Supreme Court extends protection for asbestos victims – Litigation Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in appeals, asbestos, news, regulations, Supreme Court, victims by sally

‘The Supreme Court has extended protection for victims of asbestos-related diseases, by ruling that the Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931 applied to all workers in factories where asbestos was being processed.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd October 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Compensation paid after Catholic priests abuse claims – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in abuse of position of trust, compensation, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Compensation has been paid to 11 former trainee priests who claim they were sexually abused at St Peter Claver College in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Robbery sentences: Gun and knife use ‘should be penalised’ – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2014 in consultations, firearms, news, offensive weapons, robbery, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Robbers who use or threaten to use guns and knives during crimes in England and Wales should expect to receive tougher jail sentences, new proposals suggest.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Director of Public Prosecutions responds to Supreme Court on assisted suicide policy – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions has today clarified the CPS Policy on cases of encouraging or assisting suicide in light of the recent comments of the Supreme Court in the case of Nicklinson and others.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Cellar slave girl: Salford couple must pay victim £100,000 – BBC News

‘A deaf girl from Pakistan kept as a slave for nine years by a millionaire couple from Salford is to receive £100,000 in compensation.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Judy Finnigan and the danger of belittling rape – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 16th, 2014 in media, news, rape, victims, violence by sally

‘The broadcaster Judy Finnigan has been the cynosure of all eyes after ill-considered remarks she made on ITV’s “Loose Women” show on Monday 13 October 2014, when referring to convicted rapist and sometime Wales international and Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 15th October 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Lizzy Idahosa guilty of ‘juju’ sex trafficking at Cardiff Crown Court – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2014 in forced labour, news, prostitution, victims, witchcraft by sally

‘A woman has been found guilty of trafficking two women from Nigeria to the UK to work in the sex trade.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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End of the ASBO: “community trigger” scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 14th, 2014 in ASBOs, domestic violence, legislation, news, victims by sally

With the Scottish referendum dominating the headlines last month, the introduction of the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the Act”) has been somewhat overshadowed. However, fanfare or no fanfare, the Act is coming into force this month (in the main) on 20 October 2014. The Act not only marks the end of the “ASBO” but also introduces new, important powers aimed at “putting the victim first”. These powers are only useful, however, if people know about them.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th October 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Domestic violence victims are being forced to face abusers in court ordeal, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘Growing numbers of domestic violence victims are being quizzed by their former partners in court due to cuts in legal aid which have led to a rise in litigation-in-person cases, family law specialists are warning.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Interim review of the national referral mechanism for victims of human trafficking – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in forced labour, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The national referral mechanism is a multi-agency victim identification and support process.’

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Home Office, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Tailored local support for victims of crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in press releases, victims by tracey

‘Tailored local support for victims of crime in place from 1 October 2014.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st October 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Investigation into McCann internet trolls launched by police – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in harassment, internet, news, police, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Internet trolls who aim abuse, including death threats, at the family of missing girl Madeleine McCann could be prosecuted as part of a new police investigation. The Metropolitan Police has been passed an 80-page dossier of hundreds of tweets, Facebook posts and messages on online forums accusing Kate and Gerry McCann of being involved in their daughter’s disappearance in Portugal in 2007, and telling them they should “burn in hell”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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New rights for victims of crime – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Victims will have the right to tell the court how they have been affected by a crime as part of a major set of reforms announced by the Justice Secretary. They will also receive better information and support with the introduction of a nationwide Victims’ Information Service, making it easier for victims by establishing a single source of information and help.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th September 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Grayling: ‘real plan’ on human rights imminent – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Justice secretary Chris Grayling today promised a “real plan” to shake up human rights law, prompting speculation that prime minister David Cameron will fill in the details in his speech to the Conservative party conference tomorrow.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th September 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Police alerted two years ago over Essex teacher who had indecent images – The Guardian

‘Police have been accused of a series of failings that left a deputy headmaster free for two years to secretly film pupils undressing using cameras hidden in an Essex school’s changing rooms. Scores of indecent images of boys aged nine to 12 were found at the home of Martin Goldberg, 46, a maths teacher at Thorpe Hall school in Southend, who took his own life this month after being visited by detectives.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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How October 1 will change your life – Daily Telegraph

‘As a number of new laws come into effect this week, we take a look at how your life will be affected.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2014

Source: www.telegrpah.co.uk

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South Yorkshire police under fire for failing to protect vulnerable children – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2014 in children, news, police, reports, sexual grooming, victims by tracey

‘A police force criticised for turning a blind eye to the sexual exploitation of 1,400 children in Rotherham has been further rebuked for “weaknesses” in its child protection procedures. South Yorkshire police had “limited understanding” of the risk posed by offenders who target vulnerable children, while officers showed an inconsistent response to child sexual exploitation, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Police criticised over handling of stalking victim shot dead by husband – The Guardian

‘A police force has been criticised for “weaknesses and shortcomings” in the way it handled fears raised by a stalking victim before she was shot dead by her estranged husband.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Hoax child death caller jailed – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2014 in news, sentencing, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘A hoax caller who phoned families at random and claimed their relatives had died has been jailed for four months.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Disability hate crime: Attacks on people with disabilities ‘must be taken more seriously’ – The Independent

‘The former director of public prosecutions has said attacks on disabled people are not being recognised as hate crime, letting criminals off with lighter sentences.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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