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Cruise operator ends tradition of shaking the captain’s hand over holiday illness fears (31 July 2015)

Cruise operator Crystal Cruises has banned passengers from shaking hands with the captain on board their cruise liners, over fears that gastric infections could be passed on by hand contact.  Read more...

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Modern Slavery Bill comes into force (31 July 2015)

The Modern Slavery Bill comes into force today (31/07/15) – and increases the maximum custodial sentence for those convicted of people trafficking and modern slavery offences from 14 years to life imprisonment.  Read more...

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Met Police child abuse unit investigates children’s charity (31 July 2015)

The Metropolitan Police are investigating allegations involving the children’s charity Kids Company.  Read more...

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Government loses fast-track detention appeal (30 July 2015)

The government has lost a Court of Appeal challenge to a High Court decision, which ruled that the fast-track detention policy for asylum seekers was unlawful.  Read more...

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Claimant avoids jail for £36,000 benefit fraud (30 July 2015)

A woman who falsely claimed £36,000 in benefits as a single claimant when she was living with her partner and enjoying luxury holidays abroad, has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay £2,300 in costs.  Read more...

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Switching off streetlights at night “has no effect on crime or road accident figures” (30 July 2015)

Research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has found no evidence of an association between turning street lighting off at night and a rise in crime or the number of road traffic accidents.  Read more...

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Thursday is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (30 July 2015)

Thursday 30 July is the annual World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in support of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.  Read more...

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Police chief calls for ban on “hippy crack” following death of teenager (29 July 2015)

The UK’s senior police officer Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for a ban on nitrous oxide – known as “hippy crack” – after the death of an 18-year-old man in southeast London on Saturday (26/07/15) who had inhaled the gas.  Read more...

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Jail sentence for British man who tried to blackmail ex-wife for £2m (29 July 2015)


Truro Crown Court has jailed a man for 12 years, after he tried to extort £2 million from his ex-wife’s millionaire family following their divorce.  Read more...

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Mother-of-five wins payout from mother’s estate, after being cut off for eloping aged 17 (28 July 2015)

A 54-year-old woman who was cut out of her mother’s will after eloping to marry her boyfriend at the age of 17 has been awarded £160,000 by a court, after an eight-year legal battle to challenge the will.  Read more...

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Four convicted on child sex abuse charges at Norwich Crown Court (28 July 2015)

A court has convicted four people of child abuse, including a 34-year-old woman who played an instrumental role in using five children as “sexual playthings”.  Read more...

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609 driving licences revoked for failing police eyesight tests (28 July 2015)


Freedom of Information Act have revealed that hundreds of motorists have had their driving licence revoked since 2013, after failing roadside eye tests under new police powers.  Read more...

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Tenants should have right to back out agreements with “criminal landlords” (27 July 2015)

Generation Rent is calling on the government to use the forthcoming Housing Bill to give tenants the right to back out of a tenancy agreement with a convicted landlord.  Read more...

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Right-to-buy fraud increases across London (27 July 2015)

The first Protecting the Public Purse report published on Friday (24/07/15) has raised concerns about the level of right-to-buy fraud across London.  Read more...

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BMA lobbies government over decision to impose minimum savings level on existing overseas students (27 July 2015)

The British Medical Association (BMA) is lobbying the government over the “gravely concerning” changes which will mean a five-fold increase in the amount of money students must have in their bank accounts to be able to obtain a student visa to study in the UK.  Read more...

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First FGM Prevention Order handed out in Greater Manchester (27 July 2015)


A parent in Salford has been handed Greater Manchester’s first female circumcision banning order to prevent a young girl being taken overseas for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Read more...

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Welsh Assembly launches suicide prevention strategy, as suicide rates in Wales increase (27 July 2015)


Annual suicide rates in Wales have reached a ten-year-high – an increase described as “broadly similar” to a spike in suicides among mental health patients in England.  Read more...

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New reports shows sharp rise in number of suicides among male NHS mental health patients (27 July 2015)



A new report from the University of Manchester has revealed that the number of male mental health patients in the UK who die by suicide has risen by almost a third in the last decade – with the biggest increases in the 45-54 age group.  Read more...

