crime

706, 2016

What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

By |June 7th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

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

The arrest of Gregoire Moutaux by Ukrainian internal security – the SBU – shows that potential terrorist threats can come from all sides of the political spectrum at a time when it is very easy to be solely focused on the […]

1305, 2016

Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

By |May 13th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

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

The ITV crime drama series Marcella draws to a close this week. Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a detective who returned to work at the deep end among a team of detectives on the trail of […]

903, 2016

Hatton Garden raiders shouldn’t be accepted as celebrity rebels or decent old geezers

By |March 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Hatton Garden raiders shouldn’t be accepted as celebrity rebels or decent old geezers

Dr James Treadwell, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

At the sentencing of the Hatton Garden safety deposit box burglars (well those who were present, the sentencing of Brian Reader has been delayed due to his ill health, the illusive fugitive nicknamed ‘Basil’, remains an evasive enigma) the judge said that the raid was in […]

902, 2016

Cameron’s prison pronouncements lack real commitment

By |February 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Cameron’s prison pronouncements lack real commitment

Dr James Treadwell, senior lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Having spent a considerable part of the last year in prison undertaking an ethnographic study of violence and victimisation, I greeted David Cameron’s announcements on his planned reform of English and Welsh prisons today (initially at least) with some optimism.  But as I looked further […]

2411, 2015

Cutting-edge research that leads the news agenda

By |November 24th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Cutting-edge research that leads the news agenda

by Professor David Wilson, Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham City University

The news today that the Children’s Commissioner believes that 85 per cent of child sexual abuse is “missed” will sadly come as no surprise to academics working at the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

Some 2½ years ago in July 2013, Professor Elizabeth […]

1211, 2015

The co-offending relationship between Shauna Hoare and Nathan Matthews

By |November 12th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The co-offending relationship between Shauna Hoare and Nathan Matthews

Dr Charlotte Barlow, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Notorious male and female co-offenders provide fascinating, yet disturbing images of crime and deviancy, with the likes of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, Rose and Fred West being some of the most infamous offenders in UK history. It is often questioned how two people can be […]

1211, 2015

The Killing of Becky Watts: Not sexual fantasy but twisted reality

By |November 12th, 2015|In The News|1 Comment

Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University

Over the past six weeks, we have heard about the violent death of Bristol teenager Becky Watts. A range of characters stood accused of various offences in relation to her killing but taking centre stage were two people she should have felt safe around. They were her […]

2810, 2015

How should we judge who is Britain’s worst murderer?

By |October 28th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on How should we judge who is Britain’s worst murderer?

By Professor David Wilson & Professor Elizabeth Yardley, Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

As academic experts on murder and serial murder, one of the most common questions that we are asked – both more popularly and by other academics – is “who is Britain’s worst murderer?”

Probing this question a little further, it soon becomes apparent that […]

3009, 2015

Should Sarah Sands be turned into a poster girl for paedophile hunters?

By |September 30th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Should Sarah Sands be turned into a poster girl for paedophile hunters?

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

This week a woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for killing a man charged with sexually assaulting young boys on the east London estate where they lived. Sarah Sands, 32, carried out the killing within weeks of hearing that […]

909, 2015

Ten things to do now to improve HM Prison Service

By |September 9th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Ten things to do now to improve HM Prison Service

Professor David Wilson – Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

1. Allow any members of the public who have been suitably security vetted to visit their local prison each month – after all this form of punishment is being done in their names as tax payers.

2. Increase basic prison officer staff training from seven […]