crime

802, 2018

Jon Venables: 25 years of serious offending that resists rehabilitation

By |February 8th, 2018|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Jon Venables: 25 years of serious offending that resists rehabilitation

by Craig Jackson, Professor of Psychology at Birmingham City University

The case of Jon Venables, convicted for a second time of possessing indecent images of child abuse has again made the news. There are many facets to Venables that have led to the publics’ outrage and disgust at his behaviour. Venables’ abduction, torture and murder of […]

3101, 2018

Mosallah’s YouTube “Prank” is No Laughing Matter

By |January 31st, 2018|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Mosallah’s YouTube “Prank” is No Laughing Matter

by Liam Brolan, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Have you heard of Arya Mosallah?  No?  Me neither.  Well, at least not until today, when I discovered a news story which brought him to my attention for the first time.  For those of you who do not know, Ayra Mosallah is a 22-year-old YouTuber who has made […]

1901, 2018

Kiri: Race, Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System – The Complex Mix

By |January 19th, 2018|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Kiri: Race, Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System – The Complex Mix

by Shona Robinson-Edwards, PhD researcher and assistant lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

January has seen a number of discussions relating to race and racialisation within the media. H&M’s decision to use an advertisement of a black child wearing a green hoodie with the words ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’, received widespread criticism and rightly […]

1412, 2017

The Croydon Cat Ripper and the Great Cat Massacre: A Criminological Analysis

By |December 14th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The Croydon Cat Ripper and the Great Cat Massacre: A Criminological Analysis

by Dr Adam Lynes, senior lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The ‘Croydon cat ripper’, otherwise known as the ‘M25 cat killer’, is thought to have killed, dismembered and decapitated more than 400 cats across England. The first reported cases appeared to emerge in December 2015 and so far there appears to be no sign […]

211, 2017

Religious Conversions Behind Bars

By |November 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Religious Conversions Behind Bars

by Shona Robinson-Edwards, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

News this week reported that extremist and Lee Rigby killer, Michael Adebolajo, has converted inmates to Islam.

Lee Rigby, 25, was killed in a vicious, merciless attack, one which stirred emotions, reactions and discussions – not only in the UK but across the […]

1509, 2017

Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

By |September 15th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

Criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley discusses the relationship between violent crime and social media use, ahead of her new research being published later this month.

On Easter Sunday earlier this year, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Senior went out for a walk in east Cleveland in the US state of Ohio. It was a sunny day and he was […]

1209, 2017

Absence of legitimacy + absence of visibility = absence of reality

By |September 12th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Absence of legitimacy + absence of visibility = absence of reality

Mohammed Rahman, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University, offers theoretical and observational thoughts on the recent HMP Birmingham unrest.

Prison unrest in England and Wales is nothing new.  In the past 12 months there have been several cases of disorder with riot damages costing millions of pounds.  A prominent case was the 2016 HMP Birmingham […]

506, 2017

Terror in London: We Need to Speak to Young British Muslims and Not Isolate Them

By |June 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Terror in London: We Need to Speak to Young British Muslims and Not Isolate Them

by Dr Imran Awan, Associate Professor in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The horrific events on Saturday in London have again put a sharp focus on the Muslim community in Britain.  As the events on Saturday unfolded, and I switched on my television, there was a sense of dread, fear and anger.

The Prime Minister, yesterday stated […]

2505, 2017

Can this beloved 80 year old ever be stopped from killing people?

By |May 25th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Can this beloved 80 year old ever be stopped from killing people?

Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University, Professor Craig Jackson, joins in the celebrations of the 80th Birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic and symbolic engineering achievements in the United States. He asks if current measures proposed to tackle the bridge’s darker reputation as a suicide hotspot will do enough […]

205, 2017

The tip of an iceberg: Madeleine McCann and the shameful realities of missing children

By |May 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The tip of an iceberg: Madeleine McCann and the shameful realities of missing children

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Ten years ago, three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. Though physically absent, she became a permanent presence in mainstream media and public consciousness. Both visible and invisible, seen and unseen, clear and blurred.

She […]