Police may be given power to take DNA samples in the street – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2007 in DNA, news, police by sally

“The Home Office is considering giving the police the power to take a DNA sample on the street, without taking the suspect to a police station, as well as taking samples from suspects in relatively minor offences such as littering, speeding or not wearing a seat belt.”

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2007

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Police chief singled out over De Menezes shooting – The Independent

Posted August 1st, 2007 in news, police by sally

“Two years after police shot dead the innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, it finally appeared that some criticism would be levelled at the authorities last night, after the apparent leak of an official report into the incident.”

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The Independent, 1st August 2007

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Police want mobile jail cells to deal with protesters – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2007 in detention, news, police by sally

“The police are pressing to be allowed to use mobile holding cells to deal with major protests at defence bases and to set up short-term jails to deal with football hooligans at sports grounds.”

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The Guardian, 1st August 2007

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One in 15 top police under investigation – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2007 in news, police by sally

“Almost one in 15 senior police officers in England and Wales is being investigated over criminal or disciplinary offences, The Observer can reveal. The Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) said that 100 of its members are under investigation for claims ranging from high-level corruption to harassment.”

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The Observer, 29th July 2007

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Chief constable has the law on his side after qualifying as a barrister – The Times

Posted July 24th, 2007 in barristers, news, police by sally

“Britain’s highest-ranking black police officer, Chief Constable Michael Fuller, will be called to the Bar today.”

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The Times, 24th July 2007

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Should the police be reporting for jury duty? – The Times

Posted July 24th, 2007 in juries, news, police by sally

“Three cases will ask if they have too much influence on decisions.”

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The Times,  24th July 2007

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Levy looks to sue police over wrongful arrest – Daily Telegraph

“The three main suspects officially cleared yesterday of any wrongdoing in the cash for honours investigation are considering retaliatory action against the police as the backlash began against Scotland Yard’s conduct of the marathon inquiry.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2007

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Police to be allowed wider use of Tasers – Reuters

Posted July 20th, 2007 in news, police, weapons by sally

“Police officers will be able to use Taser stun guns on members of the public in a wider range of circumstances from Friday, the Home Office said.”

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Reuters, 19th July 2007

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Corporate killing law to include police and prisons as Government admits defeat – The Times

Posted July 19th, 2007 in corporate manslaughter, news, police, prisons by sally

“Prisons and police authorities will be liable for prosecution over deaths of people held in custody after a final defeat of the Government over the scope of new corporate manslaughter laws.”

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The Times, 19th July 2007

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Director of Public Prosecutions v. Lawrence – WLR Daily

Posted July 19th, 2007 in codes of practice, evidence, law reports, police by sally

Director of Public Prosecutions v. Lawrence

“The provisions of Code C of the Codes of Practice under s 66 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 were not directed to what a defendant was alleged to have said as part of the conduct constituting the alleged crime but to what a defendant was alleged to have said on or after arrest.”

WLR Daily, 16th July 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.

Police gain data protection exemption for London surveillance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 19th, 2007 in data protection, news, police by sally

“Police in London have been granted exemption from the Data Protection Act to track the city’s motorists. The Home Office has granted The Metropolitan Police full, real time access to surveillance footage from London’s congestion system cameras.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th July 2007

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Bigger police budget has ‘little impact’ on crime – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2007 in crime, news, police by sally

“Increases in police funding over the past decade have had almost no impact on crime rates, a committee of MPs concludes today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2007

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The enforcers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2007 in complaints, police, special report by sally

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission deals with the fall-out from such controversial incidents as the Menezes shooting in London. Jonathan Rayner meets the head of its legal team.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st June 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

De Menezes inquest delay ruling upheld – Reuters

Posted June 15th, 2007 in inquests, news, police by sally

“Senior judges have upheld a decision to delay the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead on a London train by police who believed he was a suicide bomber.”

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Reuters, 15th June 2007

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Regina (Kay) v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Posted June 13th, 2007 in law reports, police, public order, roads by sally

Monthly mass cycle rides require notice to police

Regina (Kay) v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Court of Appeal

“Because they followed no fixed route, monthly campaigning cycle rides through central London could not be considered commonly and customarily held processions and therefore the organisers were required to give the police prior notice of the names of organisers, date and start time and intended route.”

The Times, 13th June 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.

DNA database agreed for police across EU – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2007 in data protection, DNA, EC law, news, police by sally

“A battery of police data-sharing and electronic surveillance measures to tackle trans-national crime and immigration issues was agreed yesterday by governments in Europe, 15 of which also gave the green light to a scheme for the world’s biggest biometric system.”

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The Guardian, 13th June 2007

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Reid admits the police cannot take prints from terror suspects – The Times

Posted June 8th, 2007 in DNA, fingerprints, news, police, terrorism by sally

“Police are not allowed to take fingerprints or DNA samples from terrorism suspects held under control orders because of a loophole in antiterrorism laws, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Times, 8th June 2007

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Plan for police ‘stop and question’ powers dropped – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2007 in news, police, stop and search by sally

“Public outcry and a cabinet revolt over controversial plans to give the police “stop and question” powers have forced ministers to sideline the proposal days after it emerged.”

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The Guardian, 7th June 2007

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Met reveals £750k cash for honours inquiry bill – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2007 in news, peerages & dignities, police by sally

“Scotland Yard revealed yesterday that the police investigation into the cash-for-honours affair has cost more than £750,000 as two key figures were bailed again in connection with the allegations.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

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New concerns over right to detain travellers – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2007 in news, police, stop and search, terrorism by sally

“Civil liberty campaigners last night voiced fresh concerns over police and immigration counter-terrorism powers to question and detain for up to nine hours anyone travelling through a British airport, port or railway station.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk