Legal high ban: When does the new legislation come into force? How will it work? Are poppers banned? – The Independent

‘The Psychoactive Substances Act will introduce a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs.’

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The Independent, 23rd May 2016

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Thousands on the run after skipping court bail – BBC News

‘Thousands of suspected and convicted criminals who skipped court bail while facing charges including murder, child sex offences and rape are on the run.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2016

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Legal highs brought low as councils employ banning orders to curb use – The Guardian

‘Critics say antisocial behaviour laws used by local authorities ahead of an all-out ban on legal highs have already criminalised vulnerable people ‘by the back door’.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

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Lawyer who supplied ‘chemsex’ party drugs which killed his boyfriend is sentenced – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2016 in barristers, community service, drug abuse, drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

‘A barrister whose teenage boyfriend died from a lethal cocktail of “chemsex” party drugs has been sentenced for drug possession.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2016

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Blanket ban on legal highs in England and Wales to begin on 26 May – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2016 in drug offences, news by tracey

‘The delayed blanket ban on legal highs in England and Wales is to come into force on 26 May, the Home Office has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2016

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Secret court hearing to rule on Foreign Office’s evaluation of human rights – The Guardian

‘A three-year battle by the Foreign Office (FCO) to keep secret how diplomatic issues colour its human rights decisions reached its climax on Thursday, in a court case that was itself largely held in secret at the insistence of the security services.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2016

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Cannabis arrests down 46% since 2010 – police figures – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2016 in drug offences, drug trafficking, news, police, statistics by sally

‘Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have dropped by 46% since 2010, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2016

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Ban on legal highs delayed over concerns law is not enforceable – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2016 in delay, drug abuse, drug offences, legislation, news by sally

‘The government’s blanket ban on legal highs that was due to come into effect on 6 April has been postponed for at least a month, the Home Office has said.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2016

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Regina v Brooks – WLR Daily

Regina v Brooks [2016] EWCA Crim 44

‘Following the seizure of a large consignment of cocaine by the Irish navy, the defendant was convicted in the United Kingdom of conspiracy to import drugs and sentenced to a term of imprisonment. In confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 the recorder ruled that the defendant had a criminal lifestyle for the purposes of section 75 of the 2002 Act. He assessed the defendant’s benefit as being a little over £3·6m, comprising the value of the drugs at just under £3m and a 50% interest in a Spanish property valued at £296,000, and held that the recoverable amount was the same as the benefit figure on the basis that, although the defendant’s identifiable assets amounted to just under £1,400, he had undisclosed assets which he had failed to show were less than his benefit. Accordingly, the recorder made a confiscation order in the sum of the benefit figure. The defendant appealed against the order on the grounds that the recorder had erred in (i) including the value of the drugs in the benefit figure on the basis that the defendant had purchased them or contributed to their purchase, when there was no evidence that the defendant had done so; (ii) including the value of the drugs in the recoverable amount, when they had been seized by the Irish authorities; and (iii) including the value of the property in the recoverable amount, when under Spanish law the defendant’s partner was the legal and equitable owner.’

WLR Daily, 10th March 2016

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Manchester sex workers’ rights case collapses after five years – The Guardian

‘A court case that would have tested the right of sex workers to offer services together in brothels to protect themselves has collapsed after a police officer refused to give evidence.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2016

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Poppers will not be banned despite legal highs crackdown, Government says – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by tracey

‘Poppers will not be banned in a crackdown on so-called legal highs, the Government has said..’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2016

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Leicester ‘cannabis mum’ guilty of killing daughter in crash – BBC News

‘A mother who smoked cannabis before killing her daughter and her son’s girlfriend in a car crash has been found guilty of causing their deaths.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2016

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016

Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

Education and Adoption Act 2016

Childcare Act 2016

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2016

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Poppers ‘not part of legal highs ban’ – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2016 in drug abuse, drug offences, homosexuality, legislation, news by tracey

‘Government drugs advisers have said “poppers” – used by many gay men to enhance sexual experience – will not be covered by a ban on “legal highs”. The Psychoactive Substances Act, which comes into force in the UK next month, makes it illegal to supply drugs which have a direct effect on mental processes, unless the drug is exempted. Ministers had indicated that poppers would be included in the ban. But advisers say poppers have only a “peripheral” effect on the brain.’

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BBC News, 16th 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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‘Biggest crackdown’ on rogue pharmacists – BBC News

‘Nine pharmacists who sold drugs illegally have been banned from practice, after a BBC investigation led to the “biggest crackdown” in UK pharmaceutical history.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2016

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Accrington brothers jailed over Facebook judge posts – BBC News

Posted February 29th, 2016 in drug offences, internet, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘Two drug dealing brothers taken back to court for mocking a judge when she decided not to send them to prison have now been jailed for two years.’

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BBC News, 26th February 2016

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New offences and sentencing – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Two further significant provisions of the Serious Crime Act 2015 have been brought into force. First, on 10 November 2015, section 79 created section 40CB of the Prison Act 1952, which provides for an offence of throwing any article or substance into a prison without authorisation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd February 2016

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Brothers remanded after abusing judge on Facebook – Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2016 in drug offences, imprisonment, internet, judges, news, suspended sentences by michael

‘Two brothers have been remanded in custody after a judge ordered them back to court over abusive Facebook messages posted shortly after they were handed suspended prison terms.’

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Guardian, 16 February 2016

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Babbage: Court orders release of Zimbabwean foreign criminal, criticises Government lawyers – Free Movement

Posted February 3rd, 2016 in deportation, detention, disclosure, drug offences, news, passports, solicitors, Zimbabwe by sally

‘In the case of R (on the application of Babbage) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 148 (Admin) Mr Justice Garnham ordered the release of a detained Zimbabwean foreign criminal. In the process, he was corruscating critical of the conduct of Government lawyers acting for the Secretary of State for the Home Department.’

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Free Movement, 3rd February 2016

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