Professionals blamed Oxfordshire girls for their sexual abuse, report finds – The Guardian

‘Police and social workers in Oxfordshire had a tainted perception that girls as young as 11 consented to sex with men who raped and brutalised them, an independent report into the failure to stop their exploitation has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2015

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Met Police handling of boy’s royal wedding day death investigated – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2015 in children, corruption, missing persons, murder, news, police by sally

‘The Met Police’s handling of a child’s disappearance on the way home from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 is to be investigated.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2015

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A Day in the Life of a Magistrate – BBC Law in Action

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in codes of practice, internet, judiciary, magistrates, news, police by sally

‘As magistrate numbers continue to fall Joshua Rozenberg goes to Bradford to meet one of 300 who sit on the bench there. Would the system of lay magistrates – with no legal qualifications – be invented today? The answer is an intriguing one.’

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BBC Law in Action, 24th February 2015

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Ex-banker awarded £70,000 after police wrongly released his picture as ‘most-wanted’ rapist – The Independent

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in compensation, data protection, news, police, privacy by sally

‘A former City banker has won nearly £70,000 in damages from Essex Police after he was named on a “most wanted list” as a suspected rapist on the run – despite phoning the force on his own initiative and offering to fly from Dubai to explain his innocence.’

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The Independent, 2nd 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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Access all areas? – New Law Journal

‘Overriding lawyer-client & confidential communications is incompatible with the rule of law, as Nicholas Griffin QC, Robert O’Sullivan QC & Gordon Nardell QC explain.’

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New Law Journal, 27th February 2015

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Court of Appeal rules on police duty to suspects in detention – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In a recent judgment, the Court of Appeal held that where a criminal suspect is remanded in custody, Article 5 of the Convention requires the police to notify the court as soon as possible if there is no longer a reasonable basis for suspecting them. It also held that the police and CPS must aid the court in observing its duty to show ‘special diligence’ in managing a suspect’s detention, by investigating the case conscientiously and by promptly bringing relevant material to the court’s attention.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th February 2015

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Serious case review slams police failure in serial abuse of Oxford girls – The Guardian

‘More than 300 young people have been groomed and sexually exploited by gangs of men in Oxfordshire in the past 15 years, a damning report into the failures of police and social services to stop years of sexual torture, trafficking and rape will reveal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2015

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Home Secretary announces investigation into collapsed police trial – Home Office

Posted February 27th, 2015 in disclosure, miscarriage of justice, murder, police, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘A QC-led investigation into the collapse of a police trial following the wrongful conviction of three people for the murder of Lynette White.’

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Home Office, 26th February 2015

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Bristol activist jailed for two years for targeting police cars with tyre spikes – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2015 in appeals, criminal damage, news, nuisance, police, road traffic, sentencing by sally

‘An environmental activist has been jailed for two years for putting the lives of police officers in danger by targeting patrol cars with homemade tyre-deflation spikes to “give them a taste of their own medicine”.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2015

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Sir Cliff Richard’s privacy was ‘violated’ by police deal with BBC, report claims – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 24th, 2015 in BBC, freedom of information, media, news, police, privacy, reports by sally

‘A damning report has alleged that ‘incompetent’ police chiefs violated Sir Cliff Richard’s privacy by disclosing details of a raid on his home to the BBC’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd February 2015

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Judges to rule on police requests for journalists’ phone records – Daily Telegraph

‘Police to be told they need to obtain the permission of a judge if they want to obtain details of a journalist’s phone calls or emails.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2015

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In re Z (Children) (DNA Profiles: Disclosure) – WLR Daily

In re Z (Children) (DNA Profiles: Disclosure) [2015] EWCA Civ 34; [2015] WLR (D) 76

‘On a purposive construction of sections 19 and 22 in Part II of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, biometric material seized and retained by the police could not be used or disclosed for any purpose other than criminal law enforcement, nor could a court order its disclosure for an unconnected purpose. Such a construction was compatible with the right to respect for a person’s private and family life under article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 5th February 2015

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Zenati v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 19th, 2015 in appeals, false imprisonment, freedom of movement, human rights, law reports, police by sally

Zenati v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another [2015] EWCA Civ 80; [2015] WLR (D) 74

‘The detention of a person, which was initiated and continued for the purpose of bringing that person, reasonably suspected of having committed an offence, before a court from time to time as might be necessary, was lawful, under article 5.1(c) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, since by article 5.3 a person so detained was required not only to be brought before a court, but also to be tried within a reasonable time. That meant that he might be detained until trial provided that the trial took place within a reasonable time, and he was detained in accordance with article 5.1(c) until the date of trial. The persistence of reasonable suspicion was a condition for the lawfulness of continuing detention. It had to be implicit in article 5.1(c) and 5.3 that the investigating/prosecuting authorities were required to bring the relevant facts to the court’s attention as soon as possible, so that it might review the situation and order the person’s release if it were satisfied that there were no longer any grounds for the continuing detention. The article provided a right to compensation in the event of its breach in article 5.5, so that there was no compelling need to establish that such breach resulted in liability for the tort of false imprisonment.’

WLR Daily, 11th February 2015

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Twitter joke trial law is being used to win easy convictions and must be scrapped, report claims – The Independent

‘The law used to prosecute a man for joking on Twitter about blowing up a snowbound airport should be scrapped since it is used to get easy convictions, according to a report out today.’

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The Independent, 19th February 2015

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Joanna Michael: ‘Sorry isn’t good enough’ – mother – BBC News

‘The mother of a woman brutally murdered after a 999 delay has said she will take her case to the House of Commons to get “justice” for her daughter.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2015

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Met agrees final settlement in Carol Howard discrimination case – BBC News

Posted February 16th, 2015 in damages, employment, news, police, race discrimination, racism, sex discrimination, tribunals by sally

‘The Metropolitan Police has agreed a final settlement with an officer it discriminated against.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2015

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Code of practice for police and border officials on seizing travel documents – Home Office

Posted February 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, immigration, passports, police, search & seizure by tracey

‘Code of practice for officers exercising functions under Schedule 1 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in connection with seizing and retaining travel documents.’

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Home Office, 13th February 2015

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Una Crown murder: Police made ‘flawed decisions’ – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2015 in complaints, murder, news, police by sally

“Flawed decisions” were made by police investigating a widow’s death when they failed to realise they were dealing with a murder scene, a review has said.

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BBC News, 11th February 2015

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Essex Police apologises over 30 child abuse investigations – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2015 in child abuse, complaints, news, police, victims by sally

‘A police force has apologised to alleged child abuse victims after it found problems with 30 investigations involving 59 children.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2015

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