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Former drugs boss unable to repay £1.73m because criminal record “hampers” employment chances (30 April 2015)

The form boss of a London drugs gang who owes more than £1.7 million under a Confiscation Order has told Westminster Magistrates’ Court that he is unable to repay the money because he is not in regular work and because of his current household bills.  Read more...

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British gymnast paralysed in balcony fall at Spanish hotel (30 April 2015)

A British gymnast paralysed when she fell from a hotel balcony has said that the balcony rail was lower than her waistline and she leaned back too far while on the balcony talking to her mother on her phone.  Read more...

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MigrationWatch calls for accurate data on immigration and housing shortages (30 April 2015)

New data from MigrationWatch shows that two-thirds of new households set up in the UK since 1997 have a foreign national as their head of family.  Read more...

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Concern over civil law pilot scheme in which judges will be replaced by legal advisers (30 April 2015)

A pilot scheme which will see solicitors and barristers take over some of the duties from judges in civil law cases has raised concerns among the legal profession about the implications for justice.  Read more...

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An update on Assured Shorthold Tenancies (29 April 2015)

In this article Duncan Lewis Civil Litigation Solicitor Ross Hulmston provides an update on Assured Shorthold Tenancies in the light of the Deregulation Act 2015 which was introduced on the 26th March.  Read more...

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Convicted criminal wins appeal against deportation because of alcoholism (29 April 2015)

A judge has ruled that a 53-year-old Libyan man who has been convicted of more than 78 criminal offences cannot be deported from the UK because he would face “unacceptably savage abuse” in his own country for being alcoholic.  Read more...

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Report into yachting tragedy concludes detached keel might have resulted from previous repairs (29 April 2015)

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has said that a yacht which sank claiming the lives of four British crew members might have suffered structural failure.  Read more...

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Nearly half of all drivers break traffic laws (29 April 2015)

A new poll from road safety charity Brake and insurers Direct Line has revealed that nearly half (49%) of all motorists break traffic laws if they think they can get away with doing so – and male drivers are twice as likely as women drivers to break the law because they feel they can get away with it.  Read more...

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Police figures show 2,000 incidents of drug possession in schools in last four years (28 April 2015)

New data from West Midlands police has revealed that, in the last four years, 140 children in the West Midlands have been found to be in possession of dugs on school premises.  Read more...

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Appeal Court upholds dying mother’s wish for daughter to be raised by close friends rather than child’s father (28 April 2015)

The Court of Appeal has granted a dying mother’s last wish by ruling that her daughter can live with close family friends rather than the child’s biological father.  Read more...

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Pressures on A&E are taking toll on mental health of paramedics (28 April 2015)

Pressure placed on paramedics as a result of the NHS A&E crisis are resulting in higher levels of reported mental health conditions and a rise in the number of sick days paramedics are taking off work.  Read more...

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Health Minister calls fragmented commissioning of children mental health services “not fit for purpose” (28 April 2015)

Health Minister Norman Lamb has been asked by Norfolk’s online publication EDP24 whether he thought he had done enough while in office to tackle issues with children’s mental health services in England and Wales.  Read more...

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Shortage of children’s mental health beds in Norfolk leaves teenager in police-guarded hospital bed (28 April 2015)

The interim director of children’s services at Norfolk County Council has revealed that a shortage of mental health beds for children across Norfolk and Suffolk led to one 17-year-old patient being admitted to a children’s care home for treatment.  Read more...

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Contractor fined for health and safety failings after telehandler fall (28 April 2015)

A contractor at a wildlife park has been fined more than £2,000, after he and another worker were injured after the basket they were working in from fell off the forks of a telehandler as it was being lowered to the ground.  Read more...

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Kent holidaymaker takes legal action over alleged holiday food poisoning (28 April 2015)

A holidaymaker from Kent who alleges she fell ill with severe symptoms of food poisoning on holiday in Turkey is taking legal action.  Read more...

