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Former NHS site in east London to be “100% affordable Peabody homes” (30 August 2017)

Waltham Forest Council has announced that a new housing development in Leytonstone, east London will be 100% affordable housing, following negotiation by the council  Read more...

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£160,000 funding for new domestic violence support service for young women in West Lancashire (30 August 2017)

West Lancashire County Council has announced a new scheme to help young women in West Lancashire avoid being victims of domestic abuse  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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Road safety checks in Bath and Somerset find 38% of child car seats “incorrectly fitted” (30 August 2017)

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Road Safety officers and in-car safety professionals, Child Seat Safety, have teamed up for an annual advice and child car seat fitting service for those transporting young children  Read more...

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8,500 Syrian refugees now resettled in UK (30 August 2017)

New figures from the Home Office show that more than 8,500 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) scheme  Read more...

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Former HMP Holloway site could be redeveloped to offer 50% affordable homes (30 August 2017)

Plans for redeveloping the site of HMP Holloway could see 50% of homes developed on the site being “genuinely affordable”, says Islington Council  Read more...

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Warwickshire launches new online guides for parents and carers (30 August 2017)

Warwickshire County Council has launched three free online guides for parents, funded by the council’s Smart Start Programme  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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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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Council raid uncovers illegal bedsits in Brent (29 August 2017)

Brent Council enforcement officers carrying out a dawn raid on converted bedsits in the northwest London borough found tenants living in damp and unsafe conditions  Read more...

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Johnson & Johnson pay American woman £323m over ovarian cancer case (29 August 2017)

Johnson & Johnson, the American multinational pharmaceutical company, faces a pay out of over £323m to a woman who claims their products caused her to develop ovarian cancer  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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Phase two of Slough Council’s small site, house building project gets underway in September (29 August 2017)

Slough is to benefit from more new council homes, as phase two of the council’s house building project using small sites in the borough gets underway  Read more...

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£450,000 funding for new domestic violence Perpetrator Pathway service in Essex (29 August 2017)

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Partnership has been awarded funding of £450,000 over three years for a new Perpetrator Pathway service  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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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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£12,000 fine for bakery which breached food hygiene regulations (29 August 2017)

A bakery which pleaded guilty to nine offences under Regulation 19 of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 has been fined £12,000  Read more...

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Welsh government invites tenants to have their say on letting agents’ fees in private rental sector (25 August 2017)

A Welsh government consultation is inviting tenants to have their say on legislative proposals to remove the ability of lettings agencies to charge them fees  Read more...

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Court orders for dog owner, after Staffordshire bull terriers attack two dogs and their owners (25 August 2017)

York Council has prosecuted a dog owner for failing to control her four dogs in a public place  Read more...

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Nearly 500 new homes for Peterborough after Section 106 agreement is finalised (25 August 2017)

Peterborough Council has announced that outline planning permission has been granted for a development of up to 1,050 properties, after the council’s planning committee said it would refuse the renewed application if a Section 106 agreement were not finalised  Read more...

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Whistleblowers’ case: Court of Appeal confirms that disclosures made in the private interests of a worker can satisfy the “public interest” test. (24 August 2017)

The Court of Appeal has decided in the case of Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed [2017] that a disclosure made in the private interests of a worker, can be in the public interest, and therefore protected under the Employment Rights Act 1996.  Read more...

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Young mother who died of a cardiac arrest in court did not receive treatment for 4 minutes after paramedic arrived (24 August 2017)

A coroner has said that a woman’s death in a court building was “a potentially survivable situation”. Hayleigh Gascoigne, 32, collapsed in the public concourse area of Hull Combined Court Centre in January, and she was later pronounced dead. It has now since been found that Gascoigne was neither immediately nor accurately examined and was not given the intervention she should have been  Read more...

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Children’s Society calls for reinstatement of legal aid for vulnerable migrant children (24 August 2017)

The Children’s Society has warned that vulnerable migrant children who are in the UK alone are facing a punishing combination of cuts to help with legal costs and skyrocketing Home Office fees, as they struggle to resolve their complex immigration cases  Read more...

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Sandwell Council hosts health event to tackle FGM (24 August 2017)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has hosted an event to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  Read more...

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Islington Council starts work on building new council homes (24 August 2017)

Islington Council in north London has said that construction of new homes in Holloway has started, which will create much-needed new social housing on the site of a former car park  Read more...

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Sandwell Council pioneers scheme to help children from overseas integrate more quickly (24 August 2017)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands is pioneering what it says is a trailblazing scheme to support children who have come to the live in the UK, including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers  Read more...

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Council prosecutes landlord whose property was used as a brothel (24 August 2017)

Gateshead Council has prosecuted a landlord whose house was used as a brothel  Read more...

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Man with Down’s Syndrome had his human rights breached when he was banned from having sex with his wife (23 August 2017)

A 38 year old man with Downs Syndrome has been awarded compensation after he was banned from having sex with his wife. The man won damages of £10,000 for a breach of his human rights, as he was forced to abstain from sexual intercourse with his wife for fifteen months  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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Landlord fined for defective student accommodation in Birmingham (23 August 2017)

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court has fined a London landlord offering student accommodation in Selly Oak, Birmingham, after the premises were found to be in disrepair and unlicensed as a house in multiple occupation (HMO)  Read more...

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Cancer patients in Huntingdon to benefit from new cancer rehabilitation partnership (23 August 2017)

The Hunts Community Cancer Network (HCCN) in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire has partnered local innovator with Aseptika Ltd to better support cancer patients  Read more...

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Magistrates grant council legal powers to enter properties without Gas Safety Certificates (23 August 2017)

Barkingside Magistrates’ Court has given Havering Council in Essex legal powers to enter properties where the tenant has not produced a Gas Safety Certificate  Read more...

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£6.2m funding to boost infrastructure for 15,000 new homes in South Oxfordshire (23 August 2017)

South Oxfordshire District Council has been awarded £6.2 million in government funding to accelerate the delivery of Didcot’s Northern Perimeter Road, which is a critical transport link around Didcot essential to the construction of Didcot Garden Town and 15,000 new homes  Read more...

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Wolverhampton awarded £500,000 to prevent violence against women and girls (23 August 2017)

City of Wolverhampton Council has been awarded more than £500,000 to further improve its work in preventing violence against women and girls  Read more...

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Hackney’s Estate Regeneration programme sees more new council homes completed (23 August 2017)

The Mayor of Hackney has laid the final brick in a building development that will bring transform empty land in an ambitious regeneration programme in east London by Hackney Council  Read more...

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First council house building programme “in a generation” for northwest Leicestershire (22 August 2017)

North West Leicestershire District Council (NMLDC) is building affordable housing after demolishing a former sheltered housing block at Coalville  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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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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BDA calls for urgent strategy to ensure over-65s receive adequate dental care (22 August 2017)

A report on dental care for those over the age of 65 has prompted the British Dental Association (BDA) to call for “an urgent strategy” in dental care for this age group  Read more...

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Vaginal mesh implant complications more widespread than previously thought (22 August 2017)

New figures have suggested that one in fifteen women fitted with vaginal mesh implants will require surgery to remove it because of complications, demonstrating that the problems are more widespread than previously thought  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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More support needed for those taking antidepressants (22 August 2017)

Mental health charity Mind has called for more support for those taking antidepressants, after research by Mind shows that patient do not receive adequate information about the side effects of antidepressants  Read more...

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Westminster City Council announces multi-agency housing service to tackle homelessness (22 August 2017)

Westminster City Council has announced that vulnerable families and single people at risk of homelessness will soon gain greater support and advice in the community, as part of a new multi-agency housing options service  Read more...

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Shropshire launches care initiatives to help vulnerable residents remain in their homes (22 August 2017)

Shropshire Council has launched a series of initiatives to ensure those in need of support remain at home, rather than in a nursing or care home  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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Hampshire companies prosecuted after roofer dies in fall from height (22 August 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies after a 42-year-old construction worker died in a fall from height  Read more...

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Young people to receive additional support to improve mental health through new course (21 August 2017)

The Prime Minister has unveiled a new course to raise awareness of mental health among young people  Read more...

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New sensory garden for people with brain injury in York (21 August 2017)

City of York Council and SASH (service users and staff from the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s York House) have worked with volunteers to create a sensory garden for those with brain injury  Read more...

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Extension to closure order granted on property to tackle antisocial behaviour (21 August 2017)

Three Rivers District Council in Hertfordshire has obtained an extension to a closure order on a property for a further three months, to help prevent additional problems at the premises  Read more...

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Calderdale Council wins Ofsted approval for services finding homes for children in care (21 August 2017)

Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire has said that an Ofsted inspection found looked after children who are waiting for a new family were well supported by Calderdale Council’s Children’s Services team  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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Consumers warned about faulty electric blankets (21 August 2017)

North Lincolnshire Council is advising consumers to make sure their electric blankets are safe as the cooler weather arrives in autumn  Read more...

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Decorated military surgeon apologises for conducting unsanctioned surgery on a 12-year-old boy’s genitals (18 August 2017)

The parents of a 12-year-old boy who had his genitals operated on without parental consent have spoken out, branding the surgeon “not trustworthy”  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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HSE calls on farmers to protect loved ones, as eight-year-old boy loses leg on family farm (18 August 2017)

A company which operates a farm in Kirkbean, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland has been prosecuted, after an eight-year-old boy fell from a vehicle at the farm owned by his parents – and had to have his leg amputated  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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Dorset roofing company prosecuted after scaffolding collapse on public highway (18 August 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Dorset company, after a scaffold collapsed at an industrial unit at Wallisdown in Poole  Read more...

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High Court dismisses professional negligence claim brought against Farrer & Co (18 August 2017)

The High Court has published its decision in May 2017 to dismiss a negligence claim against city law firm Farrer & Co  Read more...

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£50m funding boost to reduce waiting times in NHS Wales (17 August 2017)

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced that an additional £50 million is being invested in the Welsh NHS to help further reduce waiting times  Read more...

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Takeaway director disqualified for employing illegal worker (17 August 2017)

The director of an Indian takeaway has been disqualified for six years, for failing to comply with UK immigration law at his Chichester business  Read more...

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Wigan Council has announced a new way for helping people who want to adopt (17 August 2017)

Together for adoption is a new service which will offer children and families in the region the support and guidance they need throughout the adoption journey  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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Northumberland City Council confiscates “noisy neighbour’s” sound system (17 August 2017)

Northumberland County Council has taken action against a “noisy neighbour” whom they said made life a misery for nearby residents by playing music throughout the night  Read more...

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Tower Hamlets Council promotes mental wellbeing at mental health event (17 August 2017)

Tower Hamlets Council in east London has hosted a community conversation as part of a London-wide initiative to improve mental health and wellbeing across the capital  Read more...

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Croydon Council obtains closure order for anti-social behaviour (17 August 2017)

Croydon Council has obtained a closure order on a flat in a block of retirement apartments, after one resident was verbally abusive to neighbours and also put lives at risk by starting fires on the roof of his apartment  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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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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Hackney Council challenges housing associations to build affordable housing using £16m fund (16 August 2017)

Housing associations in Hackney have been challenged to use an innovative new £16 million council fund to increase the number of genuinely affordable homes being built in the borough  Read more...

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Bath and North East Somerset Council and CRUSE launch support group for adults bereaved by suicide (16 August 2017)

Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced a new group run by CRUSE for adults bereaved by suicide  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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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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Enhanced flying medics A&E services for North Wales (16 August 2017)

The Welsh government has announced that Wales’ flying medics service – which works in partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity – is strengthening its service cover, with the introduction of consultants and critical care practitioners on board the charity’s helicopter in North Wales  Read more...

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Enhanced flying medics A&E services for North Wales (16 August 2017)

The Welsh government has announced that Wales’ flying medics service – which works in partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity – is strengthening its service cover, with the introduction of consultants and critical care practitioners on board the charity’s helicopter in North Wales  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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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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Welsh Assembly announces £2.1m extra to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness (16 August 2017)

Welsh Assembly Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has announced an extra £2.1 million to help tackle youth homelessness and rough sleeping  Read more...

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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...

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Northumberland County Council obtains EDMOs to bring empty properties back into use as homes (15 August 2017)

Northumberland County Council says that empty homes are a step closer to re-opening their doors to new tenants, after the council was given interim Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) for four properties across the county  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...

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£3,000 penalty for tenancy fraud (15 August 2017)

Lewes District Council’s Counter Fraud Team have prosecuted a man for fraud for subletting a property owned by the council  Read more...

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Men “twice as likely” to experience mental health issues due to work (15 August 2017)

New research from mental health charity Mind shows that men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to problems outside of work  Read more...

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Home Office funding to help Bristol target rogue landlords and poor private rental accommodation (15 August 2017)

Bristol City Council has been awarded additional funding from the Home Office to help it criminal landlords and protect tenants  Read more...

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Oxfordshire conference focuses on strengthening work of CiCCs (15 August 2017)

Oxfordshire’s Children in Care Council (CiCC) has said a conference to highlight issues affecting looked-after children and those leaving care has enabled the council to hear the viewpoints from young people in the care of other councils  Read more...

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Oxfordshire conference focuses on strengthening work of CiCCs (15 August 2017)

Oxfordshire’s Children in Care Council (CiCC) has said a conference to highlight issues affecting looked-after children and those leaving care has enabled the council to hear the viewpoints from young people in the care of other councils  Read more...

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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...

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Eight-year bankruptcy restriction for former Insolvency Practitioner (15 August 2017)

A qualified Insolvency Practitioner in Birmingham has been given an eight- year bankruptcy restrictions undertaking, after an investigation by the Insolvency Agency  Read more...

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Sandwell Council launches European passport return service (15 August 2017)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has announced that Sandwell's Register Office is now offering a European passport return service for European Economic Union and Swiss nationals applying to live and work in the UK  Read more...

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Sandwell Council launches European passport return service (15 August 2017)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has announced that Sandwell's Register Office is now offering a European passport return service for European Economic Union and Swiss nationals applying to live and work in the UK  Read more...

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Should domestic abusers be put on a register in order to protect survivors? (15 August 2017)

A new report has revealed that the number of domestic abuse victims across London has risen by 15% in the last two years. Figures have shown that domestic abuse now accounts for almost one in ten criminal offences in the city, with 62,546 reported victims in 2014 rising to 71,926 in 2016  Read more...

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Over 40% of maternity wards in England reportedly closed their doors to expectant mothers on at least one occasion in 2016 (15 August 2017)

Data received by the Labour party in a Freedom of Information request revealed that 42 out of 96 trusts shut their maternity wards temporarily on a total of 382 occasions, primarily due to a shortage of staff and beds. 40 hospital trusts did not respond to the Freedom of Information request  Read more...

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£140,000 fine after worker suffers flash burns (15 August 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a manufacturing firm after a worker suffered flash burns to her face, neck, chest and both arms  Read more...

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New appointees to run Urgent Care Centre in Bath (15 August 2017)

Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) has appointed Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and B&NES Enhanced Medical Services (BEMS) to run a Bath-based Urgent Care Centre  Read more...

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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...

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Type 1 diabetes immunotherapy research “promising” for developing new treatments (10 August 2017)

Pioneering immunotherapy research at King’s College London has brought the possibility of a new treatment for Type 1 diabetes a step closer  Read more...

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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...

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Suspended sentence for landlord who carried out DIY gas work on boiler (10 August 2017)

A Devon landlord has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after risking the lives of his tenants by carrying out dangerous gas work  Read more...

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£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...

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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...

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The lead clinician in charge of Connor Sparrowhawk’s care has admitted to a string of failings over the teenager’s death (9 August 2017)

Dr Valerie Murphy, a consultant psychiatrist, admitted to almost 30 failings during a hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester on 7 August  Read more...

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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...

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Luton firm fined £250,000 after employee suffers severe brain injury (9 August 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a passenger air transport firm, after an employee sustained a severe brain injury after being crushed by hangar doors in Bedfordshire  Read more...

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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...

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Manchester uses DCLG funding to tackle rogue landlord who exploit migrants (9 August 2017)

Manchester City Council has announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has approved a funding bid that will help the city council continue a targeted project to improve private sector housing standards  Read more...

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Bradford Council secures funding for SEMH school to boost SEND provision (9 August 2017)

Bradford Council has secured government funding to build a new social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) special free school  Read more...

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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea allowed developers to neglect affordable housing target (8 August 2017)

It has been revealed that the council in charge of Grenfell Tower gained almost £60 million from allowing developers to avoid building affordable housing. Despite high demand for housing to accommodate low income families, developers can pay a fee to the council instead of building affordable homes if they demonstrate that building affordable units would make their plans unviable  Read more...

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Employment tribunal classes bicycle courier in latest decision on “gig economy” employment rights (8 August 2017)

The London Central employment tribunal has ruled that a former bike courier for Addison Lee was a worker, not an “independent contractor”, and therefore was entitled to employment rights that were not afforded to him, such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage  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...

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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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£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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£606,000 government funding for community housing in North Yorkshire (8 August 2017)

Craven District Council in North Yorkshire has been allocated £606,000 from the government's Community Housing Fund to help develop smaller housing sites around the district  Read more...

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Southwark Council award for homelessness project (8 August 2017)

Southwark Council in south London has been short-listed in the London Homelessness Awards for The Homelessness Trailblazer Pilot, alongside two other projects – Prisoners Abroad Resettlement Team and Network Homes and New Horizons Day centre Project Vista  Read more...

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HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference planned for October (8 August 2017)

City of Wolverhampton Council has announced plans for the HeadStart Wolverhampton conference in October  Read more...

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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...

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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...

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Staffordshire County Council has eight million hours of free childcare on offer (8 August 2017)

Staffordshire County Council says that it has eight million free childcare hours on offer to working parents of three- and four-year-olds from 1 September  Read more...

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Newham Council sets up scheme to “name and shame” rogue letting agents (8 August 2017)

Newham Council in east London has announced it is setting up the first UK scheme to “name and shame” rogue letting agents  Read more...

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Investigation into Croydon’s fatal tram derailment “continuing”, says RAIB (8 August 2017)

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced that an investigation into a fatal incident involving a tram near Sandilands Junction in Croydon, southwest London in 2016 is continuing  Read more...

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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...

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£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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Kettering Council obtain closure order on property for drug dealing (7 August 2017)

Kettering Council in Northamptonshire has obtained a closure order for a flat in Kettering, following complaints of drug dealing  Read more...

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Brighton landlord prosecuted for unlicensed HMO (7 August 2017)

Brighton & Hove City Council’s planning enforcement team has prosecuted a landlord for letting a Brighton home as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) without a licence, in the first successful prosecution by the council regarding an unauthorised conversion of a house into a small HMO  Read more...

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Derbyshire NHS mental health services for children cited as “outstanding” in CQC report (7 August 2017)

Children’s mental health services provided by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been cited as “outstanding” in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report  Read more...

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Derbyshire NHS mental health services for children cited as “outstanding” in CQC report (7 August 2017)

Children’s mental health services provided by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been cited as “outstanding” in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report  Read more...

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Home Office to scrap landing cards for non-EU visitors to UK (7 August 2017)

The Home Office has announced plans to abolish landing cards given to passengers who arrive in the UK from outside the European Union  Read more...

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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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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...

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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...

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Landlord issued with confiscation order under POCA for “beds-in-sheds” accommodation (7 August 2017)

Brent Council in northwest London has prosecuted a landlord who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage  Read more...

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President of Family Division calls services for children requiring specialist mental health care “worryingly inadequate” (4 August 2017)

President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has criticised the lack of specialist facilities for child and adolescent mental health patients during a ruling on the care of a 17-year-old mental health patient known as X  Read more...

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£65m government support for Build to Rent homes in London (4 August 2017)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have announced that the biggest development of homes built specifically for private rent in the UK is set to receive a £65 million boost from the government  Read more...

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£200,000 fine after worker dies in fall from height (4 August 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Lincolnshire company which manufactures tipper trailers, after a worker sustained fatal injuries after falling from a cherry picker at a factory in Grantham  Read more...

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Sentence increase for breast cancer surgeon who carried out unnecessary procedures (4 August 2017)

A surgeon who carried out unnecessary breast cancer surgery has had his jail sentence increased from 15 to 20 years  Read more...

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Supreme Court forces U-turn on Government policy as employment tribunal fees ruled unlawful (3 August 2017)

The Government has announced the abolition of employment tribunal fees following the Supreme Court’s ruling that they are unlawful. This will affect claimants who have brought cases regarding matters, such as unfair dismissal, discrimination and other work place issues, since the introduction of tribunal fees by then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling in July 2013  Read more...

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Bradford Council hails success of SEND conference (3 August 2017)

Bradford Council has said that a major education conference held in Bradford focusing on serving the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) has been a success  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...

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Derby County Council issues Listeriosis advice after Sainsbury’s national recall of deli product (3 August 2017)

Derby County Council has issued important advice for pregnant women, midwives and public health nurses, after leading supermarket chain Sainsbury’s recalled several of its Deli Filler ready-to-eat food products due to the presence of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes  Read more...

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Diabetic retinopathy screening programme shown to reduce sight loss in Wales (3 August 2017)

New research from Swansea University in South Wales shows that the number of people in Wales diagnosed as blind or living with sight loss as a result of diabetes has almost halved since the introduction of a new national diabetic retinopathy screening programme in 2003  Read more...

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Migration Advisory Committee to issue call for evidence in report on EU migration (3 August 2017)

The organisation commissioned to report on EU migration to the UK and how this affects the labour market has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the UK’s “knowledge base” on EU immigration  Read more...

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Barnet Council launches academy to recruit, train and retain more social workers (3 August 2017)

Barnet Council in northwest London has launched an innovative “academy” aimed at recruiting, developing and helping retain social workers  Read more...

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Ashford Council presses ahead with affordable and dementia friendly housing developments (3 August 2017)

Ashford Council in Kent has approved the provision of a further 190 homes between 2018 and 2024, through the council’s Housing Revenue Account  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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£52 million released through Adoption Support Fund (3 August 2017)

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that more than £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children  Read more...

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£37,500 penalty after toy worker loses hand in unguarded machinery (3 August 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a soft toy filling company, after a worker lost his hand in unguarded machinery  Read more...

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Jail for babysitter who went on to commit child sexual offences (3 August 2017)

A man who offered to babysit and went on to sexually abuse his young charge has been jailed for 16 years at Truro Crown Court  Read more...

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Welsh government allows Cardiff Council to suspend Right to Buy (2 August 2017)

The Welsh Assembly has announced the suspension of Right to Buy in Cardiff, to ensure social housing is available to those who need it  Read more...

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£1bn investment in expanding and transforming mental health services (2 August 2017)

The government has set out plans to treat a further one million mental health patients by 2020-2021 – and finally give mental healthcare parity with physical healthcare  Read more...

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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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£230,000 fine after worker has finger amputated by circular saw (2 August 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Warwickshire company, after an employee’s finger was severed at the company’s base in Roman Way, Rugby  Read more...

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Mind welcomes mental health plan – and calls for longer term strategy to cope with demand (2 August 2017)

Mental health charity Mind has welcomed the government’s commitment to boosting the number of mental health workers, in a plan which will give mental health parity with physical health in the NHS  Read more...

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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...

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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...

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£26,000 penalty after collapsing wall kills worker (2 August 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a northeast-based company, after the collapse of a wall caused the death of an employee  Read more...

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