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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Counter-Terrorism Officer Jailed For 7/7 Property Scam

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC told Daren Pooley: “You were highly regarded in the force and you were in a position of trust. You breached that trust by dishonestly seizing the opportunity to make a lot of money.

Good, another criminal in a position of “authority” gets his comeuppance!

It’s just a shame that the criminals in Parliament are above the law …

 

Counter-terrorism officer jailed for 7/7 property scam

Daren Pooley made £93,000 by overcharging for police apartment rentals during 7 July bombing investigation

guardian.co.uk, Monday 22 November 2010 14.40 GMT

Daren Pooley Daren Pooley was jailed for defrauding the Metropolitan police of £93,000. Photograph: Nick Edwards/National Pictures

A counter-terrorism officer has been jailed for defrauding the Metropolitan police out of thousands of pounds in a property scam during the 7 July bombings investigation.

Detective constable Daren Pooley, 41, took the opportunity to make a “quick profit” out of his employers while on a long-term deployment to Leeds following the terrorist attacks on London in 2005.

He was sentenced today to three years’ imprisonment by a judge at London’s Southwark crown court.

His wife Nicola, 38, who was also found guilty of conspiracy to defraud following a three-week trial last month, was sentenced to 36 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

The conspiracy involved overcharging the Met for apartment rentals during their stay – to an eventual total of £93,000, although the actual loss to the force would have been lower, due to costs such as utility bills, the court heard.

At first, the Met officers sent to Leeds were divided into two teams and stayed in hotels at a cost of around £3,000 a month for each officer, the court heard.

But, to save money, the teams were later moved to apartments.

In May 2006, one team of officers moved into a block of serviced apartments in the Riverside West area of Leeds at a cost of £2,000 per month.

Pooley had by then met his future wife when she was staying in the same hotel and started a relationship with her.

Nicola Pooley’s brother-in-law, Stephen Butler, 59, ran a company called Citizen Group. Butler arranged for a lettings firm to provide four apartments, which were smaller and not fully serviced, in the Clarence Dock area of the city, into which Pooley and his team moved.

The court heard that Citizen Group paid £650 rent a month for each apartment but charged the Met £1,950, with the conspirators pocketing the difference each month. Butler pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced today to 12 months in prison.

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC told Daren Pooley: “You were highly regarded in the force and you were in a position of trust. You breached that trust by dishonestly seizing the opportunity to make a lot of money.

“You were very deeply involved in this conspiracy.”

He said he took into account Pooley’s previous good character and the fact that today marks the “sad end” of his 12-year career but added: “This was a prolonged and determined fraud by a trusted police officer against his own police force.

“You have never admitted your part in the offence. You have shown no remorse.”

The court heard Daren Pooley, a father of three, and Nicola Pooley were now separated.

In mitigation Gareth Weetman, representing Daren Pooley, of Spalding, Lincolnshire, said the “tragic end” of a 12-year career which saw him quickly promoted and honoured for bravery marked a “profound and permanent” punishment in itself.

“Today’s events mark the end of all that and the stopping of everything he has worked for,” he said.

“He will never again be able to get back to that career in the police force. He’s back at square one.”

The judge described Nicola Pooley, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, as being “sandwiched” between Pooley and Butler as the “knowing go-between”.

“The evidence against you at your trial was so strong, so focused and so telling that you simply had no answer to it and you chose not to give evidence,” he said.

He said he took into account the fact she was a mother to young children, her previous good character and health problems, adding: “I am sure you played no part in devising this conspiracy and if you did obtain anything from it, it was very little.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/22/counter-terrorism-police-fraud-london-bombing

Police Abuse of FITWatch Members

FITWatch and the police have history …

FIT Watch are a group of activists who attend protests and other events for the sole purpose of monitoring police activity, not to join in with the protests.

More specifically, FIT Watch use photography and video to record the behaviour of Police Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) officers.

The main purpose of the Police FIT teams are to capture images of demonstrators for upload onto a police/Government database. FIT make no discrepancy between violent or non violent protestors – all are filmed and documented on the “dissenter” database.

As you will see from this film, FIT no not like being filmed themselves. Even less so being asked to reveal their ID numbers. Police at demos routinely hide their ID numbers or swap numbers with a colleague. Removing ID numbers enables the Police to go obtain some anonymity. Swapping numbers allows them to claim (in the case of a complaint) that it must be a case of “mistaken identity”, since the Police records will show that the officer in question was posted to another area at the time.

It is interesting to note that this footage was shot many months before the controversy of the G20 protests in April 2009, where Police removed their ID numbers in order to try and avoid identification. One such officer was Delroy Smellie, who has been charged with assaulting Nicola Fisher. Fortunately for Nicola, the whole episode was captured on camera by another protestor, as was the brutality which ended the life of Ian Tomlinson. Ian was hit by an officer who was wearing a balaclava and who had also removed his ID number.

The FIT Watch members seen being arrested and restrained in this film were held in custody for 4 days,3 of which were spent in prison. They both have young children.

All charges were later dropped.

FIT Watch members arrested and body cuffed by Police for asking a Policeman for his hidden ID number

The “Advice” and the “Gagging Email” – FITWatch

The Advice:

The remarkable and brilliant student action at Millbank has produced some predictable frothing at the mouth from the establishment and right wing press. Cameron has called for the ‘full weight of the law’ to fall on those who had caused tens of thousands of pounds of damage to the expensive decor at Tory party HQ. Responsibility is being placed on ‘a violent faction’, after the march was ‘infiltrated’ by anarchists.

There are an encouraging number of intiatives to show solidarity with the arrested students – something that is vital if they are to avoid the sort of punitive ‘deterrent’ sentences handed out to the Gaza demonstrators. A legal support group has been established and the National Campaign against Cuts and Fees has started a support campaign. Goldsmiths lecturers union has publicly commended the students for a ‘magnificent demonstration’ .

This is all much needed, as the establishment is clearly on the march with this one. The Torygraph has published an irresponsible and frenzied ‘shop-a-student’ piece and the Met are clearly under pressure to produce ‘results’ after what they have admitted was a policing ‘embarrassment’.

51 people have been arrested so far, and the police have claimed they took the details of a further 250 people in the kettle using powers under the Police Reform Act. There may be more arrests to come.

Students who are worried should consider taking the following actions:

If you have been arrested, or had your details taken – contact the legal support campaign. As a group you can support each other, and mount a coherent campaign.

If you fear you may be arrested as a result of identification by CCTV, FIT or press photography;

DONT panic. Press photos are not necessarily conclusive evidence, and just because the police have a photo of you doesn’t mean they know who you are.

DONT hand yourself in. The police often use the psychological pressure of knowing they have your picture to persuade you to ‘come forward’. Unless you have a very pressing reason to do otherwise, let them come and find you, if they know who you are.

DO get rid of your clothes. There is no chance of suggesting the bloke in the video is not you if the clothes he is wearing have been found in your wardrobe. Get rid of ALL clothes you were wearing at the demo, including YOUR SHOES, your bag, and any distinctive jewellery you were wearing at the time. Yes, this is difficult, especially if it is your only warm coat or decent pair of boots. But it will be harder still if finding these clothes in your flat gets you convicted of violent disorder.

DONT assume that because you can identify yourself in a video, a judge will be able to as well. ‘That isn’t me’ has got many a person off before now.

DO keep away from other demos for a while. The police will be on the look-out at other demos, especially student ones, for people they have put on their ‘wanted’ list. Keep a low profile.

DO think about changing your appearance. Perhaps now is a good time for a make-over. Get a haircut and colour, grow a beard, wear glasses. It isn’t a guarantee, but may help throw them off the scent.

DO keep your house clean. Get rid of spray cans, demo related stuff, and dodgy texts / photos on your phone. Don’t make life easy for them by having drugs, weapons or anything illegal in the house.

DO get the name and number of a good lawyer you can call if things go badly. The support group has the names of recommended lawyers on their site. Take a bit of time to read up on your rights in custody, especially the benefits of not commenting in interview.

DO be careful who you speak about this to. Admit your involvement in criminal damage / disorder ONLY to people you really trust.

DO try and control the nerves and panic. Waiting for a knock on the door is stressful in the extreme, but you need to find a way to get on with business as normal.

Otherwise you’ll be serving the sentence before you are even arrested.

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Websites Publish Advice To Student Protesters On How To Avoid Arrest

70 sites in one day, that’s a lot of motivation!

Websites publish advice to student protesters on how to avoid arrest

Police act to close down anti-authority blog Fitwatch on grounds of ‘criminal’ activities

Paul Lewis
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 November 2010 20.20 GMT

More than 70 websites today published guidance to student protesters about avoiding arrest, in defiance of a police ruling that doing so was unlawful.

The anti-police blog Fitwatch was suspended yesterday after detectives from C011, the Metropolitan police’s public order branch, told the company hosting its website that it was “being used to undertake criminal activities”.

In a blogpost published hours earlier, Fitwatch gave advice about avoiding arrest to students involved in last week’s protest at the Millbank headquarters of the Conservative party. Fitwatch was removed soon afterwards, but tonight the offending blogpost, which recommended that students “get rid” of clothes they wore at the demonstration and change their appearance, had been republished on an additional 78 websites, including Facebook.

Many of the websites republishing the material were run by political activists, who disseminated the material via Twitter in what they described as a campaign to show the futility of police censorship.

Fitwatch campaigners said they planned to get their original website rehosted within 36 hours, adding that it was also likely that they would republish the offending article.

In its original letter to Fitwatch’s website hosting service – JustHost.com – the Met’s e-crime unit asked the domain provider to suspend the website “for a minimum of 12 months”. The letter, seen by the Guardian, said the guidance to student protesters was “attempting to pervert the course of justice” and “authority to close the website” had been given by an acting detective inspector. The Met said in a statement: “We were concerned this website was giving information about destroying evidence. We drew this to the attention of the internet infrastructure providers and they suspended the site.”

The force declined to say whether it would take the same course of action against dozens of other websites that published a verbatim copy of the guidance.

A largely peaceful demonstration against the proposed increase in tuition fees turned violent last Wednesday when a minority of the 50,000 protesters targeted Millbank. Around 200 entered the building and some reached the roof. During a period of rioting, windows and furniture were smashed and, in the most serious act of violence, a fire extinguisher was thrown towards police from the roof.

More than 50 people have been arrested, including an 18-year-old questioned on suspicion of attempted murder for throwing the fire extinguisher. Yesterday police released CCTV images of an additional 13 people they wanted to question over the disturbances. The Daily Telegraph had previously launched its own campaign to identify student protesters, posting photographs of activists it suggested had been involved in criminal activity.

The Fitwatch blogpost was presented as a response to the Telegraph’s initiative, which it described as an “irresponsible and frenzied shop-a-student” campaign. Issuing guidance to students who might be worried they would be identified, the blog suggested they consider getting rid of clothes, spray cans and “dodgy texts/photos on your phone”. It also recommended changing appearance. “Perhaps now is a good time for a makeover,” said the post. “Get a haircut and colour, grow a beard, wear glasses. It isn’t a guarantee, but may help throw them off the scent.”

It added: “The police often use the psychological pressure of knowing they have your picture to persuade you to ‘come forward’. Unless you have a very pressing reason to do otherwise, let them come and find you, if they know who you are.”

Fitwatch was set up in 2007 by protesters seeking to oppose what they saw as objectionable surveillance tactics used by Forward Intelligence Teams (Fits), who use cameras to monitor political activists. The site has proved controversial among public order police officers, who found their own names, badge numbers and photographs uploaded on the internet

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/nov/16/web-advice-students-avoid-arrest

Manipulation of the Truth?

What’s wrong with this article?

An ex-police officer didn’t leave a man to die, IT WAS A POLICE OFFICER! … and he was jailed AFTER he had resigned DURING court proceedings!!

“He was suspended from duty when first summonsed to appear at court then, when he pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, he resigned.

And STILL no police officer is convicted for contributing toward the death of members of the public.

Oh, and is Sarah Marsh mistaken with her comments about police owing a “duty of care”? I’m sure I read they owe no such thing to the public.

Ex-police officer who left dying man at roadside is jailed

David Driver was on patrol in Gloucestershire village when he failed to wake two men apparently asleep outdoors on freezing night

Steven Morris
guardian.co.uk, Friday 12 November 2010 18.47 GMT

A former police officer who left a dying man at a roadside while on duty has been jailed for a year.

David Driver was on patrol in the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, in Gloucestershire, when he came across two men apparently asleep on the ground on a cold night last February.

He left without waking the men and one of them, 25-year-old Steven Hathaway, was later pronounced dead at the scene. The other, who was woken after a member of the public found the pair, survived.

Driver, a constable at the time, falsified his notes of the incident, claiming the men had not been unconscious when he found them.

The 36-year-old admitted misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice.

At an early hearing, Worcester crown court heard that Hathaway was believed to have fallen unconscious after drinking and taking drugs.

Speaking outside court, Assistant Chief Constable Kevin Lambert, of Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: “The conduct of ex-PC Driver on the night in question fell well below the standards of professional behaviour we expect from our officers.

“I would like to express my sympathies to Mr Hathaway’s family for their loss and apologise for the lack of action taken by ex-PC Driver when he first encountered Steven and his friend.

“He was immediately served with a discipline notice following this incident and was placed on restricted duties, which prevented him from having contact with the public.

“He was suspended from duty when first summonsed to appear at court then, when he pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, he resigned.

“We have worked closely with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) throughout their investigation and have also reviewed our own policies and procedures to ensure any lessons learned from this case are fed back to our staff to ensure such a situation does not arise again.”

The IPCC, which launched an investigation into Driver’s conduct, said he submitted a false statement after Hathaway’s death in which he claimed to have helped him to his feet and watched him walk away from the scene.

Rebecca Marsh, the IPCC commissioner, said: “This police officer owed a duty of care to the public and failed to exercise it when he found two young men unconscious on a very cold night.

“He compounded this by repeatedly lying about the events of that night and offered a false account of his actions.

“It is clear from the post-mortem results that Mr Hathaway had consumed a large quantity of alcohol, together with opiates. However, he was owed a duty of care which Driver failed to exercise.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/12/ex-police-officer-jailed-dying-man

“He was suspended from duty when first summonsed to appear at court then, when he pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, he resigned.