Breathing life into statistics: stories of racism within the criminal justice system – OUP Blog

‘You don’t need to look far to see how recent events have put the issue of racial inequality in the criminal justice system front and centre. The Black Lives Matter movement has brought the issue of institutional racism to the forefront of the public’s consciousness, kickstarting conversations and spurring communities into action to confront this inequality head on. This shift must be reflected in educational resources, and many textbooks in the field of criminology will be updated with statistics, news clippings, and quotes from prominent figures charged with reform in this area.’

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OUP Blog, 21st February 2022

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SmartWater: The forensic spray helping keep women safe – BBC News

‘The first person in the UK has been convicted and jailed for domestic abuse after being sprayed with SmartWater – a forensic liquid which shows up under ultraviolet light. The technology is being trialled by police forces in the hope of keeping women safe.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2022

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Jimmy Prout murder: Brother welcomes review news – BBC News

‘A review into the brutal death of a vulnerable man who was tortured and murdered six years ago is due to be finished within weeks, a council said.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2022

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Nightingale court tells parents of victim of alleged rape there is no room for them at trial – The Giuardian

Posted February 14th, 2022 in children, courts, families, Ministry of Justice, news, police, rape, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The parents of a schoolgirl who has accused a stranger of rape have been told by police that there is not enough space in a Nightingale court for them to attend the alleged attacker’s trial.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2022

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Failure to remove’ claims: some further developments – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Stagg analyses the latest rulings of relevance to “failure to remove” claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th February 2022

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Raising a criminal case in the civil courts – St John’s Chambers

‘Allegations of criminal behaviour are normally tried in the criminal courts. But where a crime is either not prosecuted, or cannot be proved beyond reasonable doubt, the question may end up being tried in a civil court, even where the allegation is as serious as it could be, such as murder. This may cause difficulties where the evidence relied upon has been obtained by a third party, such as a police force whether in England or abroad, and the claimant is not in a position to give a detailed account of the allegation until that evidence is available.’

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St John's Chambers, 1st February 2022

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Sir Keir Starmer in the clear over office beer – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2022 in coronavirus, news, police, political parties by tracey

‘Durham police have investigated and said no offence was committed when the Labour leader was filmed having a drink indoors in April 2021.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2022

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Woman takes legal action after Met officer who called her ‘hot’ keeps job – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2022 in abuse of position of trust, news, police, professional conduct, women by tracey

‘A woman is taking legal action against the Metropolitan police after a detective who told her she was “amazingly hot” while investigating her attack kept his job.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2022

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Essex concrete mixer death: Father mounts High Court challenge – BBC News

‘The father of a man found dead in a concrete mixer has claimed he may have been “deliberately killed”, the High Court heard.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2022

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Child sexual exploitation victims tell of abuse followed by blame – The Guardian

‘A report from the Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has found “extensive failures” in the way child sexual exploitation by criminal gangs is tackled.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2022

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Rastafarian woman humiliated by police strip order – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2022 in compensation, custody, news, police, religious discrimination, wrongful arrest by sally

‘The case of a Rastafarian woman who was sat naked in a police cell shows officers need greater understanding of minority groups, ex-senior officers have said.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2022

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Met Police told to ‘publicly commit’ to being anti-racist organisation after report uncovers racism, misogyny and harassment – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2022 in bullying, harassment, London, news, police, racism, reports by sally

‘The Metropolitan Police has been told to “publicly” commit to being an anti-racist organisation after a string of investigations uncovered evidence of bullying, racism and misogyny within its ranks.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2022

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Domestic abuse: average of 669 child protection referrals a day last year – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2022 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, police, social services by sally

‘Police made an average of 669 child protection referrals to social services every day last year because of incidents of domestic abuse across England and Wales, a new analysis has disclosed.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2022

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Is “Perception-Based Recording” for hate crime compatible with freedom of speech? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In R (Harry Miller) v The College of Policing [2021] EWCA Civ 1926, the Court of Appeal ruled that current police guidance on the recording of ‘hate incidents’ unlawfully interferes with the right to freedom of expression. The decision overturns a 2020 ruling by the High Court in which Mr Miller’s challenge to the lawfulness of the Hate Crime Operational Guidance was dismissed (discussed previously on this Blog here).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th January 2022

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Met Police seeks limits to Sue Gray No 10 parties report – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2022 in coronavirus, government departments, inquiries, news, parliament, police, reports by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police has asked senior civil servant Sue Gray to make “minimal reference” to events they are investigating in her report.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2022

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Dylan Scanlon: Death of Oldham boy, 5, is focus of review – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2022 in child abuse, child neglect, news, police, social services, standards by sally

‘The death of a five-year-old boy in Oldham at the end of last year is being reviewed, a council has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2022

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Coroner’s report identifies ‘basic investigative failings’ in Stephen Port probe – The Independent

Posted January 27th, 2022 in inquests, murder, news, police, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘Families of the four victims of serial killer Stephen Port have welcomed a coroner’s report that identifies several areas of concern over the bungled investigations into their deaths.’

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The Independent, 26th January 2022

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Anger over referral of vulnerable boy, 11, to counter-radicalisation scheme – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2022 in children, complaints, news, police, special educational needs, terrorism by sally

‘An 11-year-old schoolboy who was struggling with his homework was referred to the Prevent counter-radicalisation programme after a fellow pupil reported him saying during a fire drill that he wished his school would burn down.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2022

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Activist deceived into relationship with Met officer wins £229,000 compensation – The Guardian

‘An environmental activist who was deceived into a two-year intimate relationship by an undercover police officer has been awarded £229,000 in compensation after winning a landmark legal case.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2022

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Met apologises to woman for ‘sexist, derogatory’ language in strip-search – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police have apologised and paid compensation to an academic for “sexist, derogatory and unacceptable language” used by officers about her when she was strip-searched.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2022

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