Crime Articles

 

 

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Duncan Lewis:CrimeFive-year jail term for terrorism and hate crimes (24 February 2017)

 

Kingston Crown Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man to five years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to a series of terrorism and hate crimes. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLive-in partner convicted of murder of children’s author (23 February 2017)

 

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has called Ian Stewart’s attempts to disguise the murder of his partner, author Helen Bailey, “cynical and deceitful”. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePrisons and Courts Bill published (23 February 2017)

 

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled the Prisons and Courts Bill, which the government says paves the way for the biggest overhaul of prisons in a generation and the delivery of a world-class court system. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCarbon credit company directors disqualified for misrepresentation (22 February 2017)

 

An investigation by the Insolvency Service has led to four directors of the carbon credit investment company World Future Limited being disqualified for a total of 42-and-a-half years for misselling. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeYouth Rehabilitation Order for teenager convicted under Explosive Substances Act (21 February 2017)

 

A 17-year-old convicted of making explosives contrary to Section 4 (1) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 at Leeds Crown Court in January has been sentenced to a Youth Rehabilitation Order. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFilm company directors disqualified for total of 22-and-a-half years after misleading investors (21 February 2017)

 

An Insolvency Service investigation has resulted in three directors of international film company Handmade Films being disqualified for a total of 22-and-a-half years, after a judge found that investors had been misled. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMerseyside road safety initiative leads to 320 road traffic offences being enforced (20 February 2017)

 

Merseyside Council has said that its latest road safety enforcement operations and engagement events have resulted in 320 road traffic offences being enforced. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeArrests made after Newcastle City Council cracks down on loan sharks and money laundering (20 February 2017)

 

Newcastle City Council’s Trading Standards Department and Northumbria Police have executed warrants at two home addresses in a crackdown on loan sharks. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCab driver prosecuted for invalidating insurance and over-charging (20 February 2017)

 

Spelthorne Council in Surrey has prosecuted a taxi driver who overcharged six vulnerable adults and invalidated his insurance by accepting six passengers, when his vehicle was only licensed to take five. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFour-year jail sentence for rogue trader convicted of fraud offences (20 February 2017)

 

Herefordshire Council’s environmental health and trading standards service has prosecuted a local rogue trader who offered fake 50% discounts in local publications and falsely claimed to hold a Trustmark accreditation. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime15-year bankruptcy restriction order for director who traded whilst an undischarged bankrupt (20 February 2017)

 

A former financial adviser has been handed a 15-year bankruptcy restriction order – the maximum limit – for trading while an undischarged bankrupt. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for Bedford man who offered unregulated immigration advice (17 February 2017)

 

A Bedford man has been prosecuted for giving illegal immigration advice after his regulation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) expired. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for motorist guilty of causing death by dangerous driving (15 February 2017)

 

A driver convicted of causing death by dangerous driving has been jailed for three years and eight months, after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the death of 24-year-old Ian Wemyss by dangerous driving along the A49 in Herefordshire on 6 November 2015. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePrison reform “about turning people’s lives around” says Justice Secretary (14 February 2017)

 

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has set out her views on sentencing and the size of the prison population. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEight years extended bankruptcy for Warwickshire man who made false insurance claim (14 February 2017)

 

A Warwickshire man has had his bankruptcy extended for eight years, after he was found to have made a false insurance claim. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£59,000 penalty for polluting Worcestershire brook (10 February 2017)

 

An Evesham food processing company has been fined nearly £60,000, after allowing the pollution of a local brook. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£19,162 penalty for polluting watercourse of special scientific interest (9 February 2017)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a dairy farmer for polluting a protected watercourse. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNew frontline service to reform offenders and cut crime to launch in April (9 February 2017)

 

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced that a new frontline service focused on reforming offenders and cutting crime will be launched in April 2017. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWindsor and Maidenhead committed to protecting services for drug and alcohol users (6 February 2017)

 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has announced that it is committed to protecting and investing in services for residents with drug and alcohol problems.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTata Steel UK to pay £73,000 for water pollution breach (6 February 2017)

 

The Environment Agency has announced that Tata Steel UK Ltd has agreed to pay £73,000 towards improving the Bottesford Beck, following a pollution incident near Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNewcastle Trading Standards seize illegal tobacco and cigarettes worth £10,000 (6 February 2017)

 

Newcastle City Council’s Trading Standards Team have raided a shop in Byker, after receiving a tip-off from a member of the public that illegal cigarettes were being sold from the premises . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLondon Mayor to put female offending at heart of policing strategy (6 February 2017)

 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that he is to put tackling female offending at the heart of his policing strategy and will invest £500,000 in improved services to support women at risk of re-offending. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMoD confirms Britain’s co-operation with Egypt over counter-terrorism (3 February 2017)

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach have reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to tackle regional security threats alongside Egypt. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeKent mattress recycler prosecuted for failing to comply with relevant waste exemptions (3 February 2017)

 

The operator of a Kent recycling site – which recycles mattresses and beds – has been found guilty for failing to comply with relevant waste exemptions. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHartlepool Trading Standards warns of iTune vouchers telephone payment fraud (2 February 2017)

 

Hartlepool Council Trading Standards Officers are warning the public about the dangers of unsolicited phone calls, after one local resident lost several thousands of pounds to a telephone fraudster.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail time for Judge and Assistant convicted of £1m Fraud (1 February 2017)

 

A former district judge and his assistant who defrauded nearly £1 million from clients at their law firm have been jailed at Southwark Crown Court. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePolicing and Crime Bill receives Royal Assent (1 February 2017)

 

The Home Office has announced that the Policing and Crime Bill received Royal Assent on 31st January 2017. The government says the Policing and Crime Act 2017 will enhance the democratic accountability of police and fire and rescue services. Additionally it will improve the effectiveness of emergency services through closer collaboration and building public confidence in policing. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGang sentenced after being found guilty of £141m City fraud (31 January 2017)

 

A gang who defrauded a Russian Bank of more than £1 million has been sentenced to a total of 19 years in jail. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeThree plead guilty to conspiracy to commit Housing Benefit fraud (30 January 2017)

 

Spelthorne Council in Surrey has prosecuted three men for benefit fraud offences.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBirmingham businessman fined for repeated fly-tipping offences (27 January 2017)

 

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted the owner of a bridal boutique who fly-tipped refuse and provided false information to officers from Birmingham City Council’s Waste Enforcement Unit. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNew Ministry of Justice deaths in custody figures show record levels of suicides in prisons (27 January 2017)

 

The charity INQUEST has said new figures relating to deaths in custody released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) are “extremely disturbing”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBarnet Council targets dangerous drivers (26 January 2017)

 

Barnet Council announced plans to extend Moving Traffic Contraventions enforcement to 14 additional sites in the borough where traffic restrictions exist, in a bid to further target dangerous drivers.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBrent Council hosts community event to address gang crime (26 January 2017)

 

Brent Council has hosted a community event, which focused on gang activities in Brent.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeKnife amnesty across Surrey until 30 January (23 January 2017)

 

Surrey Police Force has launched an initiative to encourage those who own knives to give them up anonymously, in a bid to tackle knife crime across the county. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLondon Mayor says cuts to Met funding will risk Londoners’ protection from terrorism (20 January 2017)

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that lack of central government funding for the Metropolitan Police would make it increasingly difficult to keep Londoners safe from growing security threats.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeUK to control own legal system post Brexit – while co-operating with EU over cross-border crime and terrorism (18 January 2017)

 

The Prime Minister has reaffirmed the UK’s intention to work closely with European partners to counteract cross-border crime and terrorism post Brexit – but has said that Britain must regain control of its own affairs, taking back control of its laws and bringing an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeIllegal angler fined £1,850 after failing to appear in court (18 January 2017)

 

A Hull angler has been fined £1,850, after being caught fishing without a licence at Newark in Nottinghamshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFirst Halfords training academy for female prisoners opens (17 January 2017)

 

Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee has opened the first Halfords Training Academy for female prisoners at HMP Drake Hall.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeUK-Uruguay double taxation convention in force from 1 January (16 January 2017)

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced that the UK and Uruguay have signed a convention to avoid double taxation and prevent fiscal evasion related to taxes on income and on capital. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLittering crackdown in Hinckley sees 13 motorists fined (13 January 2017)

 

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council in Leicestershire has said a crackdown on littering has resulted in motorists being fined since the campaign began in November 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHillingdon Council consults on children’s centres (13 January 2017)

 

Hillingdon Council is reviewing its children's centre programme – and is using feedback from families and partners to inform a new approach to delivering some services. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCar boot trader pleads guilty to seven offences of selling counterfeit goods (10 January 2017)

 

A man has pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to selling counterfeit goods at a local car boot sale.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSerial fly-tipper may be facing custodial sentence (9 January 2017)

 

Croydon Council has prosecuted a fly-tipper who made national headlines after he was caught on camera dumping three tonnes of building waste as he drove along a Croydon street.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSeven-year disqualification for director who accepted deposits for work not carried out (9 January 2017)

 

The director of a window installation company has been banned from being a director for seven years, after taking deposits from customers with no reasonable prospect of being able to deliver the goods.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSeven-year disqualification for director who accepted deposits for work not carried out (7 January 2017)

 

The director of a window installation company has been banned from being a director for seven years, after taking deposits from customers with no reasonable prospect of being able to deliver the goods.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeConvicted murderers sentenced to life for cocaine debt killing (6 January 2017)

 

The Central Criminal Court has sentenced to life two men who committed murder over a crack cocaine debt they owed.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMD of Indian restaurant disqualified for eight years for failing to keep adequate accounts (6 January 2017)

 

The managing director of an Indian restaurant in Brick Lane, east London has been disqualified for eight years, after suppressing the restaurant’s takings and not keeping adequate accounting records.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePublisher disqualified for ten years for failing to keep and deliver up adequate accounts (5 January 2017)

 

A Manchester-based publisher has been banned for ten years for failing to keep and deliver up adequate accounts. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£6,000 fine after Community Protection Notice is upheld in landmark case (4 January 2017)

 

Brent Council has prosecuted a man who refused to stop leaving car trailers parked in a north London street.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRoss-on-Wye retailer fined for illegal cigarette haul (2 January 2017)

 

A retailer in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire has been prosecuted after Trading Standards officers found a secret compartment filled with illegal cigarettes hidden behind a magnetised stock room fuse box. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeStalking Protection Orders announced to tackle stranger stalking at an early stage (21 December 2016)

 

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that the government will introduce new stalking protection orders, which will help protect victims of stalking at the earliest possible stage. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeManchester company operating business rates mitigation scheme wound up (21 December 2016)

 

The High Court in Manchester has wound up a Manchester-based company, which operated a business rates mitigation scheme for clients, after it withdrew an appeal against the closure of the business in the public interest. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector banned for 11 years for misappropriating company funds (21 December 2016)

 

An investigation by the Insolvency Service has found that the director of an insurance firm misappropriated company funds of at least £273,774. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBristol grocer fined £14,500 for selling substandard produce (20 December 2016)

 

A Bristol-based fresh produce retailer has been ordered to pay more than £14,500 for displaying, offering for sale and selling rotten fruit and vegetables that failed to meet minimum quality standards, after a two-year investigation by the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI). . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeYouth justice system to put education and training at the heart of services (19 December 2016)

 

Justice Minister Elizabeth Truss has announced that education will be at the heart of youth justice – with two secure schools planned and new measures to monitor progress in English, mathematics, health and behaviour.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeIpswich shopkeeper prosecuted for “legal highs” drugs offences (19 December 2016)

 

Suffolk County Council has prosecuted an Ipswich shopkeeper for offences relating to legal highs.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence and fine for running an unlicensed waste disposal business (19 December 2016)

 

An Oxfordshire man who operated an illegal skip has been handed a four-month custodial sentence suspended for one year.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRetailer fined for produce below minimum quality standards (19 December 2016)

 

A Bury retailer has been ordered to pay nearly £10,800 for displaying, offering for sale and selling rotten fruit and vegetables that failed to meet minimum quality standards.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRecord £1bn in overpaid benefits through fraud and error recovered in 2015-2016 (19 December 2016)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recorded an overall fall in the level of benefit fraud, compared with figures for 2010. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLuton Trading Standards seize record haul of illegal tobacco (15 December 2016)

 

Luton City Council’s Trading Standards department has recovered a record haul of illegal tobacco, with assistance from police officers from Operation Sentinel. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£2,000 penalty for failing to control commercial waste (15 December 2016)

 

Gloucester City Council has prosecuted a retailer selling white goods for failing to control the commercial waste produced on his premises.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNewham Council pushes for action on betting shops and associated crime and anti-social behaviour (14 December 2016)

 

The London Borough of Newham (LBN) has welcomed the government’s review of high-stake gambling machines, known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRogue traders who targeted the elderly are jailed (13 December 2016)

 

Rogue traders who deliberately targeted elderly and vulnerable people living alone have been jailed, following investigations by Dorset County Council and North Yorkshire County Council.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeYouth justice system to put education and training at the heart of services (13 December 2016)

 

Justice Minister Elizabeth Truss has announced that education will be at the heart of youth justice – with two secure schools planned and new measures to monitor progress in English, mathematics, health and behaviour.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHerefordshire authorities net haul of 240,000 illegal cigarettes hidden in disposable barbecues (10 December 2016)

 

Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards and West Mercia Police have uncovered a record haul of illegal tobacco in a joint operation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFinancial services director banned for eight years for failing to maintain adequate records (8 December 2016)

 

The director of a Chelmsford-based financial services company has been banned for eight years for failing to ensure that adequate books and records relating to both companies were maintained, preserved or delivered up to the liquidator. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeIncreased penalties for drivers using handheld mobiles follows consultation on life for killer drivers (6 December 2016)

 

The government has announced that, as well as a consultation on life sentences for careless drivers who cause deaths on the road, the Department for Transport (DfT) is separately introducing legislation, increasing the penalties for using a handheld mobile phone while driving from 3 to 6 penalty points and increasing the fine from £100 to £200 when a driver is issued with a fixed penalty. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHotel directors disqualified for total of 28 years for misconduct (2 December 2016)

 

The directors of a hotel company have been disqualified for a total of 28 years, after an Insolvency Service investigation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeConvicted fraudsters ordered to repay NHS and Treasury 575,000 GBP (1 December 2016)

 

Basildon Crown Court has ordered four health experts convicted of defrauding the NHS involving 14,000 hours they did not work have been ordered to repay more than £575,000 or face further time in prison. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDisqualification and fine for breaches of Employment Regulations (1 December 2016)

 

The director of a recruitment company has been disqualified for two years and ordered to pay a total of £32,979.38 in penalties after a criminal investigation into breaches of employment law.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePermit suspension for waste company after breach of conditions (28 November 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has partially suspended the environmental permit of a Chesterfield-based waste company, after it failed to comply with its permit conditions.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNew Parole Board Rules come into force (23 November 2016)

 

The new Parole Board Rules laid before Parliament on 1 November 2016 come into force on Tuesday (22/11/16).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBankruptcy restriction order for failing to pay assets to HMRC and Official Receiver (18 November 2016)

 

A bankruptcy restriction order has been imposed on a man who failed to pay HMRC with his only asset and then failed to pay the Official Receiver.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeUK to consider continuing co-operation with Europol to tackle terrorism and cybercrime (18 November 2016)

 

Policing Minister Brandon Lewis has notified Parliament of the government’s intention to opt-in to Regulation (eu) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union agency for law enforcement co-operation (Europol), in line with its right to do so under protocol 21 to the EU Treaties.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeManslaughter sentences increased under ULS scheme (16 November 2016)

 

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of two teenagers convicted of manslaughter following referral under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSerious and organised crime costs the UK at least 24 billion each year- says Home Secretary (15 November 2016)

 

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has told the Financial Conduct Authority’s Financial Crime Conference that the scale of the UK’s financial services sector means it is vulnerable to organised crime – including fraud, money laundering and corruption.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDurham council and police make two arrests and seize cash and illicit tobacco in dawn raids (14 November 2016)

 

A woman in her late fifties and a man in his late sixties were detained on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of illicit tobacco, in a raid at Seaham, carried out by Durham Trading Standards with support from Durham Constabulary.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime571GBP fine for fishing with rod licence during closed season (11 November 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a man for fishing without a rod licence during closed season.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime26-month prison sentence for online stalking which resulted in victim’s suicide (10 November 2016)

 

Wolverhampton Crown Court has sentenced a 42-year-old man to 26 months in jail, after he pleaded guilty to charges of stalking. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNine years in jail for stabbing man on Birmingham tram (10 November 2016)

 

Birmingham Crown Court has sentenced a 28-year-old man to nine years in jail, after he stabbed a commuter as they disembarked the Midland Metro in Bilston.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSecond prosecution for Sheffield retailer caught selling illegal tobacco (9 November 2016)

 

Sheffield Trading Standards has prosecuted a shop owner found selling illegal tobacco for a second time.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCabinet Office counter-fraud initiative saves taxpayer 198million (9 November 2016)

 

The Cabinet Office has revealed that its counter-fraud initiative has saved nearly £200 million for the taxpayer.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime100,000GBP in fines after controlled waste is illegally disposed of in garden (8 November 2016)

 

The director of a waste company has been prosecuted, after controlled waste was illegally disposed of in the garden of a private residence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWest Oxfordshire District Council sets up joint counter-fraud unit with other councils (8 November 2016)

 

West Oxfordshire District Council has joined forces with authorities across neighbouring Gloucestershire to establish a specialist unit to tackle fraud and the misuse of public funds – and to assist with enforcement and prosecution across the region.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime14-month jail term for causing death by careless driving (7 November 2016)

 

A motorist who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when his car collided with a wall has been jailed for 14 months, after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of his passenger by careless driving.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGang sentenced to more than 56 years for violent robbery (4 November 2016)

 

Preston Crown Court has jailed four men for more than 56 years for carrying out an armed robbery at a family home.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency prosecutes two men for illegally burning wood without licence (4 November 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a director and employee of a waste management company and a landowner for illegal wood disposal.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimePrison officers calls for urgent action on Britain’s bloodbath prisons (3 November 2016)

 

Steve Gillan of the Prison Officers Association has warned the new Justice Secretary Liz Truss that prison officers could take control of prisons and impose their own working practices, rather than following government procedures, because of the increase in violence inside Britain’s jails.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1,114 penalty for fly tipping in Bradford (2 November 2016)

 

A 23-year-old man caught fly tipping on land in West Bowling, Bradford, has been prosecuted and fined £1,114.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeIslington Council issues FPNs in environmental crime crackdown (2 November 2016)

 

Islington Council in north London has handed out four fixed penalty notices for fly tipping, in an ongoing crackdown on environmental crime.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for persistent Council Tax defaulter (26 October 2016)

 

Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court has jailed a man with longstanding Council Tax arrears for non-payment.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeKent fly tipper given handed £1,600 penalty (26 October 2016)

 

Ashford Borough Council in Kent has prosecuted a local man for fly tipping offences in Ashford and Tonbridge and Malling boroughs.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for persistent Council Tax defaulter (25 October 2016)

 

Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court has jailed a man with longstanding Council Tax arrears for non-payment.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBrighton restaurant loses alcohol licence after repeated warnings from council and police visits (24 October 2016)

 

Brighton & Hove City Council^s licensing team has removed a seafood restaurant’s alcohol licence, after the restaurant persistently breached the conditions of its alcohol licence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeAmendment to Policing and Crime Bill will cover now abolished sexual offences involving gay and bisexual men (21 October 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice has announced that thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences will be posthumously pardoned.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeAward-winning entrepreneur disqualified for 13 years for misuse of investors’ funds (21 October 2016)

 

An entrepreneur who misused investors^ funds has been handed a 13-year disqualification, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeAward-winning entrepreneur disqualified for 13 years for misuse of investors’ funds (21 October 2016)

 

An entrepreneur who misused investors^ funds has been handed a 13-year disqualification, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Duncan Lewis:CrimeAward-winning entrepreneur is disqualified for 13 years for misuse of investors’ funds (21 October 2016)

 

An entrepreneur who misused investors^ funds has been handed a 13-year disqualification, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

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Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector receives maximum disqualification for fraudulent VAT evasion (20 October 2016)

 

The director of a mobile phone company who was investigated by the Insolvency Service had been disqualified for 15 years, after being found guilty of fraudulent VAT evasion.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeSix-week jail term for tenant who breached injunction to prevent him abusing tenants and council staff (19 October 2016)

 

Swindon Borough Council has taken action against an abusive tenant who ignored a court injunction ordering him not to abuse his neighbours and council staff.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTower Hamlets OSC makes further recommendations to deliver the Prevent programme for young adults (19 October 2016)

 

Tower Hamlets Council’s overview and scrutiny committee (OSC) has put forward 13 recommendations to help better deliver the government’s Prevent programme to young people.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRotherham gang convicted of child sexual exploitation (19 October 2016)

 

Sheffield Crown Court has convicted eight men from Rotherham on charges of the systematic targeting and sexual exploitation of young girls.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeColchester dog attack: Baby killed and brother seriously hurt (18 October 2016)

 

Last Friday there was another dog attack which has resulted in the death of a four month old baby in Colchester, Essex. The mother and brother of the child also suffered serious injuries. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBrent Council holds public event to discuss extremism (18 October 2016)

 

Brent Council has hosted an event to discuss extremism, with leading experts from think tank Demos, Brunel University and City University taking part in a Question Time-style event at the civic centre.

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Duncan Lewis:Crime£1,480 penalty for repeated fly tipping in Stockport (17 October 2016)

 

Stockport Council has prosecuted a fly tipper, after he collected waste from members of the public on two separate occasions – and then simply fly tipped it on land at Alfreton Road and Bean Leach Road in Offerton. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCriminal Finances Bill introduced to tackle money laundering and corruption (14 October 2016)

 

The Home Office and Scotland Office have announced new legislation to tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime and counter-terrorist financing.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCornwall Trading Standards operation reveals retailers willing to sell tobacco or alcohol to minors (13 October 2016)

 

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards department has found that three of the seven businesses visited as part of a test purchase operation in Launceston failed the test and sold tobacco or alcohol to a 17-year-old volunteer.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1.2m saved as a result of housing fraud investigations in Wolverhampton (13 October 2016)

 

City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Homes have announced that investigations into housing fraud in Wolverhampton saved taxpayers an estimated £1.2 million in 2015.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNew 20mph speed limit introduced in parts of Birmingham (11 October 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council is warning motorists that a new 20mph speed limit has come into force across parts of Birmingham.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRoyal Borough of Greenwich hosts events in support of National Hate Crime Week (11 October 2016)

 

As part of National Hate Crime Week, The Royal Borough of Greenwich will be running events throughout the week, with community pop-ups in Woolwich, Eltham and Greenwich.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeCPS launches public consultation on new hate crime guidance to cover social media abuse (11 October 2016)

 

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued guidance on the range of offences for which social media users could face prosecution.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency nets 23 illegal anglers in Lincolnshire in one weekend (10 October 2016)

 

The Environment Agency is considering further action against 23 anglers in Lincolnshire who were discovered fishing without a rod licence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector handed second ban after breaching conditions of first disqualification (10 October 2016)

 

The director of a Middlesbrough-based shop fitting company has been handed an eight-year disqualification, after breaching the terms of an earlier disqualification.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSandwell Council supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week (10 October 2016)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands is urging the public to report any instances of hate crimes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRecord £700,000 penalty for landlord under Proceeds of Crime Act (10 October 2016)

 

Wood Green Crown Court has imposed a record fine on a landlord convicted of breaching a planning enforcement notice.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFilm companies wound up for misleading investors (7 October 2016)

 

The High Court has wound up two film investment companies which took £3 million from the public without providing any returns.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePeterborough Trading Standards seize more than 120,000 illegal cigarettes in one year (6 October 2016)

 

Peterborough City Council’s Trading Standards department has seized more than 120,000 illegal cigarettes over the last year, including 300kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£400 penalty for illegal fishing (6 October 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an angler caught fishing without a rod licence and out of season.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeHighways England HGV cab helps police make 2,700 arrests for motoring offences in 16 months (6 October 2016)

 

Police forces across England have made nearly 2,700 arrests for driving offences over the last 16 months, as a result of an HGV cab on loan from Highways England.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGloucester City Council steps up enforcement against fly tippers (5 October 2016)

 

Gloucester City Council has agreed to work closely with local agencies, community groups and Gloucester City Homes to use all available powers to step up enforcement to prosecute those found fly tipping.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for scam wine investor who defrauded elderly of thousands of pounds (5 October 2016)

 

The director of a wine investment company has been jailed for five-and-a-half years, after defrauding elderly investors whom he had cold called with an investment “opportunity”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDisqualification for managing director who raised false invoices (4 October 2016)

 

The managing director of a company has been disqualified, after an Insolvency Service investigation found he had been raising false or duplicate invoices.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePartial closure orders obtained for five Wolverhampton properties in drugs operation (4 October 2016)

 

The City of Wolverhampton Council supported by West Midlands Police and Midland Heart have obtained partial closure orders for five properties, after the launch of a major operation by police to disrupt the supply of drugs in Wolverhampton.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBradford businessman jailed for historical sexual abuse against young boys (3 October 2016)

 

A wealthy businessman who was a scout and sea cadet leader and helped at the church CB radio club has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Bradford Crown Court, after pleading guilty to 43 charges against 12 victims, involving child sex abuse, rape and a sexual assault on a 19-year-old man.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLife sentence for rapist who posed as a policeman (3 October 2016)

 

A man who raped schoolgirls by posing as a police officer has been jailed for life at Wood Green Crown Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£3,500 penalty for importing puppies illegally (3 October 2016)

 

Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service has taken action against a Sheffield man for selling puppies illegally imported from abroad.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMarket trader prosecuted for selling counterfeit designer goods (3 October 2016)

 

Tower Hamlets Council in east London has prosecuted a market trader operating in the borough for selling fake designer clothes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime20 years in jail for serial offender who robbed elderly in their homes (3 October 2016)

 

A man who claimed to be from the water board to gain admittance to the home of an elderly woman has been jailed for 20 years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGateshead Council urges young drivers to take more care to reduce road accident rates (3 October 2016)

 

Gateshead Council and Road Safety GB North East are urging younger drivers to be more careful, after statistics showed that young drivers were four times more likely to be involved in road accidents.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeExtended sentences for three Birmingham men who made hoax kidnap call (3 October 2016)

 

A court has given three men who made a hoax kidnap call to police an additional six years in jail.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1,000 penalty for possession of counterfeit tobacco with intent to sell (30 September 2016)

 

Islington Council and police force have prosecuted a local trader after he was found to be in possession of counterfeit tobacco, which he was planning to sell.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNight anglers prosecuted after being caught fishing without rod licences at trout fishery (30 September 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted two anglers from London, who were caught fishing without a rod licence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLawyers are being Excluded from representing Clients in Section 2 Interviews (30 September 2016)

 

On 6 June 2016 the Serious Fraud Office adopted new internal guidance on the process for inviting and handling requests for individuals interviewed under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 to be accompanied by a lawyer.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCity Hall hosts first Justice Matters meeting to discuss policing and crime in London (29 September 2016)

 

City Hall in London has held its first public meeting in a series of regular public meetings to hold the Metropolitan Police Service and criminal justice partners to account.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeRotherham Council successfully prosecutes 100th Blue Badge fraud case since 2010 (28 September 2016)

 

Rotherham Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for Blue Badge fraud – the 100th Blue Badge prosecution the council has brought.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeNewham Council installs video cameras to catch motorists misusing yellow box junctions (28 September 2016)

 

Newham Council in east London has installed state-of-the-art video cameras as part of its motoring campaign Keep Newham Moving.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeProsecution after Wigan Trading Standards uncovers illegal tobacco at off-licence (27 September 2016)

 

Wigan Council^s Trading Standards department has prosecuted a Wigan shopkeeper, after a raid in March 2016 uncovered large quantities of illegal cigarettes and tobacco.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeParole Board pilots schemes to reduce waiting time for oral hearings (27 September 2016)

 

The Parole Board has announced trials of different approaches to reduce the time prisoners have to wait for an oral hearing.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGreenwich Council announces campaign to highlight national Hate Crime Awareness Week (26 September 2016)

 

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has announced that it will be launching a week of activities in October, as part of the national Hate Crime Awareness Week campaign.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£7,500 in fines, after Stoke-on-Trent council takes nine people to court for environmental offences (26 September 2016)

 

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has prosecuted nine people for environmental offences, including fly-tipping, littering and failing to make sure waste is disposed of legally.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£150,000-worth of illegal tobacco and illicit alcohol seized in Wolverhampton (26 September 2016)

 

City of Wolverhampton Council has announced that recent raids in the city have netted £150,000-worth of illegal tobacco and illicit alcohol.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£63,000 penalty after composting site fails to deal with air pollution (26 September 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a composting company which caused air pollution next to a research centre in Cambridgeshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence and confiscation order for eBay trader dealing in counterfeit car accessories (26 September 2016)

 

Bath and North East Somerset Council has prosecuted a trader for 13 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHome Secretary re-admits 13 suspended police forces to stop and search scheme (26 September 2016)

 

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has re-admitted 13 previously suspended police forces to the best use of stop and search scheme.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSentencing Council for England and Wales appoints non-judicial member (23 September 2016)

 

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has announced that Chief Constable Simon Byrne MA QPM has been appointed to the council as a non-judicial member.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSeven-year disqualification for under declaring VAT (23 September 2016)

 

The director of a building company has been disqualified for seven years for VAT under-declaration.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHigh Court winds up companies for operating fraudulent gold mining investment scheme (22 September 2016)

 

The High Court has wound up five companies involved in a fraudulent South American gold mines investment scheme.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCornwall smallholder banned from keeping animals under Animal Welfare Act (21 September 2016)

 

Cornwall Council has prosecuted the owner of a smallholding in Truro for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and The Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2007.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime30 weeks in jail after breaching ASBO for waste offences (21 September 2016)

 

The owner of a Hampshire waste facility has been jailed after the Environment Agency prosecuted him for repeat offences.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1m funding to help set up organised crime facility in northeast England (20 September 2016)

 

The Home Office has announced that £1 million is to be invested in a new crime fighting facility working across northeast England, bringing law enforcement agencies together under one roof.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£10,213 penalty for fisheries offences (19 September 2016)

 

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has prosecuted a father and son for fisheries offences, which included exceeding their monthly catch limit and failing to maintain accurate records.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMan charged with fraud after arriving from San Francisco under deportation order (19 September 2016)

 

City of London Police have charged a man previously wanted in connection with fraud offences.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGovernment announces financial support to organisations tackling extremists (19 September 2016)

 

The Home Office has announced financial support for organisations working towards tackling extremism.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime11-year bankruptcy Restriction Order for assistant accountant who misappropriated funds (19 September 2016)

 

The High Court has imposed an 11-year bankruptcy Restrictions Order on a former assistant accountant for misappropriation of funds.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime12-month jail term for selling unlicensed drugs (19 September 2016)

 

A Surrey man who was prosecuted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been jailed for 12 months, after being convicted on charges of selling potentially dangerous unlicensed medicines to treat serious conditions.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for security industry director who defrauded employer of £37,000 in travel expenses (16 September 2016)

 

A former deputy director of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has been given a suspended jail sentence, after she defrauded the government body out of more than £37,000 for travel allowance payments to which she was not entitled.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1bn shake up in court procedures will roll out pre-trial evidence sessions (16 September 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and HM Courts & Tribunals Service have announced that vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeProsecutions for VaWG improve in northwest England (15 September 2016)

 

A new report published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) shows that the conviction rate for rape, sexual offences and domestic abuse prosecutions in the northwest has improved.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeOffice rapist given six-year jail term (14 September 2016)

 

A man who raped a woman in her office in the early hours of the morning as she slept has received a six-year jail sentence at the Old Bailey.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail sentence for former insolvency practitioner guilty of fraud and false accounting (14 September 2016)

 

An insolvency practitioner in Wales has been handed a two-year prison sentence as well as being disqualified from being a director, after pleading guilty to seven counts of fraud, two counts of theft and one count of false accounting at Cardiff Crown Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWelsh government sets out plans to tackle substance misuse and psychoactive drugs (12 September 2016)

 

The Welsh Assembly has set out new plans to tackle substance misuse, which will mean more training for health professionals dealing with new psychoactive substances – as well as more surveillance work to understand the scale and nature of performance enhancing drug use. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for woman who wrongly claimed Housing Benefit for nine years (12 September 2016)

 

Trafford Council has prosecuted a 51-year-old woman for benefit fraud, after she claimed Housing Benefit she was not entitled to.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePrison sentence and disqualification for care home directors convicted of fraud by abuse of position (9 September 2016)

 

The directors of a care home company have been disqualified, after an Insolvency Service investigation found they had stolen money from residents.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFormer City trader to replay £2m under Confiscation Order (8 September 2016)

 

An initial investigation by the Insolvency Service – and a full criminal investigation and Prosecution by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – has resulted in a former City trader being served with a £2 million Confiscation Order.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWitnesses giving certain evidence to Undercover Policing Inquiry “can do so without fear of prosecution” (7 September 2016)

 

The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP has confirmed that witnesses providing certain evidence to the Undercover Policing Inquiry can do so without fear of being prosecuted.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeManslaughter verdict for man who appealed joint enterprise murder conviction (7 September 2016)

 

A Leicester man who appealed against a murder conviction under the law of joint enterprise has been convicted of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeUK making progress in tackling economic crime, says Attorney General (6 September 2016)

 

Attorney General Jeremy Wright has told the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime that the current system of limited corporate liability incentivises a company’s board to distance itself from the company’s operations.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTower Hamlets takes part in national data matching initiative to prevent fraud (5 September 2016)

 

Tower Hamlets Council is taking part in a countrywide anti-fraud data matching exercise.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£8,000 penalty for part worn tyre trader in Lincolnshire who sold defective goods (5 September 2016)

 

Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted a trader who supplied worn tyres to customers.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeConsultation launched to consider use of PSPOs in Gateshead (5 September 2016)

 

Gateshead Council has launched an initiative to counter anti-social behaviour (ASB) – including those who allow their dogs to foul pavements and persistent charity collectors.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for motorist who caused serious injuries to others, after driving while inhaling laughing gas (5 September 2016)

 

A woman who injured two passengers in an accident after she had taken laughing gas and decided to drive has been sentenced to 20 months in jail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£7,000 fine after clinic fly posts Manchester city centre (2 September 2016)

 

Manchester City Council’s Environmental Crimes team has prosecuted a clinic for fly posting.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSolihull takes court action to stop car cruising and motorbike racing on roads (2 September 2016)

 

Solihull Council in the West Midlands has been granted a borough-wide ban on motor vehicle racing, covering car-cruises and including motorbikes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSniffer dogs find £6,000-worth of illicit alcohol and counterfeit tobacco in Newcastle (1 September 2016)

 

Newcastle City Council has used sniffer dogs in a crackdown on illicit alcohol in seven shops in the city’s East End and West End areas.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£2,000 penalty for two illegal street traders who repeatedly ignored council warnings (31 August 2016)

 

Hounslow Council in Greater London has prosecuted two street traders who illegally displayed goods for sale on the street.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRough sleeper given civil injunction for anti-social behaviour (31 August 2016)

 

Scarborough County Court has served a civil injunction on 29-year-old rough sleeper for anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Scarborough town centre and seafront in the last 12 months.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePsychoactive Substances Act shuts down retailers and headshops (31 August 2016)

 

Homes Office figures show that three months after landmark legislation commenced on 26 May 2016, a total of 332 retailers are no longer selling psychoactive substances – and 186 arrests involving banned psychoactive substances have been made.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1,400 penalty for fly-tipping asbestos-containing waste at Darlington underpass (30 August 2016)

 

Darlington Council has prosecuted a local man after he pleaded guilty to fly-tipping on the approach to the A66 underpass at Little Burdon.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTorbay Council warns of dangers of buying illegal psychoactive drugs (30 August 2016)

 

Torbay Council in Devon is warning young people about the use of psychoactive substances.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeChair of Youth Justice Board visits restorative justice scheme in Surrey (30 August 2016)

 

Chair of the Youth Justice Board (YJB), Lord McNally, has visited Surrey’s Youth Support Service to find out how young people are being steered away from crime.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for partners who carried out $2.3m City fraud (30 August 2016)

 

A former broker and his live-in partner have been jailed, after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud more than $2.3 million US dollars (more than £1.757m) from the broker’s employer.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for partners who carried out $2.3m City fraud (30 August 2016)

 

A former broker and his live-in partner have been jailed, after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud more than $2.3 million US dollars (more than £1.757m) from the broker’s employer.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDrive to prevent anti-social behaviour from off-road motorbikes in Gateshead (30 August 2016)

 

Gateshead Council is working with the police to tackle off-road bikers in the borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£9,000 penalty for polluting stream with slurry (26 August 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a farmer, after a stream was polluted with slurry near a popular Cornish holiday beach.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeThe days of any safe havens for tax evaders are numbered, says HMRC (26 August 2016)

 

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that tax evaders are set to face tough new sanctions under proposals which would mean that those who do not come forward and pay outstanding taxes from offshore investments and accounts could face even tougher penalties of up to three times the tax they try to evade – as well as increasing their risk of potential criminal charges.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMost sentence increases under ULS “for sexual offences” (25 August 2016)

 

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has announced that, in 2015, more than 100 offenders had their prison sentences lengthened following referrals by the Attorney and Solicitor General to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeIslington Council commits £2m to tackling youth crime and gang violence (25 August 2016)

 

Islington Council in north London has made a £2 million commitment to tackling the roots and consequences of serious youth violence in the borough – and has commissioned two charities to help prevent young people from becoming involved in gang violence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence and community order for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered (24 August 2016)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a 35-year-old self-employed worker from London for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe Registered.
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Duncan Lewis:Crime15 years for man who raped vulnerable woman (24 August 2016)

 

A man who raped and robbed a vulnerable 69-year-old woman has been jailed for 15 years at Lewes Crown Court.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeNewcastle Trading Standards seize £250,000-worth of counterfeit goods (23 August 2016)

 

Newcastle City Council Trading Standards have seized more than 100 suspect mobile phones and accessories with an estimated retail value of £250,000.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSpecialist units in prisons will segregate extremists to prevent radicalisation (23 August 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that extremists in jail will be held in specialist units separate from other inmates.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£940 fine for businessman who fly-tipped furniture (22 August 2016)

 

West Lancashire County Council has prosecuted a businessman who fly- tipped items of furniture in the borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLandbanking company wound up for misrepresentation (22 August 2016)

 

A Surrey-based company has been wound up, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found that investors has been misled by the company.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFather and son disqualified as directors for eight-and-a-half years (22 August 2016)

 

The Insolvency Service has taken action against a father and son, after they allowed a company to trade while insolvent.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGateshead Council sets up a Community Speed Watch scheme (22 August 2016)

 

Gateshead Council has enlisted the general public to work with the police and local authority to set up a Community Speed Watch scheme in the area.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeConditional Discharge for illegal fishing and obstructing an Environment Agency officer (22 August 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a man from Birmingham after he was caught using an illegal method while fishing.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£380,000 penalty for Yorkshire Water, after Harrogate watercourse is polluted with sewage (19 August 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted Yorkshire Water, after an illegal sewage discharge polluted the Rud Beck and the River Crimple in Harrogate.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTwo convicted on terrorism charge of inviting support for a proscribed organisation (18 August 2016)

 

The Old Bailey has convicted two supporters of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, on a charge of inviting support for a proscribed terrorist organisation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnablers of tax evasion to face tough new penalty (18 August 2016)

 

The government has announced that financial advisers who facilitate tax evasion and tax avoidance will face tougher penalties.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMeat supplier fined £8,000 for passing off sheep meat as goat meat (18 August 2016)

 

West Sussex Trading Standards has prosecuted a meat wholesaler, after two butchers in the county were supplied with sheep meat instead of goat.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for mother who fraudulently claimed £375,198 in benefits by lying about children’s health (16 August 2016)

 

Croydon Crown Court has sentenced a woman who abused her two children in order to claim a record amount of benefits fraudulently to seven-and-a-half years in prison.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBan on “zombie knives” from Thursday 18 August (16 August 2016)

 

From Thursday, 18 August, an amendment to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 will ban across Britain the sale, manufacture, rental or importation of knives referred to as zombie knives, zombie killer knives and zombie slayer knives.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeUnpaid fines for littering offence increased by more than 500% by court (15 August 2016)

 

Hounslow Council in Greater London has “named and shamed” 14 people who failed to pay fines for littering offences.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNewcastle Trading Standards seizes counterfeit clothes destined for the Internet (15 August 2016)

 

Newcastle Trading Standards has seized counterfeit clothes worth £36,000 after receiving a tip off from a member of the public.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSandwell Council consults on new anti-social behaviour strategy (15 August 2016)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands is consulting on a new strategy to tackle anti-social behaviour.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency prosecutes two men for running illegal waste site in Worcestershire (15 August 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted two men who ran an illegal waste operation at Cinetic Quarry, Sandy Lane near Wildmoor in Worcestershire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£400 penalty for Feltham resident who fly tipped waste “on her doorstep” (15 August 2016)

 

Hounslow Council Greater London has prosecuted a woman for fly tipping waste on her doorstep in Feltham.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for rogue plumbers who defrauded elderly customers by charging inflated rates (15 August 2016)

 

Coventry Council’s Trading Standards department has assisted in the prosecution of Birmingham-based plumbing companies, which defrauded elderly customers by charging rates of up to £280 per hour for simple jobs, such as unblocking a lavatory.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended jail sentence for selling counterfeit and illegal cigarettes (12 August 2016)

 

Lincolnshire County Council has prosecuted a shopkeeper who sold counterfeit and illegal cigarettes in two shops in the city.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCompany running pension liberation scheme wound up for misrepresentation (11 August 2016)

 

A Preston-based company which facilitated and operated a pension liberation scheme has been wound up in the High Court following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWigan Councils warns sunbed salons about allowing underage customers to use tanning equipment (11 August 2016)

 

Wigan Council’s Trading Standards department has cautioned sunbed shops in Wigan Borough, after an undercover exercise found some sunbed salons were allowing underage young people to use the tanning services.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail term for company director for Removal of Property offence (10 August 2016)

 

A company director who sold a property and spent the proceeds on leisure past-times has been jailed for six months after being convicted of one offence of Removal of Property under Section 357(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBirmingham and Solihull introduce ASE cameras to reduce road traffic accident injuries and deaths (10 August 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has reminded motorists that from Monday (08/08/16) new Average Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras have been operating across Birmingham and Solihull.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDisqualification for directors for misrepresentation and incorrect VAT returns (9 August 2016)

 

The directors of a company which sold advertising space in magazines and diaries have been disqualified for a total of 26 years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£2,000 penalty for selling counterfeit cigarettes (8 August 2016)

 

Peterborough City Council has prosecuted a retailer for selling counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£27,420 penalty for illegal waste site offences (8 August 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a Bradford firm for operating an illegal waste site.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTravel company directors disqualified for misrepresentation over payment protection (8 August 2016)

 

The directors of a travel company based in Chippenham in Wiltshire have been disqualified, after misleading customers into believing that their holiday payments were protected un the Package Travel Regulations 1992.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency prosecutes father and son farmers for polluting watercourse (8 August 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a father and son after slurry and silage effluent leaked from their farm into a watercourse inside a Site of Special Scientific Interest at Stoke St Gregory in Somerset.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNational police appeal jails first of ten £20m fraud suspects (8 August 2016)

 

National police appeal jails first of ten £20m fraud suspects
City of London Police have announced that the first of ten fraudsters wanted for committing various fraud offences collectively worth £20 million has been jailed.
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Duncan Lewis:Crime£580 penalty for two drivers guilty of Blue Badge fraud (5 August 2016)

 

Barnet Council in Greater London has prosecuted two drivers for Blue Badge fraud, after they were both found to be wrongfully using a disabled person’s badge.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime15-year ban for director who misled court over £25m property fraud (4 August 2016)

 

A director who fraudulently transferred assets to defeat a Court Order has been banned from holding a directorship for the maximum term of 15 years, after an Insolvency Service investigation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLife sentence for murder of student treated by CPS as “hate crime” (3 August 2016)

 

Minshull Street Crown Court has handed down a sentence of life imprisonment to a man who murdered a Salford University student in February this year.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime14-year disqualification over misleading “African stoves” investment scheme (3 August 2016)

 

The director of a company dealing in an African stove investment scheme has been disqualified for 14 years, after breaching a previous disqualification undertaking.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMaximum disqualification for misleading public over VERs, which netted company £1.1m (2 August 2016)

 

The director of a carbon credit investment company has been disqualified for the maximum period allowed, after an Insolvency Service investigation found that a company had made £1.1 million by misleading the public.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRetailer prosecuted for selling alcohol to minor (1 August 2016)

 

Hounslow Council in Greater London has prosecuted a mini mart owner for selling age-restricted goods to a customer who was underage.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime16-week prison sentence for repeat offence of operating waste site without a permit (1 August 2016)

 

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court in County Durham has jailed a man who operated an illegal waste site without a permit, despite being previously prosecuted for the same offence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDisqualification for husband and wife who under-declared £1m to HMRC (1 August 2016)

 

The directors of a newsagents business have been disqualified for a total of 13 years, after they submitted false information to tax authorities with a loss of £1 million to HMRC as a result.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for seller of counterfeit goods (1 August 2016)

 

Gateshead Council has prosecuted a local woman who sold counterfeit fashion goods from a public house and online.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFine for selling illegal tobacco at pound shop (1 August 2016)

 

Wigan Council has prosecuted the owner of a pound shop for selling illicit tobacco from his store.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRare Earth Metal investment adviser disqualified as director for 13 years (1 August 2016)

 

The director of a company which offered “unsound” investment advice to clients has been disqualified for 13 years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDouble glazing company prosecuted for unfair trading offences (1 August 2016)

 

Buckinghamshire Trading Standards has prosecuted a double glazing firm which inflated its prices to make offers and discounts look more competitive than they really were.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime20-year disqualification for directors who manipulated bank data (29 July 2016)

 

The directors of a digital and mobile healthcare software company have been disqualified for a total of 20 years, after being found to have falsified accounts and manipulated bank data.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£4,200 penalty for operating illegal waste site in Northumberland (28 July 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a Northumberland man for operating a waste site without a permit.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJustice Committee launches Inquiry into proposals for government prison reforms (28 July 2016)

 

The Justice Committee has launched an inquiry into the government’s programme of prison reforms.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeStockport Trading Standards and GMP seize more than 1,000 bottles of illicit wine from one premises (27 July 2016)

 

Stockport Trading Standards and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have seized more than 1,000 bottles of alcohol from a licensed premise in Stockport, Greater Manchester.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeParole Board Chair ready to address issue of remaining IPP prisoners (27 July 2016)

 

Chair of the Parole Board, Professor Nick Hardwick, has issued a statement on the need to deal with around 4,000 prisoners serving Indeterminate Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP Prisoners), who remain in prison despite the sentence being abolished in 2012.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRestorative justice prevents young adults entering criminal justice system in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset (26 July 2016)

 

Bournemouth Council has announced that fewer young people in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset are entering the Youth Justice System as a result of the work of the Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail sentence for company director convicted of money laundering (26 July 2016)

 

Company director Gary Booker has been jailed for three-and-a-half years, after Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards – working with Thames Valley Police – found that a firm of cowboy roofers had most likely also posed as Trading Standards officers and fleeced victims of more money.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTougher penalties under M4 Variable Speed Limit Enforcement in Wales (26 July 2016)

 

The Welsh Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates has announced that motorists who breach the Variable Speed Limit restrictions on the M4 motorway near Newport in South Wales will face tougher penalties.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSt Helen’s Public Health team warns young adults about dangers of newer Ecstasy tablets (25 July 2016)

 

St Helen’s Council is warning young adults about the dangers of taking Ecstasy (MDMA), after a change in the production of tablets.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1,413 penalty for breach of Fish Buyers and Sellers regulations (25 July 2016)

 

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has prosecuted a Jersey-based company director for breaches of registration of the Fish Buyers and Sellers and Designation of Fish Auction Sites Regulations 2005 (RBS regulation) and the Fisheries Act 1981.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHigh Court winds up companies selling “dubious” oil investment products (25 July 2016)

 

The High Court has wound up two companies which sold “dubious” oil investment products to the UK public.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime15-year disqualification for company director who falsified VAT claims and defrauded currency dealers (25 July 2016)

 

A London-based company director who made false VAT claims to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been disqualified for the maximum time period allowed.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTeesside man prosecuted for failing to remove 250 tonnes of waste from site (25 July 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has taken legal action against a Teesside man, after he failed to comply with an enforcement notice to remove 250 tonnes of waste from a site.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency crack down on illegal boats on lower Thames (22 July 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted two men for boating without a valid licence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£500 penalty for fishing without a rod licence (21 July 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a Northamptonshire angler for fishing without a rod licence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDisqualification for director of waste company, as company is fined £20,000 (21 July 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted the director of a company supplying skips, after waste offences across two sites in Gloucestershire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£2,657 penalty after licensed firework seller shifts stock on market stall (20 July 2016)

 

Warwickshire County Council has prosecuted an experienced firework retailer, who chose to sell his fireworks on a street corner stall, placing himself, his customers and other shoppers in danger.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£25,000 penalty for waste offence by Birmingham meat wholesaler (19 July 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted a meat wholesaler found guilty of failing to prevent controlled waste escaping from its premises.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for unlicensed pet shop owner (19 July 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted the owner of an unlicensed pet shop, after she admitted selling animals from her home in Erdington, Birmingham.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSocial housing tenant guilty of housing fraud (18 July 2016)

 

West Oxfordshire Council has prosecuted a social housing tenant for fraudulently obtaining a social housing property.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeStockport launches scheme to steer youngsters away from crime and anti-social behaviour (18 July 2016)

 

Stockport Council has announced that Safer Stockport Partnership (SSP) has launched a three-month campaign to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour across Stockport.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for doorstep trader who overcharged vulnerable pensioner for gardening work (18 July 2016)

 

Dorset County Council has prosecuted a rogue gardener who charged a 78- year-old victim £760 for an hour’s work pruning a tree.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHartlepool Council unites against hate crime (18 July 2016)

 

Hartlepool Council has condemned racism and prejudice, after neo-fascist stickers appeared in parts of the town – the whole town is now being urged to make a stand against hate and intolerance.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNorth Yorkshire Citizens Advice warns consumers to be aware of scams and fraud (18 July 2016)

 

Citizens Advice in the North Yorkshire districts of Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby are running a campaign to warn consumers of tricks scammers and fraudsters use, as part of Scams Awareness Month in July.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCar dealer and director ordered to pay £7,500 for misrepresentation (18 July 2016)

 

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court has fined a Birmingham car trader and its director £7,500 for misrepresentation, after a car was not described accurately and turned out to be unroadworthy.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeReport shows some educators are struggling to implement Prevent strategy against student radicalisation (18 July 2016)

 

Ofsted has said that a new report shows that some education providers are struggling to implement a Prevent strategy to protect learners from the risk of extremism in education institutions.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePolice and Trading Standards seize haul of counterfeit DVDs at Lincolnshire market (15 July 2016)

 

Lincolnshire Trading Standards has announced that it has seized thousands of counterfeit DVDs from a trader at Eastgate Market in Ingoldmells.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for gang who mis-sold drugged horses as “safe” rides (14 July 2016)

 

Maidstone Crown Court has jailed three people for their roles in selling horses with physical ailments or behavioural issues to unsuspecting members of the public.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLeader of Manchester City Council says hate crime will not be tolerated (12 July 2016)

 

The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, has responded to data showing an increase in the reporting of hate crime in Manchester.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHartlepool Council encourages victims of hate crime to report incidents (11 July 2016)

 

Hartlepool Council is urging victims of hate crime to report it, rather than “suffer in silence”.

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership – whose members include Hartlepool Council, Cleveland Police and a range of other public sector and voluntary agencies – is calling for the reporting of hate crimes, either online or by visiting one of a series of local reporting centres in the town.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBromley Council prosecutes for Blue Badge fraud involving deceased permit holders (11 July 2016)

 

Bromley Council has prosecuted two motorists for misusing Blue Badge parking permits belonging to deceased permit holders.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMerseyside police seize drugs, cash and off-road bikes in morning raid (11 July 2016)

 

Merseyside Police have staged a morning raid in Birkenhead and recovered off-road bikes, drugs and cash.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWigan Council crackdown on benefit fraud saves £300,000 (8 July 2016)

 

Wigan Council has announced that its crackdown on benefit fraud has so far saved the taxpayer more than £300,000 in the last year.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for farmer guilty of animal cruelty (8 July 2016)

 

An investigation by Surrey County Council’s Trading Standards Department has resulted in the prosecution of a local farmer for animal cruelty.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePlymouth teenager convicted of cyber attacks on major websites and police (7 July 2016)

 

A 16-year-old teenager from Plymouth has been convicted of cyber attacks on a number of websites – as well as tweeting bomb hoaxes to two major US airlines.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail sentence for retailer who sold illicit tobacco products (7 July 2016)

 

A Lincolnshire retailer has been prosecuted after he was found to be selling illegal cigarettes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBromley Trading Standards issues warnings to consumers for July’s National Scam Month (5 July 2016)

 

Bromley Council Trading Standards department is warning consumers about several recently reported scams, as National Scam Month gets underway in July.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLondon Mayor calls for Londoners to unite against hate crime (4 July 2016)

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on Londoners to unite against hate crime in the capital.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£17,000 penalty for Devon companies which polluted River Dalch (4 July 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a Devon-based company and a site owner for polluting 2.5km of the River Dalch.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for couple who made millions out of selling counterfeit BMW accessories online (4 July 2016)

 

A churchwarden and his wife have been prosecuted after pleading guilty to charges relating to selling counterfeit BMW merchandise worth millions of pounds.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFine for fisherman without licence who gave false identity (4 July 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a fisherman who gave a false ID when challenged over not having a rod licence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFilm investment gang sentenced to total of 29 years for £98m fraud (1 July 2016)

 

Birmingham Crown Court has sentenced four men who defrauded HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to a total of 29 years in prison for their role in an elaborate tax fraud involving the funding of UK film productions. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWaste company has permit revoked for breaching Environmental Act (1 July 2016)

 

A waste company has had its licence revoked after failing to comply with environmental rules.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDisqualified directors jailed with accomplices for £3m land banking fraud (1 July 2016)

 

A gang of five who fraudulently sold green belt agricultural land in Warwickshire as property investments has been sentenced to a total of 29 years’ imprisonment, after conning more than 250 victims out of money.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSeven-year jail term for family who defrauded employer of £2.8m (30 June 2016)

 

A family who stole £2.8 million from an employer has been sentenced to a total of seven years and four months in prison.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCollege of Policing issues guidance on ethical undercover policing (30 June 2016)

 

The College of Policing has issued guidelines outlining how undercover policing should be used to gather legal evidence and intelligence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLondon Assembly Police and Crime Committee public meeting on merging borough commands (29 June 2016)

 

In the first public Q&A session with the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, the recently appointed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Sophie Linden – and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey QPM – will answer questions on the proposed merger of borough commands in London and whether the merger is key to “real neighbourhood policing”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSheffield City Council crack down on Blue Badge fraud (28 June 2016)

 

Sheffield City Council has launched a crack down on Blue Badge fraud, which is estimated to cost the UK around £46 million every year.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNottingham City Council may seek judicial review of Chief Constable’s decision to scrap city division (27 June 2016)

 

Nottingham City Council is threatening to seek judicial review of a decision by the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police to scrap the city division.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSalford’s 4k CCTV system leads to 98 arrests in three months (27 June 2016)

 

Salford City Council’s CCTV system resulted in the arrest of 98 people in the first three months of 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHounslow Council targets kerb crawlers in bid to prevent vulnerable women working as prostitutes (27 June 2016)

 

Hounslow Police and Hounslow Council are targeting kerb crawlers in the borough in efforts to safeguard women involved in prostitution – some of whom may be victims of human trafficking.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDance school principal prosecuted for fraud over teacher accreditation course (27 June 2016)

 

Bromley Council Trading Standards team has prosecuted the owner of a dancing school, after he fraudulently offered dance teachers’ qualifications he was not authorised to provide.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail sentence for “faith healer” who netted £145,000 from victims (27 June 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted a man claiming to be a successful faith healer, after he defrauded several women of £145,000.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeASE cameras rolled out across Birmingham and Solihull to reduce injuries and fatalities (27 June 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has confirmed that new Average Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras will be installed and switched on in Birmingham and Solihull on 18 July.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDarlington Council prosecutes eight people over fly tipping and littering offences (24 June 2016)

 

Magistrates in Darlington have issued fines of £4,000, after eight defendants faced charges relating to environmental offences in June.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNottinghamshire Police issue warning about bogus police officers raiding victims’ bank accounts (24 June 2016)

 

Nottinghamshire Police has issued a warning to the public to be aware that fraudsters posing as Metropolitan Police officers are operating in Nottinghamshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNewport YOT praised for success in turning young people away from crime (23 June 2016)

 

Newport City Council^s youth offending team (YOT) has been praised for helping young people turn away from crime.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeOxfordshire prosecutes lorry drivers for breaching weight restrictions (22 June 2016)

 

Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team has prosecuted six lorry drivers for breaching weight restrictions on roads across Oxfordshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended jail term and driving ban, after rear shunt at speed kills two teenagers (21 June 2016)

 

A motorist found guilty of causing the deaths of two teenage girls in East Hertfordshire has been sentenced to 16 months imprisonment suspended for two years – and was disqualified from driving for 18 months at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, 13 June 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBarnet Council crackdown on Blue Badge fraud (20 June 2016)

 

Barnet Council’s Corporate Anti-Fraud Team (CAFT) have seized six Blue Badges, after carrying out spot checks on a total of 66 displayed badges, which entitle disabled drivers to free parking.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMerseyside launches summer drink-drive campaign – and warns about drug-driving risks (20 June 2016)

 

Merseyside Police Force has launched its annual summer drink-drive campaign to warn motorists to drink responsibly this summer.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeDVLA issues alert over email phishing scam (17 June 2016)

 

The DVLA has issued a warning to the public about scams asking motorists to provide personal details and confirm credit card details.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail term for selling unlicensed medicines and money laundering (17 June 2016)

 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has prosecuted a man from Tooting in south London for importing and selling unlicensed erectile dysfunction and hair loss medicines.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGang sentenced for importing licensed drugs illegally (16 June 2016)

 

A gang which imported erectile dysfunction drugs and tranquillisers illegally has been sentenced after prosecution by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJustice Secretary welcomes recommendations of review into prison education (20 May 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a comprehensive plan to transform the standard of education in prisons, after the publication of a report by Dame Sally Coates.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency considers prosecution for angler caught without licence who gave false details (20 May 2016)

 

The Environment Agency says that enforcement officers have arrested an angler in Stoke-on-Trent, after he gave false details and tried to leave the scene.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCounter-terrorism and anti-corruption measures announced in Queen’s Speech (19 May 2016)

 

The Queen’s Speech has set out how the government will tackle radicalisation which leads to terrorism, in a number of measures announced that would also tackle corruption, money laundering and tax evasion.
. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGovernors given “unprecedented freedom” to implement prison reform programme (19 May 2016)

 

The Queen’s Speech has announced the biggest shake up of the prisons system since Victorian times – with prison governors given unprecedented freedom to ensure prisoners receive better education.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence and Community Order for fly tipping (17 May 2016)

 

Wirral Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a local man convicted of fly tipping to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after an earlier hearing in April had been adjourned for probation reports.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeInvestigatory Powers Bill will help support multi-agency effort in tackling serious organised crime, says Home Secretary (17 May 2016)

 

Theresa May has told the Serious and Organised Crime Exchange 2016 that, at the time she took over the role of Home Secretary in 2010, not enough had been done to build capabilities, intelligence and networks to tackle serious organised crime.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeInsolvency Service publishes official data on director misconduct (16 May 2016)

 

The Insolvency Service has published official statistics detailing enforcement outcomes achieved in the year to March 2016 – revealing that more than 1,200 company directors were disqualified and 131 companies were wound up in the public interest in 2015-2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePrison recruitment event sees ex-offenders gaining employment with local businesses (16 May 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said that local businesses attended an event at HMP Ford on Thursday (12/05/16), to help them discover how employing ex-offenders can help meet their need for specialist skills in the employment market.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£120,000 fine for leaseholders and landlords who put tenants’ lives at risk (16 May 2016)

 

Barnet Council has successfully prosecuted the leaseholders and landlords of a ten-flat property in Golders Green, after finding they had put the lives of up to 20 people at risk.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBank Holiday Environment Agency crackdown nets 396 illegal anglers across the Midlands (16 May 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has said that a crackdown on illegal fishing launched over the May Bank Holiday resulted in 396 anglers being caught fishing legally at 29 locations across Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCounterfeit trader ordered to repay £100,000 under POCA (16 May 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted A Birmingham businessman for offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994, relating to the possession of counterfeit goods – including designer clothing, headphones, tobacco and cosmetics, for the purpose of selling them to customers.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMoJ announces consultation on proposals to tackle corporate fraud (13 May 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that new proposals to crack down on economic crimes such as fraud and money laundering are to be considered later this year.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeReport into mistreatment at Medway results in enhanced monitoring at STCs (13 May 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published the findings of the Medway Improvement Board, as well as its response to the report’s recommendations. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCourt of Appeal doubles sentence of violent rapist (11 May 2016)

 

The Court of Appeal has quashed the original sentence of a man who imprisoned and raped a woman, after the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC intervened under the Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGovernment urges British business to take action against cyber crime threats (11 May 2016)

 

Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey MP is warning British businesses to improve their protection against cyber crime and hacking.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeAnti-corruption summit a chance to “expose, punish and drive out corruption” (10 May 2016)

 

The Prime Minister has said that he wants the anti-corruption summit to be an opportunity for world leaders to commit to global action to “expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNorthants Trading Standards issues warning about illegally imported puppies (9 May 2016)

 

Trading Standards officers in Northamptonshire have issued a reminder to consumers thinking of buying a puppy to be aware of scams involving illegally imported puppies, which might not have been vaccinated for rabies.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePrison for two men convicted of defrauding elderly man (9 May 2016)

 

Preston Crown Court has jailed two men who overcharged an 84-year-old man for gardening work between February 2014 and July 2014.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£2,800 penalty for selling bottle of beer to underage customers (9 May 2016)

 

Croydon Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted a shopkeeper in Thornton Heath, after he sold alcohol to two underage customers . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£4,000 fine for Birmingham builder who fly tipped building rubble (9 May 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted a local builder who fly tipped large amounts of building rubble in Selly Oak, Birmingham.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCroydon Council prosecutes a further ten people for fly tipping and littering cigarettes (5 May 2016)

 

Croydon Council has prosecuted a further ten people for fly tipping, under the council’s ongoing Don’t Mess With Croydon –Take Pride campaign.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGang jailed for over 28 years for laundering proceeds of crime (5 May 2016)

 


Manchester Crown Court has sentenced six people for a total of more than 28 years in jail, after they pleased guilty to a £10 million money laundering scam.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£350 penalty for builder who photocopied father’s Blue Badge parking permit (4 May 2016)

 

A builder who used a photocopy of a Blue Badge issued to his disabled father has been prosecuted, after a Croydon Council civil enforcement officer spotted the fraudulent copy.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeScarborough anglers fined £600 each for fishing without rod licence (4 May 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted two anglers who were caught fishing without rod licences.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeVeterinary Medicines Directorate takes action against illegal veterinary medicines (3 May 2016)

 

A Manchester man has been prosecuted by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, after he imported unlicensed medicines for use in the UK.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector who sold Rare Earth Elements as investments disqualified for 12 years (3 May 2016)

 

The director of the Global Metal Exchange Ltd (GME) has been disqualified for 12 years for selling Rare Earth Elements (REEs) as an investment and for failing to maintain proper records.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for Kidderminster man guilty of running illegal hazardous waste site (3 May 2016)

 

A man from Kidderminster in Worcestershire has been prosecuted by the Environment Agency for running an illegal hazardous waste site.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1.1m fine for Yorkshire Water after River Ouse is polluted with sewage discharge (3 May 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted Yorkshire Water, after an illegal discharge of sewage into the River Ouse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCourt of Appeal extends sentence of prisoner who threw boiling water a nurse (3 May 2016)

 

A violent prisoner in HMP Preston who threw boiling water in the face of a nurse has had his sentence increased to 11 years in jail.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNottinghamshire anglers prosecuted by the Environment Agency for illegal fishing (3 May 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted two men from Nottinghamshire for fishing without a rod licence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEngine reconditioning company wound up after customer complaints – and failing to explain large cash receipts (29 April 2016)

 

An engine reconditioning company has been wound up following an investigation by the Insolvency Agency and after the court found the company was taking money up front from members of the public for engine work, which was either not being carried out or was “hopelessly defective”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime14-year disqualification for company director selling carbon credits as investments (28 April 2016)

 

The director of a firm selling carbon credits has been disqualified for 14 years, following an investigation by the Official Receiver at the Public Interest Unit – a specialist team of the Insolvency Service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHMP Durham prisoners offered chance to pitch business ideas to employers as part of rehabilitation strategy (26 April 2016)

 


Prisoners at HMP Durham are being given the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a group of local employers and volunteers under an initiative by the Mitie Foundation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime“Clear roadmap” needed to tackle psychoactive substances and drugs as a key driver of crime (26 April 2016)

 

Oliver Letwin MP has told delegates at a UN Special Session on The World Drug Problem that efforts to meet the challenge of new psychoactive substances must be redoubled to bring such drugs under international control.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBarnet issues first safety camera penalty notices to motorists (25 April 2016)

 

Barnet Council has issued the first safety camera penalty notices for motoring offences recorded by CCTV cameras outside a number of schools and at key junctions across the borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeViolent attacker given life sentence under Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme (25 April 2016)

 

A man who carried out violent attacks in north London has had his jail sentence increased from 23 years to life imprisonment.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeClassic motorcycle dealer disqualified for nine years following Insolvency Service investigation (25 April 2016)

 

A dealer in classic motorbikes has been disqualified from holding the position of a director for nine years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHome Secretary announces major reform of anti-money laundering legislation (25 April 2016)

 

The Home Secretary Theresa May has announced the most significant changes to the UK’s anti-money laundering and terrorist finance regime in more than a decade.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHMP/YOI Kirklevington Grange marks success of prisoner rehabilitation scheme with local businesses (25 April 2016)

 

Local employers in North Yorkshire have met to celebrate the positive impact that training, education and work is having on offenders.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector of chain of bars disqualified for failing to keep and deliver up accounting records (25 April 2016)

 

The director of a company which operated a chain of bars in Scotland has been disqualified for six years for failing to address the company’s tax and business rate affairs.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCroydon Council to expand commercial fly-tipping crackdown (25 April 2016)

 

Croydon Council has announced that it is to expand its drive to keep Croydon shop fronts clear of private business rubbish, after a trial period led to more recycling and less fly-tipping.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£419 fine for angler caught fishing without a rod licence (22 April 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an angler in Lancashire, who was caught fishing without a rod licence.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeCampaign to encourage public to report online activities linked to terrorism (21 April 2016)

 

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales has announced a counter-terrorism initiative, which encourages the public to report any suspicions of terrorism-related activities on the Internet.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeAnnual Operation Rogue Trader sees 100 arrests – and millions of pounds worth of property recovered (21 April 2016)

 


The government has said that the annual national Operation Rogue Trader day on 13 April resulted in more than 100 people being arrested, with £3.1 million-worth of property being recovered and more than 5,000 vehicles inspected.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBirmingham City Council to introduce fixed penalty notices for small-scale fly-tipping offences (20 April 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council is to introduce fixed penalty notices for small-scale fly-tipping offences, as part of the council’s ongoing crackdown on illegal refuse dumping in Birmingham.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime26-year jail term for “abhorrent” sexual offences against nine-year-old girl (20 April 2016)

 

Lincoln Crown Court has jailed a paedophile for 26 years, after he committed a string of sexual offences involving a nine-year-old girl.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£3,000 fine for two men caught fly tipping in West Bromwich (18 April 2016)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has prosecuted two men found fly tipping in a car park at the rear of flats on Beaconview Road in West Bromwich.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for semi-pro footballer who made dishonest whiplash claim (18 April 2016)

 

A semi-professional footballer caught tweeting about playing football 24 hours after making a dishonest insurance claim for whiplash has been sentenced to four months in jail, suspended for 12 months, after admitting contempt of court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeThree men prosecuted over Blue Badge fraud in east London (18 April 2016)

 

Newham Council in east London has prosecuted three motorists who were found to be illegally using Blue Badges to access disabled parking spaces.
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Duncan Lewis:Crime£457 fine for Northamptonshire angler caught fishing without rod licence (18 April 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an angler from Wellingborough in Northampton, who was caught fishing without a rod licence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeConditional discharge for Council Tax fraudster (18 April 2016)

 

A benefit claimant from Bodmin in Cornwall has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud relating to Council Tax Support fraud totalling £856.04.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFive-year jail term for man convicted of possessing firearms and making explosives (18 April 2016)

 

Preston Crown Court has jailed a 29-year-old man convicted on charges of possessing firearms and making explosives at his home.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for fraudster who conned council out of thousands by posing as supplier (18 April 2016)

 

A man who posed as a council supplier and defrauded Waverley Council of thousands of pounds has been jailed for two years and three months.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for fraudster who conned council out of thousands by posing as supplier (18 April 2016)

 

A man who posed as a council supplier and defrauded Waverley Council of thousands of pounds has been jailed for two years and three months.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for former restaurateur convicted of benefit fraud (18 April 2016)

 

Croydon Crown Court has convicted a former restaurateur of benefit fraud relating to fraudulently obtained Housing Benefit worth £14,985 and £2,043 in fraudulently obtained Council Tax Benefit.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSomerset anglers fined nearly £1,000 for fishing with rod licence (14 April 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted two anglers caught fishing illegally at a lake in Somerset.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGovernment crackdown on rogue traders operating in the black economy (14 April 2016)

 

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced that five councils across the country have joined forces with the police, Food Standards Agency and the DCLG to target rogue traders breaking multiple rules, from food standards breaches to employing illegal workers.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMP visits court as part of MoJ review into possible racial bias (13 April 2016)

 

Tottenham MP David Lammy is to witness proceedings at Wood Green Crown Court in north London today (13/04/16), as part of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) review into possible racial bias in the judicial system.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£24,000 fine for company’s pollution of Lincolnshire watercourse (13 April 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a Lincolnshire company, after a 3.5km stretch of a local watercourse was contaminated.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCourt of Appeal more than doubles sentence of robber who attacked own uncle (12 April 2016)

 

A convicted robber who strangled his elderly uncle has had his jail term doubled at the Court of Appeal.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency crackdown on fisheries offences and illegal sales of salmon and sea trout (12 April 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has said it is clamping down on illegal sales of wild salmon and sea trout, by targeting restaurants, hotels, pubs and fishmongers in Yorkshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeUK to criminalise firms which fail to prevent staff facilitating tax evasion (12 April 2016)

 

The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will bring forward plans to introduce a criminal offence for corporations which fail to stop their staff facilitating tax evasion.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLincolnshire retailer prosecuted for selling illegal cigarettes (8 April 2016)

 

Lincolnshire Council Trading Standards has prosecuted a local retailer for selling illegal cigarettes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBirmingham restaurant fined after breaches of Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations (7 April 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted a popular Birmingham restaurant for breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDog microchipping compulsory from 6 April (6 April 2016)

 

The new legislation on the compulsory microchipping of dogs comes into force today (06/04/16) – under the new measures, all owners must ensure their dog is microchipped and their details are kept up to date.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePortsmouth Council warns “head shops” over forthcoming ban on new psychoactive drugs (5 April 2016)

 

Officers from Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire police have warned so-called “head shops” selling new psychoactive substances (NPS) in Portsmouth that they will be closely monitored when the national ban on what used to be called “legal highs” starts later this Spring.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHMRC responds to ICIJ “Panama Papers” offshore tax haven report (5 April 2016)

 

HMRC has responded to a story by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) regarding the so-called “Panama Papers”, which reveal the details of prominent people who channel funds through offshore companies.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£2,500 penalty and 12-month Community Order for fly tipping hazardous waste (4 April 2016)

 

Cambridge City Council has prosecuted a local man for fly tipping hazardous waste on the public highway.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for trader in counterfeit goods (4 April 2016)

 

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards Team has prosecuted a local man who profited by more than £53,000 from a counterfeit clothes business.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeG4S awarded temporary contract to run Medway Secure Training Centre, pending report (4 April 2016)

 

Justice Minister Andrew Selous has written to the chair of the Justice Select Committee about Medway Secure Training Centre.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeJail for people smugglers who concealed 68 migrants inside lorries bound for Harwich (4 April 2016)

 

Chelmsford Crown Court has sentenced four lorry drivers from Poland to five years in jail, after they pleaded guilty to people smuggling.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWarwickshire builder prosecuted for carrying waste without a licence (4 April 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a builder from Stratford-Upon Avon in Warwickshire for failing to dispose of construction waste correctly.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHorse dealer sentenced to six months in jail for trading standards offences (4 April 2016)

 

Kent County Council has prosecuted a horse dealer who defrauded clients of thousands of pounds by falsely describing the health and condition of some of the animals sold.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeAnti-Semitism hate crime continues to be a serious problem, says MP (4 April 2016)

 

Sir Eric Pickles MP has said that, as attacks across Europe and more broadly demonstrate, the problem of anti-Semitism continues to be a serious one.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWorcester-based company and director fined £30,000 for environmental offences (4 April 2016)

 

A Worcestershire-based company and its director have been prosecuted for two for offences of storage, treatment and the disposal of waste without an environmental permit.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector of security firm disqualified for five years for unexplained payments (1 April 2016)

 

The director of a security company has been disqualified for five years, after breaching his duty to act in the best interests of the company by causing or allowing payments totalling £314,588 to be made to third parties.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£260 penalty for littering (31 March 2016)

 

Cambridge City Council has prosecuted a smoker who dropped a cigarette end.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector faces ten-year disqualification for failing to deliver up records (31 March 2016)

 

The director of a company that received payments from a carbon credits firm that went into liquidation has been disqualified for ten years, after failing to cooperate and deliver up records.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime14-year disqualification for selling Rare Earth Metals to public (29 March 2016)

 

The director of a company which sold alternative investments has been disqualified for 14 years, following an investigation by the Official Receiver at the Public Interest Unit – a specialist team of the Insolvency Service, whose involvement began with the winding up of the company Windward Capital Limited in the public interest.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCharity Commission finds charity was used for fraud (29 March 2016)

 

The Charity Commission has published a report of inquiry into the Yoruba and Cultural Heritage charity, after concerns were raised as to whether the charity had operated for the public benefit – and whether the trustees were guilty of mismanagement or misconduct.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime15-month jail sentence for operator of illegal waste site (29 March 2016)

 

A Norfolk-based waste operator has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for running an illegal waste site.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£2.6m in fines for three companies participating in cartel (29 March 2016)

 

Three companies who took part in a cartel between 2005 and 2012 have agreed to pay fines totalling more than £2.6 million in a settlement with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£100,000 fine after brewery pollutes river (29 March 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a brewing company for polluting the River Wey and the Lasham Drain, which carries surface water runoff and is a tributary of the River Wey.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRetailers to work with government on tackling sale of knives and knife crime (29 March 2016)

 

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that government will work with major retailers to tackle knife crime and the sale of knives.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGovernment aims to protect UK from cyber crime (25 March 2016)

 

Baroness Shields has told the International Crime and Policing Conference 2016 that the government’s ambition is for Britain to be one of the best-protected countries in the world against cyber crime. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHome Secretary launches modern crime prevention strategy (25 March 2016)

 

Home Secretary Theresa May has launched the government’s modern crime prevention strategy at the International Crime and Policing Conference 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLondon diamond investment company wound up in public interest (24 March 2016)

 

A London diamond investment company which also sold other commodities has been ordered into liquidation, on the grounds of public interest.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBuilding firm prosecuted under Fraud Act for overcharging customers (22 March 2016)

 

A family business has been prosecuted under the Fraud Act 2006, after an investigation by Trading Standards at The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeManslaughter verdict for teenager who mowed down and killed police officer in stolen care (22 March 2016)

 

A teenager who mowed down a Merseyside police officer in a stolen vehicle has been found guilty of manslaughter by a 10 to 2 majority verdict of the jury.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBankruptcy applications to become electronic from 6 April (22 March 2016)

 

From 6 April changes will be made to the way in which an application for bankruptcy is made, with the process going online rather than via a court hearing.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCumbria businesses fined for selling alcohol and tobacco to 16-year-olds (21 March 2016)

 

Cumbria County Council Trading Standards and Cumbria Police have carried out a joint undercover operation in which 16-year-old volunteers attempted to buy alcohol, tobacco or e-cigarettes at premises in Barrow, Keswick and Workington.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeConsultation on racial bias in criminal justice system launched (21 March 2016)

 

The government has launched a consultation on racial bias in the criminal justice system, led by David Lammy MP.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEngineering company fined £9,000 for polluting watercourse (21 March 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an engineering firm based in Castleford for an unauthorised discharge of water containing silt and sediment from a construction site into a nearby watercourse that runs into Grimescar Dyke.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePeterborough Council prosecutes five people over fly tipping (21 March 2016)

 

Peterborough City Council has successfully prosecuted five Peterborough residents in separate incidents of fly tipping in the borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGlasgow-based director disqualified for failing to make payments to HMRC (17 March 2016)

 

The director of a Glasgow-based company has been disqualified for seven years after failing to make payments to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) – and failing to keep records for a failed company, ESP Powdercoating Limited, of which he was a director.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNew report finds link between rise in violent crime in London and alcohol (17 March 2016)

 

A recent report by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee –Policing the Night-time Economy – finds that there appears to be a correlation between alcohol and violent crime, with London having more alcohol-related recorded crime than any other region in England.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFarmer receives second BRO for non disclosure of assets (16 March 2016)

 

A man from Yeovil in Somerset has received a second Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (BRO) for repeated non disclosure of assets, failure to comply with livestock and supply of labour regulations and disregarding statutory obligations.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuffolk man prosecuted after ten bags of household waste are dumped in countryside (15 March 2016)

 

Suffolk Coastal Council has prosecuted a local man, after ten sacks of fly-tipped household waste found on land, including items of post addressed to the man at his home.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBirmingham gun gang handed extra 50 years in jail (14 March 2016)

 

The Court of Appeal has increased the prison sentences of 16 offenders linked to the notorious Burger Bar gang in Birmingham, after they were convicted of supplying guns and ammunition to criminals across the UK.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£380,000 fine for Thames Water after stream in River Thame catchment area is contaminated (14 March 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted Thames Water for polluting the Horsenden Stream in Buckinghamshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£8,800 penalty for Gloucestershire man operating illegal waste sites (14 March 2016)

 

A man who ran two Gloucestershire recycling sites has pleaded guilty to two charges of operating the sites illegally.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCouncil cracks down on Blue Badge Fraud (14 March 2016)

 

Newham Council in east London has launched a campaign to tackle Blue Badge fraud.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNorth Yorkshire council hosts Prevent terrorism conference (11 March 2016)

 

Selby District Council in North Yorkshire has hosted a Prevent conference aimed at stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHealthcare company wound up after making misleading claims about supplements for elderly (11 March 2016)

 

A Middlesex-based company which made false and misleading claims in persuading the elderly and vulnerable to purchase health supplements has been wound up by the High Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1,200 fine for failing to meet fresh produce marketing standards (11 March 2016)

 

A Yorkshire greengrocer has been prosecuted after HMI inspectors found fruit and vegetables at his shop failed to meet fresh produce marketing standards.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDisqualification and suspended sentence for wine investment fraud (10 March 2016)

 

The director of a wine investment company has been disqualified for 12 years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found money was taken from investors for wine that was never purchased – and records of the company’s transactions were not kept.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeProperty company wound up for misleading investors (9 March 2016)

 

A Manchester-based company which made false and misleading claims to persuade members of the public to invest in residential properties has been wound up in the High Court, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirectors disqualified for total of 43 years over carbon credit mis-selling (8 March 2016)

 

The directors of a firm selling Certified Emission Reduction (CER) carbon credits have been disqualified from holding a directorship for a total of 43 years at the High Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHartlepool hosts 13th anti-social behaviour awareness event for Year 8 pupils (7 March 2016)

 

Hartlepool Borough Council has hosted an anti-social behaviour awareness day for 13-14-year-olds under the auspices of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCommunity order for £9,000 Housing Benefit fraud (7 March 2016)

 

Hambleton Council in North Yorkshire has prosecuted a woman from Thirsk for failing to advise the district council about a change in her circumstances while she was claiming benefits.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£6,000 penalty for slurry pollution of Shropshire brook (7 March 2016)

 

A man responsible for running a Shropshire farm at Minsterley has been prosecuted, after slurry from the farm polluted a tributary of the Rea Brook.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWiltshire scrapyard owner handed 18-month suspended prison sentence for unauthorised waste activities (7 March 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted the owner of a Wiltshire scrapyard and recycling company for running an illegal waste operation from a site in Melksham.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePub directors disqualified over failure to keep adequate records (7 March 2016)

 

The directors of a company which ran several public houses have been disqualified for eight years for failing to keep adequate records.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNewham Council destroys ten tonnes of illegal alcohol seized from local off-licences and restaurants (7 March 2016)

 

Newham Council in East London has confiscated illegal alcohol worth an estimated £75,000 during operations to crack down on shops selling alcohol without a licence, off-licences breaching their licences by selling super-strength beers – and restaurants selling wines and spirits without having paid the correct alcohol duty.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended prison sentence for £23,000 benefit fraud (7 March 2016)

 

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has prosecuted a benefit claimant over benefit fraud totalling more than £23,000.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector disqualified for breaches of food hygiene at Warwickshire restaurant (4 March 2016)

 

The director of a Warwickshire-based restaurant has been disqualified, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found he had failed to ensure his company complied with food hygiene legislation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDisqualification and six years in jail for accountant who defrauded clients with Ponzi scheme (3 March 2016)

 

A Lancashire-based accountant who in effect operated a Ponzi scheme and defrauded clients of more than £2.3 million has been disqualified for a minimum of 15 years and has also received a criminal conviction.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector of chain of restaurants disqualified for falsifying VAT returns (1 March 2016)

 

The director of a restaurant has been disqualified after filing false VAT returns – and for taking £47,280 from the company in the last month of trading, after being told not to.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNew drug driving swab tests increases arrests by 800% (1 March 2016)

 

The Road Safety Minister Andrew Jones MP has welcomed new figures which show that arrests for drug driving have increased by 800% after a new roadside test was introduced on 2 March 2015.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRogue trader ordered to repay £150,000 under POCA, after conviction for counterfeit goods (29 February 2016)

 

Southwark Council’s Trading Standards team has successfully prosecuted a rogue trader who sold counterfeit goods – and has also obtained a court order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), which means he will have to repay £150,000.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEstate agent prosecuted for illegal signs (29 February 2016)

 

Dacorum Council has secured a conviction against an estate agent for illegal display of an estate agent’s board.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWorcestershire business prosecuted for operating illegal waste site (29 February 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted five men over the illegal operation of a waste disposal site at Cinetic Quarry, near Wildmoor in Worcestershire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSobriety tags to be rolled out across London for offenders convicted of alcohol-related crimes (29 February 2016)

 

A scheme which monitors alcohol intake by offenders released on licence has been so successful that it will be rolled out across London.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeShisha café owner prosecuted for third time over breach of smoking ban (29 February 2016)

 

Islington Council in north London has prosecuted the owner of a shisha café, which has breached the smoking ban for the third time.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHounslow Council works with police to arrest drug dealers on estates (29 February 2016)

 

Hounslow Council enforcement staff have helped police take two drug dealers off the streets of the borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCouncil prosecutes after kitchen store sells 8cm knife to underage customer (26 February 2016)

 

Islington Council has prosecuted a company, after a retailer sold a knife to an underage customer.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDarlington Trading Standards seize 20,000 illegal cigarettes and tobacco products (25 February 2016)

 

Darlington Borough Council has prosecuted a local retailer, after Trading Standards working with the police and sniffer dogs uncovered more than 20,000 illicit tobacco and tobacco products in his shop on two occasions.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFive found guilty in Rotherham child sexual exploitation trial (25 February 2016)

 

Sheffield Crown Court has convicted five people on multiple counts relating to the sexual exploitation of 15 victims in Rotherham over a period of 16 years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeAnti-social behaviour order imposed for begging and threatening behaviour (24 February 2016)

 

A man who posed as a Big Issue seller in Nottingham has been made the subject of an injunction, after he was verbally abusive and used threatening behaviour to the police, licensed Big Issue sellers and members of the public.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector of teenage sexual awareness agency disqualified for making misleading statements (24 February 2016)

 

The director of a company trading as an agency providing sexual awareness information to teenagers in Stockport has been disqualified for cold calling small businesses and individuals for sponsorship.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCompany director who breached disqualification regulations jailed for six months (23 February 2016)

 

A 67-year-old company director from Hampshire has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment as a result of two insolvency offences.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRogue traders prosecuted over misleading Sheffield homeowners (23 February 2016)

 

Sheffield Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted two rogue traders, who carried out shoddy maintenance work on properties after door stepping homeowners to drum up business.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFarmer fined £2,000 after being found guilty of environmental offences (22 February 2016)

 

A farmer has been prosecuted by Durham Council, after he cut down trees in an ancient woodland in a Conservation Area, blocking a public footpath.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector disqualified for five years for breach of fiduciary duties (22 February 2016)

 

The director of a plumbing and heating company has been disqualified for five years for breaching fiduciary duties.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeOxford Council prosecutes HGV drivers for breaching weight restrictions (22 February 2016)

 

Oxford Magistrates’ Court has issued fines totalling nearly £2,500 to drivers who breached weight restrictions on local roads.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCommunity Order for benefit claimant who fraudulently claimed nearly £13,000 (22 February 2016)

 

A woman from Matlock in Derbyshire has pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming nearly £13,000 in benefits over five years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeReading Trading Standard and Met Police seize illegal tobacco and cigarettes in raid (22 February 2016)

 

Reading Council Trading Standards officers and police officers working with sniffer dogs have seized more than 25,500 illegal and counterfeit cigarettes and 4.5kg of smuggled hand-rolling tobacco in a raid on a local store.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeConsultation on new definition of child sexual exploitation launched (22 February 2016)

 

The government has launched a consultation into a new definition of child sexual exploitation (CSE), so that all professionals are using the same definition of CSE.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePrison Service announces new Wrexham jail will be named HMP Berwyn (19 February 2016)

 

Her Majesty’s Prison Service has announced that a new prison in Wrexham will be named HMP Berwyn.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSupreme Court judgment may open way for appeals against some joint enterprise convictions (19 February 2016)

 

A Supreme Court judgment by Lord Neuberger and colleagues in the case of a man convicted of murder under the joint enterprise rule could open up the way for others convicted of murder under joint enterprise to appeal their convictions. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHome Secretary calls for more international co-operation to fight terrorism (17 February 2016)

 

Home Secretary Theresa May has called for more international co-operation in the global fight against terror.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHMRC collects £2bn from tax evaders since 2014 under Accelerated Payments Scheme (15 February 2016)

 

HMRC has announced that it has collected than £2 billion in disputed tax from tax avoiders, under rules introduced by the government in 2014.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWest Sussex receives half-a-million funding boost for SEND child care services (15 February 2016)

 

West Sussex children’s services have received a boost in funding to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).<. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency prosecutes company for waste management breaches (15 February 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a company based in South Devon for failing to store hazardous materials safely.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeRestaurateur accepts disqualification after failing to preserve and offer up records to Liquidator (15 February 2016)

 

A restaurateur has accepted disqualification from acting as a director for eight years, after failing to preserve and/or deliver up records and accounts to the Liquidator after his company went into liquidation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for Essex brothers who illegally imported unlicensed medicines (15 February 2016)

 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has prosecuted two brothers from Essex for importing and selling unlicensed drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, which they sold to UK and European customers.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime66 years in jail for gang who imported cocaine with £34m street value (15 February 2016)

 

The Old Bailey has sentenced three men to a total of 66 years in jail, after they pleaded guilty to smuggling nearly 270kg of cocaine into the UK.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCharity Commission welcomes conviction of man on fundraising for terrorism charges (11 February 2016)

 

The Charity Commission has welcomed the conviction of a man for offences involving fundraising for terrorism.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWindsor and Maidenhead Trading Standards prosecute retailers over counterfeit goods (10 February 2016)

 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Trading Standards team has prosecuted two local retailers for selling counterfeit goods.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeNottingham retailer prosecuted for selling fresh produce below minimum quality standards (8 February 2016)

 

Nottingham City Council has prosecuted a retailer for offering for sale and selling rotten fruit and vegetables, which failed to meet the minimum quality standards.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLincolnshire man fined £1,300 for fly tipping (8 February 2016)

 

Selby District Council has successfully prosecuted a man for fly tipping as part of the council’s ongoing enforcement action to protect the local environment.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCourt winds up phantom companies reporting £50m sales (8 February 2016)

 

An investigation by the Insolvency Service has led to a network of phantom construction and engineering companies being wound up. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCar breaking business prosecuted for illegal operation (8 February 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has taken action against the owner of a car breaking business, which was operating illegally.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWirral Council takes action against off licence to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour (8 February 2016)

 

Wirral Council has taken action against a Birkenhead off licence to address issues around problem drinkers and anti-social behaviour in the area.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCourt of Appeal increase sentence for rape (5 February 2016)

 

The Court of Appeal has overturned the original prison sentence of a man convicted of rape and increased the jail term from three years to five-and-a-half years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector disqualified for keeping inadequate records (5 February 2016)

 

The director of a fabric and furniture retailer has been disqualified as a director for six years, after failing to maintain adequate company records.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTaxi cab owners fined for operating vehicles without proper insurance (4 February 2016)

 

Middlesbrough Council has prosecuted the owners of a taxi company, after council officers found it to be operating uninsured vehicles.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTeenager sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder while on bail for rape (4 February 2016)

 

The Court of Appeal has increased the prison sentence of an 18-year-old man from Reading for the attempted murder of two teenage girls while he was on bail for the rape and sexual assault of two other teenage girls.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1,900 fine for repeat fly tipping offences (3 February 2016)

 

A man from South Wales has been prosecuted after he dumped household waste and carpets in Aylesbury.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGovernment review of possible bias against non-white defendants (3 February 2016)

 

The Prime Minister has asked Tottenham MP David Lammy to investigate evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£1,098 fine for dumping controlled waste metres from council household recycling centre (2 February 2016)

 

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted a man from Maidenhead for illegally dumping controlled waste just metres from the council’s household waste recycling centre.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime99p store pleads guilty to 13 breaches of health and safety (2 February 2016)

 

A 99p store in Kingston upon Thames has been prosecuted for breaches of health and safety and a mouse infestation.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector disqualified for failing to run insolvency practice in a competent manner (1 February 2016)

 

The directors of a hairdressing company which later traded as an insolvency practice have been disqualified for failing to run a company in a competent manner.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCompany and associated individuals prosecuted over waste management offences (1 February 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a company and individuals associated with the company for allowing illegal waste activities.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirector disqualified for failing to submit “timely tax returns” (1 February 2016)

 

An Insolvency Service investigation has led to the director of a company being disqualified for five years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBusinessman convicted of benefit fraud must repay £90,000 under Confiscation Order (1 February 2016)

 

Barnet Council has prosecuted a businessman who fraudulently claimed thousands of pounds in housing benefit and council tax benefit.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWembley man prosecuted for littering offences (1 February 2016)

 

A 34-year-old man from Wembley in northwest London has been prosecuted after illegally dumping two black bags full of refuse on the public highway.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePsychoactive Substances Act receives Royal Assent (29 January 2016)

 

A new law to tackle psychoactive substance has received Royal Assent – the landmark Bill is intended to end the trade in harmful psychoactive substances.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDirectors of claims company disqualified following Insolvency Service investigation (29 January 2016)

 

The Insolvency Service has investigated three company directors, who were subsequently disqualified for five years each, after it was found they had made retrospective accounting transactions to convert withdrawals from the company into salary, in order to avoid the repayment of the balance of their director’s loan accounts.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGovernment awards £200,000 to help more women turn away from crime (28 January 2016)

 

The Ministry of Justice has announced that four areas in England have been awarded funding to help more women turn away from crime.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCourt of Appeal overturns suspended sentence for rapist – and imposes three-year jail term (27 January 2016)

 

A convicted rapist has been sentenced to three years in jail, after the Court of Appeal overturned his suspended sentence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWest Midlands-based directors disqualified after VAT fraud investigation (27 January 2016)

 

The directors of a company based in the West Midlands have been disqualified, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service into VAT fraud.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDrug smuggler’s sentence increased by five years at Court of Appeal (26 January 2016)

 

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of a convicted drug smuggler by five years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBorder Force seize £1.6m drug haul before Christmas (25 January 2016)

 

Border Force officers have seized drugs with a street value of £1.6 million at a parcel depot in Tamworth, Staffordshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeInsurance Fraud Task suggests new measures to tackle insurance fraud (25 January 2016)

 

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Harriett Baldwin, and Minster of State for Justice, Lord Faulks, have welcomed a series of recommendations to tackle insurance fraud.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDrug gang jailed for more than 90 years (25 January 2016)

 

The eleventh member of a drug gang operating in the Didcot area of Oxford has been jailed for four years and eight months at Oxford Crown Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBrent Council praised for “best practice” gang crime policy (25 January 2016)

 

Brent Council has bee praised for its work in tackling gang-related crime, as the Home Office launches a new policy on ending gang violence and exploitation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGateshead Council prosecutes brother and sister over counterfeit tobacco sales (25 January 2016)

 

Gateshead Council has prosecuted a brother and sister for counterfeit tobacco sales.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeHit-and-run driver has sentence increased (22 January 2016)

 

A hit-and-run driver who caused the death of a student in Coventry has had his prison sentence increased at the Court of Appeal.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePolicing and Crime Bill to give volunteers greater powers, without taking on special constable role (21 January 2016)

 

The Home Secretary has announced that police volunteers will be given greater powers without taking on the role of special constable.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeDarlington man prosecuted for fly tipping (20 January 2016)

 

Darlington Borough Council has prosecuted a local man for fly tipping, after loose syringes, used surgical swabs and steroid packaging was found on a bridle path.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEnvironment Agency spot checks lead to investigation of 26 vehicles carrying waste (20 January 2016)

 

The Environment Agency is working with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), local councils and HMRC on Operation Salamander, to stop and spot check vehicles carrying waste in Thurrock in Essex, North Greenwich in London and Bushy in Hertfordshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeContractor prosecuted for cold calling elderly homeowners and offering work at inflated prices (19 January 2016)

 

A rogue trader whose gang cold called elderly homeowners to persuade them to have work carried out on their homes at inflated prices has been prosecuted at Bodmin Magistrates Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMinister supports UN Plan of Action to prevent violent extremism (19 January 2016)

 

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay has called the UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to prevent violent extremism “a welcome and timely contribution” in the fight against terrorism.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeWelsh Government raises concerns that court closures will affect access to justice (18 January 2016)

 

Analysis by the Welsh Government has raised concerns that UK Government courts closure proposals will damage access to justice in Wales.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBrent Council prosecute five traders over illegal tobacco products (18 January 2016)

 

Brent Council has revealed that in just one day in the run up to Christmas, the council secured five convictions in three separate cases involving illegal cigarettes.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTruro woman fined over Council Tax benefit fraud (18 January 2016)

 

A woman from Truro in Cornwall who was overpaid £1,000 in Council Tax Support after she falsified payslips has been prosecuted for benefit fraud.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeMotorist prosecuted for assault on Civil Enforcement Officer (18 January 2016)

 

A motorist has been prosecuted, after he assaulted a Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) in the London Borough of Bexley.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBirmingham wholesaler prosecuted for selling defective produce (15 January 2016)

 

A Birmingham-based wholesaler has been prosecuted for selling defective fruit and vegetables, following an investigation by the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeShropshire Council fined after vulnerable day care patient chokes to death (14 January 2016)

 

Shropshire Council has been prosecuted after a vulnerable 53-year-old day care patient choked to death at a council care centre.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeYouth Justice Board takes action to safeguard children at secure training centres (14 January 2016)

 

Action has been taken by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales to safeguard young people at secure training centres, as a result of BBC Panorama investigation raising concerns about the safety of children at secure training centres.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeGovernment announces new policy to tackle violent crime and gang crime (14 January 2016)

 

The Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, Karen Bradley, has announced a new policy to tackle gang violence and exploitation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSentence increase for “repeat offender” burglar (14 January 2016)

 

A burglar from Brighton has had his prison sentence increased, after a referral to the Court of Appeal by Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeLeeds bar prosecuted for serious breach of health and safety (13 January 2016)

 

The owners of a bar in central Leeds have been prosecuted for serious failings in health and safety.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£683,000 confiscation order for Lincolnshire trader in fake goods (12 January 2016)

 

Lincoln Crown Court has sentenced a man to repay £683,144.00 under a confiscation order, after he was convicted of selling counterfeit goods.
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Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentence for £19,000 benefit fraud (11 January 2016)

 

Selby District Council in North Yorkshire has successfully prosecuted a Tadcaster woman for benefit fraud, after she failed to declare to the council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that she had money in undisclosed bank accounts exceeding the capital limit for Housing and Council Tax Benefit.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeChancellor visits Nottinghamshire Police Force and emphasises commitment to more funding to beat terrorism (11 January 2016)

 

Chancellor George Osborne has told Nottinghamshire Police Force that in the light of national security concerns, it is time to back the police and give police forces the tools they need to tackle crime and protect the British public.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSuspended sentences for Wolverhampton motorists who breached road racing injunction (11 January 2016)

 

A driver and his passenger have been convicted of breaching an injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBirmingham burger bar fined £13,000 for food safety and hygiene offences (11 January 2016)

 

A fast food restaurant in Birmingham has been ordered to pay £13,389, after pleading guilty to four offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime£15,000 fine for contractors who misled elderly customer (11 January 2016)

 

Dorset County Council Trading Standards have prosecuted a plumbing and drainage company for making misleading claims.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeBetter Case Management launched to deliver “speedier justice” (7 January 2016)

 

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has launched an initiative to deliver speedier justice, with a Better Case Management Crown Court rollout from Tuesday (05/01/16).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeThames Water fined £1m for polluting Grand Union Canal (7 January 2016)

 

Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Water) has been fined a record-breaking £1 million, after being prosecuted by the Environment Agency for polluting the Grand Union Canal.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePilot scheme to expand Treasury Counsel working on Unduly Lenient Sentences appeals (7 January 2016)

 

The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP has announced the launch of a pilot programme to allow a wider range of prosecutors to conduct appeals into Unduly Lenient Sentences (ULS) on behalf of the government.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeEleven-year jail sentence for Berkshire man convicted of attempted murder (6 January 2016)

 

Reading Crown Court has jailed a man for 11 years after he was convicted of the attempted murder of another man in Thatcham.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeTrading Standards warns stores on selling knives to underage customers in Bedfordshire (4 January 2016)

 

Bedfordshire Council Trading Standards have warned shops to make sure they check young customers’ ages, after two out the five stores visited during a recent test-purchasing exercise sold knives to teenage girls.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimePLC charged under Bribery Act for activities in Middle East (4 January 2016)

 

The Sweett Group PLC has pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to an offence under Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010, relating to conduct in the Middle East.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeSingle Resolution Mechanism fully in force from January to prevent future banking crises in eurozone (4 January 2016)

 

The Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) became fully operational on 1 January 2016, in order to bolster the resilience of the financial system –
and help avoid future crises by providing for the timely and effective resolution of cross-border and domestic banks in EU member states.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeCharity Commission tackles charities which fail to submit adequate accounts (4 January 2016)

 

The Charity Commission has said that nearly one-third of charities’ accounts filed are of “unacceptable quality” – and has launched a New Year campaign this January targeting charities in default.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:CrimeFormer CEO ordered to repay £632,000 under POCA (4 January 2016)

 

The former CEO of JJB Sports PLC has been ordered to pay a Confiscation Order of £632,662.31 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) by a judge at Southwark Crown Court.. Read more...