Home Office fury as drug dealer immigrant wins right to stay in UK – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2013 in appeals, deportation, drug offences, families, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

“A judge’s decision to allow a convicted drug dealer who abandoned his children
the right to stay in Britain over his ‘human rights’ is at the centre of
mounting political protest.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th April 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Class A drugs policy failing, say prison governors – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2013 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, news, prisons by sally

“Current policy on illegal drugs creates victims of crime and more prisoners at a cost to taxpayers, the Prison Governors Association (PGA) has argued.”

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BBC News, 25th April 2013

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Police officer guilty of selling seized drugs back to dealers for profit – The Guardian

“A corrupt detective has been found guilty of stealing large amounts of seized drugs and selling them back to drug dealers in a plot that made him and his brother around £600,000.”

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2013

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Five sentenced for pioneering production of BMK – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 15th, 2013 in drug offences, press releases, sentencing by tracey

“Five men have today been sentenced at Warrington Crown Court for setting up a laboratory used to produce a synthetic substance called BMK. This is the first time that this method of BMK manufacture has been detected in the UK or continental Europe. BMK is not a controlled drug but is used to make amphetamine.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th March 2013

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Three men convicted of sex-trafficking 13-year-old girl – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2013 in children, drug offences, news, rape, sexual offences, trafficking in human beings by sally

“Three men have been convicting of abducting a 13-year-old girl and forcing her to become their sex slave.”

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The Guardian, 17th February 2013

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Man gave wife overdose to have ‘peace and quiet’ – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2013 in carers, drug offences, married persons, medicines, news, sentencing by tracey

“A man who acted as full-time carer to his wife for the five years of their marriage has been jailed for administering an overdose of prescription drugs to her to give himself a day of respite.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2013

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People who take illegal drugs ‘shouldn’t be treated as criminals’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 24th, 2013 in crime, doctors, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news by sally

“England’s most senior doctor has questioned the government’s policy of criminalising all people who take illegal drugs and said they should be treated primarily as if they have a ‘health problem’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2013

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Motorcyclist on cannabis with 45 traffic convictions who killed pedestrian given 18 months – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 23rd, 2013 in dangerous driving, drug offences, guilty pleas, insurance, news by sally

“A widow whose husband was killed as he walked home from his local pub is to campaign for a change in the law after a banned driver dubbed ‘an absolute menace on the roads’ was jailed for only 18 months today for causing his death.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2013

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Banning drugs drives a ‘rising tide’ of legal highs, peers warn – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2013 in crime, drug offences, inquiries, news, parliament by tracey

“The current classification system simply cannot keep up as a new legal high emerges every six days in the UK and young people share links to where they can be bought online and via their mobile phones, Baroness Meacher, chairwoman of the parliamentary inquiry into legal highs, said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th January 2013

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Rich crooks net vast legal aid sums – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2012 in assets recovery, budgets, confiscation, costs, drug offences, fraud, legal aid, news by sally

“Dozens of super-rich criminals – some worth tens of millions – have received vast sums in legal aid despite their illicit fortunes, an investigation has revealed.”

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BBC News, 26th November 2012

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“Legal highs” mexxy and black mamba banned by government – BBC News

Posted November 1st, 2012 in crime, drug offences, health, news by sally

“Two substances which are said to give users dangerous ‘legal highs’ are to be made illegal class B drugs – with users facing up to five years in jail.”

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BBC News, 1st November 2012

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Possessing small amount of drugs ‘should not be crime’ – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2012 in budgets, drug offences, news, sentencing by tracey

“The penalties for drug misuse should be relaxed so that possession of small amounts would no longer be a criminal offence, the government has been urged.”

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BBC News, 15th October 2012

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A Salutary Lesson on Bad Character – The Devil Is In The Detail – Zenith Chambers

Posted September 25th, 2012 in admissibility, bad character, drug offences, evidence, news by sally

“In a recent Crown Court trial the Prosecution made a Bad Character application alleging that the factual basis of a previous conviction was so similar to the alleged facts of the instant case, that the previous conviction should be admitted. This was propensity with a heavy dollop of similar fact.”

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Zenith Chambers, 17th September 2012

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Cocaine plot mastermind jailed for 28 years – The Independent

Posted September 25th, 2012 in conspiracy, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

“A 61-year-old man has been jailed for 28 years after masterminding a plot to smuggle 1.5 tonnes of cocaine into the UK.”

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The Independent, 24th September 2012

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Pair convicted for drug offence over crushed paracetamol and caffeine – The Independent

Posted September 24th, 2012 in drug offences, news, prosecutions by sally

“Two men have made UK legal history after being convicted of a drugs-related offence even though the substances involved are not illegal, police said.”

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The Independent,

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Paul Smith given Asbo over bomb-making hobby – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2012 in ASBOs, drug offences, explosives, news by tracey

“A man who had a ‘bomb workshop’ at his Hull home has been given a 10-year anti-social behaviour order banning him from owning certain fireworks.”

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BBC News, 3rd September 2012

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Regina v Gul (Hamesh) – WLR Daily

Posted August 3rd, 2012 in criminal procedure, drug offences, indictments, law reports, trials by tracey

Regina v Gul (Hamesh): [2012] EWCA Crim 1761;  [2012] WLR (D)  245

“Where a defendant was sent for trial to the Crown Court on an indictable only offence but no such offence was included in the indictment when it was signed and the procedure to determine mode of trial was not followed such non-compliance with those procedural requirements would not result in the proceedings being a nullity where the defendant was able to cure any defect in the process by making an appropriate application to the judge at the time.”

WLR Daily, 31st July 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Mother-of-eight Shamim Akhtar jailed for drugging daughter – The Independent

“A grandmother has been jailed for four years for kidnapping and drugging her own daughter after she refused to marry the man her family wanted her to.”

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The Independent, 27th July 2012

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Racist Chelsea fan given 5 year match ban after filming himself yelling abuse – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 28th, 2012 in alcohol abuse, drug offences, news, racism, sentencing, sport by sally

“A racist Chelsea FC fan who was caught after he filmed himself yelling abuse has been handed a five year match ban.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2012

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Nurofen Plus tampering: Christopher McGuire jailed – BBC News

Posted May 28th, 2012 in contamination, drug offences, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who contaminated painkillers with powerful anti-psychotic drugs has been jailed for 18 months.”

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BBC News, 28th May 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk