Mother to sue justice ministry after probation errors led to son’s murder – The Guardian

‘The Ministry of Justice is to be sued by the mother of a five-year-old boy who was murdered by her boyfriend after an inquest concluded that defects in the probation system contributed to his death.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2019

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Teenager jailed for murder of Ellie Gould – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2019 in bereavement, domestic violence, families, murder, news, sentencing, victims, young offenders by sally

‘The family of a 17-year-old girl brutally murdered by a fellow sixth-former the day after she ended their relationship have said the killer should never be released from prison.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2019

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Discrimination in ‘one succession’ for secure tenancies – Nearly Legal

‘Simawi v London Borough of Haringey (2019) EWCA Civ 1770. We saw this case in the High Court – our report here – now this is the court of appeal judgment on Mr S’ appeal, seeking a finding that there was discriminatory treatment in the Housing Act 1985 succession rules between a person who became a sole tenant on the death of a former tenant as opposed to a person who became a sole tenant upon judicial assignment of the tenancy in a divorce (pre Localism Act amendments). In short, survivorship on a joint tenancy, or succession of spouse/partner on death of sole tenant counts as a succession, while an assignment of tenancy by court order under section 24 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 on divorce does not. Mr S was the child of a spouse who succeeded by survivorship.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd November 2019

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Grenfell inquiry: key questions answered – The Guardian

‘Why was it set up, why is it split into two parts and why are some people unhappy with it?’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2019

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Family of teenager who died from lethal ecstasy dose support drug legalisation – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2019 in bereavement, drug abuse, drug offences, families, news by tracey

‘A mother in Devon who prevented two young dealers that had sold her son lethal ecstasy tablets from going to jail has warned that home secretary Priti Patel’s vow to renew the “war on drugs” is doomed to fail.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2019

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Grenfell families must sign gagging orders to view report – Daily Telegraph

‘Grenfell families are to be required to sign non disclosure agreements before viewing a long-awaited report in to the fire which killed 72 people, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The bereaved and survivors of the tragedy will tomorrow meet Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chairman of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, for a private briefing where they will receive an embargoed copy of the report covering the probe’s first phase, ahead of its publication on Wednesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th October 2019

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Police disciplinary hearings dropped over Thomas Orchard death – The Guardian

‘The family of a church caretaker with mental health problems who died after being restrained at a police station have expressed anger after disciplinary proceedings against two detention officers were dropped.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2019

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Harry Dunn’s family to begin legal action against Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police – Daily Telegraph

‘The family of Harry Dunn will shortly issue a letter of claim to begin legal action against the Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police, spokesman Radd Seiger said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2019

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Family of man who died after police restraint call for better training – The Guardian

‘The family of a company director who died after being restrained on a street by police while suffering acute behavioural disorder (ABD) have called for more training to be given on how to deal with people experiencing such a crisis.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2019

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Report calls for more support for relatives of Britons murdered abroad – The Guardian

‘Bereaved families who lose a loved one to homicide overseas deserve far more support from the Foreign Office (FCO) and other agencies, a report by the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales urges.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2019

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Drugs: UK should consider legalising possession, MPs say – BBC News

‘The government should investigate decriminalising the possession of all illegal drugs in a bid to prevent the rising number of related deaths, a group of MPs has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2019

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Helen’s Law ‘may come too late’, says victim’s mother – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2019 in bereavement, bills, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘A woman whose daughter was murdered three decades ago has said she is running out of time to find out where the body is.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2019

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Mark Duggan shooting: family settle high court claim against Met – The Guardian

‘The family of Mark Duggan, whose killing sparked civil unrest across England in 2011, have settled a high court claim against the Metropolitan police.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2019

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Driver who killed safety patrol cyclist while on phone before fleeing scene jailed – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in accidents, bereavement, dangerous driving, news, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘A hit-and-run driver who killed a safety patrol cyclist while on his phone driving the wrong way down a one-way street has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2019

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‘I struggled to do my mum justice at her inquest’ – BBC News

‘Every year, mental health trusts spend millions of pounds employing lawyers to represent them at inquests, where they could be found to be at fault. The relatives of those who have died, however, often get no legal aid and have to stand up and face those lawyers alone. Becky Montacute describes her bid to ensure that the lessons from her mother’s death were learned.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2019

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Widow’s fight to get partner’s name on birth certificate- BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2019 in bereavement, birth certificates, children, cohabitation, equality, families, news, paternity, widows by tracey

‘A woman whose partner died while she was pregnant has said she suffered “emotional trauma” fighting through the courts to put his name on their child’s birth certificate.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2019

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Inquisitorial inquests and barrister-blaming – Counsel

‘Families have no automatic right to legal aid at inquests where the state may be implicated and legal aid is means tested. Thus at many such hearings, the family fends for itself while culpable public bodies are represented at taxpayers’ expense.’

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Counsel, September 2019

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Mavis Eccleston, 80, cleared of murdering husband was ‘hung, drawn and quartered’ by police, family say – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2019 in assisted suicide, bereavement, families, murder, news, police, suicide by sally

‘The family of an 80-year-old cleared of murdering her husband in a failed suicide pact claim she was “hung, drawn and quartered” by police who said they would make an example of her.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2019

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Battle between stepsisters in ‘who died first’ dispute comes to an end – Family Law

Posted September 9th, 2019 in bereavement, families, financial dispute resolution, intestacy, news, wills by tracey

‘The “Commorientes Rule” is (meaning “simultaneous deaths”) found in Section 184 of the Law of Property Act 1925. This rule states that if two or more people die in circumstances where it is not possible to determine who died first, the younger is deemed to survive the elder.’

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Family Law, 6th September 2019

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Jamie Bulger’s father urges Parole Board to prevent Jon Venables from ‘harming children again’ ahead of killer’s release – Daily Telegraph

‘The father of murdered child James Bulger has urged the Parole Board to prevent one of his son’s killers from having the chance to “harm young children again” ahead of his impending release.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2019

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