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Impartial is a member of the Association of British Investigators

ABIABI is our badge of trust

UPDATE – John has since been certified as a Full Member of the ABI.

Impartial Investigations is a member of the Association of British Investigators (the ABI).  One of our partners, David, is a Full Member. The other, John, is a Provisional Member who is working towards Full Membership.

Aren’t all private investigators licenced in the UK?

No. There is no licencing system in the UK. That is why the industry is full of absolute rogues. That’s the truth. Many so-called “private investigators” have criminal records. Anyone can call themselves a PI and make money from gullible clients who lose money because they don’t bother to check their credentials.

Never hire a PI without checking they are part of a reputable industry association which checks their criminal record – like the Association of British Investigators (the ABI). The ABI is also pressing for government licencing to weed out the incompetents and the crooks. That’s to get rid of the many dodgy operators who see themselves as a latter-day Sherlock Holmes but who have no clue how they will ensure data and client protection.

What does ABI membership mean?

It means that the ABI has checked our personal references and credit worthiness at Impartial Investigations. It has also checked that we don’t have criminal records. Our public liability insurance has been checked by the ABI to protect our clients in case a mistake or an accident happens. It also means that we know about data protection and, specifically, the rules over GDPR. That is important as dealing with data is actually what private investigation is all about.

ABI membership also means that we must follow the ABI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards. The Law Society of Scotland has the ABI as an approved supplier and it is also endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales. No other body in this industry has that level of trust.

Are all private investigators members of the ABI or some such body?

Sadly, no. There are other associations for private investigators. Some, however, are better than others at checking their members actually know what they are doing and keep within the law. To some of us, some associations appear not to do enough – or care enough – to ensure protections for their members’ clients are in place.

I need an investigator but I don’t know who to choose.

If you choose a rogue investigator who pretends to know what they are doing – or who is a convicted criminal fraudster, it could cost you dearly. There are literally hundreds of them scattered around the UK. By all means call Impartial Investigations and we will answer your questions to see if we fit your requirements.

Or call the ABI on 020 8191 7500 or email them at  Secretariat@theABI.org.uk and they will keep you right with the best advice.




What happened to Johnny Connelly at Speir’s Wharf, Glasgow?

Johnny Connelly at Speir’s Wharf

John Connelly, 28, also known as Johnny, was discovered in the water at Speirs Wharf in Port Dundas, Glasgow, on Monday, July 22, 2019. That was a week after he was reported missing.

He had failed to return home after spending a day out with his pal in the city centre on Monday, July 15.

John Connolly
Johnny’s family need to know the truth

Police who have been investigating what happened that evening think he was involved an altercation at the Garscube Road underpass in Cowcaddens around 10.20pm. He had multiple injuries to his head and body.

John, from Cathay Street in Milton and who was known to many as Johnny, was last seen wearing a black Adidas hooded top, with white stripes down the sleeves. He also had on black jogging trousers and royal blue coloured Nike trainers.

Johnny Connelly’s family are devastated

“John’s family are still understandably devastated by his death,” said Detective Inspector John Morrison of Maryhill CID. “It is made all the harder by not knowing what happened to him. We know he was in the city with his pal. But they had separated when heading home for the night.
“Around 10 pm John is seen walking alone in Buchanan Street past Buchanan Galleries. He then went past the bus station and on to Dundasvale Court. Then he went into the underpass at Garscube Road leading to Speirs Wharf in the Cowcaddens area around 10.20.”

Garscube Road at Speirs Wharf is a popular route. It is used by runners, dog walkers and skateboarders.

Anyone with information is asked to call CID officers at Maryhill Police Station via 101. Please quote incident number 3452 of 22 July 2019.

NOTE:   If you have information but would rather stay anonymous and not speak to a human, call Impartial Investigations voicemail on 0800 887 0111 day or night.

Missing Persons

Impartial Investigations  Missing Persons in Scotland will feature here regularly

Missing persons are a part of life in Scotland, sadly. Impartial Investigations is dedicated to doing what it can to help Scottish families suffering the trauma of having a missing person in suspicious or even unexplained circumstances. We will investigate, where necessary, and we will make public appeals for help.

If you know what happened to a missing person, we would like to hear from you. Their families need to know what happened to their loved ones. Whether you were involved in the person’s disappearance or not, there comes a time when you realise that pretending there is nothing you can do is just not good enough. You need to be able to sleep at night too.

Why should you call us? Impartial just wants the information. Remember, we are not the police. We do not want to detain anyone and take them in for questioning. You may call us day or night and we will not ask you questions.

You have information about a Scottish missing person? Please call now:

Freephone:  0800 832 1678

24-hour voicemail only. No human answer.

No one will ever answer. It’s voicemail only. You may leave your contact details or you may give us the information anonymously. It’s your choice. But please, do it … 

Or email:  tipoff@mm.st

You should also call CrimeStoppers UK anonymously if crime is involved.

If you are a missing person, you should ring either the police on 101, or 999 if it is an emergency. Otherwise, call the charity Missing People on 116 000 for the best advice.

Prefer to discuss the matter with one of our investigators? See here.

Last updated: 3 September 2020

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