Judge regrets jailing man in neighbour feud – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2008 in criminal damage, firearms, news, sentencing by sally

“A judge has spoken of his ‘regret’ at having to jail a pensioner for five years for firing a pistol at a neighbour’s car after a long-running feud.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2008

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Youth gangs triple child murder rate – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2008 in children, firearms, murder, news, offensive weapons by sally

“Murders of children by other children have tripled in three years, as more of the nation’s youth get drawn into a deadly world of guns and knives.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2008

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Appeal to give up imitation guns – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2008 in firearms, news by sally

“Police in London have launched a campaign urging young men and boys to hand in their imitation firearms.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2008

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Smith meets parents and promises to ban deactivated guns – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2008 in firearms, news by sally

“The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, yesterday announced plans to ban the possession of deactivated guns by the end of the year during a visit to Liverpool, where she met the parents of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, who was shot dead near his home last summer. Smith said the weapons, which can be converted back into lethal use, were ‘turning up more and more’ in gun-related crime.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2008

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Smith to outline new police drive to tackle knife crime – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2008 in firearms, news, offensive weapons by sally

“Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, is to order a police drive against knife and gun crime following several attacks since the start of the year.”

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The Independent, 9th January 2008

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Deactivated guns to be outlawed – The Independent

Posted January 7th, 2008 in firearms, news by sally

“‘Deactivated’ guns, which can easily be reconverted into active firearms for use in crime, will be outlawed, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith promised yesterday.”

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The Independent, 7th January 2008

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Police shoot man dead on village road in Kent – The Observer

Posted January 3rd, 2008 in firearms, news, police by sally

“An investigation has been launched after a man was shot and killed by police on a quiet road in Kent yesterday.”

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The Observer, 30th December 2007

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Shotgun licences issued to eight-year-olds – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2007 in children, firearms, news by sally

“Children as young as eight are being issued gun licences by the police, figures showed yesterday. Forces granted 1,291 shotgun certificates to those aged 16 and under in England and Wales during the 12 months to October.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st December 2007

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Regina v Hawkes (Attorney-General’s Reference No 68 of 2007) – Times Law Reports

Posted December 11th, 2007 in drug offences, firearms, law reports, sentencing by sally

Regina v Hawkes (Attorney-General’s Reference No 68 of 2007)

“Drug dealers who kept weapons with a view to using violence would, on conviction, have their sentences significantly increased to reflect that fact.”

The Times, 11th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Met chief’s attempt to block investigation made bad situation worse, says IPCC – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police by sally

“Allies and opponents of Sir Ian Blair yesterday said they believed he would keep his job as Britain’s most senior police officer, despite an official report into the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes blaming him for exacerbating the damage caused to his force.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2007

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Watchdog releasing Menezes report – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2007 in firearms, news, police by sally

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission is due to publish its report into the fatal police shooting in 2005 of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.”

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BBC News, 8th November 2007

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Yard officer faces fresh criticism over De Menezes shooting – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police by sally

“The police chief who ran the operation that led to Jean Charles de Menezes being shot dead will be criticised by an official report which is to be released on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 5th November 2007

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Met chief urged to quit over shooting – The Times

Posted November 2nd, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police by sally

“Britain’s most senior policeman was fighting to keep his job last night after his force was found guilty of catastrophic failures that led to the shooting dead of an innocent man.”

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The Times, 2nd November 2007

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Judge hits out at ‘perverse’ gun society – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 1st, 2007 in firearms, homicide, news, young offenders by sally

“A judge attacked as ‘perverse’ the way sections of modern society view guns as he jailed a mother and her teenage son over the fatal shooting of the woman’s 12-year-old daughter.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2007

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Jurors consider De Menezes verdict – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, juries, news, police by sally

“A jury today (31 October) retired to consider its verdict in the trial of the Metropolitan police over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2007

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Armed police call-outs ‘rising’ – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2007 in firearms, news, police by sally

“The number of call-outs of armed police has increased by more than 50% in a decade, figures show.”

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BBC News, 14th October 2007

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Armed police who shot Menezes ‘were warned of lethal tactics’ – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police, terrorism by sally

“The armed police who shot Jean Charles de Menezes were briefed hours beforehand that they would be using ‘unusual’ lethal tactics and would only be deployed if officers on the ground believed they were dealing with a suicide bomber who was ‘deadly’ and ‘up for it’, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.”

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The Independent, 3rd October 2007

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Met’s Menezes trial due to start – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police, terrorism by sally

“The trial of the Metropolitan Police over the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes is due to begin.”

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BBC News, 1st October 2007

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New powers to stop gun and knife violence – Home Office

Posted September 28th, 2007 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, press releases by sally

“A range of tough new powers to fight gun and knife crime take effect this week.”

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Home Office press release, 27th September 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

People want more armed police – Reuters

Posted September 11th, 2007 in firearms, news, police by sally

“More than two thirds of people polled in a survey published on Tuesday want tougher measures to combat violent crime, including more armed police on the street.”

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Reuters, 11th September 2007

Source: www.reuters.com