Police bail decline revealed as Law Society say worrying trend means violent criminals are being released with no restrictions – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2019 in bail, Law Society, news, police, statistics, victims, violence by tracey

‘Thousands of crime suspects are being released by police without any restrictions and potentially putting victims and the public in danger, new research suggests. In 2017, the law was changed in a bid to limit the time someone spends on bail to 28 days, offering police the chance to instead release someone under investigation (RUI) for an unlimited period of time and without having to place any restrictions on them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2019

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Julian Assange to stay in prison over absconding fears – BBC News

‘Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange is to remain in prison when his jail term ends because of his “history of absconding”, a judge has ruled’

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BBC News, 13th September 2019

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“The Trouble with Release Under Investigation”. Lesley Bates writes about the impact of release under investigation upon a client acquitted 828 days after his arrest – 23 Essex Street

Posted August 23rd, 2019 in bail, delay, news, rape, school children, sexual offences, young offenders by sally

‘Changes to the use of police bail were designed to prevent suspects remaining on pre-charge bail for months on end pending investigation and decision about charge. Criticism of the use of Release Under Investigation (‘RUI’) has mostly focussed on the high numbers of suspects it is used for, the sharp fall in charging decisions and the fewer cases reaching court.’

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23 Essex Street, 20th August 2019

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Sleepwalking man cleared of sexually assaulting woman – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2019 in bail, hospital orders, mental health, news, sexual offences, sleepwalking by sally

‘A man with a history of sleepwalking has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of sexually assaulting his friend’s girlfriend.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2019

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Man convicted of murdering eight in 2002 Huddersfield house fire – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2019 in arson, bail, conspiracy, extradition, families, fire, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering eight members of the same family in an arson attack 17 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2019

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Victims’ commissioner to meet woman who went into hiding after ex freed – The Guardian

‘The victims’ commissioner for England and Wales is to call for increased support for domestic abuse victims after a woman went into hiding when her violent ex-partner was released from prison early.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2019

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Domestic abuse victim to go into hiding as ex freed after six months – The Guardian

‘A woman who was left with life-changing injuries after being beaten by her ex-partner says she will go into hiding when he is released from prison after serving six months.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2019

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Lee Guntrip case: Police knew murdered Sarah Nash was at ‘high risk’ – BBC News

Posted July 1st, 2019 in bail, domestic violence, murder, news, police, suicide by sally

‘A woman killed by a violent ex-partner was failed by officers who knew she was a “high-risk victim”, a watchdog found.’

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BBC News, 29th June 2019

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‘No man’s land’: thousands of suspects left in limbo – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 11th, 2019 in bail, news, solicitors, time limits by tracey

‘Thousands of people have been left in “legal limbo” as a result of government reforms to pre-charge bail, which is affecting their mental health, family life and employment status, criminal defence solicitors have said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th June 2019

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Suspects left in legal limbo by delays to inquiries, say solicitors – The Guardian

‘Suspects are increasingly being left in legal limbo as they are subjected to inquiries lasting years that sometimes end with the case being dropped, a survey of criminal solicitors has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2019

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Police ordered to use bail to protect victims after suspected rapists and murderers freed – The Independent

‘Police officers have been told to use bail conditions to protect the public after new rules saw thousands of suspected sex attackers and violent criminals released without any restrictions. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has released guidance to all officers and staff emphasising that pre-charge bail is a “legitimate tool” in the wake of government changes in 2017.’

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The Independent, 27th May 2019

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Sally Challen at home after murder conviction quashed – BBC News

‘A woman who served nine years in jail for her husband’s murder before her conviction was quashed has been reunited with her sons.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2019

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Changes to police bail has led to further delays and more uncertainty – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2019 in bail, delay, news, police by tracey

‘A landmark legal move introduced to prevent suspects spending months languishing on police bail, has backfired with people now spending even longer in limbo, official data has revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2019

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Essex Police arrested man’s death sparks sex case suicide alert – BBC News

‘A police force will review how it assesses the suicide risk of people under suspicion of child sex offences.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2019

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Sex offenders put up in hotels as no space in bail hostels, says report – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2019 in bail, hotels, news, ombudsmen, prisons, probation, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Sex offenders are being put up in high-street budget hotels without the knowledge of the proprietors or guests because spaces in closely monitored bail hostels are unavailable, inspectors have discovered.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2019

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Wanted man who taunted police on Instagram from Dubai jailed after being extradited back to UK – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2019 in bail, dangerous driving, extradition, news, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A man who taunted police in Instagram posts from Dubai has been jailed after he was extradited back to the UK.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

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Number of offenders recalled to prison surges following ‘disastrous’ probation reforms – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2019 in bail, news, prisons, probation, rehabilitation, statistics, women by tracey

‘Ministers have been accused of pushing through “disastrous” probation reforms as it emerged the number of offenders recalled to prison for breaching bail conditions has surged by more than a quarter in four years.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2019

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Gay rugby player facing deportation allowed to leave holding centre – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in bail, deportation, homosexuality, immigration, news, tribunals by tracey

‘A gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he says he will be persecuted because of his sexuality, has been granted bail allowing him to leave the immigration centre where he was being held.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2018

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Paul Gambaccini secures CPS payout over unfounded abuse claims – BBC News

‘Radio DJ Paul Gambaccini has secured a payout from prosecutors over unfounded allegations of historical sex offences.’

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BBC News, 3rd November 2018

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Mariam Moustafa death: Defendants banned from contacting family – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2018 in affray, bail, internet, news, young persons by tracey

‘Four teenage girls have been banned from using social media to contact the family of an Egyptian student who died three weeks after an attack on a bus.’

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BBC News, 25th October 2018

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