Freedom of information requests – Greater Manchester Police in Special Measures

To support ongoing journalistic investigations into the well-publicised shortcomings of Greater Manchester Police, two conjoined requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were made to the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue (HMICFRS) on 13th September, 2021 by Neil Wilby. Home Office Please disclose the following information by wayContinue reading “Freedom of information requests – Greater Manchester Police in Special Measures”

Freedom of Information request to Greater Manchester Police – Operation Cayman

On 6th August, 2021, the following request was made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA or FOI or the Act). It followed publication, elsewhere on this website, of an article about a knife crime initiative launched by Greater Manchester Police‘s Q Division in Oldham and backed by one of the town’s MPs, Jim McMahonContinue reading “Freedom of Information request to Greater Manchester Police – Operation Cayman”

Troubled Council set to appoint interim chief executive

A routine scan through the meetings, agendas and minutes section of the Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council website has fuelled speculation about more changes at the top of its paid officer ranks. The impending departure of the present chief executive, Dr Carloyn Wilkins, was broken exclusively on this website last month (read here). It is understoodContinue reading “Troubled Council set to appoint interim chief executive”

Judge finds police officer ‘mistaken and ignorant’ as arrested grandmother wins substantial damages

The core of this article is reproduced with the kind permission of Iain Gould, one of the country’s leading police action lawyers. It has been a privilege to deal with Iain and his senior DPP Law colleague, John Hagan, over the past ten years, writes Neil Wilby. This is an account of a case involvingContinue reading “Judge finds police officer ‘mistaken and ignorant’ as arrested grandmother wins substantial damages”

MP backs knife crime purge

Oldham MP, Jim McMahon met earlier today with Chief Inspector Trevor Harrison from Oldham Police Station today to discuss concerns raised with him about youth violence and knife crime. This follows a number of high-profile incidents in his Oldham West and Royton constituency. In 2019, young people in Oldham named knife crime as their top priority for policeContinue reading “MP backs knife crime purge”

Mayor says Oldham CSE review will be published ‘by the end of the year’

In a statement published on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) website on Friday 30th July, 2021, the Mayor of Greater Manchester announced that the long-awaited Oldham Strand of the Child Sexual Exploitation Review will be published in November 2021 or, at the latest, by the end of the year. This Review chiefly concerns historicContinue reading “Mayor says Oldham CSE review will be published ‘by the end of the year’”

GMP response to racism report ‘disappointing’ says watchdog

On 2nd August, 2021, Amanda Rowe, Regional Director for the Independent Office of Police Conduct, said that Greater Manchester Police’s recent report looking at issues of race equality provides some promising progress on policing and race, but also raises uncomfortable questions that all police forces need to be answering (read full report here). It wasContinue reading “GMP response to racism report ‘disappointing’ says watchdog”

Disgraced activist claims arrest ‘politically motivated’

At 6.25am on Friday, 23rd July, 2021 six Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers attended at an address in Mossley, Tameside to arrest a 48 year old male on suspicion of racially aggravated public order and malicious communications offences. A search of the premises was undertaken by way of Section 32 of the Police and CriminalContinue reading “Disgraced activist claims arrest ‘politically motivated’”

Oldham Council to seek new chief executive

Following an exclusive broken on this website yesterday morning (read here), the news that Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE, Chief Executive of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and accountable officer of NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group, is leaving after more than 12 years in Oldham has now been confirmed by the Council’s press office. This is their statementContinue reading “Oldham Council to seek new chief executive”

The straw that broke the camel’s back?

Several well placed sources have confirmed that Dr Carolyn Wilkins, highly paid chief executive of Oldham Metropolitan District Council, is presently on gardening leave*. The Council’s website records that her present salary is £185,169, compared to the median salary of £24,491. No wrongdoing on the part of Dr Wilkins is expressed, or implied, beyond whatContinue reading “The straw that broke the camel’s back?”