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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hate crime charges fall despite reports doubling – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2018 in crime, hate crime, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Fewer people are being charged with racially and religiously aggravated hate crimes in England and Wales, despite a two-fold increase in reports.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2018

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Gun crime: How do weapons appear on England’s streets? – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2018 in crime, firearms, licensing, news by sally

‘Over the bank holiday weekend, a spate of shootings across England hit the headlines. They add to a picture of rising gun crime, after more than a decade of big decreases.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2018

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Jon Venables: James Bulger’s family launch legal challenge to lift anonymity order protecting toddler’s killer – The Independent

Posted May 1st, 2018 in anonymity, crime, injunctions, news, violent offenders by tracey

‘James Bulger’s family are launching a legal challenge to stop one the toddler’s killers, Jon Venables, from being protected by a life-long anonymity order.’

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The Independent, 1st May 2018

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Disclosure ‘failings’ in rape case woman did not want prosecuted – BBC News

Posted May 1st, 2018 in crime, disclosure, news, prosecutions, rape, victims by tracey

‘New failings over the disclosure of evidence in the criminal justice system have emerged after prosecutors charged a man with rape in a case where the woman involved did not want a charge to be brought.’

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BBC News, 30th April 2018

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Badger cull fueling illegal wildlife crimes, charities claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 17th, 2018 in animals, crime, environmental protection, news, reports by tracey

‘The badger cull is fuelling hundreds of illegal wildlife crimes every year, charities have warned as they claimed the authorised slaughter is responsible for the trend. Nearly 1,300 incidents involving wildlife were recorded in 2016 alone, a report has found. The actual number of incidents is also likely to be “far greater” as the Home Office currently categorises many of the crimes as miscellaneous.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2018

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Council makes two more referrals to police including one over land acquisition – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 12th, 2018 in crime, land registration, local government, news, police by sally

‘Cheshire East Council has confirmed that it referred two matters to the police last month, including one which relates to the acquisition of land.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2018

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Up to 60 per cent of prisoners have head injuries, as experts warn brain damage may fuel crime – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2018 in crime, mental health, news, personal injuries, prisons, violent offenders by tracey

‘More than half of criminals may have suffered a head injury which could be fuelling their offending, a new review by British brain experts suggests.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2018

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‘Upskirting’ should be criminal offence, campaigners say – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2018 in crime, harassment, news, privacy, sexual offences, voyeurism by sally

‘The government should criminalise “upskirting” as a sexual offence, say campaigners, after police data showed one complainant was 10 years old.’

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BBC News, 20th February 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk