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 […]

Crisis Management exercise

On the 4th January 2016, BGP conducted an immersive training exercise with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. This tested their crisis management policies, procedures, and response. The exercise was hosted by Luke Skelhorn, the general manager of the trust. The Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, founded in 1987, established one of the first pioneering programmes […]