Stephen Lawrence murder: insufficient evidence to prosecute sixth suspect – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2014 in evidence, murder, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A sixth man held over the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence will not be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2014

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Father prosecuted after leaving daughter in car for ten minutes – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 24th, 2014 in child neglect, news, prosecutions, social services by sally

‘Tim Haines tells of nightmare battle to clear his name after leaving toddler alone for 10 minutes while he dashed to nearby pharmacy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd November 2014

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Two cab drivers guilty of refusing to pick up blind man and guide dog – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2014 in disabled persons, equality, news, prosecutions, taxis by tracey

‘A blind man who was left standing in the pouring rain when two cab drivers refused to transport his guide dog has welcomed the decision to prosecute the pair so that “other people will not have to suffer”.

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2014

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CPS decide no criminal charges should be brought following investigation into police actions in relation to the Kevin Nunes murder trial – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Operation Kalmia 2 was an investigation to determine whether any offences had been committed in connection with Staffordshire Police’s handling of disclosure of unused material in a prosecution (relating to the death of Kevin Nunes), which resulted in the convictions for murder in the subsequent criminal proceedings being quashed by the Court of Appeal. Following an investigation led by Chief Constable of Derbyshire Mick Creedon and managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was asked to consider allegations in relation to two matters relating to the handling of the murder trial.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th November 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Multiple Defendants: Who to sue? – Cloisters

Posted November 18th, 2014 in causation, costs, joint liability, news, prosecutions, vicarious liability by sally

‘Claims involving multiple defendants are often complex in terms of the facts, the law and the expert medical evidence. They are claims that we all have some experience of, and the issues involved have no doubt troubled us all to a greater or lesser degree at times.’

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Cloisters, 3rd October 2014

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Jailed Twitter troll speaks of regret – BBC News

‘Internet trolling has become a growing problem in recent years, but is enough being done to teach children about online abuse?’

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BBC News, 17th November 2014

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Violent prisoners to face tougher penalties in crackdown against serious assaults on prison staff – The Independent

‘Violence in jails will be met with tougher repercussions in a new crackdown against serious assaults on prison staff.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2014

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Landlord ordered to pay £280k after breaching enforcement notices on flats – Local Government Lawyer

‘A landlord who built an outbuilding and converted it into six small flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay more than £280,000.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th November 2014

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Phasing in new legislation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The major piece of criminal law legislation for 2014 is the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. It has been brought gradually into force throughout the year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd November 2014

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Police cautions could be scrapped in reform of criminal punishments – The Independent

‘Police cautions could be scrapped under the Justice Secretary’s plans to stop victims feeling criminals have got away “scot-free”.’

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The Independent, 1st November 2014

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Modern slavery bill is ‘lost opportunity’, says human trafficking adviser – The Guardian

‘The government’s modern slavery bill is a “lost opportunity,” the home secretary’s former special envoy for human trafficking has warned. Anthony Steen, who advised on the legislation and chairs the Human Trafficking Foundation, said the bill, which will be debated in parliament on Tuesday for its third reading, had “yawning gaps”, and failed to focus on the needs of victims of trafficking in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2014

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Inmate’s assault charge reinstated – BBC News

‘An inmate is to face trial over an alleged assault on a prison officer after a High Court judge quashed the decision to drop the case against him.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2014

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Homeowners who fail to control Japanese knotweed face criminal prosecution under new anti-social behaviour laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 27th, 2014 in ASBOs, criminal justice, environmental protection, fines, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Home Office guidance updated this week says people can be fined up to £2,500 for not controlling invasive plant in move designed to tackle problem in residential areas.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2014

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Move to introduce jail time as potential punishment for UK data protection breaches stalls – OUT-LAW.com

‘Another attempt to introduce jail sentences as a possible punishment to individuals who access or disclose personal data in breach of data protection rules has stalled in the UK parliament.

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24th October 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Disability hate crime convictions drop, says CPS – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in crime, disabled persons, harassment, news, prosecutions, reports by sally

‘Prosecutors have pledged to do more to tackle disability hate crime after a drop in the number of convictions.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2014

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Who, what, why: What laws currently cover trolling? – BBC News

‘Internet trolls could face two years in jail under new laws. But how does the British legal system currently police online abuse, asks Tom de Castella.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2014

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‘Some paedophiles will never face justice’ – National Crime Agency chief – The Guardian

‘Some of the UK’s estimated 50,000 suspected paedophiles will escape prosecution, according to Britain’s leading law-enforcement officer, who said that authorities had to rethink how to pursue suspects and how they could be prevented from perpetrating crimes.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2014

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New dog laws: What pet owners need to know from today – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2014 in complaints, dogs, fines, injunctions, local government, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘A breakdown of the new legal powers police have to help prevent dog attacks.’

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Daily Telegraph,

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Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, Chris Grayling pledges – The Guardian

‘Internet trolls who spread “venom” on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2014

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Dangerous dogs: tough new law to help prevent attacks – Home Office

Posted October 17th, 2014 in complaints, dogs, fines, local government, police, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘Tough new legal powers to help prevent thousands of dog attacks every year will be given to police forces and local authorities from Monday 20 October.’

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Home Office, 17th October 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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