New training needed for police after children and mentally ill people Tasered, watchdog warns – The Independent

‘Police must be trained to use Tasers only when “absolutely necessary”, a watchdog has said after a review found the weapons were being used against children and mentally ill people.’

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The Independent, 26th August 2021

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Coroner in Plymouth gunman case requests review of weapons licensing – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2021 in coroners, firearms, inquests, licensing, mental health, murder, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘The coroner overseeing the case of the Plymouth gunman, Jake Davison, who killed his mother and four other people, has asked a watchdog to examine whether changes to weapons licensing have been made since a man shot dead three women in the north of England almost 10 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2021

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Woodmancote shootings: Twin’s gun law anger after family deaths – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2021 in firearms, homicide, licensing, mental health, news by sally

‘A man thought to have shot his partner and daughters before killing himself was given a gun licence despite police knowing he had failed to disclose mental health issues and a conviction.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2021

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Plymouth shootings: Police asked to review gun licence process – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2021 in firearms, licensing, news, police by tracey

‘Police forces in England and Wales are being asked to review their current firearm application processes, in the wake of the Plymouth mass shooting.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2021

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Man jailed after fake Amazon delivery driver gun attack – BBC News

Posted July 30th, 2021 in assault, firearms, imprisonment, news, offensive weapons, sentencing by sally

‘A man who disguised himself as an Amazon delivery driver to attack his victim with a shotgun has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 29th July 2021

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Ban on knives, firearms and offensive weapons comes into force – Home Office

‘A tough ban on a wide range of knives, weapons, and firearms comes into force today as part of government action to tackle violent crime and serious violence.’

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Home office, 14th July 2021

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Dad tasered by police at petrol station to sue force – The Independent

Posted June 28th, 2021 in children, damages, firearms, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘A father who was tasered by police in front of his five-year-old son is suing for damages, his lawyers have confirmed.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2021

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NHS worker shot with stun gun in front of son to sue police after IOPC verdict – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2021 in children, damages, families, firearms, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘A black NHS worker who was shot with a stun gun seven times in front of his child by Greater Manchester police officers is to push ahead with a damages claim against the force, lawyers have said.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2021

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Public inquiry opens into Met police killing of unarmed Jermaine Baker – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2021 in firearms, fugitive offenders, inquiries, news, police, prisons by sally

‘A public inquiry into the death of an unarmed man shot by a Metropolitan police marksman during a foiled prison break has heard that a bug in the getaway car picked up the occupants saying they did not have a real gun.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2021

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Anthony Grainger family to continue legal fight over fatal shooting by police – The Guardian

‘The family of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by police have vowed to continue their fight for answers after the official watchdog dropped its investigation into the operation.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2021

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‘Professionally embarrassed’ lawyers wrong to withdraw during murder trial – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2021 in appeals, barristers, evidence, firearms, forensic science, murder, news, trials by sally

‘The legal team of a man accused of murder was wrong to withdraw during the trial citing “professional embarrassment” but the move did not render his subsequent conviction unsafe, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2021

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New surrender scheme starts to keep dangerous weapons off the streets – Home Office

Posted December 11th, 2020 in firearms, government departments, offensive weapons, police, press releases, violence by tracey

‘Measures to keep dangerous weapons off the streets are a step closer today with the opening of a surrender scheme, under prohibitions introduced in the Offensive Weapons Act.’

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Home Office, 10th December 2020

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Judges told they should consider previous racial bias before sentencing – The Guardian

‘Judges and magistrates are to be given explicit reminders for the first time in sentencing guidelines of the disparity in punishments being imposed by the courts on white, Asian and black offenders.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2020

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Police officers and the use of force – are we really all missing the point?: R (Officer W80) v Director General of the Independent Officer for Police Conduct [2020] EWCA Civ 1301 – 2 Hare Court

‘The Court of Appeal has recently delivered an interesting and potentially very significant judgment in the case of Officer W80. The case concerned the use of force by a police officer and whether misconduct proceedings could subsequently be instituted against him on the basis of his honestly held but mistaken belief.’

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2 Hare Court, 5th November 2020

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Use of force by police: what is the standard for determining misconduct? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has delivered a judgment in R (Officer W80) v Director General of the Independent Officer for Police Conduct [2020] EWCA Civ 1301 regarding the applicable conduct standard and provisions governing police in cases of use of force.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th October 2020

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South Wales police defend use of Taser on pregnant woman – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2020 in assault, firearms, news, police, pregnancy by sally

‘A police force has defended the use of a Taser by one of its officers on a pregnant woman who lost her baby after the stun gun was fired at her.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2020

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Aydin Altun found guilty of driving into PC with car – BBC News

‘A man has been convicted of trying to injure a Met Police officer by driving a car at him in north London.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2020

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Jermaine Baker: Firearms officer can face proceedings – BBC News

‘An officer who killed a man during a foiled attempt to free two prisoners can face misconduct proceedings, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2020

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Crossbows: What are the UK’s laws on weapons after man shot in London? – The Independent

‘The shooting of a man with a crossbow in London has sparked fresh questions over the lack of restrictions on such weapons in the UK.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2020

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BAME children three times more likely to have a Taser weapon used on them by police – The Guardian

‘Children from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are almost three times more likely to have a Taser electronic weapon used on them by police than their white counterparts.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2020

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