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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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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Criminals winning ‘cyber arms race’ – National Crime Agency – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2016 in computer crime, conspiracy, crime, internet, news by sally

‘Businesses and law enforcement agencies are losing the “cyber arms race” with online criminals, the UK’s National Crime Agency has warned.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2016

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A radical moment for Britain’s sex workers – The Guardian

Posted July 5th, 2016 in crime, news, parliament, prostitution, select committees by sally

‘The Commons inquiry into prostitution has recommended legalising brothels and soliciting as quickly as possible. So, what happens now?’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

First North East prosecution for controlling and coercive behaviour – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A Cleveland man has today been sentenced in what is believed to be the North East’s first prosecution for the new criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th June 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Record low UK crime rate is ‘only benefiting the wealthy’, new survey shows – The Independent

Posted June 7th, 2016 in crime, equality, news by tracey

‘New research suggests people living in well off areas have been the main beneficiaries of Britain’s falling crime rate – while those living in poorer parts of the country have seen far smaller reductions.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2016

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Criminalisation of lesbians on the rise – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 17th, 2016 in crime, foreign jurisdictions, homosexuality, news, reports, women by sally

‘At least 10 countries that previously criminalised only male same-sex sexual conduct have recently expanded their criminal codes to encompass sexual conduct between women, groundbreaking research has discovered.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th May 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Tough talk on crime has led to a crisis in Britain’s prisons – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2016 in assault, crime, news, prisons, sentencing, suicide by tracey

‘The rapid rise in suicides and assaults behind bars was inevitable, given the UK imported an experiment that had failed – disastrously – in America.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2016

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UK corporate criminal offence for tax evasion facilitation will be introduced this year, says government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 12th, 2016 in company law, crime, news, tax evasion by sally

‘The UK government is to speed up its planned introduction of a new criminal offence for businesses that fail to stop their representatives from facilitating tax evasion following the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ leak, the prime minister has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Sex and the Law – Gresham College

Posted March 31st, 2016 in child abuse, crime, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘Reputations tumble; men once popular and famous but too powerful are condemned and imprisoned. Others fear their reputations will not long survive their deaths. Others will ‘get away with it’ as presumably they always have. How will all this be viewed in decades to come? Witch-hunt or confirmation that Mary Whitehouse was right all the time and the sexual revolution is to blame? If so, what should society have done that it didn’t? What should it do now apart from lock up aged offenders? And what about juries? Will they, not judges, ultimately determine how law can be fair on sexual behaviour – assuming juries can ever discuss these things candidly.’

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Gresham College, 2nd March 2016

Source: www.gresham.ac.uk

Government and major retailers unite to tackle knife crime – Home Office

Posted March 24th, 2016 in crime, crime prevention, news, offensive weapons by tracey

‘Home Secretary Theresa May announces agreement of principles between major retailers and the government to tackle knife crime.’

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Home Office, 23rd March 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office