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Lawyers are being Excluded from representing Clients in Section 2 Interviews (30 September 2016)

On 6 June 2016 the Serious Fraud Office adopted new internal guidance on the process for inviting and handling requests for individuals interviewed under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 to be accompanied by a lawyer.  Read more...

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Mental health services in England now accessed by one-third of adults with anxiety or depression in 2014 (30 September 2016)

New research by NHS Digital shows that one in three adults (37%) aged 16-74 with conditions such as anxiety or depression who were surveyed in England were accessing mental health treatment in 2014.  Read more...

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Night anglers prosecuted after being caught fishing without rod licences at trout fishery (30 September 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted two anglers from London, who were caught fishing without a rod licence.  Read more...

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£1,000 penalty for possession of counterfeit tobacco with intent to sell (30 September 2016)

Islington Council and police force have prosecuted a local trader after he was found to be in possession of counterfeit tobacco, which he was planning to sell.  Read more...

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Scaffolder prosecuted for safety breaches which put himself and others at risk (30 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bradford-based self-employed trader for safety breaches, after poor scaffolding arrangements at a domestic property put himself and others at risk.  Read more...

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£56,000 penalty for scrapyard featured on TV, after worker suffers serious facial injuries (29 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bolton-based scrapyard featured in a recent BBC documentary series, after an employee suffered facial injuries at work.
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City Hall hosts first Justice Matters meeting to discuss policing and crime in London (29 September 2016)

City Hall in London has held its first public meeting in a series of regular public meetings to hold the Metropolitan Police Service and criminal justice partners to account.
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Welsh government reminds landlords to register with Rent Smart Wales (29 September 2016)

The Welsh government is warning landlords in Wales that they have just eight weeks left to register themselves and their properties with Rent Smart Wales.  Read more...

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Alton Towers “Smiler” collision caused by lack of detailed safety arrangements says HSE (28 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said that the root cause of the Smiler rollercoaster collision at Alton Towers was “a lack of detailed, robust arrangements” for making safety critical decisions.  Read more...

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Newham Council installs video cameras to catch motorists misusing yellow box junctions (28 September 2016)

Newham Council in east London has installed state-of-the-art video cameras as part of its motoring campaign Keep Newham Moving.  Read more...

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Rotherham Council successfully prosecutes 100th Blue Badge fraud case since 2010 (28 September 2016)

Rotherham Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for Blue Badge fraud – the 100th Blue Badge prosecution the council has brought.
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Welsh government launches Healthy Child Wales programme (28 September 2016)

The Welsh government has announced the launch of a universal child health programme.  Read more...

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Women Rights Activist Maria da Penha Changed Domestic Violence Law in Brazil (27 September 2016)

On 7th August 2006, the President of Brazil put into force the Federal Brazilian Law 11340, known as the Law Maria da Penha, that increased the punishment for domestic violence abuses against women.  Read more...

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Parole Board pilots schemes to reduce waiting time for oral hearings (27 September 2016)

The Parole Board has announced trials of different approaches to reduce the time prisoners have to wait for an oral hearing.  Read more...

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Prosecution after Wigan Trading Standards uncovers illegal tobacco at off-licence (27 September 2016)

Wigan Council^s Trading Standards department has prosecuted a Wigan shopkeeper, after a raid in March 2016 uncovered large quantities of illegal cigarettes and tobacco.  Read more...

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Mind calls for more integrated approach to mental health care (27 September 2016)

Mental health charity Mind has responded to a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) about the need for a whole-government approach to mental health services.  Read more...

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East London café and director prosecuted over rodent infestation (27 September 2016)

Environmental Health officers at Tower Hamlets Borough Council have prosecuted a café for breaches of food hygiene regulations following a rodent infestation.  Read more...

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Mind supports call for reduction in use of restraint in mental health patients (26 September 2016)

Chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, Paul Farmer, has responded to data obtained by MP Norman Lamb and shared with the BBC, which highlight that the use of physical restraint has increased in many mental health trusts in England.  Read more...

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THINK! road safety campaign launched to encourage cyclists to “hang back” from HGVs (26 September 2016)

The government is launching a new road safety campaign today (26/09/16), urging cyclists in London and Manchester to “hang back” from lorries, in an attempt to reduce the number of crashes and improve cycling safety.  Read more...

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CCGs “spending less on mental health services” (26 September 2016)

Mental health charity Mind has said that many Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reducing the amount they are spending on mental health services.  Read more...

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Home Secretary re-admits 13 suspended police forces to stop and search scheme (26 September 2016)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has re-admitted 13 previously suspended police forces to the best use of stop and search scheme.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence and confiscation order for eBay trader dealing in counterfeit car accessories (26 September 2016)

Bath and North East Somerset Council has prosecuted a trader for 13 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.  Read more...

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£63,000 penalty after composting site fails to deal with air pollution (26 September 2016)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a composting company which caused air pollution next to a research centre in Cambridgeshire.  Read more...

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£150,000-worth of illegal tobacco and illicit alcohol seized in Wolverhampton (26 September 2016)

City of Wolverhampton Council has announced that recent raids in the city have netted £150,000-worth of illegal tobacco and illicit alcohol.  Read more...

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Supermarket prosecuted for putting public health at risk through mouse infestation (26 September 2016)

A supermarket found to have a mouse infestation has been fined £20,000, after Sandwell Council in the West Midlands took legal action against the company.  Read more...

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£246,000 penalty after worker dies in fall from height (26 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company in Somerset, following the death of a worker who fell through a factory roof skylight.  Read more...

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Wirral Council invests £2m in children’s services to meet Ofsted recommendations (26 September 2016)

Wirral Council has announced a £2 million investment in children’s services to tackle issues identified in the latest Ofsted inspection.  Read more...

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UK helps tackle migrant crisis by supporting jobs and education in crisis zones (26 September 2016)

The Prime Minister has pledged that the UK will tackle some of the drivers of mass migration, with new humanitarian funding to help address poverty, insecurity and conflict.  Read more...

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£7,500 in fines, after Stoke-on-Trent council takes nine people to court for environmental offences (26 September 2016)

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has prosecuted nine people for environmental offences, including fly-tipping, littering and failing to make sure waste is disposed of legally.  Read more...

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Greenwich Council announces campaign to highlight national Hate Crime Awareness Week (26 September 2016)

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has announced that it will be launching a week of activities in October, as part of the national Hate Crime Awareness Week campaign.  Read more...

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£111,000 penalty after site foreman suffers permanent serious injuries (26 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Surrey construction company, after a contractor was run over on a large site in Wokingham.  Read more...

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Seven-year disqualification for under declaring VAT (23 September 2016)

The director of a building company has been disqualified for seven years for VAT under-declaration.  Read more...

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56,000 house buyers have used Right to Buy scheme since 2012 (23 September 2016)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced that more than 56,000 households have been helped to purchase a home through the government’s revitalised Right to Buy scheme since 2012.  Read more...

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UK and Germany agree to tackle terrorism and migration pressures (23 September 2016)

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has discussed counter-terrorism, security and migration with Germany^s Interior Minister Dr. Thomas de Maizière in Berlin.  Read more...

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Sentencing Council for England and Wales appoints non-judicial member (23 September 2016)

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has announced that Chief Constable Simon Byrne MA QPM has been appointed to the council as a non-judicial member.  Read more...

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Welsh government launches #TalkChildcare campaign (23 September 2016)

Welsh Assembly Communities and Children’s Secretary Carl Sargeant has launched a new campaign to give parents an opportunity to highlight childcare issues that are important to them.  Read more...

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High Court winds up companies for operating fraudulent gold mining investment scheme (22 September 2016)

The High Court has wound up five companies involved in a fraudulent South American gold mines investment scheme.  Read more...

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£1m fine after worker is crushed to death by falling machinery (22 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a manufacturing company, after a worker was crushed to death by falling machinery.  Read more...

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Welsh government’s five-year plan offers more help for families and looked after children (22 September 2016)

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has announced the Welsh government’s five-year plan, Taking Wales Forward – which will include removing barriers to employment for parents by creating “the most generous childcare offer anywhere in the UK”.  Read more...

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Immigration fees on the rise but Law Society objects a ‘setback for justice’ (21 September 2016)

British Government has recently announced an increase of immigration fees with the Law Society rejecting the proposal of ‘punitive rises’ which may lead to a ‘huge setback’ for justice.  Read more...

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Welsh government launches £7.2m programme to help mental health patients and substance abusers back into work (21 September 2016)

The Welsh Assembly (WA) has announced an EU-backed programme to help 6,000 people recovering from substance misuse and mental health conditions into work.  Read more...

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Prime Minister sets out strategy for tackling modern slavery and human trafficking (21 September 2016)

Theresa May has called for international action to eradicate modern slavery worldwide and tackle human trafficking.  Read more...

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30 weeks in jail after breaching ASBO for waste offences (21 September 2016)

The owner of a Hampshire waste facility has been jailed after the Environment Agency prosecuted him for repeat offences.  Read more...

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Cornwall smallholder banned from keeping animals under Animal Welfare Act (21 September 2016)

Cornwall Council has prosecuted the owner of a smallholding in Truro for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and The Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2007.  Read more...

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Cambridge City Council to discuss £719,000-worth of grants to prevent homelessness (20 September 2016)

Cambridge City Council is proposing to spend £719,363 to prevent people becoming homeless – and will discuss the plan at the Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee on Thursday, 22 September.  Read more...

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£1m funding to help set up organised crime facility in northeast England (20 September 2016)

The Home Office has announced that £1 million is to be invested in a new crime fighting facility working across northeast England, bringing law enforcement agencies together under one roof.  Read more...

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12-year disqualification for director, after investment company fails to supply diamonds (20 September 2016)

The director of a coloured diamonds investments company has been disqualified for 12 years, after the company failed to supply any diamonds to investors.  Read more...

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£693,000 penalty after worker suffers catastrophic head injury in explosion (20 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Kent company, after a worker suffered life threatening injuries when a drum he was working on exploded.  Read more...

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12-month jail term for selling unlicensed drugs (19 September 2016)

A Surrey man who was prosecuted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been jailed for 12 months, after being convicted on charges of selling potentially dangerous unlicensed medicines to treat serious conditions.  Read more...

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11-year bankruptcy Restriction Order for assistant accountant who misappropriated funds (19 September 2016)

The High Court has imposed an 11-year bankruptcy Restrictions Order on a former assistant accountant for misappropriation of funds.  Read more...

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Government announces financial support to organisations tackling extremists (19 September 2016)

The Home Office has announced financial support for organisations working towards tackling extremism.  Read more...

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Essex County Council invests £85m in new special school places (19 September 2016)

Essex County Council is to invest a record £85 million in creating new special school places across Essex, with a proposed 400 new places being created.  Read more...

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Cambridge City Council publishes proposals to review housing services (19 September 2016)

Cambridge City Council has published proposals to review the city’s housing services, as part of a change programme to further improve efficiency and target resources at those in greatest need, as well as making provision for savings.  Read more...

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Conditional discharge for landlord of overcrowded and unlicensed HMO in disrepair (19 September 2016)

Weymouth and Portsmouth Borough Council has prosecuted a landlord for managing a property found to be unsafe and in need of repair.  Read more...

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Professional bodies call for government to secure access to skills in construction industry post Brexit (19 September 2016)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) says that the government needs to ensure the UK has access to a skilled workforce post Brexit – or risk a crisis in the construction industry.  Read more...

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£9,500 penalty for Penzance shop, after metal sign falls on child in pushchair (19 September 2016)

Cornwall Council has prosecuted the owner of a Penzance shop, after a heavy metal sign disconnected itself from the shopfront and fell onto a child in a pushchair.  Read more...

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Bradford Council encourages more men to talk about mental health to lower suicide rates (19 September 2016)

Bradford Council is encouraging more people to talk about their anxieties and worries – and to seek help if they need to – as a key part of efforts to cut suicide rates in Bradford.  Read more...

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Man charged with fraud after arriving from San Francisco under deportation order (19 September 2016)

City of London Police have charged a man previously wanted in connection with fraud offences.  Read more...

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£10,213 penalty for fisheries offences (19 September 2016)

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has prosecuted a father and son for fisheries offences, which included exceeding their monthly catch limit and failing to maintain accurate records.  Read more...

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Estate agent prosecuted for false advertising (19 September 2016)

Islington Council in north London has prosecuted an estate agent for false advertising, after a Sold board was erected on a property one year after it was first sold.  Read more...

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£12,000 fine after worker sustains fractures to arm in machinery (19 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an engineering company, after a worker was injured while operating a drilling machine.  Read more...

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Family devastated after not being told about a cancer operation error at University Hospital Coventry (16 September 2016)

Mother-of-three, Mrs Deborah O’Hara suffered from a cancerous tumour and underwent surgery on 10 June 2015 at University Hospital Coventry. During the procedure she had her kidney removed and mistakenly, blood supply from two arteries was cut off. Two days after her surgery she died and the O’Hara family were not told about the hospital’s surgical mistake.  Read more...

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£1bn shake up in court procedures will roll out pre-trial evidence sessions (16 September 2016)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and HM Courts & Tribunals Service have announced that vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for security industry director who defrauded employer of £37,000 in travel expenses (16 September 2016)

A former deputy director of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has been given a suspended jail sentence, after she defrauded the government body out of more than £37,000 for travel allowance payments to which she was not entitled.  Read more...

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Supported housing exempt from Local Housing Allowance cap until 2019 (16 September 2016)

The government has announced that supported housing will continue to be exempt from the Local Housing Allowance cap until 2019.  Read more...

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PHE alert over cleansing spray linked to infection after body piercings (16 September 2016)

Public Health England (PHE) is warning those who have had body piercings in recent months to stop using a product which may be linked to a higher risk of infection.  Read more...

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School fined £27,000 after child is found unconscious in swimming pool (16 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted St Edmunds School Canterbury for safety failings, after a seven-year-old boy nearly drowned while on a summer camp with the school.  Read more...

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Prosecutions for VaWG improve in northwest England (15 September 2016)

A new report published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) shows that the conviction rate for rape, sexual offences and domestic abuse prosecutions in the northwest has improved.  Read more...

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Sandwell Council completes 5,000th council home refurbishment under multimillion-pound investment programme (15 September 2016)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has refurbished its 5,000th council home as part of a multimillion-pound investment programme.  Read more...

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Oldham councillor disqualified for employing illegal workers (15 September 2016)

An Oldham Councillor has been disqualified as a director after an investigation found he had allowed his company to employ illegal workers.  Read more...

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£38,000 penalty for Hertfordshire bakery guilty of safety failings (15 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Hertfordshire bakery for safety failings which could have put workers at risk.  Read more...

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Crystal Palace football player airlifted to hospital after being trapped in a car crash (14 September 2016)

Pape Souare, a Premier League Crystal Palace football player, was airlifted to hospital last night after being trapped in the wreckage of a horrific motorway crash near Heathrow. As reported by London Fire Brigade, crews used specialist cutting equipment to free the trapped man and he was carried by the London’s Air Ambulance to the Royal London Hospital’s major trauma unit in Whitechapel with injuries to his jaw and thigh. However, his condition was said not to be life-threatening.  Read more...

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NHS dental charges a tax on health, says BDA (14 September 2016)

The British Dental Association (BDA) says that NHS charges are driving patients with dental problems to overstretched GPs – and could soon overtake government funding as the principle source of revenue for NHS dentistry.
Analysis from the BDA has found that NHS charges could help push around 600,000 dental patients to GPs – the BDA estimates these appointments cost the NHS over £26 million a year.  Read more...

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Jail sentence for former insolvency practitioner guilty of fraud and false accounting (14 September 2016)

An insolvency practitioner in Wales has been handed a two-year prison sentence as well as being disqualified from being a director, after pleading guilty to seven counts of fraud, two counts of theft and one count of false accounting at Cardiff Crown Court.  Read more...

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Office rapist given six-year jail term (14 September 2016)

A man who raped a woman in her office in the early hours of the morning as she slept has received a six-year jail sentence at the Old Bailey.  Read more...

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Tenant avoids possession order, after son is convicted of dealing drugs from council property (14 September 2016)

A tenant of Sheffield City Council has narrowly avoided eviction, after the council took action when her son was convicted of drug offences which took place at her home.  Read more...

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Ealing children’s services rated in top 10% of LAs by Ofsted (13 September 2016)

Ofsted has rated Ealing Children’s Services in the top 10% of local authorities (LAs) in England, under its tougher new inspection regime.  Read more...

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First tenants complete on housing association homes under Voluntary Right to Buy (13 September 2016)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced that the first housing association tenants have become homeowners under the new Voluntary Right to Buy scheme.  Read more...

