Archive for the 'crime' Category

The era of the high-rolling criminal barrister is over – The Guardian

“A handful of criminal barristers still make big money, but the rest may have to diversify if they want to eat.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Online crime maps for all streets in England and Wales – The Guardian

“Detailed maps providing a monthly snapshot of crime and antisocial behaviour on every street across England and Wales are published for the first time today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Call to cut number of minor offences – BBC News

“Criminal laws dealing with many petty offences should be scrapped, according to the body responsible for reviewing the law in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R v Ahmed – WLR Daily

R v Ahmed; [2010] WLR (D) 219

“The act of procuring the miscarriage of a woman’s child did not, by itself, amount to an offence known to English law. Where a defendant was charged with an offence of supplying or procuring any instrument or thing, knowing that it was intended to be unlawfully used or employed with intent to procure the miscarriage of a woman, the ‘thing’ supplied or procured had to be some sort of article or object and could not include a medical procedure. ‘Procure’ of the instrument or thing did not include the taking of possession of or use of an instrument or thing by a third person.”

WLR Daily, 2nd  August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Organised crime gangs ‘outwitting police’ – The Independent

“The long arm of the law is failing to reach the most dangerous organised crime gangs, Britain’s most senior police officer warned.”

Full story

The Independent, 13th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Government’s vision for criminal justice reform – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has given a speech on criminal justice reform at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 30th June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Criminal justice reform promised – Ministry of Justice

“The policing and criminal justice minister has laid out government plans for creating a system shaped by the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 24th June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New arrests data for veterans reveals ‘massive problem’ – The Guardian

“Thousands of former military personnel are being arrested in Britain each month, many for violent crimes, new figures obtained by the Guardian suggest.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge-only trials should be an option for serious organised crimes – The Guardian

“Trial by jury has become a central feature of the coalition agreement policy on civil liberties ‑ but is it time for reform?”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Kluxen; Regina v Rostas and another – WLR Daily

Regina v Kluxen; Regina v Rostas and another [2010] EWCA Crim 1081; [2010] WLR (D) 128

“Where the Secretary of State for the Home Department was required by s 32 of the United Kingdom Borders Act 2007 to make a deportation order in respect of a foreign criminal, namely a person who was not a British citizen and who had been convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment or detention of at least 12 months, it was not appropriate or necessary for the sentencing court to recommend the deportation of that person.”

WLR Daily, 18th May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Crime and Security Act 2010

Crime and Security Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Prosecutors must ‘raise game’ on disabled hate crime – BBC News

“The Crown Prospection Service should do more to help disabled victims of hate crime, an official has admitted.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

More than 150 children convicted of crimes every day – Daily Telegraph

“More than 150 children are convicted every day of crimes including violent assaults and burglary, with some offenders as young as 10 years-old.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Zaman – WLR Daily

Regina v Zaman [2010] WLR (D) 7

“Where a defendant has pleaded guilty to a charge under s 4(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967 of assisting an offender, the conviction is not rendered unsafe by reason of subsequent acquittal of the person assisted.”

WLR Daily, 25th January 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

 Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

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.”

Full press release

Home Office, 19th January 2010

Source: www.homeoffice,gov.uk

DNA matches solve only a fraction of crimes, police admit – The Guardian

“Only 33,000 of the 4.9m crimes the police recorded last year were solved as a result of a match on the national DNA database, police admitted today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Number of crimes caught on CCTV falls by 70 per cent, Metropolitan Police admits – Daily Telegraph

“Prosecutions linked to CCTV have fallen in parts of Britain, raising questions about the true impact of the security cameras.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New Crime and Security Bill to make our communities safer – Home Office

“A new Crime and Security Bill aims to protect our communities by making our streets safer and giving more help to victims of crime.”

Full press release

Home Office, 20th November 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

48 violent or sex offenders under supervision charged with further offences – The Guardian

“Forty-eight convicted violent or sex criminals have been charged with a further offence of murder, rape or another serious offence while under the supervision of the probation service in the last year, according to official figures published today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Secretary’s statement on the Review of Data Quality: Most Serious Violence – Home Office

“Home Secretary Alan Johnson has released a statement on the publication of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary data quality review on most serious violence.”

http://www.hmic.gov.uk/sitecollectiondocuments/thematics/thm_20091020.pdf

Home Office, 22nd October 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Violent crimes ‘wrongly classed’ – BBC News

“More than a third of violent incidents classed as ‘no crime’ have been wrongly recorded, according to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Detections using DNA database fall despite huge rise in profiles – The Guardian

“Detections using the national DNA database have fallen over the past two years despite the number of profiles increasing by 1m and its running costs doubling to £4.2m a year.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crime map to show burglary levels for every town and village – Daily Telegraph

“The public will be able to compare crime rates in every town and village in England and Wales following the launch of a new interactive map.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Plans to tackle hate crime to better support victims – Home Office

“New measures to support victims of hate crime, bring more perpetrators to justice and increase reporting of these crimes were outlined today by the governmet.”

Full story

Home Office press release, 14th September 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

New pledge to support young victims of crime – Ministry of Justice

“A pioneering government programme to support young victims of crime as well as helping them to keep themselves safe will be rolled out nationwide, Justice Minister Bridget Prentice announced today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 24th August 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

More than 100 children a day convicted of criminal offences – Daily Telegraph

“More than 360,000 children have been convicted of crimes since Labour came to power.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Youth Crime Action Plan – responses to consultation – Ministry of Justice

“The government has published a summary of the responses to its consultation on the Youth Crime Action Plan issued on 16 July 2008.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 25th June 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

CCTV schemes in city and town centres have little effect on crime, says report – The Guardian

“The use of closed-circuit television in city and town centres and public housing estates does not have a significant effect on crime, according to Home Office-funded research to be distributed to all police forces in England and Wales this summer.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK’s 5,000 most wanted: agency identifies top criminals – The Guardian

“The true extent of organised crime in the UK is becoming clearer as a result of an extensive intelligence-gathering drive, according to the policing organisation responsible for bringing gangsters under control.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Failing Serious Organised Crime Agency to be overhauled – The Times

“The fight against organised crime is to be overhauled, in a tacit admission by the Government that the problem is out of control. In his first speech on crime since becoming Prime Minister almost two years ago, Gordon Brown announced today a new strategy to tackle criminal businesses.”

Full story

The Times, 12th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Home Office flouted guidelines in 10 ways over knife crime statistics – The Guardian

“The early release of knife crime statistics by the Home Office last month flouted new official guidelines in 10 different ways, the UK statistics authority said today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crime maps delivered on internet – BBC News

“Residents of England and Wales can now access online maps which plot recorded crime in their neighbourhood.”

Full story

BBC News, 6th January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Violent crime underestimated for 10 years – The Independent

“Police have been under-recording the most serious violent crimes for up to a decade, the Home Office admitted, as figures revealed an apparent 22 per cent increase in incidents this year. Conservatives said the Government’s claims to have cut crime were ‘fatally undermined’ as reports of violent crimes from murders to grievous bodily harm leapt during the year to June, after officials discovered hundreds of incidents had been wrongly recorded by a string of police forces. As many as 13 forces had been recording offences of grievous bodily harm with intent in a lower category, when they should have been included in figures for the most serious offences.”

Full story

The Independent, 24th October 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Violent crimes have been ‘under-recorded’ – The Independent

“Some police forces have been failing to record serious violent crime properly, the Home Office said today, as it reported an increase of 22 per cent this year.”

Full story

The Independent, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Disabled people failed by courts and police – The Independent

“Christine Lakinski lay dying on her doorstep when Anthony Anderson decided to urinate on her. Ms Lakinski, a severely disabled woman, had been walking back from her local shops, in Hartlepool, with a box of laminate flooring when she collapsed.”

Full story

The Independent, 6th October 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

How we all break the law every day – Daily Telegraph

“Millions of people who declare themselves innocent law abiding citizens actually commit around seven crimes a week.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Crime victims face ‘postcode lottery’ in policing, says report – Daily Telegraph

“Crime victims are having to wait for up to a week before they can see a police officer and untrained officers are being sent to investigate serious offences, reports from the policing standards watchdog show.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cherie Booth tells politicians to stop ‘hysterically’ hyping crime – The Independent

“The ‘hysterical rhetoric of politicians attempting to ride the tiger of public opinion’ is fuelling the fear of crime, according to a commission headed by Cherie Booth. The Commission on English Prisons Today, led by the wife of the former prime minister, protested over the record prison population reached under the government led until last year by Tony Blair.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

London crime maps are launched – BBC News

“Maps showing the numbers of muggings, burglaries and vehicle break-ins across London have been made available online.”

Full story

BBC News, 3rd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Britons ‘passive against crime’ – BBC News

“British people are the least likely in Europe to be ‘have-a-go heroes’ and get involved if they witness a crime, research from a think tank claims.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Will crime maps work? – BBC News Magazine

“Last month the Home Office announced that everyone in England and Wales will have access to crime maps of their local area by the end of this year. But will they help cut crime, or could they have unforeseen consequences?”

Full story

BBC News Magazine, 26th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Does disability hate crime exist? – BBC News Magazine

“A handful of violent and degrading attacks on disabled people have provoked outrage among the press and public. But are they isolated cases or one end of a spectrum of intimidation and violence that many disabled people encounter?”

Full story

BBC News Magazine, 19th August 2008

Source: www.bb.co.uk

Number of serial child criminals soars by two thirds in decade – Daily Telegraph

“The number of children repeatedly committing crimes across the country has soared by two-thirds since Labour came to power, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Northern England has most dangerous – and least dangerous – places to live – The Guardian

“People have a one in 10 risk of being a victim of crime in the highest crime districts, but only there is a one in 50 risk in the best, figures reveal today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crime: Map shows domestic violence is everywhere – The Guardian

“Humberside police service recorded the highest number of women murdered by their partners, and the City of London police the lowest, in the past five years, according to a new map of murder rates across England and Wales published by the government’s Equalities Unit yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crime maps online ‘by end 2008’ – BBC News

“New interactive maps which will allow every neighbourhood in England and Wales to access local crime information will be ready by the end of the year.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Solicitor General speech: crimes against older people prosecution policy – Attorney General’s Office

“Solicitor General speech: crimes against older people prosecution policy.”

Full speech

Attorney’s General’s Office, 18th July 2008

Source: http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Inner-cities saw 55% of knife and gun crime – The Guardian

“More than 55% of knife and gun crime attacks in the past year were concentrated in inner-city areas of London, Birmingham and Manchester, according to Home Office statistics published yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Latest crime statistics released – Home Office

“Statistics for 2007-08 show historic falls in crime across England and Wales.”

Full press release

Home Office, 17th july 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Crime costs every person £275 a year – Daily Telegraph

“Crime cost the country nearly £15 billion – or £275 for every person – last year, according to a new report.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Boris Johnson’s city crime map delayed by privacy issue – The Times

“Boris Johnson is facing his first big policy obstacle as Mayor of London after the Information Commissioner objected to his plans to map crime in the capital street by street, The Times has learnt.”

Full story

The Times, 25th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police chief: public has little faith in crime figures – The Independent

“The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has admitted that there is ‘almost no public faith’ in crime figures.”

Full story

The Independent, 19th June 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

12 per cent of violent crime by children – Daily Telegraph

“More than one in 10 violent attacks are committed by children, according to a newly released Home Office survey.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd May 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police arrest 198 over hate crime – BBC News

“Police have arrested 198 people on suspicion of domestic, homophobic and race hate crimes after raids across London, Scotland Yard have said.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Youth crime drive has ‘no impact’ – BBC News

“A decade-long government drive to cut youth offending has had ‘no measurable impact’, an independent study suggests.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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