New stalking legislation helps to bring thousands more prosecutions as CPS and ACPO launch protocol to improve service to stalking victims – Crown Prosecution Service

‘As stalking-related prosecutions rise, prosecutors and police are being reminded to focus on the devastating impact these crimes have on victims. After the first full year of operation, new stalking legislation has seen 743 cases brought to court – cases which may not have been charged under previous law.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th September 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Judge tells masseuse to stop harassing Russell Brand and Jemima Khan – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2014 in assault, harassment, injunctions, news by tracey

‘Celebrity couple win court order in ongoing dispute with Szilvia Berki, which they say has caused considerable distress.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Stalking prosecutions rise by 20% under new law on harassment – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, harassment, news, prosecutions, stalking, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutions for stalking and harassment increased by more than 20% last year following the enforcement of a new law that criminalises behaviour causing serious alarm or distress.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Proving and Disproving Discrimination – Cloisters

‘This talk looks at the legal and practical tools available to employment lawyers to prove or disprove direct discrimination and harassment, exploring in particular three areas:
How judges apply the burden of proof s136(2)(3) EA 2010.
What is the role of Comparators in light of the Supreme Court decision of Hewage v Grampian Health Board [2012] ICR 1054, SC.
What role does knowledge of the protected characteristic now play in light of IPC Media Ltd v Millar [2013] IRLR 707.’

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Cloisters, 29th August 2014

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Met discriminated against black female police officer, tribunal finds – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard subjected a black female officer to “vindictive … spiteful … insulting, malicious and oppressive” treatment and greeted her victory against the force in a discrimination case by trying to smear her name, a tribunal has found.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Exeter stabbing stalker in sentence appeal – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2014 in appeals, attempts, harassment, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A stalker who subjected a neighbour to a five-year campaign of intimidation before stabbing her is trying to have his life sentence for attempted murder overturned.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2014

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Lord Rennard’s suspension from Lib Dems is lifted – Daily Telegraph

‘Disciplinary action launched in wake of sexual harassment allegations against the peer is dropped by the party.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Kevin Chambers jailed after Llandudno door banging death – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2014 in harassment, homicide, news, offensive weapons, sentencing by michael

‘A hammer-wielding drug addict has been jailed after a woman suffered a heart attack and died when she was terrorised in her own home.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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‘Revenge porn’ laws must be clearer, say Lords – The Guardian

‘Clarification is needed on the law around “revenge porn” and when it could lead to a prosecution, a committee of peers has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2014

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Lib Dems reject Lord Rennard bid to overturn suspension – BBC News

‘Liberal Democrat officials have rejected an attempt by Lord Rennard to overturn his suspension from the party.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2014

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Judge criticises police for investigating ‘outrageous’ mother and daughter spat – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2014 in damages, estate agents, families, harassment, news, police, theft by sally

‘Nicola Low, 71, and her daughter, Caroline Baines, 40, ran an estate agent together before their relationship ended in a spectacular fall out.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2014

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Revenge porn – are we in need of stronger laws? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Calls have been prompted largely by the rise of revenge porn itself, which in turn is attributable to the omnipresence of smartphones that allow photographs to be taken and uploaded to the internet within seconds. No specialist knowledge is required and many “apps” allow pictures to be uploaded at the click of a button. Once an image is on the internet in digital form it can be reproduced time and time again. The call for a specific criminal sanction follows considerable lobbying by campaigners and the issue receiving national attention following the revelation that the prime minister’s nanny was the victim of revenge porn. At present there is no specific criminal offence that adequately addresses the problem. Legal action and publicity in the US have also put pressure on the government to act.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th July 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Alison Hewitt family awarded £130,000 for stalker failings – BBC News

‘A family who endured a “living nightmare” at the hands of a stalker are to receive £130,000 because of Home Office failings.

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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Harassed family gets payout after Home Office failings – BBC News

‘A family who endured a “living nightmare” at the hands of a violent criminal is to receive a £130,000 payout over Home Office failings.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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Plea for no new social-media laws – BBC News

‘No new laws are needed to deal with social media – just a better understanding of the existing ones, a leading barrister has told peers.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2014

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Revenge porn: Government to consider changes to sexual offences laws in bid to stamp out practice – The Independent

‘The Government is to consider a change in the law to stop ‘revenge porn’ where men post explicit pictures of their former wives or girlfriends online.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2014

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Agbenowossi-Koffi v Donvand Ltd (t/a Gullivers Travel Associates) – WLR Daily

Agbenowossi-Koffi v Donvand Ltd (t/a Gullivers Travel Associates): [2014] EWCA Civ 855; [2014] WLR (D) 282

‘Where a claim of race discrimination had been dismissed on limitation grounds those allegations could not be repeated in a second claim together with additional allegations which could have been included in the first claim but had not been, in order to avoid the limitation defence by founding a claim based on conduct extending over a period of time. The second claim was an abuse of process.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Policing Social Media – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 25th, 2014 in bullying, harassment, internet, news, podcasts, police by sally

‘Cases of cyber-bullying on social media are becoming more and more common – and the police are often the first to hear about them. On this week’s Law in Action, Joshua Rozenberg asks just how much time are the police spending on dealing with social media disputes?’

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BBC Law in Action, 24th June 2014

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‘Social media crimes’ account for half of calls to front-line police, says senior UK officer – The Independent

Posted June 25th, 2014 in bullying, harassment, internet, malicious communications, news, police by sally

‘Responding to online offences such as threats on social media make up “at least half” of a calls to front line police, a senior office has said.’

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The Independent, 24th June 2014

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Victory for Spamalot – Niebel in the Upper Tribunal – Panopticon

‘The spamming industry is a decidedly irritating but sadly almost unavoidable feature of our networked world. There is no question but that spamming (i.e. the sending of unsolicited direct marketing electronic communications) constitutes an unlawful invasion of our privacy (see further regs 22-23 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/2426) (PECR), implemented under EU Directive 2002/21/EC). The question is what can be done to stop it, particularly given that individual citizens will typically not want to waste their time litigating over the odd spam email or text?’

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Panopticon, 19th June 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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