The Command Team for the group investigating the Greater Manchester Police over allegations of co-operation with and infiltration by organised crime networks has taken the decision to de-restrict a two-years-old dossier which can now be accessed here. It’s free; please help yourself. Prior to today, this report has been seen only by GMP and a small number of private individuals offline. The report is published online in the public interest and for the purpose of crime prevention.
Readers should remember that the report is now two years old. Some of the information contained in the report is no longer correct (e.g. police officers have moved on to new posts). It should be noted that this report is Part One of what was a two-part report. The second part remains embargoed; it is classified due to security considerations and it will never be disclosed to the public.
I served as the report’s general editor; apologies for any SPG errors I missed. I’m afraid it’s not the easiest reading for the general reader and won’t win any prizes for literature. Broadly speaking, the report provides an ‘overview’ of the situation two years ago – and that was its main function as intended by its authors - but it’s worth bearing in mind that it was also deployed for [now defunct] tactical purposes back in 2012.
There have been several major developments since the report was first prepared. Two of these developments are: (1) since the report, GMP disclosed a written statement of its vice trade policy under the Freedom of Information Act; and (2) GMP conducted a Professional Standards Branch investigation which was subsequently referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
For over three years it has been ‘my pleasure’ (!) to be the only public frontman for the group investigating GMP and the Manchester vice trade, however it may be that a new face takes over from me later this year – if indeed the whole case isn’t fully wrapped up this year.
Further public disclosure of previously unreleased material is scheduled for the coming months - whether here or in the papers. In particular, the spotlight is set to fall once again on the conduct of GMP’s former Chief Constable Michael Todd…
Hello AD 2014. I’ve been fairly quiet online for quite some time now – in contrast to the rather busier reality of my affairs offline. The majority of what I currently do as a journalist never sees the light of day online (at least, not credited to me) – and it’s ever been thus – however this year I intend to put some new articles/photos up alongside my name (i.e. here), and also to accept the occasional byline from now on with suitable articles. Though much of my journalism must necessarily remain under the radar, in future I do desire to open up and go public in a more direct manner when possible. New content should start to appear by the spring (which is when I reckon the years really begin, in my own personal thinking). Archive material (blogs, PDFs, photos, videos) is safe and sound and some of it will probably re-appear online in future, although attending to this is not a priority for me at present. And 2014 might even see me getting around to making much-needed improvements to the overall functionality, coordination and aesthetics of my web presence; so I hope…
Earlier today I attended the BPAS fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in central Manchester. You can read my report here.
In the report there are some interesting quotes from the Conservative MP for Devizes, Claire Perry – the rising Tory prospect, curently serving as a PPS to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, tipped for ministerial power - and also from BPAS boss Ann Furedi and the Sunday Times journalist Eleanor Mills.
Claire Perry states her unequivocal approval of homosexual ‘marriage’ in the report; also, Ann Furedi backs the recent CPS decision not to prosecute in the sex-selective abortion case and both Claire Perry and Eleanor Mills disagree.
Plus there are photos of Tony Blair’s former right-hand man Alastair Campbell and SPUC campaigners outside Manchester’s Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel.
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