Alison Berridge, Alexandra Littlewood and Ciar McAndrew: Freedom of Information Journal – Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal – Monckton Chambers

‘Alison Berridge, Alexandra Littlewood and Ciar McAndrew, public law barristers at Monckton Chambers, highlight the points of interest from April-June decisions of the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals.’

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Monckton Chambers, 20th August 2019

Source: www.monckton.com

Police chief: Attackers of PCs ‘must be jailed, no ifs no buts’ – BBC News

Posted August 27th, 2019 in assault, emergency services, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘Harsher sentences for people who attack police officers “would be very welcome”, the head of the national body for police bosses has said.’

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BBC News, 25th August 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman prosecuted for making more than 200 fake calls to 999 – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2019 in emergency services, fines, medical treatment, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A woman has been fined for making 200 hoax 999 calls between Christmas and New Year.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Man who bit police officer is first person to be jailed under new law to protect emergency workers – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2018 in assault, emergency services, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A landscape gardener who bit a police officer has become the first person to be jailed under new laws to protect emergency workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2018

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Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker – Ministry of Justice

‘New law protecting emergency workers from assault to receive Royal Assent today (Thursday 13 September 2018).’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

999 calls: When do assurances of help give rise to a duty of care? – UK Police Law Blog

Posted July 31st, 2018 in duty of care, emergency services, news, police by sally

‘The working assumption of most police lawyers is that a common law duty of care will not arise where call handlers tell 999 callers that the police will attend and assist. The judgment in Sherratt v Chief Constable of GMP [2018] EWHC 1746 (QB) demonstrates that a more careful analysis is required. In this case, some fairly common and non-specific assurances were sufficient to give rise to a duty of care.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 27th July 2018

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Emergency services liable where responsibility is assumed and detrimental reliance has taken place – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 20th, 2018 in duty of care, emergency services, news, police, suicide by tracey

‘Sherratt v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2018] EWHC 1746 (QB) (16 July 2018). This was an appeal on a preliminary issue from the decision of David Berkeley QC, sitting as the Recorder below. The question was whether the defendant chief constable owed a duty of care to the claimant’s partner, who had committed suicide.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th July 2018

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Woman fined £120 after admitting leaving abusive note on ambulance – The Independent

Posted February 21st, 2018 in emergency services, fines, news, public order by tracey

‘A woman who admitted to leaving a foul-mouthed note on an ambulance has been fined £120.’

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The Independent, 20th February 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Law Pod UK Ep.23: Lawsuits against the police for arrest operations – 1 COR

Posted February 15th, 2018 in appeals, duty of care, emergency services, news, police, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court’s ruling on police tactics may have implications for other emergency services, as Isabel McArdle explains to Rosalind English.’

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Law Pod UK, 14th February 2018

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Police to be probed over ‘frozen patient’ death – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2018 in complaints, emergency services, news, police by tracey

‘A police force has referred itself to the watchdog over its handling of a case involving a man thought to have frozen to death.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Serial mountain rescue faker who took a selfie while being winched to safety is jailed for 16 months – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 15th, 2018 in costs, emergency services, news, nuisance, sentencing by sally

‘As a means of attracting attention, staging accidents on various mountain ranges is not overly common. But that is likely to be of little consolation to the crews who have raced to the aid of Michael Cuminskey, a serial mountain rescue faker with a penchant for taking a selfie as he is winched to safety.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Nottingham woman jailed for 1,800 ‘abusive’ 999 calls – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2017 in assault, emergency services, news, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘An abusive caller who rang 999 more than 1,800 times has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fears over move by Samaritans to pass on details of ‘vulnerable’ cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 2nd, 2017 in charities, children, confidentiality, emergency services, news by sally

‘For decades they have provided a confidential listening service for those on the edge of despair or contemplating suicide.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police officers who delayed attending a 999 call to go to McDonald’s ‘likely to keep their jobs’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Two police officers who delayed attending a 999 call about a suicide to get refreshments from McDonald’s are likely to keep their jobs, a disciplinary hearing has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New government guidelines will end the practice of boomerang bosses – Home Office

Posted February 21st, 2017 in consultations, emergency services, employment, fire services, news, pensions, retirement by sally

‘New government guidelines will stop senior fire officers from being re-employed in the same or similar roles after they have retired.’

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Home Office, 21st February 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Home Secretary speech to APPC and NPCC Partnership Summit – Home Office

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in diversity, emergency services, police, speeches by tracey

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s speech on police reform.’

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Home Office, 16th November 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

‘Silent solution’ for emergency calls should be reviewed after murder victim’s 999 call did not reach police – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in complaints, domestic violence, emergency services, news, police by tracey

‘The so-called “silent solution” protocol for calls to the emergency services should be reviewed following the murder of a primary school worker who wrongly believed officers would be dispatched if she called 999 but said nothing, the police watchdog has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Nuisance caller cost the taxpayer £78,000 by making 408 calls to the ambulance service in two years – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2016 in assault, emergency services, health, news, nuisance, sentencing, Wales by tracey

‘A woman who cost the taxpayer £78,000 by phoning ambulance service more than 400 times in two years has been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2016

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Hillsborough: The remaining questions – Daily Telegraph

‘As the dust settles after an historic victory for the 27 year Hillsborough justice campaign, The Telegraph tackles some of the remaining questions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th April 2016

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‘Common sense’ plea over ambulance speeding fines – BBC News

Posted July 21st, 2015 in dangerous driving, emergency services, fines, news, paramedics, speed cameras by tracey

‘Ambulance trusts spent hundreds of hours having to appeal against speeding fines issued to emergency vehicles by police forces.’

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BBC News, 21st July 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk