Northumbria Police to re-examine ‘no crime’ rape claims – BBC News

Posted August 20th, 2014 in news, police, prosecutions, rape, standards by tracey

‘A number of rape claims are to be re-examined by police over fears they were incorrectly recorded as a “no crime” Northumbria Police said 33 rapes have this year been listed as “no crime” – when people subsequently inform officers no offence took place – but 11 are to be reinvestigated.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2014

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Cliff Richard case: BBC and police face parliamentary inquiry into coverage – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2014 in BBC, inquiries, media, news, police, select committees by tracey

‘The BBC director general, Tony Hall, and South Yorkshire police are facing a parliamentary inquiry over the leaking of highly sensitive information about the investigation of Sir Cliff Richard as an independent inquiry into the affair was announced.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2014

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Police officers investigated for social media breaches – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2014 in codes of practice, internet, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘Hundreds of police officers have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines, research has revealed.
Freedom of Information requests by the Press Association found officers made racist comments online and asked crime victims to become Facebook friends.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2014

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Ex-Greater Manchester Police officer jailed for rape of a child – BBC News

Posted August 18th, 2014 in child abuse, news, police, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A retired police officer has been jailed for raping and sexually abusing a child.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2014

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Leanne Meecham murder: Stepfather Simon Meecham jailed – BBC News

Posted August 18th, 2014 in domestic violence, inquiries, murder, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘A “jealous” man convicted of the murder of his stepdaughter, who was also his former lover, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2014

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Police forced to name undercover officers who duped women – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2014 in disclosure, environmental protection, news, police, psychiatric damage, women by tracey

‘Metropolitan police lose legal fight over keeping secret the names of officers who fathered children with their ‘targets’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2014

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Regina (Woods and another) v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police – WLR Daily

Regina (Woods and another) v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police [2014] EWHC 2784 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 378

‘The Service Confidence Procedure (“SCP”), which was the statutory misconduct regime for police officers, was amenable to judicial review, but in circumstances where reasons for it were subject to a decision that they could not be disclosed due to public interest immunity, then the threshold for judicial interference was very high.’

WLR Daily, 7th August 2014

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Regina (Hamill) v Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

Posted August 13th, 2014 in judicial review, law reports, police, sexual offences, statutory duty by sally

Regina (Hamill) v Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court [2014] EWHC 2799 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 377

‘The statutory power to make a determination pursuant to section 91C of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, on an application under section 91B of that Act, could be delegated by the “chief officer of police” to a subordinate police officer of the rank of superintendent or higher.’

WLR Daily, 8th August 2014

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Lie detector tests introduced to monitor released sex offenders – The Guardian

‘Lie detector tests monitoring the behaviour of released sex offenders across England and Wales have begun this week, amid calls for the technology to be used more widely in police investigations.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2014

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DRIP – Data Retention Regulations come into force – Panopticon

‘The introduction of the controversial draft Data Retention Regulations 2014 has already been discussed by my colleague Robin Hopkins in his excellent post last month. The Regulations now have the force of law, having come into force on 31 July 2014 – see the Regulations here. In his post, Robin made the point that, following the judgment in Digital Rights Ireland, there were two methods for curtailing the infringement of privacy rights presupposed by the existing communications data retention (CDR) regime: either cut back on the data retention requirements provided for under the legislation, so as generally to limit the potential for interference with privacy rights, or introduce more robust safeguards with a view to ensuring that any interference with privacy rights is proportionate and otherwise justified. The Government, which has evidently opted for the latter approach in the new Regulations, will now need to persuade a somewhat sceptical public that the safeguards which have been adopted in the legislation strike the right balance as between the protection of privacy rights on the one hand and the imperative to support criminal law enforcement functions on the other.’

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Panopticon, 5th August 2014

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Activists complain to IPCC over police efforts to recruit them as informers – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2014 in complaints, demonstrations, informers, intimidation, news, police by sally

‘Four campaigners have lodged a complaint with an official watchdog, alleging that they felt intimidated by covert police officers who were trying to persuade them to spy on their political colleagues.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2014

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Riot damages reforms are questioned by insurers – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2014 in compensation, criminal damage, insurance, news, police, violent disorder by sally

‘Insurers have warned that proposed changes to the Riot Damages Act could lead to higher premiums or reduce access to insurance.’

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BBC News, 5th August 2014

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The death of privacy – The Guardian

‘Google knows what you’re looking for. Facebook knows what you like. Sharing is the norm, and secrecy is out. But what is the psychological and cultural fallout from the end of privacy?’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2014

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George Galloway’s ex-aide discharged over data breach – BBC News

‘A former aide to George Galloway MP who admitted obtaining personal data illegally has received a 12-month conditional discharge.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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Police launch scheme for victims to choose punishment – Daily Telegraph

‘A Police and Crime Commissioner has launched scheme to allow victims to decide how criminals should be punished. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2014

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Armed police officer charged with murder over Azelle Rodney shooting – The Independent

Posted July 31st, 2014 in anonymity, firearms, inquiries, murder, news, police, prosecutions by michael

A decorated former Scotland Yard marksman involved in a botched armed operation against a drugs gang was charged yesterday with murdering one of the suspects.

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The Independent, 30th July 2014

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HRA damages awarded in date rape cases – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 28th, 2014 in damages, human rights, news, police, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘This is an important summary of the principles applicable to HR damages, particularly in circumstances where there have been other payments already made arguably in respect of the acts in question. So it should be first port of call if you have an HR damages problem, not least because it gathers all the learning together.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th July 2014

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Jayden Parkinson’s ex-boyfriend given life sentence for her murder – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2014 in domestic violence, murder, news, police, pregnancy, sentencing by sally

‘The former boyfriend of Jayden Parkinson has been jailed for at least 20 years for her murder.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2014

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Joanna Michael family in Supreme Court in negligence fight – BBC News

‘The family of a mother-of-two stabbed to death will take its negligence claim against two police forces to the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2014

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Domestic violence could become a specific offence, David Cameron says – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2014 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘The Prime Minister says he will consider a new offence for those who attack their partners that will take into account a pattern of abuse.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2014

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