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Drug trafficking gang sentenced to total of 80 years (27 July 2015)

Manchester Crown Court has jailed a gang of hauliers found guilty of drug trafficking for 20 years each.  Read more...

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Money laundering from overseas criminals “skewing London property market” (27 July 2015)


The National Crime Agency (NCA) has said that the UK housing market has been distorted as a result of hundreds of foreign criminals laundering money using the UK property market.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for jilted barman convicted of revenge porn (27 July 2015)



A 29-year-old barman has been convicted of revenge porn after he showed naked pictures of his former girlfriend to his new girlfriend, who finished their relationship as a result.  Read more...

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LCCI calls for simplification of Work Visa rules (24 July 2015)

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LLCI) has recently published a report which suggests that the current visa system does not work for London businesses and threatens to delay economic recovery.  Read more...

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“Lives put at risk” say doctors, as 999 operators get an extra two minutes to assess calls (24 July 2015)

Senior doctors have warned that a new scheme that will give 999 operators an extra two minutes to assess the urgency of a call may risk lives.  Read more...

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15-year-old from Blackburn charged with terrorism offences (24 July 2015)

A judge has delayed sentencing in the case of a 15-year-old boy from Blackburn convicted on terrorism charges, so that a report on the circumstances of the boy’s radicalisation can be prepared.  Read more...

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Home Secretary launches inquiry into deaths in police custody (24 July 2015)

Home Secretary Theresa May has set up an inquiry into why deaths in police custody have reached a five-year high.  Read more...

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Theresa May renews net migration target (23 July 2015)

The Home Secretary confirms new aim to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” by 2020 after the previous goal was scuppered in Coalition.  Read more...

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Making FGM reporting a statutory duty would offer professionals “clarity” says Home Office (23 July 2015)

The Home Office has marked the one-year anniversary of London’s Girls’ Summit on Wednesday (22/07/15), by saying that more needs to be done to protect girls from abuse.  Read more...

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Multimillionaire banker tries to evict elderly couple from home they have rented for 50 years (23 July 2015)

A multimillionaire freeholder is trying to evict two tenants in their seventies and eighties, after claiming that they do not occupy the mews house they rent as their main home.  Read more...

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MoD figures show one member of Armed Forces dies in training exercises every six weeks (23 July 2015)

New figures from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) show that one British Servicemen dies every six weeks in a training incident, with 125 serving personnel having died in Armed Forces training exercises in the last 15 years.  Read more...

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Eight arrested after police find £70m worth of cocaine at Tilbury Docks (23 July 2015)

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Special Intelligence Section have arrested eight people, after seizing 200 kilos of cocaine with a street value of more than £70 million at Tilbury Docks in Essex.  Read more...

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Grandparents fight council decision to put their three-year-old granddaughter up for adoption (22 July 2015)

A three-year-old girl will allegedly be put up for adoption by social workers in Shoeburyness, six months after her grandparents started caring for her because her mother was hospitalised suffering from depression.  Read more...

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Two men remanded over terrorism charges (22 July 2015)

An uncle and his nephew have appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on charges of planning to kill US military personnel based in the UK, BBC News reports.  Read more...

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HMRC publishes consultation on new measures to prevent corporate tax avoidance (22 July 2015)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is expected to announce new proposals under which companies which try and avoid paying tax would be placed in special measures.  Read more...

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Police in Devon & Cornwall dealing with 10% increase in mental health callouts over five years (21 July 2015)

Figures obtained by the BBC under a Freedom of Information request show that Devon and Cornwall Police have seen a 10% rise in mental health callouts from 4,891 in 2010 to 5,364 in 2014.  Read more...

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Woman left unable to sit down after cut-price bottom lift goes wrong (21 July 2015)

A woman who had cut-price cosmetic surgery in Prague to lift her buttocks says she was left unable to sit down following surgery as her coccyx – tailbone – was left exposed after the operation.  Read more...

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G4S-run prison to ban smoking in cells by February (21 July 2015)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that a privately run prison in south Wales is to ban prisoners smoking in their cells by February 2016.  Read more...

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Home Secretary may demand overseas students prove they have more savings before they can study in UK (21 July 2015)

The Home Secretary is considering even stricter rules on overseas students, in a proposal which could mean foreign students having more savings in the bank in order to obtain a student visa.  Read more...

