Prisons: what’s gone wrong & how to fix it – Counsel

‘An abysmal mess? What our prisons tell us about our country today – by Nick Hardwick.’

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Counsel, February 2020

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Caroline’s Law: Calls For Stricter Laws Against Media Intrusion – Each Other

Posted February 18th, 2020 in human rights, media, news, privacy, suicide by sally

‘The death of TV presenter Caroline Flack has sparked calls for a stricter law to safeguard the human rights of people in the public eye.’

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Each Other, 17th February 2020

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Regulator Ofcom to have more powers over UK social media – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2020 in internet, news, ombudsmen, regulations, standards, suicide, young persons by sally

‘New powers will be given to the watchdog Ofcom to force social media firms to act over harmful content.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2020

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Jeremy Bamber lawyers say new evidence undermines conviction – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2020 in disclosure, documents, evidence, families, forensic science, murder, news, police, suicide by sally

‘Lawyers for Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for murdering his family, have unearthed evidence that they say undermines the claim that it was “inconceivable” for his adoptive sister to have shot herself.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2020

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Case Preview: R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire – UKSC Blog

‘This case concerns the standard of proof applicable in inquest proceedings in cases of alleged suicide. It raises important and fundamental questions concerning the conduct of inquests, and will be of particular significance to bereaved families where the deceased is alleged to have committed suicide while in the care or custody of the state. The Supreme Court may also consider the position in relation to findings of unlawful killing.’

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UKSC Blog, 7th February 2020

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Jury finds serious failures at HMP Coldingley contributed to self-inflicted death of David Dunnings on IPP sentence – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 6th, 2020 in inquests, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The inquest into the death of David Dunnings, 35, has concluded with the jury finding he died from suicide whilst at HMP Coldingley on 8 July 2017. He was serving an Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP) and was significantly over tariff when he was moved to HMP Coldingley in September 2016.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 27th January 2020

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Terminally Ill Dad ‘Thoroughly Disappointed’ As Court Of Appeal Rejects Assisted Dying Case – Each Other

Posted January 31st, 2020 in appeals, assisted suicide, human rights, inquiries, judicial review, news, suicide by sally

‘A terminally ill dad is calling for a government inquiry into the UK’s blanket ban on assisted dying after the Court of Appeal rejected his human rights challenge.’

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Each Other, 30th January 2020

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Elderly abuse suspect could be allowed to starve himself to death, judge says – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2020 in child abuse, elderly, news, sexual offences, suicide by tracey

‘An elderly man who stopped eating after being accused of historical child sexual abuse could be allowed to starve himself to death, a judge has said.’

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The Guardian, 27th Janaury 2020

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Bar investigates training on how to deal with suicidal clients – Legal Futures

Posted January 27th, 2020 in barristers, families, family courts, legal education, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘The Bar Council is to explore how to deliver training to barristers about dealing with suicidal clients after a family law practitioner related her own harrowing experiences confronting the issue.’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2020

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New ‘transformational’ code to protect children’s privacy online – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2020 in children, codes of practice, families, internet, news, privacy, suicide by sally

‘Social media sites, online games and streaming services used by children will have to abide by a new privacy code set by the UK’s data watchdog.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2020

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High number of prison deaths are preventable, says damning new report – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2020 in inquests, mental health, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The persistently high death toll in prisons is a “national scandal”, with too many deaths avoidable, according to a new report published on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2020

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Eating disorders: 12 deaths in seven years led to coroner warnings – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2020 in coroners, hospitals, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by sally

‘At least 12 highly vulnerable people with eating disorders have died over the last seven years after failings in care that were so severe that coroners in England and Wales issued legal warnings to hospitals to try to prevent further deaths.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2020

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Teenager who threatened suicide on road prosecuted for third time – The Guardian

‘A teenager with long-term mental health problems has been prosecuted three times in the last nine months after threatening suicide near busy roads.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2020

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Advert offering ‘life insurance to die for’ banned for trivialising suicide – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2019 in advertising, complaints, insurance, internet, news, suicide by tracey

‘A Facebook advert for a company that sells “life insurance to die for” has been banned for trivialising suicide among young men.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2019

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Inquest concludes serious failures contributed to self-inflicted death of Beth Tenquist – Garden Court Chambers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘Following an Inquest lasting 10 days, a jury returned a damning narrative in respect of Sussex NHS Trust and Mill View Psychiatric Hospital, setting out a catalogue of failings by the Trust.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 27th November 2019

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Freed prisoners killing themselves at a rate of one every two days – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2019 in news, ombudsmen, probation, suicide, supervision orders by sally

‘The number of people who took their own life while on supervision after leaving prison has increased sixfold since 2010 to a rate of one every two days, fresh analysis seen by the Guardian shows.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2019

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Watchdog to investigate suicide monitoring of benefit claimants after ministers refuse to publish data – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in benefits, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘A watchdog is to investigate the government’s monitoring of suicides among benefit claimants amid concerns about links between welfare reforms and declining mental health.
The National Audit Office (NAO) said it would call on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to reveal what information it held on the issue, after ministers refused to provide an MP with figures on the number of people in the welfare system who had taken their own lives.’

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The Independent, 21st October 2019

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Lottery winner jailed after using fake ticket to win £2.5 million jackpot – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A former builder who scooped a £2.5m jackpot using a fake lottery ticket has been convicted of fraud by false representation today and sentenced to nine years in prison.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th October 2019

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‘I struggled to do my mum justice at her inquest’ – BBC News

‘Every year, mental health trusts spend millions of pounds employing lawyers to represent them at inquests, where they could be found to be at fault. The relatives of those who have died, however, often get no legal aid and have to stand up and face those lawyers alone. Becky Montacute describes her bid to ensure that the lessons from her mother’s death were learned.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2019

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Mavis Eccleston, 80, cleared of murdering husband was ‘hung, drawn and quartered’ by police, family say – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2019 in assisted suicide, bereavement, families, murder, news, police, suicide by sally

‘The family of an 80-year-old cleared of murdering her husband in a failed suicide pact claim she was “hung, drawn and quartered” by police who said they would make an example of her.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2019

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