Grooming cases soar under new law, as police reveal 3,000 crimes against children as young as five in just a year – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 18th, 2018 in child abuse, internet, news, sexual grooming, statistics by sally

‘More than 3,000 offences of grooming children online for sex have been committed by paedophiles in only the first year since a new law on sexual communication was introduced last April, police have revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2018

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Commercial court litigants up by 22%, survey finds – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in choice of forum, Commercial Court, London, news, statistics by sally

‘London’s commercial courts were busier than ever last year, with a 22% rise in the number of litigants and 7% increase in the number of cases heard, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st May 2018

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The blame game: Getting divorced in the UK – BBC News

Posted May 29th, 2018 in divorce, news, statistics by sally

‘Divorce lawyer drama The Split comes to a conclusion on Tuesday while, in the real world, a couple await the verdict in what has been described as the most significant divorce case of the century.’

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BBC News, 27th May 2018

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Self-harm and violent attacks hit record high in prisons across England and Wales – The Independent

Posted April 27th, 2018 in news, prisons, self-harm, statistics, violence by tracey

‘Self-harm and violent attacks have hit record levels in prisons across England and Wales as campaigners warn of a “system in crisis”. More than 11,600 prisoners harmed themselves in 2017 – a record high – and the number of separate incidents rose by 11 per cent to 44,600.’

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The Independent, 26th April 2018

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Steep rise in law firm closures and Compensation Fund payouts – Legal Futures

‘The number of law firms shut by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) increased by more than a third last year from 37 to 50, figures from the regulator’s annual review have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 24th April 2018

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Bar Council finds mixed picture of success for BME graduates getting BPTC places and pupillages – Legal Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in barristers, minorities, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The link between ethnicity and success on the Bar professional training course and in attaining pupillage is more nuanced than the big gap between white and non-white candidates presented by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the Bar Council has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd April 2018

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Criminal defence lawyers face “extinction” as profession unites to fight for justice system – Legal Futures

Posted April 18th, 2018 in criminal justice, legal representation, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales could become “extinct”, the Law Society has warned on the back of data showing that this is an increasingly ageing part of the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 17th April 2018

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Stop and search: How successful is the police tactic? – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2018 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘The claim: Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott told Radio 4’s Today programme there was no evidence the old “indiscriminate” stop and search regime was an effective tool when it came to tackling gun and knife crime.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2018

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Sexual offences on UK railways more than double in five years – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in news, railways, sexual offences, statistics, transport by sally

‘The number of sexual offences reported on Britain’s railways has more than doubled over the past five years, according to police. Across Britain’s railways, including the tube, there were 2,382 offences in 2017, compared with 1,049 reported in 2013, British Transport Police (BTP) figures show.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2018

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UK knife crime offenders getting longer jail sentences – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2018 in news, offensive weapons, sentencing, statistics by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice figures, which come amid concern about a surge in knife violence, particularly in London, show that the average custodial sentence handed down has risen by 2.2 months over the past decade to 7.5 months in 2017, with conviction for a knife or weapon offence now more likely to result in some form of custodial sentence.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2018

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Fluctuating hate crime figures prompt CPS and police to reexamine cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Crown Prosecution Service is working with six police forces to reexamine their hate crime cases to see if the correct decisions were taken following a significant drop in referrals, the director of public prosecutions has revealed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th March 2018

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Reported cases of FGM rise sharply in UK yet still no court convictions – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2018 in female genital mutilation, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘When detective chief inspector Leanne Pook began investigating allegations that a father in Bristol had allowed his six-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation, she hoped the case – the second to reach court – could go on to make legal history. It has been more than three decades since FGM was made illegal in the UK, but there is yet to be a successful prosecution. The first case, in 2015, resulted in an NHS doctor being acquitted in less than 30 minutes.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2018

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Domestic abuse still under-reported in England, says Women’s Aid – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2018 in domestic violence, news, statistics by sally

‘Domestic abuse is still underreported in England despite a recent rise in offences recorded by police, according to a report by Women’s Aid.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2018

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Crackdown on mobile phones at the wheel has cut number offences by half – Daily Telegraph

‘A crackdown on mobile phone use at the wheel has cut the number of offences by half, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2018

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Child sex crime accusations reach record high, says charity – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 21st, 2018 in child abuse, news, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘The number of alleged child sexual crimes reported to police has reached a record high, a leading charity has warned. Forces in the UK recorded 64,667 sexual offences allegedly perpetrated against victims aged under 18 in 2016/17, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th February 2018

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Number of child sexual abuse victims in Rotherham raised to 1,510 – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2018 in child abuse, news, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘The number of children believed to have been sexually exploited in Rotherham has been raised to 1,510, in the first official increase in the figure since the scandal erupted four years ago.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2018

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Police failing to record thousands of crimes, including rape – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2018 in crime, news, police, rape, reports, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘Thousands of reported crimes including rape and domestic abuse are going unrecorded by police, a watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

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Thousands of crimes going unrecorded by three police forces – BBC News

Posted February 15th, 2018 in crime, news, police, reports, statistics by sally

‘Three English police forces are failing to record thousands of reported crimes each year, new reports have found.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2018

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Number of drivers prosecuted for using a mobile phone at the wheel plummets amid ‘decline in traffic officers’ – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2018 in news, police, prosecutions, road traffic offences, statistics, telecommunications by tracey

‘The number of people found guilty of using a mobile phone at the wheel has plummeted, prompting warnings from the RAC that a drop in traffic officers means fewer offenders are being caught.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2018

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Tasers used 58 times in mental health settings – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in mental health, news, police, statistics, weapons by sally

‘Police drew, aimed or fired Tasers in mental health hospitals, wards, and clinics 58 times in the first six months of figures being recorded.’

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BBC News, 1st February 2018

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