Rogue landlord told to pay back £739,000 over illegal London housing – The Guardian

‘A rogue landlord who operated illegal rooming houses in London has been told to pay back £739,000 in illicit earnings or face jail, in one of the biggest confiscation orders of its kind, the council that investigated the case has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2021

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A thousand young, black men removed from Met gang violence prediction database – The Guardian

‘One thousand young, black men have been removed from an allegedly discriminatory gangs database used by police in London, after a review found they posed no or little risk of committing violence, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2021

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Lockdown may have played part in rise of domestic child killings, says Met – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2021 in child abuse, coronavirus, homicide, London, mental health, news, police by sally

‘The pressures of lockdown may have played a part in a rise in children killed in domestic homicides, Britain’s biggest police force today said.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2021

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Thirty-one Met Police officers face £200 fixed penalty after breaching Covid-19 regulations with haircut at station – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 27th, 2021 in coronavirus, London, news, penalties, police, regulations by sally

‘A group of 31 Metropolitan Police officers are facing a £200 fixed penalty notice after breaching Covid-19 regulations while on duty, the police force has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th January 2021

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Air pollution death ruling: What comes next? – BBC News

‘For the first time in the UK – and possibly the world – air pollution has been recognised as a cause of a person’s death. But was the ruling just a one-off? And what does it mean for others?’

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BBC News, 17th December 2020

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Coronavirus: Greenwich Council told ‘keep schools open’ – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2020 in coronavirus, local government, London, news, regulations, school children by tracey

‘The government has told a London council it must keep schools open or face legal action.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2020

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Young black males in London ’19 times more likely to be stopped and searched’ – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2020 in London, minorities, news, police, reports, statistics, stop and search, young persons by tracey

‘Young black males in London were 19 times more likely to be stopped and searched than the general population, a study of official data shows.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2020

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Landmark inquest to rule if air pollution killed London pupil – The Guardian

‘An inquest is to consider evidence that illegal levels of air pollution caused the death of a nine-year-old girl, in a landmark legal case. A coroner will be asked to rule that toxic levels of nitrogen dioxide, from the South Circular road in south London, led to the acute asthma attack that killed the primary school pupil, Ella Kissi-Debrah. Her mother, Rosamund, a former teacher, has fought for years for an inquiry into the role of air pollution from traffic in Ella’s death.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2020

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Damilola Taylor: What lessons have been learnt 20 years on? – BBC News

Posted November 27th, 2020 in children, gangs, homicide, London, news, offensive weapons, victims, young offenders by tracey

‘Twenty years ago, 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor was stabbed in the leg and left to die in a south London stairwell. It took six years and three trials for brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie to be convicted of manslaughter. They were aged 12 and 13 at the time of the killing.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2020

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Positive action and proportionality: Supreme Court guidance in Agudas Israel Housing Association – Cloisters

‘In R (on the application of Z and another) (AP) (Appellants) v Hackney London Borough Council and another (Respondents) UKSC 2019/0162, the Supreme Court held that it was lawful for a housing association to provide social housing only to Orthodox Jews, in its first ever ruling on positive action. In this blog, Charlotte Goodman, an equality law barrister at Cloisters, considers the importance of the judgment.’

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Cloisters, 6th November 2020

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Met police told 40% of recruits must be from BAME backgrounds – The Guardian

‘Britain’s biggest police force must hire 40% of new recruits from ethnic minority backgrounds, while officers will have to justify stop and search to community panels under new plans designed to quell the race crisis engulfing Scotland Yard.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2020

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Met Police traffic stops to be reviewed as part of Action Plan – BBC News

‘Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for police traffic stops to be reviewed to look at whether black people are disproportionately affected by some police tactics.’

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BBC News, 13th November 2020

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What To Do About London’s Roof Tops – The 36 Group

Posted October 30th, 2020 in chambers articles, codes of practice, housing, local government, London, news, planning by sally

‘More than a few are eyeing the value of rooftops on residential tower blocks of flats.’

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The 36 Group, October 2020

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Convictions for rapes in London less likely than in 2015, research shows – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2020 in London, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘The London assembly’s police and crime committee has written to the lord chancellor, Robert Buckland, amid concerns over a “toxic combination” of falling convictions in rape and sexual offence cases despite a rise in reports and a backlog of cases in the courts.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2020

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London borough wins High Court battle over community centre ownership – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 7th, 2020 in injunctions, local government, London, news, planning by tracey

‘Brent Council has won a High Court dispute over the ownership of a community centre site and secured an injunction restraining the defendants from making any applications to register a restriction against the property.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th October 2020

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High Court judge quashes s.17 Children Act assessment made by council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 25th, 2020 in children, families, homelessness, housing, judicial review, local government, London, news by sally

‘A judge has strongly criticised a London borough over its handling of the assessment of a family’s accommodation needs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th September 2020

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Extinction Rebellion ‘go floppy’ when arrested, complains senior Met officer – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2020 in climate change, demonstrations, London, news, police by michael

‘One of Britain’s most senior police officers has launched an angry tirade against Extinction Rebellion protesters going “all floppy” when they get arrested.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2020

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Taxi drivers group eyes legal challenge over ‘Streetspace’ policy of London mayor and TfL – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 26th, 2020 in bicycles, coronavirus, local government, London, news, road safety, roads, taxis by sally

‘The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LDTA) plans a legal challenge to London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) over their Streetspace policy.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2020

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Stop-and-search use in London rose 40% in lockdown, figures show – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2020 in coronavirus, London, news, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘Stop and searches in London rose by 40% during lockdown and a lower proportion of them led to arrests, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2020

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Mayor defeats Court of Appeal challenge to removal of congestion charge exemption from minicab drivers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has found for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in a case brought by minicab drivers, despite judges being troubled by aspects of his actions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th August 2020

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