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New council homes in York for tenants wishing to downsize (31 May 2017)

City of York Council has completed eight new homes for tenants looking to downsize from their current council home  Read more...

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£7,500 fine for noisy neighbour who breached abatement notices for anti-social behaviour (31 May 2017)

A resident of Kettering in Northamptonshire has received a record fine after being prosecuted for anti-social behaviour  Read more...

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£2,000 penalty after Corby shopkeeper pleads guilty to selling counterfeit vodka (31 May 2017)

A Northamptonshire shopkeeper has been prosecuted after an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards revealed he had been selling counterfeit vodka  Read more...

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Salon owner prosecuted for selling sunbed session to minor (31 May 2017)

The London Borough of Bexley has prosecuted the owner of a sunbed salon for illegally selling a sunbed session to a minor  Read more...

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Salon owner prosecuted for selling sunbed session to minor (31 May 2017)

The London Borough of Bexley has prosecuted the owner of a sunbed salon for illegally selling a sunbed session to a minor  Read more...

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Mouse infestation at Croydon Poundworld puts public at risk of food poisoning (31 May 2017)

Croydon town centre store Poundworld has been prosecuted by Croydon Council after a customer reported signs of a rodent infestation on the shopfloor  Read more...

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Kent County Council launches cyber crime advice website to help local business (31 May 2017)

Kent County Council has launched a website to help the county’s businesses tackle the threat of cyber crime, following the recent cyber attacks on the NHS and big businesses around the world  Read more...

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Telford & Wrekin Council plans new Children’s and Adults case management ICT system (31 May 2017)

Telford & Wrekin Council has announced it will proceed to the next stage of procurement of a new Children’s and Adults case management ICT system, subject to Cabinet approval  Read more...

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Appeal Court dismisses lettings agency appeal against £20,000 fine for HMO breaches (31 May 2017)

A judgment won by Luton Council over a series of management regulations breaches relating to the safety and running of illegal houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) has been upheld, after a lettings agency appealed against it  Read more...

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Fall in net migration rattles business and employers (31 May 2017)

The Head of Employment and Skills Policy at the Institute of Directors, Seamus Nevin, has said that the fall in net migration is a “big worry” for employers, give that the fall is the result of some people leaving the UK, as well as fewer migrants coming to work in Britain  Read more...

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Full closure order obtained after anti-social behaviour in Leicestershire property (31 May 2017)

Hinckley and Bosworth Council in Leicestershire have imposed a full closure order on a flat in Hinckley, after a temporary anti-social behaviour closure notice was issued banning all visitors to the property  Read more...

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Concerns surrounding Milton Keynes prison with highest suicide rate (31 May 2017)

Since 2013, eighteen inmates have taken their own lives in Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes, which has the highest suicide rate of any prison in England and Wales  Read more...

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A man who was left disabled as a result of negligence during his birth receives almost £8m compensation (31 May 2017)

A man who suffered negligence during his birth is set to receive nearly £8 million from the NHS in compensation  Read more...

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Kettering General Hospital manipulated waiting time records to avoid missed targets (31 May 2017)

It has been reported that Kettering General Hospital tampered with their patient waiting time records  Read more...

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Sheffield City Council prosecutes 17 people for Blue Badge fraud (30 May 2017)

Sheffield City Council has prosecuted 17 people for Blue Badge fraud, after they wrongfully used parking badges issued to disabled relatives to park free of charge in Sheffield  Read more...

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Barnet Council becomes first London authority to partner with Unicef (30 May 2017)

Barnet Council in Greater London has entered into a three-year partnership with Unicef – and is the first London authority to do so  Read more...

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Developers green light plans for 1,000 new homes in West Oxfordshire (30 May 2017)

West Oxfordshire District Council has announced that planning permission and legal agreements have been approved for 1,000 new homes to be developed on a site at Witney  Read more...

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Buckinghamshire Trading Standards issues warning about flouting new tobacco laws (30 May 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards officers are reminding local retailers about new laws on displaying tobacco, which came into effect on 20 May 2017  Read more...

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SANE welcomes police investigation into Linden Centre deaths (30 May 2017)

Mental health charity SANE has welcomed a police investigation into a series of deaths at the Linden Centre mental health unit in Essex – which the charity says has been repeatedly criticised over the handling of patient safety  Read more...

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SANE welcomes police investigation into Linden Centre deaths (30 May 2017)

Mental health charity SANE has welcomed a police investigation into a series of deaths at the Linden Centre mental health unit in Essex – which the charity says has been repeatedly criticised over the handling of patient safety  Read more...

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Four men convicted on people trafficking and modern slavery charges (30 May 2017)

Newcastle Crown Court has convicted four men on charges of people trafficking Polish workers to the UK, who were then subjected to modern slavery conditions  Read more...

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Fines and curfew imposed on owners of dangerous dog (30 May 2017)

City of York Council has prosecuted the owners of a dangerous dog, which attacked and seriously injured two other dogs  Read more...

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Mid Devon launches first stage of new affordable housing scheme for local people (30 May 2017)

Mid Devon District Council has launched a new affordable housing scheme, with the first stage of affordable homes for rent officially opened  Read more...

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Medway Council decision to consult on children’s centres “called in” (30 May 2017)

Medway Council in Kent has said that a decision made on 9 May about children’s centres in the borough has been “called in” by the Medway Labour Group and will now go to the Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 30th May  Read more...

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£500,000 fine after worker fractures arm in collision with forklift (30 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a manufacturing company based in Northern Ireland, after an employee was struck by a forklift truck in Chester  Read more...

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Coventry Trading Standards seize more than 1m illegal cigarettes in one year (26 May 2017)

Coventry City Council has revealed its Trading Standards department has seized more than one million illegal cigarettes and 170kg of hand rolling tobacco in raids across the city in the last year  Read more...

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CPS commends victim in rape case, after three men are given 27 years in jail for gang rape (26 May 2017)

Warwick Crown Court as jailed three Coventry men convicted on gang rape charges  Read more...

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Royal Borough of Greenwich works with Met Police to tackle knife crime (26 May 2017)

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is working with the Metropolitan Police to tackle knife crime in the borough  Read more...

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Independent think tank supports access to UK jobs market for highly skilled workers post-Brexit (25 May 2017)

Independent think tank Migration Watch UK has said that a major benefit of Brexit will be the UK’s ability to control net migration from the EU – currently around 160,000 people every year  Read more...

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Landowner prosecuted for not preventing fly-tipping of dangerous waste near children’s nursery (25 May 2017)

Leeds City Council has prosecuted a landowner who allowed dangerous waste materials to accumulate on a site near a children’s nursery  Read more...

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£14,000 penalty for café/bakery, after mouse infestation and poor hygiene puts customers at risk of food poisoning (25 May 2017)

Manchester City Council has prosecuted a café and bakery, after it was found to be infested with mouse droppings, causing a risk to public health  Read more...

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Union calls for international students and academics not to be included in net migration figures (25 May 2017)

The University and College Union (UCU) has responded to immigration proposals set out in the Conservative Election Manifesto  Read more...

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Family receives compensation from Edinburgh hotel following shower scalding death (25 May 2017)

The family of a tourist who died after being scalded by her hotel shower has finally received compensation after five years  Read more...

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Number of GPs has decreased despite NHS’ five-year plan (25 May 2017)

New figures published by NHS Digital have revealed that the number of GPs has fallen since NHS launched their 5-year rescue plan  Read more...

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Review calling for greater employee rights for those on zero-hour contracts (25 May 2017)

A government commissioned inquiry into controversial working practices will order an overhaul of zero-hour contracts  Read more...

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Unlicensed HMO and safety breaches land private landlord with £12,000 penalty (25 May 2017)

Brent Council in north London has prosecuted the owner of a property in Wembley for failing to licence the property and building an illegal extension at the rear  Read more...

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Welsh government commits to giving children in care parity in educational opportunities (25 May 2017)

Welsh Assembly (WA) Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has said that children in care must have the same educational opportunities as their peers  Read more...

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Islington Council spends £22m on tackling damp in council homes (25 May 2017)

Islington Council in north London has announced a £22 million programme of capital works designed to combat damp and condensation across two of the biggest council estates in the borough – Andover and Girdlestone  Read more...

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£2m fine after fatal work accident at food manufacturing factory (25 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a food company after a worker was killed when plastic bales fell on top of him  Read more...

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Home Office threatened with legal action over ‘Right to Rent’ scheme (24 May 2017)

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, demanding that she orders a full evaluation of the ‘Right to Rent’ initiative requiring landlords to carry out immigration checks on prospective tenants  Read more...

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Electronic tag for fly-tipper who dumped fridge freezer on Bradford street (24 May 2017)

Bradford Magistrates’ Court has ordered a man caught fly-tipping a fridge freezer on the street to be electronically tagged  Read more...

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Warning about skin lightening products as Coventry trader is prosecuted (24 May 2017)

Coventry City Trading Standards say that consumers should report any instances of buying skin lightening creams contain hydroquinone, as this is a banned product in the UK  Read more...

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£42,544 penalty for counterfeit cigarette and cash haul (24 May 2017)

Westminster City Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted a hairdresser who was found to have counterfeit cigarettes and cash stashed away on his premises  Read more...

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Merton Council supports domestic violence prevention campaign (24 May 2017)

Merton Council in southwest London has said that its support of a campaign against domestic violence signals that it is time to say “No More” to the domestic abuse of adults and children in the home  Read more...

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40-year jail term for Merseyside brothers convicted of sexually abusing girls (24 May 2017)

The Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) has announced the jailing of two Merseyside brothers convicted for sexually abusing girls  Read more...

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Mind research suggests benefit system increases damage to those with mental health problems (24 May 2017)

Mental health charity Mind has said that people with mental health problems are made “more unwell” by the benefits system  Read more...

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£120,000 fine after solar panel fitter breaks back in fall from height (24 May 2017)

A solar panel company and its director have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a contractor fell from height at a site in Cornwall  Read more...

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Tilehurst teenager suffers head injuries after road traffic accident (22 May 2017)

A thirteen-year-old boy has suffered a head injury as the result of a collision with a car in Tilehurst. The teenager was conscious following the collision, but had sustained a head injury, and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital  Read more...

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Leeds City Council signs agreement with Kier Construction to build more new council homes (22 May 2017)

Leeds City Council says that work is due to begin on new council housing on the site of a former public house in East Leeds  Read more...

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NHS Wales continues to hit targets “despite the increasing demand for health and social care services” (22 May 2017)

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has welcomed new statistics that show improved NHS Wales performance across a range of measures, despite increasing demand for services across Wales  Read more...

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“Foot fetishist” convicted on public decency, exposure and sexual assault charges (22 May 2017)

Inner London Court has convicted a foot fetishist who targeted lone women and carried out sexual acts on himself while staring at their feet  Read more...

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HGV company prosecuted after worker suffers fatal head injuries (22 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an HGV company, after a worker was killed when he was struck by the roof of a trailer he was dismantling  Read more...

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UNICEF report shows five-fold increase in refugee and migrant children travelling alone since 2010 (22 May 2017)

UNICEF has said that there has been a five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children travelling alone since 2010 – a record high  Read more...

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Injunction Order for Manchester Spice user who threatened public (22 May 2017)

Manchester City Council has taken action against a Spice addict sleeping rough in the city who made threats against members of the public  Read more...

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Medical device alert issued over defibrillator model LIFEPAK 1000 AED (22 May 2017)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is asking organisations to check public access defibrillators for a technical fault  Read more...

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New housing development funded with £1.4m of Welsh government grants opens (22 May 2017)

Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, has officially opened a new housing development in Cardiff, which was funded with over £1.4 million from the Welsh government’s Social Housing Grant and the Smaller Properties programme  Read more...

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Carmarthenshire farm and director prosecuted after farm worker is crushed to death by reversing telehandler (22 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Carmarthenshire-based farm and its owner, after a farm worker was fatally crushed by a telehandler as it reversed  Read more...

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Cheshire Police investigating several unexplained baby deaths (22 May 2017)

Cheshire Police are investigating a number of baby deaths at Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and July 2016  Read more...

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Conveyancers could face £500m damages for negligence (22 May 2017)

An Alternative Business Structure (ABS) is preparing group negligence action against conveyancers who work for the developers and purchasers of ‘help to buy’ leasehold housing  Read more...

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Travel mug had to be removed with a hacksaw and drill after getting stuck on six-year-old’s tongue (22 May 2017)

A seven-year old girl was admitted to hospital last week after her tongue became stuck in the lid of a travel mug purchased at The Disney Store. Since the incident, The Disney Store has removed the mug from their stored and destroyed their current stock  Read more...

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Settlement at Undervalue: Perry v Raley [2017] EWCA CIV 314 (19 May 2017)

In the realms of professional negligence claims, it is common to see cases whereby solicitors have settled claims at an undervalue. More often than not, this sort of undervalue settlement can occur in the context of personal injury claims, clinical negligence claims or litigation claims  Read more...

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HomeOwners Alliance reports that the housing crisis is worsening (19 May 2017)

A survey conducted by the HomeOwners Alliance has revealed a drop in the proportion of renters who aspire to one day be homeowners  Read more...

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41 years in jail for armed robbers who targeted Midlands supermarkets and pub (19 May 2017)

Birmingham Crown Court has jailed two men for a total of 41 years for their part in a series of armed robberies committed at supermarkets and a public house across the West and East Midlands  Read more...

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Corruption still remains “one of the biggest global issues of our time” (19 May 2017)

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Thomas Arkwright, has said that, one year after the May 2016 London Anti-corruption Conference, corruption still remains “one of the biggest global issues of our time”.  Read more...

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Former TV location manager convicted for soliciting murder (19 May 2017)

A former TV location manager who claimed he was researching a novel when he contacted three men to kill his partner has been found guilty of three counts of soliciting murder at the Old Bailey  Read more...

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£80,000 penalty for two companies after employee is killed by reversing vehicle (19 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a construction company and its groundwork contractor, after a worker was killed by a reversing vehicle  Read more...

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UK tells UN Security Council prevention of violent extremism must be kept at the heart of counter-terrorism (19 May 2017)

The UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Wilson, has told the UN Security Council that countering terrorism “is not enough” – and members of the Security Council must place the prevention of violent extremism in all its forms “at the heart of our collective efforts”  Read more...

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£765,000 penalty for exposing up to 200 construction workers to asbestos fibres (19 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a construction company for asbestos failings  Read more...

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Slough taxi drivers and operators on board to help identify and report modern slavery or human trafficking (19 May 2017)

Slough Borough Council has said that taxi and private hire drivers and operators in the borough are to be issued with information about identifying and reporting modern slavery  Read more...

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Mind election manifesto calls for next government to commit to improvements in mental health care (19 May 2017)

Mental health charity Mind has launched its manifesto for the General Election 2017, with the campaign slogan “Making it Happen”  Read more...

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Seven out of ten children with mental health issues are treated away from their local area (18 May 2017)

NHS figures have revealed that seven out of ten children with serious mental health issues are treated outside of their home area  Read more...

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Road accidents are the leading cause of teenage death according to the ‘WHO’ (18 May 2017)

Data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers worldwide  Read more...

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Public responds to ACT campaign with 3,000 reports of suspicious incidents relating to terrorism (18 May 2017)

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has said that a public campaign to encourage people to report suspicious activity related to terrorism has resulted in more than 3,000 calls from the public since the campaign was launched in March 2017  Read more...

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Jail for pair convicted of causing serious injury and death by dangerous driving (18 May 2017)

Cardiff Crown Court has jailed two drivers who caused the death of a young woman after they pursued her through the streets of Cardiff  Read more...

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£1,700 penalty after mouse droppings found on off licence premises (18 May 2017)

Oldham Council has prosecuted the owners of an off licence, where mouse droppings were found which could have put public health at risk  Read more...

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Life and 18 years in jail for Leicester couple convicted on child abuse, child cruelty and drug supply offences (18 May 2017)

Leicester Crown Court has jailed a couple who carried out a prolonged series of sexual assaults, child cruelty offences and drug supply offences spanning a decade  Read more...

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Medway Council approves early years services consultation (18 May 2017)

Medway Council has approved recommendations to go out to consultation on the transformation of early help and children’s centre services  Read more...

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Royal Borough of Greenwich hosts event to mark Dementia Awareness Week (18 May 2017)

The Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London is hosted a free event to mark Dementia Awareness Week  Read more...

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Jail for plumber who put homeowners at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (18 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a plumber who carried out unsafe gas work and potentially put homeowners at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning  Read more...

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Welsh Health Secretary encourages nurses from overseas to work for NHS Wales (17 May 2017)

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has told the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) that nurses from across the world should consider a career in NHS Wales  Read more...

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PHE concludes investigation into Norovirus outbreak at Medway Council swimming pool (17 May 2017)

Medway Council has said that an investigation into an outbreak of Norovirus at a public swimming pool in October 2016 has now been concluded  Read more...

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£741.80 penalty for failing to update dog’s microchip details (17 May 2017)

St Helens Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service has prosecuted a dog owner under new legislation, after he was found guilty in his absence of failing to update his dog’s microchip details  Read more...

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RICS short-lists Sandwell Council high-rise blocks for regeneration and residential awards (17 May 2017)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has announced that a transformation scheme which has seen three high-rise blocks in Smethwick benefit from an £11 million makeover has been short-listed for two prestigious industry awards due to be announced on Thursday 18 May  Read more...

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Oxfordshire County Council wins funding to expand pioneering support service for foster carers (17 May 2017)

Oxfordshire County Council says that a pioneering support service for foster carers is set to expand in Oxfordshire, following a successful funding bid by the council  Read more...

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Brent Council announces 236 new homes for South Kilburn (17 May 2017)

Brent Council has announced that 236 new homes will be built in South Kilburn in northwest London, after the council agreed to award and enter into a Development and Sale Agreement with Telford Homes Plc  Read more...

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Birmingham woman handed Community Order for tenancy fraud (17 May 2017)

A woman from Newtown in Birmingham has been prosecuted by Birmingham City Council, after fraudulently applying for a council home in the city  Read more...

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£200,000 fine for Cardiff steel manufacturer after worker suffers crush injuries and loses fingertip (17 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Cardiff-based steel manufacturing company, after a worker sustained serious crush injuries to his hand  Read more...

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Southern Health to be prosecuted over preventable death of teenager (17 May 2017)

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust faces prosecution over the death of an 18-year-old patient at one of its facilities in Oxford. Southern Health provides mental health and disability services across Hampshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire  Read more...

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Is the NHS pay cap contributing to staff shortages and increased risks to patient safety? (15 May 2017)

It has been reported that NHS staff are quitting due to low salary, with some opting to work in supermarkets due to the “uncompetitive” salary offered by the NHS for high-pressure jobs  Read more...

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Buckinghamshire County Council marks Foster Care Fortnight with event to encourage more foster carers (15 May 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council is holding a further fostering session in May to mark Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 8 to 21 May  Read more...

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Jail and disqualification for £7m “rare earth metals” fraudsters (15 May 2017)

Blackfriars Crown Court in south London has jailed four men who pressured hundreds of investors into buying worthless “rare earth metals”  Read more...

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£120,000 fine after worker suffers deep lacerations to arm from chainsaw (15 May 2017)

A salad growing company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee was seriously injured by a chainsaw while felling trees  Read more...

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Unlicensed taxi driver loses licence and is handed eight points and £1,100 penalty (15 May 2017)

Cornwall Council has prosecuted a taxi driver from Camborne for using a licensed taxi without insurance to transport children  Read more...

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DHL and JCB prosecuted after worker sustains serious injuries from falling machinery (15 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted delivery firm DHL Services Limited (DHL) and JC Bamford Excavators Ltd (JCB), after a worker was seriously injured by a trolley carrying hydraulic rams  Read more...

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£13,000 penalty for Islington landlord who left HMO property unlicensed and in disrepair (15 May 2017)

Islington Council in north London has prosecuted a landlord for safety breaches – including lack of a fire alarm, insecure handrails and banisters, and rotten window frames – in a multiple occupancy property  Read more...

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Community order for Birmingham housing fraud (15 May 2017)

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted a woman who lied to try and obtain a council house, despite already owning two properties  Read more...

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£250,000 fine for solar panel company after worker suffers serious injuries in fall from height (15 May 2017)

A Bristol-based solar panel installation company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a 49-year-old worker fell more than 3.5 metres through a void in a roof  Read more...

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Kettering PSPO results in ten convictions for anti-social behaviour (12 May 2017)

Kettering Borough Council and police have teamed up to tackle issues with anti-social behaviour in the borough, resulting in the conviction of nine people for breaching the Kettering town centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) and refusing to pay the £100 Fixed Penalty Notice  Read more...

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£91,000 penalty for care home operators following death of employee from crush injuries (12 May 2017)

Canterbury City Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have prosecuted the former operators of a residential care home, after a senior carer at the home died from crush injuries in a work-related incident  Read more...

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Thousands of adverse incidents recorded in two thirds of England’s NHS Maternity Units (11 May 2017)

A freedom of information request made by the BBC has revealed that 305,019 adverse incidents were recorded in 81 of England’s NHS maternity units between 2013 and 2016  Read more...

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Unlicensed HMO and safety breaches land private landlord with £12,000 penalty (11 May 2017)

Brent Council in North London has prosecuted the owner of a property in Wembley for failing to licence the property and building an illegal extension at the rear  Read more...

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Welsh government commits to giving children in care parity in educational opportunities (11 May 2017)

Welsh Assembly (WA) Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has said that children in care must have the same educational opportunities as their peers  Read more...

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Islington Council spends £22m on tackling damp in council homes (11 May 2017)

Islington Council in north London has announced a £22 million programme of capital works designed to combat damp and condensation across two of the biggest council estates in the borough – Andover and Girdlestone  Read more...

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£2m fine after fatal work accident at food manufacturing factory (11 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a food company after a worker was killed when plastic bales fell on top of him  Read more...

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NHS pays millions in compensation for failing to identify broken bones (10 May 2017)

A recent report has revealed that the NHS pays millions of pounds of compensation a year for failing to identify fractures  Read more...

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NHS pays millions in compensation for failing to identify broken bones (10 May 2017)

A recent report has revealed that the NHS pays millions of pounds of compensation a year for failing to identify fractures  Read more...

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Company director disqualified after being convicted of fraud (10 May 2017)

Dorset Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted the director of a Gillingham-based company for fraudulently removing £16,206 from the company  Read more...

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Newham Council hosts events in support of Mental Health Awareness Week (10 May 2017)

Newham Council in east London is holding a wide range of advice, support and awareness raising sessions during Mental Health Awareness Week this week, to highlight the services available to Newham residents affected by mental health conditions  Read more...

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Brent council housing to return to direct local authority control (10 May 2017)

Brent Council has announced that council housing in the borough will cease to be managed by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) and will return to local authority control  Read more...

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Bristol marks Mental Health Awareness Week with Five Days of Wellbeing campaign (10 May 2017)

Bristol City Council is to mark Mental Health Awareness Week beginning on Monday 8 May with a series of events marking Five Days of Wellbeing  Read more...

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Bromley resident prosecuted for breaching planning conditions (10 May 2017)

Bromley Council in Kent has prosecuted a local resident for breaching planning conditions when developing his property at 49 Park Avenue in Bromley  Read more...

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Suspended sentences for father and son who missold bacon products (10 May 2017)

Trading Standards has prosecuted two Nottinghamshire businessmen, who sold bacon products with misleading product descriptions  Read more...

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Hackney Council starts work on housing regeneration scheme in Stoke Newington (10 May 2017)

Hackney Council in east London says plans to build thousands of new council homes across the borough have taken another step forward, after work started on a Hackney Council regeneration scheme in Stoke Newington  Read more...

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Derbyshire residents evicted for criminal activity (9 May 2017)

Residents have been evicted from their Derbyshire home following complaints from their neighbours about criminal activities  Read more...

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Sheffield hospital director has apologised for two “never events” (9 May 2017)

Never events are medical errors that are “entirely preventable”, according to NHS Improvement, because guidance or safety recommendations are available nationwide. It was recently reported that two never events had taken place at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals  Read more...

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Car cruising injunction to remain in Black Country (9 May 2017)

City of Wolverhampton Council has warned street racers that they could lose their car, job or face a jail sentence if they participate in a car cruise in the Black Country  Read more...

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£6,000 penalty for failure to obtain HMO licence and HMO management offences (9 May 2017)

Bath & North East Somerset Council has prosecuted a landlord for failing to ensure he applied for a licence to operate a licensable rental property  Read more...

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Leeds City Council launches MindMate Lessons to help school pupils address mental health issues (9 May 2017)

As part of the city’s MindMate Champion programme, the MindMate Lessons have been developed to respond to children and young people wanting to learn more about mental health before issues occur  Read more...

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Islington Council crackdown on tax evading contractors (9 May 2017)

Islington Council in north London has announced a clamp down on major contractors supplying services to the council if they evade paying taxes  Read more...

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New model of clinical supervision for midwives in Wales (9 May 2017)

The Welsh Assembly’s Chief Nursing Officer Professor Jean Willis has launched a new model of clinical supervision for midwives in Wales  Read more...

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Bracknell Forest Council launches Foster Care Fortnight road show (9 May 2017)

Residents in Bracknell Forest, Berkshire are being encouraged to get involved in Foster Care Fortnight, which launched on 8th May  Read more...

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Croydon Council adopts new powers to tackle rogue private landlords (9 May 2017)

Croydon Council is adopting new powers against rogue landlords from Monday 8 May, which could see landlords who breach housing law facing banning orders, maximum £30,000 fines and even prison  Read more...

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Jail for car clocking gang found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud (9 May 2017)

Liverpool Crown Court has sentenced five men guilty of “car clocking”, whereby they altered the mileage on cars they sold to the public  Read more...

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Luton Council obtains closure orders on properties after reports of nuisance neighbours (9 May 2017)

Luton Council has successfully applied to Magistrates for a closure order on two properties, following complaints about serious anti-social behaviour  Read more...

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Croydon Council introduces choice-based letting system for council tenants (8 May 2017)

Croydon Council is launching a choice-based lettings scheme to give those eligible for the housing register greater choice about where they live and the type of home that is suitable for them  Read more...

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Lands Chamber rules council can consider planning status of property in Private Rented Property Licence application (8 May 2017)

An Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) hearing has ruled that Waltham Forest Council can consider the planning status of a property when determining an application for a Private Rented Property Licence  Read more...

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Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service in trial to improve access to patients in medical emergencies (8 May 2017)

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service has joined its emergency service partners in the Thames Valley for a six-month trial which aims to improve access to patients who are experiencing certain medical emergencies  Read more...

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£4,00 penalty for retailer whose staff tried to conceal illicit tobacco (8 May 2017)

Harrow Council in northwest London has prosecuted a rogue trader whose staff tried to hide an illegal tobacco haul by standing on it when Brent and Harrow Trading Standards made a routine visit to D&D Ro Ltd in Edgware in September 2016  Read more...

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Annual crime data show Kingston to be safest London borough for second year running (8 May 2017)

Kingston Council says that the borough remains the safest in London for the second year running based on figures from annual crime data released by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)  Read more...

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Jail sentence for Swansea trader who sold dangerous cars online (8 May 2017)

Swansea Council’s Trading Standards department is warning motorists to check whether cars being advertised for sale on social media and online are in a roadworthy condition before handing over any money  Read more...

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Bradford Council aims for 72 new places for children with social, emotional and mental health needs (8 May 2017)

Bradford Council says it expects to create 72 new places for pupils between the ages of ten and 19 who have social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH)  Read more...

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London girls’ school prosecuted after teacher suffers multiple fractures in fall from height (8 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School in Barnet, north London, after a teacher conducting rigging and adjustments to spotlights and cabling in the school drama studio fell from a stepladder and suffered multiple fractures to the skull, wrist and elbow as a result  Read more...

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Removal of NHS 18-week treatment target said to be illegal (5 May 2017)

Barrister James Goudie QC has said that Jeremy Hunt broke the law by not instructing the NHS to ensure they meet a 92% target of patients who receive treatment within 18 weeks, as was instructed in previous mandates  Read more...

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Surgeon convicted for exaggerating or fabricating patients’ risk of cancer resulting in hundreds of unnecessary mastectomies (5 May 2017)

Consultant surgeon Ian Stuart Paterson has been convicted of almost 20 counts of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding against nine women and one man treated in the private sector  Read more...

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HMO landlord prosecuted for fire safety breaches (5 May 2017)

St Helens Council in Lancashire has prosecuted a landlord who exposed tenants to “miserable” living conditions because of significant fire safety hazards  Read more...

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Building partnership fined £17,500 for faulty building work (5 May 2017)

City of York Council has prosecuted a building partnership for unprofessional and unfair trading practices, which left a vulnerable York resident with a damp, leaking house extension  Read more...

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Community Order and fine for supplying counterfeit tobacco to underage customer (5 May 2017)

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has prosecuted a retailer who sold illegal tobacco to an underage customer during a Trading Standards test purchase exercise  Read more...

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Mind Cymru rolls out Blue Light Programme in Wales (5 May 2017)

Mind Cymru has launched the Blue Light Programme in Wales, under which support will be offered to emergency services staff and volunteers in the police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services across Wales  Read more...

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Pilot project to boost Wolverhampton Council’s “Empty Property Strategy” (5 May 2017)

City of Wolverhampton Council has announced the pilot of a new initiative to further reduce the number of long-term empty residential properties  Read more...

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Shoplifting offences continue to increase (5 May 2017)

Shop workers’ trade union leader John Hannett has expressed deep concern that Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that shoplifting continues to rise, increasing by 8% during 2016 – contributing to a 21% increase over the last decade  Read more...

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RAIB investigating near miss involving track workers at Ascot Station (5 May 2017)

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said it is investigating an incident on 7 April, in which two railway workers narrowly avoided being struck by a train travelling through Ascot in Berkshire  Read more...

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Welsh Assembly report highlights improved care in Wales for children with diabetes (4 May 2017)

A new report by the Welsh Assembly shows that diabetes care for children and young people in Wales is improving  Read more...

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Community Order for shop owner guilty of selling unsafe toys and electrical items (4 May 2017)

Derby City Council has prosecuted a Derbyshire businessman, after he was found guilty of selling unsafe toys and electrical items – as well as toys not believed to be genuine products  Read more...

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Community Order for Surrey taxi driver who assaulted council parking attendant (4 May 2017)

A taxi driver has been convicted of assaulting a council parking attendant and their colleague in Horley in Surrey in December 2016, in a case brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)  Read more...

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Newquay landowner fined for non-compliance with Breach of Condition Notice (4 May 2017)

Cornwall Council’s Planning Enforcement Team has successfully prosecuted a landowner for non-compliance with a Breach of Condition Notice  Read more...

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Jail term for unregistered gas installer who put homeowners at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (4 May 2017)

A self-employed gas fitter has been jailed after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found he had installed a new boiler without being Gas Safe registered  Read more...

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Warning for the public to be aware of the risks of electric shock in the garden (4 May 2017)

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service is reminding the public to be aware of safety in the garden and the risks of electric shock from gardening equipment  Read more...

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£2,869 penalty for Cornwall landlord running unsafe HMO (4 May 2017)

Cornwall Council has successfully prosecuted a private sector landlord for the unsafe running of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Camborne  Read more...

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Raids in the West Midlands net £35,000-worth of suspected illicit tobacco products (4 May 2017)

Sandwell Council Trading Standards in the West Midlands have seized 61,000 cigarettes, 10kg of hand-rolling tobacco and 15kg of shisha tobacco worth more than £35,000 in retail value, as part of an illicit tobacco operation  Read more...

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Youth Mobility visas increase by 11% during 2009- 2016 (4 May 2017)

Independent think tank Migration Watch UK has said in a briefing paper that Home Office figures released in the third quarter of 2016 show the number of Youth Mobility visas issued increased by 11% in the period 2009-2016  Read more...

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London Assembly report says private landlords must do more to improve energy efficiency in homes (3 May 2017)

The London Assembly Environment Committee has launched a new report Getting Warmer, which examines what the Mayor can do to reduce domestic carbon emissions and fuel poverty in the capital  Read more...

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Camden council cracks down on criminal landlords (3 May 2017)

Camden Council in north London is investigating homes in the borough that may be operating illegally as unlicensed homes in multiple occupation (HMOs), with an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 unlicensed HMOs operating in the borough  Read more...

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Derby City Council and Arriva Buses team up to warn public of risks of cyber crime (3 May 2017)

Derby City Council's Community Safety Team has teamed up with Arriva Buses to spread the word about online safety  Read more...

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Kettering Borough Council evicts tenant for housing fraud (3 May 2017)

Kettering Borough Council in Northamptonshire has evicted a tenant who made a fraudulent housing application  Read more...

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£205,000 penalty after contractor is crushed to death by staircase (3 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company after a 31-year-old sub-contractor died when working on large construction project in London  Read more...

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Roofing firms prosecuted for putting contractors at risk of falls from height (3 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two roofing companies, after they put their contractors at risk of injury from falls from height during roof replacement works in Oldham, Lancashire  Read more...

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£149,530 funding for co-operative housing in Wales (3 May 2017)

The Welsh government has announced £149,530 in funding for the Wales Co-operative Centre, to support the Co-operative Housing in Wales project  Read more...

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Convicted breast cancer surgeon told patient she would “be unable to breastfeed” (3 May 2017)

The victims of a breast surgeon convicted of wounding patients by carrying out unnecessary surgery included one woman who was told that she would be unable to breastfeed any children she had  Read more...

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Total of 43 years in jail for gang convicted of CSE offences (3 May 2017)

Sheffield Crown Court has sentenced four men and one woman to between three and 15 years in prison for offences involving child sexual exploitation (CSE)  Read more...

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Home Office receiving details of undocumented migrants from the NHS (3 May 2017)

Charities and medical organisations have spoken out against a government guidance allowing the Home Office to access details of undocumented migrants seeking medical care  Read more...

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Damages for stress and inconvenience – Shaw v Leigh Day (2 May 2017)

Law firm Leigh Day had a professional negligence claim brought against them after a client was unsuccessful in bringing a clinical negligence claim against the hospital where her father died  Read more...

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Premises Licence holders: are you aware of the new powers in preventing illegal working? (2 May 2017)

From the 6 April 2017, under Immigration Act 2016, immigration checks will be part of the application process for a licence in premises selling alcohol or providing late night refreshment  Read more...

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Oxfordshire transforms adoption services and joins forces with neighbouring councils (2 May 2017)

Oxfordshire County Council has announced plans for Oxfordshire to transform its adoption services by joining forces with neighbouring councils  Read more...

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Royal Borough of Greenwich extends HMO licensing scheme (2 May 2017)

The Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London has approved an extension of the council's licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)  Read more...

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CSEW suggests fraud offences have risen over the last year (2 May 2017)

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) reveals an estimated 6.1 million incidents of crime occurred in the survey year ending December 2016 – with no statistically significant change compared with the previous year’s survey  Read more...

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£1.8m fine for South West Water after employee drowns (2 May 2017)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted South West Water, after the death of 54-year-old catchment operator, Robert Geach  Read more...

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£1,800 penalty for Slough woman who fly-tipped festive season household waste (2 May 2017)

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted a woman from Slough in Berkshire who fly-tipped household waste left uncollected over the Christmas/New Year period  Read more...

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