Posts for Crime

Sobriety-tagging legislation comes into force today

Criminals who commit an alcohol-fuelled crime may be banned from drinking and made to wear ‘sobriety tags’ after new legislation comes into force today (19 May 2020). The ankle tags, which are to be rolled out across England and Wales, perform around-the-clock monitoring of an offender’s sweat to determine whether […]

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Giving out a better message – when sentencing in abuse cases is increased …

People often complain about sentencing in criminal cases being too lenient, but of course, sentences can be changed by appeal courts. In this case, the message initially given off was that domestic violence and abuse only attracted a community order, so it is good news that the sentence in this […]

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Top customs and revenue criminal cases for 2019

The smashing of international criminal gangs, large money laundering seizures and fake investment schemes all feature in HM Revenue and Customs’ top criminal cases of 2019, according to information issues today. HMRC’s fraud investigations have led to more than 600 individuals being convicted for their part in tax crimes and […]

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Counterfeit designer goods seized

Counterfeit designer label scarves, sportswear and electrical equipment are among thousands of counterfeit items seized by Border Force in the run-up to Christmas. The seizures highlight the Border Force’s robust work to prevent attempts by organised crime gang’s to exploit the UK’s border for profit. Since the start of November, […]

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Review of driving while using a mobile phone – for anything

The Government is today pledging to review the offence of driving with a handheld mobile device.  The news comes as a response to the Transport Select Committee’s ‘Report on Road Safety: Driving while using a mobile phone’, which was published in August. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today (1 November 2019) announced […]

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Drink driving remains a scourge – what can be done?

Following the publication of new data that shows there has been no discernible fall in the numbers of fatal collisions caused by drink drivers since 2010, RAC head of policy Nicholas Lyes said: “These figures are disappointing and show that much more needs to be done to eradicate the scourge of […]

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Government enhances police stop and search powers in crackdown

Home Secretary Priti Patel today (11 August) empowered more than 8,000 police officers to authorise enhanced stop and search powers, as part of Government efforts to crack down on violent crime. The Home Office is making it simpler for all forces in England and Wales to use Section 60 of […]

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PM starts new police recruitment drive

I can’t help thinking if they hadn’t been underfunded in the first place, towns like Bude may still have a functioning Police station. However, the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers will begin within weeks, confirming the commitment made by the Prime Minister as he entered Downing Street. The unprecedented […]

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Helen’s Law plans confirmed

Murderers who refuse to disclose the location of a victim’s body may be denied parole under a new law set out by the Justice Secretary David Gauke. Named after Helen McCourt – murdered in 1988 – whose killer has never revealed her whereabouts, ‘Helen’s law’ will place a legal duty […]

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OK, these dirty tricks are what we are up against in saving the planet!

One of the UK’s largest waste management companies has been convicted of breaking the law on overseas exports. The Environment Agency prosecuted Biffa Waste Services Ltd for sending to China waste collected from households, such as used nappies and food packaging, that the company claimed was waste paper. The export of […]

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