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DANNY SHAW

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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 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...

From Scotland Yard - a significant admission

In June, the Metropolitan Police was declared to be “institutionally corrupt” by an independent Panel examining the murder in 1987 of the...

Working on reception...

David Blunkett tried to do it; now Priti Patel is having a go. The current Home Secretary is revisiting an idea first developed 20 years...

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...