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One in three people with legal problems in UK develop health issues – report

The Guardian World Justice Project survey sheds new light on troubling link between legal issues and mental illness Almost one-third of those with legal problems in the UK report developing a stress-related or physical illness as a result of their experience, according to a new international survey comparing people’s perceptions of justice around the world.…

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Falling forensic science standards ‘making miscarriages of justice inevitable’

The Guardian Regulator says UK forces failing to meet standards, with routine outsourcing of great concern Police forces are failing to meet the official standards for forensic science, making miscarriages of justice inevitable, the government’s forensic regulator has said. In her annual report, Gillian Tully highlighted her growing concerns about the failure of some forensic…

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Prisons chief blames cuts after damning reports on two English jails

The Guardian Michael Spurr accepts findings that HMP Nottingham is ‘unsafe’ and HMP Liverpool ‘appalling’ The head of the prison service has accepted the findings of two damning inspection reports on Liverpool and Nottingham prisons but blamed the failures on government cuts and the influx of drugs into jails. Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of…

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Marijuana legalisation causing violent crime to fall in US states, study finds

The Independent Rates of assault and murder decreasing in regions near Mexican border where cannabis use has been partially legalised In US states where marijuana can now be grown legally, the demand for illegal cannabis is falling Getty Images The legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes has led to a significant reduction in violent crime in…

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Woman raped and abused as a child incapable of caring for toddler, family court judge rules

The Independent Victim’s own experience of ‘serious harm and neglect’ leaves her without ‘foundation’ to care for infant daughter, says Judge Jessica Pemberton in recommending adoption A woman who was abused and raped as a child is not capable of caring for her toddler daughter, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Jessica Pemberton said the woman,…

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MPs launch inquiry to consider tougher laws on sexual harassment

The Guardian Committee chair says it is clear the current system is broken, and TUC boss says abuse is happening on ‘industrial scale’ The government must urgently strengthen laws around sexual harassment to stop abuse continuing on “an industrial scale”, according to a coalition of MPs, union leaders and women’s groups. Under increasing pressure to…

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Drug dealers posting huge consignments of cannabis around the UK to evade checks, police warn

The Independent Police Service of Northern Ireland warns method is being used to avoid security at air and sea ports Drug dealers are increasingly using the post to send large consignments of cannabis around the UK in efforts to evade checks at ports, police have warned. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Border Force…

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Police review 10,000 cases in forensics data ‘manipulation’ inquiry

The Guardian Police investigate alleged manipulation at Manchester lab in mass recall of samples from criminal cases in England and Wales The alleged manipulation emerged earlier this year when a data anomaly in a drug-driving case was reported. Photograph: Andrew Brookes/Getty Images/Cultura RF Ten thousand criminal cases in England and Wales are being reviewed after…

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Police failing to respond to some crimes because of ‘significant stress’ caused by budget cuts, report warns

The Independent HM Inspectorate of Constabulary warns forces against ‘suppressing’ offences to reduce demand Police officers have said terror attacks and rising crime are putting an ‘unsustainable strain’ on resources Getty Police forces are failing to respond to low-priority crimes because of “significant stress” caused by continued budget cuts amid a huge rise in demand, a…

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Majority of affordable homes lost due to legal loophole exploited by developers, show figures

The Independent Property developers drop plans to build thousands of affordable homes each year due to ‘viability assessments’ as number of new social rented homes falls to lowest level on record Housing charity Shelter is calling on the Government to change national planning laws so developers can no longer use this loophole to get out of…

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Motorists warned to delete scam speeding email claiming they’ve been caught

The Independent Bogus email used in attempt to extort money The ‘Notice of Intended Prosecution’ emails claim to have ‘photographic evidence’ of the ‘offence’ Greater Manchester Police Motorists in the UK have been warned to delete any emails claiming they have been caught speeding. The “Notice of Intended Prosecution” emails have been sent by fraudsters…

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Government to protect key British firms from foreign takeovers that raise national security concerns

The Independent Proposals aim to ‘close loopholes’ to enable ‘greater scrutiny of foreign investment in a changing market’, Business Secretary Greg Clark says Key British companies would receive protection from foreign takeovers where deals raise national security concerns, under new proposals announced by the Government on Tuesday. Greg Clark said the new rules will allow the…

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WHATSAPP IS USED BY PAEDOPHILES AND GANGSTERS AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED

The Independent The government criticized the technology that messaging apps use to keep private messages from being read by anyone. WhatsApp is a shelter for paedophiles and gangsters and needs to make messages available to the government, the home secretary has said. Amber Rudd has complained that apps like WhatsApp are not doing enough to help the government catch…

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Police failing to disclose crucial evidence about defendants, report finds

The Independent A failure to address disclosure ‘undermines the principles of a fair trial, which is the foundation of our system’ In more than half the reviewed cases, there were ‘obvious disclosure issues’ Getty The police and Crown Prosecution Service have been accused of failing to disclose crucial information about cases, resulting in defendants’ right to a…

