Drug minister bans five legal highs from midnight – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2015 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by tracey

‘Five legal highs, including an alternative to cocaine that is one of the most common in Britain, are to be banned from midnight on Thursday, ministers have announced.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2015

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Benefit figures arising from cannabis plant confiscation – Park Square Barristers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in benefits, confiscation, drug offences, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘Ascribing benefit figures to immature plants is an increasingly common feature of cannabis plant confiscation proceedings.’

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Park Square Barristers, 19th March 2015

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Man jailed over ‘ferocious’ Brixton stabbing murder – BBC News

‘A man who killed his ex-wife and seriously injured two other women, including his ex-girlfriend, in a “ferocious stabbing spree”, has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2015

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Regina v Kakkad – WLR Daily

Regina v Kakkad [2015] EWCA Crim 385; [2015] WLR (D) 130

‘In confiscation proceedings, in relation to the benefit to be assessed, the market value of cocaine, to the extent that it was matched by an available cutting agent, was that which would have been obtained by cutting it with that available agent. However, the value of cocaine which was not matched by an equivalent amount of cutting agent in the defendant’s control could not properly be valued on any basis other than its undiluted wholesale form.’

WLR Daily, 17th March 2015

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Car crash Euro-damages against government upheld by CA – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has recently upheld the decision of Jay J here that a drug-dealer was entitled to compensation against the Government for injuries in a car accident, even though at the time he and the negligent driver both had drugs on them.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd March 2015

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The new drug-driving offence – Park Square Barristers

‘For many years, there has been a prescribed limit to the amount of alcohol one may have in one’s system when driving, but there has been no parallel legislation or specified limit in relation to drug-driving, prescribed or otherwise.’

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Park Square Barristers, 24th February 2015

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Polo player choked on sock after drug session – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 19th, 2015 in doctors, drug abuse, drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

‘A doctor who gave the president of a university polo club a cocktail of drugs leading him to choke to death on a sock has been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2015

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Police use stop and search powers on 300 toddlers – Daily Telegraph

‘Research shows hundreds of under-fives have been frisked by officers in the last five years, often because of fears they have been forced to carry drugs or guns.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th March 2015

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New drug-driving laws UK: Which substances are limited and what are the consequences? – The Independent

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in drug offences, news, prosecutions, road traffic offences by sally

‘New rules on driving under the effects of drugs will come into effect from tomorrow.’

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The Independent, 1st March 2015

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Parliamentary conference to discuss alternatives to UK’s failing drug laws – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2015 in drug abuse, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, parliament, United Nations by sally

‘A high-profile parliamentary conference is to be held next month to discuss alternatives to Britain’s failing drug laws and influence the international debate on drugs.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2015

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Jason Wilkes jailed over daughter’s MDMA drug death – BBC News

‘A father who supplied his teenage daughter with the drug MDMA and delayed getting medical treatment when she became ill has been jailed for five years and four months for killing her.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2015

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Drug dealers outside schools let off with ‘slap on the wrist’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Dealers who sell drugs outside schools are being let off with a “slap on the wrist” by police instead of facing prosecution, the magistrates’ leader has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th January 2015

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PC Katie Murray jailed for leaking Cregan and drugs info to sister and ex-lover – BBC News

‘A PC who passed on intelligence about police killer Dale Cregan and planned drugs raids to her sister and drug-dealing former lover has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2014

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Failures by social services led to death of baby – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2014 in children, drug abuse, drug offences, families, news, pregnancy, social services by sally

‘A vulnerable baby died in Sunderland after being left in the care of her drug-addicted mother following multiple failures by social services, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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Consultation on out of court disposals – Attorney General’s Office

Posted November 7th, 2014 in cautions, consultations, drug offences, penalties, police by tracey

‘The response to the joint government and police consultation on Out of Court Disposals (OOCD) sets out plans for a streamlined and more effective system.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 3rd November 2014

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Family of girl who killed herself after arrest challenges detention policy – The Guardian

‘Kesia Leatherbarrow broke a window trying to enter a residential care home for ex-addicts to visit a friend. When officers arrested the 17-year-old, they discovered a small quantity of cannabis. She spent two nights and three days in police custody; a few hours after being released, she hanged herself.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2014

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Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2014 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, enforcement, evidence, health, news, reports by sally

‘There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government’s first evidence-based study.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2014

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Six out of 10 prisoners freed from short jail sentences re-offend within a year – Daily Telegraph

‘More than 17,000 prisoners released into the community after serving short jail terms went on to commit new crimes last year, official figures have shown.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2014

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Drug dealer Christopher Holloway jailed for 10 years – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2014 in drug offences, internet, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who sold drugs running a “legal high” website made £2.5m from his illegal activity, a court was told.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2014

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They don’t shoot horse riders, do they? – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted September 29th, 2014 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, drug offences, horse racing, news, sport by tracey

‘Afficionados of Sherlock Holmes will recall “The Adventure of Silver Blaze”, a tale of horse nobbling and dark deeds amidst the turf fanciers of late Victorian England. “Silver Blaze” (incidentally the only Holmes story to feature a deerstalker cap, and that only in an accompanying illustration) is a story in which the question of custody of the horse is all important, and is best known for the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. The curious incident is that the dog did nothing (it had been doped, using curried mutton – not a frequently encountered doping agent in modern sporting life) , and nothing is also what the rider of the horse did in Turner v British Equestrian Federation (SR/0000120209, 1 August 2014). Nothing wrong, that is.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 25th September 2014

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