Tasers have no place in mental health care – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2016 in bills, firearms, human rights, mental health, news by sally

‘For more than 10 years, Tasers have been used against patents in locked psychiatric settings, without monitoring or investigation. This practice must end.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2016

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Ex-soldier jailed for trying to buy guns ‘to fight for IS’ – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2016 in firearms, Islam, news, sentencing, terrorism, weapons by sally

‘A former British soldier who tried to join the so-called Islamic State has been jailed for 18 years for attempting to buy machine guns and pistols.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2016

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Regina v Anwar (Umar) and others [2016] EWCA Crim 551 – WLR Daily

Regina v Anwar (Umar) and others [2016] EWCA Crim 551

‘The victim was telephoned and offered a supply of cannabis, as a result of which he drove to the appointed place where he got into a silver car, joining the three occupants, to complete the purchase. The front passenger pointed a shotgun at his face while the driver brandished a knife. As the victim attempted to escape two men exited a white van nearby and attempted to take his car. The man with the shotgun fired two shots but the victim escaped. Six defendants stood trial on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery. The Crown argued that this was a well-planned criminal enterprise as shown on the CCTV footage and by the frequent mobile phone calls between the defendants which showed that all the robbers had the necessary knowledge that a firearm was to be carried with the intention that it should be used during the course of the robbery with the required, if conditional, intention to kill. The trial judge ruled that, although there was a case for all defendants to answer in respect of the count of conspiracy to rob, there was no case in relation to attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent because there was no evidence to establish a prima facie case as to (a) any particular defendant being in the silver car; (b) any particular defendant holding the shotgun either in the silver car or when the shots were fired; or (c) crucially, any particular defendant being aware, by the time of travelling to the scene, that the shotgun was loaded, or that he was intending that it should be used if necessary specifically to kill. The Crown appealed against the judge’s ruling, pursuant to the provisions of section 58 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.’

WLR Daily, 1st July 2016

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Jo Cox killing: Thomas Mair to face judge under terrorism protocols – The Guardian

‘A man accused of murdering the Labour MP Jo Cox has appeared again in court, ahead of a further appearance next week when he will face a judge under terrorism protocols.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2016

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Gang jailed after Izzet Eren prison break attempt – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2016 in conspiracy, escape from custody, firearms, gangs, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘A gang who tried to free a dangerous criminal from a prison van which ended in one of them being shot dead on a London street, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Two British students given life sentences for ‘drive-by’ plot – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2016 in conspiracy, firearms, Islam, murder, news, police, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Two British students have been jailed for life for plotting to kill police or soldiers in a shooting inspired by so-called Islamic State.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2016

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Five guilty for their involvement in importing “deadly weapons” into UK – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 22nd, 2016 in conspiracy, customs and excise, firearms, press releases by tracey

‘Harry Shilling and Michael Defraine have been found guilty today at the Old Bailey for their involvement in importing and possessing firearms with intent to endanger life.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st April 2016

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Deepcut inquest: Bullet wound ‘consistent’ with self-inflicted injury – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, expert witnesses, firearms, forensic science, inquests, news, suicide by sally

‘The bullet wound that killed a teenage soldier was “consistent” with a self-inflicted injury, according to a ballistics expert.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2016

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de Menezes: No individual prosecutions, but an effective investigation – ECtHR – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, the mosaic shrine adorning the wall outside Stockwell underground station once again became the focal point for difficult questions surrounding the police response the terrorist attacks of 2005.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st April 2016

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Jean Charles de Menezes ruling: European Court of Human Rights rejects call to prosecute police officers who shot him – The Independent

‘The UK was right not to charge any police officers over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an electrician who they thought was a suicide bomber, in 2005.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2016

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Jean Charles de Menezes ruling due in European court of human rights – The Guardian

‘A ruling on whether British police officers should have been charged for the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes at a London tube station in 2005 is to be delivered by the European court of human rights on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2016

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Children aged 10 among hundreds held over alleged gun crimes – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2016 in children, firearms, freedom of information, news by sally

‘Children as young as 10 were among hundreds of youngsters arrested for suspected gun crimes in the last three years, new data has revealed.’

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BBC News, 29th March 2016

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Four men convicted in relation to plot to murder servicemen – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 24th, 2016 in armed forces, conspiracy, firearms, murder, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Two men have been convicted of planning to commit a terrorism inspired murder or murders on the streets of London following a trial at the Old Bailey which concluded today. Two others have been convicted of firearms offences connected with the same incident.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd March 2016

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Public inquiry ordered into police killing of Anthony Grainger – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2016 in firearms, inquests, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘A public inquiry has been ordered into the death of a man shot by police. The home secretary, Theresa May, announced that the inquest into the 2012 killing of Anthony Grainger would be converted into a statutory inquiry led by a judge with greater investigative powers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2016

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West Midlands gang to spend 50+ more years in jail – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 11th, 2016 in appeals, conspiracy, firearms, press releases, sentencing by tracey

’16 Birmingham gang members who supplied guns and ammunition to criminals across the country will be spending over 50 more years in prison following a Court of Appeal decision today.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 9th March 2016

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The people who want the UK’s gun laws relaxed – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in firearms, licensing, news by sally

‘Gun debate in Britain tends to focus on what is happening in the US, but more than 700,000 firearm owners live in England and Wales. Who are they, and why do some want laws relaxed?’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2016

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Wyverstone weapons haul: Firearms dealer Anthony Buckland jailed – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in firearms, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘An arms dealer who supplied some of the firearms that made up the UK’s biggest stash of illegal weapons has been jailed for six years.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2016

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Police call for tighter laws on antique guns – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in firearms, murder, news, police, statistics by sally

‘A legal loophole is allowing criminals to lawfully obtain weapons and commit gun crimes including murders, police have said.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2016

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New guidelines say armed thieves should get longest sentences – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2016 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, psychiatric damage, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘Thieves armed with guns or knives should get the longest jail terms under new sentencing guidelines for robberies designed to help courts sentence all types of offenders, from a street mugger to a gang guilty of a bank hold-up.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2016

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Cameron to review legal protection of shoot-to-kill police officers – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2015 in firearms, news, police, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘David Cameron has ordered a review into whether armed police should have greater legal protection if they shoot terrorists and other suspected criminals.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2015

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