‘My head’s a shed’

It is now more than twenty four years since a seven year old boy was murdered in a horrific arson attack in Marsh, Huddersfield. Believed to be the longest running unsolved child murder investigation in the country. Joe McCafferty died whilst enjoying a sleepover at his aunt’s home in Haywood Avenue at the start ofContinue reading “‘My head’s a shed’”

Rough justice for Anthony Steel

This is an article, first written by Neil Wilby for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSDWYP, in 2013. It has been edited and refreshed with new information and connected case history that has emerged since then. Its importance at the time it was written, in aiding understanding of the incompetence and deep rooted institutional corruption thatContinue reading “Rough justice for Anthony Steel”

Liston boxes clever

Of all West Yorkshire Police’s rogue officers down the years, the chequered history of this one, ex-PC Kevin Liston (pictured above), informs more about this police force than, very arguably, any other. The sense that WYP has been, for decades, an organisation out of control at the very top pervades a surprising number of theContinue reading “Liston boxes clever”

Funeral funds appeal for local legend

In a very widely shared and read article published on this website last Friday, the sad and untimely death of a Huddersfield man, described as ‘a local legend’, was reported (read in full here). Dale Scandling, from the Dalton area of the town was, on any independent view, a very popular figure. Known, almost universally,Continue reading “Funeral funds appeal for local legend”

Judith Ward: Conviction by ambush

This is a piece first written by Neil Wilby for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSDWYP, in 2013. It has been edited and refreshed with information and case history that has emerged since then. Its importance at the time it was written, in aiding understanding of the incompetence and deep rooted institutional corruption that still dogsContinue reading “Judith Ward: Conviction by ambush”

Father will never see justice for murdered 7 year old son

Dale Scandling from Dalton, Huddersfield, died in the early hours of Friday 5th November, 2021 following a short illness. He was just hours past his 59th birthday. He leaves behind his parents, Brian and Margaret Scandling, two sisters, Wendy and Gill, two sons, Dale Jnr and Nicky and three grandchildren, Tegan, Luka and Brooke.  VeryContinue reading “Father will never see justice for murdered 7 year old son”

‘There are none so blind as those that will not see’

This is a piece written for the police whistleblower site, uPSD WYP in 2013, writes Neil Wilby. According to the website log it was last updated on 7th September in that year. It spawned an article in the Sunday Telegraph and an outside police force investigation, codenamed Operation Vertex, headed up by the then chiefContinue reading “‘There are none so blind as those that will not see’”

Bradford Council resists calls for child grooming inquiry

This is a piece first written for the police whistleblowers website, uPSD, in early 2013. It was, in fact, last updated on 20th March 2013 according to the log. Events have, of course, massively overtaken what was reported back then, writes Neil Wilby. “One of the most highly emotive policing subjects over the past fewContinue reading “Bradford Council resists calls for child grooming inquiry”

Bereaved family re-launch justice campaign for murdered boy

At around 5am on Saturday 3rd May, 1997, petrol was poured through the letterbox of a stone built terraced house in Haywood Avenue, Marsh, Huddersfield. From evidence found at the scene, it took a number of attempts to light the accelerant but, having done so, the flames took hold very quickly and created intense heatContinue reading “Bereaved family re-launch justice campaign for murdered boy”

Plight of bereaved mother of murdered 7 year old boy ‘not exceptional’ says outgoing Commissioner

Few, if any, journalists or information rights practitioners will mourn the forthcoming departure of the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, writes Neil Wilby. A relentless self-promoter, she has, through inattention to the detail of running her own organisation, and recruiting and deploying sub-optimal managers, allowed the complaints system around the Freedom of Information Act (the Act)Continue reading “Plight of bereaved mother of murdered 7 year old boy ‘not exceptional’ says outgoing Commissioner”