Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2020 in child abuse, internet, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘More than half of online grooming offences recorded under a law that made it illegal to send sexual messages to children were committed on Facebook-owned apps, figures reveal.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

29,000 claims a year despite 50 years since Equal Pay Act – The Guardian

‘A consistently high number of workers are alleging that their employers are illegally paying them less than colleagues in similar roles, according to research released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2020

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Alarm over five suicides in six days at prisons in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2020 in coronavirus, death in custody, mental health, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘Five suicides have been recorded in prisons in England and Wales in just six days, the Guardian understands, fuelling fears that a highly restrictive regime in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus is having a devastating impact on inmates.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2020

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CQC under fire from care home body for failing to report true death toll to ministers – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2020 in care homes, coronavirus, elderly, news, notification, statistics by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been accused of failing to alert ministers to the mounting death toll caused by the coronavirus crisis, despite having access to daily information about deaths.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2020

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BAME people fined more than white population under coronavirus laws – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2020 in coronavirus, fines, news, penalties, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in England are 54% more likely to be fined under coronavirus rules than white people, it can be revealed.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2020

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Officers ‘wary’ as spit attacks rise in coronavirus pandemic – BBC News

‘Spitting attacks on police may be behind a national rise in assaults on emergency workers during lockdown, officials have said.’

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BBC News, 23rd May 2020

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Campaigners in legal threat over “failure to collect data on deaths of those with learning disabilities and autism during COVID-19” – Local Government Lawyer

‘Disability campaigners have sent a letter before action to five public bodies over what they say has been a failure to mandate the collection and publication of data on the deaths of people with learning disabilities and autism during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st May 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

England and Wales face backlog of 40,000 criminal cases due to coronavirus – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2020 in coronavirus, courts, criminal justice, delay, news, remote hearings, statistics by sally

‘The criminal justice system in England and Wales is facing a backlog of 40,000 criminal cases, which will not be solved even if all crown courts are brought into service under physical distancing rules, the Criminal Bar Association has warned.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2020

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Hundreds prosecuted for coronavirus-related attacks on emergency workers – The Guardian

‘More than 300 prosecutions for assaults on police and emergency workers were completed during the first month of lockdown, the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill QC, has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2020

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Anxiety among aspiring solicitors has “skyrocketed” – Legal Futures

Posted May 20th, 2020 in charities, coronavirus, mental health, news, paralegals, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Anxiety among aspiring solicitors has “skyrocketed” as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, a survey has found, with 75% of trainees and paralegals expecting it to lead to “significant job losses at my level of seniority”.’

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Legal Futures, 20th May 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Watchdog reveals 8.8m attempts to access online child abuse in April – The Guardian

‘Nearly 9m attempts to access child sexual abuse material online were made in the UK last month during the coronavirus lockdown, according to an internet watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2020

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Is it really true that Covid-19 is the virus that does not discriminate? – Park Square Barristers

Posted May 19th, 2020 in coronavirus, employment, minorities, news, statistics by sally

‘Well that is what we have repeatedly been told by politicians and various medical and scientific advisers. However, statistical evidence shows to the contrary and that if you are BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) then you are up to 4 times more likely to die after contracting the Coronavirus, making it clear that this is far from a level playing field.’

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Park Square Barristers, 14th May 2020

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Making defendants state nationality is ‘racialising’ UK courts – report – The Guardian

‘The impartiality of the criminal justice system is being undermined by the requirement that defendants declare their nationality at the start of proceedings, a report into the legislation has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2020

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Coronavirus: 14,000 lockdown-breach fines imposed – BBC News

‘Police in England and Wales have issued more than 14,000 fines for alleged breaches of lockdown laws.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2020

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CPS announces review findings for first 200 cases under coronavirus laws – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Prosecutors have reviewed more than 200 finalised cases under the coronavirus legislation up to the end of April, with any incorrect charges withdrawn and overturned.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th May 2020

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Covid-19 “exacerbating” inequality in profession – Legal Futures

‘Women lawyers are worried that the coronavirus crisis is exacerbating inequalities in the profession, with the pandemic hitting them hard, a survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 15th May 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Plans for early prisoner release shelved by government – BBC News

Posted May 11th, 2020 in coronavirus, early release, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘Proposals to release some offenders from prison earlier than planned have been shelved by the government.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2020

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Surge in stalking victims seeking help during UK lockdown – The Guardian

Posted May 11th, 2020 in coronavirus, harassment, internet, news, police, stalking, statistics by sally

‘Stalking support services and police forces have recorded a surge in perpetrators turning to online tactics to harass their victims during the coronavirus lockdown.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2020

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Police urged to justify use of stun guns against black men – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police and the Greater Manchester force have been urged to make clear whether or not the use of stun guns against black men by officers this week was proportionate and reasonable.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2020

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Coronavirus: UK detention centres ’emptied in weeks’ – BBC News

Posted May 7th, 2020 in coronavirus, detention, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of people held in UK immigration removal centres has dropped by more than two thirds during the pandemic, figures reveal.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk