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Guardian: Drax protesters' convictions quashed

"A group of environmental protesters have had their convictions overturned after senior judges ruled that crucial evidence gathered by [Mark Kennedy] was withheld from their original trial."


Shoplifting: a growing problem?

Shoplifting is an under-reported crime, costing UK retailers £2.2 million every yea.  This week the Evening Post reported on the troubling exponential rise of shoplifting offences in Nottingham. However, the more worrying statistic than the 25% escalation in crimes from April to August, was the mere 58.8% police detection rate.

Notts Police: Charge of serving police officer

September 23, 2013

A serving police officer has today (Monday 23 September) been charged in connection with sexual offences.

PC Andy Culham, 48, based at Central police station, faces charges of three counts of sexual touching and two counts of indecent exposure.

The offences are alleged to have taken place both off and on duty between 2009 and 2012, against a 33-year-old woman.

PC Culham rema…

Post: Police investigated over alleged sex attacks

Police investigated over alleged sex attacks on public

FIFTEEN officers and staff from Notts Police are being investigated for sexual crimes against the public, new figures reveal.

The force said they had been suspended or placed on restricted duties.

Figures obtained from 38 of the 43 forces in England and Wales reveal that 169 officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) and support st…

Guardian: Police officers guilty of misconduct over treatmen

Lynette Wallace went into labour 10 weeks early after being stripped and handcuffed for 11 hours in police cell


A police inspector and two sergeants have been found guilty of gross misconduct following a complaint from a pregnant woman that she was handcuffed for 11 hours in a police cell and stripped naked from the waist up.


Lynette Wallace, 42, went into labour 10 weeks early following…

Birmingham Mail: Undercover cop threw a three-day party for eco-war

Undercover cop threw a three-day party for eco-warriors on Midland farm

21 Jul 2013 07:36

Anarchists and animal rights activists had no idea that one of their mates was spying on them for a special police unit.

An undercover cop who spied on eco-warriors by posing as one of them for eight years invited hundreds of fellow protesters to a three-day bender to celebrate his 40th birthday on a Midla…

Guardian: Three police officers charged over pregnant suspec

Three police officers charged over pregnant suspect's ordeal in prison cellMisconduct charges follow IPCC investigation of woman's complaint that she was stripped and handcuffed for 11 hours

Diane Taylor

The Guardian, Friday 28 June 2013 19.30 BST


A police inspector and two sergeants are facing gross misconduct charges following a complaint from a pregnant woman that she was handcuffed for 11…

Guardian: McLibel leaflet was cowritten by undercover police

McDonald's sued green activists in long-running David v Goliath legal battle, but police role only now exposed

An undercover police officer posing for years as an environmental activist co-wrote a libellous leaflet that was highly critical of McDonald's, and which led to the longest civil trial in English history, costing the fast-food giant millions of pounds in fees.

The true identity of one o…

Sunday Times: Notts Police admit rounding up ‘usual suspects’

[Behind a pay wall I'm afraid]

ONE of Britain’s largest police forces is arresting people and branding them “suspects” without any evidence, a Whitehall study has found.

Police officers in Nottinghamshire — which in 2010 was named the worst performing force in England and Wales — have admitted in a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) investigation that after burglaries or other crimes they woul…

BBC: Police use of dead children's identities 'common'

Police use of dead children's identities 'common'


The use of dead children's identities by Scotland Yard's Special Demonstrations Squad was "common practice", MPs have been told.


Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon updated MPs on Operation Herne, which is looking at the Met's undercover operations.


Claims about the use of the identities relate to the squad's operations in the …

Free Steve Topley!


A campaign has begun to free a man detained by police since 11th April for allegedly making a threatening comment during a DWP interview. According to the campaign website, police were called to Steve Topley’s ESA interview by DWP staff who then escorted him to the QMC where he was kept late into the night and denied contact with his family, despite medical staff finding no reason to detain him.…

Nottingham Post: Notts PCSO questioned on suspicion of rape

A NOTTS Police Community Support officer has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

The 28-year-old man was taken into custody yesterday and questioned in connection with the sexual offence and miscondict in a public office. These relate to alleged offences which are said to have taken place several years ago and were reported to the Force on Wednesday.

A second PCSO, who is 45, was arrested t…

Candidate hustings for Police & Crime Commissioner



Monday 5th November 2012

At 5.30pm the 4 Candidates attended hustings for the Police & Crime Commissioners job.


East Mids Anti-fascists: October report


It's been a month dominated by a battle between Boston bigots: Dean Everitt's anti-immigration demo vs. Elliott Fountain's hard right police commissioner bid. It's not been good for the EDL who've been hacked, stabbed in the back and caught out inciting riots and running community organisations into the ground. And meanwhile the BNP have been praising Jimmy Savile.

BBC Nottingham: Notts Police acts on stop and search concerns


Police officers in Nottinghamshire are being trained to improve the way they use stop and search powers.

It follows concerns that community relations are being damaged because more black people are stopped than white people.

Ch Supt Simon Nickless said he was telling officers their use of the powers needed to be lawful and proportionate.

Contains a video report >


Police: Officer admits misuse of police systems

A Nottinghamshire Police Officer has admitted misusing the force’s computer systems.

Appearing at Derby Crown Court on Monday (1 October) for what would have been the start of his trial, PC Robert Kirk pleaded guilty to accessing records inappropriately.


Kirk, who had been based in the intelligence unit at Central Police Station, had been vetted to a high level because of the sensitivity of …

Statewatch: Police networks and the activities of Mark Kennedy

Another secretive European police working group revealed as governments remain tight-lipped on other police networks and the activities of Mark Kennedy

Statewatch can reveal the existence of a previously unknown international police working group geared towards discussing and developing covert investigative techniques. At the same time parliamentary questions in Germany have seen further details …

Police fabricated evidence against terror suspect


Rizwaan Sabir, a former University of Nottingham student who was wrongfully arrested under the Terrorism Act, has now found that police "made up" key evidence against him. An internal report by the West Midlands police also stated that interviews with witnesses in the case were “incorrectly recorded” although no officers will face disciplinary action. Sabir has labelled counter-terror oper…

Interview with Rizwaan Sabir

On Sunday 15th July, the Observer revealed that West Midlands police officers had "made up" evidence against a University of Nottingham student in 2008. Rizwaan Sabir was wrongfully accused of "collecting information of a kind to provide practical assistance to a person committing an act of terrorism" after coming into possession of a document for his PhD proposal. An internal West Midlands police…

Police made up evidence against terror suspect

An investigation into the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit which arrested Nottingham student, Rizwaan Sabir, in 2008, has concluded that officers "made up" evidence against him.

Predatory police are targeting victims of crime

The Guardian newspaper recently published an article highlighting the extent of sexual abuse committed by police officers and PCSOs. Recent research suggests that the problem "more widespread than previously believed" and that the police are using their position of authority and access to records to target victims of crime to commit rape and sexual assault. The report highlights a number of cases …

Guardian: Kennedy hired as consultant by US security firm

A former police spy who infiltrated the environmental movement for seven years has been hired by a private security firm in the US to give advice on how to deal with political activists.

Mark Kennedy has become a consultant to the Densus Group, providing "investigative services, risk and threat assessments", according to an entry on his LinkedIn profile.

He says he has given lectures to fir…

The Queen's Security Operations


Nottinghamshire Police security arrangements ahead of the Queens visit to market Square, Nottingham

Public meeting about stop and search

On Friday evening, the PCS union's regional Black Members Network organised a meeting about the use of police stop and search powers in Nottingham's Irish Centre. Around 50 people attended with contributions from as far afield as London and Birmingham.

UK Indymedia: G4S to build and run custody suites in Lincs

A night in the cells used to be spent courtesy of the boys in blue.

But from April private contractors will be building police stations and employing the staff to run them as well.

With police forces seeking savings in the face of the government’s austerity-led budget cuts, G4S, the world’s largest security company, has won the first contract in Britain to staff and build a police station. T…

National Shop Stewards Network: Police interfere with sparks protest at Ratcliffe

Around 40 sparks were protesting outside Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station on Wednesday 1st February to fight the imposition of the BESNA contract.

They have been out each week for the past couple of months, and usually when they hold a protest are able to stop cars going into the site and cause a lot of disruption on the roads tailing back to the M1. However, due to this success and the fact that …

HMIC report: "disgusting and farcical"


Last week saw the publication of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s "review of national police units which provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest." This was one of the array of reports commissioned in the aftermath of the revelations about undercover police officer Mark Kennedy. The report, like the "Rose Report" into the CPS’ failure to disclose key evidence, has not been…

bristling badger: mark kennedy: the hmic report

mark kennedy: the hmic report

The latest report on undercover police infiltration of activists came out last week. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary looked into the work of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) who ran the network of spy cops until 2008, and especially at the work of their officer Mark Kennedy.

Radio 4's Today programme said that HMIC are independent and …

Network for Police Monitoring: HMIC review of police “domestic extremism” units

Further analysis of the HMIC report on ‘domestic extremism’ from Matt Salusbury.

FITwatch: HMIC report disgusting and farcical

"Well, we always knew HMIC's ludicrously named ‘review of national police units which provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest' was going to be a farce, and we haven't been disappointed." (FITwatch)