Legal system ‘beyond the point of collapse’ as three men avoid jail – BBC News

‘The legal system in England and Wales is “beyond the point of collapse”, according to a Crown Court judge. Judge Simon Carr gave three men suspended sentences instead of sending them to jail because of how long it had taken for the case to get to court.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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Justice secretary’s call for rape suspect anonymity ‘not government policy’, Downing Street says amid outrage – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2019 in anonymity, bills, news, police, prosecutions, rape by tracey

‘The new justice secretary has been heavily criticised after suggesting that suspected criminals of “good character” should be granted anonymity before charge.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2019

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CPS successfully prosecutes second major modern slavery case this month – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A father and son have today (29 July) been convicted for their roles in long-running conspiracy to exploit Eastern European workers they trafficked into the UK.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 29th July 2019

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Only 3% of rape claims in London result in convictions, study says – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2019 in London, news, police, privacy, prosecutions, rape, statistics, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘Only 3% of rape allegations in London result in convictions, a study has found, prompting the capital’s victims’ commissioner to call for an end to the “excessive intrusion into personal data” demanded when a person makes an allegation.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2019

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Victims of rape have only 1.4 per cent chance of the case being solved, new figures show – Daily Telegraph

‘Theft and rape are among ten offences where the chances of cases being solved has fallen to below one in 50 or two per cent, the lowest rates on record, an analysis of new Home Office figures reveals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2019

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Prosecutions against unsafe care homes and hospitals rise by one third – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 29th, 2019 in care homes, hospitals, news, penalties, prosecutions by sally

‘Prosecutions and other criminal enforcement actions against unsafe care homes and NHS hospitals have risen a third in a year, amid warnings of a growing crisis.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2019

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New Victims’ commissioner sparks row with prosecutors as she says policy of taking rape victims’ phones is being used to discredit them – Daily Telegraph

‘The new Victims’ Commissioner has sparked a row after accusing prosecutors and police of taking “irrelevant” personal information from rape victims’ phones that discredits them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2019

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‘Rape cases dropped’ over police phone search demands – BBC News

‘Rape and sexual assault complainants say police have stopped investigating their cases after they refused to reveal up to seven years of phone data.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2019

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MPs call for 10-year limit on prosecution of soldiers – The Guardian

‘A 10-year “qualified statute of limitations” should be introduced to protect veterans and serving armed forces personnel from reinvestigation for alleged crimes, MPs have said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2019

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Violence rockets as police solve 40,000 fewer crimes a year in deepening ‘crisis’ – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2019 in criminal justice, news, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘Violence has risen by 20 per cent in a year as the number of crimes solved plummeted by 40,000, new figures show amid warnings of a deepening “crisis” in the justice system.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2019

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Breast-ironing is abuse and could lead to prison term, says CPS – The Guardian

‘Relatives who “iron” a young girl’s chest with a hot stone or other objects to delay breast formation could face up to 10 years in prison, under new guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2019

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Paedophile spared jail after police and prosecutor blunders – Daily Telegraph

‘A paedophile has been spared jail after a judge claimed a series of mistakes from the police and prosecutors have allowed him to walk free.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th July 2019

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Police failing to solve crimes committed against elderly people, report finds – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2019 in criminal justice, elderly, news, police, prosecutions, reports, victims by tracey

‘Police are failing to solve crimes committed against elderly people and letting perpetrators walk free, watchdogs have warned. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate found that care for older victims was not good enough in more than half of cases examined.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2019

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Gay people being subjected to forced marriages in UK, police warn amid nationwide crackdown – The Independent

‘Gay people are being subjected to forced marriages to spouses of the opposite sex by families in the UK, police have warned amid a national crackdown.’

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The Independent, 16th July 2019

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Is waste crime the “new narcotics”? Why the conviction of Biffa is important to criminal and regulatory lawyers – Insights from Christopher Sykes – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted July 9th, 2019 in China, environmental protection, news, prosecutions, waste by sally

‘Crime and punishment are common fodder for British newspapers. Offences of violence, sex, and dishonesty are the usual (and depressing) themes for journalists in need of a headline. Last month, however, the Metro covered the trial of a more unusual suspect.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 4th July 2019

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FOI requests to 20 councils found more than half did not prosecute single letting agent over four-year period, landlords group claims – Local Government Lawyer

‘Local authorities are failing in their duty to prosecute rogue letting agents, the National Landlords Association has claimed after its research found that more than half of 20 councils did not prosecute a single letting agent in the four-year period from 2014/15 to 2017/18.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th July 2019

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Revenge porn victims being failed by outdated laws and policing – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2019 in news, pornography, prosecutions, sexual offences, victims, voyeurism by sally

‘Victims of image-based sexual abuse – such as upskirting, revenge porn and fake porn – are having their lives shattered amid outdated and ineffective laws and police inaction, a report reveals.’

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The Guardian, 1st July 2019

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Woman who kept older woman captive found guilty of slavery offences – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 27th, 2019 in forced labour, news, prosecutions, theft by tracey

‘A woman who kept a vulnerable older woman captive and stole her pension money has been found guilty of slavery offences. Maria Miller, 64, exploited the woman, who was in her 70s, after encouraging her to come and live with her at her Chingford home. Miller manipulated the victim to perform chores in both the charity shop she ran and in her home. She also sent the victim on the streets to collect money for her charity whilst she was emptying the victim’s bank account.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th June 2019

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Revenge porn and ‘cyber-flashing’ laws go under review – The Guardian

‘Victims of revenge porn may be given automatic anonymity in court under a government-initiated review of online harassment that could recommend criminalising “cyber-flashing” and “deepfake” images.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2019

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Southern Water faces prosecution after record £126m penalty – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2019 in compensation, fines, news, prosecutions, waste, water by sally

‘Southern Water faces prosecution by the Environment Agency after being handed a record £126m penalty by the water regulator over “shocking” failures at its sewage treatment sites.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2019

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