Prosecutors are failing ‘honour’ crime victims, say Met whistleblower – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are failing to tackle “honour crimes” in British Asian communities for fear of causing unrest, a Scotland Yard whistleblower has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Crimes following Tinder and Grindr hook-ups rocket in last four years – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2016 in crime, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of crimes reported in which victims met their attackers on dating apps Tinder or Grindr has rocketed by 2,000 per cent in the past five years, new data reveals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2016

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Treating criminals with anti-psychotic drugs could prevent 1,500 crimes a year, study suggests – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2016 in crime, medical treatment, medicines, mental health, news, recidivists, violent offenders by tracey

‘Prescribing anti-psychotic medication to violent criminals when they leave prison could prevent around 1,500 serious crimes in Britain each year, a new study suggests. Although medicating prisoners on their release is controversial, the University of Oxford believes that it could dramatically cut the risk of violent offending.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2016

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Minister unveils plans to pardon thousands under ‘Turing’s Law’ – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 20th, 2016 in bills, crime, criminal records, homosexuality, pardons, press releases by tracey

‘Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences will be posthumously pardoned, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th October 2016

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‘Alan Turing law’ unveiled by government will posthumously pardon thousands of gay men convicted of historic offences – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2016 in crime, criminal records, homosexuality, news, pardons by tracey

‘Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under outdated gross indecency laws are to be posthumously pardoned, the Government has announced, in a “momentous” victory for campaigners.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2016

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Drug dependence: treatment over incarceration – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 19th, 2016 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Drug dependence has significant direct and indirect costs to society beyond the impact on individuals. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction estimates that in 2010 alone, between €3.7b to 5.9b of public money was spent on drug-law offenders in prisons in Europe. This figure does not include the cost of criminal justice responses to drug-using offenders who have been convicted of other crimes that may have been motivated in part by drug-dependency.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th October 2016

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Game of tomes: Blackstone’s gets the judges’ nod – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2016 in courts, crime, news by tracey

‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice will remain the standard text in criminal courts, the judiciary has confirmed, ending speculation that an earlier decision to replace the venerable Archbold would be reversed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th October 2016

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Police not recording most UK slavery cases as crimes, says report – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2016 in crime, news, police, reports, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘UK police forces are failing victims of modern slavery by not recording what happens to them as crimes, meaning many cases are never investigated, the independent anti-slavery commissioner has said in his first annual report.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2016

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IPCC will not investigate South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton over conduct at Hillsborough inquest – The Independent

‘The police watchdog has announced it will not investigate claims that a chief constable instructed lawyers to “pour blame” onto Hillsborough victims at the inquest into the disaster.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2016

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Coroner asks CPS to probe Freckleton baby death – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2016 in birth, coroners, crime, Crown Prosecution Service, homicide, inquests, news by tracey

‘The inquest into a baby boy’s death at a vicarage in Lancashire has been halted and the coroner has referred the case to prosecutors.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2016

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Asylum seeker allowed to remain in Britain after plea by MP is finally facing deportation after being jailed for sex attack – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2016 in asylum, crime, deportation, immigration, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘An asylum seeker who was allowed to remain in Britain after an MP campaigned for him to stay is finally facing deportation after being jailed for a sex attack.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2016

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Illegal mobile phone use by motorists is increasing, says RAC – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2016 in crime, news, reports, road traffic offences, telecommunications by tracey

‘Illegal mobile phone use by drivers is rising, according to new research that found 31% of motorists admitted to using a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with 8% in 2014.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2016

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MPs slam ‘national scandal’ of FGM- Britain’s hidden crime – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2016 in child abuse, crime, female genital mutilation, human rights, news, select committees by tracey

‘Britain’s failure to protect girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) has been described as a “national scandal” by a committee of MPs, who said it was “beyond belief” that, 30 years since it became illegal, not a single person has been convicted of the crime. They described it as a “hidden crime” and “preventable” child abuse.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2016

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Bar ethics chiefs issue advice and warning to criminal bar – The Bar Council

Posted September 8th, 2016 in appeals, barristers, crime, press releases by tracey

‘Barristers who were not trial counsel, but who are instructed to represent convicted defendants in the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal have been given new guidance by the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee on their duty to check the factual basis for the appeal or risk criticism and action by the court.’

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The Bar Council, 7th September 2016

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Old Bailey judge retiring after 20 years condemns burden foreign criminals are placing on state – Daily Telegraph

‘An influx of Eastern European criminals risks clogging up the criminal justice system and placing an extra burden on its finances, a senior Old Bailey judge warns. His Honour Judge Tim Pontius also expresses concern at the surge in historic sex abuse cases which he called “troubling”, while conceding that the system is struggling to cope with young Islamist terrorists.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2016

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Attorney General Jeremy Wright speech to the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 7th, 2016 in attorney general, crime, news, speeches by sally

‘The Attorney General on the threat faced today [5 September] from economic crime and how the UK Government is addressing it.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 5th September 2016

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Sexist hate crimes given second-class status, says senior Tory MP – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in crime, gender, harassment, hate crime, news, police, women by sally

‘Gender-related hate crime has been given second-class status while sexist behaviour online, in the street and in the classroom has been going unchallenged, according to Maria Miller, who chairs the women and equalities select committee.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2016

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Ancient grazing rights threatened as controversial baaaaaaad behaviour orders used to criminalise sheep – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 4th, 2016 in animals, ASBOs, commons, crime, fines, local government, news by Mark L

‘it is one of the most ancient surviving commoners’ rights in England, thought to date at least to the Norman conquest if not before. But the custom of allowing sheep to roam freely in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire is set to be criminalised in one village, in the latest manifestation of controversial new antisocial behaviour laws nicknamed the “busybodies’ charter”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2016

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London 2011 riots: Stop and search change ‘led to knife crime’ – BBC News

‘It is “highly likely” a drop in police stop and search usage has led to a rise in knife crime, a member of the panel which advised the government following the 2011 riots has said.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2016

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Crime rate set to double after true scale of internet offences revealed – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2016 in computer crime, crime, internet, news, statistics by tracey

‘There were more than 5.8m incidents of cybercrime in the last year, the Office for National Statistics has said, far higher than previously thought and enough to nearly double the crime rate in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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