Timothy Burchell – reviews

Client testimonials and case studies
UK Private Investigators reviews

​The following case studies and testimonials are genuine (originals can be viewed at our offices or upon request by email) and are published with the kind permission of the clients involved. Should you wish to view the original, please select one and we will forward this to you.

Thanks a million for the valuable information you have provided. I consider this an investment which has generated geometric dividends. Sincerely, Oswald J
India – January 2016
Further to my last message – no need to investigate further – the phone number worked!
Thank you so much, Tom
UK – January 2016
Thank you very much for the report. It is comprehensive and excellent, regarding the scope.I may have a farther step to ask your help.
UAE – January 2016
Many thanks
I believe this is her parents address which haven’t been able to find so thank you again
I believe she’s living in Bournemouth still but looks like she’s using their address either way I should be able to get my money now
UK – January 2016
Dear Timothy,
I have been very happy with the service I have received from UKPI and I would not hesitate to use them again or to recommend their services to family and friends.
Thank you.
Kind Regards
Sheila F
UK – December 2015

You found him, he didn’t know it was him, my mum had lied to him. Thank you so much and I’m going to post on the site I found to say you were 100% authentic.
Thank you so much, I have been searching for so long. Thank you.
UK – December 2015

Dear Timothy,
Thank you so much for your investigation, I appreciate your prompt and precise reports. I am glad my family and I decided to invest in something that saved us from future fraud and heartbreak.
Thanks again.
Best wishes,
Mumbai – December 2015

Dear Sir,

We are very satisfied by the promptness and efficiency of your service. You have been very precise and clear in what was needed from us and have delivered the complete data as required within 48hours which is amazing and excellent
With kind regards
Amit Gupta
India – November 2015
Dear Mr Burchell
I would like to thank you for getting the perfect information. I have left a feedback in google and Il’l be sure to use your service in the future.
UK- October 2015

We were asked to conduct a background check for a lady client who had been in communication with an individual via a dating site. We discovered that the individual she had been communicating with, was not only using a false name but was also married with a child.
Client comment:

Thank you soooo much! My mind is finally at rest, I am ever so pleased with your service and I will definitely recommend others to yourself, Timothy Burchell!
Satisfied customer, Zalika
Hungary – August 2015

Client instructed us to trace a debtor who had absconded. Within 24 hours, the debtor was successfully traced to his new address.
Client comments:

Dear Tim,
Many thanks for your great service .
UK – July 2015
We were asked to locate our clients sister who had not been seen for some time. Using the details provided, we located her within 24 hours.
Client comments:
Thank you so much for your prompt response and professionalism.
We are so grateful for your service. We have finally been able to get some much needed answers and some closure.
Kind regards,
UK – July 2015

Thank you so much this has really helped me. I hope i dont need your services in the future but I will recomend you to any one that needs help.
Wales – June 2015

“I used UK Private Investigators to locate the current address of a particularly evasive individual who owes me money via a County Court Judgment. I was very pleased when, using scant information, Uk Private Investigators were able to quickly locate a current address for the individual which will now enable me to take steps to enforce the Judgment”.

London – June 2015
The client asked us to trace an old friend whom she had not seen for MANY years. We used the details supplied and were successful in locating the lady in question, who proved extremely hard to find.
Client comments:
17th April 2015.
Dear Mr. Burchell,

Thank you so much for your help with locating my friend, you have been very efficient and provided me with exactly the information I needed.
I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to other potential clients.
Yours sincerely,
Lucy M – London

Client suspected that her partner was involved with a third party. Surveillance operatives were deployed and the report, along with photographs were presented to the client.

Client comments upon receipt of the report.
Thank you Timothy , very impressed with the quality of the report.
I may need further surveillance in the future so will be touch.
Many thanks
Debi -UK – April 2015

Client requested us to trace an old friend whom he had last seen in 1967. He had already used other agencies who could not trace the lady in question. By utilising the many sources we have available to us, we managed to positively locate her for the client.

Client commments upon receipt of our trace report:
Staggering! I take my hat off to you. Goodness knows how you did it (can you share any of it with me?), but feel very confident this time you have cracked it. Based on what you have sent, I have seen a recent photo, and although difficult to be sure, facial features look similar.
I will drop them a line.
I cannot thank you enough. I will most definitely recommend you to anyone else who needs similar services.
David -UK – March 2015

Client asked us to trace a male individual who was stating that he had changed his name and other details in an attempt to mislead our client. We conducted a thorough investigation into his claims and proved that they were completely false.

