Consult on damages for crime victims with convictions, court tells government – BBC News

Posted August 10th, 2021 in compensation, consultations, crime, criminal records, news, victims by sally

‘The public should be consulted on whether crime victims should be barred from getting compensation if they have an unspent conviction, judges say.’

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BBC News, 9th August 2021

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Crime victims ‘hesitant’ to report them over court delays – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2021 in crime, criminal justice, delay, news, victims by tracey

‘A victim of crime says some people are put off reporting incidents because of delays in getting justice. More than 57,000 trials are yet to be heard in crown courts across England and Wales due to a backlog made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2021

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Crime victims to be told when perpetrators leave prison – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2021 in crime, cross-examination, news, notification, parole, victims by tracey

‘Crime victims are to be told when an offender leaves prison as part of a new code that has come into force in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2021

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Victims of crimes ‘re-traumatised’ by system – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2021 in bills, codes of practice, crime, criminal justice, families, news, victims by tracey

‘When Tracey Hanson’s son, Josh, was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in 2015, it was the start of a tough journey through the criminal justice system. She said she was “passed from pillar to post” throughout and the impact stays with her today. Experiences like hers – and others who have been victims of crime – is driving a fresh call from Labour for a “Victims’ Law” to strengthen their rights.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2021

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Fears honour-based abuse could go undetected due to ‘short-sighted’ government plans to scrap term – The Independent

‘Ministers are considering dropping references to honour-based abuse in the recording of crimes such as forced marriage, coercive control and female genital mutilation, raising concerns offences could go undetected.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2021

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Greater Manchester Police ‘failed to record 80,000 crimes in a year’ – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2020 in crime, criminal records, news, police, reports by tracey

‘England’s second-largest police force failed to record more than 80,000 crimes in a year and closed cases without proper investigation, a watchdog has found.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2020

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Police bail reforms left crime victims feeling unsafe, finds report – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2020 in bail, crime, criminal justice, news, police, reports, victims by sally

‘Victims have been left unprotected and a suspected paedophile left free to strike after government changes to bail plunged parts of the criminal justice system into chaos, an official report has found.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2020

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Fifth of crimes involved domestic abuse in first England and Wales lockdown – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2020 in coronavirus, crime, domestic violence, news, statistics by tracey

‘One in five offences recorded by police during and immediately after the first national lockdown in England and Wales involved domestic abuse, figures have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2020

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Crime solving rates ‘woefully low’, Met Police Commissioner says – BBC News

Posted June 27th, 2019 in crime, criminal justice, news, police by tracey

‘Too many crimes are being left unsolved, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2019

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Prisons are new frontline in fighting crime, says Gauke – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in crime, criminal justice, news, police, prisons by sally

‘Jails have emerged as a new frontline in fighting crime because advances in technology mean prison walls alone are no longer effective in stopping criminals, the justice secretary has told police chiefs.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2018

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Police ‘leaving families to fend for themselves’ amid fall in arrests – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 26th, 2018 in crime, news, police, statistics, theft, victims by tracey

‘Police have been accused of leaving families to “fend for themselves” after new figures showed the number of theft arrests has dropped by more than a quarter.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2018

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Specialist financial crime unit to crack down on prison gangs – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 4th, 2018 in crime, money laundering, press releases, prisons by tracey

‘A new specialist unit will identify and freeze bank accounts linked to organised crime behind bars, Justice Secretary David Gauke announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd October 2018

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The myth of the she-devil: why we judge female criminals more harshly – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in crime, gender, news, sentencing, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘A man who kills is a murderer, but a woman guilty of violent crime becomes a proxy for all that is evil. Helena Kennedy, who once represented Myra Hindley, asks why.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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Paedophiles viewing child sex abuse images once every 23 minutes in England and Wales as crimes rocket – The Independent

Posted September 13th, 2018 in crime, criminal justice, indecent photographs of children, internet, news by tracey

‘The number of child sex abuse image offences being recorded by police has risen by almost a quarter, new figures have revealed as the government threatens to regulate web giants if they do not crack down on the phenomenon.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2018

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Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker – Ministry of Justice

‘New law protecting emergency workers from assault to receive Royal Assent today (Thursday 13 September 2018).’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th September 2018

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Criminal prosecutions fall to record low despite crime reaching all-time high – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 17th, 2018 in crime, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutions have reached an all-time low despite crime soaring to a new record high, official Government figures reveal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th August 2018

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Baroness Newlove: Reform ‘derisory’ victims of crime compensation scheme – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2018 in compensation, crime, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of crime are having to wait too long for compensation under a “derisory” system, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Baroness Newlove called for a change to the way court-ordered financial awards are paid after they are imposed on convicted offenders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2018

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ICC crime of aggression comes into effect without key signatories – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2018 in crime, international courts, news, treaties, war crimes by tracey

‘A crime of aggression, under which politicians and military leaders can be held individually responsible for invasions and other major attacks, comes into force at the international criminal court, reviving global legal powers last exercised at the Nuremburg and Tokyo war crimes trials of the 1940s. Claims alleging that armed force has been used against the “sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence” of another state can, from Tuesday, be taken to the tribunal in The Hague.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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Rape and domestic violence victims at risk as police fail to record tens of thousands of crimes, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2018 in crime, domestic violence, news, police, rape, sexual offences, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Victims are being left at risk by the police’s failure to investigate tens of thousands of crimes, including rape, violence and domestic abuse, a watchdog has warned.HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that almost one in five crimes reported to Lincolnshire Police were not being formally recorded, meaning they are not investigated and victims cannot access support.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2018

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Pay defence practitioners earlier to improve disclosure – attorney general – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Redesigning the legal aid system to pay defence practitioners earlier in a case could help to tackle long-standing disclosure challenges, the attorney general has told MPs.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th July 2018

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