Police

Letters: History has not done justice to Neville Chamberlain

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Helping the homeless Sir: The number of rough sleepers in one of the richest countries on the planet is surely…

How verbal and physical abuse drove me out of the police

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The past decade has not been kind to those we entrust, in the words of Sir Robert Peel, ‘to give…

Is it illegal to mock this drug dealer’s haircut?

13 August 2019 1:54 am

Is it a crime to mock a criminal’s unfortunate hairstyle? Police in South Wales seem to think so. Last week, Gwent Police…

I’m considering joining the police – they need me

3 August 2019 9:00 am

I was driving to Gunnersbury Park last Sunday for my weekly 10K run when I caught the tail end of…

Why won’t the police acknowledge that speeding coppers are a liability?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

For a while, it seemed as if the only words my beloved would ever say again were ‘chicken Kievs’. Two…

Is women’s football really that popular?

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Ode to all sorts Brexit party MPs were likened to Nazis for turning their backs on a recital of ‘Ode to…

Letters: Stop and search is messy, confrontational and absolutely necessary

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Support for stop and search Sir: Mary Wakefield is rightly exasperated by fatuous comments over police use of stop and…

Police raids and chanting intruders: The strange things that happen to me in the early hours

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Our upstairs neighbours are not the sort of people you want to have run-ins with. They have regular moped deliveries…

Rape has become dangerously politicised

4 May 2019 9:00 am

It is more than three years since the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, decided to ditch its motto ‘Land of Rape…

Doors drummer John Densmore and Police percussionist Stewart Copeland. Photo: BBC / Somethin’ Else Sound Directions Ltd / Nico Wasserman

According to BBC4, what was one of the ‘most important inventions in modern music’?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Here’s a tricky quiz question for you. What word completes this sentence from a BBC4 documentary on Friday: ‘The world…

The polite origins of the police

27 October 2018 9:00 am

My husband, who fancies himself as something of a classicist, was delighted to see the Turkish investigators of the Khashoggi…

Why ‘whiter than white’shouldn’t get you suspended

22 September 2018 9:00 am

A detective superintendent has been placed on ‘restricted duties’ while the Independent Office for Police Conduct investigates a complaint that…

An odd new feeling has crept up on me – sympathy for the police

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Spring has come to my local park in its usual way. First the magnolias, then the cherry blossom, then the…

I’m being spied on in my bedroom by a drone

31 March 2018 9:00 am

The sound of something hideous woke me in the dead of night, and I shot out of bed. I looked…

Stop and search is our best weapon in the fight against crime

17 February 2018 9:00 am

According to the latest recorded crime figures in England and Wales, there has been a steep rise in violence. Knife…

Victims of crime should not decide justice

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Hard cases make bad law. The release on parole of the ‘black cab rapist’, John Worboys, is a hard case.…

Police thought I was the Putney Pusher and I had to find an alibi – fast

11 November 2017 9:00 am

I’m sitting at home working, minding my business, and the mobile rings. It’s DC Lyle from Wandsworth police station. He…

Goodbye London, Reykjavik here I come

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I have a message for the London mayor, Sadiq Khan: you and your policies stink! While the fuzz are busy…

Candid camera?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Channel 4’s Catching a Killer offered the rare TV spectacle these days of a middle-aged white male copper leading a…

Who killed murder?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Pity the poor crime writers. Our earnings, like those of all authors, are diminishing for reasons far beyond our control.…

Take it from a QC – you won’t get away with murder

19 March 2016 9:00 am

My first courtroom murder case could have come straight from one of Andrew Taylor’s novels. A gruesome crime — the…

‘Are you worried about being sexually assaulted?’: my night in Cologne

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Last week the indigenous white population of Cologne took to the streets once again to celebrate their annual ‘Crazy Days’…

Prime suspect: Steven Avery, whose case is the subject of the Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’

Netflix's Making a Murderer is fascinating - but is it true?

30 January 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, the Netflix documentary serial Making a Murderer should only take up ten hours of your…

Could a change of body language make a difference to American policing?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

One of the most shocking items of recent news has been the bald statistic that the number of people shot…

What do you do when there’s drunken aggro after closing time? Send in the street pastors

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Martin Surl, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, has been buying flipflops. Hundreds of them. Not for the police,…