Tough talk on crime has led to a crisis in Britain’s prisons – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2016 in assault, crime, news, prisons, sentencing, suicide by tracey

‘The rapid rise in suicides and assaults behind bars was inevitable, given the UK imported an experiment that had failed – disastrously – in America.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2016

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UK corporate criminal offence for tax evasion facilitation will be introduced this year, says government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 12th, 2016 in company law, crime, news, tax evasion by sally

‘The UK government is to speed up its planned introduction of a new criminal offence for businesses that fail to stop their representatives from facilitating tax evasion following the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ leak, the prime minister has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2016

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Sex and the Law – Gresham College

Posted March 31st, 2016 in child abuse, crime, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘Reputations tumble; men once popular and famous but too powerful are condemned and imprisoned. Others fear their reputations will not long survive their deaths. Others will ‘get away with it’ as presumably they always have. How will all this be viewed in decades to come? Witch-hunt or confirmation that Mary Whitehouse was right all the time and the sexual revolution is to blame? If so, what should society have done that it didn’t? What should it do now apart from lock up aged offenders? And what about juries? Will they, not judges, ultimately determine how law can be fair on sexual behaviour – assuming juries can ever discuss these things candidly.’

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Gresham College, 2nd March 2016

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Government and major retailers unite to tackle knife crime – Home Office

Posted March 24th, 2016 in crime, crime prevention, news, offensive weapons by tracey

‘Home Secretary Theresa May announces agreement of principles between major retailers and the government to tackle knife crime.’

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Home Office, 23rd March 2016

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Director of Public Prosecutions v Henderson – WLR Daily

Posted March 15th, 2016 in crime, harassment, law reports, racism by sally

Director of Public Prosecutions v Henderson [2016] EWHC 464 (Admin)

‘The defendant was charged with three offences of racially aggravated harassment, contrary to section 31(1)(b) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and, in the alternative, three offences of harassment, contrary to section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986. Both sets of offences were alleged to have been committed against the same victims and arose out of the same set of facts. Following the trial, the defendant was convicted of the three racially aggravated offences but, having heard submissions from the defendant’s representative, the district judge declined to announce a verdict on the section 4A offences (“the underlying offences”) and adjourned the case. The matter came before a different district judge who concluded that the facts of the underlying offences had been proved before the district judge at trial with the result that guilty verdicts should be returned in relation to the three underlying offences, with no separate penalty being imposed. In so doing, the district judge rejected the defendant’s submission that the correct course of action, the aggravated offences having been proved, was to adjourn the underlying offences sine die pursuant to the power in section 10 of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1980. The defendant challenged his conviction on the underlying offences by way of an appeal by case stated.’

WLR Daily, 9th March 2016

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Jailed Libor trader blocked from supreme court appeal – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2016 in appeals, banking, conspiracy, crime, fraud, interest, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Tom Hayes, a former UBS and Citigroup trader serving an 11-year jail sentence for conspiring to rig Libor global interest rates, has been blocked from appealing to the supreme court against his conviction.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2016

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The poppers ban: will it criminalise gay users? – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2016 in bills, crime, drug abuse, drug offences, homosexuality, news by sally

‘More than 2m bottles of poppers are sold legally every year – and Yorkshire is the centre of the trade. How is one factory preparing for the ban?’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2016

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Police watchdog criticises Met chief’s comments on sexual abuse policy – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2016 in crime, London, news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The head of the police watchdog has criticised Scotland Yard’s commissioner for claiming that an official policy to “believe the victim” had caused confusion among his detectives when investigating prominent people for alleged sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2016

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Policing and Crime Bill to address emergency licensing review ‘ambiguities’, says government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 16th, 2016 in bills, crime, licensing, news, police by sally

‘The legal position of “interim steps” imposed by a licensing authority in England or Wales against premises where alcohol is sold in response to a police complaint is ambiguous and should be reviewed, the government has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th February 2016

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Separated people face more violence, figures suggest – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2016 in crime, divorce, news, statistics, victims by sally

‘People separated from their partners are more than four times more likely to be victims of violent crime than those who are married or in civil partnerships, figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2016

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Transgender couple win council payout for defamation – Daily Telegraph

‘A transgender couple who claim local villagers subjected them to a campaign of harassment won damages from the council after defamatory comments were published on its website.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2016

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Theresa May feared creating police commissioner ‘monster’ – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2016 in crime, elections, local government, news, police by tracey

‘Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted fearing she had created a “monster” by setting up police and crime commissioners in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2016

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Man sentenced to six weeks imprisonment for harassing victim because of disability – CPS News Brief

‘A 25 year old man who used social media to harass a man because of his disability has been sentenced to six weeks imprisonment.’

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CPS News Brief, 27th January 2016

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Ee Turpi Causa and the MIB – Zenith PI Blog

Posted January 21st, 2016 in appeals, crime, ex turpi causa, insurance, news, personal injuries, uninsured drivers by sally

‘Smith appealed against the decision of the MIB not to meet his personal injury claim when it was discovered that the First Defendant was an uninsured driver.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 20th January 2016

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Hidden rise in violent crime driven by growth in violence against women – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in crime, domestic violence, news, statistics, violence, women by sally

‘Women are bearing the brunt of an invisible rise in violent crime, a new analysis shows. Domestic violence and violence against women have increased since 2009, researchers found, pushing up overall levels of violent crime.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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DM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted December 15th, 2015 in appeals, crime, deportation, human rights, immigration, law reports by sally

DM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 1288; [2015] WLR (D) 516

‘Where the Home Secretary was intending to deport a man unlawfully present in the United Kingdom who had been convicted of offences it remained the case that, despite strong pointers towards deportation, the Home Secretary might not make a deportation order if that would breach his rights under article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 11th December 2015

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DJ Neil Fox cleared of sexually assaulting young women – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2015 in crime, news, sexual offences by sally

‘The radio DJ Neil Fox broke down in tears after he was cleared of sexually abusing young fans and colleagues, saying his case highlighted concerns over the investigation and prosecution of high-profile cases.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2015

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New anti-slavery helpline launched with £1m from Google – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 10th, 2015 in crime, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by sally

‘Home Office to launch new hotline based on US model, announces Home Secretary Theresa May.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th December 2015

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Making new criminal offences – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in crime, criminal justice, Ministry of Justice, news, proportionality by tracey

‘This guidance is for officials who may be considering creating new criminal offences or amending existing criminal offences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd December 2015

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City Link directors ‘not guilty’ of failing to notify government of looming redundancies – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 17th, 2015 in company directors, crime, insolvency, news, notification, prosecutions, redundancy by tracey

‘City Link did not breach laws requiring them to notify the government that they were “proposing to dismiss” thousands of employees who were made redundant when the business became insolvent last year, a court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th November 2015

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