Drax: Legal action against power station owners dropped – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2023 in causation, employment, health & safety, industrial injuries, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A prosecution against the owners of the UK’s largest power station has been dropped by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it has been announced.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2023

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Underage sale of knives: sentencing guidelines published – Sentencing Council

Posted February 21st, 2023 in children, news, offensive weapons, prosecutions, sale of goods, sentencing by tracey

‘New sentencing guidelines for sentencing retailers including large organisations and individual shop owners convicted of selling knives to children in England and Wales were published today by the Sentencing Council following consultation.’

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Sentencing Council, 15th February 2023

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Four English councils bring half of legal actions for blue badge misuse – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2023 in disabled persons, fraud, local government, news, parking, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘Four councils are responsible for bringing more than half of the prosecutions in England for people abusing the use of disabled parking badges. Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that Lambeth, Birmingham, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Bromley carried out 54% of all legal cases for people misusing the blue badge system, for the year up to the end of March 2021.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2023

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Joint enterprise prosecutions to be monitored for racial bias – The Guardian

‘Joint enterprise prosecutions in England and Wales are to be monitored after a legal challenge from campaigners who argued it disproportionately targets black males and young men.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2023

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Spiking: Low conviction rate is shocking, say victims – BBC News

‘A student who suspects she was a victim of spiking has said the low conviction rate is shocking but not surprising.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2023

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Prosecutors drop attempted rape case against Mason Greenwood – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction” after key witnesses withdrew their cooperation from the investigation.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2023

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Police Receive Seven Reports Of So-Called Honour-Based Abuse A Day – Each Other

‘Between March 2021 and March 2022 there were 2,887 honour-based abuse-related (HBA) offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, the second consecutive rise in HBA-related offences. Approximately seven cases are reported every day. However, the Home Office says that these cases are likely to only represent a small proportion of the actual offences committed.’

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Each Other, 27th January 2022

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NHS trust failed in care of baby who died 23 minutes after birth – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2023 in birth, guilty pleas, hospitals, news, prosecutions, standards by sally

‘The mother of a baby girl who died in hospital 23 minutes after being born has said she was “failed in the most cruel way” by an NHS Trust that has admitted failings in their care.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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Tech bosses face jail if children not kept safe online after UK parliament deal – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2023 in amendments, bills, children, internet, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Tech executives whose platforms persistently fail to protect children from online harm will face criminal charges after ministers reached a deal with Conservative backbenchers.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2023

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Victims and families call for prosecutions as contaminated blood inquiry nears end – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2023 in bereavement, blood products, families, inquiries, news, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Victims and family members affected by the contaminated blood scandal are calling for criminal charges to be considered as the public inquiry into the tragedy draws to a close. While the inquiry, which will begin to hear closing submissions on Tuesday, cannot determine civil or criminal liability, people affected by the scandal are keen for the mass of documents and evidence accumulated over more than four years to be handed over to prosecutors to see whether charges can be brought.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2023

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Prosecution crisis ‘will deepen’ without fee increase, CBA chief warns – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Ministry of Justice has hailed the “significant progress” that has been made since the government published its landmark rape review action plan – however, the Criminal Bar Association has warned that complainants will continue to wait years for a trial unless prosecutors’ fees are increased.’

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Law Society's Gazette,15th December 2022

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Eight in 10 rape charges tried by UK military courts end without conviction – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in armed forces, courts martial, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘A scandal over sexual abuse in the submarine service has deepened as it emerged that eight in 10 rape charges tried by a military court martial over the past three years ended without conviction.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2022

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Court of Appeal rules on power to prosecute consumer offences outside local authority area – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 2nd, 2022 in appeals, local government, news, prosecutions, statutory interpretation by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling in conjoined appeals on the power of a local authority to prosecute consumer offences outside its area.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2022

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National blueprint for prosecuting rape takes a step closer with refreshed joint work pledge – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A blueprint for prosecuting rape and serious sexual offences has taken a significant step forward today – as new data reveals charge rates for rape have increased to 72.8%.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th October 2022

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In 2017 Daria Aspen told police her stepfather had raped her. Why did it take five years to even charge him? – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2022 in child abuse, delay, domestic violence, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Aspen hoped she could protect others from the man who had abused her as a child. She didn’t realise how slowly the case would move, or how many intrusive questions she would have to answer.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2022

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60 violent and sexual offence cases wrongfully dropped in past year, BBC discovers – BBC News

‘Violent and sexual crimes are among cases wrongfully dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in the past year.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2022

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Woman to sue CPS after rape case dropped over sexsomnia claims – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2022 in consent, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, sleepwalking by sally

‘A woman is suing the Crown Prosecution Service after it admitted her rape case should not have been dropped because of claims she had an episode of a rare sleep condition called sexsomnia.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2022

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‘Claims I had sexsomnia destroyed my rape case’ – BBC News

‘Jade McCrossen-Nethercott’s rape case was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) because of claims she had an episode of a rare sleep condition called “sexsomnia”. As a result, the CPS no longer believed they could secure a conviction. But Jade challenged the decision and spent months reinvestigating.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2022

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Dalian Atkinson’s family condemns justice system for six-year delay – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2022 in bereavement, delay, families, homicide, minorities, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘Dalian Atkinson’s family have criticised police for taking the life of their loved one and condemned the justice system for taking six years to complete criminal trials of officers involved.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2022

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Borough council prosecution secures £200k fine after metal object found in Krispy Kreme doughnut – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2022 in fines, food hygiene, health & safety, local government, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Melton Borough Council has prosecuted Krispy Kreme UK for three offences of food hygiene and safety after a sharp piece of metal was found in a doughnut.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th September 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk