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

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

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MHRA seizes “potentially dangerous” erectile dysfunction drugs (29 April 2016)

Enforcement officers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have seized more than 62,000 doses of unlicensed medicines to treat erectile dysfunction.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence and fine for unregulated immigration adviser (29 April 2016)

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court has imposed a fine and suspended sentence on a woman who pleaded guilty to providing unregulated immigration advice.  Read more...

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Man prosecuted for fraudulent gas safety checks, after landlord becomes suspicious (28 April 2016)

A man who fraudulently filled out a landlord’s gas safety document using another company’s Gas Safe Register number has been prosecuted for putting tenants’ lives at risk.  Read more...

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14-year disqualification for company director selling carbon credits as investments (28 April 2016)

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

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£30,000 fine and disqualification for hiring three illegal workers (27 April 2016)

The director of an Indian restaurant has been disqualified from holding a directorship for six years, after he was found to be employing three illegal workers.  Read more...

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Six months in jail and restraining order for man who “controlled every aspect” of victim’s life (27 April 2016)

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court has convicted a man who “controlled every aspect” of his victim^s life on a charge of controlling/coercive behaviour in an intimate/family relationship.  Read more...

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£6,000 fine after apprentice loses finger in unguarded industrial machinery (27 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a manufacturer of adhesive tape, after a 16-year-old apprentice lost his finger on a rotary die press.  Read more...

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

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

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HMP Durham prisoners offered chance to pitch business ideas to employers as part of rehabilitation strategy (26 April 2016)


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

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Sheffield company fined £20,000 after work sustains life threatening injuries in fall from height (26 April 2016)

A Sheffield-based company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker erecting a sign fell five metres from a roof.  Read more...

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Director of Indian restaurant disqualified for employing illegal workers (25 April 2016)

The owner of a West Sussex Indian restaurant has been disqualified from holding the position of director for six years, after he was found to be employing illegal workers.  Read more...

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UK to send team of immigration experts to Greece as part of EU/Turkey deal (25 April 2016)

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP has confirmed that as part of the UK’s contribution to EU/Turkey deal on migration, the government is offering to deploy a team of experts to Greece, to help deal with the large numbers of migrants travelling from Turkey to the continent.  Read more...

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Croydon Council to expand commercial fly-tipping crackdown (25 April 2016)

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

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Director of chain of bars disqualified for failing to keep and deliver up accounting records (25 April 2016)

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

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HMP/YOI Kirklevington Grange marks success of prisoner rehabilitation scheme with local businesses (25 April 2016)

Local employers in North Yorkshire have met to celebrate the positive impact that training, education and work is having on offenders.
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Home Secretary announces major reform of anti-money laundering legislation (25 April 2016)

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

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£5,329 fine after dish containing peanuts is served to customer with allergy (25 April 2016)

A Teesside restaurant has been prosecuted by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, after serving a customer with a peanut allergy a dish which contained the nuts.  Read more...

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Guildford develops Local Plan to tackle potential housing crisis (25 April 2016)

Guildford Borough Council has devised a Local Plan to tackle borough^s potential housing crisis.  Read more...

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Government’s Forces Help to Buy lends £100m in two years (25 April 2016)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that the Government’s Forces Help to Buy scheme has celebrated its two-year anniversary, with loans to service personnel reaching £100 million.  Read more...

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Cornwall Council takes “grow your own” approach to recruiting children’s services professionals (25 April 2016)

Cornwall Council says it has developed an innovative approach to the recruitment of more children’s services staff, involving training local people as social workers.  Read more...

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Classic motorcycle dealer disqualified for nine years following Insolvency Service investigation (25 April 2016)

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

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Violent attacker given life sentence under Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme (25 April 2016)

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

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Barnet issues first safety camera penalty notices to motorists (25 April 2016)

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

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Bexley Council secures LGA funding to support troubled families with digital project (25 April 2016)

Bexley Council has secured external funding of £25,000 for a digital project to help local families.  Read more...

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Funding pressures mean five Buckinghamshire gypsy and traveller sites will be sold (25 April 2016)

Buckinghamshire County Council is to sell five of its gypsy and traveller sites as going concerns, as a result of budget pressures and lack of funding to invest in the sites.  Read more...

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CQC seeks patients with experience of mental health care involving stress, anxiety or depression for summer campaign (25 April 2016)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking for people who have received care for depression, anxiety or stress to report their experiences to the CQC in a public awareness campaign running this summer.  Read more...

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University of Strathclyde pioneers blood salvage device to minimise blood loss in battlefield injuries (25 April 2016)

The University of Strathclyde in Scotland has received funding from the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop and test a novel blood salvage device to minimise blood loss in severely injured service personnel in the field.  Read more...

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Brent Council stages early morning raids on unlicensed rental properties (22 April 2016)

Brent Council in north London has staged two early morning raids on rental properties in the borough, which were found to be overcrowded and in a state of disrepair.  Read more...

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

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an angler in Lancashire, who was caught fishing without a rod licence.
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Birmingham researchers develop light therapy system to prevent wound infection on the battlefield (22 April 2016)

Researchers at the University of Birmingham are developing unique military medical tools to be used on the battlefield, in a field hospital or for rehabilitation.   Read more...

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Annual Operation Rogue Trader sees 100 arrests – and millions of pounds worth of property recovered (21 April 2016)


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

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Campaign to encourage public to report online activities linked to terrorism (21 April 2016)

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

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Scientists studying blast injuries develop 3D-printed nylon surrogates for use in research (21 April 2016)

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) has funded a project at Imperial College London to develop 3D-printed, lower-limb nylon surrogates for research into blast injuries.  Read more...

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26-year jail term for “abhorrent” sexual offences against nine-year-old girl (20 April 2016)

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

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Birmingham City Council to introduce fixed penalty notices for small-scale fly-tipping offences (20 April 2016)

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

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Steel firm prosecuted after forklift truck operator dies from crush injuries in industrial accident (20 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a steel fabrication company in North Yorkshire, after a worker was killed when the forklift truck he was driving overturned  Read more...

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Combined symptoms of depression and metabolic disease may increase risk of Type 2 diabetes (19 April 2016)

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and colleagues have found that depression may add to the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in those with early symptoms of metabolic disease.  Read more...

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Client and contractor prosecuted for safety failings on site, including failure to manage asbestos (19 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Hertfordshire-based contractor for serious safety failings across two sites – including failing to manage asbestos on site.  Read more...

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Home Office announces 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant women detained under Immigration Act (19 April 2016)

The Home Secretary has announced that the government intends to place a 72-hour limit on the detention of pregnant women detained under the Immigration Act.  Read more...

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Jail for contractor after worker is killed when trench collapses (18 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a self-employed contractor, after a worker was killed when a trench he was working in collapsed on him.  Read more...

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Birmingham City Council streamlines housing services to provide centre of excellence for homeless and housing advice (18 April 2016)

Birmingham City Council is expected to approve changes in the city’s housing advice service at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday (19/04/16), which will build on the success of the city’s Youth Hub.  Read more...

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Higher rates of smoking among those with mental health conditions found to lower life expectancy (18 April 2016)

A new report from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has found that smoking is the biggest contributing factor as to why people with mental health have a lower average lifespan, which is between 10 and 20 years less than the general population.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for former restaurateur convicted of benefit fraud (18 April 2016)

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

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Jail for fraudster who conned council out of thousands by posing as supplier (18 April 2016)

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

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Jail for fraudster who conned council out of thousands by posing as supplier (18 April 2016)

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

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Five-year jail term for man convicted of possessing firearms and making explosives (18 April 2016)

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

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Conditional discharge for Council Tax fraudster (18 April 2016)

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

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£457 fine for Northamptonshire angler caught fishing without rod licence (18 April 2016)

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

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GMC issues new guidance to cosmetic surgeons to improve patient safety (18 April 2016)

The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued new ethical and safety guidelines to cosmetic surgeons, which cover both surgical and non-surgical procedures – including breast augmentation and Botox – with the aim of improving patient safety.  Read more...

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Aid and refugee agencies slam Britain for not doing enough to tackle refugee crisis (18 April 2016)

A group of 13 aid and refugee agencies has said that the UK is failing in its responsibility to protect some of the world^s most vulnerable people, who have been displaced by conflict, violence, persecution and poverty.  Read more...

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£3,500 fine for Barnet landlord without HMO licence (18 April 2016)

Barnet Council has prosecuted a landlord for failing to have a licence for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).  Read more...

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European study aims to discover biological markers linked to social withdrawal in mental health conditions (18 April 2016)

Researchers at the University of Exeter and colleagues from European institutions are studying the biological markers involved in social withdrawal, which can be a symptom of several mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more...

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Three men prosecuted over Blue Badge fraud in east London (18 April 2016)

Newham Council in east London has prosecuted three motorists who were found to be illegally using Blue Badges to access disabled parking spaces.
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Council supports DfE campaign to prevent child abuse (18 April 2016)

Surrey County Council is supporting the national Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse campaign – which urges members of the public to report any concerns about a child’s welfare, so that support can be given to all children and families who need it.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for semi-pro footballer who made dishonest whiplash claim (18 April 2016)

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

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

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

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Surrey supports mental health with new Safe Haven drop in centre (18 April 2016)

Surrey County Council has opened a café-style drop in centre, which offers help to people with mental health issues.  Read more...

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President of mental health charity Mind issues apology over sexual abuse comments (18 April 2016)

Mental health charity Mind has responded to comments made by the charity’s honorary president about child abuse victims.  Read more...

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Tribunal upholds Barnet Council’s decision to prevent storage unit being used as housing (15 April 2016)

Barnet Council has had its decision to prevent a “cramped conversion” behind shops in Cricklewood Broadway from being used as housing upheld, after the landlord of the property appealed against the council’s decision.  Read more...

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Police officer jailed for preying on domestic violence victims (15 April 2016)

A former Merseyside police officer has been sentenced to four years^ imprisonment for seven counts of misconduct in public office, after he targeted seven domestic abuse victims for his own sexual gratification over a period of three years.  Read more...

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Government crackdown on rogue traders operating in the black economy (14 April 2016)

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

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Government announces safety in sport review (14 April 2016)

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has announced a review of safety in sport, to ensure participants at every level are looked after and protected.  Read more...

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Somerset anglers fined nearly £1,000 for fishing with rod licence (14 April 2016)

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

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Bride jailed for participating in “sham marriage” to flout immigration law (14 April 2016)

Wolverhampton Crown Court has sentenced a bride who took part in a bogus marriage to 16 months in prison.  Read more...

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UK urges global response to end human trafficking and modern slavery (13 April 2016)

The Home Office is urging global action to end modern slavery – and the trafficking of vulnerable people which fuels the illegal practice.  Read more...

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

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

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MP visits court as part of MoJ review into possible racial bias (13 April 2016)

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

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£7,000 penalty for food manufacturer after worker sustains fracture injuries in machinery (13 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a food manufacturer after a worker’s hand was partially de-gloved after becoming trapped in machinery.  Read more...

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Parents on Universal Credit given more childcare support when they move into work (12 April 2016)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that parents on Universal Credit will now be able to claim back 85% of their childcare costs when they move into work – an increase from 70%.  Read more...

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UK to criminalise firms which fail to prevent staff facilitating tax evasion (12 April 2016)

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

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Environment Agency crackdown on fisheries offences and illegal sales of salmon and sea trout (12 April 2016)

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

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Court of Appeal more than doubles sentence of robber who attacked own uncle (12 April 2016)

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

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Pothole Action Fund to mend one million potholes to make roads safer (8 April 2016)

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced new funding to mend the England’s one million potholes.  Read more...

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Lincolnshire retailer prosecuted for selling illegal cigarettes (8 April 2016)

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

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Rogue landlords fined total of £79,000 after Newham Council prosecution (8 April 2016)

Newham Council in east London has prosecuted a gang of criminals who rented out properties in the private sector using fake names and businesses.  Read more...

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust facing more regulatory action over mental health patients’ deaths (7 April 2016)

NHS Improvement has advised Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust that further regulatory action will be taken, to ensure that the trust improves existing issues quickly – and to ensure that in the future staff can spot and quickly mitigate any future risks to patients and service users.  Read more...

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Dilapidated rented home shut down by Newham Council (7 April 2016)

Newham Council in east London has closed a dangerous and dilapidated privately rented three-bedroom family house, which was rented to a family with two young children.  Read more...

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Birmingham restaurant fined after breaches of Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations (7 April 2016)

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

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Torbay Council supports Bowel Cancer Awareness month (7 April 2016)

Torbay Council is supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness month in April, during which Bowel Cancer UK wants to raise the awareness of bowel cancer through communities – and highlight the symptoms of cancer which can lead to early diagnosis.  Read more...

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£200m package to transform children’s services through innovation (6 April 2016)

The Department for Education (DfE) and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP have announced a £200 million package to transform services for the most vulnerable children and young people.  Read more...

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Dog microchipping compulsory from 6 April (6 April 2016)

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

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Salon owner prosecuted for offering unlicensed treatments (6 April 2016)

The owner of a unisex beauty salon in west London has been prosecuted for offering unlicensed treatments.  Read more...

