Police

Priti Patel turns her back on Theresa May’s legacy at the Home Office

1 October 2019 19:58

This afternoon’s law and order theme to Tory conference did take a bit of a knock when police were called…

Locking up bankers won’t solve Britain’s crime epidemic

15 August 2019 16:17

On Monday, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Munster Square in Camden. A Witness reported seeing three men…

Is it illegal to mock this drug dealer's haircut?

12 August 2019 16:54

Is it a crime to mock a criminal’s unfortunate hairstyle? Police in South Wales seem to think so. Last week, Gwent Police…

How Theresa May’s war on the police backfired

11 July 2019 8:09

British law enforcement is famous around the world for its brand of neighbourhood policing. But this now exists largely in memory…

The Met Police’s sinister facial recognition trial should worry us all

16 May 2019 13:30

We are extremely good at accusing others of doing the very thing we excel at. A case in point: we…

The truth about the police’s ‘institutional racism’

21 December 2018 9:18

It is 25 years since Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a London suburb, solely because he was black. The subsequent…

The truth about stop and search

4 September 2018 15:21

Today in Britain, some of our poorest communities are under siege from gangs and violent crime – and it can…

Paid police informants are a necessary evil

11 August 2017 16:46

Police paying a convicted child rapist to be a covert informant will always turn stomachs. But the real stomach-churner is…

What causes riots? An ex-policeman’s view

8 August 2017 10:44

What causes riots? How do peaceful, civilised protests turn into violence and anarchy? It can take just a few factors.…

The wait for answers over Grenfell Tower goes on

28 June 2017 16:23

The death toll from Grenfell Tower has now risen to 80, with police saying it could be next year before…

Should there be troops on the streets?

24 May 2017 14:36

In the wake of terrorist outrages such as Monday’s bombing, the British public tends to keep calm and carry on.…

Civil life in London is now balanced on a knife edge

26 April 2017 14:15

I’m a member of a small and weird minority, the conservative urbanophiles. Obviously cities are nests of degeneracy and, even…

When our armed police open fire have we got their backs?

1 April 2017 14:00

I walked past Parliament, five days after Khalid Masood’s fatal attack. I looked at all the armed policemen on all…

Excusing a huge group of paedophiles isn’t the answer to tackling child abuse

4 March 2017 9:30

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who heads Operation Hydrant, the police investigation of ‘non-recent’ child abuse cases, now says that paedophiles…

Season’s beatings: A barrister’s guide to a busy Christmas

22 December 2016 9:00

My colleagues at the commercial and chancery bar are all at their chalets in Gstaad, funded by the endless fees…

Summer of bloodshed continues after latest police killing in the US

29 July 2016 13:00

Once again, an American police officer has been killed in the line of duty. This time, a policeman in San…

Have the police completely lost the plot today?

21 July 2016 18:53

Is it something to do with Theresa May’s departure as Home Secretary, or are the police completely losing it? The first…

The rich are getting richer – the poor are getting robbed

5 June 2016 10:00

Much fuss is made about financial inequality, but what about inequality of crime? It’s a question that has never been…

No, thank you, Officer, I will not think before I speak

28 May 2016 13:44

As my daughter was preparing for her AS level exam on 1984 this week, George Orwell’s dystopian classic loomed back…

Why today is crucial for determining Theresa May’s chances in the next Tory leadership race

17 May 2016 8:27

Theresa May knows all about the pitfalls of speaking at the Police Federation but she is also well aware of…