Better late than never

Following the exclusive breaking of the news, elsewhere on this website (read more here), that his final report has suffered further delays, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has issued the following statement on the publication of the assurance review into child sexual exploitation in Oldham: “Before any important report like this can be concluded,Continue reading “Better late than never”

More holes than a sieve

A leak from a high profile source in the perennially disgraced Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) has revealed that controversial local activist, Warren William Bates (pictured above right), is set to stand for them in the Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council elections in May, 2022. 74 year old ‘Wazza’, as he is fondly known in the bookmakerContinue reading “More holes than a sieve”

Problems mount for disgraced activist

Raja Miah, an unemployed 48 year old male from Mossley, Tameside, who features prominently elsewhere on this website, has been reported to Greater Manchester Police over suspicion of offences under the Protection of Harassment Act, 1997. The complainant is a 27 year old female from the Oldham area. She is a known survivor of childContinue reading “Problems mount for disgraced activist”

Is Home Secretary prepared to break the law to avoid disclosure?

If only that headline was unique it would be some story, writes Neil Wilby. Regrettably, the United Kingdom presently has the worst (and most palpably lawless and morally bankrupt) Secretary of State for the Home Department in its history. No mean feat when one considers that previous hapless incumbents have included Jack Straw, David BlunkettContinue reading “Is Home Secretary prepared to break the law to avoid disclosure?”

“Do not Fear Them. Do Not Fear Any of Them”

On Monday 11th October, 2021, Raja Miah, from Mossley, Tameside will appear, remotely, before leading information rights judge, Stephen Cragg QC, and two lay Panel members at a General Regulatory Chamber, First Tier Tribunal hearing. The disgraced political activist, currently on police bail over suspicions of racially aggravated public order and malicious communications offences, isContinue reading ““Do not Fear Them. Do Not Fear Any of Them””

Why did it take so long?

On 5th January, 2021, a 38 year old serving Greater Manchester Police officer, PC Farooq Ahmed who had worked in the force’s Tameside Division for around three years, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, given a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and his name added to the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. He hadContinue reading “Why did it take so long?”

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”