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A lorry driver jailed for committing benefit fraud while looking after his mother and daughter (19 October 2012)

A lorry driver involved in benefit fraud to the tune of £62,000 has been sentenced for a year in the jail.
Steven John Wiseman had been cheating the taxpayer for eight years and had admitted that he had been claiming the cash over a significant period of time while he had been working for a catering company.
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Immigration lawyers still in demand even after changes to immigration law in the UK says recruitment agencies (19 October 2012)

Immigration has been a topic which interests both political debate as well as news coverage, but has the changes to immigration law in the UK meant anything to the immigration lawyers?
The business immigration lawyers dealing in complex and business critical visa issues were still in demand even though there were revision of the points base system and the changes in the rules relating to non EU nationals, says Amy Hambleton a director of RedLaw Recruitment.
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A twice deported Nigerian is ordered to be removed for the third time by a court (18 October 2012)

A High Court judge expressed amazement after he was told that an illegal immigrant who had been already deported twice was in line for third time.
Gbenga Sunday’s, attempt to take refuge in human rights legislation to thwart his deportation by the Home Office for the third time as breathtaking.
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A habitual criminal woman sent to custodial prison term after more than 100 convictions (18 October 2012)

A career criminal woman mother of one has been finally put behind bars after a notoriously soft judge who had repeatedly given the woman a final chance was forced to put her in jail after she committed here 106th offence.
After having more than 33 convictions against her for more than 100 theft related and dishonesty crimes Sundee Spaulding, 25, had avoided jail all the time.
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Child abduction case of a mother has ended with her arrest (18 October 2012)

The mother of five who had vanished with her four children following a custody battle with their Spanish father has been arrested yesterday after five days on the run.
Jennifer Jones, 46, went into hiding along with her four children aged between eight and 14, but the children were found in the Gwent area just after 11 am 50 miles away from their home in Llanelli, Wales.
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An unfair dismissal case of a teacher has been allowed to be heard in an Appeals court (18 October 2012)

A science teacher who was dismissed allegedly for miming a lewd act with a broomstick during class went to employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal which was dismissed by the tribunal.
But a judge of an Appeal Court Lord Justice Elias ruled that there was a considerable amount of evidence which showed that she had been an innocent victim of conspiracy among her pupils.
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A convicted fraudster has his appeal turned down at the Appeals court (17 October 2012)

A van driver who cheated mortgage lenders out of more than £500,000 has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name.
Mark Lloyd pretended to be a company boss and immensely inflated his modest earnings in applications to lenders, in turn enabling him to start up a small property empire.
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In a medical negligence case the victim has been awarded settlement for life (17 October 2012)

An 11 year old boy who was victim of medical negligence and left with brain damage after the maternity staff did not realise that he was being starved of oxygen has been awarded a multi-million pound care package for life.
Joseph O’Reggio now has cerebral palsy which leaves him wheelchair bound for life and requiring round the clock care because doctors at New Cross Hospital failed to act quickly when his heart rate changed as he was being delivered on 14 April 2001.
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Sham marriage ring enabling illegal immigration busted (17 October 2012)

In an UK immigration related sham marriages, a gang involved in fake weddings with Eastern European brides to enable Pakistani men get to enter the UK illegally has been busted.
Czech and Slovak women living in the UK were paid by Rotherham-based ring to fly to Pakistan where marriages were arranged with Pakistani men a court heard.
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The gay Nigerian who was seeking asylum was deported despite support from his friends (15 October 2012)

A gay Nigerian asylum seeker and a nursing student who was living in Bradford and who was being supported by his friends, was eventually deported.
Ola Ayelokun, 28, was flown out of the UK and is believed to be staying with family in his home village.
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An NHS fraudster’s sentencing delayed for want of his true mental health condition (15 October 2012)

An optician, part of a NHS fraud scam to the tune of £40,000, is yet to be sentenced due to his true state of mental health it has emerged.
Iqbal Nabi, of Slough, a dispensing optician, was along with Helen James, of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, a former ophthalmic medical practitioner, accused of making fraudulent claims to the NHS between January and October 2009.
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A survey of family lawyers says women were the primary petitioners for divorce in most cases (15 October 2012)

According to a matrimonial survey conducted by a leading family law firm women were significantly more likely to file for divorce than their husbands with 59% of family lawyers reporting that majority of applications came from wives.
Though it was down from 2011 statistics when 68% reported wives were first petitioners. Only 1% said that in the past year husbands were the primary petitioners for divorce while 40% said that it was equal between husband and wives.
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Two mental health nurse have been disciplined for having sex with patients under their care (12 October 2012)

A community psychiatric nurse Gary Tomlinson who worked with patients in Liskeard and a staff nurse at Bodmin hospital have been struck off the nursing register pending an appeal.
The psychiatric nurse was banned from the profession and a staff nurse was suspended after they both were alleged to have had sex with vulnerable mental health patients who had been in their care.
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A benefit fraudster spared jail sentence (12 October 2012)

Jonathan Lincoln, 30, a benefits officer has avoided being sent to jail after he was caught by colleagues fraudulently claiming council tax discount after he posted on social media websites about his family.
He was exposed after he failed stringent ID and address checks for staff working in the benefits department of Medway Council.
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EU calls Britain to follow the same criteria of 26 other EU members in regards to EU migrants (12 October 2012)

The EU has called for all migrants entering into Britain to be eligible to claim benefits without having to take a British nationality test.
The EU officials have claimed that Britain was the only country within the EU that required immigrants to pass a test of residency, who have paid tax and legally were residing in the country.
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Attorney General has opposed any plans by Conservatives to leave ECHR (10 October 2012)


The Attorney General has warned that Britain would become a pariah state comparable to Belarus and he would block any move by the Conservatives to leave the European Convention on Human Rights.
Dominic Grieve had intervened after Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, refused to rule out leaving the convention following a radical review of Britain^s human rights laws.
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An illegal over-stayer who used forged documents to get a job has been jailed for 12 months (10 October 2012)

An illegal immigrant man near Penrith has been jailed for 12 months for using a forged identity card to get a job.

Mykola Tremtyachyy, 29, who is a Ukrainian, used the false Lithuanian card when he went for an interview at Riverside Recruitment, the Carlisle-based employment agency.
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Benefit fraud grandmother spared jail with suspended jail sentence (9 October 2012)

A grandmother who was found guilty for a benefit fraud costing the taxpayer more than £35,000 has been spared jail.

Susan Jepson, 50, of Clough Lane, Mixenden, had originally applied for benefits as a lone parent but despite staying with a self employed electrician partner, for six years she had failed to inform the authorities about it.
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Child traffickers dropped to fend herself after three years she was abducted from Africa (8 October 2012)

In a case of child trafficking a girl who was kidnapped from the streets of Banjul the capital of Gambia in Africa has found herself in Derby three years later.
Police have said that the 17 year old was dropped off by a man in a dark blue car who told her to find the nearest police station.
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A health care security manager has won his case for unfair dismissal (8 October 2012)

A security manager of Riverside Healthcare Ltd who was made redundant from his job has won an unfair dismissal challenge against his former employers.
Vladimir Milinkovic was told last year that he was being made redundant as part of cost cutting and lost his job with Riverside Healthcare Ltd in March according to the Free Press.
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Abu Hamza and four others extradited at last (8 October 2012)

At last the long awaited extradition of the Islamist cleric and four other terror suspects was cleared by the High Court.
The radical cleric Abu Hamza was extradited to the US after the high court cleared their removal immediately.
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Blackmailers seeking reward for intimate photos of a leading actress sentenced to jail (4 October 2012)

Two blackmailers who were harassing a leading actress over nude photographs which they found on a stolen laptop were jailed for a total of three years and eight months.
Professional criminals Lee Fevrier, 35, and brother Vernon, 34, demanded a £4,000 ‘reward’ from the celebrity’s publicist for the safe return of the intimate pictures.
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An abusive carer of three young boys convicted of her crimes (4 October 2012)

Three boys who are now aged nine, ten and thirteen were kept under the care of Stephanie Chibnall, 45, after their mother had a breakdown in 2008.
But the actual tragedy for the boys started after the carer started beating them regularly with her fists, sticks and an electric fly swatter leaving them severely bruised and cuts.
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The teacher who was on the run with his pupil has agreed to be extradited to face child abduction charges in the UK (3 October 2012)

Jeremy Forrest the East Sussex teacher who travelled to France with Megan Stammers has agreed to be extradited to the UK to face charges of child abduction.
He had spent eight days on the run in France with 15 year old pupil Megan Stammers, had appeared before a French court in Bordeaux and agreed to be extradited.
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The terror suspects were trying to abuse the process of law argues government lawyer (3 October 2012)

In the case of Abu Hamza’ and four other suspected terrorist’s extradition the high court has been told that the legal argument by the defendants was coming too late and was an abuse of the process of law to delay the inevitable on medical grounds.

James Eady QC, for the government opposing the application of the terror suspects had said that after eight years of appeals through British and European courts there needed to be finality in litigation.
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Several people have salvaged their marriages from the brink of separation says a survey (3 October 2012)

A poll on public attitude to separation has found that more than three million seemingly happily married people in Britain have had privately considered divorce but had retracted at the last moment.
The survey had found that most people in Britain now have personal experience of divorce with a close family member going through the process.
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A landlord who converted his house into flats without planning permission has been issued record fine (3 October 2012)

A property owner in North London was fined a record £1.4 million for breaching planning permissions by converting a house into 21 flats.
Salah Ali who illegally turned his property on Willesden Lane into 21 separate flats without any prior planning permission was issued with the fine.
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Human trafficking on the increase says charities and police (1 October 2012)

According to the police and the homeless charities modern day slavery cases are on the rise and becoming more common with 37 reported cases this year so far where people were forced to work for no pay.
Thames Reach, which works with homeless people in London, said that so far this year, it was aware of at least 37 incidents involving vulnerable people who had been forced to work for little or no pay and even made to break the law, compared with 22 last year.
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