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Legal action taken by couple who fell ill with sickness and diarrhoea on cruise (20 July 2015)

A couple who fell ill on board a cruise ship are taking legal advice after their symptoms failed to disappear once they returned home.  Read more...

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Delayed discharges “behind mental health beds shortgages” (20 July 2015)

An interim report by the Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care has identified factors which could account for a shortage of beds in mental health services, Nursing Times reports  Read more...

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Migrant children “denied their rights” by cuts to immigration Legal Aid (20 July 2015)

A report by the Children’s Society says that cuts to Legal Aid have denied migrant children arriving in the UK unaccompanied access to the law – and vulnerable children are at risk of having to represent themselves in immigration tribunals because they no longer qualify for Legal Aid.  Read more...

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Jail term for drug dealer who tried to smuggle cocaine into UK in coffee beans (20 July 2015)

A drug dealer who tried to smuggle crack cocaine through Manchester Airport by mixing it with coffee beans has been jailed for six-and-a-half years at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.  Read more...

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Local councils failing care leavers, MPs are told (20 July 2015)

The chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, Meg Hillier, has said that England^s local authorities are “turning their backs” on young people leaving their care.  Read more...

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Ski holidaymakers seek compensation over coach crash in France (20 July 2015)

British holidaymakers who were injured in a coach crash in the French Alps are now seeking compensation after being left with chronic injuries and scarring.<  Read more...

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easyJet Passengers treated for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning (20 July 2015)

An easyJet Airbus A320 flying from Manchester to Tel Aviv in Israel was forced to make an emergency landing after a suspected carbon monoxide leak in the cabin.  Read more...

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Private sector tenants “spend 47% of income on rent” (20 July 2015)

The government’s English Housing Survey has revealed that rental tenants in the private rental sector in England are now spending up to 47% of their incomes on rent.  Read more...

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Islington Council bans buy-to-leave investors (20 July 2015)

The London Borough of Islington has become the first council in the country to require news homes to be regularly occupied under new planning laws.  Read more...

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Met’s “super recognisers” team reduces pickpocketing in the capital (20 July 2015)

A Scotland Yard-based team of police officers and civilians with the ability to remember and pick out faces in a crowd has been successful in reducing the number of pickpocketing crimes in the capital.  Read more...

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Mayfair shops hire former Gurkha soldier to target shoplifters (20 July 2015)

Stores in Mayfair have hired a former Gurkha soldier in a bid to deter shoplifters in high end retail stores.  Read more...

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Police warn of “Zombie killer knives” in London, as two strikes knife law is launched (20 July 2015)

The Trident Gang Crime Command (Operation Trident) has warned that criminal gangs are arming themselves with 2ft “Zombie Killer” knives, in what is described as a “worrying new trend”.  Read more...

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Justice Secretary suggests selling off Victorian prisons and building homes on the sites (20 July 2015)

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has proposed a new scheme under which old Victorian prisons would be “designed out” – with existing prisons and the land they are situated on being sold to developers for new housing.  Read more...

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Kensington & Chelsea noise patrol shut down Notting Hill party (20 July 2015)

A London couple had their party shut down for nuisance, after booking a group of bongo drummers to play at their Notting Hill home.  Read more...

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Open verdict returned on case of music video star who died after cosmetic surgery (20 July 2015)

Coroner Nadia Persaud has been unable to give a reason why a young woman from London who underwent buttock enhancing cosmetic surgery in the US became breathless and died just hours after the procedure.  Read more...

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Government sets out proposals to “call time” on tax evasion (17 July 2015)

The government has set out proposals for closing loopholes used by investors to avoid paying tax.  Read more...

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Men wrongly identified as paedophiles after errors in monitoring public’s phone and computer records (17 July 2015)

A new report into the way in which the police and other law enforcement authorities use personal data and access public communications has revealed that as a result of police blunders, five men were wrongly identified as paedophiles – with four of the men’s homes being searched by police and one innocent man being arrested.  Read more...

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Jail for businessman after apprentice dies in industrial accident (17 July 2015)

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution has resulted in a businessman being jailed for eight months, following the death of an apprentice at his factory.  Read more...

