Met Police officer Carol Howard was bullied by her boss on account of her sex and race – so why did she find it so difficult to win her case? – The Independent

‘As a black – and female – firearms officer, Carol Howard stood out in the Metropolitan Police’s Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG), one of only 12 women in a unit of 700. She had wanted to join the police from a young age and was incredibly proud of her job. But instead of being rewarded for her tenacity in such an environment, she was treated with suspicion, passed over for promotion and subjected to intense scrutiny.’

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The Independent, 17th June 2015

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Plans for £80m London mega-mansion rejected after six-year battle – The Guardian

Posted June 9th, 2015 in housing, London, news, planning by tracey

‘Designs for the latest London mega-mansion for billionaire owners have been rejected after a six-year planning battle because of their “palatial scale” and the substantial harm they would cause to London’s heritage, following a campaign backed by former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2015

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The London borough that has turned homeless people into ‘criminals – The Independent

Posted May 21st, 2015 in ASBOs, crime, fines, homelessness, local government, London, news by sally

‘Homeless people face being criminalised in a east London borough due to a ban on anti-social behaviour, a charity has warned.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2015

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London black cab driver jailed for sex attacks on sleeping women – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2015 in disqualification, London, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, taxis by sally

‘A black cab driver who sexually assaulted two women who fell asleep in his taxi has been jailed for 10 years.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2015

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Water cannon decision delayed until after election – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2015 in delay, London, news, police, water, weapons by sally

‘Theresa May postpones ruling on whether Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, can use three machines already purchased by Metropolitan Police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2015

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Metropolitan Police corruption suspensions near 50 over two years – BBC News

‘Nearly 50 Metropolitan police officers and 26 staff members have been suspended for alleged corruption in the past two years, figures show.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2015

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Legal challenge over London garden bridge plans – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2015 in consultations, London, news, planning by sally

‘A legal challenge is being launched in the high court against plans to build the garden bridge over the river Thames.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2015

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Rule committee raises bar for parties wanting to transfer cases to London – Litigation Futures

Posted February 10th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, costs, London, news by sally

‘Parties that want to transfer cases to London will need to provide a much fuller explanation as to why, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th February 2015

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Hussain v Waltham Forest London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Hussain v Waltham Forest London Borough Council [2015] EWCA Civ 14; [2015] WLR (D) 21

‘The phrase “other violence” in section 177(1) of the Housing Act 1996 covered not only physical violence (actual or threatened) but other threatening or intimidating behaviour or abuse, if of such seriousness that it might give rise to psychological harm.’

WLR Daily, 20th January 2015

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Equalities watchdog to investigate Met police over staff discrimination claims – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police are to face a formal investigation by the equalities watchdog into whether the force broke the law and discriminated against staff.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2014

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Regina (Heath & Hampstead Society) v Mayor, Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London – WLR Daily

Regina (Heath & Hampstead Society) v Mayor, Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London [2014] EWHC 3868 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 517

‘The purpose of the Reservoirs Act 1975 was not to mitigate the effect of water escape from large raised reservoirs but rather to prevent such escape and to avert the potential danger to persons and property from an escape.’

WLR Daily, 28th November 2014

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Rise in racist, religious and homophobic hate crimes in London – The Independent

‘Hate crimes motivated by racism, religion and homophobia have significantly increased in London over the past year, a new report has warned.’

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The Independent, 2nd December 2014

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Boris Johnson to seek control of CPS and court system in London – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson wants to secure control of the courts and the prosecution service, a move which would put London’s mayor in charge of the criminal justice system in the capital, the Guardian has learned. The plan would see control wrested from Whitehall and the devolution of the most important pillars of the justice system.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2014

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Only one London borough is acting on a law that helps protect tenants – The Independent

Posted November 25th, 2014 in landlord & tenant, London, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A new law is supposed to protect tenants from rogue letting agents – yet only one London authority appears to be implementing the new ruling.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2014

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Southwark to bring judicial review over plans for ‘super-sewer’ for London – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 3rd, 2014 in consultations, judicial review, local government, London, news, planning, sewerage by sally

‘Southwark Council has applied to the High Court to bring judicial review proceedings over ministers’ approval of plans for the so-called ‘super-sewer’ in London.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd November 2014

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‘Prolific’ thief banned from all London drinking venues for 25 years in first Asbo of its kind – The Independent

Posted October 16th, 2014 in ASBOs, licensed premises, London, news, recidivists, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A man has been banned from every drinking establishment in Greater London for 25 years after admitting numerous thefts.’

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The Independent, 15th October 2014

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Watchdog investigates Met police over handling of discrimination complaints – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard is being investigated by a human rights watchdog for deleting references to discrimination from internal reports to avoid problems at tribunals.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2014

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‘Sobriety tags’ to be worn by offenders of alcohol-linked crime in pilot scheme – The Guardian

‘People who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crime will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor whether they are still drinking, under a year-long pilot scheme.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2014

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Criminals ‘escaping justice’ by being given cautions – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in cautions, London, news, police, recidivists, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘Almost 30,000 criminals including rapists and burglars ”have escaped the justice system” in the London area by being handed a police caution, it has been revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2014

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Metropolitan Police officers start wearing body cameras – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2014 in evidence, London, news, pilot schemes, police, video recordings by tracey

‘Met Police officers are to start wearing cameras on their uniforms as part of plans to boost transparency and accelerate convictions.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2014

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