Archive of General News

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 […]

End of “guilt by association” for teachers?

July 12, 2018:

Some of our members whose spouse or partner has been wrongfully convicted of abuse have found themselves unemployable. This is a particular problem in the teaching profession; so called “disqualification by association” has caused many to lose their jobs according to Unlock. From August 31st 2018 schools will no longer be able to ask staff […]

The Tyranny of Rape Myths Dogma

July 9, 2018:

This article is by Peter Joyce, one of our members from New Zealand who was wrongfully accused of raping a child. He wrote about his experience in a book titled ‘Dry Ice’. You can download the article as a PDF file, or continue reading below. “No no no!” said my lawyer, as if it would […]

“Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards…”

The following is a blog from one of our committee members, the BBC Suffolk Radio presenter Simon Warr, who himself suffered a wrongful allegation and was found not guilty. He wrote a book about his experiences titled “Presumed Guilty”, find out more about his book here. Just when it seemed as though public attitudes might […]

Historian Andrew Chandler addresses FACT at our annual service of fellowship and encouragement

April 29, 2018:

Andrew Chandler is an historian who has written a biography of the late Bishop George Bell. When the Church of England investigated an allegation that the Bishop had abused a child some sixty years earlier they made an out of court settlement to the complainant. Andrew Chandler was dismayed in the way this was handled […]

“Victims” may no longer be automatically believed by the police

Many FACT members have been deeply hurt by the police policy of “believing the victim”. Someone facing a wrongful allegation of abuse may well feel that they start at a serious disadvantage when the “victim’s” account is automatically believed. They are dismayed to find that the normal presumption of innocence is reversed and they are […]

Behind The Blue Line! My fight against racism and discrimination in the Police

April 6, 2018:

‘Behind The Blue Line My fight against racism and ediscrimination in the Police’ By Gurpal Virdi, is now available from Biteback Publications here. Use the promotion code on this flyer to get a discount. Detective Sergeant Gurpal Singh Virdi’s exemplary career in the Metropolitan Police Service ended when he spoke out against racism within it: […]

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