Council Leader makes crisis meeting U-turn as Mayor throws her ‘under a bus’

In the wake of a damning and widely reported child safeguarding report, beleagured Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council announced that an Extraordinary Meeting will take place on Monday 27th June, 2022 at the Civic Centre (read more here). This followed a press conference hosted by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), who first commissioned region-wide ‘AssuranceContinue reading “Council Leader makes crisis meeting U-turn as Mayor throws her ‘under a bus’”

New Council Leader faces baptism of fire

Having safely negotiated a softball first appearance as the new Council Leader on May 25th, 2022 with the Mayor-making and Annual General Meeting, Cllr Amanda Chadderton faces a very different test early next week, writes Neil Wilby. In the wake of the controversial Oldham Child Sexual Exploitation Review, published two days ago by the GreaterContinue reading “New Council Leader faces baptism of fire”

Long awaited watchdog report set to published tomorrow

Earlier today, 21st June, 2022, one of the Region’s leading law firms, Switalskis Solicitors, published an article on their website forewarning of a hugely important event that not only impacts on a number of their own clients, but for the entire town of Rotherham, its parent county and the rest of the country now depressinglyContinue reading “Long awaited watchdog report set to published tomorrow”

Things can only get better

Greater Manchester Police is still rated “inadequate” when it comes to investigating crime and responding to the public, but is has improved its performance in other areas. But overall it’s not achieving the expected level of service, the police inspectorate has said in a report released earlier today (3rd March, 2022). Her Majesty’s Inspectorate ofContinue reading “Things can only get better”

Another leaked section of Assurance Review identifies more police and council failings

On Thursday, 3rd February, 2022 the author of this article, Neil Wilby, received an email from Khazir Rehman (or Kaiser as he is much more commonly known) as part of the follow up to an article published earlier that day that reported on a libel and harassment claim in which he was the unsuccessful defendantContinue reading “Another leaked section of Assurance Review identifies more police and council failings”

Former Oldham beat officer honoured in New Year list

A Greater Manchester Police officer, Damieon Hartley–Pickles, has been recognised for his outstanding charity work in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Damieon, who has over 20 years’ service in GMP and is currently acting as a response sergeant in Rochdale, is known throughout the force, not only for his dedication as a police officer,Continue reading “Former Oldham beat officer honoured in New Year list”

Police watchdog claims that disclosing dates of inspections will inhibit its ability to function

On 12th September, 2021, an information access request was made to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services. It was headlined ‘Planned HMICFRS inspections at Greater Manchester Police’. The text of the request was plainly expressed: Please disclose, by way of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the following: (i) the dates andContinue reading “Police watchdog claims that disclosing dates of inspections will inhibit its ability to function”

Why did it take so long?

On 5th January, 2021, a 38 year old serving Greater Manchester Police officer, PC Farooq Ahmed who had worked in the force’s Tameside Division for around three years, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, given a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and his name added to the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. He hadContinue reading “Why did it take so long?”

Freedom of information request to Greater Manchester Police – Authorised firearms officers

On 18th July, 2021 an access request was made to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), by journalist Neil Wilby, in these terms: ‘Please disclose the following information by way of the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA or the Act]: “As at the past three force years ending 31st March, 2019, 2020 and 2021 how many licencedContinue reading “Freedom of information request to Greater Manchester Police – Authorised firearms officers”

Freedom of information requests – Greater Manchester Police in Special Measures

To support ongoing journalistic investigations into the well-publicised shortcomings of Greater Manchester Police, two conjoined requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were made to the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue (HMICFRS) on 13th September, 2021 by Neil Wilby. Home Office Please disclose the following information by wayContinue reading “Freedom of information requests – Greater Manchester Police in Special Measures”