Police failing to respond to some crimes because of ‘significant stress’ caused by budget cuts, report warns – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2017 in crime, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Police forces are failing to respond to low-priority crimes because of “significant stress” caused by continued budget cuts amid a huge rise in demand, a report has found.’

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The Independent, 9th november 2017

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Teacher who filmed up schoolgirls’ skirts will not face prosecution as judge rules it’s not illegal – The Independent

‘An assistant headteacher who used his mobile phone to film up schoolgirls’ skirts will not face prosecution after a judge ruled his actions were not illegal.’

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The Independent, 7th November 2017

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Too many children in criminal court, says senior judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in children, crime, criminal justice, judges, news, speeches, young offenders, young persons by tracey

‘Too many children are being criminalised by the courts, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has warned. Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court, said that the Crown Prosecution Service should look at changing its charging policy for children so that fewer of them end up in the criminal courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2017

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Acid attackers jailed after permanently disfiguring two men whose cars they were attacking – The Independent

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in crime, grievous bodily harm, hazardous substances, news, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A teenager and his adult accomplice have been jailed for inflicting “life changing injuries” on two men with an acid attack.’

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The Independent, 2nd November 2017

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Websites allowing illegal activity ‘complicit in crime’ – BBC News

‘Websites that do not prevent the sale of illegal goods are complicit in cyber-crime, a crime chief has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2017

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Low-level crimes to go uninvestigated in Met police spending cuts – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2017 in budgets, crime, London, news, police by sally

‘The Metropolitan police are to stop investigating many lower level crimes as a result of spending cuts, a senior police officer has said.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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Audit lays bare racial disparities in UK schools, courts and workplaces – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2017 in crime, education, imprisonment, news, race discrimination, reports, statistics by sally

‘White teenagers are far more likely to smoke than their minority ethnic counterparts, Roma children are falling well behind their peers at school and black men face the highest likelihood of being found guilty in court.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

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Pensioner admits shooting dead burglar breaking into his caravan with illegally-kept shotgun – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 19th, 2017 in burglary, crime, firearms, murder, news, self-defence by tracey

‘A pensioner has admitted shooting dead a burglar he caught breaking into his caravan home in the middle of the night with his illegally-kept double-barrelled shotgun.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th September 2017

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Team investigating anti-MP crime deals with 102 complaints in first year – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2017 in complaints, crime, harassment, news, parliament, racism by tracey

‘A specialist police team set up to investigate crimes against MPs has dealt with 102 complaints in its first year of operation.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2017

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Police rated ‘inadequate’ over crime recording failures – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2017 in crime, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Seven out of 14 police forces have been dubbed “inadequate” for failing to record hundreds of thousands of crimes reported to them.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2017

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Victims shouldn’t expect police visits, says Chief Constable – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2017 in crime, internet, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Sussex Chief Constable Giles York questioned whether an in-person visit served any purpose and said it would be more “convenient” for members of the public to interact with the force online.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2017

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Birmingham gangs banned from city in landmark ruling – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in crime, firearms, gangs, injunctions, news, police, violence by sally

‘Eighteen men from two rival criminal groups have been targeted in what police describe as the largest ever gang injunction.’

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BBC News, 23rd August 2017

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Woman fights to change the law after being told man who put camera up her skirt did nothing wrong – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2017 in crime, news, outraging public decency, photography, privacy, sexual offences, voyeurism by tracey

‘When a man took a picture up Gina Martin’s skirt when she was enjoying herself at a festival, she was sure he could be punished. However, after being told he did nothing illegal, she has taken things into her own hands and started a campaign which has reverberated across the country – to make ‘upskirting’ a specific offence under the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2017

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People who carry out ‘life-changing’ acid attacks face life sentences – The Guardian

‘Criminals caught with acid can expect to receive the same prison sentences as those convicted of carrying a knife, according to new judicial guidelines that have come into effect.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2017

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Law firm should have warned property investor clients of “Mafia risk”, CA rules – Legal Futures

‘A law firm with offices in Italy and England has lost its appeal against a High Court ruling that it was under a duty to warn British and Irish property investors of the risks of investing in a part of Italy associated with organised crime.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2017

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Increase in serious crimes by offenders on probation, figures show – The Guardian

‘There has been an increase in serious crimes committed by offenders under supervision in the community since the controversial privatisation of the probation service, figures suggest. The number of offenders on probation charged with murder, manslaughter, rape and other serious violent or sexual crimes has risen by more than 25% since changes to the service in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2017

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White collar crime prosecutions fall as offences rise – OUT-LAW.com

‘The number of white collar crime prosecutions in the UK fell by 12% between 2015 and 2016, despite a 4% increase in the number of reported offences.’

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OUT-LAW.com,, 31st July 2017

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Sentencing guidelines and offences involving corrosive substances – Sentencing Council

‘Reports of assaults and robberies involving the use of acid or other corrosive substances have increased in profile recently, with questions being asked as to how offenders who attack or threaten people with such substances are dealt with by the courts. In its guidelines for judges and magistrates, the Sentencing Council is clear that use of a corrosive substance is a factor that shows high culpability on the part of the offender.’

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Sentencing Council, 26th July 2017

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Why UK law still caters to the norms of public disgust towards homosexuality – The Independent

Posted July 27th, 2017 in crime, homosexuality, legislation, news, reports by tracey

‘We tend to assume that law is objective and disembodied, but the story of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK shows that it is in fact, like the people who create it, an emotional creature: animated by visceral human feelings – and as far as sexuality is concerned, the chief emotion at work is often disgust.’

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The Independent, 26th July 2017

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Extent of fraud and cyber crime laid out in new statistics – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 25th, 2017 in computer crime, crime, data protection, fraud, news, privacy, statistics by sally

‘More than five million cases of fraud and computer misuse offences were recorded in England and Wales in a single year, according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2017

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