‘Child spies’ must have an appropriate adult present at meetings – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2018 in children, codes of practice, informers, news, police by sally

‘Children being used as informants must have an appropriate adult present in meetings with the authorities, revised official guidance says.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2018

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Operation Sanctuary: Police say paying rapist ‘was right’ – BBC News

Posted August 10th, 2017 in gangs, informers, news, police, rape, sexual grooming, witnesses by tracey

‘A police chief has said paying a child rapist £10,000 as part of an investigation into a grooming gang was the “right thing”.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2017

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Police pay out at least £22m to informants in five years – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2017 in freedom of information, informers, news, police, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘Police forces across the UK paid out at least £22m to informants over the last five years, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2017

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Man who rejected MI5 convicted of terror charge after semi-secret trial – The Guardian

‘A Somali-born man who spurned MI5 efforts to recruit him as an informant has been found guilty – following a partially secret trial – of preparing to join Islamic State fighters in Syria.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2016

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Regina v AXN; Regina v ZAR – WLR Daily

Regina v AXN; Regina v ZAR [2016] EWCA Crim 590

‘Where an offender convicted of a crime has rendered assistance to the police or other law enforcement authorities, the police may provide the court with information regarding the assistance rendered in a confidential letter signed by a senior police officer, known as a “text”, but the obligation of the police to provide a text when requested by the offender is a very limited one. Although the court will always expect the police to inform the court of the fact that the police have made a decision not to provide a text as matter of case management, it is sufficient if the police merely state that they will not provide any information to the court in relation to the offender’s assertions of assistance. The police are not required to give any explanation of their reasons for the decision, or the stage at which they decided not to provide any information. The police need do no more than say that the police will not provide any information to the court. Such a statement to the court can generally be provided by letter and not by text. There may unusually be circumstances where the police would have to reveal in the reply the assertions of the offender that he had provided assistance; in such a case it might therefore be necessary to provide the response in the form of a text. Whether it is provided by letter or text, it must be signed by a senior officer of police (normally a superintendent) or an equivalent senior official in other law enforcement agencies (paras 6, 18, 22).’

WLR Daily, 27th May 2016

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Murder conviction of Chinese MI6 informant referred to appeal court – The Guardian

Posted April 29th, 2016 in appeals, informers, intelligence services, murder, news by tracey

‘The murder conviction of a leading Chinese dissident and MI6 informant has been referred to the court of appeal after the Guardian uncovered evidence that was withheld by the police.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2016

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Allard and others v Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2015 in appeals, informers, law reports, police, remuneration, telecommunications, working time by sally

Allard and others v Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary [2015] EWCA Civ 42; [2015] WLR (D) 45

‘Police officers acting as handlers to informers, and responding to an automated out of hours telephone system, where contact was required between a handler and an informer, were entitled to overtime pay.’

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2015

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Activists complain to IPCC over police efforts to recruit them as informers – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2014 in complaints, demonstrations, informers, intimidation, news, police by sally

‘Four campaigners have lodged a complaint with an official watchdog, alleging that they felt intimidated by covert police officers who were trying to persuade them to spy on their political colleagues.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2014

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Met police officer jailed for selling celebrity tip-offs to the Sun – The Guardian

“A former Metropolitan police officer who had access to private information about wealthy Chelsea residents including the Duchess of Cambridge and Tetra Pak heir Hans Rausing has been jailed for two years for selling stories about them to the Sun.”

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The Guardian, 5th June 2013

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Supergrass law leads to wholesale prison sentence cuts – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2012 in Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, informers, news, sentencing by sally

“New supergrass laws have led to some murderers, gangsters and drug dealers having their prison sentences cut by more than 80%, a BBC Panorama investigation has found.”

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BBC News, 8th October 2012

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UK Border Agency starts tracking tip-offs about illegal immigrants – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2012 in immigration, informers, news by sally

“Illegal immigrants could be tracked down and deported more easily under a new UK Border Agency scheme to manage tip-offs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2012

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Daniel Morgan report cites police and prosecution flaws – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2012 in disclosure, evidence, informers, inquiries, murder, news, police, prosecutions, witnesses by sally

“The collapse of a trial of three men charged with committing one of Britain’s most notorious unsolved murders has been blamed on failures by police and prosecution.”

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BBC News, 21st May 2012

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Supergrass deals let 150 criminals walk free in secret – Daily Telegraph

“More than 150 criminals, potentially including terrorists, have been secretly given immunity from prosecution or discounted sentences for becoming supergrasses.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th April 2012

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Supergrass convictions face legal challenges – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2012 in evidence, informers, news by sally

“A series of supergrass convictions are being investigated for possible legal challenges amid growing concern over the safety of using such criminal witnesses and the millions of pounds spent to cultivate them.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2012

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Police chiefs call for new national system of witness protection – The Independent

Posted June 27th, 2011 in informers, news, police, witnesses by sally

“Murder of couple and complaints from ‘abandoned’ informants prompt review that aims to restore trust. Paul Cahalan reports.”

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The Independent, 27th June 2011

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Housing fraud informants to receive rewards of up to £500 – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2009 in fraud, housing, informers, news by sally

“The government is to offer cash rewards of up to £500 to people who report neighbours they suspect are unlawfully subletting their council home.”

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The Guardian, 29th November 2009

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Prison suicide inquiry could cast doubt on Lin Russell murder verdict – The Independent

Posted June 2nd, 2008 in informers, news, perjury, suicide by sally

“Detectives have launched an investigation into the death of a police and prison informant who was found hanged in his jail cell. The probe into Paul Day’s suicide, shortly after he told a solicitor he wished to retract false evidence he gave in a series of high-profile cases, including the 1996 murders of Lin and Megan Russell, raises the prospect of manslaughter charges and the possible unravelling of some major criminal cases.”

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The Independent, 1st June 2008

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