Archive for the 'weapons' Category

Burglar shot by householder got ‘summary justice’ rules judge – Daily Telegraph

“A burglar shot by a man defending his home was told by a judge that he had just received summary justice.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

One year for ammunition smuggler – UK Border Agency

“A Cambridgeshire man has been sentenced to a year in prison for attempting to smuggle ammunition into the UK.”

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UK Border Agency, 21st October 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Activists plead lawful excuse for causing damage at arms factory – The Guardian

“Activists claim they were legally justified in causing £180,000 damage to an arms factory as they were seeking to stop what they believed were Israeli war crimes in Gaza, a court heard today.”

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The Guardian, 7th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

White supremacist jailed over chemical weapon – The Independent

“A white supremacist who became the first person to be sentenced for producing a chemical weapon was jailed for 10 years today.”

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The Independent, 14th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police used Taser on man in epileptic seizure – The Guardian

“Greater Manchester police is being investigated after its officers fired a Taser gun at a man who became aggressive while having an epileptic seizure.”

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The Guardian, 13th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Taser arrest man plans legal move – BBC News

“A man who claims he was repeatedly shot with a Taser during his arrest in Nottingham intends to sue the police, the BBC understands.”

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BBC News, 24th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed for Sudan vehicle deal – BBC News

“A millionaire businessman who illegally sold former military personnel carriers to Sudan has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 4th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Watchdog looks into CS spray use – BBC News

“A police watchdog is to start an independent inquiry into an incident when CS spray appeared to be used by police on a man at close quarters.”

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BBC News, 17th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

 

Inquiry started over CS spray use – BBC News

“Three police officers have been placed on restricted duty and an internal inquiry started after film emerged of close-range use of CS spray on a man.”

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BBC News, 15th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man alleges police shot him in head with Taser – The Guardian

“A police watchdog is investigating claims that officers used a Taser stun gun on a man’s head during an arrest.”

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The Guardian, 31st August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police Taser use ‘up nearly a third’ – The Independent

“Police use of Taser stun guns has increased by nearly a third, figures revealed today.”

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The Independent, 17th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Top judge: ‘use of drones intolerable’ – The Independent

“The use of unmanned drones as weapons of war in conflicts around the world has been called into question by one of Britain’s most senior judges. Lord Bingham, until last year the senior law lord, said that some weapons were so ‘cruel as to be beyond the pale of human tolerance’.

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The Independent, 6th July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Miliband faces high court battle in UK over Gaza rights – The Guardian

“The foreign secretary, David Miliband, has acted ‘in flagrant and continuing breach of international law’ in failing to suspend arms exports to Israel, the high court will be told.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Complaint after OAP shot by Taser – BBC News

“The case of an 89-year-old man, who was shot with a Taser gun by officers, has been referred to a police watchdog.”

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BBC News, 22nd January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Tasers being used more often by police, figures show – The Guardian

“The use of taser stun guns by police is increasing, new Home Office figures published today reveal.”

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The Guardian, 5th August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cluster bomb ban treaty is signed – BBC News

“More than 100 nations, including the UK, have signed a treaty to ban current designs of cluster bombs.”

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BBC News, 30th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

US cluster bombs to be banned from UK – The Guardian

“The US will no longer be able to stockpile cluster bombs at its military bases in Britain under government proposals for an international ban on the controversial weapons, it emerged last night.”

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The Guardian, 29th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police criticised over ‘routine’ use of Taser stun guns – The Independent

“Police chiefs were criticised yesterday for using Taser stun guns to handle routine public order situations involving people under the influence of alcohol, and the mentally ill.”

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The Independent, 13th April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police use stun gun on youth, 15 – BBC News

“The first person in Gwynedd to be tasered by North Wales Police was a 15-year-old youth, a court has heard.”

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BBC News, 18th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Early WMD dossier draft released – BBC News

“Foreign Secretary David Miliband has published an early draft of the UK’s infamous dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.”

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BBC News, 18th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government ordered to disclose draft Iraq dossier – The Guardian

“A Whitehall spin doctor may have played a greater role in the drafting of the famous dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction than the government admitted at the time, the Information Tribunal said today.”

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The Guardian, 23rd Janauary 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

IPCC will not investigate Bedford death: death not result of taser – Independent Police Complaints Commission

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has decided that the death of Justin Petty who died of knife wounds is suitable for investigation by Bedfordshire Police.”

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Independent Police Complaints Commission, 21st January 2008

Source: www.gnn.gov.uk

Man shot by police Taser gun dies after ‘self-inflicted injury’ – The Guardian

“A man has died after he was shot with a Taser gun and then apparently injured himself with a knife, according to police.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police accused of firing Taser into head of innocent man – The Guardian

“Police fired a 50,000-volt Taser into the head of a 45-year-old company director who later proved to be unarmed and innocent. Daniel Sylvester, the owner of an east London security firm employing 65 staff to guard council offices, pubs and nightclubs, was driving home on October 20 when he was stopped by armed police because of ‘firearms related intelligence’.”

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The Guardian, 18th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal fears left Atlantic Conveyor defenceless – The Times

“A helicopter-carrying merchant ship that sank with the loss of 12 men after being hit by two Exocet missiles in the 1982 Falklands conflict was unarmed and unprotected because Ministry of Defence lawyers feared that it was illegal to fit a commercial vessel with weapon systems, according to newly released classified documents.”

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The Times, 11th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Arms treaty ‘must not be blunted’ – BBC News

“A treaty to ease the supply of military equipment from the US to UK forces must not be ‘blunted’ by over-restrictive regulations, MPs have said.”

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BBC News, 11th December 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Diabetic in coma shot with Taser out of fear he was suicide bomber – The Times

“A man who slipped into a diabetic coma on a bus was shot twice with a Taser gun because police mistook him for an Arab suicide bomber.”

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The Times, 16th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Palestinian takes on UK in court – BBC News

“A 60-year-old Palestinian will begin a case against the UK government in the High Court later when he will say that sales of arms to Israel are illegal.”

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BBC News, 10th October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stun guns “safe”, study suggests – BBC News

“Taser stun guns used by the police for law enforcement are safe – the injury rate is low and most injuries appear to be minor, a US study finds.”

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BBC News, 8th October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Britain accused on cluster bombs – BBC News

“The UK government has been accused of trying to reclassify two kinds of cluster bombs so they can still be used after a proposed global ban begins.”

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BBC News, 18th September 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law ‘has failed to stop innocuous items being sold to make WMDs’ – The Times

“Foreign agents attempting to buy ‘innocent’ components for weapons of mass destruction from British companies are still able to exploit Britain’s export laws despite the introduction of licensing restrictions, a group of senior MPs said yesterday.”

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The Times, 7th August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police to be allowed wider use of Tasers – Reuters

“Police officers will be able to use Taser stun guns on members of the public in a wider range of circumstances from Friday, the Home Office said.”

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Reuters, 19th July 2007

Source: www.reuters.com


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