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Lincolnshire Trading Standard receive nearly 1,000 complaints about second-hand cars (13 September 2016)

Lincolnshire Trading Standards is warning consumers to do their research when buying second-hand cars, after receiving 964 calls from consumers over second-hand cars in 2015-2016.  Read more...

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Peterborough Council considers appointing TACT to run fostering and adoption services (12 September 2016)

Councillors in Peterborough are to discuss a recommendation to appoint a charitable organisation to operate the council’s new fostering and adoption service.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for woman who wrongly claimed Housing Benefit for nine years (12 September 2016)

Trafford Council has prosecuted a 51-year-old woman for benefit fraud, after she claimed Housing Benefit she was not entitled to.  Read more...

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Welsh government sets out plans to tackle substance misuse and psychoactive drugs (12 September 2016)

The Welsh Assembly has set out new plans to tackle substance misuse, which will mean more training for health professionals dealing with new psychoactive substances – as well as more surveillance work to understand the scale and nature of performance enhancing drug use.   Read more...

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Public Health England cancer roadshow visits Wirral (12 September 2016)

Public Health England’s Be Clear on Cancer roadshow is to visit Birkenhead in the Wirral on 16 and 17 September, to raise awareness of respiratory illness and lung cancer.  Read more...

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Cornwall launches co-responder paramedic service for medical emergencies in St Ives (12 September 2016)

Cornwall emergency services are combining to provide an improved response to medical emergencies, with four qualified on call firefighters from St Ives Community Fire Station providing a co-response to medical emergencies, in partnership with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).  Read more...

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Westminster launches levy to protect residents from nuisance of basement developments (12 September 2016)

Westminster City Council has introduced a new “subterranean squad” of basement “nuisance busters” to act as a contact point for residents suffering from noise intrusion caused by basement developments.  Read more...

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Director disqualified after school meals company goes into liquidation following food hygiene breaches (12 September 2016)

The director of a company which supplied school meals has been disqualified for four years, after an inspection of company premises revealed serious breaches of food hygiene regulations.  Read more...

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Nottingham Council prosecutes landlord for “verminous” HMO (12 September 2016)

A Nottingham landlord has been fined £29,000, after a rental property on the Alfreton Road was found to be in a filthy and verminous condition, with a rat infestation.  Read more...

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£38,000 penalty for bakery guilty of safety failings (12 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a bakery company based in Hertfordshire for safety failings.  Read more...

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East Midlands Councils pledge 950 places for Syrian refugees (12 September 2016)

East Midlands Councils have pledged 950 places for Syrian refugees in more than 21 local authority areas in the East Midlands, for the duration of the government programme to accept 20,000 refugees from camps along the Syrian border.  Read more...

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London Mayor approves plans for up to 10,000 new homes in Barking (12 September 2016)

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given the green light to up to 10,000 new homes in Barking – as many as 50% of which could be affordable.  Read more...

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£10,500 fine for joint landlords of unlicensed and unsafe HMO (12 September 2016)

Hounslow Council has prosecuted the two joint landlords of a bedsit property in Hounslow, Greater London for poor housing conditions and running an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO).  Read more...

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£194,000 fine, after installation engineer fractures arm in unguarded machinery (12 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Wirral-based company, after an installation engineer sustained injuries to his arm in machinery.
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Prison sentence and disqualification for care home directors convicted of fraud by abuse of position (9 September 2016)

The directors of a care home company have been disqualified, after an Insolvency Service investigation found they had stolen money from residents.  Read more...

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Disqualification for director whose company marketed potentially toxic cancer “metabolism therapy” (9 September 2016)

A company director from Essex has been disqualified for 12 years, after an Insolvency Service investigation and Trading Standards found that his company had sold potentially toxic cancer treatment.  Read more...

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Rubin Italia interviewed on LBC radio discussing the sentence against the Islamist cleric convicted of supporting terrorism Anjem Choudary (8 September 2016)

Recognised as a leading lawyer in Crime by Chambers UK 2014 edition, Duncan Lewis Crime Director Rubin Italia was interviewed by Nick Ferrari’s Breakfast Show on LBC radio as an independent legal expert on 7th September about the sentence to over five years in prison against UK Preacher Anjem Choudary, convicted for supporting terrorism and radicalizing young Muslims across Europe.  Read more...

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£90,000 penalty for engineering firm, after worker sustains multiple leg fractures (8 September 2016)

A Milton Keynes-based engineering company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered serious injuries to his leg.  Read more...

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Ministry of Defence releases more land for government’s housebuilding targets (8 September 2016)

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to sell off a further 13 sites to build thousands of new homes and create a more effective and efficient Defence estate.  Read more...

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Former City trader to replay £2m under Confiscation Order (8 September 2016)

An initial investigation by the Insolvency Service – and a full criminal investigation and Prosecution by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – has resulted in a former City trader being served with a £2 million Confiscation Order.  Read more...

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Hospitals to provide more information for private healthcare patients (8 September 2016)

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said that hospitals must help provide better information for private patients.  Read more...

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The DAC litigation: what was achieved, and where to go from here (7 September 2016)

On 10 August 2016 the Court of Appeal handed down Judgment in the case of R (TH, ZA and MNK) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 815 . Permission to appeal was refused, and it follows that the generic argument on the operation of the Detained Asylum Casework System advanced by the Appellants ends. The wider ramifications of this decision will have to be carefully considered in the light of individual case facts, but it will not necessarily prevent individuals from showing unfairness in terms of the application of rules 34 or 35, protected characteristics, prejudice or unlawful detention.  Read more...

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Manslaughter verdict for man who appealed joint enterprise murder conviction (7 September 2016)

A Leicester man who appealed against a murder conviction under the law of joint enterprise has been convicted of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court.  Read more...

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Witnesses giving certain evidence to Undercover Policing Inquiry “can do so without fear of prosecution” (7 September 2016)

The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP has confirmed that witnesses providing certain evidence to the Undercover Policing Inquiry can do so without fear of being prosecuted.  Read more...

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Landowner and company taken to court for failing to comply with planning enforcement notice (7 September 2016)

Bath & North East Somerset Council has taken legal action against a landowner for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice requiring the demolition of an unauthorised building on green belt land.  Read more...

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£107,000 penalty, after worker loses arm in unguarded machinery (7 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bristol-based company, after a worker lost their arm when it was pulled into the rotating tail pulley of a conveyor belt.  Read more...

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Consultation on services for people at risk of domestic violence in Wolverhampton (7 September 2016)

The City of Wolverhampton Council is inviting the public and service users to offer their opinions on services for people at risk of domestic violence in Wolverhampton.
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Papyrus offers suicide prevention training in Wolverhampton in run up to World Suicide Prevention Day (6 September 2016)

Wolverhampton Council is offering training to organisations and individuals who may come into contact with someone at risk of suicide, as part of a range of activities taking place in Wolverhampton to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday (10/09/16).  Read more...

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UK making progress in tackling economic crime, says Attorney General (6 September 2016)

Attorney General Jeremy Wright has told the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime that the current system of limited corporate liability incentivises a company’s board to distance itself from the company’s operations.  Read more...

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£187,000 penalty after worker sustains spinal injuries in fall from height (6 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a construction firm, after a worker was seriously injured when he fell off a roof during demolition work.  Read more...

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£115,000 fine for Birmingham pub firm for mouse infestation in kitchen (6 September 2016)

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted Mitchells & Butlers Retail Limited, after evidence of mouse activity was found throughout one of its Birmingham city centre pubs.  Read more...

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Sandwell Council saves millions by tackling housing and tenancy fraud (5 September 2016)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands is stepping up its fight against tenancy and Right to Buy fraud, after it found that investigations by its counter-fraud team have saved the council millions of pounds.  Read more...

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Slough Council votes to launch private housing companies to meet demand (5 September 2016)

Slough Borough Council has announced plans to set up two private housing companies to help meet the growing demand for good quality rental homes in the borough.  Read more...

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New test reveals when some breast cancer patients develop drug resistance (5 September 2016)

Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research in London and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust have announced that a new blood test can detect when the most common form of breast cancer has become resistant to treatment.  Read more...

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Wolverhampton Council to encourage residents to reach out to others to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (5 September 2016)

The City of Wolverhampton Council has announced a series of activities to mark Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September.  Read more...

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Rotherham to consider family-based placements rather than children’s homes for children in care (5 September 2016)

Rotherham City Council has announced that children in care are to benefit from family-based placements as the preferred option, as the council seeks to make Rotherham a child-centred borough.  Read more...

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York and seven other cities and local authorities launch government’s 30-hour free childcare pilot (5 September 2016)

City of York Council has launched the start of the new 30 hours childcare pilot, as one of the first areas in England to offer 30 hours of free childcare support to parents from 1 September, so they can balance work with their family lives.  Read more...

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Jail for motorist who caused serious injuries to others, after driving while inhaling laughing gas (5 September 2016)

A woman who injured two passengers in an accident after she had taken laughing gas and decided to drive has been sentenced to 20 months in jail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.  Read more...

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Consultation launched to consider use of PSPOs in Gateshead (5 September 2016)

Gateshead Council has launched an initiative to counter anti-social behaviour (ASB) – including those who allow their dogs to foul pavements and persistent charity collectors.  Read more...

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£8,000 penalty for part worn tyre trader in Lincolnshire who sold defective goods (5 September 2016)

Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards department has prosecuted a trader who supplied worn tyres to customers.  Read more...

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Immigration Minister opens new passport office in Durham (5 September 2016)

Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill has opened a new passport office in Durham.  Read more...

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Tower Hamlets takes part in national data matching initiative to prevent fraud (5 September 2016)

Tower Hamlets Council is taking part in a countrywide anti-fraud data matching exercise.  Read more...

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£6,000 penalty for Islington resident who provided unregulated immigration advice (5 September 2016)

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has taken action against a man who provided unregulated immigration advice to clients.  Read more...

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West Lancashire Borough Council £1.7m fund for affordable housing schemes (5 September 2016)

West Lancashire Borough Council has allocated funding of around £1.7 million to provide much-needed affordable homes for local people.  Read more...

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Jail sentence and disqualification for director, after worker dies in loading accident (5 September 2016)

The Health and Safety executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company director, after a worker died from crush injuries in a loading accident.  Read more...

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Solihull takes court action to stop car cruising and motorbike racing on roads (2 September 2016)

Solihull Council in the West Midlands has been granted a borough-wide ban on motor vehicle racing, covering car-cruises and including motorbikes.  Read more...

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Thames Reach calls for improved mental health care for rough sleepers (2 September 2016)

The charity Thames Reach is calling for more to be done to highlight and address the needs of rough sleepers with mental health conditions in London.
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£7,000 fine after clinic fly posts Manchester city centre (2 September 2016)

Manchester City Council’s Environmental Crimes team has prosecuted a clinic for fly posting.  Read more...

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£2,000 penalty for housing fraud (2 September 2016)

Kettering Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a tenant who falsely claimed to be homeless while owning two properties.  Read more...

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The hidden benefit of the Package Holiday (1 September 2016)

Many of us have taken to the internet to book our own flights and accommodation. We enjoy the benefits of flexibility and lower costs. Have we considered the disadvantages? One important and often over looked advantage of the Package Holiday is that you enjoy the benefit of Package Travel Regulations.  Read more...

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McKinley –v- The Secretary of State for Justice (CO/4061/2016) (1 September 2016)

The Applicant was detained on remand in Germany pending his extradition to the United Kingdom, following the issue of a European Arrest Warrant. Both domestic and European law require that remand days in Germany are to count towards a criminal sentence in the United Kingdom – this issue was agreed upon between both parties.  Read more...

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More women suffering maternity discrimination at work, says report (1 September 2016)

A new government report on pregnancy and maternity discrimination has found that pregnant women and new mothers are still experiencing discrimination in the workplace.
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HGV driver found guilty of causing death of young mother (1 September 2016)

A lorry driver who collided with a young mother who died as a result has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.  Read more...

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£37,000 penalty after worker is seriously injured in fork-lift accident (1 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an engineering company in Knowsley on Merseyside, after an employee was seriously injured when he was struck by a metal structure during a lifting process using a fork-lift truck.  Read more...

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Sniffer dogs find £6,000-worth of illicit alcohol and counterfeit tobacco in Newcastle (1 September 2016)

Newcastle City Council has used sniffer dogs in a crackdown on illicit alcohol in seven shops in the city’s East End and West End areas.  Read more...

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Fine for couple who failed to comply with Enforcement Notice (1 September 2016)

South Bucks District Council has successfully prosecuted a couple, who failed to comply with a planning Enforcement Notice requiring the demolition of an unauthorised two-storey outbuilding.  Read more...

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