There, we've said it. And if anyone is in any doubt, we're not frightened to say it, in fact we're proud to shout the word from the rooftops, so we'll say it again even louder
Sunday, 27 December 2009
There, we've said it. And if anyone is in any doubt, we're not frightened to say it, in fact we're proud to shout the word from the rooftops, so we'll say it again even louder
Monday, 21 December 2009
Some people just can't stop showing off can they?
TO ALL OUR VISITORS . . . .
Please spare a thought this Christmas for the lads and lasses who will be doing their very best to ensure we all enjoy a safe and peaceful christmas - the police officers who will be working while we enjoy our rest over Christmas. Spare them a kind thought and send them your best wishes. We pray that your shifts pass peacefully and that you are able to enjoy some special festive times with your families and loved ones.
A special thank you goes out to the unsung heroes of police blogging this year and the years that have gone before. Having worked long, hard challenging shifts, dealing with the worst society can throw at them, they find the time and energy to write their articles, share their experiences, with a great passion for "What's right" and delivered in the most part, with good humour.
Thank you to one and all, you know who you are, for all your fine efforts. We look forward to plenty more and perhaps some well deserved reforms for you in 2010.
With best wishes
Steve & The Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
SURELY THIS IS COMPLETE AND UTTER MADNESS?
Police are to be forced to fully investigate every case reported to them under new Home Office rules . . .
“The new guidelines, which have the backing of police chiefs, mean officers will have to give every report their full attention and makes it far more likely that they will visit any alleged victim”.
This latest stream of DRIVEL from the Government is surely the most ill thought out nonsense yet? If it is indeed has the backing of the police chiefs, then this is truly the saddest indictment of just how out-of-touch these boys club members really are with operational policing.
In this article in The Telegraph, it explains that officers will have to give every report their full attention and makes it far more likely that they will visit any alleged victim.
If the police are forced to investigate every report, this will just exacerbate the bureaucracy mountain government have built. Clearly they have completely lost the plot. This is echoed by the common sense front line officers we speak to.
Exactly which cardboard box contains the thousands of extra officers required to investigate every nonsense call that discretionary policing would weed out?
So Mr Johnson, you propose slashing the police overtime budget by £70 million over the next six months, back office support staff by £75million, continue paying exhorbitant bonus and perks packages to Chief Constables for crime reduction statistics no one has any confidence in, decimate the manpower, smash the last morsels of morale, and create an insurmountable bureacracy mountain. Just for good measure, let's show the front liners they can't be trusted to use their common sense and discretion, we'll make them attend and investigate every fabricated and nonsense report so our backs are covered and we might just capture a few votes in the process. Absolute madness.
Chief Constables are so far from the coal face they wouldn’t recognise it, if it smacked them around the head. The higher up the tree they climb, the further from reality they slip, and yet still their voices are heard louder than the guys at the front line, with common sense and discretion waiting to be used. Only by placing our trust in their abilities and experience will the public see better policing in this country.
Simon Reids’ comments on behalf of the police federation, seem eminently sensible, and in line with the proposal to restore more discretion to front line officers : "We are going to end up investigating every incident to prove no crime has happened. We need to trust the officer's discretion. All we are doing is making the whole process more bureaucratic. Let's use our supervisors in the role they are designed to do. They should be looking at these crime reports when they come in."
Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary, said: "This Government’s reputation over its use of crime figures is so shot to pieces that frankly most people will think that Labour Ministers are engaged in yet another attempt to massage figures for their own political advantage."
All we see is Labour issuing ridiculous vote catching propaganda and senior officers, apparently without thought or awareness of the operational consequences, echoing their sentiments. With all due respect to them all, the average member of the public wants to see effective and proportional transparent policing, delivered by effective coppers on the ground, not these airy fairy concepts dreamed up from within the gated confines of senior officers highly protected environments.
Sorry to rant, but this one will really widen the rift between Government and the front line troops and kill off what little public confidence remains.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
We support the proposal that crime statistics should be properly independent. This would remove responsibility for compiling and publishing crime figures from the Home Office, who clearly cannot be trusted to be truthful with the electorate and not to apply their political spin. The responsibility should be placed with the Office for National Statistics which is totally independent. The pre-release access that Ministers and political advisers get to crime statistics should be abolished – so the public would be the first to get an honest account of the facts.
Related reports (click links) :-
DECREASING CRIME BY FAIR MEANS OR FOUL
FORCE OR FARCE? - RECORDED CRIME
Crime Analysis Team – Nice 1 Limited
Friday, 4 December 2009
Accurate and trusted crime recording and statistics are essential, not only to underpin the legitimacy of policing, but also to enable the effective allocation of resources. Unnecessary bureaucracy is caused when systems for recording crime become inefficient or worse, manipulated for personal or political reasons. The recording of crime should not receive more attention than the subsequent investigation. Trusted and accurate crime statistics are a key component of building confidence in policing and the Criminal Justice System.
In this paper, the crime analysis team at Nice 1 Ltd, will highlight an area that causes anxiety among front
line police officers - the crime recording process. Having collated numerous operational examples of how forces are encouraged to minimize incident numbers reported, we set about identifying the areas where there is greatest potential for manipulation. To read the latest report click here. Alternatively click the Force or Farce link in the sidebar to the "View Our Reports".
In a previous report “Home Office Crime Statistics – Decreasing Crime By Fair Means Or Foul”, we dealt with the disparity that exists in the incident numbers between the British Crime Survey and police recorded crime. In that report, we commented that crime statistics could not be considered accurate or trusted, but were rather “a pernicious conspiracy to deceive” with the Government being ultimately responsible for a sham two tier crime measurement system. In creating a performance target driven Criminal Justice System, a tangled web of bureaucratic systems have been implemented within the police service, disguising the true picture of crime and defeating the ends of justice the system is meant to serve.
By targeting senior police officers to reduce crime and increase detections with lucrative monetary rewards, (senior officers receive 15% bonus on top of six figure salaries for hitting crime reduction targets), the Government is assisted in its plot by willing co-conspirators. Senior officers looking to progress further are encouraged to devise systems and procedures that perpetuate the illusion of reducing crime.
This report takes the enquiry further, by exploring the flaws that exist within the police recorded crime process. Both reports can be viewed in the View Our Reports sidebar.
NEWS UPDATE - SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER 09
Supporting the evidence we have presented in this and prior postings, an article appears in the Telegraph today that will blow the lid off the police force tricks to fiddle crime figures.
Read the article here or paste this link into your browser http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/6736505/Police-force-tricks-to-fiddle-crime-figures.html
We will report on this further shortly.
Comments or observations are welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org
Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Ltd
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
A long-awaited Home Office document, meant to dramatically reform the police service and slash red tape, outlines moves to dramatically cut police overtime, once again putting the Government on a crash course with front line police officers.
The paper also proposes standard police uniforms, body armour and beat cars in England and Wales.
Last year forces in England and Wales spent around £400 million on overtime. The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson will slash resources for police work at a time when the public are demanding officers spend more time on the streets. However, he also proposes huge reductions in back room staff, who are supposed to help free up officer time.
The White Paper — Protecting the Public: Supporting the Police to Succeed — sets out the Government plan to save £70 million on police overtime and £75 million by making huge cuts in back office support services over the next six months.
The draft, released today, is available for download by clicking here, or the link in the Reference and Resource side bar. A quote from the draft states “We will deliver better value for money for the public and achieve more frontline delivery through improving business processes, reducing bureaucracy and better deployment, at the same time saving money by reducing overtime.”
The document contains plans and long-term policies they plan to introduce, including police officers in England and Wales being required to wear the same uniform if Labour are re elected. A separate distinctive national uniform is also to be introduced in the next parliament for police community support officers.
Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary, said: "This is quite clearly a real damp squib of a White Paper. There is a lack of any new real ideas and we get a clear sense that we have now is a Labour Government which has run out of steam and has no idea how to reform policing in the UK."
Only sergeants and constables are paid overtime, officers working at the front line of our society. Front end policing is where the financial support should be focused and overtime is a vital part of delivering the policing the public wants and needs. Senior Officers should have the freedom and discretion to allocate overtime according to policing priorities.
"Supporting The Police to Succeed" hardly seems appropriate when accompanied by proposals that might just push police morale over the edge.
Monday, 30 November 2009
The strength of each police force in England & Wales from 2002 to present day
The population for each police force area for the corresponding period
BCS & recorded crime levels for each force & region for the period
Thursday, 26 November 2009
His colleagues later described him as an "inspiration". Prime Minister Gordon Brown described PC Barker as a "very heroic, very brave man". Hazel Barker, his wife said the "amazing dad" died "doing the job he loved".
Bill and Hazel have four children - two boys and two girls aged between eight and 16. The youngest, Emma, has written an emotional open letter of thanks that we would like to reprint here.
"Thank you everyone for giving cards to me and my family and supporting us by giving us flowers, hugs and kisses. It has been a disaster over the last few days for my family and me, and people have been making dinner for our family. The nice people have been coming to see my mum and all our family as well as my Gran. My dog, Sam, went over to my dad's shoes and smelt them, then lay down beside them. I have about 500 cards and all of them make me better. Eleven people have come today as they love my family and, before I go, thank you for the cards. Love from Emma." God bless you Emma.
The kind thoughts and best wishes of the world have been focused on Hazel and her family this week. We would like to add our heartfelt condolances and prayers for you all.
From everyone here at Nice 1 Limited
Monday, 23 November 2009
Andrews became known as “The Fatal Attraction Murderess”, and was jailed for life in 2001 for murdering millionaire businessman Tommy Cressman, 39 who had refused to marry her. She bludgeoned him with a cricket bat and stabbed him through the heart with a kitchen knife at his home in Fulham, West London.
Following an appeal in 2006 her sentence was reduced to 12 years, making her eligible for parole in 2012.
The London Standard reported in 2008 that Andrews had amassed more than £500,000 from property while in jail.. Whilst in custody, she has been earning £30,000 a year renting out her two-bedroom flat overlooking Battersea Park, which has nearly trebled in value to an estimated £600,000 over the past seven years.
The Parole Board approved Andrew’s move to open conditions in the the summer — despite objections from Mr Cressman’s family — after she convinced the panel of her remorse and that she was no longer danger to the public.
The prison population as of 20th November 2009 was 84,681, with a Useable Operational Capacity of 85,663, close to tipping point it seems.
In the last ten years the number of foreign nationals in prison has doubled and now represents over 14%(11,855) of the total prison population in England and Wales. (http://www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/)
Isn't it time consideration was given to repatriating convicted foreign nationals to their country of origin? This is no longer a race or culture issue. The average cost per prisoner place in 2008-2009 was £31,106 x by 11,855 = taxpayer burden of £368,761,630!
If the 11,855 places were available for UK convicted prisoners, is it too much of a stretch of the imagination that we might actually see an improvement in sentencing and tighter controls over convicted murderers movements?
Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited
Thursday, 19 November 2009
*DO NOT scroll down and read until you see the video!
Watch the video and what do you see? Officers ordering the suspect to put the assault rifle down and it appears he is complying and then he is shot!
Is that what you see?
Want to know what it is like to work the streets and what risks you face daily?
Watch the video again and watch the suspect's right hand while he places the rifle down with his left hand. What you don't see, but the officer behind the suspect does see, is the suspect pulling a hidden handgun from his rear pants with his right hand. Watch as the bad guy goes down, the handgun is still in his right hand. Just a reminder - what you think you see at first does not always tell the truth. Watch it again, and learn!
Then pass this on to EVERYONE on your email list so they can do the same. Its time Mr Citizen and the press has a better understanding of why this guy REALLY got shot not to mention the cops laying their lives on the line...
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
On the site you will see a short video about Madelaine. There are some interesting comments below that post. One of which has a lists some very good points. There is a lot of unanswered questions about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and we sincerely hope that someday the world will know the full truth of the matter and pray for her safe return to her parents.
Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited
Sunday, 1 November 2009
The truth of the Labour immigration strategy is out. Immigration into Britain has risen uncontrollably.
The question many are asking is "how exactly has this happened?".
Was it absent-minded management or gross incompetence? Or worse, was it deliberate? This seems just too outrageous to consider. Surely a deliberate policy of mass immigration would have been tantamount to an attempt to change the very make-up of this country without telling the electorate?
If this had indeed been the strategy, there could not have been a more grave abuse of the entire process of democracy.
Make no mistake, this is exactly what happened.
It has been revealed this week that the Labour government implemented a deliberate and secret strategy of national cultural sabotage. This astonishing news was revealed this week in a newspaper article by one Andrew Neather. Mr Neather was a speech writer for Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.
It was Mr Neather who wrote a speech in September 2000 for Barbara Roche, the then immigration minister, calling for a loosening of immigration controls. However, the true purpose of this strategy was carefully concealed from the electorate.
In 2001, the Labour manifesto disguised their real objective by stating that the immigration rules needed to reflect changes to the economy to meet skills shortages. The way the policy was constructed concealed a sinister shift of policy. Neather said that until 'at least February last year', when a new points-based system was introduced to limit foreign workers in response to increasing uproar, the purpose of the policy Roche ushered in was to open up the UK to mass immigration. To that end, the Labour strategy was successful.
- 2.3 million migrants have swollen the population since 2001.
- Work permits for migrants have quadrupled to 120,000 a year since 1997.
Neather has revealed that the Government's 'driving political purpose', was 'to make the UK truly multicultural'. It was politically motivated by ministers to radically transform the fundamental make-up and identity of this country. WHY? To destroy the right of British people to live in a society defined by its common history, religion, law, language and traditions. It set out to destroy the "culturally British" and to put another 'multicultural' identity in its place.
All of this was done without asking the British people whether they wanted their country and their culture to be transformed in this way.
Part of the devisive motivation by Labour ministers was 'to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date'. The former Labour adviser said the Government strategy was in part, to try to humiliate right-wing opponents of immigration. It is said that Labour 'deliberately let migrants in to make Britain more multicultural and so that Tories could be accused of racism'. The claim demonstrates a utterly disgraceful and irresponsible approach to decision-making.
Former Labour minister Frank Field said: 'I am speechless at the idea that people thought they could socially engineer a nation on this basis.'
Mr Neather said ministers hoped the report and strategy would enable Labour to paint the Conservatives as xenophobic and out of touch. 'I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended - even if this wasn't its main purpose - to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date,' Mr Neather added.
Tory leaders William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard were attacked by Labour as out of touch when they raised questions about immigration. Mr Hague was said to be 'playing the race card' in 2001 when he accused Mr Blair of turning Britain into a 'foreign land'. Mr Howard was called a 'racist' in 2004 when he went to the BNP stronghold of Burnley to criticise Labour's stance on asylum seekers.
Tory immigration spokesman Damian Green said: 'It would be a disgracefully irresponsible way for a government to run their immigration policy. To organise it on the basis of what might embarrass the Opposition would be shameful. I would urge the Home Affairs Select Committee to look at this whole episode. Ministers must now be honest with the British people. Do they still believe, as they did five years ago, that uncontrolled immigration is good for the country?'.
It was this gratuitous left-wing bullying that Neather found to be 'a manoeuvre too far'. As far as the overall strategy went though, Neather could see nothing wrong in the actions he revealed. Suprisingly, he thinks it's something to boast about. "Mass immigration", he wrote, "provided the 'foreign nannies, cleaners and gardeners' without whom London could hardly function".
How arrogant, elitist, irresponsible and downright criminal is that!
Neather implied that most immigrants are Eastern Europeans. In fact, these comprise fewer than a quarter of all immigrants. Despite his misguided and innacurate assmptions, schools in very high immigration areas find it desperately difficult to cope with so many children who don't even have basic English.
Health, housing, the prison and Criminal Justice System are similarly being overwhelmed by the sheer weight of numbers.
A concern about immigration is that it could lead to more crime. An early draft of the later censored Labour report covered the subject - but deciding it was a too sensitive it would be best to cut it from the final version. One of the passages read: 'There is emerging evidence that the circumstances in which asylum seekers are living is leading to criminal offences, including fights and begging.' Another declared: 'Migration has opened up new opportunities for organised crime.' There were likely consequences of more 'marriage rackets' - and also drug dealing, people trafficking and fraud.
Neather's most shocking revelation was that the mass immigration policy wasn't introduced to produce nannies or cleaners for the better off. It was to transform Britain into a multicultural society where British attributes would have no greater status than any other country's. A measure of controlled immigration is accepted as good for a country.
This strategy was never intended to enhance British culture and society by broadening the mix. It was to destroy the very character that defines its uniqueness. It also guaranteed (conveniently) an increasingly Labour-voting electorate. A recent survey by the Electoral Commission confirms that some 90 per cent of black people and three-quarters of Asians vote Labour.
According to Neather, mass immigration provided so many overwhelming benefits, he couldn't understand the nervous response of concerned ministers. Ministers were, he wrote, reluctant to discuss what increased immigration would mean, especially to white working class representing Labour's core voter.
So, sworn to secrecy, they continued their disgraceful strategy. The party faithful knew full well that to reveal the truth the truth about what they were doing, would create uproar in amongst the electorate.
This was no mere failure of policy. It was deliberate. From the very mouth of the Labour speech writer, we now know that Mr Straw and his cohorts plotted to flood the country with immigrants to change its very character and identity.
This more than any other reason is why Nick Griffin has gained so much support. According to a YouGov poll taken after Question Time, no fewer than 22 per cent of British voters would now 'seriously consider' voting for the BNP.
Nearly one quarter of British people considering voting for a neo nazi party with views abhorrent to democracy, human rights and common decency is a staggering indictment of the Labour legacy.
For years we have watched as our country's landscape has been transformed out of all recognition - and politicians from have told us that it isn't happening and that we are racist bigots to object even if it is.
Now the political landscape has been transformed overnight by the unguarded comments of Andrew Neather's eye-opening revelations. We now know that Labour politicians actually made this happen - with total contempt for their own core voters.
Neather commented that the jobs filled by immigrant workers 'certainly wouldn't be taken by unemployed BNP voters from Barking or Burnley - fascist au pair, anyone?' So that's how New Labour sees the white working class, supposedly the very people it is in politics to champion. Should they be suprised then that its core vote is now choosing to emigrate in such large numbers to the BNP when Labour treats them like this?
Condemned out of its own mouth, by its own reprehensible conduct - it is New Labour that is responsible for the rise of the BNP - by an act of utter treachery to the entire nation.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Yvonne Fletcher died after being hit by shots fired from the embassy during a demonstration against Gaddafi.
"She is not an enemy to us, and we are sorry all the time and (offer) our sympathy, because she was on duty, she was there to protect the Libyan embassy, but this is the problem that should be solved -- but who did it?" Gaddafi said in an interview with Sky News, to be broadcast on Monday.
Britain's foreign ministry said in a statement: "We agree with him that this issue needs to be resolved.
"Libya can help in the search for answers by allowing the UK police to return to Libya to complete their investigations into the murder of WPC Fletcher."
Chairman of the police federation, Paul McKeever, met with Daniel Kawczynski MP last week, following an Early Day Motion being tabled.
The motion expressed astonishment at reports in the Daily Telegraph on 16 October 2009 that the Crown Prosecution Service believed there to be sufficient evidence two years ago to charge Matouk Mohammed Matouk and Abdulgader Mohammed Baghdadi in connection with the murder of WPC Fletcher; deploring the Libyan government's continuing obstruction of efforts to bring her killers to justice; and called on the Secretary of State for Justice to make a statement to the House immediately.
Relations with Britain were only resumed 15 years later when Libya "accepted general responsibility for the actions of those within the (embassy)...and expressed deep regret to the family" to whom it agreed to pay compensation.
Gaddafi said Britain and Libya had enjoyed good economic relations, even when diplomatic ties had been broken.
The United States in late 2003 began a process of rapprochement with Libya, after decades of estrangement, because of Tripoli's decision to abandon the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.
Gaddafi also talked about the release of former Libyan agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison where he had been serving a life sentence for the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing in which 270 people, mainly Britons and Americans, died.
Libya angered Britain and the United States over the warm public reception it gave to Megrahi, who was freed in August on compassionate grounds as he has terminal cancer.
Critics of the move accused the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and the devolved Scottish administration, of freeing Megrahi to win business deals with Libya.
Gaddafi brushed off the issue saying: "It is a matter of concern for the British, Scots, Americans. We are not really concerned about it."
Gadaffi sorry? - Yeah, sounds like it.
If you're really sorry, produce Matouk Mohammed Matouk and Abdulgader Mohammed Baghdadi for them to face the Justice of a British Court NOW.
10 DOWNING STREET PETITION . . . .
WPC Yvonne Fletcher was shot and killed outside the libyans people bureau in 1984. Her killer was released from the bureau and returned to Libya a few days later. In view of the compassion shown by the UK to the lockerbie bomber, her killer should be returned to the UK to face justice.
A petition has been raised on the site http://www.number10.gov.uk/
To support this petition click http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/YvonneFletcher/
Deadline to sign up by: 28 December 2009 – Signatures: 9,260 (as of 25th October 2009)
Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited
While serious assaults are only a small proportion of total crime, can we place any faith in other statistics provided by the police?
The recorded crime figures have become almost impossible to take seriously. The Home Office has changed the methodology so dramatically since 1997 that comparing figures for crime over time has deliberately been made an impossible task. This allows ministers to rely upon the British Crime Survey as their preferred measure of offending, even though it was introduced in the 1980s to complement, not replace, police figures.
But far more important than the manipulation of dodgy figures is the fact that thousands of victims have received no justice; indeed, they have not even had their ordeal taken seriously. Two stories have exemplified the backward approach which prevails: an investigation of an attack on a 17-year-old girl was dropped because of the cost of sending her clothes away for DNA tests; yet a man who returned a £5 takeaway meal he had ordered was arrested by four officers, interrogated for 20 hours and charged with criminal damage.
• A female pensioner said she was pushed to the floor, banged her head and was kicked repeatedly by four offenders while on the ground. The force recorded the crime as inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent. HMIC would classify it as wounding or carrying out an act endangering life, a form of Most Serious Violence.
• A victim of an attack in a pub said he was punched repeatedly in the head, pushed to the floor and continually kicked. The injuries included a swollen eye, cuts and swelling to the head and cheek and bruising to knees, legs and hands. The force recorded the crime as ABH (Assault With Less Serious Injury) while HMIC would classify it as attempted grievous bodily harm with intent (Most Serious Violence).
• A husband allegedly smashed up his wife’s car, threw things at the window and threatened her with a stick. The force classified the offence as an incident while HMIC would classify it as a criminal damage.
Denis O’Connor, the chief inspector of constabulary, said: “It’s a very high error rate on a small sample. For us, as the regulator, it’s a matter of concern.”
Warped priorities such as these result in a corrosive decline in public trust of the police. Mr O'Connor said "perverse targets" set by the Government might be partly to blame. But there must come a time when the authorities take direct responsibility for such inanities.
The HMIC report came on the same day that the quarterly crime statistics were released by the Home Office. They showed that between April and June, compared to the same three-month period last year, more burglaries, robberies and personal thefts were recorded. Domestic burglary rose by 3 per cent, robbery by 1 per cent and personal theft by 5 per cent. The economic downturn is one possible reason for the rise.
Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said: “The increase in burglary rates is worrying since it is the unemployed who are most likely to be the victims – making life even tougher for them at the moment.”
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: “This is the fourth quarter in a row in which theft and burglary have risen as the recession bites. Senior police officers warn that we have not yet seen the full extent of the credit crunch crime wave.”
Friday, 23 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
• Mohammed Patel charged £500 a time to stage 'accidents'
• Office workers noticed high number of crashes at roundabout
A "crash for cash" fraudster who lived the high life on the proceeds of staged accidents and cost the insurance industry £1.6m was jailed today.
Mohammed Patel, 24, charged £500 a time to stage accidents which enabled fraudsters to claim an average of £17,000 from insurers. He staged at least 93 crashes, earning himself around £46,000, Manchester's Minshull Street crown court heard.
Patel, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, admitted one count of conspiracy to defraud, six counts of dangerous driving and four counts of driving while disqualified. He was jailed for four and a half years and banned from driving for three and a half years.
William Baker, prosecuting, said Patel's earnings funded an "Aladdin's cave" at the home of his unemployed girlfriend, Ettorina Hay. The court heard the pair enjoyed luxurious foreign holidays and drove expensive cars.
Baker said the scam was exposed by suspicious office workers at Bovis Homes, who overlooked the Eden Point roundabout on the A34 at Cheadle Hulme. He said that in the latter part of 2005 "they became suspicious that road traffic accidents were being staged" because of the number and similarities of crashes.
Baker, describing the set-up, said: "One vehicle colliding with another at low speed with minor damage and often the same person driving the lead vehicle. They told drivers of the rear vehicles they thought they were the victim of fraud."
Baker said: "Mohammed Patel staged the road traffic accidents. He drove cars on to the roundabout and then stopped them so abruptly the vehicle behind could not avoid a collision.
Fraudulent claims, submitted by people not present at the scene whom Patel purported to be, were then made. Claims would include compensation for injuries such as whiplash, damage to the vehicle, a hire car, and storage of the damaged vehicle.
Baker said Patel staged the accidents between May 2005 and August 2008. Patel was arrested in Bolton on 7 August last year and gave a prepared statement to police. He pleaded guilty to the charges.
Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
An interactive map offering detailed crime statistics on every street in England and Wales crashed hours after its launch today.
Users in London, Yorkshire, Humberside and Manchester were unable to access the detailed online map.
Those attempting to visit the site, http://maps.police.uk/ were shown an automated message saying it was temporarily unavailable.
The teething problems surfaced as Home Office minister David Hanson officially unveiled the website during a visit to a regeneration project in south west London. He was joined by National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) deputy chief executive Steve Mortimore, whose colleagues drew up the map.
The website aimed to offer members of the public unprecedented access to information about crimes taking place in their neighbourhood. The national map follows on the heels of regional versions created by the 43 forces across England and Wales.
Users should be able to access figures on levels of burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour. They can also compare one area against another and compare figures against the same period the previous year to see if crime is getting better or worse. The website also offers messages from senior officers and links to local policing priorities and information about forthcoming crime-fighting events.
A Home Office spokesman said: "The high level of public interest in the new national crime map has put temporary pressure on the website. Urgent work is under way to resolve this and the website should be working again shortly."
The launch of the “Crime Mapping” facility, http://maps.police.uk/ unites the crime statistics of the 43 police forces of England & Wales under one software banner for the first time.
This is long overdue. Only yesterday an article posted on this site complained that the Home Office were allowing 8 forces responsible for 40% of the population and 48% of crime to use their own software. Cynical perhaps, but we suspected that this was yet another Home Office strategy to prevent the general public from accessing the full picture of current recorded crime, and also continuing the “fudging” of figures.
A few observations.
• The “All Crime” monthly average for the most recent three months is 357,365 incidents
• This is more than a months full crime reporting for the nation!
• In 2008 as in previous years, the BCS estimates of crime were over twice that of recorded crime
• Front line officers tell us that if anything, the volume of crime is increasing NOT decreasing
• Crimes are often misclassified… robbery downgraded to theft, car theft included in burglary when keys are stolen on egress
• How many crimes are not now reported as such, if the victim does not insist? (Citizen focus?)
• Has public confidence sunk so low that they have simply lost all faith in reporting?
• The BCS last year suggested that reporting had dropped as low as 33% for some offences, to 38% overall
To quote from the Home Office BCS : “For the crime types it covers, the BCS provides a better reflection of the true extent of household and personal crime than police recorded statistics because the survey includes crimes that are not reported to or recorded by the police. The primary purpose of the BCS is to provide national level analysis but some headline figures are available at regional and police force area level. The BCS is also a better indicator of long-term trends than police recorded crime because it is unaffected by changes in levels of reporting to the police or police recording practices”.
• This implies that the Government will place importance on police recorded crime only when it suits them. i.e. If recorded crime shows a decrease, with all the measures introduced to achieve that.
• The table below shows a steady decline in reporting of overall crime in the last 12 years, coincidentally the years of New Labour.
• Does this explain the “gap” of crimes that seem to have appeared in the reduction of reported crime?
• With so many new offences created, we are advised that it is simple to reallocate a reported offence to a lesser category.
• Section 5 Public Order Offences (crimeable) are now commonly demoted to drunk and disorderly (no crime report)
Monday, 19 October 2009
This is bad for policy-making – if you cover up the problems, how can you solve them? It also erodes public trust. Government must be much more honest about the challenges facing the country, if we are to begin to tackle them. Short-term spin must give way to proper long-term strategic thinking. That is the way to restore public confidence.
We would advocate and support the proposal to make crime statistics properly independent. This would remove responsibility for compiling and publishing crime figures from the Home Office, who clearly cannot be trusted to be truthful with the electorate and not to apply their political spin. The reposnsibility should be placed with the Office for National Statistics which is totally independent. The pre-release access that Ministers and political advisers get to crime statistics should be abolished – so the public would be the first to get an honest account of the facts. Any politician can talk about resuscitating public trust. The party that demonstrates their intentions and follows it up with decisive action that is genuinely in the public interest, will have the best chance of achieving it.
Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited
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