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DANNY SHAW

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Asylum madness

The headline screamed from the Times: “Priti Patel plans for migrants to be held in offshore hub”. Just 24 hours later, it was the...

Worth the wait

When Theresa May announced that an independent panel would be set up to examine the case of Daniel Morgan I was sceptical about the value...

Risking it all

It all felt sadly, appallingly familiar. When the inquest jury concluded that failings by the police, probation and MI5 had contributed...

Crossing the Line

Did you guess it then? The revelation in the final, underwhelming, episode of season six of Line of Duty that “H” was DCI Ian Buckells...

Reputation matters

Several years ago I began looking into a disturbing and complex case involving a school-teacher who’d been accused of extremely serious...

Four blogs in March...

1. Vacancy at the Met? Dame Cressida Dick is unlikely to be offered an extension as Metropolitan Police Commissioner, according to a...

Sentence nonsense

Is Priti Patel listening to her Ministers? It’s a serious question because the Under Secretary of State at her department, Chris Philp,...

The troubling case of Robyn Williams

It took just 90 minutes for the Court of Appeal to slam the door shut on Robyn Williams’s chance of clearing her name. The former...

The road from Midland

Graham from Bushey started it. He was the caller whose question on a radio phone-in about the Metropolitan Police Commissioner set...

Covid and crime

My reflections on the latest crime figures and statistics on charging rates, first published on the Crest Advisory website,...

A wing and a prayer

Lights, camera, action. It’s time for another photo opportunity with the Home Secretary and frontline police officers. Last week, Priti...

Home truths

This is a story about secrecy, obfuscation and political embarrassment at the heart of government. It revolves around an attempt by the...

The gaping hole in the UK-EU Security Deal

“Calamitous” is not a word that appears often in official reports. But in July 2018 it was the word that an influential Parliamentary...

Crime crunch

What an awful year it’s been, a year most of us would rather forget - a year when the cracks in the criminal justice system were brutally...

Bail out

Step aside Dangerous Dogs Act. It can no longer claim the title of most ill-thought through legislation of recent times. The 1991 Act,...

Selective questions

Here is a Cabinet Minister in command of his brief. His name is Robert Buckland, Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. For almost three...

Taking no prisoners?

Now we know why the Government is planning to spend £4 billion on new prisons. It's not, as I suggested in my previous post, because...

Prison promises

So, the Daily Telegraph prediction proved to be correct. In his Spending Review the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has indeed announced 18,000...

It's a stretch

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is to invest billions of pounds in new prisons. That was the gist of a key section of a Daily Telegraph...

The risks of sticking with Priti

In a display of apparent loyalty, Conservative MPs and Ministers have been Tweeting their backing for Priti Patel. “She’s hard working,...

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