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“Earned release” may be introduced for prisoners (17 July 2015)

Justice Secretary Michael Gove is expected to say in a speech that education for prisoners must improve to help them become “employable”.  Read more...

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Foreign Students will be banned from working in the UK and will be forced to leave as soon as their course ends under Theresa May’s new visa rules (16 July 2015)

Home Secretary Theresa May has unveiled new rules in which foreign students will be banned from working in the UK while they study and will be forced to leave the country as soon as their course ends.


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Duncan Lewis Public Law Director Toufique discusses the Suspension of Home Office Fast Track Detention on RT News (16 July 2015)

Duncan Lewis Public law Director Toufique Hossain spoke to Afshin Rattansi on RT News Going Underground about the suspension of the Home Office’s fast-track detention program on RT News Going Underground on the 15th July 2015.  Read more...

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Duncan Lewis Civil Litigation Director Anthony Okhuma discusses the London Rent Crisis and Property Guardians in the International Business Times (16 July 2015)

Duncan Lewis Civil Litigation Director Anthony Okhuma featured in the International Business Times on 16th July 2015 discussing the “rent crisis” in London and the rights of live-in property guardians.  Read more...

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Home Secretary vetoes use of water cannon (16 July 2015)

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that the Metropolitan Police will not be able to use water cannon – and the devices will not be used elsewhere in England, Wales or Scotland.  Read more...

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Children must return to “penniless” mother in Australia, despite their pleas to live with wealthy father in UK (16 July 2015)

The High Court has ruled that four children who begged to be able to remain in the UK and live with their wealthy father must go to Australia and live with their mother, who is described as “penniless”.  Read more...

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Court issues £1 confiscation order in pyramid scam case (16 July 2015)

The promoter of a £21 million pyramid investment scam has been ordered by a court to repay just £1.  Read more...

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Daughter who missed out on inheritance takes Barclays’ to court over will-writing services (16 July 2015)

Barclays is facing legal action over its will writing services, after a woman alleged that her later father was not advised by the bank that he had to serve a notice of severance for her to be able to inherit 50% of the property he left upon his death.  Read more...

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Multimillion-pound divorce case may return to Supreme Court for second time (16 July 2015)

An oil trader may be jailed for four weeks unless he pays his ex-wife £360,200 in maintenance, the High Court has ruled.  Read more...

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Call for prosecution of care home owner, after seven-year investigation into South Wales care homes (15 July 2015)

An investigation into alleged abuse at care homes in South Wales has concluded that one of the owners of the home should have been prosecuted.  Read more...

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Neglect a “contributory factor” in deaths of three soldiers on SAS selection exercise (15 July 2015)

A Coroner at Solihull in the West Midlands has ruled that neglect was a contributory factor in the deaths of three soldiers who died from heat exhaustion during an SAS selection exercise on the Brecon Beacons in Wales in July 2013.  Read more...

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Figures show one migrant every three minutes attempts to reach UK from Calais (15 July 2015)

New government figures show that a migrant in Calais attempts to reach the UK every three minutes – with police intercepting more than 8,000 attempts by migrants to sneak into the backs of lorries at Calais in the last three weeks alone.  Read more...

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Teenagers stand trial for brutal killing of 17-year-old on the streets of Hackney (15 July 2015)

The Old Bailey has heard how a 14-year-old boy was part of a group who chased, caught and stabbed to death another teenager on the streets of Hackney in east London.  Read more...

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Climate protesters facing aggravated trespass charges after Heathrow “invasion” (15 July 2015)

Police have charged 13 people after activists cut their way through wire into Heathrow Airport to stage a protest over climate change and Heathrow’s planned expansion.  Read more...

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Aina Khan discusses the demonisation of UK Shariah marriage and vulnerable Muslim women in the The Telegraph (14 July 2015)

Aina Khan, the Head of the Duncan Lewis Islamic Law Department featured in The Telegraph on the 3rd July 2015 discussing the demonisation of Shariah marriage in the UK and the vulnerable Muslim women left as victims as a result.  Read more...

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Food manufacturer fined £30,000, after worker injures finger in machinery (14 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a food manufacturing company, after a worker suffered a broken and lacerated finger while clearing a machine at a factory in Berkshire.   Read more...

