Archive of General News

Daniel Berke posts video on the topic of disclosure of evidence

December 15, 2018:

Daniel Berke of 3D solicitors was our main speaker at our Autumn conference. He has published a video where he explains the importance of gaining full disclosure of evidence to support your defence, and how you can help your defence team. Please take a look at this very useful video. https://vimeo.com/294637559

In grateful memory of the late Richard Webster

December 8, 2018:

Richard Webster was an investigative journalist, well loved by FACT members, who died in 2011 aged 60. Our chairman has written this tribute which is particularly pertinent as our 20th Anniversary approaches. Richard researched and wrote about many of the issues central to FACT’s work, he was very far sighted and I believe decades ahead […]

Although ‘Nick’ has been charged, the justice system continues to fail the innocent

‘Nick’ alleged that he had been sexually abused by a number of VIPs including Ted Heath; Leon Brittan, Lord Bramall and Harvey Proctor. His real name has now been made public, he is Carl Beech. His allegations lead to the £2.5 million pound heavily criticized investigation by the Met Police known as Operation Midland. The […]

New: The Falsely Accused Help Team

November 15, 2018:

Those who have been wrongfully accused of abuse need all the help they can get. Our members generally find that they need to be proactive in finding the evidence that can prove their innocence. Now there is a team that understand this and can do some of this work for you. The following is a […]

Police detective talks about danger of ‘bandwagon effect’

November 5, 2018:

Anyone wrongly accused of sexual abuse lives in fear of the ‘bandwagon effect’. If the allegations against them are made public then they are afraid that the mentally disturbed and the unscrupulous will jump on the bandwagon and claim that they too have been abused. The police have taken the view that publicising someone’s name […]

Paul Gambaccini wins damages from the Crown Prosecution Service

It’s not often that there is good news for those who have been wrongfully accused of sexual abuse. The suffering of the victims of wrongful allegations is well documented in the Oxford University study, ‘The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices‘ One member who was arrested on suspicion […]

Justice Select Committee Reports on Disclosure Failings

July 21, 2018:

The wrongfully accused may feel heartened by two items of good news in the last week. First there was Judge Mann’s judgement in favour of Cliff Richard who had his reputation, health and income trashed by the actions of the BBC. You can read Simon Warr’s views on this judgement here. Secondly the Justice Select […]

An appeal for anonymity (Cliff’s Law?)

July 20, 2018:

The following is a blog by the BBC radio presenter Simon Warr from his site, the Warr Zone, concerning what is increasingly being referred to as ‘Cliff’s Law’, the call for anonymity of a suspect up to the time they are charged. Many people are today celebrating the fact that Sir Cliff Richard has won […]

Member of our advisory group makes submission to Justice Committee ‘Inquiry on Disclosure of Evidence’

July 15, 2018:

Chris Saltrese is a solicitor specialising in the defence of those accused of sexual offences. He is a member of our advisory group. He has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee ‘Inquiry on Disclosure of Evidence’. The full submission is available here. The following are extracts from his submission summarising the problem and his […]

Disqualification by Association – One Teacher’s Account

The following is an account of the damaging effect the recently abandoned policy of ‘disqualification by association’ had on one of our members who had served in the teaching profession for 20 years On 2nd July 2018, the Department for Education (DfE) quietly published its consultation response to the call to scrap its controversial ‘disqualification […]

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