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GMB report finds private sector landlords “profiting by millions” from housing benefit tenants (28 April 2015)

A new report by the GMB union has found that the top 20 private sector landlords in the UK are “abusing” the housing benefit system – and profited from tenants on housing benefit by between half-a-million pounds and £4.6 million last year.  Read more...

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Nurse left disfigured by unnecessary surgery after cancer misdiagnosis sues hospital (28 April 2015)

A 39-year-old nurse who was misdiagnosed with cancer and told she needed an immediate double mastectomy – only to find out days later she never had the disease – is taking legal action over the misdiagnosis.  Read more...

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Brother and Sister Die From Carbon Dioxide Poisoning in Corfu (28 April 2015)

A coroner has called the deaths of two children from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning an “appalling tragedy”, after the brother and sister died while on holiday on the island of Corfu.  Read more...

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EU doubles emergency aid to Italy, Greece and Malta to cope with surge in illegal migrants (27 April 2015)

Following an emergency meeting of European leaders on Thursday (23/04/15) to discuss the issue of refugees trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean Sea, the European Union has doubled emergency aid to frontline member states Italy, Greece and Malta to €50 million (£35m) a year.  Read more...

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MoD figures show 11,300 soldiers have suffered mental health issues since 2007 (27 April 2015)

Figures from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) show that around one in ten members of the Armed Forces experiences a mental health issue – with 11,300 troops suffering at least one episode since 2007.  Read more...

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Fraudster who sold counterfeit DVDs must repay £495,000 (27 April 2015)

A fraudster who sold copies of fake DVDs online has been ordered to repay £500,000 after earning £593,000 from his criminal activities.  Read more...

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Domestic violence victim forced to leave hospital to defend herself in court, brands Family Division “archaic and out-of-touch” (27 April 2015)

A woman who was brutally stabbed by her boyfriend as she slept is calling for the government to take a close look at reforming the UK’s family courts, after she was forced to leave her hospital bed to represent herself in court following the attack – and went on to spend £14,000 on legal action against her attacker, which she eventually won.  Read more...

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Disabled local authority tenants “kept waiting years” for home adaptations (27 April 2015)

The Long Wait for a Home report by the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity has found that nearly two-thirds of councils are failing to complete home adaptations for disabled people within the one-year legal limit.  Read more...

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Housing associations “hampered by law” when tackling illegally sublet shared ownerships (27 April 2015)

An exclusive investigation for 24housing magazine has revealed that some shared owners in London’s most desirable housing association properties are subletting their properties – and housing associations are failing to prevent the practice.
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Police use CS spray at anti-gentrification protest in Brixton (27 April 2015)

Police in Brixton, south London had to use CS spray to control protesters campaigning against the gentrification of the borough and spiralling rents and property prices.  Read more...

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Investigation into allegation that Yarl’s Wood guards used excessive force to quash peaceful protest (27 April 2015)

The Home Office’s professional standards unit is to investigate a recent incident at the Yarl^s Wood immigration detention centre, which HM Inspectorate of Prisons claims is of “considerable concern”.  Read more...

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Pub owner pleads guilty to nine food hygiene offences, after 24 customers fall ill with food poisoning (27 April 2015)

The licence holder of a pub where 24 customers fell ill with food poisoning last year has pleaded guilty to nine food hygiene offences.  Read more...

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Ex-wife of gambler goes to court to increase divorce settlement four years after his death (24 April 2015)

The former wife of a gambler who died four years’ ago has returned to the High Court to increase her divorce settlement from £750,000 to £1 million.  Read more...

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Tesco investigation in red wine which cause allergic reaction (24 April 2015)

Tesco has launched an investigation into why a bottle of red wine bought in one of its stores caused a mother to break out in red welts across her face after drinking it.
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Millionaire businessman pleads guilty to shoplifting (24 April 2015)

A court has heard how a millionaire business was caught trying to shoplift £200 worth of meat from a branch of Tesco.  Read more...

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Cancer patient with positive prognosis died after contracting treatable hospital-acquired infection (23 April 2015)

The husband of a cancer patient who died from a hospital-acquired infection after being given a positive cancer prognosis has spoken about how the loss of his wife has affected her family.  Read more...

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NCA investigation smashes UK paedophile gang (23 April 2015)

A paedophile gang of seven men are facing long jail sentences after the National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation ended in prosecution and the conviction of all seven men.  Read more...

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Interim Relief Granted to Prevent Forced Removals to Afghanistan (22 April 2015)

After challenging and obtaining injunctive relief for a significant number of their clients who were due to be removed on the charter flight that departed to Kabul on 10 March 2015 after the production of fresh evidence about the significant deterioration in the country conditions in Afghanistan, the Public Law team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors represented 19 men that were due to be removed on the charter flight scheduled to depart at 23:30 on 21 April 2015. Judicial review applications were for lodged for each of these clients.   Read more...

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UK to step up efforts to help save migrants in Mediterranean (22 April 2015)

David Cameron has said that the UK will contribute to search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean, to prevent further loss of life following the tragedy off the coast of Italy in which an estimated 800 to 900 migrants lost their lives.  Read more...

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Paedophile “vigilante” arrested on suspicion of assault and blackmail (22 April 2015)

A man has been arrested in Manchester in connection with a vigilante attack on two men suspected of paedophile activities.  Read more...

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Domestic violence survivors “twice as likely to suffer psychotic illnesses” (22 April 2015)

A new study has found that women who are domestic violence survivors are more likely to suffer from mental health conditions such as depression or psychotic illness.  Read more...

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Model to stand trial on charge of spiking woman’s drink with MDMA (22 April 2015)

A male model has appeared at Isleworth Crown Court to face charges that he spiked a woman’s drink with the drug MDMA at a London nightclub so that he could later have sex with her.  Read more...

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Mindfulness may be alternative to antidepressants, say UK researchers (21 April 2015)

UK researchers at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have found that meditation may be as effective as taking antidepressants to beat depression.  Read more...

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Building collapse in central London leave one man hospitalised (21 April 2015)

A man has been taken to hospital after a building collapsed in central London on Monday (20/04/15) afternoon.  Read more...

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Private landlords have two months in which to sign up to a deposit protection scheme, or face fine (21 April 2015)

The government is running a 90-day amnesty for buy-to-let landlords who have not yet paid their tenants’ deposits into one of three Government schemes.  Read more...

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£35,000 fine for metal recycling firm after worker has both hands severed (20 April 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted a recycling firm in Southampton, after a Spanish-born worker had both hands severed while cutting metal strips on an industrial baler.  Read more...

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£86,000 compensation for family of British tourist killed by rotten tree in French holiday town (20 April 2015)

A French holiday town has paid £86,000 in compensation to the family of a British tourist killed when a tree planted in honour of Napoleon uprooted and fell on her while she outside a coffee shop.  Read more...

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Cost of moving house rises 60% in ten years (20 April 2015)

A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research has found that the cost of moving house has risen to £12,000 – including estate agents’ fees, Stamp Duty and the cost of removal companies.  Read more...

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Second appearance in court for man arrested in Staffordshire under European Arrest Warrant (20 April 2015)

A Polish national arrested in Tamworth in Staffordshire under a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) has appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London and is due to appear again on Monday (20/04/15) after being remanded.  Read more...

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Mother who failed to declare partner must repay £30,000 in overpaid benefits (20 April 2015)

A mother from Dover who committed a £30,000 benefit fraud has received a community order to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work – and will also have to repay the money she claimed fraudulently.  Read more...

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Divorce costs right up to retirement and beyond, survey finds (20 April 2015)

Research by insurer Prudential has found that divorce can cut retirement income by £2,100 annually.  Read more...

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Surrogate mother not allowed to bring up own daughter, court rules (20 April 2015)

A court has ruled that a surrogate mother must give up the baby she conceived for another couple for adoption, after a judge decided that allowing the mother to keep her baby would traumatise her other daughter too much.  Read more...

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Jail for brothers with property developing ambitions, who caused building to collapse (20 April 2015)

A court has jailed two property developers who had no building qualifications, after a digger on the site of a joint retail/residential development struck a load bearing wall and brought part of the building down, plunging three residents into the dust and rubble below.  Read more...

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Gang accused of postbox fraud to stand trial (20 April 2015)

A gang of four men and one woman will stand trial for nationwide postbox fraud, despite denying all the charges against them.  Read more...

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Glen Parva YOI criticised by coroner over young offender’s suicide (20 April 2015)

A Leicester coroner has criticised Glen Parva young offenders’ institution (YOI) over the death of an 18-year-old remand prisoner.  Read more...

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Britain top judge calls for colleagues to be unbiased towards less privileged and different cultures (20 April 2015)

The President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, has warned the UK’s “white and wealthy” judges that they must not inject a subconscious bias into their courtroom dealings with members of society who are “less privileged”.  Read more...

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Conservatives’ Right to Buy pledge might only apply to 15,000 housing association tenants (20 April 2015)

The director of Human City Institute, Kevin Gulliver, has said that the Conservatives’ election pledge to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants would most likely only give another 15,000 tenants the chance to buy their home at a reduced rate.  Read more...

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IMF warns house buying frenzy in UK has burdened economic recovery (20 April 2015)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that the UK’s obsession with borrowing money to buy a house has burdened Britain’s economic recovery.  Read more...

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Lithuanian gangster deported from Britain, after European Court rejects final appeal (20 April 2015)

A Lithuanian gangster who has fought a five-year battle against deportation from the UK is due to be deported after judges at the European Court of Human Rights ruled his case “manifestly ill-founded”  Read more...

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Protection worker told to “Let girls go” to abusers in Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal (17 April 2015)

A protection worker turned whistleblower who repeatedly tried to stop young girls in care in Rotherham being handed to men to be sexually abused has said that on one occasion she was told to hand the girls over rather try and stop the abuse.  Read more...

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British schoolboy dies in swimming pool accident on Lanzarote (17 April 2015)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed the death of a British schoolboy who drowned in a hotel swimming pool on the Spanish island of Lanzarote on the last day of a family holiday.  Read more...

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NHS Surcharge Introduced for UK Immigration Applications (16 April 2015)

NHS rules have changed for non- EU migrants coming to Britain. As from 6th April 2015 all new UK immigration applications for entry clearance or leave to remain will be subject to a new “health surcharge”.  Read more...

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NHS Surcharge Introduced for UK Immigration Applications (16 April 2015)

NHS rules have changed for non- EU migrants coming to Britain. As from 6th April 2015 all new UK immigration applications for entry clearance or leave to remain will be subject to a new “health surcharge”.  Read more...

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Stealth cameras double the number of motorists caught for speeding in five years (16 April 2015)

The introduction of stealth cameras on the UK’s motorways has led to a 25% increase in the number of motorists caught speeding in the last 12 months – and more than doubled the number caught since 2010.  Read more...

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Channel 4 reports finds migrant workers held in slave conditions to pick vegetables for UK stores (16 April 2015)

An investigation by Channel 4 News has found that some migrant workers in the agricultural industry in EU countries are being treated as slaves, living a “shacks” near the fields where they pick fruit and vegetables – and using the bushes as lavatories.  Read more...

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Generation Rent withdraws from Homes for Britain campaign (16 April 2015)

Campaign Group Generation Rent has withdrawn from the Homes for Britain campaign, claiming that the strategy to provide affordable new homes is “so flawed that it has to date undermined the interests of people suffering the consequences of the housing crisis”.  Read more...

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Duncan Lewis continue to challenge removals to Afghanistan (15 April 2015)

A hearing in relation to the ongoing position of the Secretary of State for the Home Department is currently scheduled for 22 April 2015 before the Upper Tribunal President, Mr Justice McCloskey.  Read more...

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7,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean since Friday (15 April 2015)

Save the Children has said that around 400 migrants are believed to have drown off the coast of Libya after their vessel capsized.  Read more...

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BMA GP poll shows 34% of GPs are considering retirement in the next five years (15 April 2015)

GP leader of the British Medical Association (BMA) Dr Chaand Nagpaul has said the findings of poll – which revealed one-third of GPs are considering retirement in the next five years – showed that promises being made by some politicians about the NHS were “absurd”.  Read more...

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Cowboy builder sent back to jail for breaching ASBO (15 April 2015)

A cowboy builder who breached an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) banning him from carrying out roofing work has been sent back to prison after he tried to start trading again weeks after being released.  Read more...

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Tories push Right-to-Buy up housing agenda (14 April 2015)

David Cameron has unveiled the Conservative Party’s Election Manifesto with a pledge that a Tory government would extend Right-to-Buy to housing association tenants.  Read more...

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Migrants and overseas visitors may have to prove residency to obtain NHS treatment (14 April 2015)

The Department of Health (DoH) may in the future require hospital staff to inspect patients’ passports to make sure they qualify for free NHS treatment.  Read more...

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Norfolk and Suffolk Police launch anti-speeding campaign (14 April 2015)

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk have launched a week-long, anti-speeding initiative with the aim of catching motorists travelling at more than 100mph.  Read more...

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Level two fire investigation launched, after family suffers severe burns from patio heater (14 April 2015)

The fire service in Basildon has launched a level two fire investigation, after three adults and one child suffered severe burns after a patio heater caught fire at their home on Friday (10/04/15) evening.  Read more...

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Law Commission review into marriage reform underway (13 April 2015)

The government’s review of marriage is underway, with the Law Commission conducting a review of how people can marry in England and Wales and where they can marry.  Read more...

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Mum with autistic son forced to repay £56,000 after admitting benefit fraud (13 April 2015)

A 53-year-old woman from Leominster in Herefordshire who admitted benefit fraud has been told she must repay £56,000 she received fraudulently between 2008 and 2013 to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)  Read more...

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Man charged with murdering his 95-year-old mother (13 April 2015)

Police in Doncaster have arrested a 73-year-old man, after the body of his 95-year-old mother was found at an address in Doncaster.  Read more...

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Elderly couple died from CO poisoning at home after power cut (13 April 2015)

The East Sussex deputy coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death, after an elderly couple died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after lighting a barbecue inside their home to keep warm after their heating was cut off during a power cut.  Read more...

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Housing association announces 500 new homes for Harrow over five years (13 April 2015)

Housing association Origin Homes has announced it is to build nearly 500 new homes in Harrow, north London – with 70% of the housing comprising affordable homes.  Read more...

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Swansea Council suspends Right to Buy to protect social housing stock (13 April 2015)

The Welsh Assembly (WA) has granted permission to Swansea Council to suspend Right to Buy for five years, in a move to ease housing pressures in Wales.  Read more...

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Hertfordshire company fined £12,000 after worker falls from height (13 April 2015)

A company based in Hertfordshire has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker fell from height and fractured an arm and their pelvis.  Read more...

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Wife wins right to challenge £10m divorce settlement, after husband fails to fully disclose assets (13 April 2015)

A divorcee who had already agreed a £10m divorce settlement will now try and claim more of her ex-husband’s fortune, after the Court of Appeal agreed that he had lied about his financial assets.  Read more...

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£120,000 funding boost for London LGBTQ mental health programme (13 April 2015)

Greenwich-based mental health charity METRO – which runs community and youth services to the LGBTQ community – has received a £120,000 funding boost from the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust.  Read more...

