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Reading Borough Council takes action against HMO landlord in disrepair (29 February 2016)

Reading Borough Council has prosecuted a landlord for neglecting to maintain a house in multiple occupation (HMO) on the London Road in Reading.  Read more...

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Councillors in West Sussex sign charter to oppose FGM (29 February 2016)

Councillors in West Sussex have voted unanimously to unite to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).  Read more...

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Mental health charity says prevention is a key strategy in mental health care (29 February 2016)

The Mental Health Foundation has responded to the government’s Mental Health Taskforce Report, saying that the emphasis on preventing mental health conditions is a “pivotal moment”.  Read more...

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Farm prosecuted after worker suffocates in grain silo while clearing blockage (29 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a farm after a young worker was killed while trying to clear a blockage in a grain bin at Hawick in Scotland.  Read more...

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Welsh Government launches helpline for survivors of child abuse and domestic violence (29 February 2016)

The Welsh Government is promoting a free helpline for survivors of domestic abuse, in a campaign to encourage people who have suffered sexual abuse to seek the help they need.  Read more...

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New changes to visa fees to apply from mid-March (29 February 2016)

New legislation introduced in January 2016 to set the maximum amounts the Home Office can charge for visa, immigration and nationality applications over the next four years will come into force on 18 March and 6 April for the Isle of Man.  Read more...

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Hounslow Council works with police to arrest drug dealers on estates (29 February 2016)

Hounslow Council enforcement staff have helped police take two drug dealers off the streets of the borough.  Read more...

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Shisha café owner prosecuted for third time over breach of smoking ban (29 February 2016)

Islington Council in north London has prosecuted the owner of a shisha café, which has breached the smoking ban for the third time.  Read more...

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Sobriety tags to be rolled out across London for offenders convicted of alcohol-related crimes (29 February 2016)

A scheme which monitors alcohol intake by offenders released on licence has been so successful that it will be rolled out across London.  Read more...

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Worcestershire business prosecuted for operating illegal waste site (29 February 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted five men over the illegal operation of a waste disposal site at Cinetic Quarry, near Wildmoor in Worcestershire.  Read more...

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Estate agent prosecuted for illegal signs (29 February 2016)

Dacorum Council has secured a conviction against an estate agent for illegal display of an estate agent’s board.  Read more...

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Rogue trader ordered to repay £150,000 under POCA, after conviction for counterfeit goods (29 February 2016)

Southwark Council’s Trading Standards team has successfully prosecuted a rogue trader who sold counterfeit goods – and has also obtained a court order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), which means he will have to repay £150,000.  Read more...

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Homeowner prosecuted for allowing property to fall into disrepair and cause nuisance (29 February 2016)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has taken legal action against a homeowner who left a property empty and in disrepair.  Read more...

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Cambridge City Council donates equipment seized as a result of noise intrusion to BHF (29 February 2016)

Cambridge City Council is to donate equipment seized as a result breaches of noise abatement notices to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to raise money for the charity.  Read more...

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£200,000 penalty for waste management firm after worker dies from crush injuries (29 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Derbyshire waste firm Rainbow Waste Management Limited, after a worker died after being crushed by the bucket of a motorised loading shovel.  Read more...

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Supplier prosecuted after guy ropes on circus tent snap (29 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the owner of a company which supplies marquees and tents, after guy ropes securing a circus tent snapped, causing it to collapse and injure three adults and five children.  Read more...

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Council prosecutes after kitchen store sells 8cm knife to underage customer (26 February 2016)

Islington Council has prosecuted a company, after a retailer sold a knife to an underage customer.  Read more...

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Rotherham Council children’s care facility rated “good” by Ofsted (26 February 2016)

A care facility run by Rotherham Council which offers short breaks to children aged eight to 18 has received a rating of “good” following an Ofsted inspection.  Read more...

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Hounslow Council wins funding to help tackle rogue landlords (26 February 2016)

Hounslow Council in Greater London has received grant funding of £67,500 to help tackle rogue landlords.  Read more...

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Five found guilty in Rotherham child sexual exploitation trial (25 February 2016)

Sheffield Crown Court has convicted five people on multiple counts relating to the sexual exploitation of 15 victims in Rotherham over a period of 16 years.  Read more...

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Mind mental health charity responds to government’s proposed cuts to ESA (25 February 2016)

The chief executive of mental health charity Mind has responded to MPs in the Commons overturning House of Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which would have protected the amount of money paid to those who receive disability benefits.  Read more...

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Darlington Trading Standards seize 20,000 illegal cigarettes and tobacco products (25 February 2016)

Darlington Borough Council has prosecuted a local retailer, after Trading Standards working with the police and sniffer dogs uncovered more than 20,000 illicit tobacco and tobacco products in his shop on two occasions.  Read more...

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£20,000 fine for Merthyr Tydfil firm, after worker injures leg when gate collapses (25 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company that manufactures and installs gates, after the leaf of a gate fell and struck a man.  Read more...

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Director of Leicestershire clothing firm disqualified for employing illegal workers (24 February 2016)

The director of a Leicestershire clothing company has been disqualified from holding a directorship for seven years, after he was found to be employing illegal workers.  Read more...

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Director of teenage sexual awareness agency disqualified for making misleading statements (24 February 2016)

The director of a company trading as an agency providing sexual awareness information to teenagers in Stockport has been disqualified for cold calling small businesses and individuals for sponsorship.  Read more...

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Anti-social behaviour order imposed for begging and threatening behaviour (24 February 2016)

A man who posed as a Big Issue seller in Nottingham has been made the subject of an injunction, after he was verbally abusive and used threatening behaviour to the police, licensed Big Issue sellers and members of the public.  Read more...

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Rogue traders prosecuted over misleading Sheffield homeowners (23 February 2016)

Sheffield Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted two rogue traders, who carried out shoddy maintenance work on properties after door stepping homeowners to drum up business.  Read more...

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Company director who breached disqualification regulations jailed for six months (23 February 2016)

A 67-year-old company director from Hampshire has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment as a result of two insolvency offences.  Read more...

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Four years in jail for human trafficking and modern slavery offences (23 February 2016)

Hereford Crown Court has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to human trafficking offences to four years in prison.  Read more...

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HSE prosecuted two firms after company director falls through skylight (23 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies after the director of one fell through a skylight at the other company’s site.  Read more...

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Scaffolding company fined £110,000, after worker sustains catastrophic brain injury in roof fall (22 February 2016)

A Hemel Hempstead-based scaffolding company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker sustained life changing injuries in a fall from height.  Read more...

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Council evicts tenant convicted of stealing neighbour’s furniture (22 February 2016)

West Lancashire Borough Council has successfully evicted a 22-year-old council tenant, after he was convicted of burglary and stealing furniture from his neighbour’s flat, which he then used to furnish his own home.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for unregistered gas engineer who put lives at risk (22 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an unregistered plumber who left a gas meter and gas pipe in a dangerous state in a customer’s home.  Read more...

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Government announces NSPCC child protection whistleblowing helpline for employees in children’s services (22 February 2016)

The Home Office minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime, Karen Bradley, has officially launched a new whistleblowing helpline for employees wishing to speak out about child protection failures.
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Consultation on new definition of child sexual exploitation launched (22 February 2016)

The government has launched a consultation into a new definition of child sexual exploitation (CSE), so that all professionals are using the same definition of CSE.  Read more...

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Reading Trading Standard and Met Police seize illegal tobacco and cigarettes in raid (22 February 2016)

Reading Council Trading Standards officers and police officers working with sniffer dogs have seized more than 25,500 illegal and counterfeit cigarettes and 4.5kg of smuggled hand-rolling tobacco in a raid on a local store.  Read more...

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Community Order for benefit claimant who fraudulently claimed nearly £13,000 (22 February 2016)

A woman from Matlock in Derbyshire has pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming nearly £13,000 in benefits over five years.  Read more...

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Oxford Council prosecutes HGV drivers for breaching weight restrictions (22 February 2016)

Oxford Magistrates’ Court has issued fines totalling nearly £2,500 to drivers who breached weight restrictions on local roads.  Read more...

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Director disqualified for five years for breach of fiduciary duties (22 February 2016)

The director of a plumbing and heating company has been disqualified for five years for breaching fiduciary duties.  Read more...

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Farmer fined £2,000 after being found guilty of environmental offences (22 February 2016)

A farmer has been prosecuted by Durham Council, after he cut down trees in an ancient woodland in a Conservation Area, blocking a public footpath.  Read more...

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Kettering Borough Council seeks repossession after firearms incident at council property (22 February 2016)

Kettering Borough Council (KBC) in Northamptonshire has obtained a Closure Order and has applied to the court to repossess a council property, following an incident involving firearms.  Read more...

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New book for mental health professionals deals with mental health at different life stages (22 February 2016)

Shropshire Council has announced that mental health academics from Australia, Wales and England will join with lecturers from the University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) for the launch their new book, which provides an introduction to mental health at each stage of life.  Read more...

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Westminster Council launches new Waterloo Bridge cycle route to help prevent cyclist injuries (22 February 2016)

City of Westminster Council has opened a new cycle route on Waterloo Bridge in south London, to help keep cyclists safe on London’s roads.  Read more...

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NHS Wales hitting cancer treatment targets (22 February 2016)

New figures show that cancer waiting times in Wales have improved, with NHS Wales meeting the 98% target for treating cancer within 31 days in December 2015.  Read more...

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Shrewsbury firm and director prosecuted for unsafe working practices (22 February 2016)

A Shrewsbury-based manufacturing company as been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an empty 45-gallon steel drum which had contained flammable liquid caught fire and exploded while it was being cut in half.  Read more...

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Government launches consultation into speeding up planning applications (19 February 2016)

The government has announced fast track planning applications to speed up the planning process and boost housebuilding across the country.  Read more...

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Oxfordshire County Council announces plans to streamline children’s services to protect the most vulnerable (19 February 2016)

Oxfordshire County Council is proposing to create a brand new £12 million service for children aged up to 19 years old and their families, in a bid to improve children’s services for the most vulnerable families.  Read more...

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Supreme Court judgment may open way for appeals against some joint enterprise convictions (19 February 2016)

A Supreme Court judgment by Lord Neuberger and colleagues in the case of a man convicted of murder under the joint enterprise rule could open up the way for others convicted of murder under joint enterprise to appeal their convictions.   Read more...

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Prison Service announces new Wrexham jail will be named HMP Berwyn (19 February 2016)

Her Majesty’s Prison Service has announced that a new prison in Wrexham will be named HMP Berwyn.  Read more...

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New study finds horticultural activities can help mental health patients (18 February 2016)

A review into a nature-based mental health therapy has found that those with a mental health condition may benefit from carrying out horticultural past-times.  Read more...

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Government announces compensation schemes for victims of Paris attacks (18 February 2016)

The government has announced that those who suffered injuries in the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 can make clams for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), under the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme 2012 (VOTCS).  Read more...

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£1.5m funding to help young people set up peer support groups and mental health networks (18 February 2016)

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced £1.5 million in funding to help young people spot signs of mental illness via new peer support networks.  Read more...

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Oxfordshire firm prosecuted over fire safety breaches (18 February 2016)

Oxfordshire County Council has prosecuted a local firm for failing to provide suitable fire safety arrangements for its employees at an industrial unit in Didcot.  Read more...

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Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset councils merge adoption services (18 February 2016)

Bournemouth’s Council’s Cabinet has agreed plans to merge adoption services in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole along with those provided by a local voluntary adoption agency, Families for Children.  Read more...

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Minister for Syrian Refugees thanks local authorities for resettlement efforts (17 February 2016)

The Minister for Syrian Refugees Richard Harrington has praised local authorities and encouraged more to come forward and support government plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the UK.  Read more...

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Home Secretary calls for more international co-operation to fight terrorism (17 February 2016)

Home Secretary Theresa May has called for more international co-operation in the global fight against terror.  Read more...

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Government minister visits UK charity dealing with survivors of honour-based crimes and forced marriage (17 February 2016)

The government Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime Karen Bradley has met survivors of honour-based violence and forced marriage during a visit to a charity in Leeds.  Read more...

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Council tenant whose partner stored drug and stolen goods at her home narrowly evades eviction (17 February 2016)

A council tenant in Sheffield has narrowly avoided eviction from her home, after her partner stored drugs and stolen goods at the property.  Read more...

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Extra £1bn annual funding to help mental health patients back into employment (16 February 2016)

The Prime Minister has announced that tens of thousands of people with mental health conditions will be supported to find or return to work.  Read more...

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Council refurbishes 4,000th home in £50m spending programme (16 February 2016)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has completed the refurbishment of a landmark 4,000th home, as part of a £50 million package of repairs and improvements to 6,000 council properties.  Read more...

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£3m fine for oil and gas giant, after safety breaches put workers’ lives at risk (15 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted one of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration and production companies, after gas leaks on a gas platform off the Lincolnshire coast put workers’ lives in danger.   Read more...

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Craven District Council chosen as pilot authority in North Yorkshire’s refugee resettlement programme (15 February 2016)

Craven District Council in North Yorkshire is set to become a pilot authority for the resettlement of Syrian refugees across the county.  Read more...

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Welsh Government announces £20m boost for new social housing (15 February 2016)

Welsh Assembly Minister for Finance and Government Business Jane Hutt has announced an immediate £43 million capital investment boost for schools and social housing in Wales.  Read more...

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New government panel launched to oversee regeneration of estates (15 February 2016)

The government has launched an expert panel co-chaired by Lord Heseltine and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, to kick start estates regeneration.  Read more...

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Wiltshire Council launched DadPad website to help new fathers (15 February 2016)

Wiltshire Council has developed a new online information resource to help new fathers bond with their babies and support their partners.  Read more...

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66 years in jail for gang who imported cocaine with £34m street value (15 February 2016)

The Old Bailey has sentenced three men to a total of 66 years in jail, after they pleaded guilty to smuggling nearly 270kg of cocaine into the UK.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for Essex brothers who illegally imported unlicensed medicines (15 February 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has prosecuted two brothers from Essex for importing and selling unlicensed drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, which they sold to UK and European customers.  Read more...

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Restaurateur accepts disqualification after failing to preserve and offer up records to Liquidator (15 February 2016)

A restaurateur has accepted disqualification from acting as a director for eight years, after failing to preserve and/or deliver up records and accounts to the Liquidator after his company went into liquidation.  Read more...

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Environment Agency prosecutes company for waste management breaches (15 February 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a company based in South Devon for failing to store hazardous materials safely.  Read more...

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Shropshire Council holds special meeting for looked after children to question council (15 February 2016)

Shropshire Council is holding a special meeting on Tuesday 16 February to enable children and young adults discuss children’s services.  Read more...

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West Sussex receives half-a-million funding boost for SEND child care services (15 February 2016)

West Sussex children’s services have received a boost in funding to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).<  Read more...

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HMRC collects £2bn from tax evaders since 2014 under Accelerated Payments Scheme (15 February 2016)

HMRC has announced that it has collected than £2 billion in disputed tax from tax avoiders, under rules introduced by the government in 2014.  Read more...

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Birmingham City Council set to invest £59m in upgrading social housing (15 February 2016)

Birmingham City Council is set to approve a £59 million programme of investment in its stock of council properties at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 16 February.  Read more...

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London businessman fined £1,200 for noise nuisance (15 February 2016)

A Harlesden businessman whose business kept neighbours awake at night has been prosecuted for noise nuisance.  Read more...

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West Sussex Council signs up to Time to Change mental health campaign (15 February 2016)

West Sussex County Council has made a commitment to end the stigma and discrimination people with mental health problems can experience.  Read more...

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Charity Commission welcomes conviction of man on fundraising for terrorism charges (11 February 2016)

The Charity Commission has welcomed the conviction of a man for offences involving fundraising for terrorism.  Read more...

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Multinational chemical firm prosecuted after lethal gas causes air pollution (11 February 2016)

A multinational chemical producer has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a dangerous gas was released into the atmosphere, causing disruption to the M5 motorway and thousands of homes nearby.  Read more...

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13 years in jail for man convicted of historical rape charges (11 February 2016)

A man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, after being convicted of historical sex offences involving rape and attempted rape, dating back to 1994.  Read more...

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Policing and Crime Bill will take forward government pledge on limiting detention of mental health patients in police cells (10 February 2016)

The Home Office has announced that the government will take forward legislation to greatly restrict the circumstances when a police cell can be used to detain people with mental health conditions.  Read more...

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Suffolk council commits £1.68m to building affordable homes (10 February 2016)

Suffolk Coastal Council has announced a £1.68 million boost in funding for affordable homes in the area.  Read more...

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Windsor and Maidenhead Trading Standards prosecute retailers over counterfeit goods (10 February 2016)

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Trading Standards team has prosecuted two local retailers for selling counterfeit goods.  Read more...

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Salad producer fined after employee loses fingertips in packing machine (10 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a food company, after a worker lost the tips of two figures in a bagging machine.  Read more...

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UK has succeeded because of immigration, says Prime Minister (10 February 2016)

David Cameron has announced a draft agreement on reform of the UK’s membership of the European Union, highlighting four areas where reform might be needed.   Read more...

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Hounslow family evicted for antisocial behaviour (9 February 2016)

Hounslow Council has evicted a family after anti-social behaviour made the lives of their neighbours “unbearable”.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes window installation company for health and safety failings (9 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company after carrying out a dangerous window installation above the public highway in London’s West End.  Read more...

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Windsor & Maidenhead launch multi-agency safeguarding hub for vulnerable adults and children (9 February 2016)

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) has been launched in collaboration with its partners, Thames Valley Police, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the charity DASH (Domestic Abuse Stops Here) and the National Probation Service.  Read more...

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Government launches FGM prevention week of action (9 February 2016)

Public health minister Jane Ellison has launched an FGM prevention week of action from 8-12 February, to help prevent the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.  Read more...

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Wiltshire Council re-commissions mental health services (9 February 2016)

Mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness has been re-commissioned by Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Council to support vulnerable people through crises and help them live independently.  Read more...

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Recycling company prosecuted after worker dies in explosion (9 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Sheffield-based scrap metal recycling company, after a worker died from a head injury when a gas cylinder exploded.  Read more...

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Birmingham City Council streamlines maintenance services for tenants to save £13m (8 February 2016)

Council tenants in Birmingham will soon benefit from an improved repairs and maintenance service, following an intensive evaluation process that also sees substantial savings estimated at around £13 million over the next four years.  Read more...

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Right to Buy landlord who sat on board of TMO fined £13,000 for housing offences (8 February 2016)

A landlord who sat on the board of a tenant management organisation (TMO) has been found guilty of housing offences.  Read more...

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Government announces launch of new registers to help builders find plots (8 February 2016)

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced that self-builders will find it easier to kickstart building a home, with the launch of new registers to support builders find plots.
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Birmingham City Council prosecutes restaurant and bar for food hygiene breaches (8 February 2016)

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

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Immigration Health Surcharge extended to Australian and New Zealand nationals (8 February 2016)

The government has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge is to be extended to Australians and New Zealanders who spend more than six months in the UK.  Read more...

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Employment Minister visits Newham school, after council is chosen to roll out free child care extension (8 February 2016)

Newham Council in east London is one of eight councils across England which will receive a share of £13 million, to pilot the government’s extension of free childcare for three- and four-year-olds later in 2016.  Read more...

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Wirral Council takes action against off licence to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour (8 February 2016)

Wirral Council has taken action against a Birkenhead off licence to address issues around problem drinkers and anti-social behaviour in the area.  Read more...

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Car breaking business prosecuted for illegal operation (8 February 2016)

The Environment Agency has taken action against the owner of a car breaking business, which was operating illegally.  Read more...

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Court winds up phantom companies reporting £50m sales (8 February 2016)

An investigation by the Insolvency Service has led to a network of phantom construction and engineering companies being wound up  Read more...

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Lincolnshire man fined £1,300 for fly tipping (8 February 2016)

Selby District Council has successfully prosecuted a man for fly tipping as part of the council’s ongoing enforcement action to protect the local environment.  Read more...

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Nottingham retailer prosecuted for selling fresh produce below minimum quality standards (8 February 2016)

Nottingham City Council has prosecuted a retailer for offering for sale and selling rotten fruit and vegetables, which failed to meet the minimum quality standards.  Read more...

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Portsmouth Council invests in property to protect domestic violence services (8 February 2016)

Portsmouth City Council is setting aside £50,000 of income from property investments, to help fund local domestic abuse services after April 2017.  Read more...

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Manchester City Council has prosecuted a landlord for breaching management regulations. (8 February 2016)

Under Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) legislation, Beckhall Properties Ltd was required to meet management regulations for a building converted into self-contained flats.  Read more...

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Councillors to question North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust after CQC report raises care concerns (8 February 2016)

A senior Hartlepool councillor has raised concerns after the University Hospital of Hartlepool was described as “requiring improvement” in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report.  Read more...

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Liverpool City Region launches commission to address child poverty (5 February 2016)

The Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission has launched a new strategy setting out how it will address child poverty issues over the next three years.  Read more...

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Director disqualified for keeping inadequate records (5 February 2016)

The director of a fabric and furniture retailer has been disqualified as a director for six years, after failing to maintain adequate company records.  Read more...

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Court of Appeal increase sentence for rape (5 February 2016)

The Court of Appeal has overturned the original prison sentence of a man convicted of rape and increased the jail term from three years to five-and-a-half years.  Read more...

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Scaffolding company prosecuted after worker falls from height (5 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a scaffolding company, after a worker was injured after he fell through a roof light.  Read more...

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Welsh Government push to exempt supported housing from Housing Benefit cap (4 February 2016)

Welsh Assembly (WA) Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths has called on the UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants in supported housing from planned changes to Housing Benefit.  Read more...

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Teenager sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder while on bail for rape (4 February 2016)

The Court of Appeal has increased the prison sentence of an 18-year-old man from Reading for the attempted murder of two teenage girls while he was on bail for the rape and sexual assault of two other teenage girls.  Read more...

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Taxi cab owners fined for operating vehicles without proper insurance (4 February 2016)

Middlesbrough Council has prosecuted the owners of a taxi company, after council officers found it to be operating uninsured vehicles.  Read more...

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February 4 is World Cancer Day 2016 (4 February 2016)

Cancer Research UK has joined forces with charities Breast Cancer Care and the Anthony Nolan Trust to raise awareness of cancer and help fundraise for research on World Cancer Day 2016 today (04/02/16).  Read more...

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Government’s free childcare scheme given £13m boost (3 February 2016)

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced £13 million in funding to enable local councils to deliver 30 hours of free childcare to parents of three- and four-year-olds one year ahead of schedule.  Read more...

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Government review of possible bias against non-white defendants (3 February 2016)

The Prime Minister has asked Tottenham MP David Lammy to investigate evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities.  Read more...

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£1,900 fine for repeat fly tipping offences (3 February 2016)

A man from South Wales has been prosecuted after he dumped household waste and carpets in Aylesbury.  Read more...

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99p store pleads guilty to 13 breaches of health and safety (2 February 2016)

A 99p store in Kingston upon Thames has been prosecuted for breaches of health and safety and a mouse infestation.
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London Help to Buy launches (2 February 2016)

The government has launched the new London Help to Buy scheme, enabling first-time buyers in the capital to buy a home with a 5% deposit and a mortgage as low as 55%.  Read more...

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Bromley Council prosecutes noisy neighbour for breaching Abatement Notice on three occasions (2 February 2016)

Bromley Council has prosecuted a local man on three occasions for breaking an Abatement Notice.  Read more...

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£1,098 fine for dumping controlled waste metres from council household recycling centre (2 February 2016)

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted a man from Maidenhead for illegally dumping controlled waste just metres from the council’s household waste recycling centre.  Read more...

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College prosecuted after student suffers injury during tree felling (2 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a college in Surrey, after a student was injured when a tree being felled struck his leg.<  Read more...

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Wembley man prosecuted for littering offences (1 February 2016)

A 34-year-old man from Wembley in northwest London has been prosecuted after illegally dumping two black bags full of refuse on the public highway.  Read more...

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Housing Minister joins dawn raid to tackle rogue landlords in Brent (1 February 2016)

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has attended a dawn raid with Brent councillor, Margaret McLennan to help identify and take enforcement action against rogue landlords.  Read more...

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Council’s mental health campaign to support men reaches 160,000 people in four weeks (1 February 2016)

A campaign started by Buckinghamshire County Council to help improve the mental health of men has attracted nearly 3,000 people to the Heads Up website.  Read more...

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Deepcut inquest opens (1 February 2016)

The inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James will begin at 2pm on Monday 1 February.  Read more...

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Butcher’s shop served with prohibition notices after food safety breaches (1 February 2016)

Wirral Council environmental health officers have served two emergency prohibition notices on a butcher’s shop, after inspectors found serious food safety breaches.  Read more...

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Council prepares for mental health national campaign day (1 February 2016)

St Helens Council is supporting the national campaign day for mental health on Thursday 4 February – and will encourage residents to join the nation in talking about mental health to help end the misconceptions around it.  Read more...

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Birmingham welcomes second group of refugees from Syria’s camps (1 February 2016)

Birmingham City Council has announced that the city’s second group of refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme arrived on Wednesday (27/01/16).  Read more...

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Peterborough Council awarded £112,500 to tackle rogue landlords (1 February 2016)

The Department for Communities and Local Government has awarded Peterborough Council £112,500 in funding to tackle rogue landlords.  Read more...

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Tower Hamlets encourages young adults to speak out against domestic violence (1 February 2016)

Tower Hamlets Council is encouraging young adults in the borough to enter a competition telling the council what they think makes a healthy relationship.  Read more...

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Buckinghamshire County Council votes in new measures to tackle child sexual exploitation (1 February 2016)

Buckinghamshire County Council has agreed a raft of new measures to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE).  Read more...

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Businessman convicted of benefit fraud must repay £90,000 under Confiscation Order (1 February 2016)

Barnet Council has prosecuted a businessman who fraudulently claimed thousands of pounds in housing benefit and council tax benefit.  Read more...

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Director disqualified for failing to submit “timely tax returns” (1 February 2016)

An Insolvency Service investigation has led to the director of a company being disqualified for five years.  Read more...

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Company and associated individuals prosecuted over waste management offences (1 February 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a company and individuals associated with the company for allowing illegal waste activities.  Read more...

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Director disqualified for failing to run insolvency practice in a competent manner (1 February 2016)

The directors of a hairdressing company which later traded as an insolvency practice have been disqualified for failing to run a company in a competent manner.  Read more...

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