‘She won’t be the last’: why not enough has changed since the murder of Banaz Mahmod – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2020 in domestic violence, families, forced marriages, murder, news, police, young persons by sally

‘In 2006, the 20-year-old was killed on the orders of family members. Ahead of an ITV drama on the case, her sister reflects on the police response.’

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The Guardian, 21st 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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Gaia Pope death: Family wants answers to ‘vital questions’ – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2020 in bereavement, coroners, delay, evidence, families, inquests, mental health, news, police, rape, sexual offences by michael

‘The family of a teenager found dead 11 days after going missing nearly three years ago said “vital questions” about her death remain unanswered.’

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BBC News, 16th September 2020

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Maximum jail term for attacking emergency workers to be double – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2020 in assault, emergency services, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘Increase to two years is among series of sentencing reforms announced by Ministry of Justice.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2020

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Coronavirus: Illegal house party host fined £10k apologises – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2020 in coronavirus, enforcement, fines, freedom of movement, news, police, proportionality by tracey

‘A student who was fined £10,000 for an illegal house party of more than 50 people has apologised.’

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BBC News, 13th September 2020

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New stop and search powers for convicted knife criminals – Home Office

‘Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs) are designed to ensure repeat offenders are more likely to be caught and put in prison.’

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Home Office, 14th September 2010

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Stop and search: Ministers launch consultation on extending powers for known knife offenders – The Independent

‘Ministers have launched a consultation to give police greater powers to stop and search individuals with prior knife convictions.’

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The Independent, 14th September 2020

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Ensuring the lawfulness of automated facial recognition surveillance in the UK – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘In R(Bridges) v South Wales Police, the England and Wales Court of Appeal reviewed the lawfulness of the use of live automated facial recognition technology (‘AFR’) by the South Wales Police Force. CCTV camera­­s capture images of the public, which are then compared with digital images of persons on a watchlist.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 3rd September 2020

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How warnings about Heni and Jan’s killer were missed – BBC News

‘The bodies of Henriett Szucs and Mihrican Mustafa were discovered in the east London flat of Zahid Younis in April 2019. The BBC has investigated how the authorities cared for the women and dealt with their killer Younis – a convicted sex offender who has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 38 years.’

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BBC News, 3rd September 2020

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Policing Our Privacy – Where Does the Law Lie? – 39 Essex Chambers

‘Last Tuesday the Court of Appeal (Sir Terence Etherton MR, Dame Victoria Sharp PQBD and Singh LJ) allowed the appeal of the civil liberties campaigner, Edward Bridges, against the decision of the Divisional Court which had dismissed his claim for judicial review of South Wales Police Force’s use of live automated facial recognition technology (“AFR”).’

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39 Essex Chambers, 17th August 2020

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Christopher Alder: Legal action sought over body mix-up – BBC News

‘The sister of a man found in a mortuary 11 years after he was believed to have been buried is planning to take legal action against South Yorkshire Police.’

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BBC News, 25th August 2020

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Black organiser of UK anti-racism rally threatened with arrest – The Guardian

‘A black community activist has accused police of discrimination after he was threatened with arrest and prosecution for organising an upcoming anti-racism protest march in London.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2020

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Darlington man who punched officer ’40 times in head’ jailed – BBC News

Posted August 25th, 2020 in assault, guilty pleas, news, police, sentencing by sally

‘A man who police say punched an officer about 40 times in the head while being arrested has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 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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Police crack down on illegal raves ahead of introduction of £10k fine – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2020 in coronavirus, fines, freedom of movement, news, police, public order by sally

‘Fines of up to £10,000 for those organising illegal raves in England will come into force on Friday following another weekend of unlawful gatherings across the country.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2020

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Man jailed for biting Rochdale PC during attack on officers – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2020 in assault, coronavirus, criminal damage, imprisonment, news, police, sentencing by sally

‘A man who attacked three police officers during the Covid-19 lockdown, one of whom he bit, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2020

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An insight into the relevance of insight in misconduct outcomes – UK Police Law Blog

Posted August 18th, 2020 in disciplinary procedures, misfeasance in public office, news, police by sally

‘If a police officer facing professional disciplinary proceedings disputes the misconduct allegations and continues to do so even after a finding of gross misconduct, can the misconduct hearing conclude that that the officer lacks insight and remorse – and impose a higher disciplinary sanction? The case of General Medical Council v Awan [2020] EWHC 1553 (Admin) from the medical regulatory tribunals suggest that such a conclusion should not be reached automatically, although a continued denial of the findings may well be a relevant consideration.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 17th August 2020

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BAME children three times more likely to have a Taser weapon used on them by police – The Guardian

‘Children from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are almost three times more likely to have a Taser electronic weapon used on them by police than their white counterparts.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2020

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Police’s Automated Facial Recognition Deployments Ruled Unlawful by the Court of Appeal – Doughty Street Chambers

‘R. (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales [2020] EWCA Civ 1058 [2020] 8 WLUK 64 is thought to be the first case in the world to consider the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies. In this short article, we explore the judgment and its implications for the deployment of these and similar technologies in future.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 12th August 2020

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Let’s face it: use of automated facial recognition technology by the police – UK Police Law Blog

‘The case of R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police & Information Commissioner [2020] EWCA Civ 1058 (handed down on 11 August 2020) was an appeal from what is said to have been the first claim brought before a court anywhere on planet earth concerning the use by police of automated facial recognition (“AFR”) technology. There could be nothing wrong with posting scores of police officers with eidetic memories to look out for up to a 800 wanted persons at public gatherings. So why not use a powerful computer, capable of matching 50 faces a second with a database of (under) 800 suspects, to do this job much more cheaply and instantaneously, flagging any matches to a human operator for final assessment? According to the Court of Appeal in Bridges, this system constitutes an interference with Article 8 rights which is not such as is in accordance with the law, but which (critically) would be proportionate if a sufficiently narrow local policy were framed.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 11th August 2020

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