The Power of the Police to Stop and Search
201812.11
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The Power of the Police to Stop and Search

How Much Power do the Police Have for Stop and Search? The power of the police to stop and search is currently in the media due to the rise in murders and serious crimes of violence involving the use of knives, particularly in London. A particular area of concern is the disproportionate use of search…

What’s Next for Coronation Street’s Sally?
201811.28
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What’s Next for Coronation Street’s Sally?

What Happens Next for Sally? In a dramatic climax the jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of R v Sally Metcalfe, the hapless Coronation Street Councillor caught up in fraud, money laundering and bribery. As viewers will know, poor Sally appears to be a victim of Duncan’s cunning plan to divert blame elsewhere. Her…

What You Need to Know About Restorative Justice
201811.23
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What You Need to Know About Restorative Justice

What Restorative Justice? Restorative Justice, or RJ as it is sometimes known, is a way of holding offenders to account and can be used as an alternative to a caution or conviction, or alongside a sentence. What Happens? Restorative justice gives a victim the opportunity to meet or communicate with an offender to help them…

Is Alexa a Key Witness?
201811.15
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Is Alexa a Key Witness?

Alexa – Witness for the Prosecution? On 29th January 2017, Christine Sullivan and her housemate were found murdered in Farmington, New Hampshire. Their bodies were discovered by the house owner, Dean Smoronk, who was Sullivan’s boyfriend. Timothy Verrill, an associate of Smornok, was later charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. Although the…

Acid Attacks – New Laws in Force
201811.07
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Acid Attacks – New Laws in Force

There’s New Laws Regarding Acid Attacks After a recent spate of assaults involving the use of acids and other corrosive substances, the government has acted to try and curb their use. At the present time there are around 15 acid attacks / offences per week. In January 2018, the Home Office announced a voluntary agreement…

Grievous Bodily Harm / Wounding
201811.02
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Grievous Bodily Harm / Wounding

What is Grievious Bodily Harm? In legal shorthand we often refer to section 18 or 20 offences, these refer to specific offences under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. What Is The Difference Between Section 18 And Section 20? The most serious form of assault (short of attempt murder) is grievous bodily harm (GBH)…

What is Forced Marriage?
201810.30
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What is Forced Marriage?

All About Forced Marriage Coercing someone into marrying another for some financial or societal benefit is illegal. In April of this year, three young women in Sheffield became subject to Forced Marriage Protection Orders. This case highlights the how embedded this type of offending is in some parts of England and Wales, particularly concerning young…

What Is Harassment?
201810.25
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What Is Harassment?

There are two distinct criminal offences, one of harassment putting people in fear of violence and one without. Stalking is a similar but separate offence and is not covered in this article. What Does Harassment Involve? There has to be a course of conduct involving as little as two incidents against another person or persons. The…

Are Dangerous Dogs on the Rise?
201810.23
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Are Dangerous Dogs on the Rise?

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report ‘Controlling dangerous dogs’ calls for a full-scale review of current dog control legislation and policy to better protect the public. The report was published on 17 October 2018. Is There A Problem with Dangerous Dogs? According to the Committee, yes. In 1991 the Dangerous Dogs Act outlawed…