Man jailed for minimum of 19 years for ‘brutal’ killing of pensioner – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, elderly, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘A man has been jailed for a minimum of 19 years for what was described as the “brutal” and “cruel” killing of a pensioner, who was stripped and beaten in the street on New Year’s Day.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2017

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Man jailed for murdering partner’s two-year-old son in a ‘loss of temper’ – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2017 in children, drug abuse, grievous bodily harm, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A heroin addict will spend at least 18 years in prison for murdering his partner’s two-year-old son in a fit of temper when he was left alone with the child for a few minutes.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2017

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Vicky Cherry death: Boyfriend jailed over airing cupboard body – BBC News

‘A man who hid his dead girlfriend’s body in an airing cupboard for more than a year has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2017

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£40,000 worth of drugs discovered at ‘unsafe’ Lancashire prison – The Guardian

‘More than 80 prisoners in fear of their safety have sought sanctuary in a special unit in a Lancashire jail inspectors say is the most violent they have visited in recent times.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2017

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Dean Collins guilty over Joseph Smith’s crash death – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2017 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, news by sally

‘The driver of a car involved in a head-on crash which killed his five-year-old stepson has been found guilty of causing his death by dangerous driving.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2017

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A Life of Spice – Legal Highs – Six Pump Court

Posted April 6th, 2017 in drug abuse, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘The so called legal high “Spice” has played a role in a number of recent murders.’

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Six Pump Court, 28th March 2017

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‘Putting it bluntly madam, you are sex mad,’ judge tells woman jailed for group sex with underage boys – Daily Telegraph

‘A married mother-of-three who had sex with three underage boys has been branded a “dreadful mother” by a judge, a court heard yesterday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2017

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Drug addict jailed for killing child actor in London car chase – The Guardian

‘A drug addict with more than 50 previous convictions has been jailed for 12 years for killing a child actor and his aunt when he hit them with a stolen car.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

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London borough demands greater powers over “lawless” shisha cafes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in drug abuse, licensed premises, local government, news, noise, smoking by sally

‘Local authorities must be given more powers to shut down unregulated shisha cafes as loopholes in Government legislation allow venues to reopen “virtually overnight”, Brent Council has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd February 2017

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Helen Bailey murder verdict: Fiance guilty of killing children’s author – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in domestic violence, drug abuse, murder, news, perverting the course of justice by sally

‘The partner of bestselling children’s author Helen Bailey has been convicted of drugging and killing her in a long-planned plot to get hold of her £3.3 million estate.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2017

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Illegal substances creating ‘violent and volatile’ prisons – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2017 in drug abuse, news, prison officers, prisons, violence by sally

‘A “violent and volatile prison population” is being fuelled by better access to so-called legal highs, a union has said.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2017

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Exeter prison struggling with drugs and rising violence, say inspectors – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2017 in drug abuse, news, prisons, reports, self-harm, violence by tracey

‘Prison inspectors have warned that the situation at Exeter jail is “fragile”, with drugs thrown over the wall on a daily basis and only 29 officers on duty for 490 prisoners. The chief inspector’s report published on Wednesday says staff shortages at the overcrowded category B Victorian prison are exacerbated by problems including drugs and mental health issues, leaving the prison struggling to cope with rising violence and self-harm incidents.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2017

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Is the ‘legal highs’ ban working? – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2017 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

‘It is eight months since the British government banned the drugs that were known as “legal highs”.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2017

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Becky Morgan: Man jailed for not helping drowning teenager – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for killing a 17-year-old woman by not helping her when she fell into the sea.’

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BBC News, January 2017

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Former grammar school boy who did not help drowning teenager whilst high on drink on drugs is jailed for manslaughter – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A grammar school pupil who left his date to drown without helping her after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs has been jailed for manslaughter.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th January 2017

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Poppy Widdison death: Mother and partner jailed for 13 years – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2017 in child cruelty, drug abuse, news, sentencing by sally

‘A mother and her ex-partner have been jailed for 13 years each after being convicted of feeding drugs to her four-year-old daughter.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2017

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Poppy Widdison: Agencies missed chances to protect drugged girl – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2017 in child cruelty, children, drug abuse, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Agencies missed several chances to protect a girl who died after being fed drugs by her mother, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2017

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HMP Birmingham riot shows public and private jails are in crisis – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2016 in criminal justice, drug abuse, news, prisons, violent disorder by sally

‘It is no surprise that the prison authorities are closely monitoring every jail in England and Wales for signs of potential unrest after the riot at HMP Birmingham on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2016

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It’s time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news, reports, United Nations by sally

‘World leaders called for the decriminalization of drugs on Monday, in a report released by a commission that includes the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Legalisation of cannabis ‘only solution to crime and addiction problems’ – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

‘Report by Adam Smith Institute says UK’s drug strategy ‘has failed in its core aims’ and urges government to legalise cannabis.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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