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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Police baton attack caught on camera

30th April 2019

The IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) who oversee Police complaints in England and Wales are independently investigating an incident on 22 April 2019 when a Police Officer used his baton during the arrest of a 17 year old. Part of the incident was filmed by a member of the public and shared on social […]

The Future of Divorce Law

29th April 2019

At present the law on divorce is governed by Section 1 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. To proceed with a Divorce Petition you must prove that your marriage has ‘broken down irretrievably’. To prove this you must establish one out of the five supporting facts; adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, two years separation with consent […]

Northumbria Police Officer Jailed for harassment and misconduct

A Northumbria Police Officer was jailed recently for 18 months after admitting the offence of misconduct in public office at a hearing before Newcastle Crown Court.  The Officer, Jonathan Layzell also pleaded guilty to harassment of an ex-partner. The misconduct offence arose after a woman called the Police in December 2016 to report her mobile […]

Former Northumbria Police Officer faces jail

25th April 2019

Jon Snaith, a former Northumbria Police Officer, has been told a Prison sentence is more or less “inevitable” after he admitted offering to supply cocaine and corruption. At a recent hearing before Newcastle Crown Court he admitted failing to report criminal conduct of others to obtain personal benefits for himself which included drugs and sexual […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Update

24th April 2019

We are now instructed by over 400 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. In total over 1600 former inmates have made reports to Durham Constabulary about the physical and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of prison officers during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Five former prison officers of Medomsley Detention Centre have now […]

Funding for Representation at Inquests

Most people will never meet their local Coroner or indeed may have even heard of them. Perhaps you may have read a report in a local newspaper outlining the conclusion he or she reached following an investigation into the circumstances of someone’s death. Occasionally an investigation will receive more publicity when it involves multiple fatalities […]