Launch of Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol – CrimeLine

‘The Metropolitan Police Service is hosting a multi-agency launch at City Hall today, Monday 3 February, to set a benchmark for the investigation of child sexual exploitation in the capital. Designed to enhance victim care through improved referral pathways the MPS has drawn up robust processes to identify children at risk of abuse and sexual exploitation. The London Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Operating Protocol – which has been agreed across all 32 London boroughs – sets out the standards expected of all those agencies involved in dealing with the identification and protection of vulnerable children who are targeted for sexual abuse.’

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CrimeLine, 31st February 2014

Source: www.crimeline.info

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Regina (Core Issues Trust) v Transport for London (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Core Issues Trust) v Transport for London (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 34; [2014] WLR (D) 35

‘Where the decision of a public body was shown to be unlawful, the court should be reluctant to refuse relief on the ground that, acting lawfully, the decision-maker would have reached the same decision, particularly if the power had been exercised not for its statutory purpose but for an ulterior motive. In such a case the court should grant appropriate relief.’

WLR Daily, 27th January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Met Police custody healthcare a ‘major problem’ – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2014 in death in custody, detention, duty of care, health, London, news, nurses, police, reports by sally

‘The Met Police is struggling to provide adequate medical staffing to assess and treat detainees in their custody, according to a new report.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2014

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London transport’s ban on anti-gay ad put in doubt by court of appeal – The Guardian

‘A London transport ban on a Christian charity’s posters suggesting gay people can “move out of homosexuality” has been put in doubt by a court of appeal judgment that ordered an investigation into whether the mayor, Boris Johnson, acted “for an improper purpose”.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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High Court judge dismisses office-to-home challenge by London boroughs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 6th, 2014 in appeals, housing, local government, London, news, planning by sally

‘The Government’s procedure in deciding which areas to exempt from recently introduced permitted development rights allowing offices to be transformed into homes without planning permission was fair, a High Court judge has decided.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th January 2014

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Street performers mount legal challenge against Camden council’s decision to licence busking – The Independent

Posted November 25th, 2013 in licensing, local government, London, news, performing arts by tracey

‘Camden council’s decision to licence busking across the borough faces a legal challenge from the Association of Street Artists and Performers.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Elizabeth House judicial review granted – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 11th, 2013 in environmental protection, judicial review, local government, London, news, planning by michael

“A High Court judge yesterday granted permission to an application by Westminster City Council and English Heritage for a judicial review of the decision by the Secretary of State (SoS) not to call in proposals for a £800 million redevelopment of Elizabeth House near London’s Waterloo Station.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2013

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London fire cuts: Councils to seek judicial review – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2013 in budgets, fire services, judicial review, local government, London, news by sally

“A group of London councils is preparing to take legal action over the decision to shut 10 fire stations as part of plans to make £28.8m savings.”

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BBC News, 10th August 2013

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Met police failing to deal effectively with racism complaints, watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2013 in complaints, London, news, police, racism, reports by tracey

“A report by the police watchdog has found Scotland Yard is failing in the way it handles complaints of racism and discrimination against officers, a decade after the force vowed to stamp out prejudice in the ranks.”

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The Guardian, 17th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Police had ‘no power’ to take ‘kettled’ woman’s details – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2013 in demonstrations, investigatory powers, London, news, police by sally

“Police officers who took the personal details of a woman ‘kettled’ during a trade union rally in 2011 acted unlawfully, the High Court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2013

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Suspected Jamaican rapist banned from UK for a decade as police employ new tactic – The Independent

Posted June 10th, 2013 in burden of proof, deportation, immigration, London, news, police, sexual offences by sally

“A suspected Jamaican sex-offender charged five times but never convicted for allegedly raping vulnerable women has been banned from Britain for a decade in a controversial new police tactic to target foreign criminals.”

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The Independent, 7th June 2013

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Met crackdown on foreign suspects raises fears justice will be denied – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2013 in crime, criminal justice, deportation, immigration, London, news, police, tribunals by tracey

“Lawyers say police could ‘circumvent criminal justice’ by using intelligence in civil immigration courts to increase deportations.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2013

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Lawyers warn privatisation of courts could damage City’s status as disputes centre – Legal Week

Posted May 31st, 2013 in courts, dispute resolution, legal profession, London, news by sally

“City lawyers have warned that London’s status as an international litigation centre will come under threat should the Government push ahead with proposals to privatise the courts service.”

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Legal Week, 31st May 2013

Source: www.legalweek.com

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Council wrongly classed asylum seeker children as adults – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2013 in asylum, children, costs, immigration, local government, London, news by sally

“A London council has had to pay out more than £1m in costs for wrongly assessing asylum seeker children as adults. These wrong decisions have condemned some children to homelessness, prevented them from going to school and led to some being unlawfully held in adult detention centres.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2013

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Met Police’s Sapphire rape units facing shake-up – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2013 in child abuse, complaints, London, news, police, rape, sexual offences by tracey

“The Metropolitan Police teams that specialise in rape and sex assault cases are
to undergo a major reorganisation after a series of failed investigations, the
BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 26th April 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Met rape unit encouraged woman to drop case against murderer – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2013 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, London, news, police by sally

“A police officer at a sex crime unit encouraged a woman to drop a rape claim against a man who went on to murder his two children, a report has said.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2013

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Metropolitan police pays out over flawed rape investigation – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2012 in compensation, investigatory powers, London, news, police, professional conduct, rape by sally

“The Metropolitan police has made a landmark compensation payout over a flawed rape investigation by one of its elite Sapphire sexual assault units.”

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The Guardian, 13th December 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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New approach to Community Payback begins in London – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 1st, 2012 in community service, London, news by sally

“A new approach to Community Payback that will see offenders completing tougher, more intensive punishments begins today [31 October] in London.”

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Ministry of Justice, 31st October 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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Case law argues London’s priced out tenants are ‘homeless’ – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2012 in homelessness, housing, London, news, rent, reports by sally

“Legal precedent demands that tenants unable to meet unaffordable housing costs are legally homeless. What does this mean in today’s London?”

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The Guardian, 21st August 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Fast-track court system planned for London Olympics – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2012 in courts, London, news, sport by sally

“Measures have been drawn up to fast-track the trials of people accused of offences linked to the Olympics, based on the way offenders were processed after last summer’s riots.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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