Targets ‘distort crime recording’ – BBC News

Posted November 12th, 2007 in crime, news, police, statistics by sally

“Government pressure to meet targets for less serious crimes is forcing detectives off major investigations, a Police Federation report has claimed.”

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BBC News, 12th November 2007

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Government urged to investigate Lawrence inquiry leak – The Independent

Posted November 12th, 2007 in evidence, murder, news, police by sally

“Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, is under growing pressure to investigate the leaking of new evidence on the killing of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, just hours before a report criticised the head of the Metropolitan Police for obstructing an inquiry into the Stockwell shooting.”

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The Independent, 10th November 2007

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Lawrence leak ‘timed to eclipse de Menezes’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 12th, 2007 in evidence, murder, news, police by sally

“A barrister suggested yesterday that Scotland Yard might have leaked news about a breakthrough in the Stephen Lawrence murder case to deflect criticism from the report into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2007

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Call for probe into Lawrence leak – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2007 in evidence, murder, news, police by sally

“The lawyer representing the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has called for an inquiry into the release of fresh details of the investigation.”

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BBC News, 9th November 2007

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Met chief’s attempt to block investigation made bad situation worse, says IPCC – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police by sally

“Allies and opponents of Sir Ian Blair yesterday said they believed he would keep his job as Britain’s most senior police officer, despite an official report into the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes blaming him for exacerbating the damage caused to his force.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2007

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Regina v Abdroikov; Regina v Green; Regina v Williamson

Posted November 8th, 2007 in juries, law reports, legal profession, police by sally

Appearance of bias with prosecutor on jury

Regina v Abdroikov; Regina v Green; Regina v Williamson

House of Lords

“In certain circumstances, the inclusion of serving police officers and prosecuting lawyers on a jury might give the appearance that the defendant was not tried by an impartial and independent tribunal and therefore convictions might have to be quashed.”

The Times, 8th November 2007

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Watchdog releasing Menezes report – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2007 in firearms, news, police by sally

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission is due to publish its report into the fatal police shooting in 2005 of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.”

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BBC News, 8th November 2007

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Shot man’s family want law change – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2007 in inquests, news, police by sally

“The family of a man shot dead by police have urged the government to change the law so his inquest can proceed.”

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BBC News, 5th November 2007

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Police retain DNA of “petty crime suspects” – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 5th, 2007 in DNA, news, police by sally

“Suspects accused of trivial ‘crimes’ such as picking wild flowers or defacing coins can have their DNA stored for life on a national database, police guidelines reveal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2007

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Yard officer faces fresh criticism over De Menezes shooting – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police by sally

“The police chief who ran the operation that led to Jean Charles de Menezes being shot dead will be criticised by an official report which is to be released on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 5th November 2007

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Police ordered to delete old records of one-time cautions – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 2nd, 2007 in criminal records, data protection, news, police by sally

“Four English police forces have been ordered to delete criminal records because they have been kept for too long.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st November 2007

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Judge accused of child abuse “let off by police” – The Times

Posted November 2nd, 2007 in child abuse, judges, news, police by sally

“A chief constable is being investigated over his force’s dismissal of child abuse allegations against a judge.”

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The Times, 2nd November 2007

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Met chief urged to quit over shooting – The Times

Posted November 2nd, 2007 in firearms, health & safety, news, police by sally

“Britain’s most senior policeman was fighting to keep his job last night after his force was found guilty of catastrophic failures that led to the shooting dead of an innocent man.”

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The Times, 2nd November 2007

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Man charged with murdering PC Beshenivsky – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2007 in extradition, murder, news, police by sally

“One of two remaining suspects in the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky was last night charged with her murder after he was extradited back to Britain from Somalia after months of detective work, West Yorkshire police said.”

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2007

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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

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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

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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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