British arms sales to Israel face high court challenge – The Guardian

‘The government faces being dragged into the high court over the sale of military hardware to Israel in an unprecedented legal move that puts the UK’s controversial export policy on a potential collision course with the EU.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2014

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Salford prison van escape gang jailed for armed ambush – BBC News

‘An armed gang who crashed a car into a prison van to free two men have been jailed by Manchester Crown Court.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2014

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Met Police ‘Taser use on children rises sixfold’ – The Independent

Posted March 7th, 2014 in children, news, police, weapons, young persons by tracey

‘The number of children tasered by the Metropolitan Police has risen almost sixfold over four years, according to campaigners. The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) said Taser stun guns were used on 53 young people in 2012, signalling a sharp increase from just nine in 2008.’

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The Independent, 6th March 2014

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Regina (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another (Liberty intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another (Liberty intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 69; [2014] WLR (D) 50

‘Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 did not confer an arbitrary power and was compatible with article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 4th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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CS gas canister barrister to be disbarred – Bar Standards Board

‘A barrister who failed to disclose previous criminal convictions for possessing CS gas and wilfully obstructing the police is to be disbarred, following an independent public disciplinary tribunal.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th February 2014

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Barristers tell Parliament that some GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Two barristers have advised a Parliamentary committee that some mass surveillance allegedly undertaken by the UK’s security services is probably illegal. Jemima Stratford QC and Tim Johnston’s advice (PDF) was commissioned by the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2014

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Regina (Noor Khan) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – WLR Daily

Regina (Noor Khan) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2014] EWCA Civ 24; [2013] WLR (D) 14

‘The English court would not adjudicate, either as a question of justiciability or as a matter of discretion, on a claim which sought to characterise the actions of United Kingdom officials passing on locational intelligence to officials of the United States of America for use in drone strikes as secondary criminal offences either under domestic criminal law or international humanitarian law, because such relief would necessarily entail a condemnation of the activities of a foreign sovereign state.’

WLR Daily, 20th January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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CoA blocks CIA drones challenge – The Lawyer

Posted January 21st, 2014 in appeals, crime, intelligence services, murder, news, weapons by sally

‘The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out a claim challenging the legality of British involvement in US drone strikes because any judgment would be a condemnation of US foreign policy.’

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The Lawyer, 21st January 2014

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Police admit they should have reviewed tactic used in Mark Duggan case – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan Police has admitted it was wrong not to review its use of the “hard stop” tactic employed in the shooting of Mark Duggan in 2011, despite being advised to do so by the complaints watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2014

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Fake police gang jailed for robberies and kidnappings – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2013 in burglary, conspiracy, kidnapping, news, robbery, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘Four men who posed as police officers and handcuffed victims while ransacking their properties have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 13th December 2013

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Man who held woman and boy in ‘armed’ Lincoln siege is jailed – BBC News

‘A man who pointed a pistol at police before carrying out a four-hour siege, trapping his estranged wife and a young boy in a flat, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2013

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Teenager accused of planning repeat Columbine massacre faces retrial – The Independent

Posted November 20th, 2013 in explosives, learning difficulties, news, retrials, terrorism, weapons, young persons by sally

“A teenager accused of planning a ‘Columbine-style’ attack on his former school will face a re-trial after an Old Bailey jury were unable to reach verdicts on two terrorism charges.”

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The Independent, 20th November 2013

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Osborn (FC) (Appellant) v The Parole Board (Respondent); Booth (FC) (Appellant) v The Parole Board (Respondent); In the matter of an application of James Clyde Reilly for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) – Supreme Court

Osborn (FC) (Appellant) v The Parole Board (Respondent); Booth (FC) (Appellant) v The Parole Board (Respondent); In the matter of an application of James Clyde Reilly for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) | [2013] UKSC 61 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 9th October 2013

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Hundreds of criminals, including knife offenders, spared jail under Coalition – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 9th, 2013 in community service, news, prisons, sentencing, statistics, weapons by sally

“Hundreds of criminals who commit multiple crimes are being spared jail, new figures have revealed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2013

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A cautionary tale – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced a ‘radical’ overhaul of simple cautions whereby their use will be banned in dealing with all indictable-only offences – ie serious offences such as robbery and serious assault that can only be tried in a Crown Court before a jury –and possession of any offensive weapon (including a knife), supplying Class A drugs and a range of sexual offences against children, including child prostitution and pornography.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th October 2013

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Chris Grayling: Simple cautions for serious offences to be scrapped – Ministry of Justice

“Criminals who commit serious offences will no longer receive just a ‘slap on the wrist’ Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling announced today in a radical overhaul of ‘simple’ cautions.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th September 2013

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Cautions to be scrapped for serious offenders, says Chris Grayling – The Guardian

“Serious offenders will no longer receive a mere ‘slap on the wrist’, the justice secretary has said, as he announced an overhaul of the cautions system.”

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The Guardian, 29th September 2013

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Court case aims to force MoD’s hand with Freedom of Information requests on drones – The Independent

“Britain’s controversial deployment of US-built Reaper drones in Afghanistan will come under scrutiny in court this week in a closed hearing that will see a UK-based drone operator give evidence for the first time.”

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The Independent, 22nd September 2013

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Five jailed over theft of 40 anti-tank mines in Warrington – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2013 in explosives, gangs, handling stolen goods, news, sentencing, theft, warrants, weapons by sally

“Five men have been jailed over the theft of 40 anti-tank mines from a Ministry of Defence freight train.”

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BBC News, 16th September 2013

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Man jailed for slashing two friends in row over Lee Rigby – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2013 in armed forces, assault, grievous bodily harm, murder, news, sentencing, weapons by tracey

“A man who slashed two friends with a knife during a drunken row over the
murder of soldier Lee Rigby has been jailed for five years.”

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The Guardian, 6th September 2013

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