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Aid organisations to mount migrant rescue operations in Mediterranean (13 April 2015)

Search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea are being mounted by two leading international aid organisations, in an attempt to prevent desperate refugees trying to cross to Europe from drowning.  Read more...

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Islington launches lettings agency to help low-income families into private rental properties (13 April 2015)

The London Borough of Islington (LBI) has launched its own initiative to help struggling renters in the borough, with a not-for-profit lettings agency which will not charge prospective tenants fees – and aims to offer rents below the market average for around half the properties it will let.  Read more...

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Judge critical of CPS over case involving teenagers who had consensual sex (13 April 2015)

A judge has apologised to a 17-year-old boy, after he was convicted of having underage sex with a 15-year-old girl and had to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.  Read more...

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Police inquiry into why intruder alarm at Hatton Garden safety deposit premises was ignored during robbery (13 April 2015)

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that officers were alerted to an intruder alarm sounding at the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit premises over the Easter weekend when a multimillion pound raid occurred – and are looking into why no officers attended the scene at the time.  Read more...

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All you need to know about the April 2015 changes to Tier 1 Investor Visa and Entrepreneur Visa rules (9 April 2015)

Duncan Lewis Immigration Solicitors bring to you all the information you should need to know about the government’s latest changes to the popular Tier 1 Investor Visa and Entrepreneur visa schemes.  Read more...

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BMA poll finds more than one-third of GPs say workload is “unmanageable” (9 April 2015)

A new poll by the British Medical Association (BMA) has found that GPs need more funding – and need to more time to spend with patients – to improve GP care.  Read more...

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New criminal court fees for defendants apply from Monday (9 April 2015)

From Monday (13/04/15), defendants who plead not guilty to criminal charges may have to pay a court fee of up to £1,200 if they are later convicted.  Read more...

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Breakthrough in SIDS diagnosis (9 April 2015)

A US doctor believes he may have found the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), whereby babies suddenly stop breathing and frequently die without apparent reason.  Read more...

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Son who attacked 92-year-old mother in domestic violence attack avoids jail (8 April 2015)

A chartered surveyor who “lost his rag” and launched a vicious assault on his frail 92-year-old mother has been spared jail, the Daily Mail reports.  Read more...

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A&E targets “worst for ten years” (8 April 2015)

New figures for A&E departments in England show that waiting times are the worst for ten years in England.  Read more...

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“No evidence” immigration damages social cohesion (8 April 2015)

A new briefing paper from the Adam Smith Institute has found that ethnic diversity in communities across the UK does not have a negative effect on social cohesion.  Read more...

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Inquest hears how Birmingham man died four days after being detained by police under Mental Health Act (8 April 2015)

An inquest at Birmingham Coroners Court has heard how a man who had been detained under the Mental Health Act was allegedly beaten in an ambulance and later died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.  Read more...

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Binge drinking when young may increase risk of mental health conditions like anxiety (7 April 2015)

A US team at the University of Illinois College of Medicine is warning that teenagers who binge drink may be at higher risk of anxiety and mental health disorders as they age because of disruption to the DNA of brain cells caused by excessive alcohol intake when young.  Read more...

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Proposals to outlaw subletting clauses may cause legal headache for landlords (7 April 2015)

Government changes to housing law have raised concern among some landlords that the government’s proposed ban on clauses which prevent short-term subletting may lead to landlords having to apply for house in multiple occupation (HMO) licences – or landlords may have to check the immigration status of subletting tenants.
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Family battles NHS for drug son received on five-year drug trial (7 April 2015)

A student who needs a specific drug to enable him to live and lead a normal life is pleading with NHS bosses to prescribe it for him.  Read more...

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One man arrested on suspicion of affray, after 30 men brawl in West Yorkshire car park (7 April 2015)

Police in West Yorkshire are searching for up to 30 men who were caught on video brawling near a children’s playground, where children were playing on an inflatable slide.  Read more...

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US study finds 69% of those prescribed SSRIs do not fulfil criteria for a mental health diagnosis (7 April 2015)

US researchers say that more than two-thirds of people prescribed anti-depressants may not have depression.  Read more...

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Mental health provider hails success of independent living units (7 April 2015)

Mental health care provider Regard has opened the first of a series of planned units to help those with mental health conditions live independently in the community.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes Aberdeen company after worker suffers burns (7 April 2015)

An Aberdeen-based company has been prosecuted by the health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee was seriously injured after suffering burns to his back and hands in a flash fire.  Read more...

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Jail for woman who stole dementia patient’s Premium Bonds (7 April 2015)

A woman who ransacked a dementia sufferer’s home and cashed in nearly £20,000-worth of Premium Bonds she found has been allowed to repay just £5 by a court in South Wales.  Read more...

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“UK should prosecute more FGM cases” (7 April 2015)

A leading lawyer who specialises in cases involving female genital mutilation (FGM) has accused the UK of falling behind other European countries in efforts to eradicate the practice of FGM.  Read more...

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ASDA recalls dummy over injury risk (7 April 2015)

Supermarket chain ASDA has recalled a brand of dummy after a customer complained that the teat detached in their child’s mouth.  Read more...

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Nurse convicted of assault after smacking daughter in public (7 April 2015)

A mother has been convicted of assault on a child in a position of trust, after she slapped her “hysterical” daughter at a One Direction concert last June.  Read more...

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Homelessness among children in London rises by 25% in three years (7 April 2015)

Analysis of new figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that one in 25 children in London is homeless – and more than 72,000 children have no permanent home.  Read more...

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Teachers hold “refusal to teach” ballots to exclude violent pupils form schools (7 April 2015)

Teachers faced with violent pupils are taking ballots to boycott teaching them.  Read more...

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Cuts to Legal Aid “have harmed children’s rights” (7 April 2015)

A new report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights has said that government reforms to Legal Aid have had a “significant effect” on children’s rights.  Read more...

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New Court Fees if Pleading Guilty or Convicted of a Criminal Offence (2 April 2015)

Did you know that the Government will be introducing new court fees for anyone convicted of a criminal offence? This will include someone found guilty after a trial or someone who is thinking of pleading guilty.   Read more...

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London Mayor defiant over water cannon purchase, despite failing to win Home Secretary’s approval (2 April 2015)

London mayor Boris Johnson has again defended his purchase of three secondhand water cannon from Germany, which he is unable to deploy on the streets of the capital because Home Secretary Theresa May has not given her approval for their use in the UK.  Read more...

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MoJ to appeal High Court ruling on policy preventing transfer of violent criminals to open prisons (2 April 2015)

The High Court has ruled that banning violent criminal from open prisons in case they escape is illegal.  Read more...

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Fraudster must repay £1m within six months or face jail under Proceeds of Crime Act (2 April 2015)

Southwark Crown Court has ordered a convicted fraudster to repay nearly £1 million within six months – or spend another four years in jail.  Read more...

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NCA arrests third member of child trafficking gang in Nigeria (2 April 2015)

A woman arrested in Benin City in Nigeria on suspicion of child trafficking offences is likely to be extradited to the UK to face charges, after she and her accomplices used Heathrow Airport to traffic children into Europe.  Read more...

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Basement extensions pose injury risk to workers, says HSE report (1 April 2015)

Workers employed to dig out basements for London homeowners extending their properties may be risking their lives by digging death traps.  Read more...

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Six staff jailed for £300,000 “back to work” programme fraud (1 April 2015)

A court has jailed six employees of a company hired by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to get claimants back into work, after a training fraud which netted them nearly £300,000.  Read more...

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Grandfather jailed for eight months for £23,000 benefit fraud (1 April 2015)

A father and grandfather who sold his £88,0000 pound house and kept the proceeds as a nest egg for his family has been jailed for benefit fraud, after he claimed nearly £24,000 in pension credits.  Read more...

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