Archive for the 'alcohol abuse' Category

Child abuse trial judge accused of being drunk in court – The Guardian

“The legal watchdog is investigating a crown court judge after he was accused of being ‘influenced by alcohol’ during a trial in which an alleged paedophile was freed.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drink drivers lose right to demand blood tests – Daily Telegraph

“Motorists who are marginally over the limit are to lose the right to demand a blood test under the biggest changes to drink-drive law in over 40 years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man admits ‘horrific’ attack on cat – The Independent

“A man killed a cat when he picked it up by a hind leg and swung it head-first into a wall at least four times, a court has heard.”

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The Independent, 24th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Speeding drink-driver jailed for fatal M4 crash – BBC News

“A drink-driver who caused a fatal crash at speeds of more than 100mph on the M4 in Berkshire has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.”

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BBC News, 1st October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed after microwaving ‘favourite’ hamster – The Independent

“An unemployed construction worker who microwaved his favourite hamster to death was jailed for nine weeks today.”

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The Independent, 22nd September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Woman escapes jail for urinating on memorial – The Independent

“A woman branded ‘Britain’s most disgusting person’ by veterans after she was convicted of urinating on a war memorial was given a suspended sentence today.”

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The Independent, 25th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

All-day drink law was a mistake, says Sir Hugh Orde – BBC News

“The 24-hour drink licensing laws were a ‘mistake’, Association of Chief Police Officers president Sir Hugh Orde says.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Drunk Exeter ‘piggy back’ sex attacker, 18, jailed – BBC News

“A drunken youth who sexually assaulted two teenage girls after jumping on their backs for a piggy back ride has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 1st July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police press home secretary to call time on late-night drinking laws – The Guardian

“There was a high-pitched shriek; then the fight started. For several moments, the group of girls tore into each other before bouncers pulled them apart. Outside the 24-hour off-licence across the road, a crowd of lads cheered above a sound track of breaking bottles, swearing and heavy bass lines.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Report calls for tougher drink driving laws – The Guardian

“A government-commissioned report has called for Britain’s drink driving laws to be toughened to a level that would mean some people would be over the legal limit after one drink.”

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The Guardian, 16th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ASBO bans woman from lap dancing, pole dancing and prostitution – Daily Telegraph

“A woman alleged to have driven neighbours out of their homes by her sexual activities has been banned from inviting any men around for the night except for her brothers and the emergency services.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man jailed for killing fundraiser in Cwmbran – BBC news

“A steelworker has been jailed for three years after killing a financial adviser who was out fundraising with his friends for a local football team.”

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BBC News,6th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge calls for review of 24 hour licensing laws – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has called for a review of the 24 hour licensing laws after becoming exasperated at dealing with cases of drunken violence ‘on an almost daily basis’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

GP drove on motorway while almost five times over drink-drive limit – Daily Telegraph

“Dr Claire Nelson said she was ‘deeply remorseful’ after being placed on probation for 18 months and banned from driving for two years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Carnage student pub crawl organiser spared jail after punching 61-year-old unconscious – The Guardian

“A student pub-crawl organiser has been given a suspended jail sentence for punching a 61-year-old man unconscious after he expressed concerns about noise during an event involving 1,000 students.”

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The Guardian, 29th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man loses licence after drink-driving in toy Barbie car – Daily Telegraph

“A man who was caught drink-driving in a toy car with a top speed of 4mph has been banned from driving.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Offenders who commit ‘grave crimes’ must be named, says judge – Daily Telegraph

“A judge said the public deserved to know the identities of offenders who committed ‘grave crimes’ as he allowed the naming of a juvenile who killed an innocent peacemaker with a single punch.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police given more powers on under-age drinking – The Independent

“New powers aimed at making it easier for police to crack down on under-age drinkers came into force today.”

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The Independent, 29th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tough new powers to tackle alcohol crime announced – Home Office

“A ban on irresponsible drink promotions and a compulsory requirement to check under-18s for ID are among the final conditions of a proposed mandatory code for alcohol retailers announced by the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson.”

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Home Office, 19th January 2010

Source: www.homeoffice,gov.uk

Macclesfield man jailed for driving wrong way drunk – BBC News

“A man, 44, who drove six miles the wrong way along a dual carriageway has been jailed for eight months and banned from driving for three years.”

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BBC News, 19th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Drunk men who demand sex from partner should be ‘treated as rapists’ – The Guardian

“Drunken men who demand sex from their wives or girlfriends should be treated as rapists and no longer allowed to claim their judgment was blurred by alcohol, according to the head of the government’s review of the rape laws.”

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The Guardian, 14th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Motorist loses crash death appeal – BBC News

“A motorist who was drunk when she hit and killed a 15-month-old boy in his pushchair has lost her appeal against her seven-year sentence.”

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BBC News, 4th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Tougher drink-drive law considered by ministers – The Guardian

“The drink-drive limit could be lowered to a small glass of wine or a single pint of beer after the government ordered a review of drink and drug driving laws.”

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Call for ban on drinks industry sponsoring sporting events – The Guardian

“The government should ban the alcohol industry from sponsoring any sporting event in the interest of preventing harm, international medical experts say today.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drink-drive woman spared prison – BBC News

“A driver who was nearly five times over the legal drink-drive limit when she crashed her car has escaped prison.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2009

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Drunk driver who killed fiance is jailed

“A drunk mother who killed her fiance by running him over with her car outside a pub was jailed for three years today.”

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The Independent, 12th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Railway track driver spared jail – BBC News

“A drunk woman who drove almost half a mile along railway tracks before her car broke down has been spared jail.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Drug-using killer driver jailed – BBC News

“A driver has been jailed for killing a cyclist while over the drink-drive limit and under the influence of drugs.”

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BBC News, 8th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge attacks low-cost alcohol – Daily Telegraph

“A judge criticised the low cost of alcohol after being told a young defendant drank 24 cans of Stella Artois lager a day despite being unemployed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Chelsea star banned from driving – BBC News

“Chelsea star John Mikel Obi has been banned from driving for 15 months after admitting drinking and driving.”

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BBC News, 24th April, 2009

source: www.bbc.co.uk

Men may not be able to blame alcohol for underage sex – The Times

“Drinking alcohol does not affect a man’s ability to guess whether a young girl is under the age of consent, according to a study with implications for cases of underage sex.”

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The Times, 20th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Chef accused of rape of drunken lawyer acquitted in 45 minutes – Daily Telegraph

“A jury took just 45 minutes to acquit a chef wrongly accused of raping a lawyer who claimed she was took drunk to give her consent.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Tesco to challenge any person who looks under 25 if they buy alcohol – Daily Telegraph

“Tesco will insist that any shopper who looks under 25 must prove his or her age to buy alcohol, after it became the first supermarket to be taken to court for persistently selling alcohol to youngsters.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Drunken air rage passenger jailed – BBC News

“A 50-year-old man from Staffordshire has been jailed for six months for a drunken air rage attack on a plane.”

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BBC News, 5th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ban for 12-pints speeding driver – BBC News

“A court has heard how a man crashed into a lamp post while driving at 80mph in a 30mph zone after drinking 12 pints and rowing with his girlfriend.”

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BBC News, 2nd March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed for getting drunk on plane – The Independent

“A man who terrified passengers on a plane after drinking a bottle of vodka in the toilet cubicle has been jailed for 12 weeks, police said today.”

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The Independent, 13th February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Low-alcohol wine manufacturer fights ban – The Times

“The food standards watchdog was accused yesterday of a ‘heavy handed abuse of power’ in banning a new low-alcohol wine in the face of Government policy urging people to drink sensibly.”

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The Times, 10th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Man fined £185 for being drunk in charge of horse – Daily Telegraph

“A man was fined £185 for being drunk in charge of a horse after riding the animal bareback through the streets.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th January 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mother wins drive ban law change – BBC News

“A Teesside mother, whose daughter was killed by a drink-driver, has helped win a change in the law on bans served by jailed motorists.”

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BBC News, 27th January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reforming the law on intoxication – Law Commission

“On 15 January 2009 we published our report on ‘Intoxication and Criminal Liability’.  Our report addresses the law governing the extent to which a defendant may rely on his or her drunken or otherwise intoxicated state at the time he or she committed a criminal offence to avoid liability.  The report focuses on the situation where the defendant was voluntarily intoxicated.  However, the report also addresses the more unusual situation where the defendant’s intoxication was involuntary.”

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Law Commission, 15th January 2009

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Drunk judge suspended for kissing lawyer and swearing in court – Daily Telegraph

“A drunk judge had to be escorted from court after kissing a solicitor, swearing at an usher and insulting a prosecutor while ‘fortified’ with brandy, a disciplinary tribunal has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Morning-after drink-drive ban for Mike Tindall – The Times

“Mike Tindall has been banned from the road for three years after he was caught driving while over the alcohol limit on his way to commentate on an international rugby match.”

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The Times, 9th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Drunk driver jailed for seven years for baby’s death – The Guardian

“A woman who lost control of her Toyota 4×4, swerved on to a kerb and crushed a toddler in his pushchair was jailed for seven years today.”

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The Guardian, 7th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government cracks down on irresponsible drinking – Home Office

“A ban on ‘all you can drink’ promotions in pubs and bars has been announced by the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Health Secretary Alan Johnson.”

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Home Office, 3rd December 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Woman walks free from court despite driving after 20 pint and vodka binge – Daily Telegraph

“A former women’s international cricketer who was caught driving after drinking 20 pints of beer and a several vodkas has walked free from court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Call for tougher laws on alcohol – The Independent

“Drinks firms should be forced to post warnings on alcohol ads as part of wide-ranging measures to cut binge drinking, the Government’s official drugs advisers have warned.”

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The Independent, 26th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Binge drinkers to confront their alcohol-related criminal behaviour – Home Office

“Binge drinkers arrested for alcohol related offences in nine police force areas across the country will be compelled to face up to the consequences of their drinking, Home Office Minister Alan Campbell announced today.”

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Home Office, 13th November 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Consultant gynaecologist suspended for drinking before operation – Daily Telegraph

“A consultant gynaecologist travelled to hospital ready to operate while twice the drink-driving limit, the General Medical Council has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bans for violent drunks not being used – Daily Telegraph

“A key plank of the Government’s plans to tackle alcohol-fuelled disorder introduced two years ago has still not been used.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Former goalkeeper Luke McCormick given seven years for fatal car crash – The Guardian

“A former Championship goalkeeper was today jailed for seven years and four months after admitting killing two young brothers while driving dangerously at twice the legal alcohol limit.”

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The Guardian, 6th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Britain decides against a new lower limit for drink-driving – The Times

“Britain is to become the only European country that allows motorists to have at least one alcoholic drink and still be legally fit to drive.”

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The Times, 6th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Long hours and stress drive lawyers to drink and drugs – The Times

“A culture of long hours and stress are driving increasing numbers of lawyers to drink and drugs, both within and outside the workplace.”

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The Times, 6th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Rape compensation still not paid – BBC News

“Compensation has still not been paid in full to some rape victims who had their payouts incorrectly reduced because they had been drinking when attacked.”

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BBC News, 30th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Call to give local people power to block licensing applications – The Guardian

“People could be given the power to object to alcohol licensing applications on public health grounds under a radical plan from a commission charged with improving health in the most sickly city in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 18th September 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘I felt like I’d been slapped’ – BBC News

“A rape victim who was told her compensation would be cut because she had been drinking before the attack has had the decision overturned.”

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BBC News, 12th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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