Inquest finds river death following police chase was ‘misadventure’.

In October, 2020, a series of river deaths in and around the ancient city of York, and the alleged failings of North Yorkshire Police connected to them, were the subject of a searching article article elsewhere on this website. Its headline: ‘We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong‘ is a giveaway (read here). It willContinue reading “Inquest finds river death following police chase was ‘misadventure’.”

Police misconduct hearing set to make findings over death of vulnerable woman

A 35 year old woman from Darwen, Lancashire, Kelly Hartigan-Burns, was found unresponsive in a cell at Greenbank Police Station in Blackburn at around 1.30am on 4th December 2016, having self-ligatured. She was taken to hospital and put on a life support system. She was pronounced dead the following day. Misconduct hearing set to openContinue reading “Police misconduct hearing set to make findings over death of vulnerable woman”

Only one Yorkshire police force knows how many unsolved murders amongst their files.

In a departure from past practice, updates to requests made by Neil Wilby, under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000 (‘FOIA’ or ‘The Act’), will, in future, be charted on this website. Each request or group of requests will occupy a separate page. Previously, a combination of Twitter and the iconic What Do They KnowContinue reading “Only one Yorkshire police force knows how many unsolved murders amongst their files.”

Sold down the river

In October, 2020 I wrote a short piece that featured, yet again, the ‘cover-up’ culture that pervades every part of North Yorkshire Police, writes Neil Wilby. There are over thirty other such articles on this website. It is a rich seam for any curious journalist to mine. That, apparently, excludes those working for the tameContinue reading “Sold down the river”

Post Office robberies claim was a sham, say police.

At around this time last year (March 2020) I was in regular contact with Jane Metcalfe, a relative newcomer to the innocence claim of convicted murderer, Robin Garbutt (read more here), writes Neil Wilby. She was, however, widely recognised as the campaign leader at that point and had done remarkably well in raising the profileContinue reading “Post Office robberies claim was a sham, say police.”

We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong

During this course of this week, details have emerged of three more sub-optimal North Yorkshire Police investigations. These add to a shocking catalogue over the past 10 years or so (read more here). Not burglaries or car break-ins, but deaths in two different rivers in the county, 12 years apart. Denying closure for bereaved familiesContinue reading “We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong”

‘A grubby little police force’

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’”

‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’

At the end of March, 2020 I published an article on this website covering a ‘miscarriage of justice’ claim to which I had become adjacent (read here). It, and four others that followed on the same topic, the murder of a Melsonby postmistress, were the product of well over 300 hours of research, interviews andContinue reading “‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’”

‘A regrettable lack of professionalism’

In an article published recently on this website, ‘That dubious constabulary merits careful investigation‘ (read in full here) a section referred to a number of catasrophic investigative failings, by North Yorkshire Police, following the murder of Diana Garbutt at Melsonby post office in March 2010. Her husband, Robin Garbutt, was convicted in Teesside Crown CourtContinue reading “‘A regrettable lack of professionalism’”

Fourth time lucky?

This is the fourth in a series of six articles that comprise the deepest dive yet into the murder of Diana Garbutt, by her husband Robin, in March 2010. She was bludgeoned to death in the living quarters above Melsonby Village Store and Post Office as she lay sleeping in bed. The first article, headlinedContinue reading “Fourth time lucky?”