Council prosecution sees property owner fined £18k over Japanese knotweed – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 10th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, nuisance, prosecutions, trees by sally

‘A Bristol property owner has been fined £18,000 for allowing the spread of Japanese knotweed, after what is thought to be one of the first prosecutions nationally using the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to tackle the issue.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2018

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Exposing rogue landlords: ‘The deck feels stacked against tenants’ – The Guardian

‘Simon Goodley explains how the Guardian uncovered the secret world of convicted landlords who continue to operate – and exploit – with impunity.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2018

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Hillsborough police chief to face 95 manslaughter charges after judge rejects bid to halt prosecution – The Independent

‘The former chief superintendent of South Yorkshire Police is to stand trial for the manslaughter of 95 fans at Hillsborough after an attempt to halt the case failed.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2018

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Prosecutions of parents for child cruelty and neglect double in five years – Daily Telegraph

‘The number of parents prosecuted for child cruelty or neglect has doubled to almost 17,000 in the past five years amid concerns over rising drug and alcohol misuse and mental ill health, police figures reveal today.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2018

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VIP ‘paedophile ring’ accuser to face trial in March – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2018 in child abuse, fraud, news, perverting the course of justice, prosecutions, trials by sally

‘A 50-year-old man who claimed to be the victim of an alleged VIP paedophile ring in the 1970s and 1980s is to stand trial in March next year.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2018

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Doctors and teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2018 in consultations, doctors, forced marriages, news, notification, prosecutions, teachers by tracey

‘Doctors, nurses and teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage cases under plans being considered by the government. Ministers are weighing up the possibility of introducing a mandatory reporting duty to boost efforts to tackle the “hidden crime”. A Home Office consultation paper published this week seeks views on whether such a measure should be introduced, and if so, who it should apply to.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2018

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Rape victims’ mobile phones will not be seized ‘as a matter of course’, new director of public prosecutions says – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2018 in evidence, news, prosecutions, rape, search & seizure, victims by sally

‘Rape victims’ mobile phones will not be seized “as a matter of course” in criminal investigations, the new head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.’

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The Independent, 13th November 2018

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The challenges facing England’s new prosecution chief – BBC News

Posted November 14th, 2018 in budgets, Crown Prosecution Service, disclosure, evidence, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Max Hill QC takes up his role as head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the chief agency for conducting criminal prosecutions in England and Wales, at a hugely challenging time.’

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BBC News, 13th November 2018

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Information Commissioner called to investigate ‘antiquated and wrong’ demands for rape victims’ records – The Independent

Posted November 12th, 2018 in disclosure, evidence, news, police, privacy, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences, telecommunications by tracey

‘Campaigners are demanding a full investigation into “antiquated and wrong” demands for access to rape victims’ mobile phone data and personal records. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is considering widening an existing probe into the use of claimants’ information, amid claims that prosecutors are making increasingly intrusive demands.’

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The Independent, 11th November 2018

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Unauthorised works to listed building sees owner ordered to pay £80k – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 9th, 2018 in injunctions, listed buildings, monuments, news, planning, prosecutions by tracey

‘Horsham District Council and Historic England have successfully prosecuted a landowner for unauthorised works to a listed building and scheduled monument.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2018

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Do Hate Crime Laws Tackle Prejudice Or Are They Symbolic? – Rights Info

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in hate crime, news, prosecutions, racism, religiously aggravated offences, victims by sally

‘The government recently announced proposals to extend hate crime to cover hostility towards women, men and the elderly. But has the legal recognition of ‘hate’ actually helped to address prejudice and victim’s rights?’

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Rights Info, 1st November 2018

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Sisters Uncut protest over CPS handling of sex abuse victims’ sensitive data – The Guardian

‘Protesters have targeted the headquarters of the Crown Prosecution Service, demanding that the authorities stop making sexual abuse victims hand over reams of highly sensitive personal information before prosecuting their attackers.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2018

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CPS criticised as charges dropped over death of man in UK detention camp – The Guardian

‘The family of a man found dead in an immigration detention centre have reacted with fury to a decision to drop criminal charges against two private firms.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2018

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Terror investigations hit record high in UK as Islamists and far-right ‘feed each other’, police reveal – The Independent

Posted October 25th, 2018 in intelligence services, news, police, prosecutions, terrorism by tracey

‘The number of live terror investigations in the UK has hit a record of 700 as Islamists and the far-right “feed each other”, police have revealed.’

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The Independent, 24th October 2018

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SRA prosecutes solicitor for second time over same case – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is taking the unusual step of prosecuting a solicitor for the second time over the same issue.’

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Legal Futures, 19th October 2018

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Failure to disclose vital evidence in criminal cases growing, says watchdog – The Guardian

‘Failure to disclose vital evidence is the biggest single cause of miscarriages of justice and the problem is getting worse, the outgoing chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Judge rejects challenge to police decision on council conduct and criminal proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 9th, 2018 in criminal procedure, local government, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a decision by Thames Valley Police that, regarding the conduct of Oxfordshire County Council, there was insufficient evidence to meet the Crown Prosecution Service’s threshold so as to justify criminal proceedings against anyone.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th October 2018

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UK carers face fines and fraud charges because of overpaid benefit – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2018 in benefits, carers, fraud, news, prosecutions by sally

‘More than a thousand carers face being prosecuted for fraud as the government attempts to claw back overpayments to people who have been looking after sick and elderly relatives from the poorest communities, the Guardian has been told.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2018

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High Court to look at case of alleged Isis duo who may face execution in US – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2018 in death penalty, foreign jurisdictions, news, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘The British government’s decision to co-operate with US authorities over the prosecution of two alleged Islamic State executioners without assurances that they will not face the death penalty, is to be challenged in the high court on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2018

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Rape complainants’ lawyers to challenge CPS over dropped cases – The Guardian

‘Lawyers for rape complainants who have been “failed” by the criminal justice system are preparing to launch a legal challenge against the Crown Prosecution Service, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2018

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