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Concern as more than 200,000 police records deleted

Concern as more than 200,000 police records deleted (Posted on 17/01/21)

The National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) has confirmed that approximately 213,000 records have been mistakenly deleted, leading to major problems for police officers investigating crimes across the UK.  According to a report in the BBC, data including fingerprint, DNA, and arrest histories was wiped from the Police National Computer (PNC) - which stores and shares criminal records information across the UK - after being inadvertently flagged... Read more...


Seminar: Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone: The problems with retaining evidence

Seminar: Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone: The problems with retaining evidence(Posted on 12/01/21)

Damian Allain and Professor Carole McCartney, Northumbria University will provide a presentation on Evidence Retention on Wednesday 20th January 5-6pm (GMT). REGISTER HERE https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/business-services/engage-with-us/centre-for-crime-and-policing/events Abstract:  Both post-conviction review of suspected miscarriages of justice, and the re-investigation of ‘cold cases’, demand that the police have retrieved... Read more...


Australian man sues judge over miscarriage of justice case

Australian man sues judge over miscarriage of justice case(Posted on 11/01/21)

An Australian man has taken the unusual step of personally suing a judge for a compensation over an alleged miscarriage of justice.  The unnamed man was jailed for six days for contempt of court during a family law case. During his time in custody the man said his mental health suffered and he woke up to his cellmate strangling him.  The issues arose when in August 2018 the man failed to disclose financial information which led Judge... Read more...


The Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Act 2020 becomes law

The Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Act 2020 becomes law(Posted on 05/01/21)

Laws have come into force this week in a bid to make it harder for killers to get parole if they refuse to reveal where they hid their victim’s body. Also known as Helen’s Law, it was enacted just after midnight on Monday 4 January.  Named after insurance clerk Helen McCourt, who vanished on her way home from work in 1988, the law will also apply to paedophiles who refuse to identify those they abused. Ms McCourt’s murderer, Ian Simms... Read more...


Locherbie bomber lawyer is 'cynical' about US motivations around indictment

Locherbie bomber lawyer is 'cynical' about US motivations around indictment(Posted on 21/12/20)

US media reports have claimed the Justice Department is expected to unseal charges with Abu Agila Mas’ud named as the Locherbie suspect who will be indicted. Five appeal judges in Edinburgh are currently deliberating whether to acquit Abdelbaset al-Megrahi after the conclusion of the third appeal against his conviction last month.  The lawyer acting for the Megrahi family, said the timing of the American announcement was suspect. Aamer... Read more...


Members of 'Stockwell Six' could have their convictions overturned

Members of 'Stockwell Six' could have their convictions overturned(Posted on 15/12/20)

Courtney Harriot and Paul Green who were part of a group of six young friends from south London charged with assault with intent to rob on an underground train in 1972 could have their names cleared.The supposed victim of the alleged attempted robbery was Dt Sgt Derek Ridgewell of the British Transport Police. His practice, which led to many convictions, was to confront young black men at underground stations, accuse them of theft and then attribute... Read more...