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What happened to Madeleine McCann?

Some time ago, I travelled to Portugal to look at the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and the circumstances surrounding it. My analysis, reasoning and conclusions are shown here. I am one of very few who continue to believe that Madeleine may still be alive. This document has been updated to reflect what […]

Travel warning

The following is an edited version of a worldwide travel warning sent out by the US State Department. Although it is provided primarily for the information of US citizens and companies, it is clear that the advice applies to all, and to any ‘western companies’.

The dark side of business travel

A new study, ‘The dark side of business travel: A media comments analysis’, by academics at the University of Surrey and Lund University, was published on the 6th March, and analyses first hand responses on the impacts that frequent business travel can have on individuals.

Kuwait National and Liberation Days

The Kuwait National and Liberation day holidays begin this Thursday, the 23rd February. However, the main holiday activities will be on Saturday and Sunday. Festive celebrations, large crowds, and heavy traffic congestion are expected in downtown areas.

Six Nations, France v Scotland

There will be reinforced security patrols in place at the France v Scotland Six Nations rugby match in Paris on Sunday 12th February. If you are travelling to the match, you should arrive early at the Stade de France, and follow the advice of the local authorities. The following is a translation of the guidance […]

2016 Corruption Perceptions Index

Transparency International has just published its corruption perceptions index. They commence by saying that ‘no country gets close to a perfect score’, with over two thirds of the 176 countries falling below the midpoint of their scale. The full list of countries and their rankings, along with useful comments by Transparency International, can be found […]

Foiled suicide attack, Beirut

On the evening of Saturday, 21st January, Lebanese security foiled a suicide attack on a café in Hamra Street in downtown Beirut. Security forces arrested the suspect outside the café shortly before midnight. We would therefore encourage all ex pats who are either in, or travelling to Beirut, to be aware of their immediate surroundings […]

Divert – Youth custody intervention

In his capacity as a trustee of the Milestone Foundation, BGP director Wilf Pickles sits on the advisory board of Divert, an innovative custody intervention programme. Divert is a unique police custody programme designed for 18-25 year olds to promote pathways to education, apprenticeships, employment and to stop re-offending. An 18-25 year old who has […]

Jim Dickie discusses Hatton Garden burglary

Following today’s conviction of those responsible for the Hatton Garden burglary, Jim Dickie, our head of investigations and crisis management will tomorrow morning (Friday 15th January) be a guest on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, where he will share his views on the offence and those responsible. Jim, who was formerly a head of Scotland Yard’s […]

£38 million confiscation and compensation order

Following a private criminal prosecution, serial fraudster Ketan Somaia was yesterday (12th January) ordered to pay a confiscation and compensation order in the sum of £38,855,647. This was the largest order in UK legal history as the result of such a prosecution. BGP have been involved with the case since its inception, and conducted many […]