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Ex-wife wins all of husband’s assets at Court of Appeal, after he “washes hands” of first family (14 July 2015)

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that an anaesthetist who abandoned his wife and children in 2011 and moved to Bahrain should pay his entire assets of £550,000 to his ex-wife to safeguard the future of their children.  Read more...

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£8,500 payout for “acute gastroenteritis” at all-inclusive Turkey resort (13 July 2015)

Tour operator Thomas Cook has paid out £8,500 to two British couples who fell ill with food poisoning symptoms at the all-inclusive Sentido Perissia resort hotel in Turkey.  Read more...

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Council fined £13,000 after child loses fingertips in park gate (13 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council after a child had two fingertips severed after they were trapped in a play park’s gate, which had been designed for use by children under the age of 11.  Read more...

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Worcestershire trust responds to CQC report criticising mental health services (13 July 2015)

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has put in place a number of measures, after a report published in June by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) flagged up concerns and ranked the trust “requires improvement”.  Read more...

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Cuts to early intervention funding “will damage young lives” (13 July 2015)

Early help by local authorities has been a casualty of government spending cuts, according to children charities the Children^s Society and National Children^s Bureau (NCB).  Read more...

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15-month prison sentence for £35,000 benefit fraud (13 July 2015)

A court has heard how a 63-year-old man from Burnley in Lancashire falsely claimed £35,000 in benefits and sent money to Pakistan, when at one point he had £75,000 in savings.  Read more...

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Justice Secretary scraps ban on book parcels for prisoners (13 July 2015)

Justice Secretary Michael Gove is to scrap a ban on books being sent to prisoners in jail, after saying prisoners should not be “sitting around idly in their cells”.  Read more...

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£3.2m extra government funding for domestic violence services (13 July 2015)

The government’s emergency Budget includes an additional £3.2 million to support the victims of domestic violence and abuse, which will boost the provision of services – including more funding for refuges for victims of domestic abuse.  Read more...

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Rise in violent crimes against elderly “maybe result of domestic violence reporting” (13 July 2015)

A Channel 4 Dispatches investigation has revealed that violent crime against the elderly has risen by 75% over the last five years, with 14,000 attacks on the elderly reported to the police in 2014.  Read more...

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Mother prosecuted over housing fraud (13 July 2015)

A mother who fraudulently tried to obtain a second council home has been fined £800 – and has also lost both council homes.  Read more...

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China's regulators are taking fresh steps to try to quell volatility in the country's financial markets. (10 July 2015)

The BBC reports that investors holding stakes of more that 5% aren’t allowed to sell shares in the next six months. This new rule from the country’s securities regulator is intended to relieve pressure on China’s stock markets.  Read more...

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£15,000 fine for window company after worker loses thumb and three fingers (10 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a window installation company, after an employee lost a thumb and three fingers while using a powered saw at the company’s main premises in Walthamstow, east London.  Read more...

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Social housing providers “unimpressed” with Budget’s rent reduction for tenants (9 July 2015)

The Chancellor has announced that social housing rents in England will be reduced by 1% a year over a four-year period, starting in 2016.  Read more...

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Undisclosed five-figure payout for holiday couple bitten by bedbugs (9 July 2015)

A couple who suffered multiple bites from bed bugs while staying at a Thomas Cook resort in the Dominican Republic have won a five-figure payout from the tour operator.  Read more...

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Government introduces “two strokes” jail policy for knife possession (9 July 2015)

The government is to introduce a “two strikes and you’re out” policy for those who carry knives.  Read more...

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Prisoners’ charities challenge Legal Aid cuts at Court of Appeal (9 July 2015)

Charities the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service have appealed against Legal Aid restrictions imposed by the coalition government, which they claim are preventing thousands of prisoner from starting rehabilitation.  Read more...

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Farm Safety Week says moving vehicles and cattle “biggest killers in agriculture” (9 July 2015)

Provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) latest fatality statistics show moving vehicles and cattle are the biggest causes of death on Britain’s farms.  Read more...

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Legal aid evidence sell-by date for domestic abuse victims scrapped (8 July 2015)

Lobbying by the Law Society has resulted in the sell-by date for evidence from domestic abuse victims has been scrapped.  Read more...

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Libor trader tells court managers and CEO “knew of rate fixing” (8 July 2015)

Southwark Crown Court in southeast London has heard how a City trader facing charges involving manipulating the Libor rate “acted with complete transparency” and out of a “hunger” to make money for the bank he worked for, rather than greed.  Read more...

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Two firms fined £31,000 each after electrician suffers electrical burns (8 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a chemical site operator and electrical contractor, after an employee suffered electrical burns.
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Jail for accountant who killed cyclist while texting at the wheel (8 July 2015)

A 26-year-old accountant has been jailed for killing a cyclist he collided with while exchanging texts with a woman he had met online.  Read more...

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Dover Police “arresting or detaining more illegal immigrants” (8 July 2015)

Figures obtained by BBC Radio Kent under the Freedom of Information Act show a large increase in the number of illegal immigrants detained or arrested by police at the Port of Dover last year.  Read more...

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Man died after police used “unreasonable force” during arrest, inquest rules (7 July 2015)

An inquest has found that a 23-year-man man who was unarmed died after Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers “inappropriately and unreasonably" Tasered and restrained him.  Read more...

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Inquest told how teen died on holiday in quad bike accident (7 July 2015)

An inquest has heard how a law student from London was killed on the Greek island of Zante last year, after she lost control of a quad bike.  Read more...

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Rent increases for high-income council tenants “should be used to build more homes” (7 July 2015)

London councils have responded to the Treasury’s proposal that high-income council tenants should pay more rent to the Treasury, by saying that the money should go to building more social housing.  Read more...

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MoJ green lights electronic tags for offenders convicted of alcohol-related crimes (6 July 2015)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to allow Magistrates’ Courts and judges to order those convicted of alcohol-related offences to be electronically tagged with ankle bracelets which measure alcohol levels in an individual’s perspiration every 30 minutes.  Read more...

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Call for all UK councils to fine motorists who are litterlouts (6 July 2015)

Councils in England and Wales are pushing for new laws to fine car owners who drop cigarette ends and other refuse from car windows.  Read more...

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Banks falling over themselves to attract buy-to-let investors (6 July 2015)

Competition among mortgage lenders has sparked a fierce battle to corner the buy-to-let market, with more than 900 new mortgage deals on offer to homebuyers buying property to let out.  Read more...

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Birmingham man loses appeal against 16-year jail term (6 July 2015)

A Birmingham man convicted for a terrifying armed raid on a family’s home has lost his appeal to have his sentence reduced.  Read more...

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Jail for heroin addict who helped depressed man to end his life (6 July 2015)

A 36-year-old heroin addict who helped a man to die by injecting him with heroin has been jailed on a conviction of negligent manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court.  Read more...

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Trust says government mental health budget cuts “too savage” (6 July 2015)

A new report has outlined the impact of budget cuts on mental health services run by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), which was placed into special measures in February this year.  Read more...

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£12,000 fine after worker’s arms are entangled in machinery (6 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted an engineering firm, after a worker’s arms became entangled in a high-powered lathe, causing serious injuries.  Read more...

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British mother stranded in Spain after hospital “seizes” newborn baby for DNA test (6 July 2015)

A mother whose newborn baby was seized by a Spanish hospital has alleged they seized her child because of her race.  Read more...

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Police force dismisses officer who harassed former partner (6 July 2015)

A police officer who harassed his former lover and sent her protected police information has been dismissed from the police force.  Read more...

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Lincolnshire councils crack down on Housing Benefit fraud and overpayment errors (6 July 2015)

Councils across Lincolnshire have launched a new campaign, in an attempt to crack down on housing benefit fraud and error.  Read more...

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Yarl’s Wood detainees treated for self-harming injuries “every week”Yarl’s Wood detainees treated for self-harming injuries “every week” (6 July 2015)

New figures from the Homes Office show that inmates at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre have been treated for self-harming every week and more than once a week in the last two years.  Read more...

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NHS “has lower cancer survival rates” than other nations (6 July 2015)

A review by the Nuffield Trust think tank into 15 wealthy nations has found that the NHS is lagging behind other countries in preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving cancer survival rates.  Read more...

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Demolition firm fined over fatal incident (6 July 2015)

A demolition firm has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker died when he drove a mini digger out of a fourth floor opening.  Read more...

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Takeaway owner fined £4,000 for EU food safety and hygiene breaches (3 July 2015)

A court has heard how a fast food takeaway in Wigan was contaminated with sewage and inspectors found a dead rat wedged between equipment.  Read more...

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Fears over high prices “growing faster than people’s incomes” (3 July 2015)

The Bank of England’s Deputy Governor for financial stability has told the BBC that a further hike in UK house prices may result in thousands of mortgage borrowers experiencing growing financial pressure.  Read more...

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Government may ask Housing Benefit claimants to contribute to their rent (3 July 2015)

Ministers are considering forcing all social housing tenants on Housing Benefit to make a contribution towards paying their rent.<  Read more...

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Murder inquiry now possible, after injured court guard has life support switched off (3 July 2015)

Police may launch a murder inquiry, after the life support machine of a court guard was switched off, following an attack while transferring a prisoner to court on Monday (29/06/15).  Read more...

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Home Office Defeated at High Court Over Fast Track Detention Process (3 July 2015)

It was declared at the High Court today that the Home Office’s treatment of four vulnerable detainees through the Fast Track Detention process was unlawful.   Read more...

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Busting the Myth: International Students are £2.3 billion Benefit to the UK (2 July 2015)

Immigration is a matter always at the forefront of British politics, and through no fault of their own international students are being absorbed into the discourse because of their inclusion in the net migration target stats; so often quoted by politicians. As a result of this, the topic of international students can often be seen as being on the receiving end of the anti-immigration rhetoric.  Read more...

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Career criminal given four year in jail, after court is told of 40-year burglary spree (2 July 2015)

A career burglar has been sentenced to four years and one month in jail and his accomplice daughter given a two-year suspended sentence, after Southwark Crown Court heard how they worked together to steal property from homes where the father posed as a decorator.  Read more...

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Northumbria Police pilot GPS domestic violence tagging system (2 July 2015)

A GPS tracking system to protect victims of domestic violence from further attacks is being piloted by Northumbria Police.
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Judge tells divorcing couple to stop putting their children “through hell” (2 July 2015)

A judge has told a British couple fighting each other in the divorce courts to end their dispute for the sake of their “long suffering” children.  Read more...

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Young people facing “housing exile” minister will tell council leaders (2 July 2015)

Communities Secretary Greg Clark is to tell council leaders that many young people are facing “housing exile” as a result of the shortage of affordable housing in the region they grew up in.  Read more...

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£3000 Fine for all Landlords who Fail to Check Tenant Immigration Status under Right to Rent (1 July 2015)

“From September” Landlords in England will be responsible for spotting illegal tenants under “right to rent” after a trial in the West Midlands results in fines.  Read more...

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Coalition government accused of siphoning off £90m of RTB monies from London councils (1 July 2015)

Labour’s London Assembly housing spokesman Tom Copley has accused the government of stealing millions of pounds from local councils, after Housing Minister Brandon Lewis confirmed that more than £90 million in right-to-buy (RTB) sales had been diverted from London councils to the Treasury.  Read more...

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£3m for man left profoundly disabled, after hospital failed to give him antibiotics (1 July 2015)

A former telecommunications executive has received a £3 million payout after a hospital trust failed to treat septic arthritis with antibiotics.  Read more...

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UN report says scrapping Human Rights Act may deny children justice in the courts (1 July 2015)

A new report from the four children’s commissioners for the United Nations (UN) has warned that welfare cuts and the repeal of the Human Rights Act will potentially deny Britain’s children justice in the courts.  Read more...

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Teachers and schools have new legal duty to watch for signs of radicalisation among pupils (1 July 2015)

From Wednesday (1 July) teachers and schools will have a legal duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act to be on the lookout for signs of radicalisation among schoolchildren – and reports concerns to the Department for Education (DfE).  Read more...

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More motorists prosecuted for not having car tax, after paper tax disc is scrapped (1 July 2015)

Changes from the paper tax disc to electronic records have resulted in thousands of motorists being prosecuted for not having car tax.  Read more...

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