Police launch review of UK firearms operations – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2018 in firearms, inquiries, news, police by sally

‘A national review into the planning of firearms operations has been launched following concerns raised at an inquiry into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

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Thomas Orchard death: police officers to face misconduct proceedings – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2018 in death in custody, misfeasance in public office, news, police, restraint by sally

‘Six Devon and Cornwall police and detention officers will face gross misconduct proceedings over the death of a church caretaker who had a cardiac arrest after being restrained.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep.23: Lawsuits against the police for arrest operations – 1 COR

Posted February 15th, 2018 in appeals, duty of care, emergency services, news, police, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court’s ruling on police tactics may have implications for other emergency services, as Isabel McArdle explains to Rosalind English.’

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Law Pod UK, 14th February 2018

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Police failing to record thousands of crimes, including rape – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2018 in crime, news, police, rape, reports, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘Thousands of reported crimes including rape and domestic abuse are going unrecorded by police, a watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

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Thousands of crimes going unrecorded by three police forces – BBC News

Posted February 15th, 2018 in crime, news, police, reports, statistics by sally

‘Three English police forces are failing to record thousands of reported crimes each year, new reports have found.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2018

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Top police officer faces dismissal over loss of confidential papers – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2018 in confidentiality, disciplinary procedures, dismissal, news, police by michael

“A senior counter-terrorism police officer who had top-secret documents stolen from his car has been recommended for dismissal over the error by a disciplinary panel.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2018

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It’s a fair cop: Supreme Court clarifies scope of duties of care owed by police – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 12th, 2018 in appeals, duty of care, negligence, news, personal injuries, police, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Robinson (Appellant) v Chief Constable of the West Yorkshire Police (Respondent) [2018] UKSC 4. The Supreme Court has made a significant decision on the question of the scope of the common law duty of care owed by police when their activities lead to injuries being sustained by members of the public. It has long been the case that a claim cannot be brought in negligence against the police, where the danger is created by someone else, except in certain unusual circumstances such as where there has been an assumption of responsibility.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th February 2018

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When to adjourn a misconduct hearing – UK Police Law Blog

Posted February 12th, 2018 in adjournment, disciplinary procedures, news, police, professional conduct, regulations by tracey

‘When must a police misconduct hearing adjourn the proceedings for the attendance of the respondent officer or even a witness?’

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UK Police Law Blog, 9th February 2018

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Police wrongly pursued retired fire chief rather than investigate blackmail claim against fantasist who accused him of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 12th, 2018 in appeals, blackmail, miscarriage of justice, news, police, rape by tracey

‘Police wrongly pursued a rape case against a retired fire chief rather than investigate a blackmail claim against the fantasist who made the allegation, the Telegraph can disclose. David Bryant, 67, spent almost three years in jail after being convicted of rape in a miscarriage of justice that further plunges into crisis the police handling of sex abuse cases. Mr Bryant’s conviction was overturned in the Court of Appeal and now a High Court judge has raised serious questions over a police force’s failure to investigate his accuser.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th February 2018

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Police outsource digital forensic work to unaccredited labs – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2018 in contracting out, forensic science, news, police by tracey

‘More than a dozen police forces have outsourced digital forensic investigative work to unaccredited private laboratories in the past year, at a time when a series of rape cases have been abandoned because of problems with digital evidence.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2018

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Number of drivers prosecuted for using a mobile phone at the wheel plummets amid ‘decline in traffic officers’ – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2018 in news, police, prosecutions, road traffic offences, statistics, telecommunications by tracey

‘The number of people found guilty of using a mobile phone at the wheel has plummeted, prompting warnings from the RAC that a drop in traffic officers means fewer offenders are being caught.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2018

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Robert Trigg: Police ‘missed chances’ to catch double killer – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2018 in domestic violence, inquiries, murder, news, police by tracey

‘The family of a woman murdered by her boyfriend five years after he killed another partner say they are “finally being taken seriously”. An inquiry found Sussex Police “missed opportunities” when investigating the deaths of Susan Nicholson, 52, in 2011 and Caroline Devlin, 35, in 2006. Robert Trigg, 52, was convicted last year of killing them both.
The findings have now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), the force said.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2018

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West Yorkshire Police liable for knocking over elderly woman – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2018 in elderly, negligence, news, police by tracey

‘An elderly woman who was knocked to the ground during a drug arrest has won a decade-long legal battle against West Yorkshire Police.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2018

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An assault on Hill? Police liability in negligence positively narrowed – UK Police Law Blog

Posted February 8th, 2018 in appeals, negligence, news, police, Supreme Court by tracey

‘In Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2018] UKSC 4, the Supreme Court made significant inroads into the principle that the police cannot be sued in negligence save in exceptional circumstances as a result of alleged failures in their core operational duties. Now, where a third party such as a pedestrian is injured as a result of a negligent arrest on the street by a police officer, the police are liable in negligence where that injury was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the police’s actions.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 8th February 2018

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Tasers used 58 times in mental health settings – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in mental health, news, police, statistics, weapons by sally

‘Police drew, aimed or fired Tasers in mental health hospitals, wards, and clinics 58 times in the first six months of figures being recorded.’

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BBC News, 1st February 2018

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Solicitor for student in rape case criticises police and CPS – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘The solicitor representing the student at the heart of a collapsed rape trial has dismissed a police and prosecution review of the case that resulted in an apology to her client as disingenuous and warned that the police’s determination to obtain convictions overrides their attention to other duties.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2018

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Police forces and prosecutors failing to carry out ‘basic’ procedure in rape cases, Attorney General says – Daily Telegraph

‘The failings which have lead to a nationwide review of all live rape and serious sexual assault cases were caused by police forces and prosecutors not carrying out “basic” procedure, the Attorney General has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2018

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Crime statistics: Violent crime and sex offences rising, police figures suggest – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2018 in crime, news, police, statistics by sally

‘The number of violent crimes and sex offences recorded by police in England and Wales has risen sharply over the past year, figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2018

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Police to be probed over ‘frozen patient’ death – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2018 in complaints, emergency services, news, police by tracey

‘A police force has referred itself to the watchdog over its handling of a case involving a man thought to have frozen to death.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2018

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Disclosure – Joint statement from Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions and Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council – Crown Prosecution Service

‘”Today we met with Chief Constables to discuss further how we can improve the disclosure process.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th January 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk