Death in custody: The full Christopher Alder story

Christopher Alder
Christopher Alder

source: Hull Daily Mail
published: 3 March 2019

Two weeks ago a poignant mural appeared with a young child clutching flower and staring at a picture of a man with a magpie perched on top.

The name Christopher Alder is known throughout Hull but the full story of his controversial death and the battles his family have fought since are truly shocking.

A moving drawing appeared on wooden boards in Finkle Street with the words “justice for Christopher Alder” etched above.

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Birmingham pub bombings: Relatives slam police decision not to launch new inquiry

Birmingham Pub Bombings
Birmingham pub bombings – credit http://www.wikipedia.org

source: Mirror Online
published: 9 April 2014

A police decision not to have a new inquiry into the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings has been slammed by relatives of one victim as it was revealed 35 pieces of evidence had been binned.

Julie Hambleton and her brother Brian, who lost their 18-year-old sister Maxine in the November 21 blasts, were given the news at a meeting with West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims.

Speaking afterwards, Julie said she felt let down “in the most diabolical manner”. She added: “I am ashamed to be British today.”

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Protesters call to replace IPCC

Family Campaigns United by Peter MarshallProtesters have called for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to be replaced with a new body. They demonstrated outside the central London office of the IPCC, which they claim is dominated by former police officers.

Campaign4Justice claims the IPCC failed to deal with their cases fairly. The IPCC accepted “the current system does not always meet the needs of the public”.

Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz has said they will hold an inquiry into the powers and future of the police watchdog.

Campaigners say a third of the watchdog’s investigators are former police officers, and therefore “there is no independence in it”.

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