Knife and offensive weapon offences reach highest level for decade – The Guardian

‘Numbers of knife and offensive weapon offences have risen to their highest level for nearly a decade, with the number of cases dealt with by the criminal justice system up by more than a third since 2015, figures have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2019

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Continued use of Taser on autistic male was disproportionate – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 11th, 2019 in autism, news, police, self-defence, weapons by tracey

‘In Gilchrist v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2019] EWHC 1233, the High Court considered officers’ use of force in the context of use of CS gas and a taser repeatedly upon a man who was autistic and mentally distressed and found that its continued use became unlawful. Whereas the initial use of CS gas and Taser were justified, once the police learned of the male’s vulnerability as an autistic man and noted that his behaviour was defensive rather than aggressive, a more cautious approach should have been adopted.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 29th May 2019

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Police dog Finn’s law comes into force – BBC News

‘A new law named after a police dog which recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent has come into effect.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2019

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2019 c. 18 – Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019

2019 c. 17 – Offensive Weapons Act 2019

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Family President to issue guidance to courts on secure accommodation placements and statutory regime – Local Government Lawyer

‘The President of the Family Division has said he will issue practice guidance to the courts before the end of July so that more can be done to bring secure accommodation placements within the statutory regulatory scheme.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th May 2019

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Police officer who shot unarmed black youth worker was ‘following procedure’, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted April 2nd, 2019 in codes of practice, news, ombudsmen, police, racism, weapons by tracey

‘A police officer who shot an unarmed black man on his way to the shops was “following procedure”, a watchdog has found.’

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The Independent, 1st April 2019

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Mark Duggan family to sue Met Police over death – BBC News

‘The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots across England in August 2011, are suing the Metropolitan Police for damages, BBC News has learned.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2019

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Half of children who are tasered come from BAME groups – report – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2019 in children, minorities, news, police, restraint, statistics, weapons by sally

‘Half of the children tasered by police, and a third of those restrained using spit hoods, in England are black or from other minority ethnic groups, according to figures obtained by children’s rights campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2019

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Gun in Paul Cleeland murder trial ‘did not kill victim’ – BBC News

‘A forensic report on a murder in 1972 has proved the gun relied on at trial did not kill the victim, lawyers claim.’

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BBC News, 11th March 2019

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Abolishing short prison sentences will let ‘thousands of hardened criminals avoid jail’, report claims – The Independent

‘Ministers’ calls for short prison sentences to be abolished would see thousands of hardened criminals avoid jail, a report has claimed.’

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The Independent, 25th February 2019

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Police to get more stop and search powers to tackle acid attacks – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Sajid Javid will give police new powers to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying a corrosive substance in public.’

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Home Office, 20th February 2019

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Drug addict who threatened her own grandfather with a hammer jailed – The Independent

‘A woman who threatened her grandfather with a hammer while robbing him to fund her drug addiction has been jailed for four years.’

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The Independent, 20th February 2019

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Axe murderer Nathan Davis jailed for at least 28 years – BBC News

Posted February 15th, 2019 in murder, news, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘An axe murderer intent on revenge over an attack on his girlfriend has been jailed for a minimum of 28 years.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2019

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Knife offenders to wear GPS tags in London pilot scheme – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2019 in electronic monitoring, London, murder, news, pilot schemes, police, recidivists, statistics, weapons by tracey

‘Knife crime offenders in London will be tagged with tracking devices upon their release from prison in an attempt to reduce violence in the capital, the mayor has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2019

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Wanted man who taunted police on Instagram from Dubai jailed after being extradited back to UK – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2019 in bail, dangerous driving, extradition, news, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A man who taunted police in Instagram posts from Dubai has been jailed after he was extradited back to the UK.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

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What is ‘substantial injustice’ for the purposes of a criminal case review? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Sapan Maini-Thompson is an LLM Candidate at University College London. On 14th November 2018 the Divisional Court gave judgment in a claim against the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in Regina (Anthony Davies) v The Criminal Cases Review Commission . This case was brought on behalf of a prisoner who contended that his conviction had become unsafe following the decision of the Supreme Court in R v Jogee [2016] UKSC 8 which recast the mens rea requirements in joint enterprise cases. The court dismissed the claim in a judgment which involved analysis of how the principles in Jogee are applied, and the circumstances in which the CCRC should re-open an old conviction. Jim Duffy of 1 Crown Office Row was the Junior Counsel for the Claimant.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th November 2018

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Hayley Weatherall and lover jailed over husband murder plots – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2018 in cancer, conspiracy, internet, murder, news, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A wife, her lover and his daughter have been jailed for life over a plot to kill her terminally ill husband.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2018

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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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