Judge slams ‘disgraceful behaviour’ and armed forces drinking culture as Royal Navy officer is cleared of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 8th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, judges, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A judge has slammed the “disgraceful behaviour” and drinking culture in the armed forces as a Royal Navy officer was cleared of the rape of a drunken colleague following a training college ball.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man sentenced to eight years in prison for fatal 160mph crash – The Guardian

‘A motorist has been jailed for eight years after his passenger was killed when he crashed into a lorry while driving at more than 160mph.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge criticises army drink and sex culture as two former soldiers cleared of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2016 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, inquests, news, rape, suicide by tracey

‘A judge has criticised a culture of “excessive drinking” and sexual relationships within the Royal Military Police, as two former soldiers were acquitted of raping a colleague who later killed herself.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th April 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Action on alcohol to form part of UK’s ‘modern crime prevention strategy’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 30th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, crime prevention, local government, news, police by sally

‘Better partnerships and more effective information-sharing at the local level will be needed to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder, the government has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th March 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Research suggests Family Drug and Alcohol Courts make major savings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 8th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, courts, drug abuse, family courts, news, reports by sally

‘Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) save the state money, with the London FDAC alone generating estimated gross savings of £1.29m to public sector bodies over five years, research has suggested.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

‘Sobriety tags’ rolled out across London – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 26th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, crime prevention, electronic monitoring, press releases by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice and Mayor of London announce crackdown against alcohol related crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th February, 2016

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

R v Taylor (Appellant) – Supreme Court

Posted February 18th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, appeals, homicide, law reports, theft, uninsured drivers by sally

R v Taylor (Appellant) [2016] UKSC 5 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 3rd February 2016

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

Violent domestic abusers to be tackled by new programme – BBC News

‘Men who pose a high risk of domestic violence are to be given one-to-one support to change their behaviour. ‘

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BBC News, 17 February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ministers ponder lowering England and Wales drink-drive limit to Scottish levels – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, drunk in charge, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Ministers are considering lowering the drink-driving limit in England and Wales to the tougher level set by Scotland.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘I was violently attacked but my case was dropped because I had been drinking’ – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, assault, news, victims, violence, witnesses, women by sally

‘After I was mugged, a suspect was arrested but the case was dropped because of ‘grave concerns’ about the credibility of my evidence. Can a new law protect thousands of women like me?’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2016

Source: www.theguardian.com

Judge’s anger at being ‘unable to protect public’ from serial drink-driver who is a ‘death in waiting’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2015 in alcohol abuse, criminal justice, dangerous driving, judges, news, sentencing by sally

‘Birmingham judge bemoans sentencing powers that leave him unable to impose a ‘sentence that is deserved’ in case of ‘deadly’ drink-driver.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Court grants woman right to die after ‘losing her sparkle’ – The Guardian

‘Woman known as C is described as “impulsive and self-centred” but competent enough to refuse dialysis after destroying kidneys in suicide attempt.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-prisoners with mental health problems ‘more likely to reoffend’ – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in affidavits, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health, news, recidivists, reports by sally

‘Ex-prisoners with common mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, and who misuse drugs and alcohol are more likely to commit violent offences after their release than other former prisoners, according to research.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2015

Source: www.guaridan.co.uk

Girl, 16, given 10-month referral order for attacking two girls in the street – The Guardian

’16-year-old who assaulted two younger girls in a video that was later posted online and seen by millions of people has been given a 10-month referral order.’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Alexander McDonald given 30 years for mother’s murder – BBC News

Posted June 25th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who strangled and stabbed his mother in a frenzied attack while high on drink and drugs has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.’

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BBC News, 24th June 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Airline passenger ‘so drunk he didn’t know what country he was in’ jailed for sexual assault on cabin crew – The Independent

Posted June 24th, 2015 in aircraft, airports, alcohol abuse, news, sexual offences, transport by sally

‘A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to sexual assault, threatening and abusive behaviour, assault and being drunk whilst on a plane between Glasgow and Turkey.’

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The Independent, 23rd June 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Trecco Bay mistaken ID murderer David Braddon’s life term – BBC News

Posted June 4th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, assault, drug abuse, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who beat a teenager with a pole in an alcohol and drug-fuelled rage after he mistook him for someone else has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Men and women ‘cannot consent to sex if they are drunk’, new report suggests – The Independent

Posted June 4th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, consent, news, rape, reports by sally

‘A rape charity has welcomed a report into sexual offence legislation that has called for legal amendments so a person who is severely intoxicated would lose the capacity to consent to sex.’
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The Independent, 3rd June 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ban on legal highs would technically cover alcohol, cigarettes and coffee – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, bills, drug offences, news, smoking by sally

‘A new blanket ban on legal highs is to be so widely drawn that its provisions could be used to outlaw alcohol, tobacco, coffee and many other widely-used items, ministers have acknowledged.’

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The Guardian, 27th May 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drink-drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales, say police – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, dangerous driving, news, police, Scotland by sally

‘The drink-driving limit should be lowered in England and Wales to match the threshold in Scotland, the Police Federation has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 19th May 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk