Prison staff shortages contribute to suicides, report says – BBC News

‘Understaffing in prisons in England and Wales could be a factor in suicides among inmates, a review has concluded.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2015

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More than a third of police child abuse investigations ‘inadequate’, says watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 2nd, 2015 in child abuse, child neglect, news, ombudsmen, police, standards, statistics by sally

‘Inspection of response to paedophilia and other types of abuse a ‘damning indictment’ of police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2015

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Domestic abusers to wear GPS tracking devices – Daily Telegraph

‘Northumbria Police unveil a pilot scheme that will allow victims of domestic abuse to be warned when there ex-partners are close by.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2015

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Essop and others v Home Office (UK Border Agency) – WLR Daily

Essop and others v Home Office (UK Border Agency) [2015] EWCA Civ 609; [2015] WLR (D) 269

‘In order to succeed in claims of indirect discrimination under section 19 of the Equality Act 2010 based upon the protected characteristics of race and/or age the claimants had to prove the nature of the group disadvantage for the purposes of surmounting the section 19(2)(b) hurdle and each claimant had also to prove that he had suffered the same disadvantage for the purposes of surmounting the section 19(2)(c) hurdle.’

WLR Daily, 22nd June 2015

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Detained asylum seekers to be able to apply for bail – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, bail, detention, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘Hundreds of failed asylum seekers in immigration detention centres will be able to apply to be freed on bail, the Home Office is expected to confirm shortly.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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Convictions for violence against women hit record high – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2015 in domestic violence, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Changes in the law have made it easier to prosecute men for domestic abuse and leading to a rise in the number of successful prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2015

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Met police to step up targeted stop and search amid surge in knife-crime – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police are to step up their use of targeted stop-and-search operations in high knife-crime areas of London due to a recent rise in stabbings in the capital.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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Criminal solicitors berate bar retreat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Solicitors accused the criminal bar of selling out to a government policy of ‘divide and rule’ as the Gazette went to press, after the bar ditched plans to take direct action over cuts to legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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New immigration rules will cost the NHS millions, warns nursing union – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in deportation, hospitals, immigration, news, nurses, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘New immigration rules that will mean lower-earning non-EU workers being deported will exacerbate the shortage of nurses in the UK and cost the NHS tens of millions in recruitment, the government has been warned by nursing leaders.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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Hundreds of new female genital mutilation cases in West Midlands – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in female genital mutilation, hospitals, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘More than 600 new victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) have been identified in seven months in the West Midlands.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2015

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Number of sexual assaults reported on children rises to 85 a day – The Guardian

‘Police are recording 85 sexual assaults on children each day after an increase of more than a third in reports of abuse and exploitation, new figures have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2015

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David Cameron orders crackdown on summer surge of FGM cases – The Guardian

‘New laws aimed at preventing young girls being taken abroad to undergo female genital mutilation are to be fast-tracked within weeks, amid fears that the number of cases could soar during the summer holidays.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2015

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UK under fire over ‘incoherent’ approach to domestic violence – The Guardian

‘The British government has been criticised by the UN for lacking “a consistent and coherent” approach to tackling violence against women, warning that its austerity agenda will further undermine the safety of vulnerable individuals.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2015

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Legal system ‘failing’ older people, says commissioner – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2015 in elderly, legal services, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Older people are not being protected by the legal system against abuse, neglect and other crimes, their commissioner for Wales has said.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2015

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Surge in number of prisoners killing themselves in solitary confinement revealed by report – The Independent

‘The number of prisoners who take their own lives in solitary confinement has reached a nine-year high with the death toll including a man who hanged himself after officers refused to give him a book, a report has disclosed today.’

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The Independent, 9th June 2015

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Good news on diversity in judicial appointments – unless you are a solicitor – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors were the least successful group of people applying for judicial appointment over the last six months, and the situation is getting worse, the latest figures from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have shown.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th June 2015

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Surge in rape reports is overwhelming the police – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in budgets, news, police, rape, sexual offences, statistics, terrorism by sally

‘Met Chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says rape will be given the same priority as counter terrorism, but warns that hundreds more officers will be needed if the force is to avoid being overwhelmed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd June 2015

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The assisted dying debate – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2015 in assisted suicide, bills, euthanasia, news, parliament, statistics by sally

‘Nearly 300 Britons have travelled to Zurich to die with the help of the Swiss suicide group Dignitas.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2015

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Does the Human Rights Act prevent us deporting serious criminals? – Free Movement

Posted May 26th, 2015 in deportation, human rights, immigration, news, reports, statistics, treaties by sally

‘It is very widely believed that the Human Rights Act stops the UK from deporting foreign criminals whence they came. To a limited extent, there is some truth in this. Some appeals against deportation decisions do succeed on human rights grounds. Not many, though, and none succeed because of the Human Rights Act as distinct from the European Convention on Human Rights. Other appeals against deportation succeed under EU law or the Refugee Convention.’

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Free Movement, 26th May 2015

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Internet troll conviction rates soar in a decade, figures reveal – The Independent

Posted May 26th, 2015 in crime, electronic mail, internet, malicious communications, news, statistics by sally

‘Convictions for crimes under a law used to prosecute internet trolls have increased nearly eight-fold in a decade, official figures reveal. Last year, 1,209 people were found guilty of offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 compared with 143 in 2004.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2015

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