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Police custody in Greater Manchester - Firm foundations for improvement in place, but still more to do


Police custody provision in Greater Manchester was heading in the right direction but there were some significant concerns, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection.
 The inspection was part of a national programme of joint inspections of police custody. It looked at ten custody suites operating 24 hours a day in: North Manchester, Longsight, Pendleton, Swinton, Tameside, Cheadle Heath, Bolton, Wigan, Bury and Chadderton, as well as two standby suites at Stretford and Oldham. Overall there were some areas of excellent practice, but some areas which still needed to be addressed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:01


Money launderers target litigators

Picture of US dollars for Expert witness storyThe Law Society has issued a warning to its members regarding two areas of litigation that have become the targets of money launderers. The two favourite targets are debt recovery and matrimonial litigation.

According to the Law Society Gazette, guidance to help firms avoid being the victim of fraudsters has been reissued by Chancery Lane.

There is, according to the article, a perception that solicitors engaging in litigation may not be sufficiently vigilant on client due diligence that has lead both money launderers and fraudsters to target law firms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:40


Father and daughter guilty of legal fraud

A father and daughter from Nelson, Lancashire, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court on 25 July to running a £250,000 legal fraud, part of which involved defrauding the Legal Services Commission (LSC) with regard to legal aid.

Mohammed Arshid Khatana and his daughter Mahria Khatana were arrested after a three-year investigation by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and the LSC. Enquiries into the Khatana's two companies – POCA Consulting Ltd and Ultima Consulting – revealed that, despite having no legal qualification or accreditation, they would offer legal representation to clients in proceeds of crime and other criminal matters.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:12


Carousel fraud attracts heaviest sentence

Expert Witness crime story Ravjani pictureConfiscation proceedings are underway to recover assets following the successful prosecution of a 15-strong criminal gang who attempted to defraud in excess of £176m in VAT through complex mobile phone trading scams – a so-called 'carousel fraud'. The ring leader, Dilawar Ravjani, was jailed for 17 years: the longest sentence ever given to an individual in the UK for this type of fraud.

The gang claimed to have sold four million mobile phones worth £1.7bn. In many cases the phones did not exist and the fraud came to light when they claimed to have sold thousands which were of models not then available in the UK. Over 5,700 fake business transactions were created, including many by vans crossing and re-crossing the Channel and amassing paperwork.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:01


General public can become their own legal expert

Your Expert Witness HandcuffsThe public can now track online what happened after a crime was committed in their neighbourhood, using new data published on the Government's crime mapping website, In this new development, residents can not only access street-level crime data but also see what action the local police have taken as a result. The site will also start to show whether offenders went to court.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:56