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Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMind responds to Grenfell Tower fire and offers “Blue Light” programme to emergency services (23 June 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to the Grenfell Tower fire and the trauma that residents and emergency service staff have suffered. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsONS figures show boom in population growth from immigration, birth rate and fewer deaths (23 June 2017)

 

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK has seen the largest growth in population to mid-2016 as a result of immigration, the birth rate and a lower death rate. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWelsh Assembly sets up expert group to learn lessons from Grenfell Tower fire (23 June 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, has announced that he is setting up an expert group to examine all of the lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire and their application to Wales. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJustice Secretary sets out essential reforms to prisons (23 June 2017)

 

Justice Secretary David Lidington has set out the essential reforms under way to make prisons places of safety and reform - saying that, as well as depriving offenders of their liberty, prisons must also be places of reform and rehabilitation, to support offenders in turning their lives around. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWelsh government re-commits to tackling child poverty (22 June 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly (WA) Communities and Children’s Secretary, Carl Sargeant, has said a whole government approach to tackling inequality is essential to alleviating child poverty. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for banker who accepted bribes in exchange for authorising corporate loans (22 June 2017)

 

The Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) has jailed a bank official who accepted more than £2 million in bribes in return for approving large loans. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMind responds to Queen’s Speech and government proposals on mental health legislation reform (22 June 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to the Queen’s Speech by welcoming the government’s proposals to reform mental health legislation, including the Mental Health Act. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£2.7m fine for lighting supplier, after CMA investigation (22 June 2017)

 

A lighting supplier has been fined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for requiring retailers to use a minimum price when selling their products online. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBracknell Forest Council and Mencap join forces for Learning Disability Awareness Week (21 June 2017)

 

Bracknell Forest Council and Wokingham, Bracknell and Districts Mencap have announced a programme of activities to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week – which runs from Monday, 19 June to Sunday, 25 June 2017. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail after guilty plea to terrorism charges (21 June 2017)

 

The Old Bailey has jailed a man who attempted to travel to Syria and join Daesh fighters. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBradford Council considers proposals to improve SEND services (21 June 2017)

 

Bradford Council is to consider new model for supporting children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and will consider new proposals to improve outcomes for SEND children across the district. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLincolnshire Fire and Rescue offers advice to high-rise residents following Grenfell Tower fire (21 June 2017)

 

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is reassuring local people about its prevention and response arrangements for high-rise buildings, following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London on Monday 14 June 2017. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£45,000 penalty after roofer suffers life threatening injuries in fall from height (21 June 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a northwest welding and metal fabrication firm, after a worker suffered life threatening injuries when he fell through a fragile roof. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCambridge City Council reassures tenants over fire safety (21 June 2017)

 

Cambridge City Council is reminding council tenants and leaseholders of the fire safety measures and procedures in place at council homes, following the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBarnet Council raises awareness of diabetes among residents for Diabetes Week (21 June 2017)

 

Barnet Council in Greater London has helped to raise awareness of diabetes risks as part of Diabetes Week in June. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£8m penalty for Tesco for environmental and health and safety offences (21 June 2017)

 

Supermarket giant Tesco has been ordered to pay an £8 million penalty for a major pollution incident and health and safety offence. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWolverhampton Council supports Royal Life Saving Society UK's Drowning Prevention Week (20 June 2017)

 

The City of Wolverhampton Council is holding free water safety events at Wolverhampton's WV Active leisure centres as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the risks of accidental drowning. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£168,000 penalty for fisheries offences (20 June 2017)

 

Dutch company Kafish B.V. and Dutch national Peter Kuyt have been prosecuted by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for 13 breaches of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 and the Fisheries Act 1981 at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBuckinghamshire children’s services “making steady progress” says Ofsted (20 June 2017)

 

Buckinghamshire County Council has said that children’s services are continuing to make steady progress in improving the quality of care for looked after children across the county. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPolish nationals sentenced for modern slavery offences (20 June 2017)

 

Leeds Crown Court has jailed three Polish nationals for modern slavery offences, after they trafficked workers to the UK and forced them to live in poverty and fear. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsContractor and sub-contractor prosecuted after member of public is injured (20 June 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a civil engineering company, after a member of the public was struck by fencing wire and sustained injuries to her neck and leg. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for hacker who launched cyber attacks on hospital and airport websites (20 June 2017)

 

Norwich Magistrates’ Court has jailed a 30-year-old man who hacked into the websites of Norwich and Norfolk Hospital and Norwich Airport. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsKettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police take action to disrupt drugs trade in Kettering (20 June 2017)

 

Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police are working together to disrupt the drugs trade in Kettering by closing down properties that are being used for the supply of Class A drugs. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBradford Council launches Children, Young People and Families Plan (20 June 2017)

 

Bradford Council has launched its new Children, Young People and Families Plan for the Bradford district, setting out a “clear vision” and priorities for how agencies in the district will work with children, young people and families from 2017 to 2020. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRoofing company prosecuted after ignoring warnings over unsafe working at height (19 June 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a roofing company which ignored concerns about contractors working at height in an unsafe manner. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCambridge City Council proposals for new council homes (19 June 2017)

 

Cambridge City Council has announced that two sites are to be developed to provide new council homes pending planning permission. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail and disqualification for director of roofing company guilty of fraud (19 June 2017)

 

The director of a roofing company has been jailed for 27 months, after being found guilty of fraudulent trading in several areas in Buckinghamshire. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMoD consults on cancelling UK Armed Forces mental health mid-year report and Episode tables in annual summary (19 June 2017)

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a consultation on the proposed cessation of the UK Armed Forces mental health mid-year report and the production of Episode tables in the UK Armed Forces mental health annual summary. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Police support NUM scheme to protect sex workers (19 June 2017)

 

Lincolnshire County Council working with Lincolnshire Police has pledged support for the National Ugly Mugs (NUM) scheme – a project providing greater access to justice and protection for sex workers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTwo firms prosecuted after electrical contractor suffers extensive burns after cutting live cable (19 June 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies after a worker suffered extensive burns to his face, arms and hands as a result of an electrical incident. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsParents and carers of young children with autism in Wolverhampton invited to take part in EarlyBird Plus programme (19 June 2017)

 

Parents and carers of young children with autism in the Wolverhampton area are being encouraged to find out more about a national programme designed to improve their understanding of the condition. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDurham action against illicit tobacco traders nets 130,340 cigarettes, 71.15kg of hand rolled tobacco and £14,600 in cash (19 June 2017)

 

Durham Council has said that enforcement action against illicit tobacco traders and rogue traders has involved a series of multi-agency stings that targeted black market cigarettes and underage sales. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHome Office announces Immigration Rules concession for offshore wind workers (19 June 2017)

 

The Home Office department of UK Visas and Immigration has announced a concession for workers joining a construction vessel operating in UK territorial waters up till 21 October 2017. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£40,000 fine after worker undergoes partial amputation of index finger (16 June 2017)

 

A Hertfordshire thermal engineering company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker underwent partial amputation of his index finger. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNewcastle company prosecuted after uncontrolled fire on premises is declared major incident (16 June 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Tyneside company, after an uncontrolled fire on its premises was declared a major emergency by local police. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMore police forces encouraged to join Operation Sceptre to tackle knife crime (16 June 2017)

 

Safeguarding Minister Sarah Newton MP is encouraging more police forces to join Operation Sceptre to tackle knife crime. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsA&E departments gear up for winter with £20.74 million extra funding (16 June 2017)

 

A&E departments across England are to benefit from more funding this winter, after £20.74 million extra funding was awarded to hospitals in England. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLondon’s first Victims Commissioner appointed to strengthen victims’ rights (16 June 2017)

 

The founder of campaign group Voice4Victims, Clare Waxman, has been appointed as London’s first Victims Commissioner by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBritish Dental Association calls on government to address disparities in oral hygiene between children (15 June 2017)

 

A new study by the British Dental Association (BDA) has found that children who need a general anaesthetic to have decayed teeth removed miss at least five days of school and can take a week to recover from the surgery – with children from low income families more likely to be admitted to hospital for tooth extractions. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsGarage owner disqualified for trading while insolvent (15 June 2017)

 

An Insolvency Service investigation has resulted in a garage owner being disqualified for trading while insolvent – the Insolvency Service has now issued a statement to clarify that the new occupier of the Pontyclun premises from where Bets Centres Ltd traded is an unrelated business. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£3,000 penalty for breaching injunction banning car cruises (15 June 2017)

 

City of Wolverhampton Council has revealed that the organisers of a planned car cruise who breached a Black Country-wide ban on car cruising have been handed fines and costs totalling £3,000 at the High Court. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDurham landlord prosecuted for breaches of licensing regulations (15 June 2017)

 

A Durham landlord has been prosecuted after failing to obtain the appropriate licences for two houses she rented out to students. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWigan Council scheme provides affordable homes from derelict properties (15 June 2017)

 

Wigan Council says that derelict properties in the Wigan Borough have been given a makeover, providing homes for residents in need of affordable housing. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew technology at Public Health Wales Microbiology Lab “will speed up diagnosis of gastrointestinal conditions” (14 June 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has said that it is vital for Wales to keep up-to-date with the latest healthcare technology to improve outcomes for patients. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHarrow Council shuts down unlicensed HMO after complaints of anti-social behaviour (14 June 2017)

 

Harrow Council in northwest London has taken action over a string of anti-social incidents, which affected homeowners in Kenton. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSlough Borough Council launches mobile breast screening to detect cancer earlier (14 June 2017)

 

Slough Borough Council has announced that a mobile breast screening unit has been launched in Slough with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDerby landlord and managing agent prosecuted for failing to comply with Improvement Notice (14 June 2017)

 

Derby City Council’s Housing Standards Team has prosecuted a private landlord and managing agent for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice under the Housing Act 2004. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBolton Council introduces tougher penalties for fly-tippers and businesses committing envirocrimes (14 June 2017)

 

Bolton Council in Lancashire is warning that those caught fly-tipping will now face a £400 spot fine. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBath and North East Somerset Council pilots rapid response service for over-65s (14 June 2017)

 

Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) has announced a new pilot involving a community-based, rapid-response service for people over the age of 65 who fall at home. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMars urgently recalls chocolate products over fears of salmonella (14 June 2017)

 

Chocolate maker Mars has urgently recalled a number of its products due to a “potential presence of salmonella". Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsGP issued a formal warning after advising a patient she needed a “spa day” three weeks before her death caused by the contraceptive pill (14 June 2017)

 

An inquest has heard that a young graduate who died of a blood clot caused by her contraceptive pill was not taken seriously by her GP who advised she go for a “spa day”. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLong hospital waits for routine treatments are at their highest in almost 10 years (14 June 2017)

 

NHS England figures recently revealed that the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for routine treatment is the largest since September 2008. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRoyal College of Surgeons has expressed concern about the “grim reality” of NHS waiting times for surgery (14 June 2017)

 

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said that the number of patients who are facing waits of six months or more for surgery has tripled over the last four years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHospital admits negligence after staff mistakenly monitored a mother’s heart rate rather than the baby’s (14 June 2017)

 

The Royal Bolton Hospital has admitted negligence following the death of a baby whose heart was not monitored correctly during labour. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFenland Council introduces equipment to make swimming pool rescues “quicker, safer and more efficient” (13 June 2017)

 

Fenland District Council has announced the installation at a local leisure centre of a revolutionary new piece of equipment designed to make swimming pool rescues quicker and safer. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsProceeds of Coalville Colour Run to go to domestic violence charity (13 June 2017)

 

North West Leicestershire District Council has announced that the domestic violence support charity Living Without Abuse (LWA) will benefit from the proceeds of the second-ever Coalville Colour Run charity run due to take place in September. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCornwall Council offers help to bring empty properties back into use (13 June 2017)

 

Cornwall Council says it is offering a range of assistance for owners of empty properties – whether empty existing properties or empty non-residential properties – to be converted into new homes. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew technology at Public Health Wales Microbiology Lab “will speed up diagnosis of gastrointestinal conditions” (13 June 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has said that it is vital for Wales to keep up-to-date with the latest healthcare technology to improve outcomes for patients. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsOne final legal challenge for Charlie Gard’s parents (13 June 2017)

 

Charlie Gard’s parents have launched one final legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights following the failure of their Supreme Court challenge. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentence and supervision order for housing fraud (13 June 2017)

 

West Oxfordshire District Council has prosecuted a local resident who rented a housing association home while letting out her own property. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDoncaster Council seizes nearly 170,000 illegal cigarettes and 54kg of tobacco in one year (13 June 2017)

 

Doncaster Council says that its Trading Standards department seized more than 169,640 illicit cigarettes and 54kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco from Doncaster premises between April 2016 and April 2017. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBrent Council prosecutes after discovering “shanty” home in Wembley (13 June 2017)

 

Brent Council in Greater London has prosecuted a family of landlords who set up a “Slumdog Millionaire”-style shanty home, into which they crammed 31 tenants. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSomerset County Council recruits more Appropriate Adult volunteers to Youth Offending Team (12 June 2017)

 

Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team is appealing for more volunteers to act as Appropriate Adults, helping young people or vulnerable adults understand what is happening to them while in police custody and why. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMilton Keynes Council warns of dangers of wild water swimming in warm weather (12 June 2017)

 

Milton Keynes Council is urging the public not to swim in open water during warm weather, including in the Blue Lagoon in Milton Keynes. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£3,250 penalty for landlord whose property became an HMO without her knowledge (12 June 2017)

 

Slough Borough Council has prosecuted a private sector landlord, whose property became a house in multiple occupation (HMO) without her knowledge. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCommunity Order for fly-tipper caught in the act by CCTV (12 June 2017)

 

Bath & North East Somerset Council has prosecuted a fly-tipper, after catching him in the act on CCTV. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBasingstoke and Deane Borough Council says anti fly-tipping offensive has seen reduction in waste dumped (12 June 2017)

 

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council says it has seen a “steady fall” in the amount of dumped waste on the street – and more vigilance by borough residents. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFigures suggest improving social care services for children and young people in Dudley (12 June 2017)

 

Dudley Council in the West Midlands has said that the number of children being looked after in care has fallen by nearly 9% in Dudley over the last two years, according to new figures. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCriminal landlords in Brent forced to pay total of £500,000 in fines (12 June 2017)

 

Brent Council in Greater London says that court fines paid by criminal landlords in Brent have crossed the half-a-million pound mark. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News30-week jail term for benefit fraud (12 June 2017)

 

Bromley Council in Kent has prosecuted a 45-year-old benefit claimant, after he was found to be committing benefit fraud. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHarrow house in serious disrepair found to house “disgusting” tenants (12 June 2017)

 

Harrow Council recently received a number of complaints from homeowners in Kenton following persistent anti-social incidents from a group of tenants. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCyber sex crimes against children have increased by nearly half (12 June 2017)

 

The NSPCC has revealed that 44% more cyber-sex crimes against children occurred in 2016 than 2015. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTerminally ill man receives almost £180,000 in damages after his GP misdiagnosed his cancer for a fungal nail infection (12 June 2017)

 

A musician with terminal skin cancer has won £178,845 in damages after his GP misdiagnosed his condition as a fungal nail infection, London’s High Court has heard. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNorthamptonshire care home “humiliated” a deafblind resident with dementia (12 June 2017)

 

The daughter of an 84-year-old care home resident has claimed that he was “utterly humiliated” and mistreated by staff. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRogue landlord and housing company prosecuted for breaches of health and safety licensing regulations (9 June 2017)

 

Herefordshire Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service has prosecuted a rogue landlord for offences under the Housing Act. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWeight loss entrepreneur prosecuted over potentially dangerous “ultrasonic liposuction machines" (9 June 2017)

 

A man who sold ultrasonic liposuction machines to the public as weight loss devices has been described as a “snake oil salesman” by a judge at Coventry Crown Court. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTower Hamlets Council shuts down shisha lounge following anti-social behaviour complaints (9 June 2017)

 

Tower Hamlets Council in east London has shut down an illegal shisha lounge, after local residents complained about anti-social behaviour and noise at the premises. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLandlords invited to keep up-to-date with regulation at North Staffordshire Landlord Conference (9 June 2017)

 

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle Borough Council and the North Staffordshire Landlords Association are hosting a conference on 8 June to help landlords keep up-to-date with property rental legislation. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLife sentences for two Stevenage men convicted of revenge killing (9 June 2017)

 

Luton Crown Court has jailed two men convicted of the murder of a man in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in November 2016. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWelsh government Concordat offers integrated approach to healthcare and social care (9 June 2017)

 

The Welsh Assembly has said that a new commitment from key partners to put those needing social care puts people at the heart of health and social care commissioning. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWhirlpool fined £99,000 for allowing unregistered plumber to carry out gas work at more than 1,000 addresses (9 June 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an unregistered plumber who carried out gas work at addresses in North London over a two- year period. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCare home group prosecuted after dementia patient falls to their death (9 June 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a care home after an elderly resident with dementia fell from a first floor window and died. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew affordable homes for Poole to be built on council-owned land (8 June 2017)

 

The Borough of Poole's Planning Committee has approved a planning application to build 15 new affordable homes on council-owned land at Chichester Walk in Merley. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWest Sussex hosts event to support RNIB’s make a Noise in Libraries fortnight for those with sight loss (8 June 2017)

 

West Sussex County Council is hosting a drop in session on 6 June in support of the RBIB campaign Make a Noise in Libraries. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSouthend raid nets 5,000 illicit cigarettes and 5kg of illegal tobacco (8 June 2017)

 

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Trading Standards team has taken part in a joint operation with Essex Police in a raid on two premises where illegal tobacco was uncovered. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsManchester City Council announces first payments to victims of arena attack (8 June 2017)

 

Manchester City Council has announced that the families of some victims who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attacks and some of those injured are due to receive the first payouts from a charity fund set up to help those involved in the terrorist attack. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPrivate hire operator and driver prosecuted for transporting school children without correct licence (8 June 2017)

 

Reading Council has prosecuted a private hire operator and a driver for transporting children to school without the correct licence. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSix-year jail term for causing death by dangerous driving (8 June 2017)

 

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court has convicted a motorist of causing death by dangerous driving, after he knocked down and killed a student as she crossed the road. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£7,500 fine for noisy neighbour who breached abatement notices for anti-social behaviour (8 June 2017)

 

A resident of Kettering in Northamptonshire has received a record fine after being prosecuted for anti-social behaviour. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCouncil incurs £45,000 penalty after employee’s index finger is severed (8 June 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Nottingham City Council, after a council worker suffered serious injuries to his hand. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDorset County Council promotes road safety to motorcyclists (8 June 2017)

 

Dorset County Council’s Road Safety Team have joined forces with Dorchester and West Dorset Advanced Motorcyclists (DWDAM) to offer a free talk and ride out on Sunday 11 June, to help bikers improve their road safety skills. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCourt of Protection Judge has ruled that a mentally ill woman should have surgery against her will (8 June 2017)

 

A Court of Protection judge has ruled that a mentally ill woman who doctors fear have cancer should undergo exploratory surgery against her will. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCourt of Protection Judge has ruled that a confused man can be sedated in order for doctors to provide life-saving treatment (8 June 2017)

 

A Court of Protection judge has ruled that doctors can sedate a man in order to give him cancer treatment. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsVictims speak out about mastectomy surgeon jailed for 15 years (6 June 2017)

 

Surgeon Ian Stuart Paterson, who performed a series of unnecessary procedures, has been jailed for 15 years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHospital staff failing to respond to hospital call bells (6 June 2017)

 

It has been reported that patients are left hungry, thirsty and desperate to use the toilet as a result of hospital staff failing to respond to call bells. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWolverhampton Trading Standards promotes Child Safety Week to help parents prevent children’s accidents (6 June 2017)

 

Trading Standards officers in Wolverhampton will be playing a key role in this year's Child Safety Week, which began on Monday 5 June. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDudley Council expands children centre to set up North Dudley Family Centre (6 June 2017)

 

Dudley Council in the West Midlands is expanding an existing children’s centre at Coseley, to help more vulnerable children and their families. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTower Hamlets campaign to promote healthy eating and prevent tooth decay (6 June 2017)

 

Tower Hamlets Council in east London is running a campaign to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of an unhealthy diet and too much sugar. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCommunity Order, curfew and £3,000 fine for persistent fly-tipper (6 June 2017)

 

Northumberland County Council has prosecuted a fly-tipper who left a trail of waste across local countryside. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNorth Tyneside launches resource pack to promote positive mental health in young people (6 June 2017)

 

A resource pack aiming to promote positive mental health in North Tyneside’s young people was launched on Tuesday 24 May. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsKing's Lynn & West Norfolk Council recruits new member of staff to investigate benefit fraud and overpayments (6 June 2017)

 

The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk has announced the appointment of a new member of staff, recruited to investigate erroneous and fraudulent Housing Benefit claims. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHampshire County Council to invest £70m in Extra-Care for vulnerable residents by 2022 (6 June 2017)

 

Hampshire County Council has announced it will invest more than £70 million by 2022, to enable the development of Extra-Care accommodation for those with physical and learning disabilities and increasing numbers of elderly residents. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDurham County Council introduces PSPO for dog owners (6 June 2017)

 

Durham County Council is introducing new rules for dog owners from June, to tackle issues such as dog fouling, strays and out-of-control dogs. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsGene mapping diabetes study may also have implications for Diabetes research (6 June 2017)

 

Scientists at University College London (UCL) say they are closer to understanding the genetic causes of Type 2 diabetes by identifying 111 new chromosome locations (“loci”) on the human genome that indicate susceptibility to the disease. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTotal of 1,100 new homes for new community in Hampshire (6 June 2017)

 

Eastleigh Council in Hampshire has announced that a new community is to be built in the area, with planning permission for 560 new homes forming part of the first phase application. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFish processing company prosecuted for putting consumers at risk of food poisoning (6 June 2017)

 

Wyre Council in Lancashire has prosecuted a fish processing factory, after environmental health officers found poor hygiene conditions which could have put consumers at risk of food poisoning. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLincolnshire firefighters issue alert after Beko recall two tumble dryers (6 June 2017)

 

Firefighters in Lincolnshire are asking people to check the make of their tumble dryer, after a full recall was issued by a leading manufacturer. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMind survey reveals disparity in mental health support for workers in private and public sectors (6 June 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has revealed “shocking” differences between mental health support for public and private sector workers – and has called on the next government to make mental health in the public sector a top priority. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsA London cancer patient was denied a move in hospital because not enough beds were available. He later passed away (6 June 2017)

 

Michael Brannan required emergency surgery to address his deteriorating condition after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was at Whittington Hospital in north London, but doctors requested he be sent to specialists at Westmoreland Street Hospital, which was not made possible because no beds were available. He died days later. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsA Hove nursing home has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission following 2 deaths during the course of the inspection (2 June 2017)

 

Two residents are reported to have died between the beginning and the end of a 10-day long inspection of a care home in Hove. Bon Accord nursing home in Hove was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in February 2017, and following the inspection the home was rated inadequate and placed in “special measures.” . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsOxford City Council prosecutes landlord for managing unlicensed HMO (2 June 2017)

 

Oxford City Council has taken court action against the landlord of an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO), in the first prosecution of its kind in the city. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSouthwark Council start campaign to raise awareness of the risks of child sexual exploitation (2 June 2017)

 

Southwark Council have asked local residents to take part in a survey to find out how much the general public know and understand about child sexual exploitation. The aim of the survey is to collate information so they know how to effectively target their campaign, making it as effective as possible. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£865 penalties for motorists convicted of abandoning their vehicles (2 June 2017)

 

Peterborough City Council has taken legal action against five motorists who failed to remove their vehicles when asked to do so by Prevention and Enforcement Service (PES) officers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFormer Luton Council housing officer convicted on tenancy fraud charges (2 June 2017)

 

A former Luton Council housing officer has been convicted of tenancy fraud, after pleading guilty to making a false statement in order to obtain social housing from Luton Borough Council. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSandwell Council launches ante-natal course for parents-to-be, to reduce risks of infant death and low birth weight (1 June 2017)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands is running a free ante-natal course in the borough from June, with four sessions covering key information to help parents-to-be prepare for the arrival of their baby. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJCWI preparing to challenge roll out of Right to Rent scheme across rest of UK (1 June 2017)

 

A challenge to the government’s Right to Rent scheme by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has launched a crowd-funding scheme, as the government proposes to roll out Right to Rent to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRespiratory illness from smoking adds £3.4m to Calderdale Council’s social care bill for 2015-2016 (1 June 2017)

 

Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire has said that a report by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) into the cost of smoking to the social care system in England estimates that it added £3.4 million to the council’s social care bill in 2015-2016. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCo-op fined £400,000 after elderly man slips in store and dies from brain injury (1 June 2017)

 

The Co-operative Group has been fined £400,000, after Cornwall Council’s Public Protection department prosecuted the company for a breach of the Health and Safety Act. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSlough mounts day of action to tackle rogue traders (1 June 2017)

 

Slough Borough Council, Thames Valley Police and their partners have participated in a joint operation, which saw 41 homes visited across the borough on Wednesday 10 May, as part of a national crackdown on rogue trading. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMore than 1,300 engage with Mental Health Awareness Week in Cheshire (1 June 2017)

 

Halton Borough Council in Cheshire has said that more than 1,300 local people engaged with Mental Health Awareness Week, held earlier in May. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsProperty developer and tree surgeon prosecuted after felling protected trees on development site (1 June 2017)

 

Southampton City Council has successfully prosecuted a property developer and a tree surgeon for felling four protected trees in the city. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTelford & Wrekin tenants move into new homes two months ahead of schedule (1 June 2017)

 

Telford & Wrekin Council says that the first tenants of a new housing development have moved in after the properties were completed two months ahead of schedule. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCroydon’s Trading Standards team warns householders of “roofing” scam, after elderly resident is defrauded of £2,000 (1 June 2017)

 

Croydon’s Trading Standards department is warning local residents to be aware of cold callers and “door steppers” demanding money for “urgent” roof repairs. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsVictims speak out about mastectomy surgeon jailed for 15 years (1 June 2017)

 

Surgeon Ian Stuart Paterson, who performed a series of unnecessary procedures, has been jailed for 15 years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLondon doctors may face prosecution for negligent ‘designer vagina’ surgery (1 June 2017)

 

Two London doctors have been threatened with prosecution for negligent surgery on a woman’s genitals. The Metropolitan Police Service is questioning the two doctors, who have not been named, following a complaint from a female patient who attended a private clinic for a labia reduction procedure. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWhat is Cybercrime? (1 June 2017)

 

The recent worldwide cyber-attack that brought vast parts of the NHS to a stand-still and left many patients in chronic pain without access to treatment, has brought into sharp focus how much we rely on all things cyber related. Read more...