This catchphrase, now widely shared on social media and indelibly associated with Durham Constabulary, was first coined in November 2016 as part of communication between journalist, Neil Wilby, and the force, concerning a concise, plainly expressed freedom of information request (read in full here). The disposal of that request quickly turned very ugly after DurhamContinue reading “‘A grubby little police force’”
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Hero police officer sues chief constable over racial and religious discrimination
On Thursday 16th January, 2020, at the Leeds Employment Tribunal centre, a final hearing into claims of racial and religious discrimination against West Yorkshire Police opened. A serving police sergeant, Umer Saeed, is the claimant. An accomplished individual, with a BSc degree in Business Administration and Management and over 20 years experience as a policeContinue reading “Hero police officer sues chief constable over racial and religious discrimination”
Convicted York paedophile extradited to face further charges
Former York resident, Peter Hofschröer, who was convicted of child sex abuse offences last year, has been extradited to Austria after lengthy legal proceedings which concluded last month. A jury at Teesside Crown Court found him guilty of 16 counts relating to the downloading over 36,000 images and videos. Judge Tony Briggs QC, in hisContinue reading “Convicted York paedophile extradited to face further charges”
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”
Court set to decide between watchdog and journalist in long running ‘truth’ dispute
Another lengthy legal battle between the police watchdog and an investigative journalist is set for a public airing on Friday 8th July, 2016. A hearing in Leeds County Court, before His Honour Judge Mark Gosnell, will decide a number of issues dividing three employees of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Neil Wilby. TheContinue reading “Court set to decide between watchdog and journalist in long running ‘truth’ dispute”
Cost of silencing police force critics now approaches £1 million
Tuesday 9th February marked the first anniversary of the initial hearing of a civil harassment claim that is known, curiously, as Hofschröer and others –v- Hofschröer and others. On the face of it, a family dispute gone wrong concerning title to a property formerly owned by a deceased father and an ailing mother. But behindContinue reading “Cost of silencing police force critics now approaches £1 million”
Liar, Liar. Pants on fire.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission, or IPCC for short, is an organisation that has been extensively, and justifiably, criticised since it replaced the thoroughly discredited Police Complaints Authority in 2004. In February 2008, over a hundred lawyers who specialise in handling police complaints resigned from its advisory body, citing various criticisms of the IPCC includingContinue reading “Liar, Liar. Pants on fire.”
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