Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together – The Guardian

‘Seven years ago, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court began in London: now it is being extended to England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2015

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Brighton men jailed for ‘spiked drinks’ rape – BBC News

Posted May 1st, 2015 in alcohol abuse, consent, news, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘Three men have been jailed for raping a 19-year-old woman they plied with drink and drugs during a party in Brighton.’

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BBC News, 30th April 2015

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Teenager found not guilty of raping his mother after she said it was just a dream – The Guardian

Posted May 1st, 2015 in alcohol abuse, incest, mental health, news, rape, young persons by tracey

‘A teenager has been found not guilty of raping his mother as she slept after she told a jury she had dreamed the attack. The boy, who cannot be named, was 14 when his mother woke up and accused him of trying to rape her. Despite calling the police to report the alleged incident, when the case reached trial this week the mother claimed she was “99.9% sure” she had dreamed it after a night out drinking.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2015

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Council ban legislation creating ‘bizarre’ laws, campaigners say – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, crime, fines, legislation, local government, news, nuisance, public order by sally

‘A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to “bizarre new criminal offences”, campaigners say.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2015

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Birdbrained new law could make feeding pigeons a criminal offence – The Independent

Posted March 30th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, crime, local government, news, nuisance, public order by sally

‘A new law that allows councils to ban activities in public spaces is leading to “bizarre new criminal offences”, which could see homeless people, buskers and people who feed pigeons prosecuted.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2015

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New powers make it easier to tackle anti-social behaviour – Home Office

Posted March 25th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, injunctions, news, nuisance, victims by sally

‘Simpler and more flexible powers introduced by Coalition Government put victims and communities at heart of the response.’

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Home Office, 23rd March 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

What should we do with violent children? One secure home may have the answer – The Guardian

‘The young people locked up in Clayfields House have been convicted of serious crimes, from assault to murder. Under close supervision, many have turned their lives around – but now this unusual prison may be under threat.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Specialist Family Drug and Alcohol Court is going nationwide – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), introduced by District Judge Crichton in 2007, has been piloted in London and successfully rolled out to Milton Keynes and Gloucestershire. The court aims to help parents struggling with alcohol or drug abuse where this features as a key element in a local authority’s decision to bring care proceedings.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 17th March 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Drink-drive course leader convicted of driving while drunk – BBC News

‘A woman who led drinking and driving awareness courses for more than 20 years has been sentenced for committing the offence herself.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2015

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Charles Mann stabbed his mother 11 times and sliced off his penis in naked drug-fuelled attack – The Independent

‘A man has been handed a prison sentence after he stabbed his mother 11 times and sliced off his penis in a naked, drug-fuelled attack.’

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The Independent, 3rd March 2015

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Professionals blamed Oxfordshire girls for their sexual abuse, report finds – The Guardian

‘Police and social workers in Oxfordshire had a tainted perception that girls as young as 11 consented to sex with men who raped and brutalised them, an independent report into the failure to stop their exploitation has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2015

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Depression linked to violent crime, study finds – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, assault, crime, drug abuse, mental health, murder, news, sexual offences, violence by sally

‘People with a depressive illness are three times more likely to commit a violent or sex crime than those in the general population, a study suggests.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2015

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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to be extended in England – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, families, family courts, news by sally

‘Courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so they can keep their children are to be opened in more areas of England.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2015

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Judge brands rape victim ‘foolish’ for drinking too much – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, consent, Crown Prosecution Service, news, rape, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Mr Justice Males describes rape victim as ‘very unwise” for drinking so much in a nightclub she was raped by two men.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2015

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Can you stop a paedophile before they even start? – BBC News

‘Between 1-2% of men are thought to be paedophiles. Some become dangerous criminals preying on children, while others never act on their feelings. However views are divided on how and when to intervene in order to protect children.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2015

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Connor Doughton gets life sentence for Michael Lee Emmett murder – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, learning difficulties, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A teenager who murdered a father-of-three has been told he will spend at least 15 years behind bars.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2015

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Pilot jailed for flying while drunk – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2015 in aircraft, alcohol abuse, drunk in charge, news, sentencing by sally

‘A pilot who flew an executive jet from Spain while hungover after a three-day drinking binge has been jailed for nine months.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2015

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Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA)’s refusal of application for compensation arising out of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is endorsed by Court of Appeal : CP (A Child) v First Tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation) – Zenith PI Blog

‘Yesterday the Court of Appeal gave a vote of confidence in CICA’s recent policy change on FASD inflicted injuries. The Court concluded that, as a foetus was not ‘any other person’ in the eyes of the criminal law, the mother’s damagingly excessive alcohol consumption was NOT an act of violence susceptible to compensation.

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Zenith PI Blog, 9th December 2014

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) and another (British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Birthrights and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) and another (British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Birthrights and another intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 1554; [2014] WLR (D) 520

‘A mother who drank alcohol to excess while she was pregnant, resulting her child being born with permanent damage from foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, was not criminally liable for administering poison to “any other person” so as to inflict grievous bodily harm contrary to section 23 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Because a foetus was not “any other person” for the purposes of section 23, and the harm had been inflicted on the child while she was in the womb, the child was not entitled to criminal injuries compensation.’

WLR Daily, 4th December 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Foetal alcohol damages case dismissed by Court of Appeal – BBC News

‘A child born with foetal alcohol syndrome is not legally entitled to compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th December 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk