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Brighton and Hove presses ahead with plans to build new affordable homes (30 October 2015)

Brighton and Hove City Council has approved a scheme under which dozens of affordable homes will be built on the site of a former library in east Brighton.  Read more...

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14-year bankruptcy restriction for financial controller who misappropriated funds (30 October 2015)

A financial controller who misappropriated £90,326 from his employer has been given a 14-year Bankruptcy Restrictions Undertaking, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.  Read more...

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Government publishes details of more changes to immigration rules (30 October 2015)

The government has announced changes to some immigration rules, most of which will affect applications submitted on or after 19 November 2015.  Read more...

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“Root and branch” review of children in care announced (29 October 2015)

The Prime Minister and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan have announced a “root and branch review” of children’s residential care, to help put an end to a life of disadvantage for some of the most vulnerable children in care.  Read more...

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Companies prosecuted after worker dies after electrocution (29 October 2015)

An engineering company has been prosecuted together with a facilities company, after a worker was fatally electrocuted while working on at a data centre in Middlesex.  Read more...

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Birmingham woman jailed for 16 months for misleading the court (29 October 2015)

A woman from Birmingham who lied to the court about her personal circumstances to avoid a prison sentence has been jailed for 16 months at Birmingham Crown Court.  Read more...

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Director disqualified after submitting incorrect tax returns (29 October 2015)

The director of a company which sold and repaired musical instruments has been disqualified from holding a directorship for seven years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found that he had submitted incorrect Corporation Tax returns.  Read more...

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Brothers found guilty of helping others to prepare for acts of terrorism (28 October 2015)

Kingston Crown Court has found two brothers guilty of helping others preparing for acts of terrorism, after a retrial.  Read more...

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Sister of murdered baby and boyfriend jailed for 25 years (28 October 2015)

The sister of a baby aged 14 months and her boyfriend have been jailed for a total of 25 years, after being convicted for their part in the baby’s murder.  Read more...

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New funding to be ring-fenced for digital tools targeting young people’s mental health and wellbeing (28 October 2015)

The Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health, Alistair Burt MP, has said that the mental health of children and young people is one of his priorities – and the government’s plans for children’s mental health were “nothing short of the biggest transformation to young people’s mental health and one of the largest investments the sector has seen”.  Read more...

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Fine for man who dumped asbestos waste near River Trent (27 October 2015)

A man who dumped asbestos roofing and clinical waste on a site in Nottingham has been prosecuted by the Environment Agency.  Read more...

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High Court winds up two “opaque” LLPs, after investigation finds evidence of false accounting (27 October 2015)

The High Court has ordered two opaque limited liability partnerships (LLPs) into liquidation, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found that each LLP had filed false accounts at Companies House.  Read more...

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New report finds reduced staffing at weekends may mean young offenders spend longer periods in isolation (27 October 2015)

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has responded to a report on the use of isolation in youth justice settings by stating that that isolation should primarily be used if a young person poses a risk to themselves or others.  Read more...

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UK and China to co-operate on tackling smuggling and Customs fraud (27 October 2015)

The UK and China have signed an agreement to tackle international smuggling and the organised criminal groups who operate in direct contravention of customs laws.  Read more...

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THINK! launches campaign to reduce traffic accidents on country road bends (27 October 2015)

Road safety campaign THINK! has launched a new campaign to encourage drivers to brake before they reach a bend, rather than on the bend.  Read more...

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Rapist who fled UK arrested under EAW to face 20-year jail term (26 October 2015)

A rapist who fled to Slovakia to escape justice has been given a 20-year extended sentence at Leeds Crown Court.  Read more...

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Life sentence for man who arranged revenge acid attack on ex-partner (26 October 2015)

A man who carried out a revenge attack on his former partner by arranging for acid to be thrown over her has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Ipswich Crown Court.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for cyber attacker who hacked into Home Office and FBI websites (26 October 2015)

A hacker who accessed both the UK Home Office website and the website of the FBI in the US has been given a suspended jail sentence at Birmingham Crown Court.  Read more...

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Sandwell Council prosecutes retailer for selling toy containing dangerous chemicals (26 October 2015)

A retailer in the West Midlands has been prosecuted by Sandwell Council Trading Standards, after selling a children’s toy which contained illegally high levels of dangerous chemicals.  Read more...

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London borough launches safe cycling strategy (26 October 2015)

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has launched a safer cycling strategy to make the borough’s roads safer, including for pedestrians.  Read more...

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Bournemouth building supplies company prosecuted after customer suffers fork-lift accident (26 October 2015)

A building supplies company in Bournemouth has been prosecuted by Bournemouth Borough Council’s Regulatory Services, after a an incident involving a fork-lift truck left a customer requiring three surgical procedures on his leg.  Read more...

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Lancaster City consultation to identify new land for up to 6,000 new homes (26 October 2015)

Lancaster City Council is currently holding a major new public consultation to help to identify new land for building between 5,000 and 6,000 new homes.  Read more...

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Drop-in advice session today for private sector rental tenants in Exeter (26 October 2015)

The Exeter Private Rental Forum is holding a drop-in event for private sector rental tenants today (26/10/15), for renters who want to know more about their rights.  Read more...

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Rogue landlord faces £382,000 confiscation order, after £30,000 fine (26 October 2015)

Lambeth Council in south London has prosecuted a “rogue landlord”, after he converted a property into flats and rented them out illegally without the necessary permissions.  Read more...

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Council prosecutes over noise intrusion from resident’s dog (26 October 2015)

Sheffield City Council has prosecuted the owner of a noisy dog, after neighbours complained frequently of noise intrusion caused by barking.  Read more...

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Sheffield man given £540 fine for fly-tipping (26 October 2015)

Sheffield Council’s Environmental Protection Service has prosecuted a Sheffield resident for fly-tipping, after bags of waste were found dumped on parkland at Cammell Road in Sheffield.  Read more...

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£8,000 fine after fork-lift accident result in worker breaking both legs (26 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted a woodworking firm, after an employee broke both legs after a fork-lift truck accident.  Read more...

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BDA says CQC findings show UK dental care is “low risk and good quality” (26 October 2015)

The British Dental Association (BDA) has said that dental services in the UK represent low risk and good quality care, as underlined in a recent report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  Read more...

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Fine for Notts man caught out by unlicensed waste carrier (23 October 2015)

A man from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire has been prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act for dumping garden waste.  Read more...

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£4,000 fine for lettings agency which falsely advertised properties (23 October 2015)

A lettings agency in Hammersmith has been fined £4,000, after an investigation by Hammersmith and Fulham Council found that the agency was found guilty of advertising properties for rent that were not under its control.  Read more...

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Hammersmith and Fulham Council work with Met Police to take young drug dealers off the street (22 October 2015)

Hammersmith and Fulham council officers have helped the Metropolitan Police identify and jail drug dealers operating in White City in west London.  Read more...

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Stroud council votes to accept Syrian refugees (22 October 2015)

Stroud district councillors have voted to back plans for vulnerable Syrian refugees to be resettled locally.  Read more...

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Leicester Trading Standards warns consumers about online car scam (21 October 2015)

Trading Standards Officers in Leicester are warning consumers not to fall for an online scam in which customers pay up-front for high-value cars that turn out not to exist.  Read more...

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Court of Appeal increases sentences for two convicted rapists (21 October 2015)

The Court of Appeal has ruled sentences given to two rapists were unduly lenient – and has increased them by 11 and five years.  Read more...

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Car dealer found guilty on charge of supplying unsafe vehicle (21 October 2015)

A motor dealer in Devon has been prosecuted by Trading Standards, after supplying a dangerous VW Touran in January 2012.  Read more...

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£5,000 fine for lettings agency which ignored council request for information after tenant complaint (20 October 2015)

A lettings agency in Southend in Essex has received a maximum £5,000 fine for ignoring a request for information from Southend Council’s private sector housing (PSH) team.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for £28,000 benefit fraud (20 October 2015)

A man from Chesterfield who fraudulently claimed more than £28,000 in benefits has been spared jail.  Read more...

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NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG launches mental health support service for 11- to 18-year-olds (20 October 2015)

NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a new service providing emotional and wellbeing support for young people across West Sussex.  Read more...

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Essex County Council calls for UK’s refugee commitment to be “fully funded” by government (20 October 2015)

Essex County Council has called for the UK’s refugee commitment to be fully funded by government.  Read more...

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Devon and Somerset Trading Standards crackdown on illegal tobacco sales (19 October 2015)

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards are to patrol the streets of Exeter on Monday (19/10/15) in an exercise to crack down on illegal tobacco.  Read more...

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Government announces £5m counter-extremism initiative (19 October 2015)

The government is to fund a £5 million initiative to build a national coalition against extremism in communities and online.  Read more...

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Birmingham’s youth justice service records fall in offenders and re-offenders (19 October 2015)

The Birmingham Youth Justice Plan 2015-2016 has been drawn up setting out the priorities for the city’s youth justice service.  Read more...

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Car dealer who posed as high-flying professional to con women jailed for eight years for romance fraud (19 October 2015)

Worcester Crown Court has sentenced a man who conned women out of £185,000 in a string of romance frauds to eight years in prison.  Read more...

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Life sentence for murder after unprovoked attack on club goer (19 October 2015)

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 43-year-old Greek national Menelaos Aligizakis.  Read more...

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Blackpool Council launches campaign in support of National Adoption Week (19 October 2015)

Blackpool Council is supporting National Adoption Week (October 19 – October 25), encouraging people to think differently about adoption.  Read more...

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Welsh Government launches £10.9m scheme to get parents back into work by helping with childcare costs (19 October 2015)

The Welsh Assembly’s Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, is launching a new £10.9 million scheme to help unemployed parents into work or training, by helping them with childcare costs.  Read more...

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City of London Corporation to build 3,700 new homes (19 October 2015)

The City of London Corporation has announced its biggest house building programme since 1976.  Read more...

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Birmingham City Council housing staff recognised for excellent service (19 October 2015)

Birmingham City Council staff and contractors who have given excellent service to social housing tenants have been recognised in an awards ceremony in Birmingham.  Read more...

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UK researchers identify genes linked to schizophrenia and obesity (19 October 2015)

New research by University College London (UCL) has identified Genes involved in schizophrenia and obesity.  Read more...

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Work on Nottingham’s first cycle superhighway begins (19 October 2015)

Nottingham City Council is to begin work on a Cycle Superhighway today (19/10/15), to help reduce the risk of injury to cyclists in the city.  Read more...

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£13,000 fine after worker is dragged into moving machinery (19 October 2015)

A company based in Staffordshire has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered serious injury when he became entangled in a length of galvanised pipe being turned in a machine.  Read more...

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Life for father-to-be who murdered pregnant wife and unborn son (19 October 2015)

A father-to-be who attacked his pregnant wife and caused her to lose their child has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, child destruction and assault.  Read more...

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Two years in jail for self-styled healer who sexually assaulted client (19 October 2015)

Birmingham Crown Court has sentenced a self-styled “Holy Man” who sexually assaulted a woman during a healing ritual to two years^ imprisonment.  Read more...

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HMRC taskforces recover £109m from tax evaders (19 October 2015)

A crackdown on tax cheats by HMRC has netted £109 million in the last six months – including £64.9m recovered in the first three months of this year, more than double the figure for the same period in 2014.  Read more...

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Bromley Council hosts event for prospective adopters to launch National Adoption Week (19 October 2015)

Bromley Council’s Adoption Service is holding an information event today (19/10/15) to celebrate National Adoption Week from 19-25 October.  Read more...

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Migrant Advisory Committee to review shortage occupation listing for nurses (19 October 2015)

The government has announced temporary changes to restrictions on nurse recruitment from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), to ensure safe staffing levels across the NHS.  Read more...

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£30,000 fine after worker loses fingers in unguarded circular saw (19 October 2015)

A national company specialising in products and services to rural communities has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered a life changing injury in a woodworking machinery incident.   Read more...

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£200,000 fine for waste recycling company after worker is injured by telehandler (19 October 2015)

A waste recycling company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee was struck by a 7.5 tonne telehandler.  Read more...

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£4,000 fine for failing to submit electronic sales notes for fish purchases (16 October 2015)

A company has been fined more than £4,000 after purchasing fish without an electronic sales note.  Read more...

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£200,000 fine after worker is killed in industrial blender (16 October 2015)

A pellet manufacturing company based in Nottinghamshire has been sentenced after a worker died in an industrial blender.  Read more...

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Multi-agency approach to reduce unsafe lorries on London’s roads (16 October 2015)

A new joint enforcement partnership aims to reduce the number of unsafe lorry drivers and operators in London.  Read more...

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One in nine private rented homes suffering from infestation, says Shelter (15 October 2015)

Housing charity Shelter has said that nearly 500,000 homes in the private rented sector are infested with rodents and cockroaches.  Read more...

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£1,500 fine for Birmingham man convicted of fisheries offences (15 October 2015)

A man from Birmingham has been fined £1,500 at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court, after being found guilty of fisheries offences.  Read more...

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Housing Minister announces lifting of planning restrictions on offices for redevelopment as homes (15 October 2015)

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes.  Read more...

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Supreme Court ruling may mean divorce settlement cases can be re-opened (15 October 2015)

The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases in which ex-wives challenged their divorce settlements, after claiming that their husbands had concealed assets during the divorce hearing.  Read more...

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Reading Council seizes illegal cigarettes and fake alcohol (14 October 2015)

Reading Council has seized a large haul of illegal alcohol and tobacco from a total of 13 different off licences and convenience stores across the borough.  Read more...

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Generation rent set to become “generation buy” under new Housing Bill (14 October 2015)

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has said that the New Housing and Planning Bill introduced to Parliament by the government on Tuesday (13/10/15) marks the start of a national crusade to transform “generation rent” into “generation buy”.  Read more...

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Government moves to protect UK and migrant workers in labour market reforms (14 October 2015)

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that recruitment firms which recruit solely from overseas, without having advertised in the UK or in the English language, will be banned from doing so under plans announced on Tuesday (13/10/15).  Read more...

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£5,000 fine after saw mill worker injures hand in unguarded saw (14 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a saw mill in Kettering, Northamptonshire, after an employee sustained a serious hand injury.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes after LPG tanker leak causes homes to be evacuated (14 October 2015)

A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) supplier has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after leakage from a tanker caused the emergency services to evacuate 15 people from their houses.  Read more...

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Fraudulent companies liquidated after investigation by the Insolvency Service (13 October 2015)

The Insolvency Service has ordered into liquidation three companies with assets of more than £445 million, which were formed and run with a fraudulent intent.  Read more...

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Private sector landlord fined more than £4,000 for breaching Improvement Notice (13 October 2015)

A landlord in Sussex has been prosecuted by Worthing Borough Council over the poor state of his property at Belsize Road in Worthing.  Read more...

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Landlord prosecuted for failing to repair home occupied by mother and her children (13 October 2015)

Bromley Council has prosecuted a landlord who failed to carry out necessary repair work to a house rented to a mother and her children.  Read more...

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Fairer rents housing consultation published (12 October 2015)

A housing consultation published on Friday (09/10/15) proposes that social landlords will be required to administer a policy of fairer rents, under which tenants with high levels of income who live in social housing will pay a fair level of rent to continue living there.  Read more...

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Hackney Council enforces legal requirement to display fees on letting agents and property managers (12 October 2015)

Hackney Council in east London is investigating local letting agents and property managers to make sure they are displaying fees they charge in accordance with the law.  Read more...

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Harlow Council prosecutes three residents for noise intrusion (12 October 2015)

Harlow Council’s Environmental Health and legal teams have successfully prosecuted three residents for anti-social behaviour involving noise intrusion this year.  Read more...

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UK Minister for Syrian Refugees says there is “much more work ahead” (12 October 2015)

The UK’s new Minister for Syrian Refugees, Richard Harrington, has visited some of the migrants who have been given sanctuary in the UK, to see how coming here has changed their lives.  Read more...

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Reading Council launches Perinatal Mental Health Project (12 October 2015)

Reading Borough Council has launched a project exploring mental health issues among women during pregnancy and after childbirth.   Read more...

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Mencap supports “hate crime” drop-in day in North Yorkshire (12 October 2015)

Learning disability charity Mencap is joining forces with the Safer Hambleton Community Safety Local Delivery Team and North Yorkshire Police to host a drop-in surgery to help victims of hate crime in North Yorkshire on Thursday, 15 October  Read more...

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Father jailed for nine years for manslaughter of baby son (12 October 2015)

Oxford Crown Court has jailed the father of an 11-week-old baby boy, who died after sustaining serious head injuries and multiple injuries to his body while in the care of his father.  Read more...

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Bromley Council prosecutes over sheep mutton labelled as goat meat (12 October 2015)

Bromley Council’s Food Safety Team has prosecuted two shops in the Penge area for selling sheep mutton meat as goat meat.  Read more...

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Company director disqualified for eight years for failing to keep proper accounts (12 October 2015)

The director of a Cardiff computer supply company which went into liquidation owing £492,790 to creditors has been disqualified from acting as a director for eight years, after failing to keep proper accounting records.  Read more...

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Gang convicted on charges of false imprisonment, after kidnapping 15-year-old boy (12 October 2015)

Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London has convicted three men who forced a 15-year-old boy into a car on charges of conspiracy to commit false imprisonment.  Read more...

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All-Wales Hate Crime Awareness Week launched (12 October 2015)

Gwynedd Council is working with the Welsh Government and other local authorities in support of the all-Wales Hate Crime Awareness Week from 10-17 October.  Read more...

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Man jailed for six months for offering unregulated immigration advice (12 October 2015)

A Ghanaian national has been sentenced to six months in prison, after pleading guilty to providing unregulated immigration advice.  Read more...

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Steel frame company fined £15,000 for failing to prevent falls from height (12 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a company which erects steel frames, after an inspection by the HSE found that safety failings were putting workers at risk of injury.  Read more...

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Cheshire CCGS supporting World Mental Health Day (9 October 2015)

NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are to support World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10 October, to raise awareness of mental health issues and services available across central Cheshire.  Read more...

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London council obtains its first youth injunction (9 October 2015)

Islington Council in north London has used new legal powers to prevent a youth from visiting a neighbourhood in the borough where he would be in danger of falling into a criminal lifestyle.  Read more...

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Community Supervision Order handed down for £11,400 benefit fraud (9 October 2015)

A 58-year-old woman from Northallerton in West Yorkshire has pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming £11,400 in benefits.  Read more...

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Nottinghamshire County Council supports World Mental Health Day with programme of events (9 October 2015)

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Co-production team is working with partners on events across the county in support of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10 October.   Read more...

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Guilty plea for commuter who subjected ticket inspector to homophobic abuse (8 October 2015)

A man who subjected a female ticket inspector to verbal abuse has pleaded guilty to a charge of making homophobic and abusive remarks.  Read more...

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FCO and Mental Health Foundation team up to offer support to mental health patients on holiday (8 October 2015)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is teaming up with the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of how British nationals with mental health needs can prepare for overseas travel – and how the FCO can help when travellers experience difficulties.  Read more...

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Council urges parents to take up government’s free childcare places (8 October 2015)

Kent County Council is reminding local parents to claim 15 hours a week of free childcare and education for 38 weeks a year for children aged two who are eligible – as well as all three- and four-year-olds.  Read more...

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£42,000 fine for company after worker loses sight in eye (8 October 2015)

A Lancashire-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee lost the sight in one eye.  Read more...

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Jail for bankrupt City trader who concealed assets from Official Receiver (7 October 2015)

A City worker from Luton has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after being found guilty of concealing property from the Official Receiver, following a trial at Luton Crown Court.  Read more...

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Paramedic struck off for sexual misconduct (7 October 2015)

The HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee has struck off a paramedic after a disciplinary panel heard how he had carried out examinations on female patients, which were not clinically justified.  Read more...

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Prison sentence for attempted kidnap of a child (7 October 2015)

A 37-year-old man who pleaded guilty to attempting to kidnap a child has been given a four-and-a-half year prison sentence at Wolverhampton Crown Court.  Read more...

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Landlord fined £7,000 for unlicensed HMO (7 October 2015)

A landlord in Islington, north London has been fined nearly £7,000, after failing to obtain a licence for a house in multiple occupation (HMO).  Read more...

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Directorship disqualification for false accounting and false VAT returns (6 October 2015)

The director of a central London restaurant has been disqualified from acting as a director for ten years, after submitting false VAT returns, failing to keep records and filing incorrect accounts.  Read more...

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Working grandparents win right to shared parental leave and pay (6 October 2015)

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that shared parental leave and pay will be extended to working grandparents.  Read more...

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MoD to double number of Forces’ Help to Buy recipients (6 October 2015)

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the number of loan recipients under the Armed Forces home-buying scheme Forces’ Help to Buy will be doubled.  Read more...

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Chancellor announces plans to “get Britain building” new homes (6 October 2015)

The Chancellor has announced that planning rules on brownfield sites are to be removed to free up land for development.  Read more...

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Government announces seven-day GP access by 2020 (5 October 2015)

The government has pledged seven-day access to GP services for NHS patients by 2020.  Read more...

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Migrant flow across EU “likely to continue”, unless refugee conditions in Greece improve, says UNHCR (5 October 2015)

The United Nations refugee agency has said that the changing weather in the Mediterranean has not stopped the flow of migrants trying to reach Greece from Africa and the Middle East – and unless accommodation and conditions for migrants in Greece improve, the secondary flow of newly arrived migrants across the EU will continue.  Read more...

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West Midlands “has made significant progress” in protecting young people from child sexual exploitation (5 October 2015)

Whitehall Director General Stephen Rimmer has said he is confident that children in the West Midlands are safer now than they were when he moved to the region two years ago, on secondment from the Home Office.  Read more...

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Barnardo’s calls fall in adoption placement orders “deeply concerning” (5 October 2015)

Barnardo’s children’s charity has said it is deeply concerned about a 24% fall in the number of children being put forward for adoption.  Read more...

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New resource to help local agencies improve mental wellbeing in young people (5 October 2015)

Public Health England’s Mental Health Intelligence Network has launched a new resource designed to help local organisations decide how to best gauge the mental wellbeing of children and young people in their area.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for benefit fraudster (5 October 2015)

Isleworth Crown Court has sentenced a woman who fraudulently claimed Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to a six-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.  Read more...

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London Digital Security Centre launched to support SMEs against cyber-crime (5 October 2015)

England’s first specialist centre dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) protect themselves from cyber criminals has opened in central London.  Read more...

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Multi-agency taskforce racks down on environmental crimes across Lincolnshire (5 October 2015)

A multi-agency operation involving The Environment Agency, Lincolnshire Police, Immigration Enforcement – and officers from other agencies – has helped the Environment Agency crack down on illegal waste carriers in Lincolnshire.  Read more...

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Vehicle breakers firm fined for using land illegally (5 October 2015)

A company whose operations spilled out onto land illegally has been prosecuted by the Environment Agency.  Read more...

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£20,000 fine for maintenance company, after roofer is injured in fall (5 October 2015)

A maintenance company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a roofing engineer was injured in a fall from the roof of a domestic property.  Read more...

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Pig farm fined £12,500, after stockman injures finger in machinery (5 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a pig farm, after a worker’s hand was pulled into moving machinery, injuring his finger.  Read more...

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Major companies prosecuted after one worker dies and another is seriously injured (5 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two global companies – Siemens Windpower A/S (SWP) and its principal contractor Fluor Ltd – after a worker was killed in the construction of an offshore wind farm and another was seriously injured.  Read more...

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Baxters soup manufacturer fined £60,000 after worker has leg amputated (5 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted soup manufacturer Baxters Food Group, after one of its employees suffered life changing injuries while working on a production line.  Read more...

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Cardiff steel firm fined more than £200,000 over worker’s death (2 October 2015)

A Cardiff-based steel firm has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee died when a two-tonne steel beam fell on him and crushed him at a warehouse in Cardiff, South Wales.  Read more...

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Nine months in jail for optician who fraudulently transferred assets after bankruptcy (2 October 2015)

An optician and former bankrupt who fraudulently transferred his interest in a property to his children in an attempt to deny this asset to his creditors, has been sentenced to nine months in jail.  Read more...

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Government launches consultation on banning referral fees in criminal cases (2 October 2015)

The Legal Aid Minister Shailesh Vara has announced proposals for a new statutory ban on referral fees in criminal cases.  Read more...

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New guidance on fire safety and retaliatory evictions announced (2 October 2015)

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has said that new fire safety measures will help save the lives of tenants – and ensure all rented property is equipped with a smoke alarm.  Read more...

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New project in Norfolk supports mental health among new parents to prevent babies being taken into care (1 October 2015)

A new multi-agency project to help vulnerable families in Norfolk stay together has prevented any babies being taken into care during the project’s first six months of operation.   Read more...

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Rural housing association sets out why it will “say no” to extended RTB (1 October 2015)

Hastoe housing association (HA) has announced that it will be declining the government’s voluntary Right to Buy (RTB) scheme because of the potential impact of rural exemptions in the policy.  Read more...

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UK signs Compulsory Transfer Agreement with Jamaica (1 October 2015)

Under an agreement signed between the UK and Jamaica on Wednesday (30/09/15), more than 300 Jamaican prisoners serving time in British prisons will be returned to Jamaica to serve their sentence from 2020 onwards.  Read more...

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Two men plead guilty to supplying defective cough syrup (1 October 2015)

Winchester Crown Court has sentenced two men convicted of supplying defective medicines.  Read more...

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