North Yorkshire Police has released the results of their annual Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers. Drink and drug driving is a year-round priority for the force but there is a particular focus on the issue across the Christmas period and summer months, as it’s often a busier time for people socialising. The latestContinue reading “Police urged public to dob in drink and drug drivers”
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Police issue urgent warning over courier scam
North Yorkshire Police is warning residents to be extra vigilant after a number of reports, since Christmas, where victims have lost thousands of pounds to a well-known courier fraud scam. Victims are first contacted by phone from someone claiming to be an officer from the Metropolitan Police in London. The victim is then informed thatContinue reading “Police issue urgent warning over courier scam”
‘Another quite extraordinary tale of sustained, institutional and outrageous police corruption’
This is an article first written for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSD WYP in January, 2013. It stands the test of time, given all that has been revealed about widespread and sustained police corruption across the entire police service, since. Now refreshed and updated in February, 2022 to incorporate links to other cases and events.Continue reading “‘Another quite extraordinary tale of sustained, institutional and outrageous police corruption’”
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’”
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