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Ferry passenger charged with arson (31 December 2013)

A passenger on a North Sea ferry has been charged with arson, after a ferry bound for Holland had to be evacuated on Saturday night (28/12/13), just 30 miles off the Yorkshire coast.  Read more...

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Families who smack their children “should face criminal charge” (30 December 2013)

The Children’s Commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson has said that parents should be banned from smacking their children.
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Jailed fraudster hit with confiscation order (27 December 2013)

A fraudster from London has been ordered to pay back in excess of £300,000 after he sold non-existent tickets to a number of entertainment and sporting events including the Champions League Final and the Royal Variety Performance.  Read more...

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Boxing Day partygoers flee as man is shot dead in London’s West End (27 December 2013)

A man has died in a shooting incident in the heart of London’s theatre land, Shaftesbury Avenue.  Read more...

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Motorist puts faith before speeding fine (24 December 2013)

A motorist caught speeding in West Wales has said he cannot attend his motoring offence hearing because it falls on the Sabbath – and attending on that day would be against his religion.  Read more...

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Student home for Christmas subjected to vicious attack in Colchester (24 December 2013)

Police in Colchester, Essex are looking for a gang which repeatedly kicked a student in the head as he lay unconscious on the ground.  Read more...

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Two arrested after prisoner found dead in jail (23 December 2013)

Police have arrested two inmates of HMP Lindholme after a 22-year-old prisoner was found dead at the jail on Saturday (21/12/13).  Read more...

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Essex man given ASBO for abusive behaviour (23 December 2013)

A man from Essex has been ordered not to swear in his home after being handed an ASBO for spamming the emergency services number and subjecting paramedics and police to a regular torrent of verbal abuse.
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Calls for mandatory reporting of child abuse by teachers, doctors and social workers (23 December 2013)

England’s Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson is calling for the compulsory reporting of suspected cases of child abuse.  Read more...

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Lessons to be learned from aborted corruption trial of Victor Dahdaleh (20 December 2013)

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is reviewing the circumstances that led to the collapse of the high-profile trial of Tony Blair’s associate, British-Canadian businessman Victor Dahdaleh.  Read more...

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Lee Rigby verdict – both men guilty of murder (20 December 2013)

The two men accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in May have been found guilty at the Old Bailey in London.  Read more...

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Police admit mistakes over rapist released on bail (20 December 2013)

The Metropolitan Police has said mistakes were made over the release on bail of a rapist who went on to rape another woman in exactly the same location.  Read more...

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Council leader urges rethink on ASBO reforms (19 December 2013)

Plans to reform anti-social behavioural laws and replace ASBOs with a new injunction have been criticised by a council leader that believes the changes will make it even harder to protect the public from consistent offenders.  Read more...

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Jail term for fraudster who took advantage of a friend (18 December 2013)

A man from Swindon who took advantage of a close friend and stole £120k over a two-year period has been handed a four-year jail sentence after being found guilty of theft and fraud.  Read more...

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£20k appeal by April Jones murderer prompts backlash (17 December 2013)

The man convicted of the murder of five-year-old April Jones is to launch an appeal against his sentence.  Read more...

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Crime reduction targets may put police under pressure to “underplay” crime reporting (16 December 2013)

Gwent Police have defended allegations that crime figures for the force may be 8% higher than recorded.  Read more...

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Birmingham teenagers given ASBO for reign of terror (13 December 2013)

Four teenagers from Birmingham have been handed ASBOs after they terrorised local neighbourhoods by hurling insults and throwing rocks at community members despite being warned about their behaviour and arrested on numerous occasions.  Read more...

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Police investigate Kent University rape (12 December 2013)

Police are investigating a serious sexual attack on a student at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the early hours of Saturday (07/12/13)  Read more...

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“Non medical doctor” prosecuted under Cancer Act 1939 (12 December 2013)

A self proclaimed non medical doctor who claims to be able to cure cancer and HIV has appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged under the Cancer Act 1939.
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Sentencing overhaul could see sex offender celebrities facing tougher jail terms for abusing their fame (12 December 2013)

Celebrities who use their fame to help them commit sexual offences may receive longer sentences in a shake up of sentencing in the criminal justice system.  Read more...

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Cumbria police arrest seven men in child sex exploitation swoop (11 December 2013)

The intelligence-led operation – named Operation Chiefton – involved dawn raids on the homes of seven men in connection with child sex exploitation offences.
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British teachers charged with sexual offences on underage boys in two separate cases (10 December 2013)

A headmistress who transformed a school into one of the best in the UK has been charged with sex abuse offences against a boy under the age of 16.  Read more...

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18-month sentence after drunken fight leaves woman blind in one eye (10 December 2013)

An 18-year-old woman has been given a prison sentence after being involved in a drunken fight in which another woman was blinded in one eye by a stiletto shoe.
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Hollywood make-up artist admits to benefit fraud (9 December 2013)

A Hollywood makeup artist with a list of star names on her client list has been ordered to wear an electronic tag for twelve weeks after illegitimately claiming in excess of £13,000 in benefits.  Read more...

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Policewoman shot at point blank range after attending antisocial behaviour call (9 December 2013)

A policewoman has been shot in the face on only the second day of a new job with her local police force.  Read more...

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Ministry of Justice running services according to costs not justice, says magistrates’ leader (9 December 2013)

The chairman of the Magistrates’ Association in England and Wales has accused the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) of putting financial cuts to the Justice system before justice itself.  Read more...

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Escaped prisoner jailed again for series of armed robberies (6 December 2013)

An escaped prisoner from Brighton has been handed a 10-year jail term after he held up four shops in the city at knife point in the space of just seven days earlier this year.
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Fraud investigators use Facebook photos to expose benefits cheat (5 December 2013)

Fraud squad investigators exposed a topless model as a benefits cheat after using social media to ascertain that she had been fraudulently claiming income support as a single parent despite living with her finance.  Read more...

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Mother who killed her baby spared jail (4 December 2013)

On Tuesday 8 October 2012, Natasha Sultan killed her six week old baby while suffering from severe postnatal depression. The death was caused by a single blow to the head.  Read more...

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Lee Rigby trial hears of shooting in aftermath of killing (4 December 2013)

A female police officer has told the jury at the Lee Rigby trial that she feared for her life when one of the attackers ran towards her car holding a weapon which looked like a machete or a meat cleaver.  Read more...

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Criminal barristers to defend Legal Aid with “day of action” strike (3 December 2013)

Criminal barristers have announced they will stage days of action in protest against government cuts to the Legal Aid budget.  Read more...

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Two men jailed after making fraudulent withdrawals with stolen chequebooks (3 December 2013)

Two fraudsters that targeted banks in Bristol have been jailed after they were found in a car with over £12,000 in cash earlier this year, a court has heard.
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Financial adviser jailed over £224k investment fraud (3 December 2013)

A financial adviser who conned former clients and unsuspecting friends out of £224,000 by asking them to invest in a bogus get rich quick scheme has had his four-year jail term upheld by the Appeal Court in London.  Read more...

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£70,000 benefits fraud, after woman secretly buries dead husband and carries on claiming (2 December 2013)

A woman secretly buried the body of her disabled husband and carried on claiming benefits for him.  Read more...

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HMP Northumberland has been taken over by private firm Sodexo Justice Services. (2 December 2013)

HMP Northumberland is an amalgamation of two prisons in 2011 – the adult training prison HMP Acklington and HMP Castington, a former young offenders’ institution. The prison is based in Acklington, Tyne and Wear.
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Law firm employee stabbed to death outside south London pub (2 December 2013)

A man standing outside a Southwark pub having a cigarette with a friend has been murdered by a gang of “hoodies” in a seemingly unprovoked attack.  Read more...

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Why did Leon Briggs die in custody? (29 November 2013)

Leon Briggs was a kind and loyal family man. On Monday 5th November he was in Luton town centre when members of the public raised concerns about his behaviour to police. He was arrested and detained under S136 of the Mental Health Act at Luton police station.  Read more...

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Legal worker jailed after contacting prisoner on smuggled phone (29 November 2013)

In November 2013 a solicitor^s clerk from Salford Court was imprisoned or six months after being found guilty of contacting a prisoner on a mobile phone.   Read more...

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Kent mother fraudulently claims £33k in benefits (28 November 2013)

A mother of three from Kent has been handed a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to do 300 hours community service after she fraudulently claimed over £33,000 in benefits over a four-year period.
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RBS fraud allegations investigated by SFO and police (28 November 2013)

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), after some business owners alleged the bank deliberately asset stripped their companies, selling off assets to companies linked to the bank at favourable prices.  Read more...

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Rock singer pleads guilty to child sex abuse charges (27 November 2013)

The former lead singer of rock band the Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a one-year-old baby.  Read more...

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Sentencing inequalities “must be tackled” (27 November 2013)

Latest figures published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show that in 2011-2012 black offenders were more likely than white offenders to receive jail terms – as well as longer jail terms.  Read more...

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Leading judge questions value of short jail terms (26 November 2013)

Senior judge Lord Neuberger has provoked a backlash by criticising prison conditions – and suggesting that short jail terms interrupt prisoners’ home lives and jobs.  Read more...

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Police Commission says neighbourhood policing is “under threat” (25 November 2013)

Former Metropolitan Police Commission Lord Stevens has said that threats to neighbourhood policing raised in a new report are of “profound concern”.
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Disabled Norwich mum asks for help in tracing teens who attacked and urinated on her (25 November 2013)

A 57-year-old disabled woman from Norwich has told the Eastern Daily Press how a gang of youths attacked her, repeatedly kicking her in the head before urinating on her.  Read more...

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Bolton boy guilty of murdering man with one-punch (22 November 2013)

A teenager from Bolton has been convicted of murder and will be sentenced next month after killing a man with a single punch following a dispute earlier this year.  Read more...

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G4S offers to repay £24m in electronic tagging overcharges (20 November 2013)

Security firm G4S has told the Ministry of Justice it will refund more than £24 million to the government, after overcharging for the service it provided for electronic tagging offenders.  Read more...

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Hull shoplifter handed stringent Asbo (20 November 2013)

A prolific shoplifter from Hull has been given an Asbo containing an unprecedented amount of negative prohibitions after proving a constant menace to locals in the area and breaching a number of previous orders.
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A pensioner that skipped bail in 2008 is jailed for benefit fraud (19 November 2013)

A benefits cheat that fled to Southern Spain in 2008 prior to sentencing has been jailed for three years. This has happened just weeks after Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith vowed to deal with the outrageous case.  Read more...

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Birmingham police hunt needle attacker targeting women (19 November 2013)

Police are hunting a man who has stabbed five women in Birmingham City Centre, using what are thought to be hypodermic needles.  Read more...

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Immigration centre officials forged certificates relating to asylum seeker, says judge (19 November 2013)

Three G4S employees have been referred for prosecution for contempt of court and forgery in respect of an appeal by an immigrant who was being deported from the UK.  Read more...

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Bristol prison increases capacity after overcrowding criticism (18 November 2013)

HM Prison Bristol has increased its capacity by four percent just weeks after it was criticised by HMIP for overcrowded conditions that had left it “dirty and poorly equipped.”
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MPs back proposed law to make attacks on Armed Forces a criminal offence (18 November 2013)

The coalition government has proposed that verbal and physical attacks on Armed Forces personnel in the UK should be designated an aggravated crime.  Read more...

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Lee Rigby murder trial begins at Old Bailey (18 November 2013)

The trial of two British men accused of murdering Drummer Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in southeast London is to start today (18/11/13) at the Old Bailey central criminal court in London.  Read more...

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MPs back proposed law to make attacks on Armed Forces a criminal offence (18 November 2013)

The coalition government has proposed that verbal and physical attacks on Armed Forces personnel in the UK should be designated an aggravated crime.  Read more...

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Repeat offender ordered to pay £25k following benefit fraud (14 November 2013)

A benefit fraudster from Wigan, that fooled authorities by illegitimately claiming thousands of pounds over a two-year period, has been ordered to pay back in excess of £25,000 or face a 12-month jail term.  Read more...

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Grandmother disqualified from driving after horror crash injures children (14 November 2013)

An elderly grandmother has apologised to a court after she veered into a car while driving and caused serious injuries to three people travelling in the oncoming vehicle, including two children.  Read more...

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South Yorkshire Police Force must address child sex exploitation “as a matter of urgency” (13 November 2013)

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has said South Yorkshire Police Force must address its response to child sex exploitation crimes as a matter of urgency, after an investigation found that the force was still prioritising car crimes and burglary.  Read more...

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Deaf and Mute 10 year old kept in cellar as sex slave for a decade (6 November 2013)

A child from Pakistan was kept in a couple’s cellar and repeatedly raped for almost a decade.  Read more...

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Benefit Fraud Prison Sentences to be increased to 10 years (16 September 2013)

Benefit Fraud Prison Sentences to be increased to 10 years: Has there been sufficient consideration of the effectiveness of these measures  Read more...

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Last Chance Saloon to obtain legal aid for foreign nationals facing deportation (22 March 2013)

From 1st April 2013 the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act will end legal aid for foreign national prisoner (FNP) deportation appeals unless they seek to argue deportation would be contrary to the refugee convention or be a breach of article 3 ECHR.   Read more...

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Last Chance Saloon to obtain legal aid for foreign nationals facing deportation (22 March 2013)

From 1st April 2013 the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act will end legal aid for foreign national prisoner (FNP) deportation appeals unless they seek to argue deportation would be contrary to the refugee convention or be a breach of article 3 ECHR.   Read more...


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