Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims – The Guardian

‘Time limits preventing vulnerable victims of domestic violence from obtaining legal aid for court hearings are to be scrapped, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will announce.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2017

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Hunting enthusiasts accuse CPS of ‘caving in to pressure from animal rights campaigners’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 20th, 2017 in animals, Crown Prosecution Service, hunting, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has been accused of caving in to pressure from animal rights campaigners after a second huntsman was cleared of assaulting a female protester in a matter of months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2017

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Couple fails in Court of Appeal challenge over change to assisted dying policy – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 18th, 2017 in appeals, assisted suicide, euthanasia, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Disability rights campaigners have failed in a bid to challenge the Director of Public Prosecution’s policy on assisted dying which they fear leaves vulnerable people “at risk from dodgy doctors”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2017

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Hillsborough: Evidence on 23 people and organisations passed to Crown Prosecution Service – The Independent

‘Evidence on 23 people and organisations linked to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has been handed to prosecutors, it has been revealed.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2017

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Psychoactive substances ban 6 months on: almost 500 arrests and first convictions – Home Office

Posted January 4th, 2017 in drug offences, press releases, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘Nearly 500 people have been arrested since the government’s landmark Psychoactive Substances Act came into force 6 months ago.’

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Home Office, 29th December 2016

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Crown Prosecution Service and NPCC launch new Honour-Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Protocol – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The CPS and police have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol today [14 December 2016], outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th December 2016

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Britain’s oldest defendant appears in court on historical child sex offences, aged 101 – The Independent

Posted December 6th, 2016 in child abuse, elderly, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘A 101-year-old man facing more than 30 historical child sex offences has become the oldest defendant in British legal history.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2016

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Football coach Barry Bennell charged with eight child sex offences – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 30th, 2016 in child abuse, news, prosecutions, sexual offences, sport by tracey

‘Barry Bennell, a former football coach, has been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2017

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Poppi Worthington: CPS backs decision not to charge father over death – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2016 in child abuse, Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, inquests, news, prosecutions by sally

‘No criminal charges will be brought over the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2016

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Some child sexting cases ‘do not need criminal investigation’ – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2016 in indecent photographs of children, news, police, pornography, prosecutions by tracey

‘Sexting cases involving children should not always be handled with a full-scale criminal investigation, new police advice says. The College of Policing advises officers to respond “in a proportionate way” to children sharing indecent imagery of themselves or their peers.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2016

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MPs set to ask RSPCA to stop carrying out animal cruelty prosecutions – The Guardian

‘A cross-party committee of MPs is expected to call for the RSPCA to stop implementing private prosecutions for animal cruelty and instead hand evidence over to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2016

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Prosecutors are failing ‘honour’ crime victims, say Met whistleblower – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are failing to tackle “honour crimes” in British Asian communities for fear of causing unrest, a Scotland Yard whistleblower has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Teenager summoned to court for feeding McDonald’s chip to pigeon – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2016 in environmental protection, fines, litter, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A teenager has been summoned to court for feeding a pigeon a McDonald’s chip.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2016

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CPS decision in Abdel Hakim Belhaj rendition case faces legal challenge – The Guardian

‘The decision by the director of public prosecutions not to charge a former MI6 official for the 2004 abduction and rendition of a Libyan dissident, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, is to be challenged in court.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2016

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Sharia Courts interfered to protect domestic abusers, MPs told – The Independent

Posted October 31st, 2016 in domestic violence, islamic law, news, prosecutions, select committees by sally

‘A leading British Sharia Council intervened to prevent men accused of domestic violence from facing criminal charges, according to testimony submitted to a Commons Committee.’

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The Independent, 31st October 2016

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The aged accused – Counsel

Posted October 31st, 2016 in child abuse, elderly, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘Is it ever too late to prosecute historic allegations? Richard Jory QC and Sam Jones consider whether it’s time for a rethink.’

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Counsel, November 2016

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IPCC to assess Sir Norman Bettison’s Hillsborough book – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2016 in complaints, inquests, media, news, police, prosecutions, sport, unlawful killing by michael

‘A book by a former chief inspector about his involvement in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be assessed by the police watchdog and prosecutors.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2016

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Mandatory order to stop bribery investigation? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 14th, 2016 in bribery, fraud, human rights, judicial review, news, oil wells, prosecutions by sally

‘Soma are investing heavily ($40m spent on seismic work) in looking at oil and gas extraction in Somalia, so it was a bit of a set-back, to say the least, when their “capacity-building” efforts – funding infrastructure in the relevant Ministry – were alleged to fall under the Bribery Act 2010, and this led to a fraud investigation by the UK SFO. The investigations, as investigations do, dragged on, and Soma brought these, somewhat ambitious, proceedings to get an order telling the SFO to stop them.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th October 2016

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Sexting between children not automatically a crime, says CPS – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2016 in children, harassment, hate crime, internet, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘Internet users who post derogatory hashtags or humiliating Photoshopped images could face prosecution under new legal guidelines.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2016

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Sir Cliff Richard lodges papers suing BBC and police – BBC News

Posted October 7th, 2016 in BBC, Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘Singer Sir Cliff Richard is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after being investigated over allegations of historical sexual assault. Legal papers were filed at the High Court in London on Thursday. They list Sir Cliff as a claimant, and the BBC and chief constable of South Yorkshire Police as defendants.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2016

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