MoJ used failed sex offender treatment 'unlawfully'

  • 16 July 2019
  • From the section UK
Ministry of Justice Image copyright Getty Images

The Ministry of Justice acted "unlawfully" in allowing the Sex Offender Treatment Programme to continue for five years - despite initial research which suggested it wasn't working, a government analyst has said.

Kathryn Hopkins said she presented research in 2012 which showed the SOTP made sex offenders more harmful, but the programme wasn't halted until 2017.

Speaking to BBC News after bringing legal action in an employment tribunal, she estimated around 180 more crimes will be committed by sex offenders who were treated during the five years - compared with those who weren't.

But the MoJ said Ms Hopkins' research was "flawed".

A spokesperson said: "Ending the programmes with no proper evidence and no alternative would have meant letting sex offenders out of prison without treatment - a risk that no responsible Government could take. We stopped the programmes as soon as that evidence existed."

Read full article MoJ used failed sex offender treatment 'unlawfully'

Crime solving rates 'woefully low', Met Police Commissioner says

  • 26 June 2019
  • From the section UK
Cressida Dick, London's Metropolitan Police Commissioner Image copyright Reuters

Too many crimes are being left unsolved, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.

During a speech about the future of policing in England and Wales, Cressida Dick admitted that national detection rates for some offences were "woefully low".

Read full article Crime solving rates 'woefully low', Met Police Commissioner says

Offender rehabilitation schemes 'not tested'

  • 4 June 2019
  • From the section UK
Barbed wire on a prison wall Image copyright Getty Images

More than 118,000 offenders have taken part in rehabilitation programmes that have yet to be fully tested to see if they work, BBC News has learned.

Courses for sex offenders and domestic abusers are among those which haven't been subject to an "outcome evaluation".

Read full article Offender rehabilitation schemes 'not tested'

The violent terms people are searching for online

  • 26 May 2019
  • From the section UK
Silhouette of someone on a computer Image copyright Getty Images

"Social media has a substantial role in facilitating gang activity."

That was the claim in the Home Office's serious violence strategy, published in April 2018.

Read full article The violent terms people are searching for online

Racial abuse 'daily' for top Asian police officer growing up

  • 21 May 2019
  • From the section UK
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu Image copyright PA
Image caption Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says his experiences growing up meant he understood the experiences of ethnic minority communities targeted by racists

Britain's most senior Asian police officer says he grew up being racially abused on a "daily basis".

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, who is of Indian heritage, told MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee he had spent his life "dealing with racism" so he understood the experiences of ethnic minority communities who were affected.

Read full article Racial abuse 'daily' for top Asian police officer growing up

PTSD 'at crisis levels' among police officers

  • 9 May 2019
  • From the section UK
PC Lee Jackson
Image caption PC Lee Jackson is one of thousands of officers to have been diagnosed with the condition

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among police officers in the UK is far more common than was ever thought, a new survey suggests. One PC describes his battle with the medical condition.

Lee Jackson is the kind of police officer who runs towards danger, the sort who is not afraid to break down doors or break up fights.

Read full article PTSD 'at crisis levels' among police officers

A week in the life of a London murder detective

  • 23 January 2019
  • From the section UK
DCI Noel McHugh Image copyright PA

The number of people killed in London during 2018 was the highest figure for a decade. But what is life like for a senior detective investigating these crimes?

The Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Command launched more than 130 inquiries in 2018, as well as continuing to investigate dozens of unsolved cases from previous years.

Read full article A week in the life of a London murder detective

Is another year of rising knife crime ahead?

  • 28 December 2018
  • From the section UK
Daniel Frederick (l), Elizabeta Lacatusu and Steve Narvaez Jara (r) Image copyright MPS
Image caption Daniel Frederick, Elizabeta Lacatusu and Steve Narvaez Jara were all killed in January 2018

Steve Narvaez Jara had just seen in the new year at a party in Islington, north London.

The 20-year-old had everything to look forward to: he was studying physics and aerospace at the University of Hertfordshire and hoped to become a pilot.

Read full article Is another year of rising knife crime ahead?

The police team targeting London's knife crime

  • 22 November 2018
  • From the section UK
A knife seized in Enfield by the Violent Crime Task Force Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption Just one of the many knives seized by police in London this year

At four o'clock in the afternoon a voice crackles across the police radio: "School fight... punch-up" and officers in the Violent Crime Task Force swing into action.

They switch on the siren and blue lights of their unmarked Vauxhall Insignia and start speeding across Croydon towards the incident at Norwood Junction station.

Read full article The police team targeting London's knife crime

Man given £40k after being kept from four-year-old daughter

  • 11 July 2018
  • From the section UK
Wormwood Scrubs Image copyright PA
Image caption The man - referred to as AJS - was held at Wormwood Scrubs in London

The Home Office has admitted that it unlawfully detained an Indian man for three months under immigration powers, separating him from his young daughter.

The father has been awarded £40,000 damages for "false imprisonment" and "disruption" to contact with the child, a Lithuanian national who is now four.

Read full article Man given £40k after being kept from four-year-old daughter