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Thursday, 19 December 2019 11:02

CCTV missing at HMP Birmingham

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A troubled jail has been making "steady progress" under new leadership but CCTV "promised for years" has still not been installed, inspectors have said. HMP Birmingham used to be run by security firm G4S but was taken back into government control this year.
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:30

Medway secure training centre

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Pain-inflicting techniques continue to be used on children in a young offenders institute, the latest Ofsted inspection has found, despite a serious case review and a BBC Panorama expose. Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, remains inadequate after inspectors' "serious concerns".
Monday, 16 December 2019 10:20

Double jeopardy sentence

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Double murderer facing life in legal first - ITV News reports. A murderer will be sentenced on Monday for killing two pensioners 20 years ago in a double jeopardy case which made legal history. Prolific jewel thief Michael Weir, 52, battered veteran Leonard Harris, 78, and mother-of-three Rose Seferian, 83, during two burglaries five weeks apart in 1998, the Old Bailey was told. Retired cabbie Mr Harris’s widow Gertrude, who also suffered head injuries, died a few years later in a care home.  
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 12:26

Case withdrawn

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Successful representations resulted in the withdrawal of proceedings for handling stolen goods against our client. 
Monday, 09 December 2019 10:42

Questions questions.........

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I have been released under investigation and given a date to answer bail. What happens now?  
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The convictions imposed nearly 50 years ago against three men have been overturned. 
Tuesday, 03 December 2019 13:33

Right to be offended

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The “right to be offended” does not exist, a judge has said, as the High Court hears that British police forces are recording hate incidents even if there is no evidence that they took place. 
Monday, 02 December 2019 10:17

Facial recognition challenge

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Cardiff resident who lost a High Court challenge over police deployment of automated facial recognition technology has been given permission to take his case to the Court of Appeal.
Thursday, 28 November 2019 15:00

Pregnancy in custody

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Shock and outrage was the widespread reaction to the death of a newborn baby girl at Bronzefield prison in Surrey in September, after her mother (neither have been named) gave birth alone in her cell at night. How could a such a thing have happened in the UK in 2019? 
Monday, 25 November 2019 10:37

The Spectator poses the question.....

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The Spectator poses the question - What should we do with adults who murder children? ‘Nothing good’ is a perfectly understandable response. Child killers occupy a unique position on the destitute outer fringes of humanity. Bogeymen made real, they are in fact often pathetic, hideously damaged individuals driven to satisfy appetites we can only guess at. 
Friday, 22 November 2019 13:08

Decline in rape charges

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An undisclosed Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) target may be behind huge declines in numbers of rape suspects charged since 2016, the Gazette reveals. Rape prosecutions in England and Wales have plummeted to their lowest level since 2008, despite record numbers of allegations to police. 
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 09:50

Clogging up the system

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Christopher Hart report - Last year, two women had a silly argument on a train over boiled eggs. Normally, that wouldn’t have made headlines in the local Press, let alone a national newspaper. Yet, as the Mail reported yesterday, that minor spat on an early-morning commuter train somehow escalated all the way to the Crown Court, at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds to the taxpayer, countless hours in police and judicial time, and no end of stress, presumably, for the individuals involved
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 13:28

Double Jeopardy

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A jewel thief who beat two elderly people to death in their own homes has been convicted of their murders two decades on.
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  Children as young as seven are among thousands of under-18s stopped and searched by police in Wales. In the four years up to March 2019, more than 9,000 children and young people were searched by officers. Fewer than a tenth of those were arrested.
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