Paignton burglar found asleep on victim’s sofa jailed – BBC News

‘A burglar who was found asleep on his victim’s sofa with a bag of stolen property next to him has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2019

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Judge warns veteran that PTSD is not a ‘get out of jail free card’ – Daily Telegraph

‘PTSD is not a “get out of jail free card”, a judge has warned as he jails a veteran who blamed his crimes on “harrowing” experiences in Afghanistan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2019

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Brain injuries in women prisoners are linked to mental illness and reoffending – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2019 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health, news, prisons, recidivists, women by tracey

‘People with traumatic brain injuries are more likely to be violent, more likely to go to prison at a younger age (and have multiple convictions) and more likely to disobey prison rules. They are also more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, more likely to have mental health problems and more likely to attempt suicide. Surprisingly, given the vast range of negative outcomes for this type of trauma, there have been few studies on brain injury among female prisoners.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2019

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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts backed by private donors – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2019 in alcohol abuse, care orders, drug abuse, families, family courts, news by sally

‘A group of private backers has agreed to fund a national unit supporting courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so their children are not taken into care.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2019

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Medical tribunal into Dr Richard Freeman case in danger of not being completed this year – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 12th, 2019 in doctors, drug abuse, limitations, news, sport, tribunals by tracey

‘Dr Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal is in serious danger of not being completed this year, Telegraph Sport understands. It raises the possibility that evidence arising from the hearing might fall outside the statute of limitations for UK Anti-Doping to act upon. Or that Team Sky might be sold or quit the sport before the case is heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2019

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Mother has four-year-old son taken from her after failing drug test taken from strand of hair – The Independent

Posted January 21st, 2019 in adoption, care orders, drug abuse, forensic science, news by tracey

‘A mother has been forced to give up her four-year-old son after failing a hair-strand drug test and losing a controversial court battle over his care.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2019

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Puppy therapy to help prisoners with mental health and addiction launched for the first time in the UK – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 18th, 2018 in animals, drug abuse, mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘Puppy therapy to help prisoners with mental health and addiction is being offered in the first scheme of its kind in the UK.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2018

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Jails are failing to get a grip on violence and drugs, says chief inspector – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in drug abuse, news, prisons, reports, self-harm, suicide, violence by tracey

‘Britain’s jails are failing to get a grip on record levels of violence, suicides, self-harm and drug-taking which are all getting worse, the chief inspector of prisons warned yesterday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2018

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Review of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 – Home Office

‘This review sought to measure changes in outcomes before and after the implementation of the Act, to provide an indication of whether its aims are being achieved.’

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Home Office, 19th November 2018

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Bus driver sacked for positive cocaine test awarded £40k as tribunal agrees drug came from students’ notes – Daily Telegraph

‘A bus driver who was sacked for testing positive for cocaine has been awarded £40,000 after a tribunal ruled the drug could have got into his system when he licked his fingers after accepting notes from students.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th November 2018

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Dad jailed for ‘cannabis-induced’ baby murder attempt – BBC News

‘A young father who repeatedly tried to smother his newborn son amid a cannabis-induced psychosis has been jailed for ten years.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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Poor healthcare in jails is killing inmates, says NHS watchdog – The Guardian

‘Almost half of England’s jails are providing inadequate medical care to inmates, whose health is being damaged by widespread failings, the NHS watchdog has told MPs in a scathing briefing leaked to the Observer.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2018

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‘Out of control’: prison watchdog warns of synthetic drug crisis – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2018 in death in custody, drug abuse, news, prisons by sally

‘An epidemic of synthetic drugs in prisons is “completely out of control” and the “new normal”, a prison deaths watchdog has warned, as signs emerge that the impact is spreading to immigration removal centres and bail hostels.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Exeter prison condemned by inspectors for violence and drug use – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2018 in criminal justice, drug abuse, news, prisons, violence by tracey

‘The crisis-struck HMP Exeter prison, one of only four to have been subjected to special emergency action, is “very violent” and has overt drug use that is not regarded as exceptional by staff, according to inspectors.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2018

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Could Stephen Port have been stopped? Questions haunt victims’ families – The Guardian

Posted August 28th, 2018 in drug abuse, murder, news, police, rape, recidivists, violent offenders by sally

‘Family of Jack Taylor, 25, the serial killer’s final victim, describe the agony of the case.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2018

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Manslaughter prosecutions of those involved in supplying drugs and legal highs: an analysis – Six Pump Court

Posted August 17th, 2018 in drug abuse, food, homicide, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The case of REBELO concerned a business run by the Defendant (D) which sold the highly toxic chemical DNP as a food supplement which promoted weight loss. On 4th April 2015, a 21 year old woman, called Eloise Aimee Parry (EP) purchased 250mg DNP tablets from him through the internet. She subsequently died on 12th April 2015 as a result of having taken them. She died of DNP toxicity. That was the verdict of HM Coroner and the finding of the jury. D was prosecuted by the Harrow Council within whose area D’s centre of distribution was located. RICHARD BARRACLOUGH QC and GORDON MENZIES were instructed to prosecute as homicide, regulatory and food law specialists.’

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Six Pump Court, 15th August 2018

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Prisoners face fresh crackdown on drugs, violence and phones – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2018 in drug abuse, news, prisons, telecommunications, violence by sally

‘Prisoners are to face a fresh crackdown on drugs, violence and smuggled mobile phones as part of a £10m drive to turn around 10 of the worst-performing jails in England.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2018

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Robin Bastiman banned for three years by BHA for injecting horse – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, drug abuse, horse racing, horses, news, sport by sally

‘Robin Bastiman has been banned from racing for three years and told he should be “deeply ashamed” after a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority found he had injected a horse with a substance containing cobalt on a day it was due to race.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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English courts trial mental health referrals for vulnerable offenders – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2018 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health, news, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Offenders with mental health, alcohol and drug abuse problems are being referred to health services as part of community sentences in an effort to steer them away from jail time.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2018

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Man who threw baby out of window in Luton jailed – BBC News

‘A man who threw a seven-month-old baby and its mother out of a window has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2018

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