Acid attackers jailed after permanently disfiguring two men whose cars they were attacking – The Independent

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in crime, grievous bodily harm, hazardous substances, news, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A teenager and his adult accomplice have been jailed for inflicting “life changing injuries” on two men with an acid attack.’

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The Independent, 2nd November 2017

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Wife who bought knife for husband guilty over terror plot – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2017 in accomplices, news, terrorism, weapons by sally

‘A woman who bought a combat knife and training dummy for her husband has been found guilty of helping him prepare for a planned terror attack in Birmingham.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2017

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Carrying acid in public could lead to six months in jail – BBC News

‘People caught twice carrying acid in public should receive a mandatory six-month prison sentence, the Home Office has proposed.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2017

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Home Office to review air weapons regulation in England and Wales – Home Office

Posted October 11th, 2017 in coroners, government departments, licensing, press releases, weapons by tracey

‘The government is to review the regulation of air weapons licensing, following a request from the Suffolk coroner.’

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Home Office, 10th October 2017

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UK couple sentenced for using BB gun to punish their children – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2017 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, weapons by sally

‘A husband and wife have been sentenced for shooting their children with a BB gun as punishment for not doing their chores satisfactorily.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2017

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Government to consider laser pen licence after attack rise – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2017 in aircraft, consultations, government departments, licensing, news, weapons by sally

‘Buying powerful laser pens could require a licence in future, the government has said, amid concerns over the number of attacks on aircraft.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2017

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People who carry out ‘life-changing’ acid attacks face life sentences – The Guardian

‘Criminals caught with acid can expect to receive the same prison sentences as those convicted of carrying a knife, according to new judicial guidelines that have come into effect.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2017

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Metropolitan Police use force disproportionately against black people in London, new statistics reveal – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in London, news, police, race discrimination, restraint, statistics, weapons by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police used force more than 12,600 times in just three months, with a disproportionate amount of incidents involving black people, new statistics have revealed.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2017

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Sentencing guidelines and offences involving corrosive substances – Sentencing Council

‘Reports of assaults and robberies involving the use of acid or other corrosive substances have increased in profile recently, with questions being asked as to how offenders who attack or threaten people with such substances are dealt with by the courts. In its guidelines for judges and magistrates, the Sentencing Council is clear that use of a corrosive substance is a factor that shows high culpability on the part of the offender.’

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Sentencing Council, 26th July 2017

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Daniella Lock: Questions Regarding Judicial Deference in R (Campaign Against the Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for International Trade – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 21st, 2017 in EC law, export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, weapons by tracey

‘Last week, the High Court rejected a claim for judicial review, brought by the NGO “Campaign Against the Arms Trade” against the Secretary of State for International Trade, regarding the exporting of arms to Saudi Arabia. The judges presiding over the case were Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave. It is argued here that there are several important questions to be asked about the approach to judicial deference taken in this case. They relate to the ‘behind-the-scenes’ role that deference may have played in the judges’ approach to complex factual material in this case, and the extent to which further clarity, as to the treatment of such material in future cases, may be desirable.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 20th July 2017

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Home Secretary announces action plan to tackle acid attacks – Home Office

‘Victims and survivors will be at the centre of a new government strategy aimed at reducing the number and impact of acid attacks.’

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Home Office, 16th July 2017

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High Court allows UK government to continue exporting arms to Saudi Arabia – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 12th, 2017 in export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, weapons by sally

‘A challenge to the legality of UK’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia has failed. The claim sprang from the conflict in Yemen and the border areas of Saudi Arabia. It focussed on airstrikes conducted by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia in support of the legitimate government of Yemen against the Shia-led Houthi rebellion. UK arms export policy states that the government must deny licenses for sale of arms to regimes if there is a ‘clear risk’ that the arms ‘might’ be used in ‘a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law. This in turn is based on the EU Common Position 2008/944/CFSP on arms export control, which explicitly rules out the authorising of arms licences by Member States in these “clear risk” circumstances.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th July 2017

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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia ruled lawful – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2017 in evidence, export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, war, weapons by sally

‘UK government arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful, the High Court has ruled, after seeing secret evidence.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2017

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UK court to rule on Saudi arms exports – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2017 in export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, war, weapons by sally

‘The High Court is to rule later on the legality of UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2017

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Leicester mum jailed for gun and drugs in kitchen cupboard – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2017 in drug offences, imprisonment, news, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘A mother who kept a gun and drugs in her kitchen cupboard has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 9th June 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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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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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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Amber Rudd authorises more powerful Tasers for police – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in news, police, weapons by tracey

‘The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has authorised a more powerful Taser stun gun to be issued to police officers in England and Wales despite concerns over a number of deaths and serious injuries connected with their use.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2017

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Judicial review aiming to stop UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia to begin – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2017 in international law, news, sale of goods, Saudi Arabia, select committees, weapons by sally

‘A judicial review that aims to halt UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they could be used to illegally kill civilians in Yemen is set to begin on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2017

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