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”

‘You f*****g Pakis think you own the country’ says WYP officer

This was one of the very first articles that Neil Wilby wrote for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSDWYP, back in 2012. There has been much water under the bridge since then but this piece has been reprised as, earlier this week, an Employment Tribunal judge found that racism in the ranks of West Yorkshire PoliceContinue reading “‘You f*****g Pakis think you own the country’ says WYP officer”

Watchdog has neither bark nor bite

The perennial shortcomings of the so-called ‘police watchdog’, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), are very well rehearsed in the local regional and national media and, of course, elsewhere on this website, writes Neil Wilby. Not least in an excoriating piece published just two days ago, and headlined ‘All for nothing’, the full textContinue reading “Watchdog has neither bark nor bite”

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”

When reputation management trumps safeguarding risk

If a citizen commits a crime then they can expect to face the full force of the law and an appropriately scaled punshment. Either by penalty notice at one end of the scale, or a lengthy prison sentence at the other. That is one of the foundation stones of a free, democratic society. We areContinue reading “When reputation management trumps safeguarding risk”

Operation Lamp: A Major corruption scandal

‘This report will blow West Yorkshire Police apart’. Sounds melodramatic, but these are the words to me of a well placed insider about an investigation into the fit-up of an up-and-coming young police officer, by his Leeds Bridewell colleagues, twelve years ago. That bombshell revelation also fits into my own sphere of knowledge. Which isContinue reading “Operation Lamp: A Major corruption scandal”