People who violently attack children to get longer jail terms, Theresa May pledges – Daily Telegraph

‘People who violently attack children will get longer jail terms under a Tory Government, Theresa May will announce today as part a major crackdown.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th May 2017

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Police failed to engage with public, Met knife campaign chief admits – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2017 in London, news, police, statistics, violence, weapons, young persons by tracey

‘The head of the Metropolitan police’s anti-knife initiative, Operation Sceptre, has admitted past failures in engaging with communities most affected by youth violence, amid criticism of the force’s latest strategy to tackle the problem. But DCS Michael Gallagher said that for the latest phase of its strategy to reduce knife crime – launched after recent police figures showing a rise of 24% in the past year in London – the Met was ready to work with civil society groups to find joint solutions to the problem.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2017

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Prisons violence is ‘out of control’, report warns – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2017 in news, prison officers, prisons, reports, violence by sally

‘Violence is “spiralling out of control” in UK prisons and incidents are being under-reported, according to a European watchdog.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2017

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£40,000 worth of drugs discovered at ‘unsafe’ Lancashire prison – The Guardian

‘More than 80 prisoners in fear of their safety have sought sanctuary in a special unit in a Lancashire jail inspectors say is the most violent they have visited in recent times.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2017

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Cressida Dick: Met chief will ‘bear down’ on violent crime – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2017 in crime, London, news, police, statistics, violence, weapons by tracey

‘The new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has promised to “bear down” on large rises in violent crime in London.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2017

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Swindon man jailed for single punch killing on night out – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2017 in homicide, news, sentencing, violence by sally

‘A man has been jailed for eight years after killing a man with a single punch during a night out in Swindon.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2017

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London man jailed for killing friend with single punch after shoe prank – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, homicide, London, news, sentencing, violence by sally

‘A City worker who fatally punched a friend after his shoe was thrown out of a taxi window has been jailed for three years.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

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MPs raise concerns over tougher knife crime guidelines’ impact on prison populations – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2017 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, select committees, sentencing, violence, weapons by tracey

‘MPs have raised concerns over tougher knife crime sentencing guidelines due to the “substantial” impact it could have on the escalating prison population in Britain.’

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The Independent, 8th March 2017

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High levels of violence and use of force at last G4S-run child jail, report finds – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2017 in children, news, prisons, reports, violence, young offenders by tracey

‘Report says inspectors witnessed staff struggling to maintain order at Oakhill secure training centre near Milton Keynes.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2017

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The boy who watched IS beheading videos – BBC News

‘What leads a young child to stand up in front of his class and tell his school friends that he agrees with the aims and objectives of the so-called Islamic State?’

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BBC News, 14th February 2017

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Illegal substances creating ‘violent and volatile’ prisons – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2017 in drug abuse, news, prison officers, prisons, violence by sally

‘A “violent and volatile prison population” is being fuelled by better access to so-called legal highs, a union has said.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2017

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Exeter prison struggling with drugs and rising violence, say inspectors – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2017 in drug abuse, news, prisons, reports, self-harm, violence by tracey

‘Prison inspectors have warned that the situation at Exeter jail is “fragile”, with drugs thrown over the wall on a daily basis and only 29 officers on duty for 490 prisoners. The chief inspector’s report published on Wednesday says staff shortages at the overcrowded category B Victorian prison are exacerbated by problems including drugs and mental health issues, leaving the prison struggling to cope with rising violence and self-harm incidents.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2017

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Mistreatment of women MPs revealed – BBC News

‘An overwhelming majority of women MPs have received online and verbal abuse from the public and a third have considered quitting as a result, a BBC Radio 5 live survey suggests.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2017

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“If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?”: The Harassment of Cafcass and Local Authority Workers in Family Law Proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in damages, harassment, injunctions, news, social services, violence by tracey

‘Bianca Jackson, barrister of Coram Chambers, sets out the civil remedies available to persons subjected to harassment.’

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Family Law Week, 15th November 2016

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Fewer prison officers and more assaults: how UK prison staffing has changed – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in news, prison officers, prisons, violence by sally

‘This week’s walkouts by prison officers were in protest at staff shortages and escalating violence – and the data shows that the ratio of staff to offenders has indeed dropped in the last few years.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2016

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Justice Secretary calls time on failing prisons in white paper to help cut crime and protect society – Ministry of Justice

‘Justice Secretary embarks on a major shake-up of prisons to help cut £15bn cost of reoffending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd November 2016

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Prisons in England and Wales get boost of 2,500 new staff to tackle violence -The Guardian

‘An extra 2,500 frontline prison staff are to be recruited to tackle soaring levels of gang violence, drug abuse and attacks on staff and inmates inside prisons across England and Wales, the justice secretary is to announce.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2016

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New crisis in prisons as suicides hit record levels – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2016 in news, prisons, self-harm, suicide, violence by sally

‘Suicides in prison have reached “epidemic” proportions, with rates of self-harm and violence soaring to unprecedented levels. In addition, experts say the situation in women’s jails is now worse than a decade ago, when a landmark report was commissioned amid widespread concerns about deteriorating standards.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2016

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Prison violence epidemic partly due to staff cuts, MoJ admits – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2016 in budgets, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, violence by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has explicitly acknowledged that staff cuts are a factor in the rising tide of violence in prisons in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2016

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Natural born killers: humans predisposed to murder, study suggests – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2016 in murder, news, reports, violence by tracey

‘Humans are predisposed to murder each other, new research suggests, although it remains unclear if it’s down to genetics or other factors.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2016

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