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First Syrian refugees to arrive in Staffordshire are resettled (5 April 2016)

Staffordshire County Council has announced that the first refugees to be accommodated in Staffordshire as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS) scheme have arrived in the county, with a total of ten people –a family of four and a family of six – being resettled.  Read more...

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DfE launches consultation on 30-hours of free childcare policy (5 April 2016)

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on the government’s 30-hour free childcare offer.  Read more...

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Westminster Council launches public consultation on new ways of delivering mental health services (5 April 2016)

Westminster Council and its NHS partners are consulting on a new delivery of mental health services – including a move away from day centres towards tailored support focusing on recovery, with help to enable more people to receive the support they need.  Read more...

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HMRC responds to ICIJ “Panama Papers” offshore tax haven report (5 April 2016)

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

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Portsmouth Council warns “head shops” over forthcoming ban on new psychoactive drugs (5 April 2016)

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

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Kent and Medway research shows ex-Armed Forces personnel need more support with health issues (4 April 2016)

New research by the Kent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board shows that Armed Forces personnel are re-adjusting well to life after service.
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Motorcycle safety campaign launched in northeast as peak season for accidents arrives (4 April 2016)

Campaign group Road Safety GB North East is warning motorcyclists to slow down and anticipate the mistakes of other road users, after new figures show that nearly 2,500 motorcyclists have been killed or injured on roads in northeast England the last five years.  Read more...

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Government launches consultation on plans for building starter homes (4 April 2016)

The government has announced new plans for every one in five new homes built to be a starter home to boost affordable housing in the UK.  Read more...

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Council steps up measures to address homelessness in Aldershot town centre (4 April 2016)

Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire has agreed a number of new measures to tackle the growing number of rough sleepers and anti-social behaviour linked to some rough sleepers in Aldershot town centre.  Read more...

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Rotherham Council prosecutes first landlord under selective licensing scheme (4 April 2016)

Rotherham County Council has prosecuted the first landlord under its selective licensing scheme, after a house in the Masbrough Selective Licensing Area was identified as being unlicensed in October 2015.  Read more...

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Kent launches mental health campaign to save the lives of men under pressure (4 April 2016)

Kent County Council has launched a new campaign, which aims to reduce the number of suicides among men.  Read more...

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Worcester-based company and director fined £30,000 for environmental offences (4 April 2016)

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

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Anti-Semitism hate crime continues to be a serious problem, says MP (4 April 2016)

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

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Horse dealer sentenced to six months in jail for trading standards offences (4 April 2016)

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

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Warwickshire builder prosecuted for carrying waste without a licence (4 April 2016)

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

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“Significant improvement” in Children’s Services in Cardiff, says report (4 April 2016)

The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has found significant improvement in Children’s Services in Cardiff since its last inspection in 2014.  Read more...

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Jail for people smugglers who concealed 68 migrants inside lorries bound for Harwich (4 April 2016)

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

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G4S awarded temporary contract to run Medway Secure Training Centre, pending report (4 April 2016)

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

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Jail for trader in counterfeit goods (4 April 2016)

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

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

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

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£4,800 fine for neighbour who littered shared passageway (4 April 2016)

Solihull Council in the West Midlands has prosecuted a woman from Shirley under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, after she failed to comply with an abatement notice requiring her to keep a shared passageway clear of obstruction.  Read more...

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Welsh Government announces mental health funding to improve patient support (4 April 2016)

The Welsh Government has announced that, as part of £30 million funding for mental health and older people in 2016-2017, the Welsh Government will invest £2.3m to create new teams to provide extra support – especially in the evening and at night – for people with mental health conditions, including dementia.  Read more...

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£20,000 fine for contractor after worker falls down shaft at De Montfort University (4 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Derbyshire-based company, after a worker from Romania was injured after falling down a service riser shaft.  Read more...

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Reading Council proposes setting up of new housing company to buy housing stock for the homeless (1 April 2016)

Reading Borough Council has discussed plans for a new company to help homeless people find housing.  Read more...

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Director of security firm disqualified for five years for unexplained payments (1 April 2016)

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

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Council urges owners to have their dogs micro-chipped before new law on 6 April (1 April 2016)

Medway Council in Kent is urging dog owners to have their pets micro-chipped before the law on compulsorily micro-chipping dogs comes into effect on Wednesday 6 April.  Read more...

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