Northumbria Police Officer breaches confidentiality

25th June 2019

Northumbria Police reported the outcome of a misconduct hearing on 29 May 2019 involving an Officer who is alleged to have recorded CCTV footage of an incident onto his personal mobile phone.  It was alleged the Officer then disclosed that CCTV footage to third parties.  It is unclear whether he sent it to the third […]

Forced Marriage and Coercive Control

21st June 2019

So little is understood about coercive control, which was not even recognised as a form of abuse until it became illegal under the 2015 Serious Crimes Act. The new Domestic Abuse Bill seeks to define it as: Behaviour that isolates the victim from support, limiting freedoms, making the victim feel bad, or responsible, and impacting […]

Urgent call for independent inquiry into domestic abuse in family courts

20th June 2019

125 cross party MP’s led by Labour’s Louise Haigh wrote to the Ministry of Justice demanding an independent inquiry into the failure of the family courts to protect victims of abuse and their children. Disappointingly the Ministry of Justice responded by saying that they would hold a snap (12 week) Inquiry but that it would […]

First UK conviction for manufacturing firearms with 3D printer

On Wednesday 19 June at Southwark Crown Court, a London man, pleaded guilty to a charge of manufacturing a firearm, namely a 3D printed gun. This is believed to be the first conviction of its kind in the UK. Officers executed a drugs warrant at the man’s home in October 2017 and during the course […]

Nigel Farage milkshake thrower pleads guilty

18th June 2019

Paul Crowther appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to offences of assault and criminal damage after throwing a milkshake at Nigel Farage when he visited Newcastle on 20 May this year. An application was made for his address to be withheld. This was dismissed by the Judge. On such […]

Result for Centre for Women’s Justice in Sally Challen case

10th June 2019

In 2010 after decades of sexual abuse, humiliation and extreme coercive control Sally Challen killed her husband Richard Challen with a hammer to his head. At her trial the years of abuse that she had endured, and its impact on her, were downplayed and she was characterised as a violent, compulsively jealous wife. She was […]

Medomsley Detention Centre – Police Investigation Continues

7th June 2019

Back in April 2019 we reported that five former prison officers of Medomsley Detention Centre were jailed after being found guilty of physically abusing inmates. The former officers were: Christopher Onslow: guilty of five counts of physical abuse and two counts of misconduct in a public office. Received an eight and a half year prison […]

Police Officer sacked for gross misconduct

4th June 2019

A Police Officer was dismissed without notice after it was alleged she had made sexual advances to a vulnerable 19 year old woman who she helped whilst on duty. It was reported the teenager had a history of mental health issues.  P.C. Jennifer Regan, 38, exchanged email addresses with the teenager after she helped talk […]