crime

703, 2017

Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

By |March 7th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

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

This week’s episode of Broadchurch (S03 E02) was absolutely packed full of the type of issues and debates that anyone involved in or affected by crime and criminal justice (i. e. ALL of us) should be paying attention to.

The episode began […]

2802, 2017

Broadchurch returns and is saturated with issues of violent crime

By |February 28th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

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

From a criminological perspective, the first episode of the third series of ITV’s Broadchurch was absolutely saturated with contemporary issues, concerns and debates around violent crime.

Trish, the victim of a sexual assault, appears like a deer in the headlights as she […]

2302, 2017

Can murderer Ian Stewart be considered as a ‘Black Widower’?

By |February 23rd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Dr Adam Lynes, Criminologist at Birmingham City University

Ian Stewart, the fiance of children’s author Helen Bailey, has today been sentenced to 34 years in prison for her murder. The conviction of Ian Stewart has raised questions into how and why a seemingly loving partner would want to kill their spouse. In exploring this question, […]

2811, 2016

BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

By |November 28th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

by Morag Kennedy and Shona Robinson-Edwards, visiting lecturers in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The BBC One crime thriller The Missing has become more intriguing as the weeks go on.  Series two was set to be both intriguing and, at some points, unpredictable.  The disappearance and speculated return of Alice Webster has kept the audience […]

1411, 2016

Defend, Deter and Develop: Exploring the UK’s Cybersecurity Strategy

By |November 14th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Defend, Deter and Develop: Exploring the UK’s Cybersecurity Strategy

by Dr Andrew Whiting, Lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University

Last week the government revealed the National Cyber Security Strategy.  In this document the government set out their agenda, along with the priorities and objectives that will direct policy, partnership and procurement for the next five years.  This is the second such strategy that the […]

911, 2016

One year on from the Paris attacks, what makes terrorist activity so difficult to detect and tackle?

By |November 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on One year on from the Paris attacks, what makes terrorist activity so difficult to detect and tackle?

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

A year ago this Sunday (13 Nov) France experienced the worst terrorist attack in its history which left 89 people dead. This devastating attack was claimed by the so called Islamic State.

The Bataclan nightclub, bars, restaurants and the Stade de France […]

411, 2016

What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

By |November 4th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

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

Websleuthing is the internet-facilitated investigation of crime by people not acting in an official capacity. Websleuths are essentially the twenty first century’s amateur detectives. In recent years, thousands of people – me included – have flocked to spaces like www.websleuths.com, true […]

211, 2016

Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

By |November 2nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

by Mohammed Rahman, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

On Monday, it was announced that British actor Tom Hardy is set to play Al Capone in a forthcoming film, focusing on the final years of the Chicagoan mobster.  Once on the FBI’s most wanted list, Al Capone’s criminal activities of bootlegging, protection […]

111, 2016

How society has created groups that are vulnerable to serial murder

By |November 1st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on How society has created groups that are vulnerable to serial murder

by Dr Adam Lynes, criminologist at Birmingham City University

Stephen Port, forty-one and a chef from East London, is currently on trial for the murder of four men who were found dumped within 400 metres of Port’s home in Cooke Street over a 15-month period. In particular, Port is accused of luring the four young men […]

2610, 2016

The Exploitation of ‘Antique’ Firearms in Birmingham’s Criminal Underworld

By |October 26th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on The Exploitation of ‘Antique’ Firearms in Birmingham’s Criminal Underworld

By Mohammed Rahman, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Birmingham has a rich and proud history of manufacturing guns.  The second city’s Gun Quarter was once the epicentre of the world’s gun manufacturing industry (Chinn, 1994).  To put things into perspective, by the outbreak of the Second World War, the Birmingham […]