The Old Pals Act, 2016

There can be few more frustrating exercises for a journalist than trying to elicit straight answers from police forces. Legions of press officers are, mostly, conditioned to stonewall newshounds in search of the truth behind a story. Too often they are briefed by senior officers to provide obfuscating, misleading or, on more rare occasions, untruthful answersContinue reading “The Old Pals Act, 2016”

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”