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DANNY SHAW

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The Met case with no appeal

The Metropolitan Police has eight days to make an important decision. Is it going to continue its legal fight to sack two officers who...

A question of judgment

A mile away from the political storms at Westminster, away from the cameras and reporters, a legal squall has been blowing at the Royal...

What's special about the Met?

A crisis in policing? You'd have thought so from the headlines last week after it emerged that six forces out of 43 in England and Wales...

Crisis talk

The Home Office "loves a crisis" was perhaps not the smartest comment by its super smart Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft. What I...

Required: Leaders in Policing

Over and out. Three candidates to be Metropolitan Police Commissioner have been ejected from the contest after failing to make it through...

A Kiwi for Met Commissioner?

A Canadian was governor of the Bank of England; an Australian is in charge of England's rugby team; could we be about to have an overseas...

A dark horse enters the Met leadership race...

A surprise - but credible and serious - contender has emerged for the UK’s most high-profile and testing job in policing. I can reveal...

Who wants to take over at the Met?

It’s an impressive list of the great and the good of policing: Dame Lynne Owens, Martin Hewitt, Sir Steve House, Dame Sara Thornton, Sir...

Flight to Rwanda - final call for Priti Patel

The most remarkable thing about the Home Secretary is that she is still Home Secretary. Priti Patel is one of only five members of Boris...

The Politics of Parole

There’s a month to go to the General Election. It’s a tight contest - and crime is a key battleground. A notorious prisoner has applied...

Street talk

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) headline on its website looks impressive: 'Leading UK business bosses help prison leavers get work in...

The lessons from Dame Cressida Dick's departure

And so it is over. Dame Cressida Dick, described by one of her predecessors, Sir Ian (now Lord) Blair, as the "finest police officer of...

The Met - and its leadership - must change

Over the past few months, as the Metropolitan Police has been buffeted by waves of scandal and criticism, I have been thinking a lot...

What chance justice for Billie-Jo, 25 years on?

As a journalist I've covered thousands of stories. Many of them are forgotten about by the end of the week - sometimes I come across a...

On parole

Dominic Raab has his sights trained on the Parole Board. After announcing sweeping plans to reform prisons, victims services and human...

Christmas crime crackdown

Here comes an early Christmas present from Boris Johnson. Just four months after his Beating Crime Plan, we are promised another slew of...

Follow the evidence...

Here is the text of a speech I delivered at the CrimeStoppers annual dinner on November 17 2021. I have been reflecting on my career in...

Violent crime: get with the programme?

What can we do about violent crime? The shocking killing of Sir David Amess is a terrible reminder of how precarious and precious life is...

The story behind Cressida's new contract

"There comes a time in any organisation when it becomes clear that it would benefit from new leadership and new clarity of purpose. I...