Cabinet revolt over stop and question plans – The Guardian

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

“A cabinet revolt has broken out over plans to give police extensive new powers to stop and question in the counter-terrorism bill, according to a letter circulated to cabinet members by the Northern Ireland secretary, Peter Hain, and largely endorsed by the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Suspects ‘denied’ lawyer access – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2007 in legal representation, news, police by sally

“Police are flouting rules to protect people in custody by denying suspects legal representation for ‘intelligence interviews’, lawyers have claimed.” 

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BBC News, 5th June 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Related link: BBC Law in Action: Police ‘intelligence interviews’

Brown ready to strengthen terror laws – The Times

Posted June 4th, 2007 in news, police, terrorism by sally

“Gordon Brown indicated yesterday that he will take a tough line with counter-terrorism laws as he unveiled plans to extend the powers of the police and courts.”

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The Times, 4th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Child protection chief slated in paedophile treatment row – The Independent

Posted June 4th, 2007 in child abuse, news, police, sexual offences by sally

“A police child protection chief at the centre of a row about how paedophiles should be dealt with yesterday stressed that child sex abuse will not be tolerated.”

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The Independent, 2nd June 2007

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Met to give Terror Act stop and search figures – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2007 in news, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

“Senior police officers in London revealed yesterday that they would be publishing a quarterly breakdown of stop and search figures for the first time in response to an outcry about ‘racist’ spot checking.”

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The Guardian, 1st June 2007

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Sex-offender computer system hits delay – The Independent

Posted May 29th, 2007 in criminal records, news, police, sexual offences by sally

“Moves to help police track sex offenders across the country have been delayed because of computer problems, prompting claims that public safety could be endangered as a result.”

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The Independent, 29th May 2007

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Minister’s plan for new stop-and-question powers takes senior officers by surprise – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2007 in news, police, stop and search, terrorism by sally

“Government plans for new police powers to stop and question people were greeted with a barrage of criticism yesterday, after it emerged that senior police officers had neither requested the change nor been consulted. The Home Office confirmed that the power would be included in a counterterrorism bill to be announced in early June. But the vehemence and breadth of criticism led Home Office ministers to signal a willingness to compromise after the idea was also attacked by MPs, civil liberties and Muslim groups as unnecessary and harmful.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Kay v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – WLR Daily

Posted May 25th, 2007 in law reports, police, public order, roads by sally

Kay v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

“Since no fixed route was followed the monthly mass cycle rides through central London could not be considered commonly or 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.”

WLR Daily, 21st May 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 may get power to evict bad neighbours – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2007 in news, police by sally

“Civil liberties and homelessness campaigners last night sharply criticised plans to give the police powers to ‘shut and seal’ all premises, including flats, pubs and clubs, generating yobbish behaviour.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2007

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7 July probe tactics criticised – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, police, terrorism by sally

“Police investigating the 7 July attacks on London have been criticised by the lawyer for Hasina Patel, the widow of suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan.” 

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BBC News, 16th May 2007

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Officers’ homophobia hampered murder investigations, says review – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2007 in homosexuality, news, police by sally

“Scotland Yard’s reaction to killings and attacks on gay, lesbian and transsexual people has historically been blighted by “institutional” homophobia, according to a report. A review of how detectives handled 10 murders of gay men or transsexuals says that in some cases inquiries were hampered by lack of knowledge, reliance on unfounded stereotypes and personal prejudices. Of the cases examined in a process sanctioned by the Met, four remain unsolved.”

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The Guardian, 15th May 2007

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Targets ‘force police to make ludicrous arrests’ – The Independent

Posted May 15th, 2007 in news, police by sally

“Frontline police called on the Government today to reverse the target-driven culture that has forced them to make ‘ludicrous’ decisions such as arresting a child for throwing cream buns.”

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The Independent, 15th May 2007

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Police ‘escape justice’ in Menezes death inquiry – The Independent

Posted May 14th, 2007 in news, police by sally

“Eleven police officers involved in the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician shot after being mistaken for a terrorist, will not face any disciplinary action.”

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The Independent, 12th May 2007

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Police officers in the clear over Tube shooting – The Times

Posted May 11th, 2007 in news, police by sally

“Police watchdogs have cleared Scotland Yard officers of any disciplinary offence over the Stockwell shooting but the senior woman in charge could still face action.”

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The Times, 11th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

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.

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

Source: www.out-law.com

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk