Secrets and Spies
202009.08
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Secrets and Spies

The Official Secrets Act protects the United Kingdom from spying and leaks. The legislation dates back to 1911, 1920, 1939 and was last updated in 1989. Since then, there have been many advances in data technology and communications affecting the nature of unauthorised disclosures and espionage. As a result, the Law Commission has provided a…

Knives – Cash for Surrender
202008.27
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Knives – Cash for Surrender

The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 makes provision for the surrender of certain weapons. Sections 44, 46, 54 and 55 of the  Act amend various pieces of legislation with the effect that it becomes an offence to possess certain dangerous knives, offensive weapons, firearms and ancillary equipment which it was previously lawful to keep (including certain…

Transfer of Fibres – Major New Research Published
202008.20
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Transfer of Fibres – Major New Research Published

The presence of fibres on a person or object is a relatively common feature of serious criminal cases, in particular cases of murder or other serious violence. Fibres can be easily transferred, and their presence can indicate a link between people, locations and/or objects. We know that a significant transfer of fibres can take place…

Fighting for a Suspended Prison Sentence
202008.17
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Fighting for a Suspended Prison Sentence

In many cases, despite the fact an offence is serious enough for a custodial sentence to be imposed, this can be avoided if the court can be persuaded to suspend the prison sentence. Which length of sentence can be suspended? The sentence must meet these rules: For those aged 21+ at conviction, the term of…

Sentencing Offenders Suffering from a Mental Disorder
202007.22
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Sentencing Offenders Suffering from a Mental Disorder

A new guideline for sentencing offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders and neurological impairments has been published by the Sentencing Council.  The new ‘Overarching principles: Sentencing offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders, or neurological impairments’ guideline provides clarity and transparency around the sentencing process for this group of offenders.  Evidence suggests that people in the…

Encrochat and ‘Operation Venetic’
202007.03
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Encrochat and ‘Operation Venetic’

The National Crime Agency this week announced that it had infiltrated the secure messaging system ‘Encrochat’, said to be used exclusively by people engaging in criminal activity. Operation Venetic has so far resulted in 746 arrests, and the seizure of: Over £54million in cash 77 firearms, including an AK47 assault rifle, submachine guns, handguns, four…

Postal Offences
202006.03
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Postal Offences

As the Coronavirus crisis has forced almost everyone to spend more time at home, home deliveries have rocketed as people have been forced to shop online. While this means that many people will be at home to receive deliveries, there have been reports of organised criminal activity to steal parcels and other items of value….

Police Investigations – Are They Now Secret?
202005.21
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Police Investigations – Are They Now Secret?

It is quite common to read in a newspaper that someone has been arrested. Local papers will cover almost any story of interest, and national media if the case involves a high-profile person. For the person being investigated, such publicity can be devastating, as many people will conclude that there is ‘no smoke without fire’….