Grenfell fire: When does causing offence become a crime? – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2018 in fire, freedom of expression, news, public order by sally

‘A video shared on social media of a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower being set alight by a laughing crowd has prompted outrage, condemnation and some difficult questions.’

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BBC News, 6th November 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hate crime linked to religion doubled in three years – Daily Telegraph

‘Hate crime has surged across the country, new figures have revealed, with those directed at people because of their religious beliefs doubling since 2015.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

London police force must act over excessive force claim, says court – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, news, police, public order, statutory duty by sally

‘The City of London police force has failed in an attempt to block disciplinary action against an officer who was accused of clubbing a student over the head and causing a life-threatening brain injury.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Urinating Newcastle man faces council football pitch ban – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2018 in news, public order, sport by sally

‘Amateur footballers who urinate on council-owned football pitches are being warned they could be banned from playing on them.’

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BBC News, 14th September 2018

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Sheffield tree protester guilty of obstructing PC – BBC News

‘An anti-tree felling campaigner has been convicted of obstructing police for failing to give his name and address when he was being arrested.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2018

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Public Order Offences Consultation – Sentencing Council

Posted May 31st, 2018 in consultations, Crown Court, magistrates, news, public order, sentencing by sally

‘The Sentencing Council has produced this consultation paper in order to seek views from as many people as possible interested in the sentencing of Public Order Act offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 9th May 2018

Source: consult.justice.gov.uk

Three fined for England rugby coach Eddie Jones abuse – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2018 in costs, fines, news, public order, sport, threatening behaviour by tracey

‘Three men have been fined for verbally abusing England rugby union coach Eddie Jones at a railway station.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New guidelines proposed for sentencing people convicted of public order offences – Sentencing Council

Posted May 9th, 2018 in press releases, public order, sentencing by tracey

‘Today, the Sentencing Council has published proposed new guidelines covering public order offences sentenced in England and Wales. In simple terms, these offences involve the use of or threat of violence by individuals or groups of people towards others usually in a public place. They span a wide range of offending from low-level disorderly behaviour, which comprise some of the highest volume offences seen by courts, to larger scale disorder such as football violence and up to major riots.’

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Sentencing Council, 9th May 2018

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

New law could be made against upskirting in the UK – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 25th, 2018 in news, photography, public order, sexual offences, voyeurism by sally

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke has signalled the Government could support creating a specific offence to deal with upskirting.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Battle of Orgreave: more unreleased police files uncovered – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in archives, demonstrations, miners, news, police, public order, select committees by tracey

‘Unreleased files about the Battle of Orgreave from five police forces, including a contemporaneous report by a chief constable on the policing of the miner’s strike, have been uncovered by the Commons home affairs committee.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Woman fined £120 after admitting leaving abusive note on ambulance – The Independent

Posted February 21st, 2018 in emergency services, fines, news, public order by tracey

‘A woman who admitted to leaving a foul-mouthed note on an ambulance has been fined £120.’

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The Independent, 20th February 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Transport secretary wins injunction to stop HS2 protesters – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2018 in demonstrations, injunctions, news, public order, railways by sally

‘The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been granted an injunction banning campaigners opposed to the construction of the HS2 line on an area of ancient woodland in west London from “unlawful protest” on the site.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

The limits of protest and free speech – Legal Action

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in abortion, demonstrations, freedom of expression, harassment, news, public order by sally

‘Steve Hynes discusses the controversy surrounding anti-abortion protests outside an abortion clinic in west London and its possible implications for human rights law.’

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Legal Action, November 2017

Source: www.lag.org.uk

Four fold increase in fines under ‘busybody charter’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A four-fold increase in the number of fines issued under the “busybody charter” has been described as “utterly alarming”, with councils cracking down on activities such as feeding birds, walking dogs and playing loud bhangra music.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ofcom bans Iman FM radio station over broadcasts of al-Qaida cleric – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in complaints, licensing, media, news, public order by tracey

‘A local radio station in Sheffield has been taken off air by Ofcom after it broadcast 25 hours of lectures by an alleged former al-Qaida leader.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Castlemorton Common: The rave that changed the law – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2017 in news, public order, travellers by sally

‘On a hot bank holiday weekend 25 years ago, 20,000 people descended on land in the shadow of the Malvern Hills. The word was spread by an answering machine message: “Right, listen up revellers. It’s happening now and for the rest of the weekend, so get yourself out of the house and on to Castlemorton Common… Be there, all weekend, hardcore.”‘

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BBC News, 28th May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Officials “exceeded powers” when barring demonstrators from entering court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 17th, 2017 in courts, demonstrations, HM Courts Service, news, public order by sally

‘Court officials exceeded their powers when they barred supporters of the founder of the Fathers 4 Justice pressure group from entering Aldershot Magistrates Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Fathers4 (Access2) Justice: Administrative Court ruling on the public’s right to attend court hearings and the Court Service’s limited powers of control – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 9th, 2017 in civil justice, courts, families, news, public order, trials by sally

‘On 20 February 2015 Matthew O’Connor, the Claimant in this judicial review and the founder of the campaign group Fathers4Justice, was due to go on trial at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court for a public order offence. He arrived at court with around ten of his supporters, but when they tried to gain entry to the court building they were prevented from doing so by HMCTS staff. Only the Claimant and his Mackenzie Friend were allowed to enter.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th February 2017

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Ticket inspector attack man jailed after train assault filmed – BBC News

Posted February 7th, 2017 in assault, news, public order, railways, sentencing by sally

‘A fare dodger who attacked a rail ticket inspector has been jailed for 15 weeks.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Naked gardener Robert Jenner denies 13 offences – BBC News

Posted February 7th, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, public order by sally

‘A man who carried out DIY tasks and gardening while naked was seen bending over in his garden wearing only his work boots, a court has heard.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk