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Posted on 16/06/2021 by Andrew Keogh

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  • Study reveals misunderstandings over early disclosure scheme
    on 16/05/2022

    Research suggests greater pre-charge engagement could divert many cases away from trial and reduce court backlog.

  • News story: Home Secretary backs police to increase stop and search
    on 16/05/2022

    Police will have greater powers to prevent knife crime and tackle serious violence.

  • Priti Patel to lift restrictions on ‘section 60’ stop and search powers
    on 16/05/2022

    Priti Patel has written to police forces lifting restrictions on the use of stop and search without having reasonable grounds. ‘Section 60’ stop and searches can take place in an area which has been authorised by a senior police officer on the basis of their reasonable belief that violence has or is about to occur. According

  • The Court of Appeal is to hear appeal of manslaughter convictions of father and son
    on 16/05/2022

    The manslaughter convictions of a father and son have been referred to the Court of Appeal by the miscarriage of justice watchdog.  Martin and Nathan Winter were convicted at Lewes Crown Court of manslaughter by gross negligence in December 2009 in relation to the deaths of two firemen in an explosion at a fireworks business

  • Priti Patel lifts restrictions on police stop and search powers
    on 15/05/2022

    Home secretary announces the end of limitations on use of section 60 powers where serious violence anticipatedThe government is lifting restrictions placed on police stop and search powers in areas where they anticipate violent crime, the home secretary has announced.In a letter to police forces on Monday, Priti Patel outlined the easing of conditions on the use of the tactics under section 60 of the criminal justice and public order act. Continue reading...

  • Schools: Caution urged on fines for children's absences
    on 15/05/2022

    Some children have had trouble adjusting to being back in school after being at home during Covid.

  • New airport-style security in prisons sees record level of drug busts
    on 15/05/2022

    Tougher airport-style security rolled out across the prison estate in England and Wales has intercepted almost 20,000 attempts to smuggle illegal contraband behind bars.

  • Teesside security bosses ordered to pay £6,000 for breaching the Private Security Industry Act
    on 13/05/2022

    On 10 May 2022 two Teesside company directors were together ordered to pay £6,000 following a Proceeds of Crime order handed to them at Teesside Crown Court.

  • Guidance: Early Release on Compassionate Grounds Policy Framework
    on 13/05/2022

    Guidance on applying for the early release of a sentenced prisoner, child or young person on compassionate grounds.

  • Annual Plan 2022-23
    on 13/05/2022

    We have published the NCA’s Annual Plan for 2022/23, which sets out our priorities for the year ahead and how we will deliver them.

  • Sentence increased for crossbow shooter
    on 13/05/2022

    A man who shot his friend with a crossbow has had his sentence increased by the Court of Appeal

  • Sewage dumps into English rivers widespread, criminal inquiry suspects
    on 13/05/2022

    Environment agency says initial investigation into all 10 water firms suggests possible ‘serious non-compliance’ with lawA criminal investigation into water companies in England has uncovered suspected widespread illegal sewage discharges from treatment plants, the Environment Agency has revealed.The investigation into more than 2,200 water treatment plants run by all 10 water companies is examining whether the firms breached legal regulations about when and how frequently they are allowed to release raw sewage into waterways. Continue reading...

  • Number of ex-offenders in work picks up speed due to turbo-charged push to cut crime
    on 13/05/2022

    Over the last year, the proportion of ex-offenders in work 6 weeks after release increased by more than half.

  • Darlington pair sentenced after major diesel fire leads to evacuation of homes
    on 12/05/2022

    A father and daughter have received a suspended custodial sentence after a fire at their removals business in Evenwood near Bishop Auckland led to serious property damage and the evacuation of several neighbouring homes.

  • Guidance: Draft Code of Practice for Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000
    on 12/05/2022

    Guidance for examining officers and review officers exercising powers under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000.

  • Reappointment of 7 Commissioners of the Criminal Cases Review Commission
    on 12/05/2022

    Her Majesty The Queen, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, has approved the reappointment of 7 Commissioners of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

  • Mayor announces chair of first-ever London Drugs Commission
    on 12/05/2022

    “We must learn from others when considering our approach, and by examining the latest evidence from around the world and the world-class research from UCL, Lord Falconer and the Commission will make recommendations to improve our approach to cannabis to help tackle drug related crime, protect Londoners’ health and reduce the huge damage that illegal drugs cause to our communities.” Sadiq is establishing a London Drugs Commission of independent experts and leading figures from the fields of criminal justice, public health, politics, community relations and academia to examine the effectiveness of our drugs laws, with a particular focus on cannabis.

  • New protections for rape victims available at more Crown Courts
    on 11/05/2022

    More victims of rape and sexual offences will be spared the stress of being cross-examined in court under a measure rolled out to a further 14 locations today (12 May 2022).

  • New Charter to improve media access to courts
    on 11/05/2022

    A new Reporters’ Charter outlining the rights and responsibilities of court reporters has been launched to boost transparency in the justice system.

  • News story: Biggest overhaul of state threats legislation for a generation
    on 11/05/2022

    New bill to keep our country safe

  • News story: Home Secretary stands firm on tackling guerrilla protest tactics
    on 11/05/2022

    The Home Secretary brings back measures to tackle highly disruptive protests that are causing misery for millions.

  • Crime news: next steps for crime contract bidders
    on 11/05/2022

    We will shortly be inviting organisations whose 2022 Standard Crime Contract bids have completed verification to provide details of their duty solicitors.

  • Life sentence for man who raped a baby and shared images of his abuse
    on 11/05/2022

    A man from Runcorn has been given a life sentence of 27 years after he admitted to raping and sexually assaulting a baby.

  • Nurse sentenced to 12 years for 23 sex offences
    on 11/05/2022

    A hospital nurse who recorded videos of sedated patients for his sexual gratification has been given a custodial sentence of 12 years with an extended license period of four years, at Sheffield Crown Court today (10 May 2022).

  • Disqualified meat wholesaler sentenced
    on 11/05/2022

    Meat wholesaler from Manchester has been sentenced after he failed to provide the Liquidator with the company’s books and papers

  • Barrister stresses importance of PACE and good practice after successfully defending pub landlord charged with Covid -19 rules breach – Local Government Lawyer
    on 11/05/2022

    ‘A barrister who successfully defended a pub landlord accused of failing to close his pub during tier 4 lockdown in February 2021 has claimed the case should serve “as a reminder that even in extraordinary circumstances, the rules of PACE and good practice ought not to be forgotten”.’ Full StoryLocal Government Lawyer, 10th May 2022Source:

  • More than 400,000 new jail places created last year as global prison population hits all time high
    on 11/05/2022

    Over the last year 24 countries announced plans for or started building new prisons facilities creating at least 437,000 more spaces worldwide. The extent of this global trend is revealed in a report published today by the Penal Reform International (PRI), together with the Thailand Institute of Justice. Despite calls to reduce prison numbers over concerns

  • Two-thirds of women prisoners in ‘various kinds of homelessness’ on release
    on 11/05/2022

    Almost two thirds of women released from the largest women’s prison in the country were either homeless or had not safe accommodation on release. According to the latest unannounced HM Inspectorate of Prisons report on HMP Bronzefield published today ‘about 65%’ of sentenced women did not have sustainable accommodation on release defined as lasting longer

  • Organised crime group members jailed
    on 10/05/2022

    Members of an organised crime group involved in the supply of drugs and stolen military ammunition have been jailed for a total of 68 years and 8 months.

  • ‘Criminalising our right to protest’: green groups’ anger over public order bill
    on 10/05/2022

    Measures in Queen’s speech would have outlawed protests that won votes for women and legalisation of unions, say criticsEnvironmental campaign groups have hit out at the “draconian” protest crackdown bill announced in the Queen’s speech.The new law appears to be targeted at groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain who have used disruptive methods to draw attention to the climate crisis. Continue reading...

  • Smuggling gang sentenced after locking migrants into wardrobe 'hides'
    on 10/05/2022

    Five people smugglers have been sentenced for locking migrants into purpose-built 'hides' made from wardrobes and secured with screws.

  • Catherine De Bolle appointed to a second term as Executive Director of Europol
    on 10/05/2022

    The extension is based on a procedure following the decision of the Management Board of Europol as of 1 May 2017, which sets out for the extension of the term of office of the Executive Director of Europol. According to this procedure, Europol’s Management Board had informed the European Parliament that it would propose to the Council of the European...

  • Drones offer extra eyes to combat illegal fishing activity
    on 10/05/2022

    Fisheries Officers in the South West are clamping down on illegal activities with the help of the Avon and Somerset Police drone unit.

  • Bankrupt sentenced after concealing Spanish property
    on 10/05/2022

    Bankrupt from Bath has been sentenced after he concealed a property in Spain, and €97,000 from his trustee in bankruptcy.

  • Governments are routinely ‘over-policing, over-prosecuting and over-punishing’, says justice watchdog
    on 10/05/2022

    A global criminal justice watchdog has highlighted the global trend towards ‘over-incarceration’ and the use of criminal proceedings as a punitive measure of first resort. Fair Trials argues, in a new strategy paper, that countries around the world, in particular in the light of Covid-19 lockdowns, are using criminal powers to deal with social and

  • Lord Chancellor joins calls on the Law Commission to review criminal appeals process
    on 10/05/2022

    The Lord Chancellor has asked the government’s official law reform body to review the controversial statutory test that has to be applied by the miscarriage of justice watchdog before referring a case back to the Court of Appeal. The Criminal Cases Review Commission, under the Criminal Appeal Act 1995, can only refer cases back to

  • Solicitor struck off for sexually assaulting friend’s wife
    on 09/05/2022

    A solicitor has been struck off for sexually assaulting the wife of a “long-term friend” as she slept, after drinking downstairs with her husband who fell asleep. The post Solicitor struck off for sexually assaulting friend’s wife appeared first on Legal Futures.

  • Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022
    on 09/05/2022

    An Act to make certain uses of glue traps an offence; and for connected purposes.

  • Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022
    on 09/05/2022

    An Act to make provision about substance testing in approved premises.

  • David Carrick: CPS authorises three further charges
    on 09/05/2022

    The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick with three additional offences.

  • Consequences ‘dire’ if Human Rights Act ditched, more than 50 groups warn
    on 09/05/2022

    Exclusive: PM is told tearing up act could endanger women and girls and damage peace in Northern IrelandTearing up the Human Rights Act would have “dire consequences” including removing obligations to properly address violence against women and girls and destabilising peace in Northern Ireland, more than 50 organisations have warned.In a letter to Boris Johnson, Amnesty, Liberty, the British Institute of Human Rights and others have spelled out the “significant implications” of repealing the act, which is expected to be announced in the Queen’s speech on Tuesday, asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the plans. Continue reading...

  • Mental Health Awareness Week: How to avoid loneliness when working from home
    on 09/05/2022

    In this article, Heather Beach provides some tips on avoiding loneliness when working from home. The post Mental Health Awareness Week: How to avoid loneliness when working from home appeared first on SHP - Health and Safety News, Legislation, PPE, CPD and Resources.

  • ‘The story comes first, politics always second’
    on 09/05/2022

    INTERVIEW: ‘Everybody knows what needs to be done in prisons, but there’s no money to do it.’ So says Jimmy McGovern, the writer of socially engaged dramas including this year’s three-part BBC drama Time, a gritty depiction of life in prison. Not one to shy away from tough issues, McGovern’s dramas have consistently hit hard.

  • Solicitor who injected blood into food not guilty due to insanity
    on 08/05/2022

    A solicitor who injected food with his blood at a series of supermarkets, causing losses of £500,000, has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. The post Solicitor who injected blood into food not guilty due to insanity appeared first on Legal Futures.

  • ‘Crypto muggings’: thieves in London target digital investors by taking phones
    on 08/05/2022

    Exclusive: Thousands of pounds stolen in cases seen by the Guardian in reports from City of London policeThieves are targeting digital currency investors on the street in a wave of “crypto muggings”, police have warned, with victims reporting that thousands of pounds have been stolen after their mobile phones were seized.Anonymised crime reports provided to the Guardian by City of London police, as part of a freedom of information request, reveal criminals are combining physical muscle with digital knowhow to part people from their cryptocurrency. Continue reading...

  • Open consultation: Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme guidance
    on 07/05/2022

    This consultation seeks views on the updated draft Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme Guidance.

  • News story: Faster information for victims of domestic abuse
    on 07/05/2022

    Information about someone’s violent or abusive behaviour will be disclosed faster under changes to Clare’s Law proposed by the Home Office today (7 May).

  • Internet troll who sent messages to PC Andrew Harper's widow sentenced
    on 06/05/2022

    Milo Alejandro, 20, earlier admitted sending the offensive messages to Lissie Harper in March 2021.

  • Getting £135m for criminal legal aid not easy, says minister
    on 06/05/2022

    James Cartlidge MP insists at Law Society webinar that practitioners will get a 15% uplift in most fees.

  • Animals (Penalty Notices) Act 2022
    on 05/05/2022

    An Act to make provision for and in connection with the giving of penalty notices for certain offences relating to animals and animal products.

  • Secretary of State, Application for Reconsideration in the case of TC [2022] PBRA 57 (04 May 2022)
    on 05/05/2022

    1. This is an application by the Secretary of State for reconsideration of the decision of a panel of the Parole Board (‘the Board’) which on 30 March 2022, after an oral hearing on 15 and 16 March 2022, issued a provisional decision to direct the release on licence of Connelly (‘the Respondent’). The present review of the Respondent’s case commenced on 11 January 2021 when the Secretary of State referred her case to the Board for the fourth time to decide whether to direct her re-release on licence.

  • Pilot scheme paves way for victims’ right to attend Parole Board hearings – The Independent
    on 05/05/2022

    ‘Victims could attend full Parole Board hearings for criminals hoping to be freed from jail for the first time as early as next month.’ Full StoryThe Independent, 4th May 2022Source: www.independent.co.uk

  • Sex offenders being freed from UK military jail without any probation supervision, report warns – The Independent
    on 05/05/2022

    ‘Sex offenders and domestic abusers are being freed from the UK’s military jail “without any safeguards or probation supervision”, inspectors have warned.’ Full StoryThe Independent, 5th May 2022Source: www.independent.co.uk

  • 'Sharing my screen cost me £48,000' – half of investors would miss signs of screen sharing scam as FCA warns of 86% increase
    on 05/05/2022

    With over £25 million lost so far, the FCA launches its latest ScamSmart campaign aimed at raising awareness of increasingly sophisticated investment scam tactics: A 59-year-old woman lost £48,000 as scammers used screen sharing software to take over her computer and access her banking history. Her case is one of 2,142 the FCA has seen since July 2020, with over £25 million lost between 1January 2021 and 31March 2022 and victims ranging from 18 to over 70. The FCA’s latest ScamSmart campaign aims to raise awareness of these tactics and help investors spot the warning signs by checking its Warning List. Its research shows 51% of investors would check the FCA’s Warning List before making an investment – but 47% would not see a request to use software or an app to access their device as a red flag. New research from the FCA has found that nearly half (47%) of investors would fail to identify a screen sharing scam, as it reveals an increase of 86% in cases in one year, with 2,014 cases and over £25 million in loses. In one case, a 59-year-old who was persuaded to download remote desktop software to secure an investment, lost over £48,000 while scammers accessed her banking details, her pension, and applied for loans on her behalf. Angela Underhill clicked on an advertisement for bitcoin and received a call from individuals claiming to be financial advisers. Offering to complete the first investment for her, they asked her to download the ‘AnyDesk’ platform, which then gave the scammers open access to all the financial details on her computer. Her case is just one of thousands the FCA has seen reported to its Consumer Helpline. Using platforms including Teams, TeamViewer and Zoom, screen sharing scams not only involve consumers sharing their financial data – but scammers have also been able to embed themselves in victims’ digital devices to access online banking and investment details. To understand what might be influencing potential victims, the FCA surveyed 2,000 investors from the ages of 18 to 55+. The results showed that 51% of would-be investors would check if a company appears on the FCA’s Warning List when deciding if an investment opportunity is legitimate. The FCA’s Warning List is a list of firms that are not authorised or registered by the FCA, and are known to be running scams. However, of the 91% who said they would never share their PIN with a stranger, 85% would not think a request by a website to use or download software as a warning sign that someone was seeking to gain illegal access to personal information on your device. Likewise, while 88% said they would check if their investments were offered or sold by FCA firms , 10% of these people would still trust their gut instinct with an investment opportunity from someone they didn’t know without making proper checks, like ensuring the firm or the financial promotion is properly authorised. With the pandemic increasing use of video conferencing and remote platforms to both work and socialise, scammers are taking advantage of a growing familiarity with requests for screen sharing. Although older respondents admitted needing more help with technology, younger investors are not immune: a quarter (26%) of those aged 18-34 would agree to screensharing their online banking or investment portal with someone they had not met. Mark Steward, Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, FCA, said: 'Investment scams can happen over many months, but sharing your screen without making the proper checks can change everything in an instant. Once scammers gain to your screen, they have complete control. That means access to your sensitive banking and investment information, the freedom to browse at their leisure, and the ability to take whatever details they want. It can affect any investor, no matter how experienced. It’s incredibly difficult to get money back once lost in this way, but there are ways to protect yourself: don’t share your screen with anyone, as legitimate firms will not ask you to do this and check out our Scamsmart website for advice on how to avoid being scammed.' The research also revealed other factors which might tempt investors to make a snap decision: 23% said they would be encouraged if the person they were speaking to appeared knowledgeable about investing; 17% said the possibility of securing better returns than elsewhere, and 14% would be encouraged if that person appeared to be successful – with displays of wealth. The FCA is calling on all investors to be ScamSmart and check the advice on our Scamsmart website, including our Warning List before making any investment decisions. This will help identify any firms that are actively running scams, or flag to investors where additional research is needed. If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong. There are three important questions to ask to protect yourself from these scams: Have you checked the FCA’s Scamsmart wesbite and Warning List? This will help you to avoid being scammed and show you whether or not the firm you are dealing with is registered, or known to be suspicious. Are you being asked to download anything new? Your bank will never need to access your screen to view your information, so someone asking you to do this is a clear warning sign. Have you navigated away from your banking, or investment platform? Anything that takes you away from your banking or investment app, and through a search engine, increases the risk of coming across a fraudulent number or link. Notes to editors The FCA’s consumer research was conducted by Opinium, with over 2,000 respondents aged between 18-55+ who invest Data on the number of scam victims and their collective financial losses are from the FCA’s Supervision Hub

  • Man convicted of spiking pregnant girlfriend’s drink to cause miscarriage
    on 04/05/2022

    Married father-of-one Darren Burke, 43, laced his girlfriend’s orange juice with mifepristone, a drug commonly used to induce abortions. 

  • Man jailed for importing deadly drug fentanyl from China to the UK
    on 04/05/2022

    A 34-year old man from Kent has been jailed for three years, after pleading guilty to importing the highly toxic and potentially deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

  • Russia cut off from UK services
    on 04/05/2022

    Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announces ban on services exports to Russia.

  • Former publican in court accused of sending Covid loans cash to Isis
    on 03/05/2022

    Tarek Namouz to be tried on charges including sending thousands of pounds to terror group in SyriaA former pub landlord has appeared in court accused of sending thousands of pounds in coronavirus bounceback loans to fund the terrorist group Isis in Syria.Tarek Namouz, a 42-year-old former pub landlord from London of no fixed address, faces eight charges of entering into a terror funding arrangement on dates between November 2020 and May 2021. He is also accused of two counts of possessing terrorist information relating to videos. Continue reading...

  • Twenty-five steps towards a less error-prone criminal justice system
    on 03/05/2022

    It’s been 25 years since the miscarriages of justice watchdog, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (the CCRC) was established. It was created to act as a safety net for wrongful convictions in the wake of the high-profile miscarriages of justice, the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four. The CCRC’s role is critical in uncovering miscarriages

  • Fugitive on the run for alleged drugs and firearms offences arrested in Lisbon
    on 02/05/2022

    One of the UK’s most wanted men has been arrested after attempting to fly from Lisbon to Istanbul on a fraudulent passport.

  • Magistrates to help tackle backlog as sentencing powers doubled
    on 01/05/2022

    Magistrates will be able to issue jail sentences of up to one year for a single offence to help ease the backlog in the Crown Court from today.

  • Open consultation: Controlling or coercive behaviour statutory guidance
    on 30/04/2022

    The Home Office is consulting on the updated controlling or coercive behaviour statutory guidance.

  • Former Thames Valley Police PC jailed over inappropriate relationships
    on 29/04/2022

    Oliver Perry-Smith admitted misconduct in a public office while working for Thames Valley Police.

  • Cambridgeshire man fined £5,000 after burning toxic waste at home
    on 29/04/2022

    A man has been fined over £5,000 after he burnt waste illegally for months on end at his Cambridgeshire home.

  • Violent labour exploitation gang busted in Romania and the UK
    on 29/04/2022

    The Romanian Police (Poliția Română) and the United Kingdom Northamptonshire Police, supported by Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled a criminal network involved in human trafficking, labour exploitation and money laundering. The action day on 27 April led to: 25 house searches (13 in Romania and 12 in Corby, the UK); 5 arrests (2 in Romania and 3 in the UK);...

  • Number of children in custody expected to more than double by 2024
    on 29/04/2022

    The number of children in custody in England and Wales is expected to more than double by 2024 after a long decline, according to the Whitehall spending watchdog. The National Audit Office reports that the forecast is based on ‘the collective impact of recruiting 23,000 additional police officers, reversing COVID-19 court backlogs, and tougher sentencing

  • Recorded sex crimes reach record high in England and Wales
    on 28/04/2022

    Victims’ commissioner calls goal of returning prosecution levels to pre-2017 levels ‘a pipe dream’Sex crimes logged by police in England and Wales have reached a record high amid warnings from the victims’ commissioner that the government’s aim to boost prosecutions to levels last seen five years ago is “a pipe dream”.Police-recorded sexual offences increased to their highest level over a 12-month period, with 183,587 in the year to December 2021, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Continue reading...

  • Former HMP Onley governor jailed for WhatsApp messages to inmate
    on 28/04/2022

    Victoria Laithwaite, who was governor at HMP Onley, sent "intimate" messages to the prisoner.

  • Illegal waste operator and landowner prosecuted
    on 28/04/2022

    The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted an illegal waste operator who used land near in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to burn waste in 2018.

  • Increased sentence for Bedford child abuser
    on 28/04/2022

    Claire Buttice's sentence has been increased to 16 years' imprisonment following a hearing at the Court of Appeal.

  • Press release: Boost for public safety as four justice bills receive Royal Assent
    on 28/04/2022

    The government delivers on its pledge to protect the public better and restore confidence in the criminal justice system as four major bills became law today (28 April).

  • Three arrested over inheritance scam that preyed on elderly and vulnerable
    on 28/04/2022

    National Crime Agency officers have arrested three men wanted by US authorities for their suspected role in an inheritance fraud causing losses worth millions of dollars.

  • Europol report finds deepfake technology could become staple tool for organised crime
    on 28/04/2022

    Recommendations for tackling criminal uses of deepfakes Much of the deepfake content created today is identifiable through manual methods that rely on human analysts identifying telltale signs in deepfake images and videos. However, this is a labour intensive task that is not actionable at scale. Accordingly, the report argues that law enforcement agencies will need to enhance the skills and...

  • Nottinghamshire Police 'requires improvement' in one key area according to new report - Nottinghamshire Live
    on 28/04/2022

    Nottinghamshire Police 'requires improvement' in one key area according to new report  Nottinghamshire Live

  • Number of children in custody in England and Wales set to double by 2024
    on 28/04/2022

    Report also highlights increasing over-representation of black and minority ethnic children in custodyThe number of children in custody in England and Wales is expected to double by 2024, according to a report by Whitehall’s public spending watchdog, which also highlights that black and minority ethnic children are increasingly over-represented in the youth justice system.The National Audit Office (NAO) report said in 2021 more than half (53%) of children in custody were from minority ethnic groups, up from less than a third (32%) 10 years earlier, while the proportion of black children increased from 18% to 29% over the same period. Continue reading...

  • Newcastle fan pleads guilty to Nazi salute
    on 27/04/2022

    A Newcastle football fan who made a Nazi salute towards Tottenham Hotspur fans during a match has pleaded guilty to causing Racially Aggravated Harassment, Alarm and Distress. Shay Asher (24) of Gibside View, Winlaton pleaded guilty to the charge, relating to an incident at a football match between the two teams at St James’ Park in October of last year. 

  • Joint enterprise ruling has not led to fewer homicide charges, report finds
    on 27/04/2022

    Exclusive: Research suggests prosecutions and convictions of secondary suspects have actually risen since 2016 judgmentA landmark judgment that was expected to lead to a reduction in joint enterprise prosecutions and convictions for homicide has had no discernible effect, while the number of Black people convicted of murder under the controversial doctrine has actually risen, research suggests.A 2016 ruling by the supreme court in relation to joint enterprise – where two or more defendants are accused of the same crime in relation to the same incident – found the law had been wrongly applied for over 30 years and the bar had been set too low with respect to the required intent of any secondary, co-accused. Continue reading...

  • New drive to tackle terrorism in prisons
    on 27/04/2022

    More dangerous and influential terrorists will be separated in specialist units to thwart the spread of their poisonous ideology, the Deputy Prime Minister has announced today (27 April 2022).

  • Corporate report: Forensic Information Databases annual report 2020 to 2021
    on 27/04/2022

    The report includes information on the National Fingerprint Database policing collections and the National DNA Database.

  • Policy paper: Forensic Information Databases strategy board: revised governance rules
    on 27/04/2022

    Rules which govern the operation of the Forensic Information Databases strategy board.

  • Correspondence: Response to the ACMD on GHB, GBL and closely related compounds
    on 27/04/2022

    The government responds to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on its assessment of the harms of GHB and GBL.

  • News story: New ‘fraud squad’ will crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money
    on 27/04/2022

    A new £25 million central government taskforce that will enlist an elite team of experts to crack-down on fraudsters who attempt to steal taxpayers’ cash will be operational by the summer, the Chancellor will announce today (27 April).

  • Statement from the Mayor on the IOPC's stop and search investigation
    on 27/04/2022
  • Independent report: Terrorism in Prisons: Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation's Report and Government Response
    on 27/04/2022

    Jonathan Hall QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s report on Terrorism in Prisons and the Government response.

  • Terrorism offenders ‘enjoy high status’ in prison, QC’s official report says
    on 27/04/2022

    Independent reviewer of terror laws says staffing cuts in England and Wales jails have exacerbated problemSome terrorists in prison enjoy status and celebrity among their fellow inmates amid a culture of fear and violence in jails in England and Wales that is being exacerbated by staffing cuts, an official review has concluded.Jonathan Hall QC, the government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, found that a pecking order of terror offenders can develop, based on the notoriety or charm of an extremist prisoner that means they may be held in high esteem by fellow inmates. Continue reading...

  • £1bn courts repair bill is threat to justice system, MPs report
    on 27/04/2022

    Unavailable crumbling courtrooms and staff shortages reduce capacity to deal with backlog.

  • Prison terrorism: Warnings over failure to stop radicalisation
    on 27/04/2022

    A report finds "no-go areas" for staff and says jails must not provide opportunities for militants.

  • MPs lament “missed opportunities” of court reform programme
    on 26/04/2022

    The Ministry of Justice and courts service have “missed opportunities to swiftly deliver an ambitious court reform programme”, MPs on the justice select committee said today. The post MPs lament “missed opportunities” of court reform programme appeared first on Legal Futures.

  • Man charged over £4.5 million Harpenden drug seizure
    on 26/04/2022

    A man from South East London has been charged after the National Crime Agency seized cocaine with an estimated value of £4.5 million.

  • ​Defence counsel backs ‘naming and shaming’ oligarch solicitors
    on 26/04/2022

    War in Ukraine a ‘generational moment’ says media lawyer Adelaide Lopez - who is 'pessimistic' about effective SRA regulation.

  • Children between three and six ‘victims of self-generated child sexual abuse’ – The Guardian
    on 26/04/2022

    ‘Children as young as between three and six years old are becoming the latest victims in a growing trend of self-generated child sexual abuse, a report from an internet safety watchdog has said.’ Full StoryThe Guardian, 26th April 2022Source: www.theguardian.com

  • Rate of self-harm amongst women prisoners eight times that of men
    on 26/04/2022

    The rate of self-harm amongst women in prison is eight times that of men and an increase from five times higher prior to the pandemic, according to the report of a cross-party group of MPs and peers. The first briefing from an ongoing inquiry into the damaging impact of prisons on women’s health and wellbeing reveals

  • Victims of domestic violence denied legal aid because they are deemed homeowners
    on 26/04/2022

    One third of low income homeowners including victims of domestic violence who would otherwise be eligible for legal aid are being denied help because they are deemed to have capital in their home despite not being able to access it. New research from the Public Law Project reveals that despite a ruling in 2020 affecting those

  • Prevalence of drink and needle spiking unknown, MPs say
    on 26/04/2022

    Home affairs committee calls for urgent improvements in reporting, investigating and prosecuting of spiking incidentsThe true prevalence of drink and needle spiking remains unknown because of inadequate data collection, MPs have warned, after hearing of victims dismissed as having had “one too many”.Describing spiking as a “heinous crime”, the home affairs select committee called for urgent improvements in reporting, investigating and prosecuting spiking incidents. Continue reading...

  • Serious violence rose after lockdown restrictions ended
    on 26/04/2022

    Serious violence neared pre-pandemic levels in August, but overall rates were lower, say researchers.

  • Letters from the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner April 2022
    on 25/04/2022

    The Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner writes to government departments regarding human rights and security issues.

  • RT @BarristerSecret: This is the legacy of the cuts to criminal justice supported by @DominicRaab. Still he refuses to give the system th…
    on 25/04/2022

    The CBA (@TheCriminalBar) retweeted:This is the legacy of the cuts to criminal justice supported by @DominicRaab. Still he refuses to give the system the resources it needs to function.Not enough courts, not enough police, not enough judges, not enough criminal barristers.Please fix it.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-610613…- The Secret Barrister (@BarristerSecret)02:20 - Apr 25, 2022

  • Guidance: Domestic Abuse Act 2021 commencement schedule
    on 24/04/2022

    This sets out the commencement dates of the provisions of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

  • UK Covid travel rules were arbitrary and disproportionate, say MPs
    on 24/04/2022

    Committee says international travel should not be singled out in response to any future pandemicsInternational travel should be protected in future pandemics, MPs have urged, describing the Covid restrictions imposed by the UK government as confusing, arbitrary and disproportionate.The Commons transport select committee said the government should learn lessons from the coronavirus pandemic to create a predictable and transparent system for future public health crises, to support travellers and the aviation industry. Continue reading...

  • Colin Pitchfork: Parole hearing for double child killer and rapist
    on 22/04/2022

    Colin Pitchfork will be considered for release again this autumn, it has been confirmed.

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