BBC seeks review of laws on reporting criminal investigations – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 17th, 2018 in BBC, media, news, police, privacy by sally

‘The BBC has called on the UK government to open a review of current laws governing the reporting of criminal investigations after deciding not to pursue an appeal against a recent privacy ruling in a case between it and the entertainer Sir Cliff Richard.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th August 2018

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‘Child spies’ must have an appropriate adult present at meetings – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2018 in children, codes of practice, informers, news, police by sally

‘Children being used as informants must have an appropriate adult present in meetings with the authorities, revised official guidance says.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2018

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Rashan Charles investigation finds officer’s failings were not deliberate – Independent Office for Police Conduct

‘An investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct into the incident in east London in July 2017 in which Rashan Charles died has found that the performance of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer who restrained Mr Charles fell short of expected standards.’

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Independent Office for Police Conduct, 15th August 2018

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Stephen Port murders: police watchdog completes report – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2018 in murder, news, police, rape, reports by sally

‘A police watchdog investigation into four murders by the serial killer Stephen Port, who drugged and raped young men before dumping their bodies near his home in Barking, east London, has been completed and its findings will be given to the victims’ families ahead of a full inquest.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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Inadequate police disclosure in care proceedings – Family Law

Posted August 10th, 2018 in care orders, disclosure, news, police by sally

‘Following A Local Government v A and others [2018] EWHC 1819 (Fam), a hearing involving the death of a baby in suspicious circumstances, Gemma Taylor QC at 42 Bedford Row and Samantha Bowcock at 15 Winckley Square Chambers, stress the importance of disclosure of relevant material in care proceedings and examine the steps that police and local authorities should take in order to avoid compromising a case.’

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Family Law, 8th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Council and police ordered to pay £52k to claimant over housing of sex offender – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 9th, 2018 in children, housing, local government, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘Leicester City Council and the Chief Constable of Leicestershire have been ordered by the High Court to pay in all £52,000 to a claimant JW after a level 3 sex offender was housed near to the children’s home in which he lived.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Victims may stop reporting rape over fears phone evidence will be used against them, official warns – The Independent

Posted August 9th, 2018 in evidence, news, police, rape, victims by tracey

‘Women may not report rape to police because of fears material from their phones will be used to discredit them, the victims commissioner for London has warned.’

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The Independent, 8th August 2018

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UK human rights panel to investigate police use of child spies – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in children, intelligence services, news, police, select committees, spying by sally

‘Parliament’s joint committee on human rights has been asked to investigate the use of child spies by the police and security services, after peers discovered powers covering the practice hidden in obscure secondary legislation.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Surrey police to hold review after trial of Jonathan King collapse – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in child abuse, disclosure, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘An independent review will take place after “fundamental failures” led to the collapse of disgraced music industry figure Jonathan King’s trial, a police and crime commissioner has said.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2018

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Including acquitted allegations in an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate – UK Police Law Blog

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in appeals, criminal records, disclosure, news, police, proportionality, Supreme Court, taxis by tracey

‘The Supreme Court in R (AR) v CC Greater Manchester Police [2018] UKSC 47 upheld the inclusion of information in an enhanced criminal record certificate (ECRC) that a person had been acquitted of rape. The judgment shows the importance of chief officers considering with great care the various factors in order to strike a fair balance between the rights of the individual applying for the ECRC as opposed to the wider rights of the community, including vulnerable persons.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 1st August 2018

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Circuit judge was wrong to apply QOCS to ‘mixed’ claim automatically, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

‘A circuit judge was wrong to order that qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) automatically applied to a claim about misuse of data because it also included a personal injury (PI) element, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st August 2018

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Court allows police to reveal acquittals during record checks – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2018 in appeals, criminal records, employment, news, police, Supreme Court by sally

‘Police forces can reveal whether individuals have been acquitted of criminal charges when issuing information for enhanced record checks, the supreme court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2018

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999 calls: When do assurances of help give rise to a duty of care? – UK Police Law Blog

Posted July 31st, 2018 in duty of care, emergency services, news, police by sally

‘The working assumption of most police lawyers is that a common law duty of care will not arise where call handlers tell 999 callers that the police will attend and assist. The judgment in Sherratt v Chief Constable of GMP [2018] EWHC 1746 (QB) demonstrates that a more careful analysis is required. In this case, some fairly common and non-specific assurances were sufficient to give rise to a duty of care.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 27th July 2018

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Court dismisses claim duty of care is owed to employees in litigation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 30th, 2018 in duty of care, employment, news, police, Supreme Court, vicarious liability by sally

‘Employers do not owe their employees a duty of care in the way they defend claims that they are vicariously liable for actions of those employees, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th July 2018

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Stephen Port: Officers refuse to answer watchdog’s questions – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2018 in misfeasance in public office, murder, news, police by sally

‘All but one of 17 Met officers under investigation for the initial response to the serial killer Stephen Port refused to answer questions during interviews with the police watchdog.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2018

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Rashan Charles: why ex-Met officer great-uncle rejects inquest verdict – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, inquests, London, mental health, news, police, restraint by sally

‘Rod Charles understands the issue of police constraint more than most. He is a retired chief inspector, having served for 30 years. He is also the great-uncle of Rashan Charles, 20, who died in an incident involving restraint by a police officer last July.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2018

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Sir Cliff Richard: BBC agrees to pay £850,000 legal costs – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2018 in BBC, costs, freedom of expression, media, news, police, privacy by sally

‘The BBC has agreed to pay Sir Cliff Richard £850,000 within 14 days to cover his legal costs, following his privacy case against the corporation.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2018

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Decision to close 36 police stations in London lawful, Divisional Court rules – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 26th, 2018 in consultations, London, news, police by sally

‘A decision by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in October 2017 to close 36 police stations in London was lawful, a Divisional Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th July 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Police custody deaths hit 10-year high, with experts citing austerity – The Guardian

‘Police custody deaths have hit their highest level in a decade with police, campaigners and experts warning that austerity and a crisis in mental health services have driven the figure up.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2018

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Police facial recognition system faces legal challenge – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2018 in closed circuit television, facial mapping, human rights, news, police by tracey

‘A legal challenge against the use of automatic facial recognition technology by police has been launched by a civil liberties group.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk