Van Colle and Another v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary – Times Law Reports

Posted May 10th, 2007 in law reports, police, witnesses by sally

Police failed to protect life of prosecution witness at risk

Van Colle and Another v. Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary 

Court of Appeal

“Police who failed to take appropriate action to protect a vulnerable prosecution witness, when they should have known there was a risk to his life, were in breach of their duty for which they were liable in damages.”

The Times, 10th May 2007

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New rules on terror leaks urged – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2007 in civil servants, news, police, terrorism by sally

“Officials and police should be subject to new rules covering media briefings on anti-terrorism investigations, human rights organisation Liberty has said.” 

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BBC News, 8th May 2007

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Privacy watchdog slams EU-wide sharing of police data – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 30th, 2007 in data protection, EC law, news, police by sally

“Europe’s privacy watchdog has expressed ‘grave concern’ about a proposal to share personal information between police forces across Europe, calling it a ‘lowest common denominator approach that would hinder the fundamental rights of EU citizens’.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th April 2007

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Police lose fight over witness murder – The Times

Posted April 25th, 2007 in news, police, witnesses by sally

“Police forces face a multi-million-pound bill for establishing witness protection schemes after senior judges ruled yesterday that they are legally bound to ensure the safety of witnesses. Sir Anthony Clarke, the Master of the Rolls, found that the right to life enshrined in the Human Rights Act required police forces to protect vulnerable witnesses in criminal cases.”

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The Times, 25th April 2007

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Judges say police must protect witnesses – The Times

Posted April 24th, 2007 in news, police, witnesses by sally

“Senior judges have upheld a landmark ruling that forces police across the country have to take legal responsibility for the protection of their witnesses.”

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The Times, 24th April 2007

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Police lose appeal over witness murder – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2007 in news, police, witnesses by sally

“A police force lost a Court of Appeal challenge today over a landmark ruling that it failed to protect a witness murdered just days before he was due to give evidence.”

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The Independent, 24th April 2007

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Police to be able to question suspects after charge – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2007 in news, police, terrorism by sally

“Police are to be given new powers to continue questioning suspects after they have been charged, the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2007

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Regina v. Hardy – Times Law Reports

Posted April 12th, 2007 in computer crime, law reports, police, sentencing by sally

Jail for unlawful computer access

Regina v. Hardy

Court of Appeal

“Police officers had to realise that accessing the police national computer for an improper purpose was an offence that required an immediate prison sentence.”

The Times, 12th April 2007

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