Home Office: Drugs must remain illegal to ‘protect society’ – The Independent

Posted September 30th, 2013 in drug offences, government departments, news, police, public interest by sally

“Government clashes with one of England’s leading police officers who says Class A drugs should be decriminalised.”

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The Independent, 29th September 2013

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Cautions to be scrapped for serious offenders, says Chris Grayling – The Guardian

“Serious offenders will no longer receive a mere ‘slap on the wrist’, the justice secretary has said, as he announced an overhaul of the cautions system.”

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The Guardian, 29th September 2013

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Halton crime gang jailed for guns and drugs offences – BBC News

Posted September 23rd, 2013 in drug offences, firearms, gangs, news, sentencing, violent offenders by sally

“A Merseyside gang which ‘controlled illegal drug distribution’ across a Cheshire borough has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 19th September 2013

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Stop and search: it does matter if you’re black or white – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 20th, 2013 in drug abuse, drug offences, news, race discrimination, reports, stop and search by sally

“A troubling report co-authored by the London School of Economics and Release was published this week and shows that drug policing is the predominant purpose in the use of stop and search with black people stopped and searched for drugs at 6.3 times the rate of white people. In addition, black people are more likely to receive a harsher police response for possession of drugs.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 19th September 2013

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EU could be given powers to ban ‘legal highs’ within weeks of them hitting the market – The Independent

Posted September 18th, 2013 in drug offences, EC law, health & safety, news by sally

“The European Union could be given powers to ban dangerous psychoactive substances known as ‘legal highs’ within weeks of them hitting the market, under new proposals unveiled by the bloc’s legislative branch today.”

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The Independent, 17th September 2013

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Legalising cannabis: £1.25bn tax benefit – without necessarily damaging public health – The Independent

Posted September 17th, 2013 in crime, drug offences, licensing, news, reports by sally

“Research says decriminalising cannabis could cut the cost of policing, prosecuting and treating drug users, while regulation could help control potency and chemical composition.”

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The Independent, 16th September 2013

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Businessman jailed after drugging woman and assaulting her for nine hours – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2013 in drug offences, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

“A businessman told a woman he was taking her to a pop concert but then drugged her, put her unconscious body into a wheelchair and took her to a hotel where he raped her for nine hours, a court has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2013

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Why not… legalise drugs? – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2013 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

“Drug prohibition began in the UK during World War I, when the possession, distribution and sale of cocaine and opium was outlawed. Cannabis was added to the list in 1920, in line with international treaties.”

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BBC News, 5th September 2013

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Black people twice as likely to be charged with drugs possession – report – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2013 in drug offences, news, racism, reports, stop and search by sally

“Black people are not just significantly more likely to be searched by police for drugs than their white peers, but face almost double the chance of being charged if any are found, according to a study of racial disparities in the way drug laws are enforced.”

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The Guardian, 21st August 2013

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Poppy Rodgers death: York man jailed for supplying drugs – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2013 in drug offences, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

“A man has been jailed for more than six years for supplying a class A drug to a teenage girl who died after taking the substance.”

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BBC News, 7th August 2013

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Somerset firearms and drugs gang jailed – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2013 in conspiracy, drug offences, firearms, news, sentencing by sally

“Eleven men have been jailed for their roles in a conspiracy to supply cocaine and firearms from a bunker hidden under garden decking in a Somerset village.”

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BBC News, 19th July 2013

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Is complicity with the death penalty illegal? – UK Human Rights Blog

“In a previous blog post on these pages, the case of Lindsay Sandiford was examined. Sandiford – a British citizen facing the death penalty in Indonesia – had asked the UK Government for funding to help her appeal, but was refused financial help. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Government, stating that the decision to provide legal aid to a British citizen abroad is a discretionary matter for the executive.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th July 2013

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Drug-driving proposals unveiled by government – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2013 in dangerous driving, drug offences, news, road traffic by sally

“Plans to make it easier to prosecute people who drive under the influence of illegal drugs in England and Wales have been unveiled by the government.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2013

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Regina v Sadique (Omar) – WLR Daily

Posted July 9th, 2013 in appeals, assisting offenders, crime, drug offences, law reports by sally

Regina v Sadique (Omar) [2013] EWCA Crim 1150 ; [2013] WLR (D) 269

“Section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 created the offence of encouraging or assisting the commission of one or more offences. Its specific ingredients and the subsequent legislative provisions underlined that an indictment charging a section 46 offence of encouraging one or more offences was permissible.”

WLR Daily, 5th July 2013

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Magistrate suspended after telling court how cannabis killed her brother – Daily Telegraph

“A magistrate has been reprimanded for highlighting the dangers of cannabis after her own brother’s addiction to the drug led to his death.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2013

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Court of appeal quashes the convictions of four victims of human trafficking and releases new guidelines to protect others – The Independent

“Victims of the ‘vile’ offence of human trafficking who become involved in crime should have their cases dealt with by the justice system with the ‘greatest sensitivity’, leading judges said today.”

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The Independent, 21st June 2013

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Shed ban for drug grower Simon Redclift of Dinas Powys – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2013 in bail, drug offences, news by sally

“A former cannabis user is dismantling the garden shed where he used to grow his drugs after being banned from going inside it by a judge.”

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BBC News, 19th June 2013

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Gunman who shot disabled woman after killing her partner gets 42 years – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2013 in drug offences, firearms, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A gunman who tried to kill a disabled woman after shooting her partner dead in a ‘cold-blooded, deliberate execution’ has been jailed for a minimum of 42 years.”

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The Guardian, 12th June 2013

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Wolverhampton heroin death toddler’s parents plead guilty – BBC News

“The parents of a toddler, who died from a heroin overdose, have admitted causing his death.”

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BBC News, 10th June 2013

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Women guilty over party drug that killed friend – Daily Telegraph

“The parents of a young woman who died after taking mephedrone have issued a warning against the so-called ‘party drug’ that ‘ripped our family apart’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th May 2013

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