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Prisons: commission suggests investigation in sexual abuse needed
The Howard League for Penal Reform has released a document claiming the scale of sexual abuse in English and Welsh prisons is far higher than previously thought, reports the Guardian. The report, which estimates hundreds of inmates are sexually abused...
Fraud: Benefits cheats unlawfully claimed £135,000 in disability and housing allowances
Former couple, Caroline Banks and Karl Bradsell, have been found guilty of considerable benefit fraud, reports the Daily Mail. Despite claiming to be acutely physically limited, both Banks and Bradsell worked in a café in Bury, waiting, cleaning and delivering...
Legislation: Proposal for rights of victims to be documented in law
Justice Secretary calls for the rights of victims of crime to be enshrined in legislation, reports the BBC. Victims of crime currently have their rights set out in the victims' code, providing guidelines for police and probation services as well...
Criminal law: New laws curtail metal thieves causing rail delays
A series of new measures, including new laws that require metal sellers to prove their identity went selling, has had a positive impact upon rail delays, reports the Independent. In the past, the theft of railway cables has caused numerous...
Security: Journalists angry over new law concerning contact with armed forces
The Ministry of Defence has drawn the ire of journalists upset at proposals to introduce new rules that would require all members of the UK armed forces to disclose any contact they have had with the media, reports the Independent....
Criminal law: American multimillionaire faces jail after alleged 'mercy' killing
A rich American socialite is set to face criminal prosecution for murder, after it emerged she killed her autistic son with a cocktail of drugs and alcohol in an expensive Manhattan hotel room, reports the Independent. Gigi Jordan is alleged...
Criminal law: Oscar Pistorius cleared of murder
Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled Oscar Pistorius is not guilty of murder; however, Mr Pistorius may still be found guilty of culpable homicide or manslaughter, reports the BBC. Oscar Pistorius, 27, was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva...
Badgers: Fans of popular animal win appeal against government cull
Badger supporters have won a key ruling at the UK Court of Appeal in their bid to halt a cull of the two-tone woodland mammals in Somerset and Gloucestershire that began on Monday, reports the BBC. The government has been...
Prosecutions for stalking rise 20% due to new laws
Last year prosecutions for stalking an harassment increased by over 20% due to changes in the law concerning situations that causes serious alarm or distress, reports the Guardian. Last year, 10,535 people in England and Wales were prosecuted for stalking...
MP looks to 'emergency law' to remove South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner
Labour MP for Leicester East and home affairs select committee chairman, Keith Vaz, is looking to use an "emergency law" to sack Shaun Wright, the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) embroiled in the Rotherham child abuse scandal, reports...
Planning: Council makes legal bid to halt 'super sewer' construction
Hammersmith and Fulham Council have launched a legal challenge against proposals to build a new £4.2bn 'super sewer', which they claim will subject residents to eight years of misery, reports the Daily Telegraph. London once boasted a sewage system that...
Criminal law: Ex-Coroner admits guilt in £1m theft
A former Coroner for the Carmarthenshire district in South Wales has pleaded guilty to charges of theft and false accounting, after admitting that he had stolen £1m from a farmer's estate to help save his ailing law firm, reports the...
World news: life sentences for being homosexual in Gambia
The government of Gambia have passed an act which would mean life imprisonment for those who perform some homosexual acts, reports the Guardian. The new bill covers "aggravated homosexuality", which it is claimed is targeted at repeat offenders, those living...
Education: Council drops legal action against couple over truancy
Essex County Council has announced that it has dropped a legal action against parents who allowed their child to have time off school without permission, as the couple have now moved abroad, reports the BBC. The Haymores from Chelmsford in...
Criminal law: judge criticises CPS over "shoddy" case against student accused of sexual assault
Judge Anthony Morris QC has slammed the prosecution over a poorly managed case concerning the alleged rape of a student, reports the Daily Mail. The alleged assault occurred after two students spent a drunken evening together in central London. Archie...
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