Archive for the 'harassment' Category

Cyber-stalking laws: police review urged – BBC News

“A senior police officer is calling on the government to review whether laws governing cyber-stalking in the UK are fit for purpose.”

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BBC News, 1st May 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jail term for man who burned Koran – The Independent

“A man who burned a Koran in front of city centre shoppers has been jailed for 70 days.”

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The Independent, 18th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Cyberstalking ‘now more common’ than face-to-face stalking – The Guardian

“Cyberstalking is now more common than physical harassment, according to new figures due to be released next week, with many victims finding themselves pursued by complete strangers online.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Leicestershire police officers criticised in IPCC probe – BBC News

“Two Leicestershire police officers face misconduct proceedings following an investigation into the way they dealt with a victim of harassment.”

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BBC News, 29th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cyber-stalking should be a criminal offence, MPs say – BBC News

“Cyber-stalking should be made a criminal offence, says a group of MPs calling for an overhaul of the law.”

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BBC News, 30th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cow manure fetish man is jailed by Cornwall court – BBC News

“A man with a fetish for cow manure has been jailed for two years.”

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BBC News, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Greater Manchester Police criticised over David Askew case – BBC News

“Police have been criticised for their handling of the case of a man with learning difficulties who died after being harassed in Greater Manchester.”

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BBC News, 21st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Spurned lover is first person jailed for stalking by blog – Daily Telegraph

“A hospital administrator has made legal history as the first man to be jailed in Britain for using an internet blog to stalk a woman.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Crawley Town fan sentenced for mocking Munich air crash – BBC News

“A Crawley Town football fan has been given a suspended jail term after he pleaded guilty to mocking victims of the Munich air crash in a music video.”

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BBC News, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

DPP says prosecuting disability hate crime is “the next frontier” for the Criminal Justice System – Crown Prosecution Service

“Prosecutors are ‘still in the foothills’ when it comes to prosecuting disability hate crime, the DPP Keir Starmer QC said today (Wednesday ) in a speech to Sussex Law School’s ‘Issues in Criminal Justice’ series at the University of Sussex.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Luton army parade protesters lose High Court appeal – BBC News

“Five Muslim men who disrupted a march by soldiers who had just returned from Afghanistan have lost an appeal against convictions for public order offences.”

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BBC News, 16th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stalker takes legal action against victim – Daily Telegraph

“A stalker who Googled his victim 40,000 times has taken legal action against her for ‘ruining his reputation’ with comments on her website.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man faces jail after ‘axe-attack’ joke – Daily Telegraph

“A man is facing jail after he tried to scare teenagers away by chasing his ketchup-smeared fiancée down a moonlit farm track whilst wielding an axe.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ex-KGB agent sues MI5 over ‘privacy breach’ – The Independent

“A former senior KGB agent is suing MI5 over invasion of his privacy, alleging his family members were victims of a campaign of harassment and unlawful surveillance.”

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The Independent, 6th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina v Buxton and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Buxton and others [2010] WLR (D) 214

“There was no reason in principle why a restraining order should not be made to protect a company or a group of persons from harassment.”

WLR Daily, 3rd December 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.

Regina v Major – WLR Daily

Regina v Major [2010] WLR (D) 309

“The Registrar of Criminal Appeals had power to grant a representation order in respect of an application or appeal against a restraining order imposed on acquittal of an offence, pursuant to the provisions of s 5A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.”

WLR Daily, 2nd December 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.

Spurned lover publishes sex photographs of ex-girlfriend on Facebook – Daily Telegraph

“Hooper used his former girlfriend’s own page on the social networking site to post the seven ‘intimate’ shots of her, Gloucester Crown Court was told. Hooper, 34, of Churchdown, Glos, was jailed for 18 months after he admitted breaching a restraining order and committing an unrelated burglary at another woman’s flat.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fiona Bruce harasser detained under mental health laws – BBC News

“A man who harassed BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce by sending her ‘love messages’ has been detained in hospital under mental health laws.”

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BBC News, 7th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS to prosecute online stalkers – The Guardian

“Stalkers, including those who use the internet to target victims, will face tougher action, it was announced today, as prosecutors admitted they have failed to take the problem seriously in the past.”

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS introduces “ground-breaking” legal guidance on stalking – Crown Prosecution Service

“For the first time victims of stalking have had their ordeal recognised in official government guidance. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today published revised guidance on stalking and harassment. It emphasises the existence and widespread nature of ‘stalking’ as a particular category of harassment and it identifies the various ways in which stalking occurs.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Ralli pursues group action for harassment against London firm – Law Society’s Gazette

“National firm Ralli is seeking to pursue a group action for harassment against London firm ACS Law in relation to the handling of file-sharing cases.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Man who threatened to kill Cheryl Cole jailed – Daily Telegraph

“A man who threatened to kill singer Cheryl Cole and blow up a football stadium has been jailed for two years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Luton man who threw egg at Baroness Warsi jailed – BBC News

“A man who threw an egg at the face of a Conservative peer on a visit to Luton has been jailed for six weeks.”

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BBC News, 29th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Bullied’ lawyer launches £800,000 lawsuit against employers – Daily Telegraph

“A former top City lawyer who says she was driven to a mental breakdown by a ‘psycho’ colleague has launched an £800,000 lawsuit over claims that her employers failed to support her.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

EHRC to launch inquiry into disability hate crimes – The Guardian

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to launch a probe into disability hate crimes and harassment after figures revealed that a person appears in court every working day charged with abusing the disabled – often violently.”

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The Guardian, 14th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barrister must pay over abusive emails – The Independent

“A barrister in a £33 million race row who waged a campaign of harassment against her former boyfriend was today ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to his new love interest.”

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The Independent, 20th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Barry George wins damages over claim he was obsessed with Cheryl Cole – Daily Telegraph

“Barry George, who was cleared of murdering Jill Dando, accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages over claims that he was obsessed with Cheryl Cole and Kay Burley.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Northampton man banned from wearing skirt breached Asbo – BBC News

“A man banned from wearing skirts or showing bare legs on school days has been found guilty of breaching an Asbo.”

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BBC News, 6th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Firefighter who slept with boss wins payout – Daily Telegraph

“A woman firefighter who resorted to sleeping with her boss in a vain attempt to end a campaign of harassment against has received a payout from her former employers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

John Lennon Airport sexual image atheist gets Asbo – BBC News

“A ‘militant atheist’ who left explicit images in a prayer room at Liverpool John Lennon Airport has been given a six-month suspended sentence.”

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BBC News, 23rd April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

City workers shouldn’t take offence at sexist comments, tribunal rules – Daily Telegraph

“Female bankers should not take offence when confronted with sexist remarks in the workplace, a tribunal has ruled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man convicted of harassing model Sophie Anderton – BBC News

“A stockbroker has been found guilty of stalking model Sophie Anderton by bombarding her with text messages.”

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BBC News, 25th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Killer stalker jailed for life – The Guardian

“A stalker who carried out a ‘frenzied’ knife attack on his ex-girlfriend after a campaign of harassment has been jailed for life.Vikramgit Singh, 26, was told he must serve at least 20 years for the murder of Gemma Dorman in July 2008.”

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The Guardian, 16th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man fined over Facebook insult to ex-girlfriend – Daily Telegraph

“A man has been ordered to pay £165 for calling his ex-girlfriend an offensive name on Facebook, in one of the first cases of its kind.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Under fire Greater Manchester Police failed dead woman – BBC News

“Greater Manchester Police has been told it failed a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend as a report graded it as one of the worst in England and Wales.”

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BBC News, 11th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jailed for crying rape: fantasist or genuine victim? – The Guardian

“Supporters of Gail Sherwood say her conviction will discourage others from reporting attacks. Prosecutors say she had to be taken to court for the sake of real rape victims.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woman subjected female priest to campaign of harassment – Daily Telegraph

“A lonely churchgoer submitted her female priest to a terrifying harassment campaign after fixating on her as a mother figure, a court heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Facebook takes down 30 prisoners’ pages after victim taunts – The Guardian

“Jack Straw, the justice secretary, says the 30 offending pages brought to the attention of Facebook had been removed within 48 hours.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gangster used Facebook to intimidate enemies from cell – The Independent

“Jack Straw, the Secretary of State for Justice, has announced a crackdown on prisoners using Facebook after it emerged that a gangland kingpin has spent the past two months using the social networking site to intimidate his enemies.”

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The Independent, 31st January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Woman forced into hiding by Britain’s worst stalker attacks police failures – The Guardian

“A social worker who was forced into hiding by a man dubbed Britain’s most prolific stalker has spoken out for the first time over ‘appalling’ failures of the Metropolitan Police in investigating her harassment, followed by what she describes as an ‘incompetent’ internal inquiry into its own conduct.”

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The Guardian, 1st February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stalkers are criminals – not ‘incompetent suitors’ – The Guardian

“A man who harassed a woman for seven years has been jailed for just 16 weeks. Why is the law so slow to realise that stalking is a serious – and often violent – crime?”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Kate Middleton launches legal action against photographer – The Guardian

“Kate Middleton is pursuing legal action against a photographer who took pictures of her on Christmas Day, a month after the Queen warned the media over publication of paparazzi photographs of the royals.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

£150k payout for ‘bullied’ manager at Llanelli hospital – BBC News

“A hospital information manager has been awarded £150,000 compensation after claims that she was bullied at work.”

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BBC News, 12th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Veakins v Kier Islington Ltd – WLR Daily

Veakins v Kier Islington Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 1288; [2009] WLR (D) 353

“In many cases the remedy for high-handed or discriminatory misconduct by or on behalf of an employer would be more fittingly in the employment tribunal rather than by recourse to a claim for damages for the statutory tort of harassment.”

WLR Daily, 4th December 2009

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.

Action on disability hate crimes – The Independent

“Local authorities that fail to protect disabled people from persistent harassment or anti-social behaviour will face legal action if they are found to be ignoring disability hate crimes, the Equality and Human Rights Commission will announce today.”

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The Independent, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Why are payouts so unfair? – The Guardian

“The £100,000 compensation awarded to the family of Jean Charles de Menezes pales beside the £4m being claimed in a current sexual harrassment case. Why the huge difference?”

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The Guardian, 25th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High court injunction – the weapon of choice to slap down protests – The Guardian

“Chris Osmond is a battle-hardened campaigner who has been in and out of courts during his efforts to close down an arms factory near his home. But one day he made a startling discovery. The other side had his personal diary.”

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The Guardian, 27th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Officer wins turban row tribunal – BBC News

“A Sikh police officer who was told to remove his turban during riot training has won his discrimination case against Greater Manchester Police.”

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BBC News, 1st October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police errors contributed to suicide of tormented mother Fiona Pilkington – The Guardian

“Police errors and inaction were partly responsible for driving a vulnerable single mother to kill herself and her severely disabled daughter after years of abuse from youths, an inquest found today.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stalking victims let down by police – The Independent

“Victims of stalking have been let down by the police in the past, a senior officer said today.”

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The Independent, 28th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Why we avoid charging youths, by inquest police – The Independent

“Police try to avoid sending anti-social youths to prison because it increases the chances of them reoffending, an inquest into the deaths of a mother and her disabled daughter heard today.”

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The Independent, 25th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police blame justice system for failures in mother daughter suicide case – Daily Telegraph

“Police could not act to stop a gang of youths terrorising a mother and her disabled daughter because the youth justice system is not set up to be tough against offenders, a leading police office told an inquest.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Inquest hears how police ‘did nothing’ for harassed family – The Guardian

“A mother who apparently killed herself and her disabled daughter by setting fire to their car had faced years of abuse from youths and children, but police ‘did nothing’ despite her repeated pleas for help, an inquest heard today.”

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The Guardian, 17th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Pretty’ prison officer wins case – BBC News

“A former prison officer who said she was forced out of her job after being bullied because she was pretty has won her case for unfair dismissal.”

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BBC News, 15th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gay ex-soldier angry at pay-outs – BBC News

“A lesbian ex-soldier who won £187,000 damages after being sexually harassed has said she is ‘disgusted’ by lower payments given to injured personnel.”

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BBC News, 27th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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