Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton reveals identity of two men from Bishop Auckland area suspected of flouting the law

Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton reveals identity of two suspected criminals - Billy Wilson (left) and John Watson.

Chief's suspect: John 'John Boy' Watson

Chief's suspect: Billy Wilson

People attending the PACT meeting play Guess Who? to help them think how criminals operate in their area

Chief Constable Mike Barton addresses the PACT meeting

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A POLICE chief has revealed the identity of two men he suspects of being involved in criminal activity.

Chief Constable of Durham Police Mike Barton believes John Watson and Billy Wilson, both 37, are "flouting the law" and are having an adverse impact on the community in which they live.

In what Mr Barton described as a "world first", he released details of the two men at a Police and Communities Together meeting in Bishop Auckland last night (Wednesday, April 2).

The Northern Echo:

During the meeting, the public were encouraged to play the Guess Who? board game as a way of helping them understand how organised crime groups operate in their community.

Mr Watson - also known as 'John Boy' - is banned from keeping horses or having anything to do with them for ten years, but officers believe he wears a ski mask when riding a horse and trap through Bishop Auckland.

Mr Wilson is said to have links to cannabis, rural crime, unsecured horses, illegal grazing and animal cruelty.

Both are from the Bishop Auckland area.

"When the police was created, it was never designed that we would know everything," said Mr Barton. "We work in partnership with the community and tackle crime and that is what we are doing here.

"If somebody we know is having an adverse impact on the community then we want to work with the community.

"We want to put fear into the criminals and we want these people to have a miserable time. We are upping our game and these are bad lads.

“It is not as if these people haven't had a chance.

“They are organised, because this is their business. We go to work, but this is their work.”

Mr Barton added: “Most people will already know these people, but sometimes the public don't know we know.

"He (John Watson) can't be trusted with animals. We don't think it is right when people flout the law.

"Billy Wilson is somebody we know who is having an adverse impact on the community."

"We have not picked these people out at random, we are responding to what the community has told us.

“They are maximum pains in the bum."

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7:33am Thu 3 Apr 14

johnny_p says...

Crime involving horses? Now let me think......
Crime involving horses? Now let me think...... johnny_p
  • Score: 36

7:44am Thu 3 Apr 14

Ally F says...

My thoughts exactly johnny_p.
My thoughts exactly johnny_p. Ally F
  • Score: 23

8:19am Thu 3 Apr 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

"The Public were never meant to know everything" Mike Barton holds - I think that ought to have been "The Public were never meant to know ANYTHING", No the Public should never have known when the Police attempted x 3 to use subterfuge to Section a person 3 times. Durham Police are trying very hard to self promote "Self Praise is no recommendation"
"The Public were never meant to know everything" Mike Barton holds - I think that ought to have been "The Public were never meant to know ANYTHING", No the Public should never have known when the Police attempted x 3 to use subterfuge to Section a person 3 times. Durham Police are trying very hard to self promote "Self Praise is no recommendation" somethinginsidesostrong
  • Score: -41

8:46am Thu 3 Apr 14

st-george1 says...

IF this was happening in some Third World country, Amnesty International would be jumping up and down with righteous indignation ...
IF this was happening in some Third World country, Amnesty International would be jumping up and down with righteous indignation ... st-george1
  • Score: -36

8:54am Thu 3 Apr 14

Daza says...

Would like to think this is just the start of naming and shaming scum causing big problems.

It might 'Just be horses' but someones obvuously gone to the trouble of giving the Police this information.

More idiots named and shamed would be a good idea and a big move forward.
Would like to think this is just the start of naming and shaming scum causing big problems. It might 'Just be horses' but someones obvuously gone to the trouble of giving the Police this information. More idiots named and shamed would be a good idea and a big move forward. Daza
  • Score: 80

9:29am Thu 3 Apr 14

settheworldonfire says...

Daza wrote:
Would like to think this is just the start of naming and shaming scum causing big problems.

It might 'Just be horses' but someones obvuously gone to the trouble of giving the Police this information.

More idiots named and shamed would be a good idea and a big move forward.
I named a family of drug dealers and their address on here, and guess what ? The northern echo threatened to throw me off the site......Also the police have been told for over a year about this going on and nothing happens...This is due to 2 of the family being paid police informers...Why do they let them get away with it...They have a taxi firm and a cafe which they use to illegally launder money through....The police chief is not even interested...
[quote][p][bold]Daza[/bold] wrote: Would like to think this is just the start of naming and shaming scum causing big problems. It might 'Just be horses' but someones obvuously gone to the trouble of giving the Police this information. More idiots named and shamed would be a good idea and a big move forward.[/p][/quote]I named a family of drug dealers and their address on here, and guess what ? The northern echo threatened to throw me off the site......Also the police have been told for over a year about this going on and nothing happens...This is due to 2 of the family being paid police informers...Why do they let them get away with it...They have a taxi firm and a cafe which they use to illegally launder money through....The police chief is not even interested... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 35

9:33am Thu 3 Apr 14

hgvdriver says...

No point even bothering with them we all know they are untouchable as they are not "normal working class" and they are also from a minority which we all know is discrimination if they are forced to obey the law like the rest of us
No point even bothering with them we all know they are untouchable as they are not "normal working class" and they are also from a minority which we all know is discrimination if they are forced to obey the law like the rest of us hgvdriver
  • Score: 35

10:29am Thu 3 Apr 14

DaisyBear says...

I am sorry, Mr Barton, but this is simply inappropriate. These may be 'bad lads' but they have not been charged - so naming them is wrong. It's about time the police started behaving within the law as well.
I am sorry, Mr Barton, but this is simply inappropriate. These may be 'bad lads' but they have not been charged - so naming them is wrong. It's about time the police started behaving within the law as well. DaisyBear
  • Score: -68

10:30am Thu 3 Apr 14

Ron Carter-Bonsteel says...

Ally F wrote:
My thoughts exactly johnny_p.
Like in my town of Middlesbrough career criminals run our estates from money laundering.drugs.loa
n sharks.and other criminal activities. My family and myself were victims of these kind of people because I dared speak out about what was happening. No surprise got no help from agencies they all turn a blind eye to it all and left us to rot.
Criminals are the winners as people will see the pathetic sentences dished out while they continue to destroy our estates. Crime pays and its the good people who are paying the price of a unjust Society.
Until police and agencies get their act together to support Victims of crime and anti-social behaviour and stop thinking so much about the criminals in Society and what society can do for them isn't it time that victims were put first and foremost?
[quote][p][bold]Ally F[/bold] wrote: My thoughts exactly johnny_p.[/p][/quote]Like in my town of Middlesbrough career criminals run our estates from money laundering.drugs.loa n sharks.and other criminal activities. My family and myself were victims of these kind of people because I dared speak out about what was happening. No surprise got no help from agencies they all turn a blind eye to it all and left us to rot. Criminals are the winners as people will see the pathetic sentences dished out while they continue to destroy our estates. Crime pays and its the good people who are paying the price of a unjust Society. Until police and agencies get their act together to support Victims of crime and anti-social behaviour and stop thinking so much about the criminals in Society and what society can do for them isn't it time that victims were put first and foremost? Ron Carter-Bonsteel
  • Score: 46

10:47am Thu 3 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

It begs a number of common sense questions (1) What happened about all this now liberal torpedoed and watered down 'political hype' about.....***Three Strikes and you are out. It appears in Britain to be 3,333 Strikes you are not out and the British oppressed ' Mug Working Taxpayer' will continue to foot and pay all and any 'Free Legal Aid Bill's. (What a pathetic nonsense of a legal aid system, ..Eh), (2) If some of these travelling 'Horsie people' are of **** No Fixed Abode***, are they EVER investigated by British Tax Authorities ?.with the vigour carried out to investigate ordinary lawabidding,...... *other decent working class ***WORKING Taxpayers. The pathetic System we have now is down to years of disgusting liberal minded failed policies throughout past decades which have been conclusively proved to be of much use as a Clegg inspired 'Chocolate-Fireguard
'.
It begs a number of common sense questions (1) What happened about all this now liberal torpedoed and watered down 'political hype' about.....***Three Strikes and you are out. It appears in Britain to be 3,333 Strikes you are not out and the British oppressed ' Mug Working Taxpayer' will continue to foot and pay all and any 'Free Legal Aid Bill's. (What a pathetic nonsense of a legal aid system, ..Eh), (2) If some of these travelling 'Horsie people' are of **** No Fixed Abode***, are they EVER investigated by British Tax Authorities ?.with the vigour carried out to investigate ordinary lawabidding,...... *other decent working class ***WORKING Taxpayers. The pathetic System we have now is down to years of disgusting liberal minded failed policies throughout past decades which have been conclusively proved to be of much use as a Clegg inspired 'Chocolate-Fireguard '. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 10

10:53am Thu 3 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

If so called Criminal Naming is completely wrong then Why are (1) Drunk DRIVERS named and shamed with photograph and Why are people named and shamed in a certain N.E. Newspaper for illegally travelling on the Metro without ANY TICKET. What is Good for the common sense Goose is certainly *more than good for the ***pathetic politically correct, ****'Ive got a real chip on my shoulder. *** anti-police left wing (or otherwise) political Gander'.
If so called Criminal Naming is completely wrong then Why are (1) Drunk DRIVERS named and shamed with photograph and Why are people named and shamed in a certain N.E. Newspaper for illegally travelling on the Metro without ANY TICKET. What is Good for the common sense Goose is certainly *more than good for the ***pathetic politically correct, ****'Ive got a real chip on my shoulder. *** anti-police left wing (or otherwise) political Gander'. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 16

11:12am Thu 3 Apr 14

calumannabel says...

johnny_p wrote:
Crime involving horses? Now let me think......
Haven't they heard of computer dating?
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Crime involving horses? Now let me think......[/p][/quote]Haven't they heard of computer dating? calumannabel
  • Score: 10

11:54am Thu 3 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Talking about Horses, I have stopped buying any corn beef, especially from 'Anti-Falklands', (Our sacred British commonwealth Islands) and 'Anti British Argentina. Incidentally if I was driving a car wearing a **mask there is a fair chance I would be stopped and locked up. At least we are getting an honest version of this story from the 'Horses' Mouth and not 'Off the Hoof'.'. I am away for a pint at the 'Nags Head'.
Talking about Horses, I have stopped buying any corn beef, especially from 'Anti-Falklands', (Our sacred British commonwealth Islands) and 'Anti British Argentina. Incidentally if I was driving a car wearing a **mask there is a fair chance I would be stopped and locked up. At least we are getting an honest version of this story from the 'Horses' Mouth and not 'Off the Hoof'.'. I am away for a pint at the 'Nags Head'. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 4

2:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

I just hope the Cops now keep a tight ****reign on people trying to cover their faces with *Masks and/or or similar un-British objectionable apparel.
I just hope the Cops now keep a tight ****reign on people trying to cover their faces with *Masks and/or or similar un-British objectionable apparel. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 2

4:04pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bambara says...

I'm for a doubling law.
1st offence, prison tariff x 1
2nd offence, prison tariff x 2
3rd x4
4th x8
5th x16

That will hit the career criminals, but will give those who make a stupid decision a chance.
Of course we may need to build a few more prisons, but taking the repeat offenders off the streets will save far more by way of reduced crime fgures I think.
I'm for a doubling law. 1st offence, prison tariff x 1 2nd offence, prison tariff x 2 3rd x4 4th x8 5th x16 That will hit the career criminals, but will give those who make a stupid decision a chance. Of course we may need to build a few more prisons, but taking the repeat offenders off the streets will save far more by way of reduced crime fgures I think. bambara
  • Score: 15

4:34pm Thu 3 Apr 14

st-george1 says...

