Brexit, Firearms and Other Laws
201908.14
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Brexit, Firearms and Other Laws

What Does Brexit Mean for Firearms? As the government prepares to bring us out of the EU on 31st October 2019, details have begun to emerge as to the legal and regulatory position if we leave without a deal. Some of the first information released relates to firearms, although it regrettably raises more questions than…

Tough New Weapons Laws Hit the Statute Book
201905.28
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Tough New Weapons Laws Hit the Statute Book

All The About the New Weapons Laws There are new weapons laws – here’s what you need to know. On 16th May 2019 the controversial Offensive Weapons bill received Royal Assent, bringing into law the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. Why Was This Law Passed? This legislation has been passed in order to assist in stemming…

Police Power with Public Protest
201904.29
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Police Power with Public Protest

Policing Public Protest – A Question of Balance Environmental protests across London have caused massive disruption across parts of London and are set to spread across other towns and cities over the coming weeks and months. Public protest has always been a legitimate and important part of the democratic process and is enshrined in law….

What’s the New Law That Involves Upskirting?
201902.01
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What’s the New Law That Involves Upskirting?

Voyeurism and ‘Upskirting’ – Government Acts to Strengthen Law The Voyeurism (Offences) (No 2) Bill completed its parliamentary journey on 15th January 2019 and will shortly receive Royal Assent. As the Act will create new criminal offences, the usual convention is that at least two months will pass before the offence comes in to force….

Should We Have Short Prison Sentences?
201901.16
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Should We Have Short Prison Sentences?

End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences? The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prisons Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less. Arguing for the need for reform, Mr Stewart told the Daily Telegraph Magazine: “You…

Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?
201901.10
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Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?

What You Need to Know About the Nazi Slur on Sky News Was it an offence to accuse Anna Soubry of being a Nazi whilst she was broadcasting on Sky News? Potentially, is the answer. The Public Order Act 1986 contains the most likely candidates for any prosecution, in sections 4, 4A, and 5. These…

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…