Between a rock and a hard place

When news first broke in January 2016 of a York man being the subject of a draconian court order concerning his sexual activity with the opposite sex, it attracted widespread publicity. Sexual risk orders are a civil remedy and can be imposed when the respondent has not been convicted of a sexual offence. The police are required to successfullyContinue reading “Between a rock and a hard place”

There are more questions than answers

So goes the 1970’s song by reggae artiste, Johnny Nash, from his iconic, chart-topping album ‘I Can See Clearly Now’. And so it is with my dealings with the slightly less famous Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Who is now recognisable to at least 10% of the populace at the rural end ofContinue reading “There are more questions than answers”

Open letter to North Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan

Dear Julia We have met twice over the past two years and conducted discussions amicably on topics connected with your role as Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York. Particularly, related to the oversight of the Chief Constable that forms one of the three core strands of responsibility of aContinue reading “Open letter to North Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan”

The Day of Reckoning

The civil harassment claim originally known as Hofschröer and others -v- Hofschröer and others finally reached its conclusion on 26th July, 2016. Launched and funded by North Yorkshire Police in January 2015, under the codename Operation Hyson, it originally featured nine claimants and three defendants. One of the defendants, Peter Hofschröer, had judgment entered against him in November, 2015Continue reading “The Day of Reckoning”

And then there were two……

The long-running Operation Hyson saga is finally set to reach its conclusion on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July, 2016 at Leeds County Court. Hyson is the codename given to a wide ranging NorthYorkshire Police-funded civil harassment claim that originally involved nine claimants against three defendants. The documents produced for the first hearing, in FebruaryContinue reading “And then there were two……”

Chief Constable and Police Commissioner face court action over persistent data and information breaches

County Court claims have been filed naming Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and her Chief Constable, Dave Jones, as defendants over persistent breaches of both the Data Protection Act, 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. The court action in both cases has been taken out by investigative journalist, Neil Wilby. Recovery ofContinue reading “Chief Constable and Police Commissioner face court action over persistent data and information breaches”

‘Are we all equal under the law, Dave?’

In June 2013, when David Graham Jones took charge of North Yorkshire Police for the first time, he probably thought that he had ‘landed on his feet’ as we say oop t’North. A rambling, old country hall as HQ, miles from anywhere, it truly is far from the madding crowd lfordPolicing the genteel and largelyContinue reading “‘Are we all equal under the law, Dave?’”

The Inn of Last Resort

The oft-maligned police complaints system is well overdue for a complete overhaul. Much has been written on the topic, including by me. Particularly on the topic of the ludicrous and superfluous Code of Ethics propagated by the College of Policing (Read more here). One of the noisiest champions of reform is Julia Mulligan, the newlyContinue reading “The Inn of Last Resort”

409,970 reasons not to trust North Yorkshire Police

The old-fashioned notion that honesty was an integral part of policing in the UK has been comprehensively swept away over the past few years, as corruption scandal after corruption scandal has emerged into the public domain. Many of the worst public outrages concern police forces in Yorkshire. The Hillsborough Disaster, the Battle of Orgreave and RotherhamContinue reading “409,970 reasons not to trust North Yorkshire Police”

The Code of Ethics Confidence Trick

The College of Policing‘s Code of Ethics has often been described via my Twitter feed (@Neil_Wilby) as an Emperor’s New Clothes fairy tale, straight from the Hans Christian Andersen portfolio. It is a joke, a confidence trick, a scam or any other similar name you would like to call it. The only function for the ethics code, thatContinue reading “The Code of Ethics Confidence Trick”