People's History

‘An intolerable anachronism’: it’s 60 years since the last hanging took place in Bristol

On 17 December 1963, the final judicial execution in our city brought a long history of local executions to an end. We look back on what happened in Horfield in 1963, and the campaign to end the death penalty.

Cab driver says good character used against him in ‘cruel sting operation’

The Bristol police chief embroiled in corruption who died with a razor in his hand

Features

Exclusive: Police paying out damages to protesters on hundreds of claims

Avon and Somerset police are counting the cost of recent protest crackdowns.

Police and Crime bill

How stop and search will be entrenched by the Police and Crime Bill

Local Elections 2021

Rising hate crime: A key concern for voters in PCC election

Bristol History Podcast: State Surveillance in Bristol and Beyond

This week I spoke with Colin Thomas and Tim Beasley of the Bristol Radical History Group to discuss the history of state surveillance in their...

Cops need to come clean on predictive policing of 250,000 people

Avon & Somerset Police are using algorithms to predict how likely someone is to commit a crime. A logical next step for policing or an invitation for discrimination?

Local policing has been slashed and violent crime is up. Who will claim the mantle of ‘law and order’?

Avon and Somerset Police has had 19% of its police officers cut since the Conservatives came to power in 2010

Investigation: Bristol’s invisible sex trade

The police are struggling to deal with sexual exploitation happening online. How does this off-street sex trade operate in this city?

Exclusive: Former coppers, including undercover, exposed in police data blunder

While police are fighting to protect the identities of officers during the ‘spycops’ public inquiry into undercover policing, an Avon and Somerset Police Facebook group has exposed the identities of former officers, including covert police.

Opinion: Unconscious bias training won’t end police institutional racism

When it comes to police racism, is it the case of a few rotten apples or do we need a new barrel altogether? Sam Kidel...