The Serious Crime Bill receives Royal Assent – Home Office

Posted November 1st, 2007 in bills, crime, police, press releases by sally

“The Serious Crime Bill has received Royal Assent today (30 October), providing police with strong powers to crack down on serious crime.”

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Home Office press release, 30th October 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Jurors consider De Menezes verdict – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, juries, news, police by sally

“A jury today (31 October) retired to consider its verdict in the trial of the Metropolitan police over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2007

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Police ordered to destroy decades-old petty crime records – The Independent

Posted November 1st, 2007 in criminal records, news, police, young offenders by sally

“Four police forces in England and Wales have been ordered to destroy criminal records of minor offences committed by teenagers who have gone on to lead unblemished adult lives but claim they are still being punished for their past misdemeanours.”

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The Independent, 1st November 2007

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Interviews with abusers examined – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2007 in child abuse, news, police by sally

“Child abuse experts at a new specialist police unit will study hundreds of hours of interviews with paedophiles to find out how they think and behave.”

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BBC News, 30th October 2007

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Austin and Another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Posted October 30th, 2007 in demonstrations, law reports, police, public order by sally

Police had good defence to unlawful detention claim

Austin and Another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Court of Appeal

“It was lawful only in extreme and exceptional circumstances for the police to contain demonstrators and members of the public caught up in that demonstration who themselves did not appear to be about to commit a breach of the peace. Containment was lawful only where it was necessary to prevent others from committing an imminent breach of the peace and there was no other way to achieve that.”

The Times, 29th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Brown’s talk of civil rights marks move to regain voters’ trust – The Independent

Posted October 26th, 2007 in constitutional law, freedom of information, news, police, powers of entry by sally

“A shake-up of Britain’s secrecy laws and those powers enabling police to enter the home has been ordered by the Prime Minister as part of sweeping changes to the constitution.”

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The Independent, 26th October 2007

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Eight out of ten CCTV images offer no help in solving crimes – The Times

Posted October 22nd, 2007 in closed circuit television, news, police by sally

“Eight images out of ten supplied to the police from closed-circuit television do not help to identify criminals, according to a Home Office report published yesterday.”

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The Times, 20th October 2007

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Crime figures show decline – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2007 in crime, news, police, statistics by sally

“Crime recorded by the police in England and Wales fell by 7% in the 12 months to June, according to Home Office figures published today.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2007

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Austin and another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – WLR Daily

Posted October 18th, 2007 in demonstrations, law reports, police, public order by sally

Austin and another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

“In extreme and exceptional circumstances it was lawful for the police to contain demonstrators and members of the public caught up in that demonstration even though they themselves did not appear to be about to commit a breach of the peace, where it was necessary to prevent an imminent breach of the peace by others, and no other means would achieve that.”

WLR Daily, 18th October 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note: once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Action on alcohol-related criminal behaviour – Home Office

Posted October 17th, 2007 in alcohol abuse, news, police by sally

“Binge drinkers arrested for alcohol-related offences in four areas across the country may be compelled by police to face up to the consequences of their drinking after they have been arrested, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced today.”

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Home Office press release, 16th October 2007

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Sex attacker preyed on women for four years after blunder – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2007 in DNA, news, police, sexual offences by sally

“A serial sex attacker who remained free to terrorise women for four years because of a police DNA blunder was jailed for life yesterday. Mark Campbell, 38, from Chichester, West Sussex, was convicted of six attacks, including two rapes, which began in February 1998 and ended in August 2004.”

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The Guardian, 16th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Armed police call-outs ‘rising’ – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2007 in firearms, news, police by sally

“The number of call-outs of armed police has increased by more than 50% in a decade, figures show.”

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BBC News, 14th October 2007

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‘No corruption’ in Lawrence case – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2007 in corruption, news, police by sally

“Claims that the first police probe into the murder of black 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was hindered by a corrupt officer are unfounded, a watchdog says.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2007

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Victory for journalist as ‘bent cop’ libel is rejected – The Times

Posted October 12th, 2007 in defamation, news, police by sally

“A journalist who suggested that a former police officer may be corrupt was cleared of libel in the Court of Appeal yesterday.”

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The Times, 12th October 2007

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Asian detective was victimised by Met bosses, tribunal finds – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2007 in news, police, race discrimination, victimisation by sally

“An Asian detective yesterday said his career in the Metropolitan police was over after it was revealed an employment tribunal had found he had been victimised by his bosses.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2007

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Stun guns “safe”, study suggests – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2007 in news, police, weapons by sally

“Taser stun guns used by the police for law enforcement are safe – the injury rate is low and most injuries appear to be minor, a US study finds.”

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BBC News, 8th October 2007

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Police resign over knife murder – The Times

Posted October 8th, 2007 in negligence, news, police by sally

“Two police officers were forced to resign last night over their failure to investigate a knife attack on a young father who was later murdered by one of a gang of his tormentors.”

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The Times, 6th October 2007

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Police tribunal over killing case – BBC News

Posted October 4th, 2007 in disciplinary procedures, news, police by sally

“Two detectives who investigated the stabbing of a young father months before he was murdered are facing a Met Police disciplinary hearing.”

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BBC News, 4th October 2007

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Armed police who shot Menezes ‘were warned of lethal tactics’ – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police, terrorism by sally

“The armed police who shot Jean Charles de Menezes were briefed hours beforehand that they would be using ‘unusual’ lethal tactics and would only be deployed if officers on the ground believed they were dealing with a suicide bomber who was ‘deadly’ and ‘up for it’, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.”

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The Independent, 3rd October 2007

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Met’s Menezes trial due to start – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police, terrorism by sally

“The trial of the Metropolitan Police over the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes is due to begin.”

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BBC News, 1st October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk