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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Amber Rudd to allow police to use new Taser ‘within weeks’ – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2016 in news, police, weapons by sally

‘Police officers across Britain are expected to be issued with a new and more powerful Taser gun despite calls for use of the potentially fatal weapon to be curtailed, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2016

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Date set for court challenge to ban British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2016 in international relations, news, Saudi Arabia, war crimes, weapons by sally

‘A date has been set for a High Court court challenge that could halt British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – amid mounting accusations the country is committing war crimes’

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The Independent, 28th October 2016

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Family of man who died after police Tasering receive payout – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2016 in bereavement, compensation, news, police, weapons by tracey

‘The family of a man who died after being Tasered by police while soaked in petrol have agreed to an out-of-court financial settlement.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2016

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Dalian Atkinson: Police officers probed over footballer death – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2016 in complaints, homicide, news, police, weapons by tracey

‘Two police officers are under criminal investigation after the death of former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson who died after he was shot with a Taser.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2016

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Taser regulation ‘not strong enough’ – BBC News

Posted August 17th, 2016 in news, police, weapons by sally

‘Sophie Khan, a lawyer specialising in Taser injuries, explains on the Today programme her concerns about Taser training and regulation in the UK and questions the amount of force used by the police.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2016

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‘Zombie knives’ ban to come into force – BBC News

‘A ban on the sale of so-called “zombie knives” is set to come into force in England and Wales later this week.’

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BBC News, 15th 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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Five things you may have missed about the Chilcot inquiry – The Guardian

‘Much of the furore surrounding the Iraq war report focused on the failings of Tony Blair. But there were other, crucial findings that shouldn’t be ignored.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Ex-soldier jailed for trying to buy guns ‘to fight for IS’ – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2016 in firearms, Islam, news, sentencing, terrorism, weapons by sally

‘A former British soldier who tried to join the so-called Islamic State has been jailed for 18 years for attempting to buy machine guns and pistols.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2016

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The Chilcot Report – an Illegal War? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘More than 7 years after Gordon Brown first announced that a public Inquiry would be conducted to identify lessons that could be learned from the Iraq conflict, the Chilcot report was finally published on7 July 2016. However, it was worth the wait. This post does not seek to summarise the report: there are many other good overviews (such as the BBC’s ). The report’s executive summary, in particular the key findings section, is also well worth a read. The intention is to cover in this and subsequent posts some of the key legal issues raised by the report. This post considers the relevance of the Chilcot report’s findings to the broader issue of whether Britain’s intervention in Iraq was legal – an issue which was not itself within the remit of the inquiry.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th July 2016

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Chilcot’s lessons on going to war must be enshrined in law – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2016 in constitutional reform, Iraq, news, parliament, reports, war, weapons by sally

‘A robust and agreed framework should be followed by future cabinets before decisions on military action are taken.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2016

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Judge throws out CPS challenge to innocence of protesters who blockaded London arms fair – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2016 in appeals, Crown Prosecution Service, demonstrations, inquiries, news, weapons by sally

‘A judge has thrown out an appeal by the Crown Prosecution Service against a decision to acquit protesters who tried to blockade the world’s biggest arms fair.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2016

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Drone killings: Legal case ‘needs clarifying’ – BBC News

‘The legal case for using drone strikes outside of armed conflict needs “urgent clarification” from ministers, a cross-party parliamentary committee has said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2016

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UK drone strikes ‘could leave all those involved facing murder charges’ – The Guardian

‘British drone pilots, intelligence officers and ministers could face murder charges if the government does not clarify its policies on targeted killing, a parliamentary committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2016

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UK’s claims over Saudi bombing in Yemen ‘deeply disappointing’, say MPs – The Guardian

‘The British government’s claim that Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen has not breached international humanitarian law is “deeply disappointing” and contributes to an “anything goes” attitude from the opposing sides in the conflict, the international development select committee has said.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2016

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Bradford judge spares girl jail for stabbing abuser – BBC News

‘A judge has spared a teenage girl who stabbed the man who sexually abused her as a child from a prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 20th April 2016

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Pressure builds for investigation into London arms trade fair after judge sees evidence of illegal weapons sales – The Independent

‘Anti-arms trade campaigners have put pressure on the Government to act after officials’ business-as-usual response to a court ruling warning that illegal arms could be changing hands at at London arms fair.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2016

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