Fiddled crime figures lead to under-reporting of rapes and other serious offences, says report – The Independent

Posted April 9th, 2014 in crime, news, police, rape, statistics by sally

‘The culture of fiddling crime statistics is ingrained within the upper echelons of the police service where target-chasing has led to the under-reporting of serious crimes including rape, according to a report by MPs out today.’

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The Independent, 9th April 2014

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Gardener took £200,000 from woman of 89 – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2014 in anonymity, crime, elderly, news, powers of attorney by tracey

‘A handyman who took hundreds of thousands of pounds from a wealthy widow with dementia after gaining power of attorney must not be named, a court rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2014

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Mafia boss living in Uxbridge wins extradition battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, crime, extradition, news, prisons by tracey

‘A former Mafia boss wanted in Italy for extortion and other crimes has won his battle against extradition, after a ruling in an entirely unconnected case expressed concern over the conditions of Italian prisons.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2014

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TV licence law change plan in motion – BBC News

Posted March 18th, 2014 in BBC, bills, crime, licensing, media, news by tracey

‘A proposal to end the criminal offence of failing to buy a TV licence is
being considered for inclusion in a bill before Parliament.’

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BBC News, 18th March 2014

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SFO head defends agency’s perceived “lack of appetite” for prosecuting senior UK bankers – OUT-LAW.com

‘The head of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which investigates and prosecutes serious and organised crime in England and Wales, has defended the agency’s record against UK banks and senior bankers in the aftermath of the financial crisis.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th October 2014

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Regina v Mitchell (William) – WLR Daily

Posted February 13th, 2014 in appeals, crime, law reports, misfeasance in public office, paramedics by sally

Regina v Mitchell (William) [2014] WLR (D) 61

‘To be the holder of a public office a person had to owe duties to the public over and above duties owed to individual citizens. Therefore a paramedic who did not owe such duties was not a holder of a public office.’

WLR Daily, 12th February 2014

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Richardson and another (Appellants) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Posted February 6th, 2014 in appeals, crime, demonstrations, law reports, Supreme Court, trespass by sally

Richardson and another (Appellants) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 8 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 5th February 2014

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Jurors face two-year jail sentence for researching cases on the internet – The Independent

Posted February 6th, 2014 in bills, contempt of court, crime, internet, juries, news by sally

‘Jurors who are found to be researching cases on the internet will be jailed for up to two years, under a new criminal offence announced today.’

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The Independent, 5th February 2014

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Regina v Powell (Carl) – WLR Daily

Posted January 30th, 2014 in appeals, crime, evidence, indictments, joinder, law reports by sally

Regina v Powell (Carl) [2014] WLR (D) 34

‘The statutory regimes concerning joinder of counts in an indictment and cross-admissibility of evidence were separate and the settled criteria concerning joinder had not been superseded in consequence of the changes in relation to evidence of bad character made by the Criminal Justice Act 2003.’

WLR Daily, 29th January 2014

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Domestic abuse – why creating a specific offence is not the answer – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 30th, 2014 in assault, bills, crime, domestic violence, news, sentencing by sally

‘The Offences Against the Person Act has been in law since 1861. It covers all forms of physical assault ranging from the most serious, such as stabbing someone, to common assault which can be committed merely by spitting at someone. Marital rape is an offence, as is pursuing a course of conduct which amounts to harassment. Despite these laws, MPs are now seeking to introduce a new offence of Domestic Abuse, aimed solely at offences carried out within relationships. The offence would be defined as, “intentionally, wilfully or recklessly causing, or attempting to cause, physical injury or psychological harm to a person”.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 29th January 2014

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The mysterious case of the falling criminal offences: burglary and murders down again, statistics show – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2014 in crime, news, statistics by sally

‘The public does not believe it and ministers privately admit they do not fully understand the reasons for it – but crime is continuing to fall sharply.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2014

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Crime stats: The truth is out there – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in crime, news, statistics by sally

‘Last week, the UK Statistics Authority, the watchdog that oversees the publication of official data, said it could no longer approve crime figures based on information recorded by the police in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2014

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CoA blocks CIA drones challenge – The Lawyer

Posted January 21st, 2014 in appeals, crime, intelligence services, murder, news, weapons by sally

‘The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out a claim challenging the legality of British involvement in US drone strikes because any judgment would be a condemnation of US foreign policy.’

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The Lawyer, 21st January 2014

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Right to die: the issues before the Supreme Court – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 21st, 2014 in assisted suicide, crime, defence, evidence, necessity, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Tony Nicklinson lost his legal battle in 2012 for a judicial ruling that, were his wife to administer life-ending drugs to him at his express request, she would not be liable to prosecution for murder.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th January 2014

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Stewart and Natasha Sutherland fined for term-time holiday – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2014 in costs, crime, education, fines, news, school children by tracey

‘A couple who took their children on a week-long holiday during school term time have been ordered by magistrates to pay £1,000 in costs and fines.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2014

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Police demand details about Stephen Lawrence whistleblower – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2014 in crime, media, news, official secrets act, police, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Police have asked for information about Peter Francis, the whistleblower who revealed a raft of claims about a police undercover unit, including that they had spied on relatives of Stephen Lawrence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th January 2014

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Smacking: what is the law and should it be changed? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 9th, 2014 in corporal punishment, crime, news, violence by sally

‘In an interview with the Independent, the Children’s Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has expressed her view that smacking should be banned. “Because in law you are forbidden from striking another adult, and from physically chastising your pets”, she said, “but somehow there is a loophole around the fact that you can physically chastise your child.”’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 8th January 2014

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Trafficking victims forced into crime are let down by police, report reveals – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2013 in children, crime, news, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘Trafficking victims who are forced into crime are being let down by the UK authorities, who are failing to stop them being prosecuted, a new report warns.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2013

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Banking reforms become law after getting Royal Assent – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2013 in banking, bills, crime, financial regulation, news by tracey

‘Reforms to the UK banking sector aimed at making it more resilient after the 2008 financial crisis have become law. The Financial Services Bill was given Royal Assent on Wednesday after being approved by Parliament earlier.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2013

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FGM inquiry launched to uncover reasons for lack of prosecution in UK – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2013 in child abuse, crime, female genital mutilation, inquiries, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘A major inquiry has been launched into female genital mutilation (FGM) to uncover why there has not been a single prosecution in the UK since it was made a criminal offence, and to try to bring an end to the illegal practice.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2013

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