claim”

The Old Pals Act, 2016

There can be few more frustrating exercises for a journalist than trying to elicit straight answers from police forces. Legions of press officers are, mostly, conditioned to stonewall newshounds in search of the truth behind a story. Too often they are briefed by senior officers to provide obfuscating, misleading or, on more rare occasions, untruthful answersContinue reading “The Old Pals Act, 2016”