Maximum jail term for attacking emergency workers to be double – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2020 in assault, emergency services, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘Increase to two years is among series of sentencing reforms announced by Ministry of Justice.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2020

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Only 19 bereaved families approved for NHS staff coronavirus compensation scheme – The Guardian

‘Only 19 families of NHS and social care workers who died after contracting coronavirus have so far been approved for the £60,000 compensation payment from the government.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2020

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Tougher sentences for attacks on emergency workers considered – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2020 in assault, consultations, emergency services, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘Plans to double the maximum jail term for criminals who assault emergency workers to two years are being considered by the government.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2020

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Courts ‘preparing to fast-track prosecutions for Black Lives Matter protesters’ – Daily Telegraph

‘British courts are preparing to fast-track prosecutions for the Black Lives Matter protests, as justice secretary Robert Buckland has told magistrates to model the process along the lines of the response to rioting in London in 2011, The Times reported.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th June 2020

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Officers ‘wary’ as spit attacks rise in coronavirus pandemic – BBC News

‘Spitting attacks on police may be behind a national rise in assaults on emergency workers during lockdown, officials have said.’

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BBC News, 23rd May 2020

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Court rules bar set too high for NHS surcharge and visa fee waivers – The Guardian

‘A court ruling has given hope to thousands of migrants, including health and care workers, that they will no longer have to pay visa and NHS surcharge fees if they cannot afford them.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2020

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Hundreds prosecuted for coronavirus-related attacks on emergency workers – The Guardian

‘More than 300 prosecutions for assaults on police and emergency workers were completed during the first month of lockdown, the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill QC, has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2020

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Personal Protective Equipment and Liability – Thomas More Chambers

‘Prior to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, the issue of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) at work was a niche health and safety topic for specialists in the field. Today it dominates the media, with report after report of inadequate provision of PPE on the frontline, in hospitals, care homes and other essential places of work.’

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Thomas More Chambers, 13th May 2020

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COVID-19 Deaths and PPE – The Coroner’s Role – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘Inevitably the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a significant increase in the workload of coroners and the number of inquests being heard. Cases where the virus may have been contracted in the workplace setting including frontline workers because of the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) may be one significant area of potential inquiry.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 4th May 2020

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Conall Mallory: The Right to Life and Personal Protective Equipment – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Military analogies have been deployed with vigour in the early weeks of the United Kingdom’s battle against COVID-19. Initially the government told the public to ‘keep calm and carry on’. When the lockdown came, the Prime Minister ‘enlisted’ us all to slow its spread. A ‘war cabinet’ was formed and those in the health and social care sectors, who would be most regularly exposed to the virus, were referred to as being on the ‘frontline’ of the battle.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 21st April 2020

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Tougher penalties proposed for attacks on UK emergency workers- The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2020 in assault, consultations, coronavirus, emergency services, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘Judges will be able to impose tougher punishments on anyone convicted of assaulting emergency workers or threatening to transmit diseases under sentencing guidelines proposals published on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2020

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Grenfell Tower fire: Second phase of inquiry to begin – BBC News

‘The second phase of the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry is to begin later, days after one of its panellists resigned.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2020

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Grenfell victims face eight-year wait for justice over inferno that killed 72 – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 6th, 2020 in accidents, bereavement, delay, emergency services, families, fire, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘The families of Grenfell victims could be forced to wait at least eight years after the tragedy to discover if anybody will ever be charged over 72 deaths.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th January 2020

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Grenfell Tower: London Fire Brigade ‘too slow to learn lessons from disaster’, says watchdog – The Independent

Posted December 17th, 2019 in emergency services, fire, news, reports by tracey

‘The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been too slow to learn lessons from the Grenfell tragedy, with “wasteful” practices, insufficiently trained staff and failure to follow national guidance still being a problem in the organisation two and a half years on, a watchdog has warned.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2019

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Grenfell Tower inquiry: the chair’s findings so far – The Guardian

‘Firefighters’ ‘stay put’ tactics and apparent lack of preparation and construction materials criticised.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2019

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Grenfell inquiry: key questions answered – The Guardian

‘Why was it set up, why is it split into two parts and why are some people unhappy with it?’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2019

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Douglas Oak inquest: Coroner calls for improved police and ambulance training on handling persons suffering from Acute Behavioural Disturbance – Garden Court Chambers

Posted October 29th, 2019 in emergency services, inquests, mental health, news, police by sally

‘The inquest into the death of Douglas Oak concluded at Bournemouth Coroners Court yesterday with Senior Coroner for Dorset Rachel Griffin stating that she would be issuing a wide ranging preventing Future Deaths report because of her concerns that further lives will be lost unless action is taken at a national level to improve training and the handling of persons suffering from acute behavioural disturbance (ABD).’

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Garden Court Chambers, 23rd October 2019

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Inquest into Mia Atkins choking death: Misadventure ruling – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2019 in children, emergency services, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The death of a two-year-old girl who choked on a cocktail sausage was caused by misadventure, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 28th October 2019

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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

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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

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