I get the impression that politically-motivate
d people with links to some union leverage squad have been on here redacting the critical views via the for or against score system.
It's all so Pinocchio management without shame !
I get the impression that politically-motivate d people with links to some union leverage squad have been on here redacting the critical views via the for or against score system. It's all so Pinocchio management without shame ! st-george1
  • Score: -3

4:44pm Thu 3 Apr 14

darloboss says...

crustys on a roll tonight
crustys on a roll tonight darloboss
  • Score: -10

5:14pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

Durham Police are totally inconsistent in there actions. They name and shame in this case. When I ask for the guy's name who damaged my car they want £80 up front at which point they will tell me how much they want to reveal his identity

Truly are a joke
Durham Police are totally inconsistent in there actions. They name and shame in this case. When I ask for the guy's name who damaged my car they want £80 up front at which point they will tell me how much they want to reveal his identity Truly are a joke Homshaw1
  • Score: 8

5:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

little miss me says...

Well I've just seen 5 police cars swooping into where one of these men live
Well I've just seen 5 police cars swooping into where one of these men live little miss me
  • Score: 13

5:54pm Thu 3 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Can you get your head around this prime example. Say a Serial Offender with 127 Previous Court appearances and subsequent also previous convictions appears in Court for Burgling a House and who has over months and years caused untold heartache and pure misery to many, many, VICTIMS OF CRIME. It then begs the Question, HOW IS IT ?...... in most cases FREE Legal Aid is readily provided YET AGAIN, AGAIN and AGAIN, paid for by the by the poor working oppressed 'Mug' Working British Taxpayer ?. There should be a British State Statutory Fixed Limit for everyone, you are given LEGAL AID *****ONLY****(NO MORE) in your Lifetime and that's your lot mate. What a pathetic Anti-Crime Victim System which needs reform NOW and it begs the further question ?, is it a guaranteed 'extra supplementary fixed ad hoc' continual payment(s) for the Legal Profession. I rest my case.
Can you get your head around this prime example. Say a Serial Offender with 127 Previous Court appearances and subsequent also previous convictions appears in Court for Burgling a House and who has over months and years caused untold heartache and pure misery to many, many, VICTIMS OF CRIME. It then begs the Question, HOW IS IT ?...... in most cases FREE Legal Aid is readily provided YET AGAIN, AGAIN and AGAIN, paid for by the by the poor working oppressed 'Mug' Working British Taxpayer ?. There should be a British State Statutory Fixed Limit for everyone, you are given LEGAL AID *****ONLY****(NO MORE) in your Lifetime and that's your lot mate. What a pathetic Anti-Crime Victim System which needs reform NOW and it begs the further question ?, is it a guaranteed 'extra supplementary fixed ad hoc' continual payment(s) for the Legal Profession. I rest my case. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 1

8:11pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Jackaranda says...

little miss me wrote:
Well I've just seen 5 police cars swooping into where one of these men live
I've just seen the photo on another thread about this scum, quality!!
[quote][p][bold]little miss me[/bold] wrote: Well I've just seen 5 police cars swooping into where one of these men live[/p][/quote]I've just seen the photo on another thread about this scum, quality!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 9

9:06pm Thu 3 Apr 14

rat man says...

st-george1 wrote:
IF this was happening in some Third World country, Amnesty International would be jumping up and down with righteous indignation ...
We are a third world country!
[quote][p][bold]st-george1[/bold] wrote: IF this was happening in some Third World country, Amnesty International would be jumping up and down with righteous indignation ...[/p][/quote]We are a third world country! rat man
  • Score: 5

10:28pm Thu 3 Apr 14

behonest says...

Mr Barton did not mention the word 'traveller'.

Is that because it doesn't apply, or because that would be a politically-incorrec
t step too far?

I think we know the answer.
Mr Barton did not mention the word 'traveller'. Is that because it doesn't apply, or because that would be a politically-incorrec t step too far? I think we know the answer. behonest
  • Score: 12

10:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

settheworldonfire says...

behonest wrote:
Mr Barton did not mention the word 'traveller'.

Is that because it doesn't apply, or because that would be a politically-incorrec

t step too far?

I think we know the answer.
Travelers have decent ones and then there are the scum like these 2 who think they are untouchable....Every time someone sees these scum doing anything dodgy just ring the cops and see if anyone turns up....I doubt it though as the cops are scared of these travelers...
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: Mr Barton did not mention the word 'traveller'. Is that because it doesn't apply, or because that would be a politically-incorrec t step too far? I think we know the answer.[/p][/quote]Travelers have decent ones and then there are the scum like these 2 who think they are untouchable....Every time someone sees these scum doing anything dodgy just ring the cops and see if anyone turns up....I doubt it though as the cops are scared of these travelers... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 2

9:34am Fri 4 Apr 14

MartinMo says...

The law comes done harder on those who take the law into their own hands rathers than the criminals committing the initial offence.
The law comes done harder on those who take the law into their own hands rathers than the criminals committing the initial offence. MartinMo
  • Score: 8

10:46am Fri 4 Apr 14

etherleydene says...

Apparently arrests have been made...Bye Bye Scumbags
Apparently arrests have been made...Bye Bye Scumbags etherleydene
  • Score: 12

3:13pm Fri 4 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Its about time the Police stopped eating meals 'off the hoof' and got this lot reigned in and in harness.
Its about time the Police stopped eating meals 'off the hoof' and got this lot reigned in and in harness. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -3

3:38pm Fri 4 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

If you are 'British and law-abiding', the politically correct punters (mainly 'far left and Clegg and his liberal cronies ), have ensured that you have*** NO Civil Liberties***** only if you are an illegal immigrant convicted of *serious and very serious crime or a constant enviromental pain in the butt, or 'On workshy Strike', will you be allowed full Civil Liberties. Our 'Sacred English Magna Charta' has been declared obsolete and 'null and void' by the 'corrupt skewwhiff European Union'. You as an English and/.or British Citizen Politician, have to get down on you knees like a ***naught schoolboys years ago and BEG **ASK permission to enter the Brussels EU decision making chamber and YOU SPEAK, ....ONLY....... when you SPOKEN TOO. On MOST occasions on major decisions effecting Britain YOU ARE FIRMLY ASKED TO LEAVE THE ROOM whilst other European Countries make decisions FOR YOY (BRITAIN). Hence the stampede in the direction of our 'new modern day British History and Historical culture, saving 'knight of the Round Table' namely Mr Nigel Farage.
If you are 'British and law-abiding', the politically correct punters (mainly 'far left and Clegg and his liberal cronies ), have ensured that you have*** NO Civil Liberties***** only if you are an illegal immigrant convicted of *serious and very serious crime or a constant enviromental pain in the butt, or 'On workshy Strike', will you be allowed full Civil Liberties. Our 'Sacred English Magna Charta' has been declared obsolete and 'null and void' by the 'corrupt skewwhiff European Union'. You as an English and/.or British Citizen Politician, have to get down on you knees like a ***naught schoolboys years ago and BEG **ASK permission to enter the Brussels EU decision making chamber and YOU SPEAK, ....ONLY....... when you SPOKEN TOO. On MOST occasions on major decisions effecting Britain YOU ARE FIRMLY ASKED TO LEAVE THE ROOM whilst other European Countries make decisions FOR YOY (BRITAIN). Hence the stampede in the direction of our 'new modern day British History and Historical culture, saving 'knight of the Round Table' namely Mr Nigel Farage. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -5

