Believing victims – OUP Blog

Posted May 26th, 2015 in news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Hampshire Constabulary are the latest in a long line of police forces obliged to apologise to a victim of crime for failing to investigate an allegation properly. In this case, a young woman accused a man of rape. She was not believed; forensic examination of clothing was delayed; in the meanwhile, the complainant was threatened with arrest for ‘perverting the course of justice’ and she attempted suicide. Eventually, following belated forensic analysis, the man was arrested and has since then been convicted.’

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OUP Blog, 22nd May 2015

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Rape victim falsely accused of lying by police wins £20,000 payout – The Guardian

‘A rape victim falsely accused of lying by detectives has won £20,000 in damages after suing police under the Human Rights Act. The woman, who cannot be named, was 17 when a man raped her in Winchester in April 2012 after a night out with friends. Her mother reported the attack hours later and the victim told officers her T-shirt may contain her attacker’s DNA.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

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Police officer jailed for eight months for assaulting student at London protest – The Guardian

‘A police officer who knocked part of a man’s tooth out with his riot shield during a student protest in 2010 has been sentenced to eight months in prison.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2015

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Victims of disability hate crime are still being let down, report claims – The Guardian

‘Victims of disability hate crimes are being failed by police, prosecutors and the probation service, according to a report by inspectors.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2015

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Police officer found guilty of assaulting student at tuition fees protest – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2015 in assault, demonstrations, news, perverting the course of justice, police by sally

‘A police officer who knocked out part of a student’s front tooth with his riot shield during a demonstration against tuition fees faces jail after being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.’

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The Guardian, 19th May 2015

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Theresa May pledges £15m to keep mentally ill people out of police cells – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2015 in budgets, detention, mental health, news, police by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, is to pledge up to £15m of new funding to provide health-based alternatives for the 4,000 people a year who spend time in detention in police cells under the Mental Health Act.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2015

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Police force fined £160k after losing DVDs of interview with abuse victim – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 19th, 2015 in data protection, evidence, fines, news, police, video recordings by sally

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £160,000 monetary penalty on a police force after it lost DVDs of an interview which formed part of the evidence in a sexual abuse case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th May 2015

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Drink-drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales, say police – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, dangerous driving, news, police, Scotland by sally

‘The drink-driving limit should be lowered in England and Wales to match the threshold in Scotland, the Police Federation has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 19th May 2015

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Student restrained by police died from neglect, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘A student who was detained under the Mental Health Act died as a result of neglect by police officers and ambulance staff who forcibly restrained him and left him handcuffed for hours on a hospital floor, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2015

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Human Rights Act: What has it done for us? – The Independent

‘The Conservatives want to replace it. Here are five things it has implemented for good.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2015

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Gaughran v Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening – WLR Daily

Posted May 15th, 2015 in criminal records, DNA, human rights, law reports, Northern Ireland, police by tracey

Gaughran v Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening: [2015] UKSC 29; [2015] WLR (D) 214

‘The policy in Northern Ireland, England and Wales of retaining indefinitely the DNA samples and other information obtained from persons who were arrested and subsequently convicted of an offence was proportionate and justified, and was within the margin of appreciation afforded to member states. A convicted person’s the right to respect for his private life guaranteed by article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was therefore not infringed when the police refused to give him an assurance that his DNA samples would be destroyed.’

WLR Daily, 13th May 2015

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Retention of offenders’ DNA profiles not illegal, supreme court rules – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2015 in appeals, DNA, human rights, news, police, privacy, proportionality by tracey

‘Retaining DNA profiles of convicted adults indefinitely is not an illegal breach of their privacy, the supreme court has ruled in a test case involving a Northern Ireland drink driver. he judgment by the UK’s highest court sets a significant precedent in making a clear distinction between information that police forces may keep on those who have been convicted, as opposed to those who were merely suspects.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2015

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Police missed chance to catch paedophile Jimmy Savile seven years ago, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted May 13th, 2015 in child abuse, children, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘Police missed the chance to investigate paedophile Jimmy Savile back in 2008 after they mishandled a claim made by a woman that she was attacked by the disgraced DJ, a watchdog investigation has found.’

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The Independent, 12th May 2015

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Jeremy Thorpe: Inquiry into claims police altered evidence – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2015 in conspiracy, evidence, firearms, homosexuality, inquiries, murder, news, police by tracey

‘An inquiry is to take place into claims evidence was altered during the police investigation into former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe in the 1970s, the BBC’s Today programme has learned.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2015

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Judge grants Operation Elveden police access to press phone records – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2015 in corruption, news, police, public interest, telecommunications by sally

‘A judge has granted police permission to access journalists’ phone records for the first time in a public hearing.
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BBC News, 5th May 2015

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Police saw Rotherham child sex abuse victims as prostitutes, says PCC – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2015 in child abuse, news, police, prostitution, sexual grooming, victims by sally

‘Officers failed to act 10 years ago when reports warned about extent of problem because they did not understand what grooming was, says Alan Billings.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2015

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PC Adam Rushton is jailed for sexual misconduct – BBC News

Posted May 5th, 2015 in data protection, news, police, professional conduct, sentencing by sally

‘A police officer who had sex with vulnerable women while on duty has been jailed for three years.’
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BBC News, 1st May 2015

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Jimmy Savile: Publication into TV presenter’s abuse over decades at BBC postponed – The Independent

Posted May 5th, 2015 in BBC, delay, news, police, reports by sally

‘Publication of Dame Janet Smith’s report into how Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall carried out campaigns of abuse over decades at the BBC has been postponed at the request of the Metropolitan Police.’
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The Independent, 1st May 2015

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IPCC investigates death of man restrained by police outside Devon pub – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2015 in complaints, death in custody, news, police, restraint by sally

‘Detectives and the police watchdog are investigating the death of a man who fell unconscious while he was being restrained by police after a disturbance outside a seafront bar and who later died in hospital.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2015

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Majority of 3,000 police accused of assault are still on duty – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2015 in assault, complaints, news, police, racism by sally

‘The vast majority of police officers accused of assault are still on the beat, official figures show. Less than 3% of the officers from the two most complained-about forces have been suspended or put on restricted duties.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2015

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