Car chase leads to long list of criminal charges for police officer

A serving Greater Manchester Police officer, based in their Salford district, has been charged with a number of criminal offences after a police chase led to a man being arrested in Leeds. PC Jessica Verbruggen was arrested after a car allegedly failed to stop during a pursuit by West Yorkshire Police in November 2021. 29 yearContinue reading “Car chase leads to long list of criminal charges for police officer”

Detective sergeant to face court over assault charges

A serving police officer has been charged with two counts of common assault, believed to have occurred on on 29th April, 2022, whilst off-duty. West Yorkshire Police say the alleged offences relate to an incident in Baildon, on the outskirts of Bradford, that involved a single victim. A force spokesperson added that Detective Sergeant GarethContinue reading “Detective sergeant to face court over assault charges”

Heroine police officer due in court over over alleged computer misuse

A West Yorkshire Police officer has been charged with making unauthorised searches of the Police National Computer system, writes Neil Wilby. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) say that PC Sanya Shahid is accused of accessing records in October 2020 without having a legitimate policing purpose for doing so, PC Shahid, based in theContinue reading “Heroine police officer due in court over over alleged computer misuse”

Police officer pleads guilty to £10 theft on duty

A West Yorkshire Police officer who admitted stealing £10 cash, whilst on duty was sentenced to a Community Order at Bradford Magistrates’ Court earlier today (24th August, 2022). PC Stephen Knott, currently suspended from duty, pleaded guilty to a theft charge related to an incident that occurred on 22nd September, 2021. It follows an IndependentContinue reading “Police officer pleads guilty to £10 theft on duty”

Bradford police officer to face attempted rape trial

A 22 year old West Yorkshire Police officer, based in the force’s Bradford district, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday (23rd August, 2022). Jonathan Holmes, faces three charges: The attempted rape of a woman over 16 years old; sexual assault on a female; and perverting the course of justice. The alleged offences are said toContinue reading “Bradford police officer to face attempted rape trial”

Notorious burglar shamed by financial regulator

Due to the vigilance of a whistleblower, codenamed ‘SM’ (mentioned here to acknowledge his/her contribution) it has been drawn to the attention of the author of this article, Neil Wilby, that Oldham’s most notorious and prolific convicted burglar, Garry Dunkerley, has, potentially, landed himself in more hot water this week: On 27th May, 2022, theContinue reading “Notorious burglar shamed by financial regulator”

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”

Select Committee pulls no punches over flawed police complaints system

The powerful Home Affairs Select Committee has issued strongly worded findings today (1st March, 2022) into how complaints against police officers are handled. This inquiry was set up to examine the role and remit of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in relation to the police complaints and discipline system. The Committee considered howContinue reading “Select Committee pulls no punches over flawed police complaints system”

‘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”