3:40pm Fri 4 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Re above....should read make decisions for YOU (Britain).
Re above....should read make decisions for YOU (Britain). cushybutterfield
  • Score: -5

11:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

LUSTARD says...

horses have a kind look in the eye
horses have a kind look in the eye LUSTARD
  • Score: 0

2:47pm Sat 5 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Well there must be someone out there with some reasonable answer. DO ?these Horsy people and Travellers REGULARLY PAY ANY TAX and how is it COLLECTED by the Tax authorities, if most of these ***travellers and Tinkers (including some white van Scrap Metal Collectors (not all) are considered of 'NO FIXED ABODE'. (Apparently NO regular fixed address).
Well there must be someone out there with some reasonable answer. DO ?these Horsy people and Travellers REGULARLY PAY ANY TAX and how is it COLLECTED by the Tax authorities, if most of these ***travellers and Tinkers (including some white van Scrap Metal Collectors (not all) are considered of 'NO FIXED ABODE'. (Apparently NO regular fixed address). cushybutterfield
  • Score: -4

3:10pm Sat 5 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

BAMBARA..........Goo
d sound law-abiding comment, with regard to so called 'White Van and Open Lorry so called Scappies' and so called private general vehicle RUBBISH COLLECTORS, (forever roving around, here, there and everywhere collecting assorted Scrap Metal etc, etc,). ALL OF THEM (Travellers, or whatever they call themselves, are supposed *****BY LAW***** to have a Local Council Operating ******CARRIERS LICENCE********* and if they do NOT have one, they can be given now ON THE SPOT LOCAL AUTHORITY FINES costing Hundreds of Pounds. Which again begs the eternal question. ? How are some ? (not all) operating general scrap-metal and rubbish collecting vehicles WITHOUT any FIXED ABODE ADDRESS and as the law now requires no exchange of cash at Scrapyards WHO GIVES THEM MONEY FOR THE SCRAP METAL ?. From a general Crime Prevention Point of view it is a good idea for some citizen crime watch people in the community be given a ***NOTEBOOK and PEN and RECORD the REGISRATION NUMBERS and description of ALL DODGY LOOKING SUSPICIOUS vehicles in your community. They can be handed into and given to any Police Officer or Local Council ENFORCEMENT OFFICER anonymously. Crime wise you certainly may be doing yourself or your neighbour a big favour and perhaps save 'Hundreds and Thousands of Pounds'. The maxim is KEEP them EYES PEELED. You know it makes sense.
BAMBARA..........Goo d sound law-abiding comment, with regard to so called 'White Van and Open Lorry so called Scappies' and so called private general vehicle RUBBISH COLLECTORS, (forever roving around, here, there and everywhere collecting assorted Scrap Metal etc, etc,). ALL OF THEM (Travellers, or whatever they call themselves, are supposed *****BY LAW***** to have a Local Council Operating ******CARRIERS LICENCE********* and if they do NOT have one, they can be given now ON THE SPOT LOCAL AUTHORITY FINES costing Hundreds of Pounds. Which again begs the eternal question. ? How are some ? (not all) operating general scrap-metal and rubbish collecting vehicles WITHOUT any FIXED ABODE ADDRESS and as the law now requires no exchange of cash at Scrapyards WHO GIVES THEM MONEY FOR THE SCRAP METAL ?. From a general Crime Prevention Point of view it is a good idea for some citizen crime watch people in the community be given a ***NOTEBOOK and PEN and RECORD the REGISRATION NUMBERS and description of ALL DODGY LOOKING SUSPICIOUS vehicles in your community. They can be handed into and given to any Police Officer or Local Council ENFORCEMENT OFFICER anonymously. Crime wise you certainly may be doing yourself or your neighbour a big favour and perhaps save 'Hundreds and Thousands of Pounds'. The maxim is KEEP them EYES PEELED. You know it makes sense. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -3

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