Some Thoughts on Madeleine McCann

The five year anniversary of the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann has sparked a flurry of media coverage and renewed interest in the case. Madeleine went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal on May 3rd, 2007 and despite hundreds of reports of sightings since, from corners as far-flung as South America and Spain, the case has never been solved. On the fifth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance, her parents Jerry and Kate said they were more confident than ever about finding her following the emergence of yet more leads and the production of a photograph showing what Continue reading

 


 

Female Private Detective

Female Private Detective Privatedetective.co.uk is proud to count a number of experienced female private detectives among its team. Matrimonial investigations make up an ever-increasing proportion of our case load, with many of those requests coming from women who would prefer their case to be handled exclusively by a dedicated female private detective. Whilst most commonly asked to carry out matrimonial investigations or catch cheating partners, every female detective at privatedetective.co.uk is trained to carry out investigations in each of our specialities, including:  ·         Criminal defence investigation ·         Missing persons ·         Corporate investigation ·         Tracing relatives ·         Surveillance ·         Debtor tracing Continue reading

 


 

Private Detective Cheshire

Privatedetective.co.uk is pleased to announce that we are now able to offer our comprehensive range of services across Cheshire. Privatedetective.co.uk began life as a Manchester-based agency founded by Peter Taylor, an operative with more than 40 years experience as a private detective. Cheshire is a mere stone’s throw away from our base in Manchester and recent expansion means we are now able to offer a complete Private Detective Cheshire service along with our other regional operations. Wherever you need a private detective – Cheshire, Manchester, London or elsewhere – a team of professional, fully trained agents is waiting to take Continue reading

 


 

Calls to Replace IPCC

The brother of murdered private detective Daniel Morgan has joined forces with the families of other high-profile police complaints cases to push for the replacement of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Daniel Morgan and members of the Campaign4 Justice protested outside the IPCC’s London offices today.  More detail is on the BBC news website here. You can also read a full summary of the shocking Daniel Morgan case here.

 


 

Celebrity Gardeners in Private Detective Sting

Looks like someone at the Beeb is paying attention to our blog, (at least someone is!) They hired a private detective to help catch and deter the stalker of celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin, with some unlikely help in the form of fellow green-fingered presenter Alan Titchmarsh. We recently posted about how private detectives could help the victims of stalkers, following news that the government is busy drafting anti-stalking legislation. Whether it’s a shortage of resources, or lack of clarity in the law around stalking, the number of cases in which police have been unable to effectively intervene in stalking cases Continue reading

 


 

Honey Trap Goes Wrong

It’s been a while since we last posted a blog here at PrivateDetective.co.uk – we’ve been busy making some changes beneath the bonnet on the website which means we’ve been unable to post as often as usual. The case of Samantha Phipps may be old news now, but still worth commenting on because of some of the interesting insights it offers into the private detective  – and those who use their services. As a quick reminder about the details of this rather unusual case, Samantha Phipps is the 26 year old suspicious partner who paid £200 for ‘Miss Honeytrap’ to Continue reading

 


 

Bra-vo! For Private Detectives

Queen of lingerie Michelle Mone enlisted the help of a private detective to expose her cheating husband. Multi-millionairess Michelle, who made her fortune as the head of Ultimo Lingerie, hired a detective to follow husband of 19 years Michael on a business trip to China and Hong Kong. The detective discovered that Michael was conducting an affair with 31-year-old bra designer Sam Bunn and managed to take photos of the couple entering a hotel together. Michelle hired the detective because suspicions remained even after she confronted Sam about the suspected affair with her husband. Michael maintains that his relationship with Continue reading

 


 

Private Detectives Could Help Stalking Victims

Private detectives could soon be helping the victims of stalkers prosecute their tormentors. Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced amendments to the proposed Protection of Freedoms Bill that will make stalking an offence punishable by up to six months in prison. Previously the bill defined stalking as actions causing ‘fear of violence.’  However, pressure from campaigning groups Protection against Stalking (PAS) and the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) led to a last minute revision to the description, which has been broadened to include ‘causing fear, alarm, distress or anxiety.’  The amended bill will make it easier for the victims Continue reading

 


 

Unscrupulous Investigator Under the Spotlight

The relationship between private investigators and the UK press is once again under the spotlight following information uncovered in a television news report. The new allegations relate to files discovered at the home of private investigator Steve Whittamore in 2003 when police found colour-coded notebooks, dubbed ‘the Motorman files.’ The notebooks logged thousands of illegal requests from newspapers for personal information on hundreds of public figures, including, sport stars, celebrities and the families of crime victims. Services requested by journalists included criminal record checks and number-plate or telephone number traces obtained through a network of insiders in government departments  prepared Continue reading

 


 

Ikea in Trouble for Illegal Surveillance Campaign

Across the channel, a high street giant finds itself in trouble this week after an illegal surveillance campaign. Police in France raided Ikea’s Paris headquarters, following accusations that the company hired private detectives to illegally spy on customers and staff. According an article published in the Guardian newspaper police swooped on the Swedish furniture giant’s risk management department seizing computers and documents which they hoped would shed light on the illegal surveillance operation. Ikea hired the private detectives to look into the private lives of three unhappy customers who complained about the late delivery of kitchens and wardrobes. The story, Continue reading