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Director faces ten-year disqualification for failing to deliver up records (31 March 2016)

The director of a company that received payments from a carbon credits firm that went into liquidation has been disqualified for ten years, after failing to cooperate and deliver up records.  Read more...

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Staffordshire County Council launches campaign to warn teenagers of risks of grooming at parties (31 March 2016)

Staffordshire County Council is warning teenagers across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent about the risks of being invited to parties where they could be sexually exploited or groomed.  Read more...

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£260 penalty for littering (31 March 2016)

Cambridge City Council has prosecuted a smoker who dropped a cigarette end.  Read more...

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Basingstoke Council launches register for self-builders looking for plots (31 March 2016)

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are launching a new register for self-builders looking for a plot of land.  Read more...

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Restaurant director disqualified for 11 years for suppression of cash takings (30 March 2016)

A Hertfordshire-based restaurateur has been disqualified for a period of 11 years, for deliberately failing to ensure that the company had properly and accurately accounted for VAT and corporation tax.  Read more...

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Landlord prosecuted for failing to deal with anti-social behaviour of tenant (30 March 2016)

A landlord who failed to tackle anti-social behaviour at properties he owned and rented out has been prosecuted by Gateshead Council.  Read more...

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New figures show homebuyers “still keen” on Right to Buy (30 March 2016)

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has said recent increases in the number of people taking up the government’s Right to Buy option show that potential homeowners are “still very keen” to use Right to Buy to acquire a home.  Read more...

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Nottingham children’s homes all rated “good” or “outstanding” (30 March 2016)

Nottingham City Council has announced that all children’s homes in the city have been rated “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted.  Read more...

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Islington landlords pay £98,000 under POCA, after illegally converting house into studios (30 March 2016)

Islington Council in north London has prosecuted two landlords who breached planning regulations by converting a house into seven studio flats.  Read more...

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Government announces new blueprint for adoption (29 March 2016)

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced a new blueprint for adoption, which will see more children placed in stable homes, by ensuring adoption is always pursued where it is in a child’s best interest.  Read more...

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Retailers to work with government on tackling sale of knives and knife crime (29 March 2016)

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that government will work with major retailers to tackle knife crime and the sale of knives.  Read more...

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£100,000 fine after brewery pollutes river (29 March 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a brewing company for polluting the River Wey and the Lasham Drain, which carries surface water runoff and is a tributary of the River Wey.  Read more...

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£2.6m in fines for three companies participating in cartel (29 March 2016)

Three companies who took part in a cartel between 2005 and 2012 have agreed to pay fines totalling more than £2.6 million in a settlement with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  Read more...

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15-month jail sentence for operator of illegal waste site (29 March 2016)

A Norfolk-based waste operator has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for running an illegal waste site.  Read more...

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WePROTECT anti-child sexual exploitation alliance meets for the first time (29 March 2016)

The Home Secretary Theresa May and Baroness Shields have hosted the first meeting of the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation Advisory Board.  Read more...

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Government consultation on moving Land Registry operations to private sector (29 March 2016)

The Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP has announced the launch of a consultation document setting out the options on moving Land Registry operations into the private sector.  Read more...

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Housing Minister says government aims to double the number of first-time buyers (29 March 2016)

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has outlined the government^s housing aims – including its aim to deliver one million new homes by 2021.  Read more...

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Government announces changes to Tier 2 Visas to protect British workers (29 March 2016)

The government has announced reforms to the skilled worker visa, to protect job opportunities for UK residents and reduce UK businesses’ reliance on international recruitment.  Read more...

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Welsh Government tightens up food safety regulations for takeaways (29 March 2016)

The Welsh Government has announced that takeaways in Wales will be required to promote their food hygiene ratings on leaflets which customers use to order by phone or online, when new rules come into force in November 2016.  Read more...

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Wales invests in hospital infection control technology (29 March 2016)

The Welsh Government is investing £1.9 million from the Efficiency through Technology Fund in a new system called ICNet, which will provide case management and surveillance for health boards and allow real time monitoring of infection outbreaks in Welsh hospitals.  Read more...

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Charity Commission finds charity was used for fraud (29 March 2016)

The Charity Commission has published a report of inquiry into the Yoruba and Cultural Heritage charity, after concerns were raised as to whether the charity had operated for the public benefit – and whether the trustees were guilty of mismanagement or misconduct.  Read more...

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14-year disqualification for selling Rare Earth Metals to public (29 March 2016)

The director of a company which sold alternative investments has been disqualified for 14 years, following an investigation by the Official Receiver at the Public Interest Unit – a specialist team of the Insolvency Service, whose involvement began with the winding up of the company Windward Capital Limited in the public interest.  Read more...

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Sheffield’s baby friendly children centres praised by Unicef and WHO (29 March 2016)

Sheffield has been fully accredited with the prestigious Unicef (United Nations Children’s Fund) Baby Friendly Initiative for Children’s Centres, after breastfeeding rates in Sheffield were found to be one of the highest in England and the highest in Yorkshire.  Read more...

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MoD releases more land for new homes (29 March 2016)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released further land, which will provide thousands of new homes and generate around £140 million.  Read more...

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NHS England appeals for opinions on mental health services for Armed Forces veterans (29 March 2016)

NHS England has launched a consultation on mental health services run for veterans.<  Read more...

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Birmingham company fined for supplying dangerous electrical products (29 March 2016)

A Birmingham-based distribution company has been prosecuted after being charged with offences relating to the sale of unsafe electrical goods.  Read more...

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Home Secretary launches modern crime prevention strategy (25 March 2016)

Home Secretary Theresa May has launched the government’s modern crime prevention strategy at the International Crime and Policing Conference 2016.  Read more...

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Government aims to protect UK from cyber crime (25 March 2016)

Baroness Shields has told the International Crime and Policing Conference 2016 that the government’s ambition is for Britain to be one of the best-protected countries in the world against cyber crime.   Read more...

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Monitor moves in to improve mental health services at North Essex Partnership Trust (24 March 2016)

The government’s health regulator Monitor has announced that the quality of care provided to mental health patients at the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is set to improve, after Monitor stepped in to help the trust make changes to the way it is run.  Read more...

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London diamond investment company wound up in public interest (24 March 2016)

A London diamond investment company which also sold other commodities has been ordered into liquidation, on the grounds of public interest.  Read more...

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£27,000 fine for Birmingham firm after worker undergoes partial amputation of finger (24 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Birmingham-based company, after a worker lost the tip of one finger when his safety glove became entangled with machinery.  Read more...

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Justice Minister announces pilot project filming judges’ sentencing remarks (23 March 2016)

Justice Minister Shailesh Vara has announced that eight courts in England and Wales will take part in a not-for-broadcast pilot project, in which judges’ sentencing remarks will be filmed.  Read more...

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£153,000 fine for solar panel company after worker falls through fragile roof (23 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a solar panel company, after a worker fell through a fragile roof light at a private residence in Kent.  Read more...

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Injunction obtained against Wirral man for harassment of neighbour (23 March 2016)

A man who made his neighbour’s life a misery through anti-social behaviour has been made subject to an Injunction, after Wirral Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team took action against him.  Read more...

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Minister urges ban on “illegal and dangerous” laser pens (22 March 2016)

Business Minister Anna Soubry has urged a Trading Standards clampdown on illegal laser pens being sold in the UK.  Read more...

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Bankruptcy applications to become electronic from 6 April (22 March 2016)

From 6 April changes will be made to the way in which an application for bankruptcy is made, with the process going online rather than via a court hearing.  Read more...

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Manslaughter verdict for teenager who mowed down and killed police officer in stolen care (22 March 2016)

A teenager who mowed down a Merseyside police officer in a stolen vehicle has been found guilty of manslaughter by a 10 to 2 majority verdict of the jury.  Read more...

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Building firm prosecuted under Fraud Act for overcharging customers (22 March 2016)

A family business has been prosecuted under the Fraud Act 2006, after an investigation by Trading Standards at The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  Read more...

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UK will not give “free visas” to Turkish citizens as a result of EU agreement over migrants (21 March 2016)

The Prime Minister has made it clear that the EU agreement with Turkey on how to tackle the migrant crisis will not involve the UK offering free visas to Turkish citizens in return.  Read more...

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Hounslow Council’s policing team obtain Dispersal Order to prevent anti-social behaviour on estate (21 March 2016)

Officers from Hounslow Council’s policing team have taken action against gangs involved in anti-social behaviour (ASB) at blocks of flats in Feltham, Middlesex.  Read more...

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HSE prosecute gas engineer for removing asbestos without following guidelines (21 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Devon-based gas engineer, after he placed himself and others at potential risk of exposure to asbestos.  Read more...

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Hartlepool hospital’s fertility unit closure put back after High Court ruling (21 March 2016)

A judge has ordered North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust not to close licensed fertility services at the University Hospital of Hartlepool until a hearing takes place in the High Court, after Hartlepool Borough Council sought an injunction to stop the closure at the end of March 2016.  Read more...

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London Mayor praises Westminster Council initiative to tackle FGM as “ground-breaking” (21 March 2016)

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has hailed an innovative approach to tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – based on a model devised by Westminster City Council in 2014 – as a “ground-breaking initiative”.  Read more...

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Gateshead children’s services rated good by Ofsted (21 March 2016)

An inspection of Gateshead Council’s Children and Families services has given the rating of “good” to children’s services in Gateshead in a recent report.  Read more...

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Kingston Council appeals for more private landlords to house Syrian refugees (21 March 2016)

Kingston Council is appealing for more private sector landlords to come forward with properties suitable for families who have fled conflict in Syria.  Read more...

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Kingston secondary pupils tackle mental health issues at conference (21 March 2016)

Kingston and Richmond Councils’ social enterprise company Achieving for Children (AfC) has held a mental health conference for year nine and ten pupils across Kingston, in partnership with Kingston Public Health.  Read more...

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Cumbria businesses fined for selling alcohol and tobacco to 16-year-olds (21 March 2016)

Cumbria County Council Trading Standards and Cumbria Police have carried out a joint undercover operation in which 16-year-old volunteers attempted to buy alcohol, tobacco or e-cigarettes at premises in Barrow, Keswick and Workington.  Read more...

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Peterborough Council prosecutes five people over fly tipping (21 March 2016)

Peterborough City Council has successfully prosecuted five Peterborough residents in separate incidents of fly tipping in the borough.  Read more...

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Engineering company fined £9,000 for polluting watercourse (21 March 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an engineering firm based in Castleford for an unauthorised discharge of water containing silt and sediment from a construction site into a nearby watercourse that runs into Grimescar Dyke.  Read more...

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Consultation on racial bias in criminal justice system launched (21 March 2016)

The government has launched a consultation on racial bias in the criminal justice system, led by David Lammy MP.  Read more...

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Increase in Penalty Charge Notices in Cardiff as moving traffic offences rise (21 March 2016)

Cardiff City Council is warning motorists that if they break the law, they can expect to be fined.  Read more...

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Harrow Council starts work on first new council homes for 25 years (21 March 2016)

Work has started on the first council homes to be built in Harrow, north London for 25 years.  Read more...

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West Midlands holds listening events to garner opinions of mental health patients and practitioners (21 March 2016)

The West Midland Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Mental Health Commission is collecting evidence from people who have mental health experiences and the knowledge of professional mental health practitioners and organisations by holding a series of listening events across the region.  Read more...

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Government publishes details of how the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch was set up (21 March 2016)

The government has published details of how the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) was set up, in a speech written in March 2015 and now published.  Read more...

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Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead marks CSE Awareness Day on 18 March (18 March 2016)

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is marking national CSE Awareness Day on Friday 18 March with a pop-up shop in Maidenhead from 9am-5pm.  Read more...

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New website encourages public to report suspicions about CSE (18 March 2016)

A new website encouraging people to recognise if a child might be at risk of abuse or is being subjected to abuse has revealed stories about victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) across the country.  Read more...

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Yorkshire council seeks private sector landlords to house Syrian refugees (18 March 2016)

Local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber have agreed to resettle Syrian families fleeing conflict, with Craven District Council accepting around five families for housing in the private sector.  Read more...

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£750,000 fine for crane hire company after safety failings lead to two deaths (18 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a national crane hire company for failings that led to the death of two men, after a crane collapsed in southwest London.  Read more...

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New report finds link between rise in violent crime in London and alcohol (17 March 2016)

A recent report by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee –Policing the Night-time Economy – finds that there appears to be a correlation between alcohol and violent crime, with London having more alcohol-related recorded crime than any other region in England.  Read more...

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Glasgow-based director disqualified for failing to make payments to HMRC (17 March 2016)

The director of a Glasgow-based company has been disqualified for seven years after failing to make payments to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) – and failing to keep records for a failed company, ESP Powdercoating Limited, of which he was a director.  Read more...

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Cancer treatment targets in Wales reach six-month peak (17 March 2016)

New figures show that waiting times for a key cancer target in Wales have improved to the best performance in six months.  Read more...

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Farmer receives second BRO for non disclosure of assets (16 March 2016)

A man from Yeovil in Somerset has received a second Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (BRO) for repeated non disclosure of assets, failure to comply with livestock and supply of labour regulations and disregarding statutory obligations.  Read more...

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Welsh Assembly re-launches anti-domestic violence campaign (16 March 2016)

The Welsh Government is re-running its “Cross the line” campaign to tackle domestic violence, launching on 15 March and running until 5 April.  Read more...

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Forces veterans invited to give feedback on NHS England mental health services (16 March 2016)

Former serving members of the Armed Forces are being invited to tell NHS England what they think about mental health services, in a survey which will help to shape service provision for the next five years.  Read more...

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Suffolk man prosecuted after ten bags of household waste are dumped in countryside (15 March 2016)

Suffolk Coastal Council has prosecuted a local man, after ten sacks of fly-tipped household waste found on land, including items of post addressed to the man at his home.  Read more...

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London Assembly calls for government to expand childcare provision in London (15 March 2016)

The London Assembly Economy Committee has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, about expanding childcare provision in London.  Read more...

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Birmingham director disqualified for employing illegal workers (15 March 2016)

The director of a Birmingham-based cooked foods wholesaler has been disqualified from acting as a director for seven years after hiring illegal workers.  Read more...

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NHS to improve response to mistakes, including legal protection for whistleblowers (14 March 2016)

The Health Secretary has announced a series of measures to end the cover up culture in the health service when mistakes are made.  Read more...

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Central Bedfordshire Council promotes new mental health initiative (14 March 2016)

Central Bedfordshire Council and partner organisations are promoting Five Ways to Wellbeing – an initiative to encourage people to think differently about mental health.  Read more...

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Horsham youth conference addresses mental health issues in teenagers and young adults (14 March 2016)

A mental health convention in Horsham, Surrey has enabled teenagers and young adults to discuss their own assumptions about mental health – and discover that they have much in common with their peers when it comes to mental health issues.  Read more...

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Basingstoke Council and Sovereign HA join forces to build affordable new homes (14 March 2016)

Basingstoke Council and local housing association (HA) Sovereign have joined forces in a venture which could see 12 new affordable homes built close to Basingstoke town centre.  Read more...

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Public consultation on draft plan to address housing shortfall in North Somerset (14 March 2016)

Somerset Council has launched a seven-week public consultation period on a draft plan identifying the sites needed to meet North Somerset’s housing requirement.  Read more...

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Planning permissions reach eight-year peak as house building starts to boom (14 March 2016)

New figures published in March show that the number of planning permissions for homes has risen by 6% compared with last year’s figure.  Read more...

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Council cracks down on Blue Badge Fraud (14 March 2016)

Newham Council in east London has launched a campaign to tackle Blue Badge fraud.  Read more...

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£8,800 penalty for Gloucestershire man operating illegal waste sites (14 March 2016)

A man who ran two Gloucestershire recycling sites has pleaded guilty to two charges of operating the sites illegally.  Read more...

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£380,000 fine for Thames Water after stream in River Thame catchment area is contaminated (14 March 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted Thames Water for polluting the Horsenden Stream in Buckinghamshire.  Read more...

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Birmingham gun gang handed extra 50 years in jail (14 March 2016)

The Court of Appeal has increased the prison sentences of 16 offenders linked to the notorious Burger Bar gang in Birmingham, after they were convicted of supplying guns and ammunition to criminals across the UK.  Read more...

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Manchester director banned for employing illegal takeaway workers (14 March 2016)

The director of a Manchester takeaway has been disqualified from holding a directorship for six years, after she was found to be employing illegal workers.  Read more...

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Kingston Council urges public to report suspicions of child abuse (14 March 2016)

Kingston Council and Achieving for Children (AfC) are urging residents of the borough to report any suspicions they might have about child abuse.  Read more...

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MHRA recalls two batches of faulty hearing aid batteries with low risk of explosion (14 March 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an alert over hearing aid batteries, some of which have been found to have a low risk of explosion during use or if depleted.  Read more...

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Contractor prosecuted for failing to protect public from asbestos contamination (14 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a contractor after he potentially exposed members of the public to asbestos.  Read more...

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Fairground ride operator fined for safety failings (14 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the operator of a fairground ride for safety failings, after two members of the public fell from a ride at Andover Carnival in Hampshire.  Read more...

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Healthcare company wound up after making misleading claims about supplements for elderly (11 March 2016)

A Middlesex-based company which made false and misleading claims in persuading the elderly and vulnerable to purchase health supplements has been wound up by the High Court.  Read more...

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North Yorkshire council hosts Prevent terrorism conference (11 March 2016)

Selby District Council in North Yorkshire has hosted a Prevent conference aimed at stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  Read more...

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£1,200 fine for failing to meet fresh produce marketing standards (11 March 2016)

A Yorkshire greengrocer has been prosecuted after HMI inspectors found fruit and vegetables at his shop failed to meet fresh produce marketing standards.  Read more...

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£20,000 fine after worker falls from height (10 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bodmin-based cleaning company, after a worker fell from height through a fragile roof.  Read more...

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Bogus immigration adviser ordered to repay £55,789 under POCA (10 March 2016)

A man convicted of offering unregulated immigration advice has been asked to repay £55,789 under a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Confiscation Order.  Read more...

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Disqualification and suspended sentence for wine investment fraud (10 March 2016)

The director of a wine investment company has been disqualified for 12 years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found money was taken from investors for wine that was never purchased – and records of the company’s transactions were not kept.  Read more...

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Government announces £80m fund to help prevent violence against women (9 March 2016)

To mark International Women^s Day on Tuesday (08/03/16), the government has announced a new strategy to prevent violence against women and girls.  Read more...

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Property company wound up for misleading investors (9 March 2016)

A Manchester-based company which made false and misleading claims to persuade members of the public to invest in residential properties has been wound up in the High Court, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.  Read more...

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£20,000 fine for Swansea company after worker loses finger in machinery (9 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Swansea company, after an employee had to have a finger amputated when his hand was caught and dragged into machinery.  Read more...

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Directors disqualified for total of 43 years over carbon credit mis-selling (8 March 2016)

The directors of a firm selling Certified Emission Reduction (CER) carbon credits have been disqualified from holding a directorship for a total of 43 years at the High Court.  Read more...

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Amnesty calls on EU to fast-track refugees and asylum seekers “as a matter of urgency” (8 March 2016)

Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik, has said that Europe has “an absolute duty” to protect refugees fleeing war zones – and must fast-track “significant, unconditional resettlement” of refugees and asylum seekers “as a matter of urgency”.  Read more...

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Welsh Government launches national action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation (8 March 2016)

The Welsh Government has launched the All-Wales National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation – a comprehensive framework through which safeguarding partners “will demonstrate co-ordinated and cross-agency action to prevent and protect children from abuse and sexual exploitation”.  Read more...

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£2m funding for NHS maternity safety equipment to prevent birth injuries (8 March 2016)

Hospitals across England have been awarded a share of £2 million in government funding to invest in new maternity safety equipment.  Read more...

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Manchester announces ten-year plan to build 25,000 affordable homes (7 March 2016)

Manchester City Council is set to approve an ambitious strategy to ensure Manchester can build a minimum of 25,000 homes over the next decade.  Read more...

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Cambridge City Council to discuss more freedom from government to tackle lack of affordable housing (7 March 2016)

Cambridge City Council is considering proposals to press for more freedoms and flexibilities from central government to tackle the housing affordability crisis in the Greater Cambridge area.  Read more...

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£40,000 fine for Newham landlord who failed to licence rental property as HMO (7 March 2016)

Newham Council in East London has prosecuted an HMO landlord for having the wrong licence.  Read more...

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Barnet council’s programme for helping mental health patients into work accredited as Centre of Excellence (7 March 2016)

A service funded by Barnet Council and delivered by London charity Twining Enterprise has been commended as a Centre of Excellence.  Read more...

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Chairman of Alzheimer’s Trust takes over as UK’s Dementia Envoy (7 March 2016)

The government has announced the appointment of a new Dementia Envoy to drive forward improvements in the care of those with dementia.  Read more...

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Suspended prison sentence for £23,000 benefit fraud (7 March 2016)

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has prosecuted a benefit claimant over benefit fraud totalling more than £23,000.  Read more...

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Newham Council destroys ten tonnes of illegal alcohol seized from local off-licences and restaurants (7 March 2016)

Newham Council in East London has confiscated illegal alcohol worth an estimated £75,000 during operations to crack down on shops selling alcohol without a licence, off-licences breaching their licences by selling super-strength beers – and restaurants selling wines and spirits without having paid the correct alcohol duty.  Read more...

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Pub directors disqualified over failure to keep adequate records (7 March 2016)

The directors of a company which ran several public houses have been disqualified for eight years for failing to keep adequate records.  Read more...

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Wiltshire scrapyard owner handed 18-month suspended prison sentence for unauthorised waste activities (7 March 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted the owner of a Wiltshire scrapyard and recycling company for running an illegal waste operation from a site in Melksham.  Read more...

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£6,000 penalty for slurry pollution of Shropshire brook (7 March 2016)

A man responsible for running a Shropshire farm at Minsterley has been prosecuted, after slurry from the farm polluted a tributary of the Rea Brook.  Read more...

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Community order for £9,000 Housing Benefit fraud (7 March 2016)

Hambleton Council in North Yorkshire has prosecuted a woman from Thirsk for failing to advise the district council about a change in her circumstances while she was claiming benefits.  Read more...

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Hartlepool hosts 13th anti-social behaviour awareness event for Year 8 pupils (7 March 2016)

Hartlepool Borough Council has hosted an anti-social behaviour awareness day for 13-14-year-olds under the auspices of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.  Read more...

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Essex parents prosecuted for non-attendance (7 March 2016)

Thurrock Council in Essex has prosecuted six parents who failed to ensure their children attended school regularly.  Read more...

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Brake on benefits not likely to deter EU workers, says think tank (7 March 2016)

Independent think tank Migration Watch UK has said that the “emergency brake” on benefits for new EU workers arriving in the UK might not have a significant impact on immigration because half of new arrivals from the EU are single – and a further one-quarter are couples without children.  Read more...

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Pour & Ors v SSHD [2016] EWHC 401 - Judgement Handed Down (4 March 2016)

Judgment was handed down in the lead cases in relation to removals to Cyprus on 2 March 2016, in Pour & Ors v SSHD [2016] EWHC 401. The Claimants challenged return to Cyprus under the Dublin Regulations. Unfortunately Ouseley J dismissed the claims.  Read more...

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Road safety campaign launched in North East, as fatalities and serious injuries in rise (4 March 2016)

A new road safety campaign is being launched in Gateshead, after new figures show an increase in fatalities and serious injury road accidents in the northeast of England during the last year.  Read more...

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Director disqualified for breaches of food hygiene at Warwickshire restaurant (4 March 2016)

The director of a Warwickshire-based restaurant has been disqualified, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found he had failed to ensure his company complied with food hygiene legislation.  Read more...

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Armed Forces veterans with mesothelioma can now choose lump sum compensation from MoD (3 March 2016)

The government has announced that Armed Forces veterans who contracted mesothelioma related to service can choose to receive lump sum compensation of £140,000.<  Read more...

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Disqualification and six years in jail for accountant who defrauded clients with Ponzi scheme (3 March 2016)

A Lancashire-based accountant who in effect operated a Ponzi scheme and defrauded clients of more than £2.3 million has been disqualified for a minimum of 15 years and has also received a criminal conviction.  Read more...

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London greengrocer fined for breaches of EU produce marketing standards (2 March 2016)

A London greengrocer has been prosecuted after an investigation by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) found the business failed to meet fresh produce marketing standards.  Read more...

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Changes to Stamp Duty “save homebuyers millions” (2 March 2016)

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced that more than 780,000 homebuyers have saved an estimated £657 million in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in the year since the tax was reformed.  Read more...

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£89,000 penalty for safety failings and inadequately guarded machinery at insulation manufacturer (2 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Rhyl-based insulation company, after safety failings in the processing of hemp and inadequately guarded machinery at the company’s manufacturing plant.  Read more...

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New drug driving swab tests increases arrests by 800% (1 March 2016)

The Road Safety Minister Andrew Jones MP has welcomed new figures which show that arrests for drug driving have increased by 800% after a new roadside test was introduced on 2 March 2015.  Read more...

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Director of chain of restaurants disqualified for falsifying VAT returns (1 March 2016)

The director of a restaurant has been disqualified after filing false VAT returns – and for taking £47,280 from the company in the last month of trading, after being told not to.  Read more...

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UK countries unite to tackle global people trafficking (1 March 2016)

The Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, Scotland^s Lord Advocate and the Public Prosecutor for Northern Ireland have signed an action plan committing their respective organisations to work together, to react to the changing nature of people trafficking around the world.   Read more...

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