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Wilders gone wild (21 December 2016)

Head of ‘Party for Freedom’ (PVV) leader Geert Wilders was convicted on Friday the 9th of December in Dutch Court for inciting discrimination against Moroccans.   Read more...

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Welsh Assembly runs Christmas campaign addressing domestic abuse (21 December 2016)

The Welsh government has launched a Christmas campaign to tackle domestic violence, which is aimed at helping families take action if they suspect a friend or family member is being subjected to domestic abuse.  Read more...

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Manchester company operating business rates mitigation scheme wound up (21 December 2016)

The High Court in Manchester has wound up a Manchester-based company, which operated a business rates mitigation scheme for clients, after it withdrew an appeal against the closure of the business in the public interest.   Read more...

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Director banned for 11 years for misappropriating company funds (21 December 2016)

An investigation by the Insolvency Service has found that the director of an insurance firm misappropriated company funds of at least £273,774.   Read more...

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Stalking Protection Orders announced to tackle stranger stalking at an early stage (21 December 2016)

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that the government will introduce new stalking protection orders, which will help protect victims of stalking at the earliest possible stage.   Read more...

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Suspended sentence for farmer whose cows killed one man and seriously injured another (21 December 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bradford on Avon farmer, after two members of the public were attacked and injure– one fatally – by cows in a field.   Read more...

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Banning orders to tackle rogue landlords planned (20 December 2016)

The government is to put in place new banning orders to curb rogue landlords and property agents.   Read more...

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Research suggests new CMS “is helping parents work together” (20 December 2016)

New research shows that the majority of separated parents using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) are managing child support payments themselves, says the government.  Read more...

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Campaign launched to help parents spot the signs of sepsis (20 December 2016)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a nationwide campaign to help parents spot the signs of sepsis.  Read more...

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Bristol grocer fined £14,500 for selling substandard produce (20 December 2016)

A Bristol-based fresh produce retailer has been ordered to pay more than £14,500 for displaying, offering for sale and selling rotten fruit and vegetables that failed to meet minimum quality standards, after a two-year investigation by the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI).   Read more...

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Hospital which serves 2.5 million people has been rated “inadequate” – Whipps Cross University Hospital. (20 December 2016)

A review of East London’s Whipps Cross University Hospital has received the lowest rating in a review of surgery, diagnostics and outpatient care. The hospital, run by Barts Health NHS Trust, was placed in special measures last year over care quality concerns.   Read more...

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Pharmaceutical company Pfizer reject ruling that has fined the drugs giant £84.2 million for overcharging the NHS for an anti-epilepsy drug (20 December 2016)

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) fined the company based on findings that the cost of the drug in the UK was significantly higher than in Europe. The government watchdog argued that Pfizer “deliberately exploited the opportunity offered by de-branding to hike up the price for a drug which is relied upon by many thousands of patients” after they sold the UK distribution rights to Flynn Pharma. The CMA attribute a £2 million increase in NHS spending on the anti-epilepsy drug, phenytoin sodium capsules, to the price hike pointing to a 2,600% overnight increase in 2012.  Read more...

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Zambian born NHS nurse represented by Duncan Lewis is granted bail after being detained by the Home Office (19 December 2016)

On 16 November 2016 Dianne Ngoza, a Zambian national, was detained at Dallas Court Reporting Centre in Salford. She informed the Home Office that she had submitted a further leave to remain application which was received same day with proof, yet Ms Ngoza was detained. The Home Office’s position was that Ms Ngoza should be removed to the country of her origin, Zambia, as a result of residing in the UK illegally. Dianne had not been to her country in 22 years.  Read more...

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Burnley Council crackdown on illegal puppy farming (19 December 2016)

Burnley Council is asking the public to be extra careful when buying puppies, after a crackdown on illegal dog breeders in the town.  Read more...

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Brent Council obtains confiscation order against offshore company which breached planning laws (19 December 2016)

Brent Council has obtained a £250, 000 confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 against a company which rented out an illegally converted house.  Read more...

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Durham Council warns consumers about buying counterfeit designer cosmetics online (19 December 2016)

Durham Council has issued a warning to consumers about the potential health risks involved in buying counterfeit cosmetic products.   Read more...

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Takeaway owner prosecuted for mouse infestation and poor hygiene that posed public health risk (19 December 2016)

Salford Council has prosecuted the owner of a local takeaway, found to have a mouse infestation that was a risk to public health.  Read more...

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Ipswich shopkeeper prosecuted for “legal highs” drugs offences (19 December 2016)

Suffolk County Council has prosecuted an Ipswich shopkeeper for offences relating to legal highs.  Read more...

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Newcastle Gateshead CCG consults on services for unpaid carers (19 December 2016)

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting unpaid carers in the area to submit their experiences and views on the services available to them.   Read more...

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New South Cambridgeshire town will include starter homes and affordable homes to rent (19 December 2016)

Agreement between South Cambridgeshire Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) will see £73 million invested in community facilities at the new town of Northstowe.   Read more...

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Suspended sentence and fine for running an unlicensed waste disposal business (19 December 2016)

An Oxfordshire man who operated an illegal skip has been handed a four-month custodial sentence suspended for one year.  Read more...

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Retailer fined for produce below minimum quality standards (19 December 2016)

A Bury retailer has been ordered to pay nearly £10,800 for displaying, offering for sale and selling rotten fruit and vegetables that failed to meet minimum quality standards.  Read more...

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Rushmoor Council appeals for more private landlords to house council’s tenants (19 December 2016)

Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire is encouraging more private sector landlords to offer properties for rent to local people who have lost their home.  Read more...

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Record £1bn in overpaid benefits through fraud and error recovered in 2015-2016 (19 December 2016)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recorded an overall fall in the level of benefit fraud, compared with figures for 2010.   Read more...

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Leeds Council tenant evicted for anti-social behaviour and “hate incidents” (19 December 2016)

Leeds City Council has evicted a council tenant as a result of anti-social behaviour.  Read more...

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Youth justice system to put education and training at the heart of services (19 December 2016)

Justice Minister Elizabeth Truss has announced that education will be at the heart of youth justice – with two secure schools planned and new measures to monitor progress in English, mathematics, health and behaviour.  Read more...

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Lambeth Council announces compensation scheme for Shirley Oaks children (19 December 2016)

Lambeth Council in south London has announced that it will compensate children who were cared for at Shirley Oaks children’s home, after being put at risk of child abuse.   Read more...

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New suicide prevention strategy for Warwickshire (19 December 2016)

Warwickshire County Council has launched a new suicide prevention strategy to combat the number of deaths from suicide across the county.  Read more...

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Burst Pipe causes Havoc in London (16 December 2016)

More than 150 properties have been affected by a burst pipe, which sparked major flooding in north London. It has been reported that over 350 people were forced to flee their homes and business premises in the area. The roads were closed and streets in N1 were submerged. Hackney Council offered support for those affected by setting up rest centres, while Thames Water also offered stay in hotels for some people.   Read more...

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“My Home is my Castle”: Resolving Disputes with Neighbours (16 December 2016)

It is arguable to this day as to whether the maxim, an Englishman’s home is his castle remains true in a legal context. After all in 1760, William Pitt (the Elder) made a famous declaration of this right: "The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake, and the wind may blow through it. The rain may enter. The storms may enter. But the king of England may not enter. All his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement." Nevertheless to this day, a homeowner will do everything to protect his or her own home from trespass and nuisance and in that case, William Pit’s statement still rings true. Of course, this article is not mainly focused on the statement made in 1760, but the present time where neighbour disputes are on the rise. Neighbour disputes are often not of high financial value, but it does tend to be one of the most difficult and acrimonious cases to resolve. This tends to be because parties can get entrenched in their position and bring on board an emotional perspective that may affect the ability for the dispute to be resolved effectively.   Read more...

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£2,000 penalty for failing to control commercial waste (15 December 2016)

Gloucester City Council has prosecuted a retailer selling white goods for failing to control the commercial waste produced on his premises.  Read more...

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Luton Trading Standards seize record haul of illegal tobacco (15 December 2016)

Luton City Council’s Trading Standards department has recovered a record haul of illegal tobacco, with assistance from police officers from Operation Sentinel.   Read more...

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Royal Marine wins claim for compensation after Ministry of Defence fail to offer necessary precautions to prevent him contracting a rare disease (14 December 2016)

Ex-Marine Phillip Eaglesham (35) contracted Query (Q) fever in 2010 whilst serving in Afghanistan. Q fever, caused by bacterium Coxiella burnetii, is most commonly found in animals such as sheep, cattle and goats, but can be spread to humans when spores from animals are dispersed by the wind. The infection is found worldwide, but cases in humans are rare in the UK with about 50 cases being reported each year. Most people with Q fever will either have no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms that pass with two weeks. However, in some cases symptoms can last for several months and occasionally the infection can lead to life-threatening problems if it spreads to other parts of the body such as the heart. Mr Eaglesham first realised something was wrong when he became weak and lethargic, however as his symptoms persisted they developed into muscular weakness and he is now in a wheelchair.   Read more...

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High cost of living and low wages causes “in work poverty” as 1 in 8 workers are living below the poverty line (14 December 2016)

The volume of families who are living in temporary accommodation or considered homeless has continued to rise for five consecutive years with evictions by landlords reaching a ten-year high. In a seemingly contradictory statistic, however, the number of working-age adults in full-time employment is at an all-time high. So why is it that employment is at an all-time high, yet the housing crises is reaching tipping point?   Read more...

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Brighton & Hove call on government to end cap on HRA borrowing (14 December 2016)

Brighton & Hove City Council is calling on the government to change the rules on councils building homes to help the worsening housing situation in the city and elsewhere.  Read more...

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Newham Council pushes for action on betting shops and associated crime and anti-social behaviour (14 December 2016)

The London Borough of Newham (LBN) has welcomed the government’s review of high-stake gambling machines, known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).   Read more...

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Amnesty pledge to fight for LGBTI asylum seekers’ rights (13 December 2016)

Amnesty has said in a statement that it will stand by LGBTI asylum seekers and fight for their rights.   Read more...

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Rogue traders who targeted the elderly are jailed (13 December 2016)

Rogue traders who deliberately targeted elderly and vulnerable people living alone have been jailed, following investigations by Dorset County Council and North Yorkshire County Council.  Read more...

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Youth justice system to put education and training at the heart of services (13 December 2016)

Justice Minister Elizabeth Truss has announced that education will be at the heart of youth justice – with two secure schools planned and new measures to monitor progress in English, mathematics, health and behaviour.  Read more...

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Duncan Lewis’ Aqsa Sattar provides an overview on the legal powers of a nearest relative has under the Mental Health Act 1983 (12 December 2016)

The Mental Health Act 1983 provides the authority in England and Wales to detain and treat people suffering from, or believed to be suffering from a mental disorder on a psychiatric unit without their agreement. A detained person is protected under the Act, and provided with certain rights, such as a right to challenge their detention in hospital. This can be done through exercising a right of appeal to the Mental Health Tribunal.  Read more...

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Herefordshire authorities net haul of 240,000 illegal cigarettes hidden in disposable barbecues (10 December 2016)

Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards and West Mercia Police have uncovered a record haul of illegal tobacco in a joint operation.  Read more...

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Tendring Council to hearing planning appeal that would see more than 200 new homes built in Clacton (9 December 2016)

Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Committee will hear an appeal starting on Monday 13 December, over the planning refusal of three schemes which would each provide more than 200 homes in Clacton, Essex.   Read more...

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London Assembly supports review of Dangerous Dogs Act (9 December 2016)

The London Assembly has agreed a motion calling on the Mayor to write to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to request a formal review of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991).  Read more...

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PHE report finds more than 110,000 London children “suffering with significant mental ill health” (8 December 2016)

A new report by Public Health England (PHE) into the mental health of children in London has found that more than 110,000 children in the capital are suffering with significant mental ill health.  Read more...

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Financial services director banned for eight years for failing to maintain adequate records (8 December 2016)

The director of a Chelmsford-based financial services company has been banned for eight years for failing to ensure that adequate books and records relating to both companies were maintained, preserved or delivered up to the liquidator.   Read more...

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£906,000 penalty for Volvo, after worker suffers head injury in fall (7 December 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the national truck, bus and plant division of Volvo, after a worker fell and suffered head injuries.  Read more...

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Devilish Details: Detaining Victims of Torture (7 December 2016)

A short parenthesis in Government policy has resulted in the continued detention of hundreds of victims of torture. The policy requires caseworkers and medical practitioners to interpret torture according to the definition used in the United Nations Convention Against Torture (‘UNCAT’).  Read more...

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Will the abolition of letting agent fee’s lead to an increase in rent? (6 December 2016)

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a ban on letting agent fees to tenants in his first Autumn Statement on 23 November 2016.   Read more...

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Ambulance waiting times- is the service at breaking point? (6 December 2016)

The BBC has reported that ambulance services across the UK are struggling to reach seriously ill and injured patients quickly enough.  Read more...

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Domestic abuse campaign heads to Wigan (6 December 2016)

Wigan Council is encouraging more people to feel comfortable with talking about domestic violence with a road show called “Sitting Right With You”.   Read more...

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Increased penalties for drivers using handheld mobiles follows consultation on life for killer drivers (6 December 2016)

The government has announced that, as well as a consultation on life sentences for careless drivers who cause deaths on the road, the Department for Transport (DfT) is separately introducing legislation, increasing the penalties for using a handheld mobile phone while driving from 3 to 6 penalty points and increasing the fine from £100 to £200 when a driver is issued with a fixed penalty.   Read more...

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More needs to be done” for victims of domestic violence and CSE (5 December 2016)

The Home Secretary has told the annual conference of the College of Policing that, while police forces have been very effective at decreasing the rates of so-called traditional volume crime – now at an all-time low – more needs to be done to protect the vulnerable, including victims of sexual abuse, modern slavery and domestic violence.  Read more...

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Hotel directors disqualified for total of 28 years for misconduct (2 December 2016)

The directors of a hotel company have been disqualified for a total of 28 years, after an Insolvency Service investigation.  Read more...

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Government U-turn on 500% increase in immigration tribunal fees (2 December 2016)

The Government has changed its position and reversed the 500% increase in tribunal fees for immigration appeals that commenced on 10 October 2016.   Read more...

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Convicted fraudsters ordered to repay NHS and Treasury 575,000 GBP (1 December 2016)

Basildon Crown Court has ordered four health experts convicted of defrauding the NHS involving 14,000 hours they did not work have been ordered to repay more than £575,000 or face further time in prison.   Read more...

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Disqualification and fine for breaches of Employment Regulations (1 December 2016)

The director of a recruitment company has been disqualified for two years and ordered to pay a total of £32,979.38 in penalties after a criminal investigation into breaches of employment law.  Read more...

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Sports Injuries – Do you have a claim? (1 December 2016)

Any sport comes with a risk of being injured, anybody who regularly takes part in sport will understand that. However where the injury has been caused through no fault of your own, either intentionally or recklessly then you may have a claim for personal injury.  Read more...

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