Staff arrested for abuse at County Durham Hospital

24th May 2019

Ten employees have been arrested over the alleged abuse of patients with learning difficulties at Whorlton Hall in County Durham. Those arrested were questioned about offences relating to abuse and neglect Durham Constabulary has confirmed. A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said the “immediate priority has been to work with other agencies to safeguard the victims […]

Cris McCurley appears on BBC Woman’s Hour

23rd May 2019

Ben Hoare Bell Partner Cris McCurley appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour today. Here she is in the studio preparing for her interview. In this blog Cris talks us through what she was discussing on the programme. To listen to the full programme please click here to be taken to the BBC website. It was a […]

Police Investigation into abuse at County Durham Hospital

A police investigation has been launched and 16 staff suspended after abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a hospital in County Durham has been uncovered. A BBC Panorama programme aired on 22 May 2019 after undercover BBC filming caught staff at Whorlton Hall, County Durham abusing patients with learning disabilities and autism. Physical, verbal […]

Police Officer convicted of assault at train station

20th May 2019

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigated an incident on 28 May 2018 when two men were arrested on a Railway Station platform by British Transport Police. P.C. Spiby used a Taser on one of the men.  The man also had CS Spray used on him twice by P.C. Severns. The man involved complained […]

Police Officer sacked for Adolf Hitler comment

17th May 2019

A Police misconduct hearing took place between 15 April 2019 and 18 April 2019 for P.C. David Alston. Following the hearing he was dismissed from Essex Police Force without notice. The issue came to light after a member of a WhatsApp group was arrested for domestic violence and common assault.  Police seized the phone and […]

Misconduct hearing for officers following fingertip loss

16th May 2019

On 7 May 2019 a misconduct hearing began for five Police Officers after a man lost the tips of three fingers when they were trapped under a toilet rim after he was restrained in a cell by Police Officers. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who oversee Police complaints in England and Wales have […]

Boy ‘collided with Police vehicle’

15th May 2019

On 17 April 2019 the Independent Newspaper reported an incident during which a Police van was filmed hitting a 16 year old boy before officers arrested him. Footage was recorded from a nearby flat.  Several youngsters can be seen running away from the Police.  It is understood the Police were called to reports of trouble […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

13th May 2019

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is due to take place on Monday 13 May until Sunday 19 May. It is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and each year a topic is selected as a theme for the week. This year’s theme is Body Image – focusing on how we think and feel about our […]

Cris McCurley is interviewed by radio about online abuse

8th May 2019

Ben Hoare Bell Partner Cris McCurley has been interviewed on Radio 5 Live (7 May 2019) and BBC West Midlands (8 May 2019). Cris was speaking about online abuse in relation to the legal options to counter threats such as those made by Labour MP Jess Phillips. You can listen to Cris’ interview on Radio […]

Police fined after man dies following restraint

On 3 May 2019 Bristol Crown Court fined Devon and Cornwall Police £234,500 for health and safety breaches in relation to a belt used around the face of Thomas Orchard before he collapsed. On 3 October 2012 Mr Orchard was arrested for shouting at members of the public.  He suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. He was […]

Northumbria Police Officer accused of stealing a ‘shot girl’s phone’

3rd May 2019

On 12 April 2019 it was reported a misconduct meeting had been held on 28 November 2018 over allegations that a Northumbria Police Officer, whilst off duty, and during a night out with colleagues, took a Shot Seller’s phone after a disagreement over a bill.  The Officer had purchased alcohol from a Shot Seller and […]

Northumbria Police Officer sexually abused young boy

1st May 2019

In December 2018 Alexander McLellan was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of historic sexual abuse offences on a child under 14 years old.  He was found guilty of four charges of gross indecency on a child under 14 and two of indecent assault. McLellan was a serving Police Officer with Northumbria Police when the offences […]