UK Somalis ‘racially profiled’ over FGM – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2020 in female genital mutilation, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Parents are wrongly being arrested and having their children taken into care due to the stigma around female genital mutilation (FGM), members of the UK Somali community have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. They say figures suggesting tens of thousands of girls are at risk in the UK are inaccurate.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2020

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‘Missing’ Oval Four member to have conviction reviewed after he came forward in wake of three other successful appeals – Daily Telegraph

‘The final member of the “Oval Four” – four black men who were wrongly convicted nearly 50 years ago on the evidence of a corrupt police officer – is set to have his name cleared.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2020

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Care firm’s leadership criticised by Care Quality Commission – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2020 in care homes, hospitals, mental health, news by sally

‘Concerns have been raised by inspectors about the leadership at a firm at the centre of a BBC expose over allegations of abuse at a mental health hospital.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2020

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Victims waiting up to three years for justice amid cuts – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2020 in criminal justice, delay, news, sentencing by sally

‘Victims of crime are having to wait up to three years for offenders to be sentenced as the length of time it takes to bring a criminal to justice has soared by more than a third in the past decade.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2020

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Gambling watchdog bans credit cards for online betting sites – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2020 in consumer credit, consumer protection, electronic commerce, gambling, news by sally

‘Gambling businesses are to be banned from allowing consumers in Great Britain to use credit cards to bet from 14 April, the Gambling Commission has announced.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2020

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Manchester sex abuse: ‘Fundamental flaws’ left children unprotected – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2020 in news, prosecutions, reports, sexual offences, social services by sally

‘Police and social workers investigating child sex exploitation in Manchester knew children were suffering “the most profound abuse… but did not protect them”, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2020

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Police errors may have let abusers of up to 52 children escape justice – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2020 in child abuse, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences, social services by sally

‘Up to 52 children may have been victims of a sex abuse scandal in Greater Manchester, with most offenders getting away with their crimes because of errors by police and children’s services, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2020

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Tenancy deposit – unserved prescribed information – Nearly Legal

Posted January 13th, 2020 in deposits, housing, landlord & tenant, news, notification by tracey

‘Liaw v Sohal. Central London County Court, 10 January 2019. (unreported elsewhere, we’ve seen the approved judgment). A county court first instance deposit claim decision, but with elements of interest and broader relevance (as well as some lessons to landlords as to how not to conduct a case.).

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Nearly Legal, 11th January 2020

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Liquidator’s firm liable for opponent’s costs after funding litigation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 13th, 2020 in company directors, costs, insolvency, limitations, liquidators, news, third parties by tracey

‘The High Court has characterised a liquidator’s firm as a real party to the litigation which it funded as it stood to make financial gain from the action and was therefore found not to be a pure funder facilitating access to justice.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th January 2020

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Barristers to lose out from Iraq claims firm’s liquidation – Legal Futures

‘Barristers instructed by now-defunct Birmingham law firm Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) are set to lose out significantly from its liquidation, although its collapse may yet spark legal action, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2020

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Former lawyer sentenced for benefit fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 13th, 2020 in benefits, disabled persons, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A former lawyer who said he could not walk without help, but was spotted driving a miniature locomotive, has been sentenced for benefit fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th January 2020

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Police officer jailed for lying about Uxbridge child sex assault – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A police constable who falsely accused a council street cleaner of sexually assaulting a child after an argument about cleaning up his garden hedges has been jailed for three years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th January 2020

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Half of those charged with knife murders had committed similar offences – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2020 in London, murder, news, offensive weapons, police, recidivists, statistics by tracey

‘Almost half of people charged with knife killings in London over the past three years had previously committed an offence involving a blade, Metropolitan police figures suggest.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2020

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Women continue to be under-represented in top jobs across sport, law and politics, study suggests – The Independent

Posted January 13th, 2020 in diversity, employment, equality, news, sex discrimination, statistics, women by tracey

‘Women are missing out on top jobs across a variety of sectors, showing that a “step change” is needed to boost the number in senior roles, campaigners have said.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2020

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Serious crime victims wait longer for justice after court days cut – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2020 in budgets, courts, delay, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Victims of serious crime now wait almost a year-and-a-half for the suspects to go on trial while judges sit “idle” after the government cut their sitting days – despite Guardian analysis finding almost half of all crown courtrooms in England and Wales are empty each day.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2020

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Priti Patel defends inclusion of Extinction Rebellion on terror list – Home Office

‘The home secretary, Priti Patel, has defended anti-terror police for putting the Extinction Rebellion environmental protest group on a list of extremist ideologies, saying it was important to look at “a range of security risks”.’

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Home Office, 13th January 2020

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Man jailed for fourth time after sitting other people’s driving tests – The Independent

‘A man has been jailed for 28 months for trying to sit driving theory tests for other people just months after being released from prison, where he has served three previous sentences for similar crimes.’

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The Independent, 11th January 2020

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Manchester City fan banned for racially abusing Raheem Sterling – The Independent

Posted January 13th, 2020 in community service, news, racism, sentencing, sport by tracey

‘Manchester City have banned one of their own supporters for life after he was found guilty of racially abusing Raheem Sterling.’

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The Independent, 11th January 2020

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Prison staff misconduct investigations rise by third – BBC News

‘Investigations into alleged misconduct by prison staff have risen by a third in a year, figures have revealed.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2020

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Female lawyers should not be forced to wear heels, says Baroness Hale – The Independent

‘The UK’s most senior judge has condemned law firms that demand female lawyers wear high heels, as she lamented the lack of “progress” on sex discrimination in the legal profession.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2020

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