Client comments after receiving our report:
Hi Tim
Many thanks for this. It has confirmed my suspicions.
Many thanks to you and your team for your help
Kind regards
Kelly – UK – March 2015

Client approached us and asked us to trace her ex-husbands current address – he had left the marital home, leaving many debts which his wife was trying to settle. We not only located his current address but also provided further additional information which was of great use to the client.

Client comments:
I have been tearing my hair out for a year now, a friend (who checks out NHS employees who are feigning illness to work for locum agencies) has even tried following him home from work and didn’t manage it. Other agencies have offered to follow him for a 6 hour period and wanted to charge nearly ÂŁ1,000 (unfortunately out of my price range) And you have given me all I need to know in less than 24 hours!!!
I am very grateful. I will happily write a testimonial. I am heading off to work now and will be away for a couple of days so will send you something when I get back.
Thank you
Helen -UK – March 2015

Client approached us and requested that we place her brothers’ wife under surveillance while she was in London. It was alleged that she was going to meet with a third party male. We commenced the surveillance from a London railway station upon her arrival and during the course of the surveillance, it transpired that the clients suspicions were correct. Photographic evidence and a detailed report confirmed the clients suspicions.

Client commments:
Hi Timothy,
Thank you so much for doing a great job!! We have the evidence which we need.
Claire – UK – March 2015

Client suspected that an individual was conducting employment out of the terms of his employment contract. The individual was placed under discreet surveillance for a period of time – the client’s suspicions were proved correct by way of a detailed report and photographic evidence.

Client comments:
Great thanks a lot – that Fridays observation proves my suspicion. Very good.
Best regards
Soren – Denmark – March 2015

This particular client had many questions regarding an individual who they were in communication with many years ago. We conducted a thorough background check into the individual in question and during the course of the investigation it transpired that the person the client was communicating with and the information she had been given by this person, was completely false.

Client comments:
To those considering using Tim, I understand how hard it can be to find whatever it is you’re looking for, it takes courage. I read so many reviews on how great he is, and I can verify this.
I was worried too- but within three days, I not only found out that the information I was looking for myself was non-existent, but he put my mind at ease when he did find pictures across the internet of the person I was looking for that was not what I expected.
For six years I wondered about this person, and never found information on my own, Tim is the first one who could find anything, even if that was “I’m sorry, its not true.”
Furthermore, his rates are reasonable. I had quotes from many different places, that was going to charge me more, and not do anything but verify. Tim went above and beyond to satisfy any whim I threw in after the fact.
Tim, I am so glad that I contacted you, and I am so impressed with the way you handle yourself. You get the job done, and do it quickly. I appreciate you and your team’s hard work, and if I EVER need to find anyone again, you will be the person I go to.
Thank you so much. You have no idea how long I feel its been since I’ve had peace of mind.
JJ. – USA – March 2015

We work for this client on a regular basis in order to locate individuals with whom the client needs to speak with concerning stories she is working on.

Client comments:
I’ve used Tim’s services for several traces. As a journalist, sometimes I have to track people down as part of my job and Tim and his team have never let me down. I recommend them 100% for a fast and friendly service. They are always professional but friendly as well. Their money back guarantee also means you have nothing to worry about. Thank you so much.
Katy – UK – March 2015

This client required us to conduct pre-marriage investigations into an Asian male. We conducted a thorough background check into the individual in question.

Client comments:
This is the first time I use a service like this. I must say I am very satisfied with it. You did a quick and thorough research. The person subject to investigation was my niece’s boyfriend and it appeared he was lying to her of almost everything. Now she has better foundation to make her decissions. I’m very happy that the truth is out. Thank you very much.
Kind regards,
Mansur – Feb 2015

This client was considering entering into a business deal with an individual who was based in London. We conducted due dilligence upon this indivdual and provided our findings to the client. Upon receipt of our report, the client knew that the individual was not trustworthy and as such, potentialy saved himself a large amount of money and stress.

Client comments:
Hey Timothy,
I am very pleased with your report on the subject. Keep it up.I will definitely engage you in future on behalf of my clients.
Joakim – NAIROBI – Feb 2015

Our client wanted to get back in touch with an old friend from many years ago. We successfully traced the friend for the client and they are now back in touch and catching up with each other.

Client comments:
Hello Timothy,
I wanted to thank you for the assistance you provided to me in locating a person I had fallen out of contact with. Seeing how I am from the States I thought it would be a little more complicated. However, you were prompt in your reply time and your completion time was surprisingly quick. I couldn’t be more happier with the outcome. I will definitely be using your services again should it be needed.
Thank you.
S – New York, USA – Feb 2015

This client had been in communication with an individual online. The relatonship had progressed but the client had a feeling that the individual was not who he claimed to be. We conducted a thorough investigation into this person, using a variety of techniques. It transpired that this was a dating scam and the individual in question was attempting to defraud our client.

Client comments:

The purpose of writing this note is to convey my sincere appreciation to you. I am highly pleased with the professional manner in which my case was handled. The extra effort put in by you and your agency was very impressive and I have never seen such a committed person like you till date. Based on the service I have received from you and your agency; you have definitely gained a new customer who will refer all of her friends to your agency.
Yours Sincerely,
Suraya Ismail – Dubai, UAE – Jan 2015

The client wanted us to trace an old friend from many years ago. We were successful in finding the person and put the client in touch with them.

Client comments:
I now have a start to make contact with ***. If i hear of anyone that need help i will certainly put them on to you. Cheers. N
Jan 2015

This client asked us to conduct a thorough background check on an individual with whom they had been in communication with via the internet. Our investigation was concluded and it transpired that the client could have been the subject of a dating scam. Thankfully, we saved the client a lot of potential heartache and financial loss.

Client comment:
Thanks again Tim. You just saved me a lot of problems in life.
B – Jan 2015

ALL the above case studies and testimonials are genuine (originals can be viewed at our offices) and are published with the kind permission


Top ten reasons to have a background check

People often ask about the advantages of having a background check conducted on a potential partner or spouse. So we have compiled the following list:

  1. If you have met someone online a background check will instantly confirm the individuals identity.
  1. A background check will confirm an individuals address and who they live with.
  1. If they have possible lied about their age – a background check will confirm their date of birth, where there were born and their Mothers maiden name.
  1. Have they told you they own a house or other property? A background check will absolutely confirm this.
  1. If you are concerned about their financial position, a background check will provide you with details of any debts or County court action.
  1. Concerned they may have lied about current and previous marriages or relationships? A background check will confirm these details and provide you with any available marriage records.
  1. Worried they may have children that you are not aware of? A background check will confirm any births related to the individual.
  1. Could they have lied about their past and current employment? These checks will confirm any past or current employment and directorships in The UK and overseas.
  1. Maybe they have been made insolvent or bankrupt? A background check will confirm this either way.
  1. Finally, have they been involved in any criminal activity? A background check will confirm any reported criminal activity.

There really are no negatives to having a background checks conducted. The report will be able to either confirm or alleviate any suspicions you may have about the person in question, enabling you to move on with your life, whichever way that takes you.

Visit www.ukprivateinvestigators.com for more information regarding the background checks we are able to conduct on your behalf.

What exactly can a Private Investigator do for you?


A Private Investigator (who can also be known as a PI, private eye, or private detective) is a professional who is hired by law firms, corporations, insurance agencies, private individuals, or other entities to gather intelligence and confirm or disprove information. A professional Private Investigator should generally have a law enforcement background or other relevant experience and training that has prepared them to investigate and research.

Examples when someone might hire a private investigator include investigating suspicions of infidelity, performing background checks on potential employees or individuals, investigating the validity of an insurance claim, or finding a missing person. The reasons for hiring a private investigator are numerous, but investigators remain the most effective way to get to the bottom of a complex issue.

Types of Private Investigators

Private investigators can specialise in many different investigation types, so when hiring an investigator it helps to find one who is experienced in the services you require. For example, if you suspect you are the victim of online fraud, an investigator who is highly experienced in computer forensics will be able to recover data, monitor computer usage, and employ other methods to discover any criminal activities.

A Private Investigator should be able to offer you the following services:

Tracing Missing Persons

Tracing Debtors

Matrimonial Surveillance

Relationship Investigations

Discreet Surveillance

Insurance Claim investigations

Pre-nuptial/relationship Screening

Pre-employment Screening

Due Diligence

Process Serving

Mystery (test) shopping

Background Checks (including potential dating scam investigations)

Computer Data Retrieval

These are just a few services that a Private Investigator can offer you. However, each clients’ case is different and an experienced Private Investigator will sometimes provide a combination of these in order to obtain the evidence required by the client.

Private Investigators in Film and Television

Below you will find an interview with our principle Investigator regarding a recent TV show. As you will see, not all Private Investigators are stereotypes:

A private investigator’s view on TV drama Jack Taylor Interview by Laura Barnett The Guardian, Monday 18 March 2013

‘It does show all the groundwork’ … Jack Taylor.

I have never once, in all my 16 years as a private investigator, been held at gunpoint by a drugs baron in an underground car park. This happens in the third episode of this Irish TV series, starring Iain Glen as private detective Jack Taylor. That’s not to say it couldn’t happen: you do come into contact with some shady characters. But the worst experience I’ve ever had was being shoved up against the wall by my lapels when serving divorce papers.

The first time I tried to watch this, I turned it off after 20 minutes. I just couldn’t stand all the cliches: the heavy-drinking, loner ex-cop. That’s not who I am at all. I’m married with two children, and I’m not a former alcoholic. That said, the first guy I worked for was a lot like Taylor: small flat, never married, no kids. It’s a tough job. I work from 5am to 8pm, seven days a week. It can take a huge toll on relationships. I’m lucky my wife is so understanding.

I enjoyed it much more the second time. It does show all the groundwork we have to put in: people think we sit and type names into Google, but we’re out there, pounding the streets. And although I’ve never taken on a murder case, as Taylor does, missing-person cases are our bread and butter.

The term “private detective” is a bit out of date. I associate it with ex-cops like Taylor, doing private work in their retirement. We do matrimonial and corporate surveillance, pre-employment screening; we prefer the term “private investigator”.

Shows like this are great entertainment, but they do give people the wrong idea. Clients ask me to hack phones and emails, not realising that we only work within the law. I was the same: when I was younger, I loved The Rockford Files. It was a great disappointment to find out I couldn’t just pull up outside a house and expect nobody to notice me. In reality, you drive into a road, see the net curtains twitch, and think: “Where on earth am I going to park?”

Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. Call us, anytime on 0800 043 1754 or + 44 207 717 5403 from outside of The UK, to speak with a Private Investigator. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and all calls are strictly confidential. You can also fist UK Private Investigators at http://www.ukprivateinvestigators.com


Face-recognition software: Is this the end of anonymity for all of us?

From 2008 to 2010, as Edward Snowden has revealed, the National Security Agency (NSA) collaborated with the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to intercept the webcam footage of 1.8 million Yahoo users.

The agencies were analysing images that they downloaded from webcams and scanning them for known terrorists who might be using the service to communicate, matching faces from the footage to suspects with the help of a new technology called face recognition.

The outcome was pure Kafka, with innocent people being caught in the surveillance dragnet. In fact, in attempting to find faces, the Pentagon’s Optic Nerve program recorded webcam sex by its unknowing targets – up to 11 per cent of the material the program collected was “undesirable nudity” that employees were warned not to access, according to documents. And that’s just the beginning of what face-recognition technology might mean for us in the digital era.

Over the past decade, face recognition has become a fast-growing commercial industry, moving from its governmental origins into everyday life. The technology is being pitched as an effective tool for securely confirming identities. To some, face recognition sounds benign, even convenient. Walk up to the international check – in at a German airport, gaze up at a camera and walk into the country without ever needing to pull out a passport – your image is on file, the camera knows who you are. Wander into a retail store and be greeted with personalised product suggestions – the store’s network has a record of what you bought last time. Facebook already uses face recognition to recommend which friends to tag in your photos.

But the technology has a dark side. The US government is in the process of building the world’s largest cache of face-recognition data, with the goal of identifying every person in the country. The creation of such a database would mean that anyone could be tracked wherever his or her face appears, whether it’s on a city street or in a mall.

Face-recognition systems have two components: an algorithm and a database. The algorithm is a computer program that takes an image of a face and deconstructs it into a series of landmarks and proportional patterns – the distance between eye centres, for example. This process of turning unique biological characteristics into quantifiable data is known as biometrics.

Together, the facial data points create a “face-print” that, like a fingerprint, is unique to each individual. Some faces are described as open books; at a glance, a person can be “read”. Face‑recognition technology makes that metaphor literal. “We can extrapolate enough data from the eye and nose region, from ear to ear, to build a demographic profile” including an individual’s age range, gender and ethnicity, says Kevin Haskins, a business-development manager at the face-recognition company Cognitec.

Face-prints are collected into databases, and a computer program compares a new image or piece of footage with the database for matches. Cognitec boasts a match accuracy rate of 98.75 per cent, an increase of more than 20 per cent in the past decade. Facebook recently achieved 97.25 per cent accuracy after acquiring biometrics company Face.com in 2012.

So far, the technology has its limits. “The layman thinks that face recognition is out there and can catch you anytime, anywhere, and your identity is not anonymous any more,” says Paul Schuepp, the co-founder of Animetrics, a decade-old face-recognition company based in New Hampshire. “We’re not that perfect yet.”

The lighting and angle of face images must be strictly controlled to create a usable face-print. “Enrolment” is the slightly Orwellian industry term for making a print and entering an individual into a face-recognition database. “Good enrolment means getting a really good photograph of the frontal face, looking straight on, seeing both eyes and both ears,” Schuepp says.

How face recognition is already being used hints at just how pervasive it could become. It’s being used on military bases to control who has access to restricted areas. In Iraq and Afghanistan it was used to check images of detainees against al-Qa’ida wanted lists. The police department in Seattle is already applying the technology to identify suspects on video footage.

A businessman using a face recognition system (Alamy)
The technology’s presence is subtle and as it gets integrated into devices that we already use, it will be easy to overlook. The most dystopian example might be NameTag, a start-up that launched in February promising to embed face recognition in wearable computers such as Google Glass. The software would allow its users to look across a crowded bar and identify the anonymous cutie they are scoping out. The controversial company also brags that its product can identify sex offenders on sight.

As the scale of face recognition grows, there’s a chance that it could take its place in the technological landscape as seamlessly as the iPhone. But to allow that to happen would mean ignoring the increasing danger that it will be misused.

By licensing their technology to everyone from military contractors to internet start-ups, companies such as Cognitec and Animetrics are churning a global biometrics industry that will grow to $20bn (ÂŁ12bn) by 2020, according to Janice Kephart, the founder of Siba (Secure Identity and Biometrics Association). With funding from a coalition of face-recognition businesses, Siba launched in February 2014 to “educate about the reality of biometrics, bridging the gap between Washington and the industry”, says Kephart, who previously worked as a legal counsel to the 9/11 Commission. Kephart believes biometric technology could have prevented the 9/11 attacks (which, she says, “caused a surge” in the biometrics industry) and Snowden’s NSA leaks. She emphasises the technology’s protective capabilities rather than its potential for surveillance. “Consumers will begin to see that biometrics delivers privacy and security at the same time,” she says.

It’s this pairing of seeming opposites that makes face recognition so difficult to grapple with. By identifying individuals, it can prevent people from being where they shouldn’t be. Yet the profusion of biometrics creates an inescapable security net, with little privacy and the potential for serious mistakes, with dire consequences. An error in the face-recognition system could cause the ultimate in identity theft, with a Miley Cyrus lookalike dining on Miley’s dime or a hacker giving your digital passport (and citizenship) to a stranger.

This summer, the FBI is focusing on face recognition with the fourth step of its Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme, a $1.2bn initiative launched in 2008 to build the world’s largest biometric database. By 2013, the database held 73 million fingerprints, 5.7 million palm prints, 8.1 million mug shots and 8,500 iris scans. Interfaces to access the system are being provided free of charge to local law enforcement authorities.

Jennifer Lynch, staff attorney for the privacy-focused Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), notes that there were at least 14 million photographs in the NGI face-recognition database as of 2012. What’s more, the database makes no distinction between criminal biometrics and those collected for civil-service jobs. “All of a sudden, your image that you uploaded for a civil purpose to get a job is searched every time there’s a criminal query,” Lynch says. “You could find yourself having to defend your innocence.”

In the private sector, efforts are being made to ensure that face recognition isn’t abused, but standards are vague. A 2012 Federal Trade Commission report recommends that companies should obtain “affirmative express consent before collecting or using biometric data from facial images”. Facebook collects face-prints by default, but users can opt out of having their face-prints collected.

Technology entrepreneurs argue that passing strict laws before face-recognition technology matures will hamper its growth. “I don’t think it’s face recognition we want to pick on,” Animetrics’s Schuepp says. He suggests that the technology itself is not the problem; rather, it’s how the biometrics data [is] controlled.

Yet precedents for biometric surveillance must be set early in order to control its application. “I would like to see regulation of this before it goes too far,” Lynch says. “There should be laws to prevent misuse of biometric data by the government and by private companies. We should decide whether we want to be able to track people through society or not.”

What would a world look like with comprehensive biometric surveillance? “If cameras connected to databases can do face recognition, it will become impossible to be anonymous in society,” Lynch says. In the future, the government could know when you use your computer, which buildings you enter on a daily basis, where you shop and where you drive. It’s the ultimate fulfilment of Big Brother paranoia.

But anonymity isn’t going quietly. Over the past several years, mass protests have disrupted governments in countries across the globe, including Egypt, Syria and Ukraine. “It’s important to go out in society and be anonymous,” Lynch says. But face recognition could make that impossible. A protester in a crowd could be identified and fired from a job the next day, never knowing why. A mistaken face-print algorithm could mark the wrong people as criminals and force them to escape the spectre of their own image.

If biometric surveillance is allowed to proliferate unchecked, the only option left is to protect yourself from it. Artist Zach Blas has made a series of bulbous masks, aptly named the “Facial Weaponisation Suite”, that prepare us for just such a world. The neon-coloured masks disguise the wearer and make the rest of us more aware of how our faces are being politicised.

“These technologies are being developed by police and the military to criminalise large chunks of the population,” Blas says of biometrics. If cameras can tell a person’s identity, background and whereabouts, what’s to stop the algorithms from making the same mistakes as governmental authorities, giving racist or sexist biases a machine-driven excuse? “Visibility,” he says, “is a kind of trap.”

A version of this article appeared in ‘Newsweek’

The Independent

What are the benefits of Hiring a Private Investigator

Many people don’t realise there are many services a private investigator can provide. The industry today far surpasses the “Colombo” days. The industry today is full of professional, ethical and moral individuals. Some private investigators only specialise in certain areas while others are a full service agency.   An established and experienced private investigators’ training and experience alone can expose them to resources and tools that the average person does not. Furthermore, most individuals don’t have the time, education, legal knowledge, skills or training to perform an investigation on their own. Many individuals do not want their own privacy compromised. There are many risks involved in performing an investigation and it is best to let the professionals, who have the knowledge, perform the task.  

What are the benefits for Business Owners/Employers/Individuals  

In today’s society, performing a background check on your potential employee is critical. This could be a staff member, business partner, household employee, nanny, etc. These are all individuals that should be checked thoroughly. Private Investigators have access to databases and resources unavailable to the general public. A private investigator will also have the skills to dig deeper into a person’s history. Furthermore, we have the ability to thoroughly investigate internal theft, employee absence and personal injury and insurance claims.   You may also be checking on a potential relationship partner. With the increase of internet dating it has become imperative that you perform safe dating checks to avoid entering into a potentially dangerous or volatile situation.  

Domestic and Criminal Investigations  

Many Solicitors, as well as individuals going through a civil or criminal law suit, need the assistance of a Private Investigator. Most Solicitors don’t have time to do the digging in their client’s case. Many cases can be won in court with the assistance of a Private Investigator and the evidence they collected. Private Investigators are considered Expert Witnesses. Private Investigators can interview subjects, perform surveillance and prove the facts they provide. Anything they personally observe is considered credible testimony in court, when presented in a professional manner.  

Bringing people together  

In cases of runaways, missing persons, or long lost friends and relatives, Private Investigators can work in the courts, along with other resources, in order to find these missing or lost individuals. Sometimes a Private Investigator is the only answer. Once the information is obtained, you will know it was collected in a legal and professional manner.  


Tim Burchell has been a Private Investigator for 0ver 17 years and has served some of the UKs’ most respected names and businesses over those years.   Visit www.ukprivateinvestigators.com for further details make direct contact on 0800 043 1754.

UK child sex abuse trafficking doubles


UK child sex abuse trafficking doubles – National Crime Agency

The number of UK-born children thought to have been trafficked for sexual exploitation more than doubled last year, the National Crime Agency said.

Fifty-six minors from the UK were flagged up as potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in 2013 – a rise of 155% on 2012.

It is unclear whether they were being taken out of the country or moved within the UK, the NCA said.

The government said it was unlikely the data reflected the scale of the issue. Source: BBC News

* Please be aware of the signs that someone might be being sexually exploited – having unaffordable new things (clothes, mobile) or expensive habits (alcohol, drugs), going to hotels or other unusual locations to meet friends, getting in/out of different cars driven by unknown adults, going missing from home or care, having older boyfriends or girlfriends, truancy, exclusion, disengagement with school, opting out of education altogether, unexplained changes in behaviour or personality (chaotic, aggressive, sexual), drug or alcohol misuse, getting involved in crime, injuries from physical assault, physical restraint, sexual assault.


Thank you to PSHE (Kate Daniels) for this article.


Private investigator who helped to free Irish boy in Zambia is cleared of abduction

The private investigator who helped an Irish father trace his son in Zambia, has been cleared of any wrongdoing

The man was last month charged with assisting a child abduction after Cork father Richard Quarry employed him during his epic seven-week trip to rescue his son Ethan (7).

Mr Quarry’s estranged wife Elizabeth Daka had fled to Zambia with their son.

He triumphantly brought his son home but soon after they arrived into Ireland, Mr Quarry learned that the private investigator was being questioned by Zambian police.

Today, Mr Quarry said having the charges dropped against the Zambian native means another chapter can be closed in the whole saga.

“When he got arrested, he was very worried. The charges were very serious. He was concerned that he was going to be locked up.”

“We suspected that they had nothing on him anyway and that they didn’t know the facts.”

“Once they realised I had full custody and [Ethan’s] country of residence was Ireland, then there was no wrongdoing.”

Mr Quarry sent legal papers to the private eye proving that himself and Ethan had been deported, and the investigator was not involved in any wrongdoing.

“When we left Zambia, I told immigration as close to the truth as possible and that Ethan had entered in under another passport. They officially deported me and Ethan based on the facts.

I scanned and sent it to the investigators and they said that I’d been deported.”

The private agent has a copy of the deportation letter along with a letter from An Garda Siochana that states that his ex-wife is wanted on a European Arrest Warrant for abducting Ethan from Ireland.

The investigator was arrested with Ms Daka complained that her son Ethan had been taken out of the country.



Private Investigator suspects foul play in death of Texas man.

A private investigator suspects foul play in a Texas man’s mysterious death, alleging that authorities botched the initial investigation.

The death of Alfred Wright, 28, has upended the small town of Jasper, Texas.

Wright had been last seen Nov. 7. He went missing after his truck broke down. He was found dead 19 days later in an area where the police claimed they had already searched.

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At the time, authorities suspected a drug overdose. But his family was skeptical, so they hired a pathologist, as well as private investigator Chuck Foreman.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Foreman said police failed to properly investigate Wright’s disappearance and death.

“They have not interviewed the family, they have not searched the truck, they just didn’t do the due diligence that you demand from law enforcement,” Foreman said.

Officials at the Sabine County Sherriff’s Office said this morning they had no one available to comment on Foreman’s accusations.

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Foreman’s efforts have uncovered flaws in the investigation, he said. For one, Wright’s body was found in an “unnatural” position,” Foreman said.

Additionally, the personal trainer’s family says he didn’t do drugs. But authorities have argued that Wright had cocaine and crystal meth in his system when he died.

Foreman is also looking into the possibility that Wright might have known Cindy Maddox, the adult daughter of the sheriff who worked the case. The two reportedly knew each other from physical therapy work, allegations that Maddox reportedly denies.

A second autopsy commissioned by the family concluded that he sustained serious and gruesome injuries, suggesting foul play.

Authorities ruled out homicide in the initial autopsy.

“When a person is found at 28 years old unclothed and in the woods, how can you not treat it as a criminal investigation?” Foreman said.

ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams said the case should have been passed to state authorities.

“What’s troubling is how quickly the authorities, the sheriff, dismissed the idea that this was not a potential homicide, before the body was even found,” Abrams said.

“Just because someone runs off and acts like he may have been on drugs doesn’t mean you give up searching and assume there was no foul play.”

Police advised not to confer when writing their reports…..

Police officers in England and Wales are to be instructed not to confer before writing up their notes of serious incidents they are involved in.

The BBC understands guidance will be issued to forces once it has been approved by the home secretary.

At present, officers can pool their recollections before making individual statements.

The draft guidance, seen by BBC News, says conferring “has the potential to undermine public confidence”.

In January, the BBC learned that the Independent Police Complaints Commission was preparing the new guidance which will apply to incidents in which someone dies or is seriously injured.

It will tell forces that police witnesses should be instructed not to speak, or otherwise communicate, about the incident in question.

They should be kept separate until after their detailed individual factual accounts have been taken, it will say.

The BBC’s home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said that the new rules would represent a significant departure from current practice.