de Menezes: No individual prosecutions, but an effective investigation – ECtHR – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, the mosaic shrine adorning the wall outside Stockwell underground station once again became the focal point for difficult questions surrounding the police response the terrorist attacks of 2005.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st April 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Jean Charles de Menezes ruling: European Court of Human Rights rejects call to prosecute police officers who shot him – The Independent

‘The UK was right not to charge any police officers over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an electrician who they thought was a suicide bomber, in 2005.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2016

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Jean Charles de Menezes ruling due in European court of human rights – The Guardian

‘A ruling on whether British police officers should have been charged for the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes at a London tube station in 2005 is to be delivered by the European court of human rights on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Children aged 10 among hundreds held over alleged gun crimes – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2016 in children, firearms, freedom of information, news by sally

‘Children as young as 10 were among hundreds of youngsters arrested for suspected gun crimes in the last three years, new data has revealed.’

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BBC News, 29th March 2016

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Four men convicted in relation to plot to murder servicemen – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 24th, 2016 in armed forces, conspiracy, firearms, murder, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Two men have been convicted of planning to commit a terrorism inspired murder or murders on the streets of London following a trial at the Old Bailey which concluded today. Two others have been convicted of firearms offences connected with the same incident.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd March 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Public inquiry ordered into police killing of Anthony Grainger – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2016 in firearms, inquests, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘A public inquiry has been ordered into the death of a man shot by police. The home secretary, Theresa May, announced that the inquest into the 2012 killing of Anthony Grainger would be converted into a statutory inquiry led by a judge with greater investigative powers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

West Midlands gang to spend 50+ more years in jail – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 11th, 2016 in appeals, conspiracy, firearms, press releases, sentencing by tracey

’16 Birmingham gang members who supplied guns and ammunition to criminals across the country will be spending over 50 more years in prison following a Court of Appeal decision today.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 9th March 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

The people who want the UK’s gun laws relaxed – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in firearms, licensing, news by sally

‘Gun debate in Britain tends to focus on what is happening in the US, but more than 700,000 firearm owners live in England and Wales. Who are they, and why do some want laws relaxed?’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Wyverstone weapons haul: Firearms dealer Anthony Buckland jailed – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in firearms, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘An arms dealer who supplied some of the firearms that made up the UK’s biggest stash of illegal weapons has been jailed for six years.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2016

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Police call for tighter laws on antique guns – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in firearms, murder, news, police, statistics by sally

‘A legal loophole is allowing criminals to lawfully obtain weapons and commit gun crimes including murders, police have said.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New guidelines say armed thieves should get longest sentences – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2016 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, psychiatric damage, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘Thieves armed with guns or knives should get the longest jail terms under new sentencing guidelines for robberies designed to help courts sentence all types of offenders, from a street mugger to a gang guilty of a bank hold-up.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cameron to review legal protection of shoot-to-kill police officers – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2015 in firearms, news, police, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘David Cameron has ordered a review into whether armed police should have greater legal protection if they shoot terrorists and other suspected criminals.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bringing the law on firearms up to date – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2015 in firearms, Law Commission, legislation, press releases, reports by tracey

‘In a report published today, we make recommendations to solve pressing problems that undermine the effectiveness of the law governing the acquisition and possession of firearms. The existing law is confused, unclear and difficult to apply. There are over 30 pieces of overlapping legislation, some of the key terminology – such as “lethal”, “component part” and “antique” – is not clearly defined, and the law has fallen out of step with developments in technology.’

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Law Commission, 16th December 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

Met Police chief admits delay in giving officers covert body cameras is ‘frustrating’ following fatal shooting – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2015 in closed circuit television, delay, firearms, London, news, police by tracey

‘Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has admitted it was “frustrating” that the undercover officer who fatally shot a suspected gangster was not wearing a covert camera. He acknowledged that it would have been “really useful” in this case, to show exactly what had happened, but claimed there had been difficulties in finding technology that would be suitable for covert operations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mustafa Abdullah of Stockwell jailed over terror videos – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2015 in firearms, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘A jihadi has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after police found he had a number of terror training videos.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2015

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Call for tougher laws to stop imitation firearms being ‘reactivated’ – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2015 in firearms, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Those “reactivating” imitation weapons should face tougher legal sanctions because of the widespread availability of conversion kits, according to a Law Commission review of firearms legislation.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

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Activist Abdurraouf Eshati admits £18.6m arms plot role – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2015 in asylum, documents, firearms, guilty pleas, news, terrorism by sally

‘A Libyan activist has admitted his part in an international network plotting an £18.6m deal to bring arms to the war-torn country.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2015

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Black people ‘three times more likely’ to be Tasered – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2015 in firearms, news, police, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘Black people are three times more likely than white people to be involved in Taser incidents, Home Office figures disclosed to the BBC suggest.’

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BBC News, 13th October 2015

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Drones operated by criminal gangs used to deliver drugs, mobile phones and potentially firearms to prisoners, admit senior officials – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2015 in aircraft, crime, firearms, gangs, news, prisons by tracey

‘Drones operated by organised crime gangs pose an increasing threat to security in Britain’s prisons by offering a new route to smuggle drugs and potentially firearms into the hands of criminals, senior officials have admitted.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Easier to get gun licence than drive minibus, says watchdog as it warns more lives will be lost without overhaul – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2015 in firearms, licensing, news, police by tracey

‘It is easier to get a gun licence than drive a minibus a watchdog has revealed as it warned Britain faces more gun massacres unless a chaotic licensing regime is overhauled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk