Paul Peachey

Paul Peachey is Crime Correspondent at the Independent

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The growing trend for private criminal prosecutions has raised concerns

Two-tier justice: Private prosecution revolution

Private cases offer justice for those who can afford it

In a statement, Sir Cliff Richard said he had previously chosen not to acknowledge the allegation

Sir Cliff Richard: Police to interview pop star who says child sex offence allegations are 'completely false'

Singer on holiday in Portugal alleged to have assaulted a boy at an event in 1985

Lynne Owens said that she had been “bombarded” with requests for meetings from people who used to work in policing

Chief Constable bombarded with offers for private contracts

One of Britain’s most senior police officers has repeatedly rebuffed attempts by former service colleagues to use their contacts to push for contracts on behalf of their new private sector employers.

Terry and Ruth Adams lived on an average of £97,000 a year until 2013, a court heard, despite the crime boss saying he could not afford to repay a confiscation order

Underworld boss Terry Adams loses court case over missing proceeds from crime

Terry Adams pleaded poverty but lifestyle included opera, spas and top restaurants

Habib Ullah was slapped on the back by one officer before he was brought to the ground face-down

Habib Ullah: Family outcry as CPS declines to charge police officers linked to stop-and-search death

The family of a man who died after being forced to the ground during a routine stop-and-search by police six years ago has reacted furiously after learning that nobody would be charged over his death and an alleged subsequent cover-up.

Michael Perham had been Bishop of Gloucester since 2004

Church of England embroiled in another alleged child abuse scandal

The Church of England faces fresh scrutiny over its handling of historic child abuse after the outgoing Bishop of Gloucester was placed at the centre of a police inquiry over allegations of indecent assault on a child more than 30 years ago.

Amal El-Wahabi is accused of arranging to send €20,000 (£16,000) to her husband fighting in Syria

'Jihadist bride? No, a foul-mouthed, weed-smoking Kafir'

Trial hears unusual defence of woman accused of sending cash to husband fighting in Syria

Carol Howard was arrested for allegations, including twice assaulting her estranged husband

Met smeared me after I won discrimination case, firearms officer claims

Met revealed firearms officer had been arrested after she won case at employment tribunal

Two trials in 20 years for police shootings

Fatal shootings by police are rare; prosecutions of officers rarer still – and convictions are non-existent. The only two cases where on-duty police officers have stood trial in the last 20 years for murder by shooting have resulted in not guilty verdicts.

Susan Alexander sits behind a photograph of her son Azelle, at a press conference last year

Armed police officer charged with murder over Azelle Rodney shooting

A decorated former Scotland Yard marksman involved in a botched armed operation against a drugs gang was charged yesterday with murdering one of the suspects.

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