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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New guidelines for ‘revenge porn’ crimes – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2018 in crime, harassment, news, pornography, sentencing, stalking by tracey

‘People found guilty of repeatedly uploading “revenge porn” will face the toughest punishments when new sentencing guidelines come into force.’

Sentencing council press release

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BBC News, 5th July 2018

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Government introduces new Offensive Weapons Bill to tackle serious violence – Home Office

Posted June 21st, 2018 in bills, crime, internet, offensive weapons, press releases, young persons by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has today (Wednesday 20 June) introduced new legislation to ban the delivery of knives and corrosives bought online to residential addresses.’

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Home Office, 20th June 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Upskirting: government confirms plan to introduce ban – The Guardian

Posted June 19th, 2018 in crime, legislation, news, photography, sexual offences, voyeurism by sally

‘The government has confirmed it will introduce legislation to ban upskirting after a Conservative backbencher was berated by party colleagues for blocking a bill to make the practice a specific criminal offence.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline on breach offences – Sentencing Council

Posted June 14th, 2018 in consultations, crime, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published a definitive guideline on breach offences. The new guideline, which has been issued following a public consultation, will come into effect on 1 October 2018.’

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Sentencing Council, 7th June 2018

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Information exchanges driving up serious tax evasion cases – OUT-LAW.com

‘The number of serious tax evasion cases identified by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) increased by over one fifth last year, as HMRC has begun to receive more information about taxpayers with offshore bank accounts.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th May 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Home Secretary Police Federation speech 2018 – Home Office

Posted May 24th, 2018 in crime, police, speeches by tracey

‘The Home Secretary delivered a speech on his vision for the government’s relationship with the police.’

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Home Office, 23rd May 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Mother convicted of tricking daughter into forced marriage abroad in legal first – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in crime, families, forced marriages, news, prosecutions, social services by tracey

‘A mother has been convicted of tricking her daughter into a forced marriage abroad in a case believed to be a legal first.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2018

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UK agency warns Brexit could lead to rise in organised crime – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 15th, 2018 in brexit, crime, EC law, money laundering, news, reports, treaties by sally

‘The UK body charged with fighting serious and organised crime has warned that the country’s impending withdrawal from the EU could lead to a rise in money laundering, bribery and other corporate offences.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th May 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Victims of serious crime face arrest over immigration status – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2018 in crime, immigration, news, victims by sally

‘More than half of UK police forces are handing over victims of crime to the Home Office for immigration enforcement, new figures show.’

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BBC News, 14th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk