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What to do when served with a Noise Abatement Notice? (12 December 2018)

What you consider to be ‘music’ your neighbours may find to be an unbearable cacophony; revving your car may show off its new engine, but for the new parents down the road it’s another sleepless night getting the baby back to sleep. A failure to consider your neighbours, whether you are at home or running your business, can result in a complaint being made against you, at which point you may receive a noise abatement notice.   Read more...

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Teenager Sentenced to 17 years over Fatal Acid Attack (3 August 2018)

A teenager was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment, for what is being perceived as the first conviction for an acid attack causing death in the UK.  Read more...

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Failings recorded in report on police disclosure - Just how many are affected? (31 July 2018)

Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) report on police disclosure looking at 1,290 cases to determine how many displayed failings. A stark 556 of those cases showed a lack of compliance in disclosing vital evidence to the defence.   Read more...

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Civil Liberties Group Launches Legal Challenge Over Police Facial Recognition Technology (26 July 2018)

Automatic facial recognition (AFR) technology uses CCTV and other video surveillance to determine the assumed identity of an offender. Whilst this appears to be in the public interest, many are being wrongly targeted and asked to prove their identity as a result of its use.  Read more...

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Police Encouraged to Record Harassment of Women as a Hate Crime (18 July 2018)

Police forces have been encouraged to recognise the public harassment of women as a gender hate crime following the largely positive support of a two year scheme in Nottingham that has adopted the policy.   Read more...

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Upskirting: Government plans to make it a criminal offence (11 July 2018)

After the recent private members bill by Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse brought to Parliament was blocked by Tory MP Sir Christopher Chope, Theresa May has reassured that the Government still plans to make upskirting a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment.   Read more...

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Recent Prison Law Test Case highlights the Importance of Scientific Evidence (10 July 2018)

A recent adjudication involving a prisoner accused of smoking ‘spice’ has stressed the importance of scientific evidence and expertise in prison law cases.   Read more...

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Leaked Home Office report says cocaine has been ‘flooding’ into the UK leading to a crime epidemic (2 July 2018)

An epidemic of violent crimes across the UK was believed to have been caused by cocaine flooding into the county, a leaked Home Office document warned.  Read more...

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Student avoided prison after being accused of stabbing boyfriend challenges her sentence (13 June 2018)

A medical student at Oxford University, who was not jailed after stabbing her boyfriend, will challenge her suspended sentence.  Read more...

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Police Facial Recognition Technology Risks Mistaken Identity (12 June 2018)

In a recent review by The Independent, 98% of people identified through facial recognition software trialled by the Met Police proved not to be the person they were looking for. This poses a real risk of injustice, with people charged with crimes they did not commit.   Read more...

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Drink drivers face swifter justice with new roadside breathalysers (12 June 2018)

Drink drivers are to be “brought to justice quicker” thanks to new roadside breathalyser technology that will allow police to gather on-the-spot proof. The instant test means the driver will now not need to be taken back to a police station to obtain evidence as is currently the case.   Read more...

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Police called to 430 moped enabled crimes a week in 2017 (11 June 2018)

The London Metropolitan Police have been using a wide variety of tactics to deal with more than 20,000 robberies occurring annually from moped enabled crimes after a number of high profile muggings in the capital recently.   Read more...

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Should opticians inform DVLA if a driver fails an eye test? (7 June 2018)

The family of a three year old car crash victim believe that it is an optician’s duty to inform DVLA if a driver fails their eye test.   Read more...

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Money Launderer used fake email to cash in £240,000 (31 May 2018)

A British tech company was targeted by Mr Chinaka who profited more than £240,000 in less than a 2 month period between December 2015 and January 2016. After his arrest in June 2016, Mr Chinaka was charged with money laundering and was recently sentenced to 5 years imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court.  Read more...

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Former Charity Boss found guilty of £700,000 fraud (31 May 2018)

Former head of a charity has been found guilty of defrauding the organisation out of more than £700,000. Mr. Briers, former charity chief of Age Concern South Tyneside was found guilty of defrauding the organisation by using fake invoices and banked authorisation bonus and pension payments from January 2007 to August 2015.   Read more...

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Five people arrested following drug related deaths at a music festival (31 May 2018)

Four men and a woman are being held on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs following the death of two festival goers at a music festival in Portsmouth.  Read more...

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Miscarriage of Justice Victims are being Neglected by the State (18 May 2018)

In the coming weeks the Supreme Court will be reconsidering the state’s responsibility for making amends to those who have been wrongly convicted and suffered a miscarriage of justice.  Read more...

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Home Office launches anti-knife crime campaign (16 May 2018)

The government have created a new campaign to reduce knife crime aimed to run on social media sites targeting 10-21 year olds.   Read more...

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Drug Driving Continues to Rise (9 May 2018)

Following our recent article in respect of drug drivers potentially being on the increase, more recent statistics obtained by the BBC via a Freedom of Information request sheds light onto the severity of the situation.   Read more...

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Charity Brake calls for road traffic conviction declarations to be reviewed (1 May 2018)

Charity, Brake, has spoken out after one of the worst road traffic accidents claims 8 lives, which was caused by a truck driver who had had his licence revoked as a result of a previous conviction. They call for the government to change the policy which relies on the offender to declare any road traffic convictions to an employer, providing a legal loophole to those who choose not to declare.  Read more...

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Man jailed for life after deliberately infecting his lovers with HIV (20 April 2018)

A man has been convicted of purposely trying to infect 10 men with HIV in a ‘campaign’ to infect as many men as possible.  Read more...

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Illegal ‘ride out’ group appear in court (19 April 2018)

A group of nine men have appeared in court in Birmingham accused of taking part in an illegal ‘ride out’. Six of the men pleaded not guilty to a public nuisance charge at Birmingham Crown Court. Two stated they were not guilty at an earlier hearing. All were given unconditional bail. One other suspect appeared in court on Friday but has not given his plea and still remains in custody.   Read more...

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TV Presenter Ant McPartlin sentenced for drink driving after he pleaded guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court (19 April 2018)

TV personality, Ant McPartlin, was arrested following a three-car collision in Richmond on 18 March and found to have 75 microgrammes (µg) of alcohol per 100 ml of breath, which is more than twice the legal limit of 35µg.   Read more...

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Taking Someone Else’s Penalty Points – The Consequences (19 April 2018)

Millions of UK motorists have at some point in their driving history received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) - the most common proceedings that result in penalty points.   Read more...

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Police lose tracks of hundreds of registered sex offenders (18 April 2018)

Police lose track of 485 registered sex offenders across Britain, including rapists and paedophiles that have been missing for over a decade.   Read more...

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The Future is Now: Law Commission Begins Review of Self-Driving Cars (18 April 2018)

Roads Minister Jesse Norman recently announced the start of a 3-year review by the Law Commission to examine any legal obstacles to the implementation of self-driving vehicles and highlight any requirement for regulatory reform.   Read more...

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What Happens if Death By Dangerous Cycling Becomes an Offence? (21 March 2018)

Recently it has been suggested that ministers are set to outline proposals which introduces a new criminal offence of death by dangerous cycling.   Read more...

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How Dash Cams Are Aiding Road Traffic Convictions (21 March 2018)

More and more drivers are relying on dash cams to quash road traffic charges, but what happens when they actually prove the offence? A recent case saw the first driver convicted of dangerous driving as a result of dash cam footage. The video recording revealed the driver undertaking a lorry before slamming on his brakes in a fit of road rage.   Read more...

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Dangerous Driving: Vehicle Stopped for Driving Without a Wheel (21 March 2018)

Police have recently stopped a motorist for driving a car with its front tyre completely missing. The front panel on the driver’s side was also missing with what appeared to be leads trailing along the road.   Read more...

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Knives & Offensive Weapons - New Sentencing Guidelines: A Sign of the Times (20 March 2018)

New guidelines relating to being in possession of either bladed articles and/or offensive weapons were published on Thursday 1st March 2018. These new guidelines are set to take effect from the 1st June 2018.  Read more...

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Death by off road bikers – Teenagers as young as 14 are becoming dangers to society (15 March 2018)

14 year old boy arrested after causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop while riding an illegal scrambler bike. The victim was named as 78 year old Ms Laidlaw, who was crossing the road at the time of the incident.   Read more...

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Drink-driver pleads court to keep licence as her “drive-way is too long to walk” (14 March 2018)

Daughter of the late Coronation Street actor Percy Sugden has been charged with drink driving after taking her car to a local corner shop in an intoxicated state. During her recent trial at Stockport Magistrates' Court, she asked the court to allow her to keep her licence since her “drive-way is too long to walk”.  Read more...

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5,000 Drug Driving Convictions to be Overturned? (15 February 2018)

There has been significant media coverage of the “Randox Scandal” over the past 12 months after it was revealed that laboratory staff had been tampering with the results of blood analyses. The extent of the tampering is relatively unknown, but it has now been estimated that as many as 5,000 convictions could be considered “unsafe” and overturned after these faulty testing revelations.  Read more...

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Could Drug Driving be on the Rise? (15 February 2018)

Cases of drug driving have risen dramatically in some parts of the UK with some areas having more motorists caught in a single month than they had in 12 months four years ago.  Read more...

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Rape Complainants Sexual History – A Balancing Exercise (15 February 2018)

In light of recent media attention concerning the police’s failure to disclose material to the defence which may undermine their own case, as the prosecutor, it is important to consider why a rape complainant’s sexual history may be disclosed as part of proceedings. This comes after we have been informed that all rape cases across the country are being independently reviewed in order to tackle this issue with disclosure. In response, some have suggested that the request for the sexual history of a complainant as admissible evidence should be restricted.  Read more...

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To All Commercial Drivers: Updates to Penalties for Driving whilst Tired (15 February 2018)

From March 5th there will be changes to the penalties issued for HGV, lorry and any commercial vehicle drivers for driving whilst tired and beyond regulated time periods, which will see them fined up to £300 for every time they are found to have done so within the last 28 days.  Read more...

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Recent death by dangerous driving sentencing has seen lenient terms doubled (14 February 2018)

Since October 2017, the maximum penalty for death by dangerous driving has increased from 14 years to life imprisonment. Since then, a number of deaths by dangerous driving offenders have seen their original sentences increased, in some cases doubled.   Read more...

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Legal Aid to be Restored in Three Areas of Prison Law, Championed by Prisoners’ Charities’ Legal Action (14 February 2018)

In R (Howard League for Penal Reform and The Prisoners’ Advice Service) v The Lord Chancellor [2017]concerning the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), it was ruled that the removal of legal aid for prisoners was unlawful, therefore legal aid is set to be restored in three areas of prison law from 21st February 2018. Having access to legal aid will ensure that vulnerable prisoners who are seeking advice on pre-tariff reviews by the Parole Board, category A reviews and support with decisions concerning their placement in Close Supervision Centres get the assistance they need.  Read more...

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Underage driver of stolen car detained for death by dangerous driving (1 February 2018)

In late November 2016, a 15 year old boy drove a stolen car into a tree at 88mph, killing five individuals all between 12 and 24 years of age. It has been revealed that he has been sentenced to 4 and a half years detention for causing death by dangerous driving.  Read more...

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Gang who manufactured fake IDs for immigration offenders jailed (29 January 2018)

A gang, led by Mr Kanaventi and Mr Adekoya, conspired to create fraudulent identification documents intended to enable immigration offender’s illegal residence in the UK. The group were prosecuted at Woolwich Crown Court and were each sentenced according to their varying offences as part of their operation, ranging from 6 months to 4 years imprisonment.  Read more...

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Too Drunk to Provide a Specimen (26 January 2018)

An interesting case has recently concluded in the High Court which addressed whether someone being “too drunk” to provide a breath sample would have a defence to the allegation of failing to provide a specimen.   Read more...

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Driver who killed friend in high speed accident has sentence doubled (26 January 2018)

The driver, Stephen Whilde, was driving in the dark on the A529 at more than 20mph over the speed limit when he lost control of his car, ultimately causing the death of the passenger, William Bye. Mr Whilde was originally sentenced to 2 years in custody, suspended for 2 years at Shrewsbury Crown Court, however he has since had his sentence increased to a 3 year prison sentence after Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC referred his case to the Court of Appeal.  Read more...

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Car dealer who sold unroadworthy car as “excellent all-rounder” given 6 month custodial sentence (26 January 2018)

Car Dealer, Mr Shah, was prosecuted by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards for selling a dangerous vehicle as an “excellent all-rounder.” Mr Shah pleaded guilty to a fraud offence and an offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations which saw him receive a 6 month custodial sentence.   Read more...

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Stalking: when “course of conduct over a period of time” constitutes an offence (18 January 2018)

In 2012, the offence of Stalking was added to the Statute of Protection of Harassment Act 1997. It gave rise to two different offences; simple Stalking under Section 2A of the act, which is a summary only matter and Stalking involving fear of violence and/or serious alarm or distress is covered under Section 4A of the act and it is an either-way offence, which means the case can be heard at the magistrates’ or Crown Court.   Read more...

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Prison sentence doubled for man guilty of child sex abuse (17 January 2018)

A man found guilty of sexual offences involving a 6 year old child has had his prison sentenced doubled after the Solicitor General deemed it unduly lenient.  Read more...

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UK retailers to ban acid sales to minors following a recent government plan proposal (9 January 2018)

Major UK retailers and DIY chains have taken an initiative to prevent acid attacks, by banning sales of corrosive substances to under-18s both in-store and online.   Read more...

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Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings – Miscarriages in Criminal justice are real and this is one area where we should have got it right. (20 December 2017)

In summer 2017 a report published by her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate contained scathing criticism of the police and the prosecution concerning the disclosure process to the defence.  Read more...

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HGV drivers have been urged to leave their mobile phones alone (18 December 2017)

The Road Haulage Association is reportedly disappointed at recent news that HGV drivers are still being snapped whilst eating, drinking, checking paperwork and using a mobile telephone behind the wheel.   Read more...

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Live streaming apps helping sex offenders target children (6 December 2017)

More and more sex offenders are turning to live-streaming apps and platforms in order to exploit children.   Read more...

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Knife Crime kills highest number of young people in nearly a decade (6 December 2017)

According to statistics from the Home Office, the number of children and teenagers dying from knife crime related injuries is the worst in nearly a decade with 35 young people in England and Wales being killed in 2017.   Read more...

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Drink Driving Campaigns Set to Launch (30 November 2017)

‘Deciding to drink and drive could cost you dearly this Christmas' - that's the message from some constabularies in the UK as forces begin to launch their Christmas drink driving campaigns.   Read more...

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Potentially “manipulated” test results sees 50 drug driving cases dropped (21 November 2017)

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) have revealed that up to 10,000 cases have been affected by questionable results pertaining to drug testing linked to road traffic offenses, assault and other violent offences including sexual offences and unexplained deaths. Of these cases, three quarters concern road traffic offences, with fifty cases already dropped as a result.  Read more...

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Policeman alongside wife who sold private information for profit may have to pay it all back (15 November 2017)

A policeman, Nigel Muglur, was imprisoned for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, misconduct in a public office, money laundering and unauthorised access to a computer. Now, the Crown Prosecution Service are instigating Confiscation Proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) in an attempt to recover the benefit obtained from his criminal conduct.  Read more...

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Outside the Rules: How Immigration Detainees in Prison Are Let Down (14 November 2017)

Unlike those held in Immigration Removal Centres (IRC’s), immigration detainees in prison are not permitted a mobile phone or internet access and face significant obstacles accessing lawyers, charities, and Home Office caseworkers.  Read more...

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The Ministry of Justice retracts appeal against legal aid for prisoners (14 November 2017)

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (Laspo) Act 2012 cut legal aid for prisoners in five legal matters, three of which are anticipated to have legal aid restored following a Judicial Review against the cuts. The Ministry of Justice began an application to appeal the judgment made following the Judicial Review, however, they have recently pulled out of the proceedings.  Read more...

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Rape allegations were ‘ignored by Commons’ (8 November 2017)

A woman who reported a rape case to the Commons has accused Andrea Leadsom of ignoring her allegations and not taking concerns over the ‘toxic’ culture of Westminster seriously.   Read more...

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Dangerous Drivers Continue to Disregard Law and Increased Penalties (8 November 2017)

It was reported recently that a HGV driver was caught on camera in Yorkshire with his foot on the dashboard as he used his mobile telephone whilst driving despite recent changes upping some driving offence penalties to life imprisonment.  Read more...

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Driver hits dog walker before taking a train to London to catch a flight (2 November 2017)

A driver, Jonathan Kane, on trial at Truro Crown Court has admitted charges of causing death by careless driving, dangerous driving and driving without insurance, but denies causing death by dangerous driving. The victim has been named ‘Kate’ Bailey who had been walking her collies on 18th July at the time of the incident.  Read more...

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Has recent publicity raised concerns in this area? (2 November 2017)

The court of public opinion is now in session. The law differentiates between harassment at work and harassment in public. At work, harassment is conduct – including that of a sexual nature – from another that makes you feel your dignity has been violated or intimidated, or creates a hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.   Read more...

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Accused of possession of Indecent Images? (27 October 2017)

In an ideal world, the idea of indecent images is repulsive whether or not its production involved the abuse of real children. Regrettably in reality indecent images - visual representations of child pornography in the form of, for example, photographs, pseudo-photographs and videos are all easily accessible. Now you may expect that only those not in the right state of mind would access and possess such images. However, those with high profiles have also been accused/ cautioned/ charged with possession of indecent images. For one to be guilty of the offence of possession of indecent images, not only must they be in possession of such images but there needs to be evidence of knowledge. How do we define indecent images? - An image of a child under the age of eighteen portraying erotic behaviour.  Read more...

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The reality of fly-tipping: the cost is coming out of our pockets (26 October 2017)

A recent survey into the extent of fly-tipping collected from councils all across the UK reveals a total clear up cost of £58 million in the last year.  Read more...

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Deaths caused by Driving Can Now Land You in Prison for Life (16 October 2017)

Motorists can now face a life sentence after the Government confirmed it is to toughen sentences for driving offences involving a fatality. The changes come after a recent consultation that received over 9000 submissions.  Read more...

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Crown Prosecution Service reveals record number of sexual offences prosecuted (16 October 2017)

In the last year a record high number of rape and sexual offences were prosecuted, as revealed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Whilst convictions for sexual offences have risen, those linked to domestic violence have dropped.   Read more...

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50 pots filled with cannabis discovered on major Devon road (12 October 2017)

Fifty pots filled with cannabis were discovered on the side of a major Devon road in Ottery St Mary’s resulting in police closing a lane to deal with the incident.   Read more...

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Landlord fined over £8000 for illegally showing Sky Sports (12 October 2017)

A landlord has been fined over £8000 for illegally showing Sky Sports games at his Heywood pub in Greater Manchester.   Read more...

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Driving Test Evolution (6 October 2017)

The methods used to teach us how to drive are about to change across the country in less than two months! The driving test used in England, Scotland and Wales will be reformed as of 4th December 2017 and will incorporate more modern habits adopted by drivers in recent years.   Read more...

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Brexit to Favour Speedsters Abroad? (6 October 2017)

The past 12 months have witnessed our nation embroiled in fierce debates around one particularly controversial topic: Brexit!  Read more...

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Fly tippers swamp north-east London car park with tonnes of waste (2 October 2017)

A car park in Walthamstow, north-east London, has been turned into a dumping ground by fly tippers. Several businesses from across London and the south-east are under investigation and could face prosecution after refuse teams spent a week clearing the rubbish from the site.  Read more...

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SKY Sports Presenter Convicted of Drink Driving Whilst Hungover (29 September 2017)

Sky Sports presenter, Kirsty Gallacher, was found to be almost three times over the legal limit after being arrested in Eton, Berkshire, in August and has been sentenced to a two year disqualification from driving.  Read more...

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Wayne Rooney Convicted for Drink Driving (29 September 2017)

It was widely reported that Wayne Rooney faced an allegation of drink-driving and was due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court towards the end of September. The arrest sparked some debate about the responsibility such stars have when they are admired by millions of children around the world and some call for heavier sanctions to be put in place to ensure that such behaviour is not seen as justifiable under any circumstances.   Read more...

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10 Obscure Driving Offences (29 September 2017)

It may be a reasonable assumption to say that many motorists do not remember much of what they learnt during their driving lessons. Habits creep in and motorists tend to develop their own style and standard of driving (for better or worse!).   Read more...

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Facebook Admission (29 September 2017)

The Independent has recently reported on a woman who was arrested for drink-driving after police officers read incriminating messages on her Facebook page.  Read more...

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SAFER ROADS & AN AUTONOMOUS FUTURE (29 September 2017)

Part of my childhood was spent watching David Hasselhoff cruise around fighting crime in KITT- the artificially intelligent, self-aware and near-indestructible car. As a boy, I literally dreamed about owning such a car and being able to converse with it and let it take over the driving for me when I fancied a break to put my feet up. 30 years later it seems we might finally be helping these sci-fi imaginings become a reality as a result of road safety concerns.   Read more...

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Surgeon stabbed in neck outside mosque (26 September 2017)

A doctor was stabbed in the neck on his way to a mosque by attackers who shouted Islamophobic comments at him in an apparent ‘hate crime’.  Read more...

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IPP prisoner to be released from 10-month sentence 11 years later (15 September 2017)

James Ward is to be released from prison after serving 11 years, despite his original sentence being 10 months, after a judge placed an Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) order.  Read more...

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England and Wales anticipate law against “upskirting” (7 September 2017)

After an online campaign to make the act of taking photographs underneath clothing illegal, has generated over 60,000 signatures, ministers are considering an amendment to legislation.  Read more...

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12-month suspended sentence for director of waste company who “ignored” enforcement notice (30 August 2017)

Worcester Crown Court has sentenced a businessman convicted of environmental offences to a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and 200 hours of unpaid work.  Read more...

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Warwickshire Trading Standard seize more illegal tobacco products (29 August 2017)

Trading Standards officers in Nuneaton Warwickshire say they have seized more illegal cigarettes and tobacco products from traders in the area and are urging genuine Nuneaton and Bedworth retailers to come forward and report the effect the sale of illegal tobacco is having on their businesses  Read more...

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Record fly-tipping fine for London business (29 August 2017)

Islington Council in north London has prosecuted a takeaway in Holloway caught repeatedly dumping its commercial waste in a residential recycling centre, resulting in the borough’s largest ever fine for fly-tipping  Read more...

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Jail for man who attempted to smuggle Iraqi national into UK (29 August 2017)

Canterbury Crown Court has jailed a man who tried to smuggle an Iraqi national through the Channel Tunnel into Britain  Read more...

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Winchester campaign to remind benefits claimants to notify council if circumstances change (29 August 2017)

Winchester City Council has launched a campaign encouraging people receiving Housing Benefits and/or Council Tax Support to be up to date with their information should they experience a change in their circumstances  Read more...

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Taxi driver suspended after “falling asleep” at the wheel (29 August 2017)

North Lincolnshire Council has suspended a licensed taxi driver and issued maximum penalty points, after he allegedly fell asleep while driving a child and teaching assistant between schools  Read more...

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Angler prosecuted for obstructing bailiff (23 August 2017)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an angler, after he was found angling without a rod licence and failed to give his correct name to a water bailiff  Read more...

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Suspended jail sentence for car dealer who sold unsafe vehicles (22 August 2017)

A second hand car dealer has pleaded guilty to six charges under the Consumer Protection Regulations and the Fraud Act, after selling unsafe cars to people on low incomes or first-time buyers  Read more...

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Government urges business and charities to put in place response plan for cyber attacks (22 August 2017)

New research from the government has found that two in three bosses of Britain’s leading businesses are not prepared for a cyber attack  Read more...

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Disqualified Bristol driver caught by Number Plate Recognition Camera (22 August 2017)

A disqualified driver caught behind the wheel of a car by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition Camera (ANPR) has pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while disqualified and of having no insurance  Read more...

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13,000 illegal cigarettes and 1,500 packets of illegal tobacco seized in Cornwall in last year (22 August 2017)

The authorities in Cornwall have issued a warning to those dealing in illegal tobacco ad cigarette products, after more than 13,000 illegal cigarettes and 1,500 packets of illegal tobacco were been seized over the last 12 months in Cornwall  Read more...

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Jail for council tax dodger (21 August 2017)

A restaurant manager from Havering in Essex has been jailed for owing nearly £9,000 in council tax  Read more...

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Disqualification for failure to keep adequate accounts (18 August 2017)

The director of a firm which traded in fizzy drinks, car parts and accident data has been banned for nine years, for failing to ensure the company kept adequate accounting records  Read more...

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Jail sentence for man convicted of carrying bleach in fizzy drinks bottle (18 August 2017)

Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London has sentenced to 12 months in jail a man convicted of having an offensive weapon in a public place, which police found was bleach in a Lucozade bottle  Read more...

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Unlicensed scrapyard owner prosecuted (17 August 2017)

Gateshead Council has prosecuted an unlicensed scrapyard owner who also failed to keep proper documentation  Read more...

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Disqualification for directors of demolition company being wound up (17 August 2017)

The directors of a demolition company have been disqualified for allowing the company to continue to incur liabilities, despite knowing a petition to wind the company up was before the court  Read more...

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Suspended sentences for Black Country man who breached car cruising ban and drove at a policeman (17 August 2017)

A man has been convicted of breaching a Black Country-wide ban on car cruising – and for driving at a police officer in a threatening manner  Read more...

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POCA ruling against rogue car dealers (16 August 2017)

West Sussex Trading Standards has prosecuted a pair of car traders found to have defrauded customers for advertising and selling hundreds of written off cars via Autotrader and Gumtree, in a scam thought to be worth £100,000  Read more...

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Restaurateur disqualified for seven years after Insolvency Service investigation (16 August 2017)

The director of a pizza franchise in Bromsgrove, West Midlands, has been disqualified for seven years, after causing payments to be made to a partnership that he had a personal interest in  Read more...

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Rogue builder prosecuted by Birmingham City Council (16 August 2017)

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted a builder, after the Trading Standards team was contacted by a neighbour concerned about the amount of building works being carried out on a house in Lyttleton Road, Edgbaston between 16 January 2016 and 6 February 2016  Read more...

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West Sussex Trading Standards seize counterfeit Apple products worth £1.3m (16 August 2017)

West Sussex Trading Standards have made its largest seizure of counterfeit goods, after seizing fake Apple products worth £1.3 million from a warehouse in London  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for Internet trader who sold counterfeit and unsafe products (15 August 2017)

A man who sold counterfeit products and unsafe chargers through his company has been prosecuted by Brent Council  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for gang who established cannabis factory inside nuclear bunker (15 August 2017)

A gang who ran a cannabis farm worth £2 million inside a nuclear bunker have given handed jail sentences  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Disqualifications for directors involved in tax avoidance scheme (15 August 2017)

An Insolvency Service investigation has led to the disqualification of two directors who entered into a tax avoidance scheme  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Buckinghamshire man prosecuted for fly-tipping offences (15 August 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted a repeat waste offender who dumped refuse at Little Chalfont and Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£20m funding to roll out initiative to identify and disrupt online grooming (10 August 2017)

A project to tackle child sexual exploitation and online grooming will be rolled out across the country, after the government announced £20 million in funding  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Review calls for focus on prisoners’ family ties to help cut reoffending (10 August 2017)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has welcomed a new study by Lord Michael Farmer, which calls family relationships “the golden thread” to help reduce reoffending  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Suspended sentence for disqualified director who breached Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (10 August 2017)

A disqualified company director has been given a suspended jail sentence at Kingston Crown Court, after pleading guilty to two counts of acting in the management of two companies  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

TV streaming app director disqualified for nine years (9 August 2017)

The director of a TV streaming company has been disqualified for nine years for entering jointly into a loan facility agreement knowing the company was being wound up  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

19 terror-related offences added to Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme (9 August 2017)

The Ministry of Justice has added 19 terror-related offences to the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme from Tuesday  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Six-month curfew and fine for persistent fly-tipping (8 August 2017)

Gateshead Council has prosecuted a local man who fly-tipped five piles of household waste and building materials – and went on to fly-tip again  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Tower Hamlets campaign to tackle nitrous oxide use (8 August 2017)

Tower Hamlets Council in east London has launched a campaign called No Laughing Matter to highlight the risks of inhaling nitrous oxide as a recreational drug  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£700 penalty for father who used daughter’s Blue Badge to visit the gym (8 August 2017)

A man who fraudulently used his disabled daughter’s Blue Badge to park when he visited the gym has been prosecuted by Central Bedfordshire Council  Read more...

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Daventry tackles motorbike crime and anti-social behaviour among bikers (8 August 2017)

The Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership is raising awareness of the laws surrounding the use of motorised bikes, in a bid to encourage more people to report motorcyclists who break the law  Read more...

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New criminal offences to be introduced through new Data Protection Bill (8 August 2017)

The government has announced that new legislation to strengthen data protection will involve new criminal offences to deter organisations from either intentionally or recklessly creating situations where someone could be identified from anonymised data  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

West Lancashire rolls out film warning young adults about gang crime (7 August 2017)

West Lancashire County Council has launched film starring West Lancashire teenagers, which warns young people about the dangers of getting involved in gang culture  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£1,000 penalty for selling alcohol to 16-year-old (7 August 2017)

Waltham Forest Council in east London has prosecuted a shop owner who sold alcohol to a customer who was underage  Read more...

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Benefit cap “working” as 34,000 households move into work (7 August 2017)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the latest quarterly benefit cap statistics, which show that since the introduction of the cap in April 2013, a total of 150,000 households have had their benefits capped  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Benefit cap “working” as 34,000 households move into work (7 August 2017)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the latest quarterly benefit cap statistics, which show that since the introduction of the cap in April 2013, a total of 150,000 households have had their benefits capped  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Cumbria Pass Plus scheme to help newly qualified young drivers enhance driving skills (7 August 2017)

Cumbria Road Safety Partnership (CRSP) is encouraging young people aged 17-24 who have recently passed their driving test to take up the Pass Plus scheme to enhance their driving skills and stay safe behind the wheel  Read more...

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Jail for company directors who set up phoenix company to divert funds (3 August 2017)

Birmingham Crown Court has handed down prison sentences to two directors of a bridal boutique for offences which include diverting company funds to themselves  Read more...

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Guilty verdict for medical procurement expert who received £1.7m in corrupt payments (3 August 2017)

A jury at Southwark Crown Court in southeast London has convicted a man on corruption charges, who was an expert in the procurement of medical equipment and received £1.7 million in corrupt payments  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Eight-year disqualification for £715,000 of false invoices (2 August 2017)

The directors of a Sheffield-based plastering company have been disqualified for eight years, after being found to have caused their company to factor false invoices totalling £715,000  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Home Secretary calls for global effort to take terrorism offline (2 August 2017)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has hailed the first meeting of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism as a major step forward in the fight against online terrorist material  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

West Midlands Trading Standards net 5.5 million illegal cigarettes in one year (2 August 2017)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has announced that more than 5.5 million illegal cigarettes and 645 kg of hand rolling tobacco have been seized by local Trading Standards within the Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CEnTSA) within 12 months  Read more...

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£2,800 penalty for selling dangerous and soiled electrical goods (31 July 2017)

City of Wolverhampton Council's Trading Standards department has prosecuted a company which sold dangerous electrical appliances, some of which were sold covered in bird lime  Read more...

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Life sentence for frenzied attack which killed mother’s boyfriend (31 July 2017)

A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to life for the brutal murder of his mother’s boyfriend  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Gardener pleads guilty to two counts of fraud (28 July 2017)

Peterborough Council has prosecuted a self-employed gardener for fraud  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Wolverhampton man’s sentence for robbery increased under ULS (28 July 2017)

A Wolverhampton man has had his sentence for robbery increased by four-and-a-half years, after the Attorney General referred the original sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Car trader prosecuted for selling “unroadworthy” car online (27 July 2017)

Dorset Trading Standards have prosecuted a car trader who sold a poorly repaired vehicle that had been an insurance write off  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Convicted murderer pleads guilty to previous sexual assaults on women (27 July 2017)

Convicted murderer Mark Dixie, 46, has admitted two serious sexual assaults on women, which were committed 15 years apart  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

New watchdog to crack down on money laundering and terrorism financing (27 July 2017)

The government says that the new Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS) will tackle potential weaknesses in the supervisory system, which criminals and terrorists may be trying to exploit  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Croydon Council’s knife crime strategy wins praise from London Mayor (25 July 2017)

A scheme run by Croydon Council’s Trading Standards team has won praise from the Mayor of London for its pro-active approach to combating knife crime  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£14.5m investment in new cyber innovation centre to develop next generation cyber security technology (25 July 2017)

The government has announced that up to £14.5 million will be made available to develop a new cyber security centre, which will see established firms working alongside cutting edge start ups  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Contractors jailed for roofing scams (25 July 2017)

Aylesbury Crown Court has jailed two contractors for roofing scams, after an initial quote of £100 for roofing work escalated to £35,000  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Trading Standards warns of risks of counterfeit perfumes after car boot haul in Peterborough (20 July 2017)

Peterborough City Council's Trading Standards department is warning consumers that counterfeit perfumes could pose a risk to the public  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£600,000 fine for Yorkshire Water after sewage pollution (19 July 2017)

Yorkshire Water has been fined £600,000 for polluting a Staithes watercourse with sewage sludge, which polluted Dales Beck and killed up to 100 fish  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Welsh government consults on criminal enforcement powers to tackle tax crime (19 July 2017)

Welsh Assembly Finance Secretary Professor Mark Drakeford has launched a consultation on proposals to give the Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA) criminal enforcement powers to tackle tax crime  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

More terrorism offences added to Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme (19 July 2017)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that 19 terror-related offences will be added to Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme, meaning that those convicted of encouraging terrorism, sharing terrorist propaganda and other terror-related offences could see their sentences increased if victims or the public think the punishment is too soft  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£4m of criminal assets to be shared between Home Office and Jersey (19 July 2017)

The Home Office has announced that more than £4 million of criminal assets will be split between Jersey and the Home Office, following the signing of an agreement by Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC and Attorney General of Jersey Robert MacRae QC  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£653 penalty for Blue Badge fraud (18 July 2017)

Manchester City Council has prosecuted a local man for misusing a Blue Badge belonging to his brother, in order to park in a bay reserved for disabled motorists  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Financial adviser who duped employers into believing he had cancer convicted of fraud (18 July 2017)

A financial adviser who set up his own London Fraud Prevention Club has been convicted of telling his former employers he had cancer to claim sick pay and then inventing a non-existent £1 million business deal so he could receive commission  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Home Office announces plans to tighten anti-knife laws as Operation Sceptre launches (18 July 2017)

The Home Office has announced plans to consult on new offences to toughen up knife crime laws, including restricting the online sale of knives and banning possession of dangerous or offensive weapons on private property  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Government launches Drug Strategy, with emphasis on recovery from drug dependence (18 July 2017)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has launched the government’s new Drug Strategy to reduce illegal drug use – and increase the rate of individuals recovering from drug dependence  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Government to announce new measures to tackle acid attacks (17 July 2017)

The Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Sarah Newton, is to outline the plans to tackle acid attacks during a Parliamentary debate in the Commons on Monday  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Thurrock property owner prosecuted for dumping rubbish (17 July 2017)

Thurrock Council in Essex has prosecuted a local property owner who dumped rubbish on their own property  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

City of York offers digital support as Universal Credit is rolled out to more residents (17 July 2017)

City of York Council has rolled out Universal Credit to more residents in York from Wednesday, 12 July – and has provided digital support to residents who may need help with budgeting once they switch to the new combined benefit  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Woman who made false allegations of rape convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice (13 July 2017)

A woman who made false allegations of sexual offences has been convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Crackdown on prison contraband nets haul of drugs and mobile phones – and jail terms for illegal drone operators (13 July 2017)

Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah has revealed that, since the introduction of new detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband, a huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been uncovered in prisons  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Trading Standards and police seize counterfeit perfumes in Lincolnshire (13 July 2017)

Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police have seized counterfeit perfume from a Facebook seller in Boston, Lincolnshire  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£99,000 funding to help tackle gang violence (13 July 2017)

The Home Office has announced nearly £100,000 in new funding to tackle the issues around gang violence  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Gateshead Council Trading Standards and Northumbria Police seize counterfeit designer goods in raid (11 July 2017)

Gateshead Council Trading Standards have seized dozens of bags of counterfeit clothes, shoes and perfume, following a raid on a property in Deckham in Gateshead  Read more...

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Sentence uplift for man convicted of sexual offences (11 July 2017)

A man who indecently assaulted two 13-year-old-boys in Lancing, West Sussex, has had his suspended prison sentence quashed and has been jailed for four years  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

New checks target money laundering which supports terrorism (28 June 2017)

New rules which came into force on Monday mean that terrorists and criminals will find it harder to move money through the UK financial system, says the government  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Driver prosecuted for operating vehicle without a private hire licence (28 June 2017)

Durham County Licensing officers have caught a bogus chauffeur, after a sting operation in which officers posed as potential customers  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£800 penalty after “rogue employee” is blamed for fly-tipping (28 June 2017)

Manchester City Council’s Environmental Crimes Team has prosecuted a Wythenshawe-based building firm, after a large quantity of industrial waste and material were found fly-tipped in Hasty Lane, Wythenshawe on 31 March 2016  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Thurrock Council prosecutes 21 people for littering (28 June 2017)

Thurrock Council in Essex has brought successful prosecutions against 21 people who did not pay their littering Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Illegal angler fined and convicted of assault (28 June 2017)

An angler who threatened and assaulted a fisheries enforcement officer checking angling licences has been prosecuted and fined  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

22 years in jail for rape and sexual assault (27 June 2017)

Birmingham Crown Court has sentenced a 26-year-old man to 22 years in prison, after he was found guilty of raping a woman and sexually assaulting another while the victims slept in their private student halls of residence in Wolverhampton  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Lincolnshire farmer prosecuted for animal welfare offences (27 June 2017)

Lincolnshire Trading Standards have prosecuted a local sheep farmer for causing extreme suffering to sheep kept at Middle Rasen  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Justice Secretary sets out essential reforms to prisons (23 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for banker who accepted bribes in exchange for authorising corporate loans (22 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£2.7m fine for lighting supplier, after CMA investigation (22 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail after guilty plea to terrorism charges (21 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£8m penalty for Tesco for environmental and health and safety offences (21 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£168,000 penalty for fisheries offences (20 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for hacker who launched cyber attacks on hospital and airport websites (20 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police take action to disrupt drugs trade in Kettering (20 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail and disqualification for director of roofing company guilty of fraud (19 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

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

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

More police forces encouraged to join Operation Sceptre to tackle knife crime (16 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Garage owner disqualified for trading while insolvent (15 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£3,000 penalty for breaching injunction banning car cruises (15 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Bolton Council introduces tougher penalties for fly-tippers and businesses committing envirocrimes (14 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Doncaster Council seizes nearly 170,000 illegal cigarettes and 54kg of tobacco in one year (13 June 2017)

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

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30-week jail term for benefit fraud (12 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Cyber sex crimes against children have increased by nearly half (12 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Somerset County Council recruits more Appropriate Adult volunteers to Youth Offending Team (12 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Community Order for fly-tipper caught in the act by CCTV (12 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council says anti fly-tipping offensive has seen reduction in waste dumped (12 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Tower Hamlets Council shuts down shisha lounge following anti-social behaviour complaints (9 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Life sentences for two Stevenage men convicted of revenge killing (9 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Southend raid nets 5,000 illicit cigarettes and 5kg of illegal tobacco (8 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Private hire operator and driver prosecuted for transporting school children without correct licence (8 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Six-year jail term for causing death by dangerous driving (8 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Dorset County Council promotes road safety to motorcyclists (8 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Durham County Council introduces PSPO for dog owners (6 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Community Order, curfew and £3,000 fine for persistent fly-tipper (6 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

King's Lynn & West Norfolk Council recruits new member of staff to investigate benefit fraud and overpayments (6 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£865 penalties for motorists convicted of abandoning their vehicles (2 June 2017)

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

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Slough mounts day of action to tackle rogue traders (1 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

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

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

What is Cybercrime? (1 June 2017)

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

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Concerns surrounding Milton Keynes prison with highest suicide rate (31 May 2017)

Since 2013, eighteen inmates have taken their own lives in Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes, which has the highest suicide rate of any prison in England and Wales  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Kent County Council launches cyber crime advice website to help local business (31 May 2017)

Kent County Council has launched a website to help the county’s businesses tackle the threat of cyber crime, following the recent cyber attacks on the NHS and big businesses around the world  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Salon owner prosecuted for selling sunbed session to minor (31 May 2017)

The London Borough of Bexley has prosecuted the owner of a sunbed salon for illegally selling a sunbed session to a minor  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Salon owner prosecuted for selling sunbed session to minor (31 May 2017)

The London Borough of Bexley has prosecuted the owner of a sunbed salon for illegally selling a sunbed session to a minor  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£2,000 penalty after Corby shopkeeper pleads guilty to selling counterfeit vodka (31 May 2017)

A Northamptonshire shopkeeper has been prosecuted after an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards revealed he had been selling counterfeit vodka  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Buckinghamshire Trading Standards issues warning about flouting new tobacco laws (30 May 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards officers are reminding local retailers about new laws on displaying tobacco, which came into effect on 20 May 2017  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Four men convicted on people trafficking and modern slavery charges (30 May 2017)

Newcastle Crown Court has convicted four men on charges of people trafficking Polish workers to the UK, who were then subjected to modern slavery conditions  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Coventry Trading Standards seize more than 1m illegal cigarettes in one year (26 May 2017)

Coventry City Council has revealed its Trading Standards department has seized more than one million illegal cigarettes and 170kg of hand rolling tobacco in raids across the city in the last year  Read more...

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Royal Borough of Greenwich works with Met Police to tackle knife crime (26 May 2017)

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is working with the Metropolitan Police to tackle knife crime in the borough  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

CPS commends victim in rape case, after three men are given 27 years in jail for gang rape (26 May 2017)

Warwick Crown Court as jailed three Coventry men convicted on gang rape charges  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Landowner prosecuted for not preventing fly-tipping of dangerous waste near children’s nursery (25 May 2017)

Leeds City Council has prosecuted a landowner who allowed dangerous waste materials to accumulate on a site near a children’s nursery  Read more...

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£42,544 penalty for counterfeit cigarette and cash haul (24 May 2017)

Westminster City Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted a hairdresser who was found to have counterfeit cigarettes and cash stashed away on his premises  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Electronic tag for fly-tipper who dumped fridge freezer on Bradford street (24 May 2017)

Bradford Magistrates’ Court has ordered a man caught fly-tipping a fridge freezer on the street to be electronically tagged  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

“Foot fetishist” convicted on public decency, exposure and sexual assault charges (22 May 2017)

Inner London Court has convicted a foot fetishist who targeted lone women and carried out sexual acts on himself while staring at their feet  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Injunction Order for Manchester Spice user who threatened public (22 May 2017)

Manchester City Council has taken action against a Spice addict sleeping rough in the city who made threats against members of the public  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Former TV location manager convicted for soliciting murder (19 May 2017)

A former TV location manager who claimed he was researching a novel when he contacted three men to kill his partner has been found guilty of three counts of soliciting murder at the Old Bailey  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Corruption still remains “one of the biggest global issues of our time” (19 May 2017)

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Thomas Arkwright, has said that, one year after the May 2016 London Anti-corruption Conference, corruption still remains “one of the biggest global issues of our time”.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

41 years in jail for armed robbers who targeted Midlands supermarkets and pub (19 May 2017)

Birmingham Crown Court has jailed two men for a total of 41 years for their part in a series of armed robberies committed at supermarkets and a public house across the West and East Midlands  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

UK tells UN Security Council prevention of violent extremism must be kept at the heart of counter-terrorism (19 May 2017)

The UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Wilson, has told the UN Security Council that countering terrorism “is not enough” – and members of the Security Council must place the prevention of violent extremism in all its forms “at the heart of our collective efforts”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Life and 18 years in jail for Leicester couple convicted on child abuse, child cruelty and drug supply offences (18 May 2017)

Leicester Crown Court has jailed a couple who carried out a prolonged series of sexual assaults, child cruelty offences and drug supply offences spanning a decade  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for pair convicted of causing serious injury and death by dangerous driving (18 May 2017)

Cardiff Crown Court has jailed two drivers who caused the death of a young woman after they pursued her through the streets of Cardiff  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Public responds to ACT campaign with 3,000 reports of suspicious incidents relating to terrorism (18 May 2017)

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has said that a public campaign to encourage people to report suspicious activity related to terrorism has resulted in more than 3,000 calls from the public since the campaign was launched in March 2017  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£741.80 penalty for failing to update dog’s microchip details (17 May 2017)

St Helens Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service has prosecuted a dog owner under new legislation, after he was found guilty in his absence of failing to update his dog’s microchip details  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail and disqualification for £7m “rare earth metals” fraudsters (15 May 2017)

Blackfriars Crown Court in south London has jailed four men who pressured hundreds of investors into buying worthless “rare earth metals”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Unlicensed taxi driver loses licence and is handed eight points and £1,100 penalty (15 May 2017)

Cornwall Council has prosecuted a taxi driver from Camborne for using a licensed taxi without insurance to transport children  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Kettering PSPO results in ten convictions for anti-social behaviour (12 May 2017)

Kettering Borough Council and police have teamed up to tackle issues with anti-social behaviour in the borough, resulting in the conviction of nine people for breaching the Kettering town centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) and refusing to pay the £100 Fixed Penalty Notice  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Suspended sentences for father and son who missold bacon products (10 May 2017)

Trading Standards has prosecuted two Nottinghamshire businessmen, who sold bacon products with misleading product descriptions  Read more...

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Company director disqualified after being convicted of fraud (10 May 2017)

Dorset Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted the director of a Gillingham-based company for fraudulently removing £16,206 from the company  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for car clocking gang found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud (9 May 2017)

Liverpool Crown Court has sentenced five men guilty of “car clocking”, whereby they altered the mileage on cars they sold to the public  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Islington Council crackdown on tax evading contractors (9 May 2017)

Islington Council in north London has announced a clamp down on major contractors supplying services to the council if they evade paying taxes  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Car cruising injunction to remain in Black Country (9 May 2017)

City of Wolverhampton Council has warned street racers that they could lose their car, job or face a jail sentence if they participate in a car cruise in the Black Country  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£4,00 penalty for retailer whose staff tried to conceal illicit tobacco (8 May 2017)

Harrow Council in northwest London has prosecuted a rogue trader whose staff tried to hide an illegal tobacco haul by standing on it when Brent and Harrow Trading Standards made a routine visit to D&D Ro Ltd in Edgware in September 2016  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail sentence for Swansea trader who sold dangerous cars online (8 May 2017)

Swansea Council’s Trading Standards department is warning motorists to check whether cars being advertised for sale on social media and online are in a roadworthy condition before handing over any money  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Annual crime data show Kingston to be safest London borough for second year running (8 May 2017)

Kingston Council says that the borough remains the safest in London for the second year running based on figures from annual crime data released by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)  Read more...

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Shoplifting offences continue to increase (5 May 2017)

Shop workers’ trade union leader John Hannett has expressed deep concern that Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that shoplifting continues to rise, increasing by 8% during 2016 – contributing to a 21% increase over the last decade  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Community Order and fine for supplying counterfeit tobacco to underage customer (5 May 2017)

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has prosecuted a retailer who sold illegal tobacco to an underage customer during a Trading Standards test purchase exercise  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Community Order for Surrey taxi driver who assaulted council parking attendant (4 May 2017)

A taxi driver has been convicted of assaulting a council parking attendant and their colleague in Horley in Surrey in December 2016, in a case brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Raids in the West Midlands net £35,000-worth of suspected illicit tobacco products (4 May 2017)

Sandwell Council Trading Standards in the West Midlands have seized 61,000 cigarettes, 10kg of hand-rolling tobacco and 15kg of shisha tobacco worth more than £35,000 in retail value, as part of an illicit tobacco operation  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Total of 43 years in jail for gang convicted of CSE offences (3 May 2017)

Sheffield Crown Court has sentenced four men and one woman to between three and 15 years in prison for offences involving child sexual exploitation (CSE)  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Derby City Council and Arriva Buses team up to warn public of risks of cyber crime (3 May 2017)

Derby City Council's Community Safety Team has teamed up with Arriva Buses to spread the word about online safety  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£1,800 penalty for Slough woman who fly-tipped festive season household waste (2 May 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted a woman from Slough in Berkshire who fly-tipped household waste left uncollected over the Christmas/New Year period  Read more...

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CSEW suggests fraud offences have risen over the last year (2 May 2017)

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) reveals an estimated 6.1 million incidents of crime occurred in the survey year ending December 2016 – with no statistically significant change compared with the previous year’s survey  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Powys offers road safety courses to motorcyclists and mature drivers (28 April 2017)

Powys County Council has announced a number of initiatives to help motorcyclists ride safely with funding from the Welsh government  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£3,175 penalty for waste carrier who fly-tipped in area of outstanding natural beauty (28 April 2017)

Canterbury City Council has prosecuted a licensed waste carrier, after an investigation by city council enforcement officers uncovered fly-tipping in an area of outstanding natural beauty  Read more...

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Environment Agency and police arrest two people and question a third over dumping (27 April 2017)

The Environment Agency and police have carried out five dawn raids, following an in-depth investigation into the illegal dumping of waste  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Thurrock Council prosecutes woman for Blue Badge fraud (26 April 2017)

Thurrock Council in Essex has prosecuted a woman from Purfleet for fraudulent use of a disabled persons parking badge  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£8,500 penalty for supplying illicit and counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco (26 April 2017)

Thurrock Council in Essex has prosecuted a retailer in Grays for supplying illicit and dangerous cigarettes and tobacco  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Directors of a former Bournemouth-based credit union disqualified (26 April 2017)

An Insolvency Service investigation has resulted in three directors of a former Bournemouth-based credit union being disqualified after the company went into administration owing more than £7 million  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

12-year bankruptcy order for Gwent man who ran failed £8.5m spread betting scheme (26 April 2017)

A Cardiff man who ran a failed £8.5 million spread betting scheme has been prosecuted after an Insolvency Service investigation  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Criminals beware, Big Brother may now be monitoring you (25 April 2017)

As of the 20th March 2017, Magistrates and Judges now have the option to attach an additional electronic GPS monitoring requirement when making a community order or imposing a suspended sentence  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Directors of online loan brokerage firm disqualified for total of 18 years for failing to deliver up adequate accounts (25 April 2017)

The directors of an Internet loan brokerage firm have been disqualified for a total of 18 years, following an Insolvency Service Company Investigations probe into the affairs of the company  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

“Dangerous extremists” to be separated from mainstream prison population (25 April 2017)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that dangerous extremists are to be separated from the mainstream prison population – with three separation centres forming part of the wider government strategy to tackle extremism in prisons  Read more...

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Leader of Nottingham City Council calls for mandatory minimum jail sentences for knife crime (25 April 2017)

The Leader of Nottingham City Council has called for the government to introduce mandatory minimum prison sentences for knife crime, after an 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed on Good Friday  Read more...

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Nottinghamshire resident handed CBO for anti-social behaviour (25 April 2017)

Newark and Sherwood District Council in Nottinghamshire has prosecuted a Newark resident with a long track record of anti-social behaviour  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£830 penalty for fly-tipping polystyrene in rural spot (25 April 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted the driver of a van who dumped polystyrene materials at Iver in Buckinghamshire  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Sentence uplift for ringleader of transphobic attack, as two are convicted and jailed (21 April 2017)

Aylesbury Crown Court has jailed two males who carried out a violent, transphobic robbery on a man in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire  Read more...

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£9,500 penalty for running illegal waste site (21 April 2017)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a Gateshead man, after he illegally stored waste at a site and then abandoned it  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Companies House announces changes to UK anti-money laundering measures (20 April 2017)

Companies House has announced that there will be changes to existing anti-money laundering measures, beginning on 26 June 2017  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Man who stabbed friend to death pleads guilty to murder (20 April 2017)

A 22-year-old man who stabbed one of his friends to death has pleaded guilty to murder at Carlisle Crown Court  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Operator of waste site recieves eight-month jail term for environmental offences (20 April 2017)

The operator of a waste site in Sittingbourne, Kent has been imprisoned for eight months for the illegal disposal, sorting and treatment of construction demolition waste  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£1,500 penalty for van owner who sold van with rubbish inside that was later fly-tipped (20 April 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted a Berkshire resident who sold his van to a new owner, who then fly-tipped waste left in the van by Johnson in Iver, Buckinghamshire  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Wine dealer conman convicted on 22 counts of fraud (20 April 2017)

A bogus wine dealer has been convicted on 22 counts of fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court in northeast London, after he defrauded his girlfriend and other clients of £100,000 by pretending he was a successful international businessman  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Drugs gang supplying cocaine in London jailed for total of 102 years (19 April 2017)

Blackfriars Crown Court has jailed six members of a drugs gang which conspired to supply cocaine worth millions of pounds in London  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

17-year jail sentence for former Catholic priest guilty of historic sexual offences (19 April 2017)

A former Catholic priest has been jailed for 17 years after being convicted of historical sexual offences against a teenage boy in the 1970s  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Elite multi-agency intelligence unit starts work to tackle human trafficking (19 April 2017)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced radical reforms to boost support for slavery victims in the UK, as a new, elite, multi-agency intelligence unit starts work to tackle human trafficking  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for man who fled UK after arrest for possessing indecent images of children (19 April 2017)

Carlisle Crown Court has jailed a 44-year-old man to three years and eight months for possessing and distributing more than 6,000 indecent images of children  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Lincolnshire councils collaborate to tackle benefit fraud (18 April 2017)

Lincolnshire councils are working together to crack down on benefit fraud – and have already identified more than one million pounds worth of incorrect or fraudulent payments  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Leicestershire company director found guilty of £21,000 benefit fraud (12 April 2017)

A Leicestershire-based company director has been found guilty of benefit fraud by Leicester Crown Court  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£2,000 penalty for fly-tipping compost waste (12 April 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted a fly-tipper caught on CCTV dumping sacks of compost material from a van  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Staffordshire Trading Standards officers seize illegal cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco (10 April 2017)

Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards officers have seized large quantities of illegal cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco in raids on a shop and two residential properties  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

City of York Council prosecutes former Uber driver for breaching terms of licence (7 April 2017)

City of York Council has prosecuted a taxi driver for illegally plying for fares in the city  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Reading Borough Council introduces CSE awareness training for taxi and minicab drivers (7 April 2017)

Reading Borough Council is to introduce training on child safeguarding issues before taxi drivers and minicab drivers are awarded a licence.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£5,500 in fines after nine anglers are caught fishing without rod licences (6 April 2017)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted nine anglers caught without a rod licence, who were handed a total of £5,500 in fines  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Cornwall Council’s One Vision Partnership Plan to improve children’s services is formally approved (6 April 2017)

Cornwall Council has announced that its “One Vision” Partnership Plan, which aims to change the way services work together to improve the lives of children, young people and their families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has been formally approved by the council’s Cabinet  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Bolton Council secures three convictions for fly tipping (6 April 2017)

Bolton Council has prosecuted a local man who fly tipped a mattress in a street and two other residents who dumped bags of waste and scrap metal at the rear of their properties  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Kent loan shark ordered to repay £55,000 after England Illegal Money Lending Team investigation (6 April 2017)

An investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in partnership with Medway Council’s Trading Standards team and Kent Police has resulted in a loan shark being ordered to repay £55,000  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£1,000 fine for waste carrier offence (6 April 2017)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a Gateshead man for failing to produce his authority to transport controlled waste  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Doncaster Council’s Trading Standards prosecutes two retailers after 6,960 illicit and counterfeit cigarettes are seized (5 April 2017)

Doncaster Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted two men for breaches of the Trade Marks Act & General Product Safety Regulations, after the seizure of 6,960 illicit cigarettes in a raid on two premises  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

New offence: Sexual Communication with a Child becomes law (5 April 2017)

A new offence of Sexual Communication with a Child has been introduced, with those who groom children facing up to two years in jail as well as being placed on the sex offenders’ register  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Government introduces 28-day pre-charge bail limit (5 April 2017)

The government has introduced a new pre-charge bail limit of 28 days, which came into effect on Monday  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Trustee removed from charity after found to be a conduit for immigration fraud (5 April 2017)

The Charity Commission has decided that a trustee of a charity breached its legal duties to protect the charity’s assets, by using the charity as a conduit to commit immigration fraud  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Suspended sentence and POCA for man who sold illegal Internet TV boxes (4 April 2017)

Hartlepool Council has prosecuted a local man who sold illegal Internet TV boxes that allowed pubs and clubs to screen pay-to-view TV free of charge  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

13 years for former teacher and charity worker guilty of historical sexual offences (4 April 2017)

Newcastle Crown Court has jailed a former teacher and charity worker for historical sexual offences dating back nearly 30 years  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Manchester man found guilty of murdering sister (4 April 2017)

Manchester Crown Court has convicted a 50-year-old man of murdering his sister at her home in Surbiton Road, Newton Heath, northeast Manchester on 29 February 2016  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

HMRC launches investigation into global financial institution suspected of tax evasion and money laundering (4 April 2017)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that it is working with international partners in an investigation into suspected tax evasion and money laundering by an unnamed global financial institution  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

City of Wolverhampton Council hosts fostering event to help place more children into care (4 April 2017)

The City of Wolverhampton Council is inviting the public to find out more about fostering children in care at an event on Friday, 7 April  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£3,700 penalty for Sheffield construction company after waste contractor fly-tips building waste (31 March 2017)

Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service has prosecuted a construction company for disposing of waste irresponsibly  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Peterborough City Council to introduce new PSPO to tackle anti-social behaviour (30 March 2017)

Peterborough City Council has announced that a new city centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) could come into force at the start of April, to help tackle anti-social behaviour in the city centre  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Merton Council works with police to arrest moped thieves (30 March 2017)

Merton Council in southwest London has worked with the police to arrest a gang which stole mopeds in the borough  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Loan sharks ordered to repay thousands of pounds under POCA (30 March 2017)

Reading Crown Court has ordered two loan sharks who ran separate illegal money lending businesses across Bracknell in Berkshire to repay more than £70,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Bath & North East Somerset Council to install new speed cameras to improve road safety (28 March 2017)

Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced that three new speed cameras will be installed across Bath and North East Somerset, in response to concerns from local residents about speeding and road safety  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£800,000 in funding to help break cycle of female prisoners re-offending (28 March 2017)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced £800,000 in funding to help vulnerable women turn their backs on crime  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Restaurateur disqualified for five years for accounts mismanagement (27 March 2017)

The director of a Chinese restaurant in Manchester has been disqualified for five years for mismanaging accounts  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Croydon store fined over £2,000 for selling knives to underage customers (27 March 2017)

A retailer who admitted selling knives to underage customers has been prosecuted by Croydon Council  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Director of Swansea PPI claims company disqualified for nine years (24 March 2017)

The director of a Swansea-based company dealing in PPI claims management has been disqualified for nine years for breaching compensation regulations  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Ten-year disqualification for bankrupt who acted as director (23 March 2017)

A bankrupt found to be acting as the sales director of a Lincolnshire printing company has been disqualified for ten years for breaching the terms of his bankruptcy  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Public Health England launches online reporting system to tackle effects of new psychoactive substances (23 March 2017)

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new online reporting system to help tackle harms from new psychoactive substances (NPS)  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£1,000 penalty for operating illegal scrap yard from front garden (22 March 2017)

Gateshead Council has prosecuted a local resident found to be operating a scrap metal business from his front garden without a licence  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Road safety campaign launched to remind motorists to concentrate on the road ahead (22 March 2017)

Road safety experts from Road Safety GB North East are working with the police to urge motorists not to be distracted at the wheel of their cars, after new legislation came into force on 1st March that will see people issued with six penalty points and £200 fines for using mobile phones while driving  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Justice Secretary announces four new prisons will replace old and overcrowded jails and create 5,000 new prison places (22 March 2017)

Justice Secretary Liz Truss has announced plans to create 5,000 modern prison places, building on the government’s commitment to create up to 10,000 modern places, aimed at reducing overcrowding and creating the right conditions for reform  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

14-year disqualification for former director who sold coloured diamonds at inflated prices (21 March 2017)

The director of a Hampstead investment company which sold coloured diamonds has been disqualified for 14 years  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for Birmingham men convicted of possession of disguised weapons (21 March 2017)

Birmingham Crown Court has convicted two men on charges relating to the illegal importation of stun guns into the UK from Turkey  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Brent Council prosecutes four illegal shisha cafés and seizes 25kg of illegal tobacco (21 March 2017)

Brent Council has prosecuted four shisha businesses operating illegally in Brent, after 25kg of illegal tobacco was seized in a joint operation between Brent Council's Food and Health & Safety Team and Wembley Police Tasking Team  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

35 years in jail for extradited man found guilty of killing elderly couple (20 March 2017)

A man extradited from Luxembourg has been sentenced to a minimum term of 35 years in jail for the killing of an elderly Suffolk couple  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Early rollout for scheme allowing victims of sexual offences to give pre-recorded evidence at trial (20 March 2017)

The Ministry of Justice has announced greater protection for rape victims and children at risk of grooming, with a new offence of Sexual Communication with a Child being introduced and measures to support victims of sex crimes being accelerated  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Bexley Council warns of rogue trader who defrauded elderly man by removing his roof and demanding more than £40,000 (20 March 2017)

Bexley Council’s Trading Standards department is warning of a scam in which a man offering roofing services tried to defraud an 80-year-old Sidcup man who lives alone by door-stepping him  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for former vicar, after sexual abuse victim uses eye tracker technology to give evidence (17 March 2017)

A former vicar who abused a choirboy in his care more than 35 years ago has been convicted on the evidence of a man suffering from motor neurone disease, who used Eyegaze eye tracker technology to give evidence  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Scarborough Council approves Selective Licensing Scheme for private sector rental properties (17 March 2017)

Scarborough Council has approved the introduction of a Selective Licensing Scheme for privately rented properties within parts of the Castle and North Bay wards in Scarborough, which is designed to ensure that properties are safe and being managed appropriately  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£460 penalty for littering and refusing to give name and address to officer (17 March 2017)

Cheshire West and Chester Council has prosecuted a litterer found dropping a cigarette butt  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

UK strengthens defences against money laundering (16 March 2017)

HM Treasury has announced that the UK is to create a new watchdog that will tackle potential weaknesses in the supervisory system which criminals and terrorists may be trying to exploit to launder money  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

UK and Panama sign agreement to tackle financial crime (16 March 2017)

The Home Office has announced the UK has signed an agreement with Panama to tackle serious and organised crime  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£4,250 penalty and criminal records for five Nottinghamshire anglers caught fishing illegally (15 March 2017)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted five illegal anglers in Nottinghamshire, who were find more than £4,000 in total – and who have criminal records as a result of being convicted  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£12,000-worth of illegal tobacco seized from van, as retailers change tactics to conceal tobacco stashes (14 March 2017)

Trading Standards officers in Newcastle upon Tyne have seized illegal tobacco products worth more than £12,000 from a vehicle parked yards from a shop Trading Standards had searched the previous day  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Northumbria Police charge seven for drugs offences involving “lethal highs” and Class A drugs (13 March 2017)

Northumbria Police have charged seven people with drugs offences, in a crackdown on drug supply in Newcastle city centre  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Hotel company directors disqualified for manipulating accounts (13 March 2017)

The directors of several hotel companies have been disqualified after an Insolvency Service investigation found they had manipulated accounts  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£38,000 penalty for fisheries offences (10 March 2017)

A vessel master and owner have been prosecuted by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for persistent fisheries offences  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Spring Budget announces measures to crack down on business crime and benefit fraud (9 March 2017)

The government has announced a number of measures in the Spring Budget 2017 to combat tax avoidance, financial fraud and benefit fraud and errors  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail for gang members who carried out £1.7m carbon credit investment fraud (9 March 2017)

A cold call gang which defrauded victims of £1.7 million has been jailed by Southwark Crown Court  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£200,000 penalty after waste firm causes odour at Leeds and Bradford sites (8 March 2017)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a waste firm for causing persistent odour at its sites in Bradford and Leeds  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£3,000 penalty for selling produce falling below minimum quality standards (7 March 2017)

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has prosecuted a fresh produce retailer from Newcastle, following an investigation by Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI)  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Company director disqualified for seven years, after failing to deliver up company accounts to the Liquidator (7 March 2017)

A company director has been disqualified for seven years after an investigation found he had breached his statutory obligation to co-operate with the Liquidator and deliver the company’s accounting records  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Guilty plea for man who committed rape on his wedding day (6 March 2017)

A man who committed rape on his wedding day has pleaded guilty, after submitting his victim to a two-hour ordeal before marrying his long-time girlfriend  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Suspended sentences for directors of building companies which supplied inadequate work (3 March 2017)

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has prosecuted two builders who supplied inadequate work to customers  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

27-year jail term for “predatory” sex offender (2 March 2017)

Teesside Crown Court has jailed a sex offender who carried out attacks on four women and girls over a period of more than 30 years, to 27 years' imprisonment  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Directors disqualified for total of 43 years after £1m VERs investment “scam” (2 March 2017)

An Insolvency Service investigation has resulted in three directors of a carbon credit trading company being disqualified for a total of 43 years  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

£5,600 in penalties for illegal fishing in Staffordshire (2 March 2017)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted eight anglers for illegal fishing in Staffordshire, after they were found fishing without a rod licence by Environment Agency officers on regular patrols  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

New penalties for driving while using a mobile phone (1 March 2017)

The Department for Transport has announced that motorists using a mobile phone while driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Jail sentence and disqualification for rogue trader who defrauded customers of £9,500 (1 March 2017)

A rogue trader from Manchester has been jailed for fraud, after customers in Oldham and surrounding areas complained to Trading Standards that kitchen components they had paid for were neither supplied nor fitted, or were found to be defective  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Lincolnshire Trading Standards issues warning over cold callers selling fake memory foam mattresses (1 March 2017)

Lincolnshire Trading Standards is warning householders to be aware that fake memory foam mattresses are being sold door-to-door in Lincolnshire.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Five found guilty in 7.5 million mile “car clocking” fraud (1 March 2017)

A Trading Standards investigation has led to five individuals being convicted of operating a widespread system of clocking cars in their possession  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

MoJ announces further plans for youth justice reform (28 February 2017)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced further steps in the government’s plans to reform the youth justice system, which will help drive forward improved outcomes for young offenders both in custody and in the community  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Crime

Five-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:Crime

Prisons 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:Crime

Live-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:Crime

Carbon 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:Crime

Youth 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:Crime

Film 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:Crime

Merseyside 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:Crime

Arrests 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:Crime

Cab 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:Crime

Four-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:Crime

15-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:Crime

Suspended 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:Crime

Jail 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:Crime

Eight 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

Prison 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...

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£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...

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£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...

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New 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...

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Windsor 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...

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Tata 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...

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Newcastle 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...

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London 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...

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MoD 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...

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Kent 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...

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Hartlepool 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...

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Jail 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...

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Policing 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...

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Gang 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...

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Three 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...

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Birmingham 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...

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New 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...

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New 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...

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Barnet 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...

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Brent 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...

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Knife 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...

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London 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...

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Illegal 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...

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UK 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...

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First 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...

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First 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...

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UK-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...

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Littering 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...

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Hillingdon 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...

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Car 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...

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Serial 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...

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Seven-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...

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Seven-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...

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Convicted 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...

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MD 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...

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Publisher 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...

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£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...

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Ross-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...


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