Justice Secretary announces ambitious first steps in overhaul of Parole Board – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 30th, 2018 in disclosure, parole, press releases, reasons, victims by tracey

‘The findings of the urgent review of parole processes have been published by Justice Secretary David Gauke today, alongside a package of ambitious reforms.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

New taskforce to take action against violent crime – Home Office

Posted April 27th, 2018 in crime prevention, drug trafficking, press releases, violence by tracey

‘Home Secretary announces membership of new cross-party taskforce to take action against violent crime.’

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Home Office, 25th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Police officer who stole drugs ordered to repay £135,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A police officer who stole and sold the illegal drugs he was meant to dispose of has been ordered to pay back more than £135,000.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Barristers respond to government announcement on diversity of judges – The Bar Council

Posted April 27th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘In response to the Ministry of Justice’s announcement that they will be funding a new programme of Pre-Application Judicial Education to both educate and boost diversity within the judiciary, Robin Allen QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, said: “The Bar Council believes profoundly in equality under and before the law. So it is delighted by the Lord Chancellor’s announcement today that the MOJ will commit funding for a programme of pre-appointment education for prospective applicants for judicial office of all kinds. We see this as a really positive step towards improving judicial diversity which is so urgently needed and so important.”‘

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The Bar Council, 26th April 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Former Salvation Army members jailed for sexual abuse in 70s and 80s – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 26th, 2018 in press releases, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘Three men have today jailed for sexually abusing young female members of the Salvation Army in Blackpool in the 1970s and 1980s.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Man jailed for setting his neighbour alight – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in attempted murder, attempts, murder, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who doused his neighbour with petrol and set her alight has been jailed for 19 years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Men jailed for taking £1million as part of pension fund fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in fraud, pensions, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Two men who tricked investors into transferring their pensions to a fake scheme before spending almost £1million of the funds have been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Man who sexually abused 6 year old girl jailed for longer after Solicitor General intervenes in case – Attorney General’s Office

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in appeals, child abuse, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A man who sexually abused a 6 year old girl has had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, appealed it for being too low.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 20th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

BSB publishes a new guide for barristers working with vulnerable immigration clients – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published an online guide to assist immigration barristers when they work closely with vulnerable clients. The new resource will help immigration barristers to identify, assess and manage vulnerability as well as help them to meet their regulatory and other legal duties.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th April 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Gang members jailed for modern slavery – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Two London gang members who trafficked a teenage girl to Swansea to deal heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Former church minister jailed for historical sex offences – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 13th, 2018 in child abuse, clergy, guilty pleas, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former church minister has been jailed for historical sex offences committed over a period of 22 years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Family convicted of forced labour and modern slavery – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Members of a Slovakian family have today (10 April) been convicted of trafficking people into the United Kingdom and forcing them to work for little or no pay.
Five members of the Newcastle-based Rafael family were found guilty of the systematic exploitation of homeless, unemployed and vulnerable people from Eastern Europe following a trial at Teesside Crown Court. Two further family members pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Home Secretary to launch Serious Violence Strategy – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd today sets out a multi-million pound commitment to steering young people away from crime and tackling violent drug-dealing gangs.’

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Home Office, 9th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Benefits fraudster ordered to pay back £190,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 9th, 2018 in benefits, fraud, press releases, proceeds of crime, repayment by tracey

‘A woman who was jailed for making false benefit claims – including lying that she needed 24-hour care – has been ordered to pay back £189,725 to the taxpayer.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Woman who invented dead husband in Grenfell Tower fraud jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 9th, 2018 in fraud, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who pretended to be the widow of a Grenfell Tower victim so she could claim money and accommodation has been jailed for fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Home Office announces plans for Offensive Weapons Bill to tackle serious violence – Home Office

Posted April 9th, 2018 in bills, offensive weapons, press releases by tracey

‘A ban on the sale of the most dangerous corrosive products to under-18s and tough restrictions on online sales of knives were announced today (Sunday 8 April) by the Home Office.’

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Home Office, 8th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Sheffield man jailed for longer for disability hate crime after Solicitor General’s action – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 29th, 2018 in assault, gangs, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Shakaiyah Swindells, who was part of a Sheffield trio who assaulted and imprisoned a vulnerable victim has had his sentence increased.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Former private school teacher jailed for longer for sexual abuse – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 29th, 2018 in child abuse, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences, teachers by tracey

‘A former private boarding school teacher who sexually abused 4 of his pupils has had his sentence increased.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Statement from the Justice Secretary on judgment re: John Worboys – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 29th, 2018 in consultations, disclosure, parole, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Statement from the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, David Gauke, in response to today’s judgment.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline on terrorism offences – Sentencing Council

Posted March 28th, 2018 in press releases, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘New sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences have been published today, marking the first time that comprehensive guidance has been produced for courts in England and Wales. The guidelines have been introduced to deal with the changing nature of terrorist offending and to ensure that courts have the guidance they need to deal with these serious and difficult cases, punishing offenders and disrupting their activities.’

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Sentencing Council, 28th March 2018

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk