Category Archives: Crime

Former Cop Nigel Boulton discusses Child Protection & Abuse

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Former detective Nigel Boulton is the original designer of the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH), and now supporting MASH delivery and safeguarding improvements around the UK.

Nigel spoke to Jason McCrossan on his Monday Matters radio show on 106.9 SFM (www.sfmradio.com) about how MASH is used to share information across agencies and identify children and vulnerable adults who are at risk from Female genital mutilation, extremism, radicalisation just to name a few.

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Tareena Shakil fled to the war-torn Syria in October 2014.

Jason spoke to Nigel on the day that 26 year old Tareena Shakil was found guilty of taking her toddler son to Syria to join terror group ISIS.  Tareena had fled to the war-torn region in October 2014 after telling her family she was going on holiday to Turkey.  She was found guilty of being a member of ISIS and encouraging acts of terror, becoming the first British woman to be convicted after return from the terror heartland.

More about MASH information can be found at his website: http://www.nibconsulting.co.uk/mash/

 

 

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Police give hate crime the boot

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Merseyside Police at Pride event.

Officers from throughout the force are replacing the standard black laces for multi-coloured ones to mark the start of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History month.

The unique rainbow laces use the same colour scheme as the rainbow flag, which has been flown by the force for the past nine years to mark International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in May and will be raised again on February 1st.

Officers of all ranks will be allowed to wear the distinctive laces throughout February as a show of support for our LGBT staff and also for our partner agencies who stand alongside Merseyside Police to end discrimination and to eradicate hate crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said: “As a force we have already pledged to do everything we can to support members of the LGBT community and tackle homophobic and Transphobic hate crime in Merseyside. The flying of rainbow flag of IDAHO is already a well-established tradition in Merseyside and the introduction of rainbow laces as a show of support for LGBT History month is another great initiative.

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 21.55.57“We pride ourselves on being a diverse, fair and equal opportunities employer and the networks we have forged with support networks such as Homotopia and our GLSN have helped us improve the service we give to members of the LGBT community.

“Sadly, some people continue to be targeted because they are perceived to be different and it is important that victims feel confident enough in the police to report any hate crime incidents to us.

“We have made significant in-roads into addressing this issue through the establishment of our hate crime investigation ‘Sigma’ units, however there is further work to do to increase hate crime reporting and initiatives like this can only help demonstrate our commitment to this cause.”

Detective Constable Tracy O’Hara, chair of Merseyside Police’s LGBT network, said : “It is important for myself and other LGBT colleagues in Merseyside Police to see visible support from senior managers and those who do not identify as LGBT, wearing the rainbow laces.

merseysidepolice_34042783394.jpg“This is a team game and hopefully this will get people talking.

“LGBT history month is an opportunity to be visible in our stance against homophobia and transphobia. We have an established LGBT network however there are still those who feel unable to be out.

“Rainbow laces enable all staff to show their commitment to eradicating hate and discrimination in all its facets and that is what this is all about.”

During LGBT history month, members of Merseyside Police’s gay lesbian support network (GLSN) and Merseyside Black Police Association will be joining Homotopia and Liverpool’s Unity Theatre in welcoming a contingent of campaigners and academics from Poland.

The group will be looking at how LGBT cultural events such as Pride are organised in the city, how anti-discrimination is discussed in schools and universities, and how the emergency services and local councils work with charities to promote LGBT awareness.

Sittingbourne Man Guilty of Vicious Stabbing

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Sittingbourne teenager Johnny Jacob Brazil has been found guilty of a vicious knife attack that left a man fighting for his life.

The attack happened in Barnes Close Faversham, just before 9pm, on Saturday 1 August 2015 where Kent Police, who were responding to calls of a disturbance, found a man had been stabbed with a large kitchen knife. The victim, who is 25 years old, was then rushed by air ambulance to a London hospital and had to be kept in hospital for six days to be treated for his injuries.

The weapon, was later recovered in bushes on a rural road near Teynham.

19 year old Brazil was arrested and charged the next day with wounding with intent, threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place and two counts of common assault.  He denied all four charges but was found guilty of grievous bodily harm by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court . He was also found guilty of common assault after punching a 27-year-old man outside shops in Priory Row just minutes prior to the stabbing. He was found not guilty of the remaining charges.

Brazil is due to be sentenced on a later date due to be set.

Oscar Pistorius: The Life & Trial of A Murderer

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Oscar Pistorius is a murderer. He brutally shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, most probably after an argument, on the morning of valentines day 2013.  Later that day, Reeva had been due to speak to young girls at Sandton High School in Johannesburg, about respect from men and avoiding bad choices in relationships with partners.  Oscar not only put a stop to her talk – but to the rest of her life.

 

The image that the media proliferated and profiteered from was that Oscar was a wholesome good looking hero, a person who’d battled against the odds, succeeded with a disability and who could inspire a younger generation.  He made and sold column inches.

The truth was to become much murkier and complicated as the interview I did with author and blogger Lisa Wilson shows – Oscar, in my own words was “a nasty piece of work” and Lisa told me how he didn’t just compete his way to the top – he bullied and used his families wealth and influence to secure a place in the olympics and to ultimately pay for top legal representation – following his cold bloodied murder.  And  even now -with his bail set at 10,000 rand (or $700/ £450) – and him able to spend time at home as a convicted murderer – it seems to continue to work.

When Oscar was in the court room giving his evidence – most of it lies – I often wondered what his family heard – and why that differed so much from what I and the rest of the world heard?  (Apart from the odd crackpots who shamelessly spout his innocents)! Did Oscar’s family argue over whether to support what they must have known was the truth (he murdered Teeva) or was the honour of the family name just too important? I guess we’ll never know.

When Pistorius took to the witness stand – all I heard were the whimpering lies of a murderer – desperately trying to save his career – inconvenienced by his current predicament – wanting nothing more than to get away with his murder and get back to his celebrity lifestyle.

I often ask myself why didn’t his family find the humanity to say to him ‘Hey Oscar, quit with the lies – just tell the truth and let be done.  Reeva deserves the truth’.  But they didn’t. They supported his story and continue to push the lie that it was all an accident  – and that Oscar believed he was protecting his girlfriend with the unforgivable sentence ‘When Reeva went to bed that night she felt loved’.  What an abominable insult to Reeva and her family.

And that is one of the things that disturbs me about this family.  There was no humanity shown towards Reeva nor the Steenkamps.  I guess the family that surrounds Pistorius are tied to his success – you can imagine that as Oscar’s stature rose – so did theirs.  His adulation – became theirs- to share with friends and acquaintances, who also wanted a piece of the pie.

When Oscar pulled the trigger and aborted the ‘mission’ – they found themselves shackled to a narrative not of success & heroism – but of a angry, spiteful young man who put himself above others and treated women like  accessories – to own and discard at his whom.

One imagines – after all the highs – they didn’t want to face the lows – even if that meant denying facts, and perpetuating a lie.  They allowed themselves to become victims.

Unfortunately the latter also meant trampling all over the life and memory of someone else.  Oscar’s family couldn’t bring themselves to believe that their status within their social network, South Africa and the world beyond – was as bloodied as the toilet where Oscar ended Reeva’s life.

Oscar and his wealthy family have been pivitol to his success and his failure as a human.  The failure that lead him to become a murderer – who is currently on bail and out of jail – which shows what money and influence can do.  Had he been unknown, without the wealth – or another colour – he’d be banged up right now – contemplating his actions.

Lisa Wilson has co-authored many books about Oscar Pistorius- including her latest booked which she co-wrote with Nick van der Leek called THE APPEAL: Oscar Pistorius – which she wrote with the freelance journalist and author Nick van der Leek.

ON TONIGHT’S MONDAY MATTERS

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This particular Monday Matters marks the last of ‘usual’ programming we will do until 2016!!  Although I WON’T be playing ANY CHRISTMAS MUSIC TONIGHT! (well apart from beds & jingles!) -although the songs I will play ARE linked to Christmas.

Tonight I’m playing – Non-Christmas – Christmas music!!

All the songs I’m going to play were in the UK Top 20 on the 25th of December on their year of release!  So, they may bring back memories of Christmas – but they were not Christmas songs!  There are some crackers as well – who remembers…..The Barron Knights;  Jellybean Ft Elisa Fiorllo; a cracker of a song by Chicken Shed?; Kate Bush’s – Rocket Man?; Godley & Creme?  There are loads of great songs that were in the charts on 25th December – but that YOU WON’T hear on a loop in Asda, Tesco’s or Morrisons!!!

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Also, instead of our featured artist -I bring you: Jason’s Christmas December Disco  – where I play 4 1970s disco songs that were also in the top 20 charts on 25th December – including: Billy Ocean, Rose Royce, Donna Summer & MJ….

AND Let us not forget – The premiere of the latest Star Wars movie The Force Awakens, takes place in Los Angeles later.  There will be a Star Wars – NOT IN THE NEWS…special between 7pm and 8pm.

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After Jason’s Christmas December Disco; Kyra brings us this weeks music news (the last of 2015) and then our Roving Reporter Bonnie Britain files her latest report about a MoleculeArt event in London’s South Bank Oxo Tower – where she drank cocktails and sprayed all different types of paint on to canvas as part of an art exhibition.
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In the final hour it’s my last interview of 2015 – which is with the author, blogger and writer Lisa Wilson (aka Juror13).  Lisa has blogged from various trials and writes her articles from the perspective of a juror.
Tonight we discuss the life and trial of Oscar Pistorius and how he shouldn’t of been at the Olympics at all – but he bullied his way on to the ticket.  Lisa has met the family of Reeva Steenkamp and will discuss the continuation of the work that Reeva was embarking by her mother June.  The foundation seeks to help and protect women from violent men or relationships.  Oscar Pistorius – the man he really is – is after 9pm (GMT).

You can tune in via the Tunein Radio App

Or by visiting the 106.9 SFM Website

John Lennon – Imagine…35 years on

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35 years ago today John Lennon was assassinated while walking into his home at the Dakota building in New York City. 12 years later Mark Chapman gave this creepy interview to Larry King.

Oscar Pistorius: Murderer

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South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has accepted the State’s appeal and changed the conviction that was handed down to Oscar Pistorius from manslaughter to murder.

Eric Leach spent just under 30 minutes reading the unanimous ruling which was agreed upon by all of the five judges.

Leach said that having armed himself with a high-calibre weapon, Pistorius must have foreseen that whoever was behind the door might die, especially given his firearms training.  Of course he should.  He killed Reeva because he was angry and because he felt he could.

The Supreme Court ruling comes as a relief to many people who thought Oscar had evaded justice and literally ‘got away with murder’.  Pistorius had given unconvincing testimony at his trial with him being referred to as a ‘poor witness’.  Many, including me, watched the trial at times with disbelief as Oscar’s defence team trotted out one questionable expert after another – it really  was nearly laughable – but it wasn’t, because a young woman was brutally murdered on valentines day by the very person who should of protected her.

Anyone, and there were thousands, who sat through the court case was left in no doubt that Oscar was an angry young man who always got what he wanted and was prone to violent outbursts – usually, but not always vocally.  It seems he was a ticking time-bomb waiting to go off.  Unfortunately, Reeva Steenkamp took the full impact of his explosion.

 

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Reeva Steenkamp

So, how did he manage to get off with it first time around?  Well, like most, if not all justice systems around the world – money and the ability to afford the best lawyers seem to have played its part.  Had Oscar been a black poor kid and Reeva been the same – this wouldn’t of even been a footnote in history and Oscar would be serving a life sentence in some unforsaken prison – where he would be unknown and forgotten about by all but a few close relatives.

The UK court has a system of juries which has its positives when faced with straight forward cases – however, can fall down when things are complicated and be swayed by good witnesses or defendants.  No system is, or can be, the perfect system.

I hope that the Steenkamps can now feel some sense that justice, from their home country, has finally came down on their side.

The murder of Daniel Morgan with Peter Jukes

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Daniel Morgan was a private investigator who was murdered in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham in March 1987. He was said to have been close to exposing important police corruption. His death was the subject of several failed police inquiries and in 2011 was at the centre of allegations concerning the suspect conduct of News of the World journalists. Was he second alleged victim of the infamous gangster Kenneth Noye?  And what part did his former business partner Jonathan Rees and the last to speak to him have in his murder?  Sid Fillery, who led the initial murder investigation, retired from the Metropolitan Police on medical grounds and took over Daniel Morgan’s position as Jonathan Rees’s partner at Southern Investigations.

In 1998 Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Roy Clark conducted a third, secret, inquiry into the murder during which Southern Investigations’s office was bugged.  In December 2000, Jonathan Rees was found guilty of conspiring to plant cocaine on an innocent woman in order to discredit her in a child custody battle and sentenced to seven years imprisonment for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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Peter Jukes – writer and adviser to Byline – world’s most visited crowdfunded journalism site

Jason McCrossan spoke to author and journalist Peter Jukes who outlined the history of the case and developments that he himself has discovered that shine a light on links between journalists and met police which strike at the heart of the British justice system.

For more information visit Peter Jukes page:  https://www.byline.com/column/2/article/277

The Life of a Female: Metropolitan Police Officer

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Sophie A. Matthews was an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). She policed the streets of London for a decade, initially as a uniformed police officer on the frontline, and later on as a detective in CID. For five years, she has worked as a homicide detective on the well-respected Homicide and Serious Crime Command in London.

Sophie speaks to Jason McCrossan about her new book: The Thinner Blue Line and shares some of her experiences on the front line.

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The Thinner Blue Line: The Life of a Female: Metropolitan Police Officer – Sophie A. Matthews

For more information about the book: http://tiny.cc/rn5g2x