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Joint operation of UKBA and the Mets result in deportation of 175 foreign criminals (28 December 2012)

In a crackdown under codename operation Nexus, the UK Border Agency and the Metropolitan Police Service have deported more than 175 foreign criminals since the start of September which also saw 314 foreign criminals detained, the Home Office said.  Read more...

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Amid wide differences of opinion on immigration policy chancellor says it is must to have a strict regime (28 December 2012)

With almost all the Liberal Democrat MPs polled saying that the new immigration policy was going to hurt UK’s economy Chancellor George Osborne insisted that immigration controls should not keep the brightest and the best foreign workers out of the UK.
Mr Osborne said the Government should lay to rest any doubts and must work to change any perception that talented overseas PhD students were no longer welcome to study in Britain.
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Direct payments of housing benefits not many takers (21 December 2012)

Housing associations and local authorities taking part in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) direct payment pilots failed to collect more than £600,000 in rents during the first four months of the projects, according to figures released this week.

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An antique dealer who forged famous writer’s signatures has been jailed for 10 months (21 December 2012)

An antiques dealer from Hampshire who duped unsuspecting collectors by forging the signatures in books of famous writers like Sir Winston Churchill and Robert Louis Stevenson has been jailed for 10 months.  Read more...

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A trader sues his former employers for the second time for unfair dismissal claim (21 December 2012)

A city trader, who was sacked in 2009 went to the employment tribunal but had his claim for unfair dismissal thrown out, is now suing his former employers for the second time after losing his first appeal against unfair dismissal in February.  Read more...

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Four men who chased and killed a 17 year old boy have been together given 93 years of prison between them (21 December 2012)

Four men have been sent to prison for life for killing 17 year old boy who was chased out of a birthday party by attackers carrying champagne and brandy bottles.

Kevin Chibueze was fatally stabbed inside the east London nightclub where the party was being held.
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The caravan family who enslaved people and gained by forced labour have been jailed (20 December 2012)

Five members of a traveller family, who were found guilty of holding people as slaves and themselves enjoying the life of luxury at the expense of these homeless drug addicts and alcoholics by forcing them to work as slaves were jailed for a total of almost 20 years.
William Connors, 52, was sent to prison at Bristol Crown Court for more than six years, his wife Mary, 48, received more than two years, and the couple’s son, John, 29, was jailed for four years.
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Baby killer sentenced to seven years in prison (20 December 2012)

A man who shook and beat a baby to death while the boy’s mother went shopping has been jailed for seven and a half years yesterday.
Slater Sharkey, the boy suffered 25 bruises from his head to his toes when he died aged 13 months in December 2010, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court heard.
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The case of sprinkling too many chocolate pieces by an employee has been resolved out of court (19 December 2012)

A case of unfair dismissal of a McDonald’s crew member who was sacked for sprinkling too many chocolate pieces on a McFlurry has been settled just before the case was due for hearing at a tribunal.
Sarah Finch, 19, says she was asked to ‘make a nice one’ by a colleague who was paying for the frozen yoghurt dessert. But her bosses were not amused and accused her of giving away food without payment.
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A sham marriage fixer has lost his appeal against the length of his sentence (19 December 2012)

A sham marriage arranger who was the brain behind an illegal immigration conspiracy who had been convicted has also lost an appeal against the length of his sentence.
Salim Mullan of Tuskar Road, Thurnby Lodge, Leicester, was jailed for two years and eight months at Leeds Crown Court in July, after admitting a plot to facilitate a breach of immigration rules.
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Can buy to let landlord insure against tenants defaulting in paying their rents (19 December 2012)

A landlord insurance policy normally includes buildings and contents, liability cover, emergency assistance and legal cover, which pays out if an insured, has to take tenants to a court for eviction.
A tenant who can’t or won’t pay the rent is always a landlords’ worst nightmare but many people having landlord insurance are not aware that they are not covered for unpaid rents.
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Accountancy body make its application to become a regulator and licensing body for probate services (19 December 2012)

Following the opening up of legal services from new law in 2007 designed to open up the legal market to new entrants the ICAEW has made an application to become a regulator and licensing body for probate services and alternative business structures (ABSs).  Read more...

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Conveyancer Association to give transparent and efficient service beyond existing regulations under dedicated Pledges (18 December 2012)

Conveyancer Association (CA) is going to launch dedicated Pledges for consumers which would have a set of customer service commitments going above and beyond existing regulations and accreditation scheme, which all CA members have agreed to uphold.  Read more...

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A sick woman with a favourable ruling to stay in the UK is being challenged by the home office (18 December 2012)

Impending deportation of a severely ill Leeds woman to her homeland despite a tribunal judge ruling in her favour, has led to widespread dismay among the friends, campaigners and supporters of the woman.  Read more...

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The scheme for criminal advocates delayed again after four consultations (17 December 2012)

QASA the quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates the subject of heated debate and four consultations would not be starting in January the three legal regulators behind the scheme have announced.  Read more...

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Prisoners ripping off hundreds of thousands in benefits due since last 20 years (17 December 2012)

Criminals have been found to be claiming income support and housing benefit for nearly 20 years because officials had not maintained a central list telling them who was in prison.

Figures have shown that the practice has cost the taxpayer £18.6million since 2007. Over the past 20 years, the total could be £100million.
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A workshop was not allowed its petition to scrap a compensation claim for unfair dismissal (17 December 2012)

A workshop firm has been sued for compensation by two prison officers for unfair dismissal. They claimed that they were removed for allegedly attacking a prisoner.
G4S Care & Justice Services (UK) Ltd, based on Carlton Road, Worksop, which provides prison staff, objected to the case going ahead at Birmingham Employment Tribunal.
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An assistant chef’s unfair dismissal case has been refused by a tribunal (14 December 2012)

Stephanie Morrison who worked as a senior assistant chef filed a case against her employers Bromsgrove catering firm claiming compensation for unfair dismissal lost it in the employment tribunal.  Read more...

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A British woman married to Tunisian fights new law separating her from her husband (14 December 2012)

Jan Louhichi, formerly Jan Grant, had injured her shoulder and as part of her recovery had gone to Tunisia on a cheap holiday and met her future husband Abdel a chef, in Tunisia.
Abdel was a chef in the hotel she was staying in and they had got on well and after four months had married and began to plan their future in England together.
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The former MP who claimed expenses fraudulently let off due to mental health condition (14 December 2012)

The former Labour MP who was found to have fraudulently claimed more than £53,000 of expenses from the taxpayer has been given only a two year supervision and treatment order and has been spared criminal conviction as a judge has ruled that she was unfit to plead.  Read more...

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An employment claim by a disabled volunteer over her dismissal at the Supreme Court was rejected (13 December 2012)

The disabled volunteer sacked by a CAB had appealed on the grounds that the laws protecting disabled employees were against her dismissal but the Supreme Court had rejected her appeal.

The court ruled that she had no contract and she could not rely on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
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A rape victim had been paid £15,000 compensation by Met police for improper investigation (13 December 2012)

In 2005, when Rebecca, (name changed) who was then 15 went to the police and lodged a complaint that she was raped by a man in his twenties.

But the alleged attacker who was put to trial was acquitted because the Met Police which was investigating the case had lost vital evidence. Even the judge at the trial had branded the whole episode as a disgrace.
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A convicted fraudster had been given a cut on the amount he was ordered to pay (11 December 2012)

A businessman had been given an order to pay £140,000 by a court for telling lies and committing fraud in an attempt to save his £1 million home had won a discount in the bill.

The judge said that some of the items that 69 year old John Michael Ludlam had to sell to pay his bill were not as fashionable as before and was not worth as much as previously believed.
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A strange case of rape (11 December 2012)

A 23 year old woman had to go through horrifying experience when she was raped by two illegal immigrants on a night out in Bournemouth a court heard yesterday.
Two Afghanis Farid Ghorzanig, 22, and Amir Wallezadeh, 19, who were apt candidates for deportation at the time both had denied rape at the Commercial Road on July 1 this year.
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A judge rules that harassment case could be made out only if the complaint was made in the workplace (10 December 2012)

A judge, despite admitting the existence of unsavoury culture of crude sexual jibes by bosses towards staff at a car dealership, has rejected an unfair dismissal claim made by a saleswoman.
Helen McGinlay, 52, from Tottington, Bury, alleged the ‘poisonous atmosphere and working conditions’ at Nissan Westway in Ardwick made her ill and forced her to resign her job of four years.
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Unemployment set to rise despite showing some fall in recent times says a think tank (10 December 2012)

An IPPR analysis on unemployment problems has given a bleak outlook predicting that more than a million young people would be rendered jobless.
The think tank IPPR has said that though the figures in recent times had shown a fall in youth unemployment it was due to growth in part time and self-employment, and the Olympics factor when there was boost to jobs.
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UK’s generosity in handouts was seeing migrants attracted to come and live in it says a study (10 December 2012)

Welfare handouts were the main reason that UK immigration had been so attractive for migrants from poorer EU countries a report has claimed.

The report said that UKs very open welfare benefits were acting as magnet to migrants acting as a huge incentive for foreigners wanting to join the long UK immigration queue.
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A head teacher dismissed for gross misconduct claims unfair dismissal (7 December 2012)

A former head teacher has claimed unfair dismissal after he had been accused of nine allegations of gross misconduct relating to financial negligence and missing schools to watch football matches.  Read more...

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Second longest jail sentence for one of the biggest fraudsters in Britain (6 December 2012)

A man who had led one of the biggest scams in British fraud history by masterminding a £34million VAT scam was convicted and jailed for 17 years.
But Thomas Scragg, 56, was ordered to pay back just £980,000 after it was heard that he had blown away the rest of the money on a lavish champagne lifestyle.
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A drink driver the oldest on record in Britain to has been banned from driving for 46 months (6 December 2012)

The dubious distinction of becoming one of Britian’s oldest drink drivers has gone to Hyram Johnson, 82, a former factory worker who crashed into a tree, a taxi and a bus after drinking cranberry juice laced with brandy.
The Manchester Magistrate’s Court heard that the former factory worker was twice the legal limit and with his driving he had put people in grave danger on a scary journey through the streets of Ardwick.
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A pub landlady sues a brewery for injuries she received while decorating her pub (6 December 2012)

A pub landlady is sueing a brewery as she hanged herself accidentally while climbing the pub’s ladder to decorate the attic on New Year’s Day.
Mira Bateman, 57, who owned the pub was a tenant of The Plowden Arms, in Shiplake Cross, near Henley-on-Thames, when the accident had taken place.
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A thief confronted by a dog handler has been compensated to the tune of £2,000 (6 December 2012)

A Freedom of Information request seeking details of people who had sued Nottinghamshire Police, in the past three years, over dog bites has revealed that the police had to pay £2,000 in compensation to a car thief after he was bitten by a police dog while in the middle of a break – in.  Read more...

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Judge warns a lesbian mother in a custody battle, not to be adamant and rigid (5 December 2012)

A lesbian mother was warned by a judge to stop poisoning her children against her lesbian partner after it was told to the court how the two partners had fought a bitter ten year custody battle costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The Court of Appeal heard how the children now aged 13 and 11 had been exposed to the war between their parents.
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A benefit cheat claiming to be single mother jailed for living with her partner (5 December 2012)

A woman who wrongly claimed £75,000 in benefits by claiming to be a single mother was jailed for more than two years after benefit fraud investigators found a man hiding under her bed quilt.

A judge described the mother of three Andrea Blakeburn, useless, who must be jailed because the British people had had enough of benefit cheats.
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Ten staff members arrested in a Leeds college for running bogus institution promoting illegal immigration (5 December 2012)

A Yorkshire college was raided and 10 members of its staff arrested on suspicion of UK immigration offences.
The UK Border Agency Criminal and Financial Investigation Team had made four arrests at Leeds Professional College, at Nelson House, in George Mann Road, shortly after 9am yesterday.
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Employee share ownership opposed by two ownership bodies (3 December 2012)

Ifs ProShare, the employee share ownership body had held its annual awards ceremony last month and the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) has written to all 21 MPs sitting on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill Committee.

The letter urged that the committee should drop the clause from the bill that would offer a financial incentive in exchange of most of the employment rights of the workers such as employment redundancy rights and unfair dismissal rights to request training and flexible working.
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A paedophile given a suspended sentence has been sent to jail after failing to comply with orders (3 December 2012)

A vile paedophile who did not comply with the orders of a court after given a sentence to undergo a sex offender treatment programme has eventually been sent to the jail.
John Thompson had escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his victim. Initially he had tried to blame the seven year old girl for seducing him by pinning him down on a bed after flirting with him.
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Road rage driver convicted for assault has his sentence overturned by an appeals judge (3 December 2012)

In a road rage incident where an irate male motorist had hit an 81 year old woman because she was travelling very slow and blocking his way, has been set free by an appeals judge.
Usman Yasin who was driving behind pensioner Patricia Pearson had become frustrated after pegged back by her slow driving he overtook her and blocked the road before smacking Mrs Pearson on her face leaving deep cuts on her head and face.
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