Ministers will not scrap ‘reasonable grounds’ stop and search rule – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2018 in investigatory powers, news, police, reasons, stop and search, weapons by sally

‘The government has ruled out changing stop and search rules to allow police to use the power without reasonable grounds to suspect wrongdoing, while saying they want to “reduce bureaucracy” over such operations.’

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The Guardian, 12th 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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Knife crime: Should stronger stop and search powers be used? – BBC News

‘A series of stabbings on the streets of London has led to a renewed focus on knife crime and how to reduce it. One power available to the police is stop and search, and Home Secretary Sajid Javid has recently emphasised its importance in tackling violence: “If stop and search means that lives can be saved from the communities most affected, then of course it’s a very good thing,” he told the annual Police Superintendents’ Conference in September. But what powers are available to the police and what is the evidence they reduce crime?’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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Officer who Tasered Jordan Begley guilty of ‘potential misconduct’ – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, inquests, news, police, weapons by sally

‘A police officer who Tasered a man shortly before his death should not have held the trigger for such a long time, the police watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2018

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Police Federation launches legal action against government for ‘cheating officers out of pay rise they deserve’ – The Independent

‘An association representing 120,000 police officers has launched legal action accusing the government of “cheating officers out of the pay increase they should receive”. The Police Federation said it had lodged an application for a judicial review of the decision to ignore an independent body’s recommended 3 per cent increase amid a rise in crime, demand and the terror threat.’

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The Independent, 23rd October 2018

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Sex offences rise by 16% on trains as railway crime surges – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 5th, 2018 in news, railways, sexual offences, statistics, violence, weapons by tracey

‘A sharp jump in violent and sexual offences has fuelled a 17% increase in crimes recorded on Britain’s railways, official figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th October 2018

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Murderer who was sprung from custody is jailed until 2051 – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2018 in escape from custody, murder, news, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘A convicted murderer who spent 18 months on the run after being sprung from custody by armed men has been jailed until at least 2051.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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Extremist who made bombs and stockpiled weapons is jailed – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2018 in explosives, news, racism, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘A man with extreme racist and homophobic views has been jailed for more than three years for making bombs and stockpiling weapons including crossbows and knives at his home in a Devon village.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2018

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Police officer who Tasered force’s race relations adviser in face cleared of misconduct – The Independent

Posted September 6th, 2018 in assault, disciplinary procedures, news, police, weapons by tracey

‘A police officer who Tasered her force’s own race relations adviser in the face in a case of mistaken identity has been cleared of gross misconduct.’

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The Independent, 5th September 2018

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Officer to face hearing over stun gun shooting of race relations adviser – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, news, police, weapons by sally

‘A police officer is to face a misconduct hearing for shooting a race relations adviser in the face with a stun gun claiming she mistook him for a man wanted on drugs charges.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2018

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Police officer who Tasered force’s race relations adviser is cleared by a judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 21st, 2018 in assault, news, police, weapons by sally

‘A police officer has been found not guilty of assault after Tasering a police race relations adviser in the face having mistaken him for a suspect.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2018

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018

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Veronika Fikfak and Hayley J. Hooper: Whither the War Powers Convention? What Next for Parliamentary Control of Armed Conflict after Syria? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On Friday 13 April 2018 the Royal Air Force participated in air strikes (together with the United States and France) to degrade the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability and to deter further chemical attacks. This intervention in Syria was not authorised by the UN Security Council, nor was the involvement of British troops approved by the House of Commons. Instead, the decision to send British forces to Syria was made by The Prime Minister Theresa in conjunction with the Cabinet. Readers can view her public statement from 14 April 2018 here. Events unfolded this way despite governmental acknowledgement of a War Powers Convention in the 2011 Cabinet Manual.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 20th April 2018

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The legal basis for air strikes against Syrian government targets – House of Commons Library

‘This paper looks at the general prohibition in international law on the use of force or threat of force directed at other states, and the legal advice on which the Government decided to participate with the US and France in air strikes on Syrian government targets on 14 April.’

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House of Commons Library, 16th April 2018

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Activists bring case at appeal court over UK arms sales to Saudis – The Guardian

‘Human rights campaigners have begun an attempt to overturn a high court judgment that allows the British government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
The Campaign Against Arms Trade brought the case against Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, seeking permission to appeal against a decision last July that granting licences for the export of arms from the UK to Saudi Arabia was not unlawful. CAAT has warned that British weapons could be used to kill or injure Yemeni civilians.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2018

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Longer jail terms likely for knife and acid possession – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2018 in hazardous substances, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘Adults convicted of possessing a knife or acid for use as an offensive weapon in public are likely to face longer prison terms when new sentencing guidelines for judges in England and Wales are introduced.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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Acid listed as ‘highly dangerous weapon’ in new sentencing guidance – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2018 in hazardous substances, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘People caught with acid or other corrosive substances in public could face up to six months in jail under new guidelines for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2018

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Nazi obsessive who threatened to bomb mosques after Manchester attack jailed – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2018 in bomb hoaxing, news, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A Nazi-sympathiser who threatened to petrol bomb mosques after the Manchester Arena attack and who had an array of medieval weapons at his home has been jailed for eight years.’

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The Independent, 10th 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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Two men sentenced for supplying weapons and ammunition – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 1st, 2018 in conspiracy, firearms, press releases, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A man who sold firearms to criminals has been jailed for 14 years today for conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition. Dr Mohinder Surdhar was sentenced today at Birmingham Crown Court. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition. His co-conspirator, Paul Edmunds was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison on 21 December for supplying guns and ammunition linked to more than 100 crimes around the country.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 31st January 2018

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