Gang convicted of violent attack which saw corrosive substance squirted at bystanders – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 26th, 2018 in gangs, guilty pleas, hazardous substances, news, violent disorder by tracey

‘Nine men have been convicted of carrying out a violent attack which saw a corrosive substance squirted at bystanders trying to stop a street assault.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 22nd November 2018

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Five men jailed over unprovoked murder of Romanian man stabbed to death in London shopping centre – The Independent

Posted November 8th, 2018 in gangs, murder, news, sentencing, violent disorder, violent offenders, weapons by tracey

‘Five men have been jailed over the murder of a Romanian man who was chased down and stabbed to death in a London shopping centre, just weeks after he moved to the UK.’

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The Independent, 7th November 2018

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Prisoners to get phones in cells in bid to curb violence – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2018 in human rights, news, prisons, reports, telecommunications, violent disorder by sally

‘Thousands of prisoners will be able to make calls from their cells, as part of government plans to reduce violence and crime in prisons in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2018

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London drill rap group banned from making music due to threat of violence – The Guardian

‘A drill rap group in London has been issued with a court order that bans them from making music without police permission.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2018

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Ladbroke Grove drill rap machete gang sentenced – BBC News

‘Five gang members who made “drill” music videos glorifying violence have been sentenced after being caught with machetes and baseball bats.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2018

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Three men guilty over assault on Kurdish-Iranian student in Croydon – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2017 in grievous bodily harm, news, violent disorder by tracey

‘Three men have been found guilty of taking part in a violent brawl that left a Kurdish-Iranian student with life-changing injuries.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2017

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Disgraceful conditions at Bedford prison fuelled riot, watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in news, prisons, release on licence, reports, sentencing, violent disorder by tracey

‘A riot at Bedford prison that led to two wings being “totally trashed” was fuelled by frustration over “disgraceful conditions” including a failure to provide basic items such as soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper, an official watchdog has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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Teenagers convicted of homophobic hate crime – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three teenagers who pleaded guilty to attacking two passengers on a train because of their sexuality have today been jailed. The three male youths, two aged 16 and one aged 17, were each sentenced to six months in prison at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 14 September, after admitting violent disorder and, in one case, possession of an offensive weapon.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th September 2017

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MoJ launches inquiry after record number of prison suicides in 2016 – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2017 in bills, inquiries, mental health, news, police, prisons, suicide, violent disorder by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has launched an internal inquiry into the mental health backgrounds of prisoners who killed themselves, as new figures are expected to reveal that 2016 was a record high for self-inflicted deaths across prisons in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2017

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HMP Birmingham riot shows public and private jails are in crisis – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2016 in criminal justice, drug abuse, news, prisons, violent disorder by sally

‘It is no surprise that the prison authorities are closely monitoring every jail in England and Wales for signs of potential unrest after the riot at HMP Birmingham on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2016

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We warned that the prisoners could riot. But the minister didn’t listen – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, prisons, violent disorder by tracey

‘A member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Bedford raised the alarm about its perilous conditions, and wants an urgent rethink about jails.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2016

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Troubled Families report ‘suppressed’ – BBC News

‘An unfavourable evaluation of the government’s flagship policy response to the 2011 riots has been suppressed, BBC Newsnight has learned.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2016

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Teenager sentenced for Derby knife murder – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted August 1st, 2016 in murder, press releases, sentencing, violent disorder, weapons, young offenders by Mark L

‘A 16-year-old has been sentenced to 14 years in custody for the murder of 22-year-old Tom Webb, who was stabbed to death in the centre of Derby in January 2016.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 29th July 2016

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Inside the UK’s biggest prison – BBC News

‘By the end of this year, HMP Oakwood in Staffordshire will be the largest prison in the UK, with more than 2,000 inmates. Run by private firm G4S, Oakwood’s reputation was dented in 2014 when a wing in the prison was taken over by inmates. Sima Kotecha has been inside.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2016

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Reading the Riot Act: the future of riot damage compensation – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 27th, 2016 in compensation, criminal damage, news, violent disorder by tracey

‘“If you carry on doing that I’ll read you the Riot Act!” So might a hapless parent or teacher plead to their unruly charges. But the real Riot Act 1714 (removed only in 1973 by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act of that year) meant business. For, if more than 12 people “unlawfully, riotously, and tumultuously assembled together”, it allowed a justice of the peace (or other specified local official) to command the assembly to disperse and within an hour “peaceably to depart to their habitations or to their lawful business”. If not they were liable to “suffer death” as felons.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th May 2016

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Prisons to introduce tests for legal highs in bid to reduce violence – The Guardian

‘Ministers claim the introduction of new drug tests able to detect legal highs such as spice and black mamba will prove a “gamechanger” in curbing the rising tide of violence in jails across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2015

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Broadwater Farm riots: PC Keith Blakelock’s 1985 murder recalled – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2015 in murder, news, police, violent disorder by sally

‘Thirty years ago PC Keith Blakelock was stabbed in the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham, north London. Despite numerous investigations no-one has ever been convicted of his murder.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2015

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Cherry Groce children to sue Met police for damage shooting caused them – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2015 in compensation, families, firearms, news, police, psychiatric damage, violent disorder by tracey

‘Five children of Cherry Groce, whose shooting by a police officer led to the 1985 Brixton riots, are to sue the Metropolitan police for the damage caused to them after she was paralysed in the bungled raid almost 30 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2015

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‘Impartial’ UKIP drama cleared by Ofcom – BBC News

‘A Channel 4 docudrama that imagined a future where the UK Independence Party won the general election has been cleared by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2015

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Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain – The Independent

Posted April 27th, 2015 in gangs, murder, news, sentencing, violent disorder, young offenders by sally

‘It is five years since the schoolboy was murdered in Victoria Station. His mother Naima talks to Joshi Herrmann about that terrible day.’

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The Independent, 25th April 2015

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