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’….

Covid 19 and Business Closure – Legal Obligations
202003.24
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Covid 19 and Business Closure – Legal Obligations

At 2 pm on Saturday 21 March 2020, a law came into force which forced the closure of some businesses. This law was enacted by virtue of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (and mirror regulations that apply in Wales). The statutory instrument was made in exercise of the powers conferred by…

The Issues Surrounding Prison Contraband
202001.30
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The Issues Surrounding Prison Contraband

New Technology to be brought in to tackle prison contraband The government has announced further funding to strengthen security measures at several prisons. The funding will go towards advanced body scan technology, aimed at preventing drugs, weapons, mobile telephones and other prohibited items from entering the prison estate. The scanners were developed specifically for the…

Can You Take Photographs or Make Recordings in Court?
202001.23
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Can You Take Photographs or Make Recordings in Court?

Recording and Broadcasting in Court It has long been a criminal offence to take photographs or make recordings in court; even sketch artists have to sketch from memory rather than while in court.  In 2011 an 85-year-old man was sent to prison for recording court proceedings, and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (commonly known as Tommy Robinson) recently…

Date Rape Drugs and The Law
202001.15
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Date Rape Drugs and The Law

What Are Date Rape Drugs? GHB, sometimes referred to as the date-rape drug, is often used recreationally to reduce inhibitions. Reynhard Sinaga was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and sexual assault of 48 victims. The student is believed to have laced drinks with GHB to make his victims lose consciousness and have no…