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Prison smoking ban could see ‘massive rise’ in drug use and violence in British jails, experts warn

The Independent Criminal justice experts warn ban will lead to rise in illicit substances and increased levels of self-harm and violence The smoking ban is being introduced to help protect the health of staff and inmates, of whom more than 80 per cent smoke, bringing prisons in line with the UK wide ban on smoking in workplaces…

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Judge alarmed about lack of lawyer as he jails woman for begging

The Guardian ‘It is wholly unsatisfactory that the system conspires against a vulnerable individual like this,’ Worcester court told Malvern in Worcestershire, where Marie Baker breached an anti-social behaviour injunction. Photograph: Alamy A judge who sentenced a “fragile and vulnerable” woman to five-and-a-half months in jail for begging has expressed alarm that no lawyer could…

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UK prisons ‘holding child inmates in solitary confinement against UN torture rules’

The Independent Exclusive: Investigation exposes serious allegations of international human rights breaches at young offenders institutions in the UK Solitary confinement for juveniles is expressly forbidden under UN policy iStock British prisons are holding child inmates in solitary confinement in an alleged breach of UN torture rules and British law, The Independent has found. Lawyers in one…

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WhatsApp update introduces ‘Statuses’, as Facebook takes features from Snapchat once again

The Independent The feature looks and works almost exactly the same as Snapchat Ryan Falconer, 24, apologised to the 21-year-old on WhatsApp after llegedly raping her iStock WhatsApp has introduced “Statuses”. And it all feels a little familiar. The company has re-invented the status tool – which until now has only offered the option to…

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Love-struck prison officer tried to smuggle Salford gangster’s sperm out of jail because she ‘wanted a chocolate baby’

Manchester Evening News She planned to use the Calpol syringe “like a turkey baster” to get pregnant A love-struck prison officer who tried to smuggle a Salford gangster’s sperm from behind bars has been jailed…for nine months. Grandmother Alison Sharples, 47, was caught out when a medicine syringe containing traces of the young convicted kidnapper’s…

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Record number of prison inmates killed themselves in England and Wales in 2016

The Independent Self-harm incidents also increased There were 119 self-inflicted deaths in England and Wales last year PA A record number of people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales in 2016, official figures show. There were 354 deaths in custody last year, including 119 self-inflicted deaths. Self-harm incidents jumped by 23 per cent to…

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UK justice system is racist, suggests one of Britain’s only non-white judges

The Independent Peter Herbert, a crown court judge, says legal system pervaded by ‘casual discrimination’ Peter Herbert had criticised the decision to ban former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman from standing for office PA Archive/PA Images Britain’s justice system is racist and should not be trusted by ethnic minorities, one of the UK’s only black judges…

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Maximum sentence for stalking to rise to 10 years

The Guardian Decision follows cross-party pressure in parliament and high-profile cases involving public figures High-profile cases involving the likes of Emily Maitlis and Lily Allen have raised awareness of stalking. Composite: Getty/Getty The maximum prison sentence for stalking is to be doubled to 10 years, the Ministry of Justice has announced. Under government amendments to…

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Investigatory Powers Bill officially passes into law, giving Britain the ‘most extreme spying powers ever seen’

The Independent The Bill received large opposition from petitions, but not within parliament Theresa May addresses the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) annual conference in London REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Britain’s intelligence services have officially been given the “most extreme spying powers ever seen”. The Investigatory Powers Act has now been given royal assent, meaning that those…

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Student Finance loans ‘illegal and unenforceable’, says top lawyer

The Independent Equity laws restated during the recent High Court Brexit case could provide hope for those being ‘exploited’ by ‘mis-sold’ student loans, argues Estelle Clarke Graduates in England rack up debts higher than anywhere else in the English speaking world Getty Government student loans are “illegal” and “unenforceable”, a top lawyer has said, arguing…

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Doubts cast on Theresa May’s pledge to protect workers’ rights post-Brexit

Prime minister repeatedly attacked Labour for signing up to EU social chapter that includes part-time workers’ directive In a column for ConservativeHome in 2007, May cited Labour’s decision to sign up to the EU’s social chapter as a sign it had capitulated to trade union pressure. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Theresa May’s commitment to protect workers’…

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‘Joint enterprise’ murder verdicts due following revelation that law has been ‘misinterpreted for 30 years’

The Independent The legal challenges follow a Supreme Court decision in February that the application of the law on joint enterprise, otherwise known as common enterprise, had taken ‘a wrong turn’ and been misinterpreted for 30 years Three of the country’s most senior judges are to give rulings in the first criminal “joint enterprise” cases…

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Ministers consider backing new law to prevent people becoming homeless

The Independent The Bill would require councils to help people given eviction notices The Bill would put more duties on local councils to house people Getty Ministers are considering backing a new law to strengthen local councils’ duties to stop people becoming homeless. The Homelessness Reduction Bill, put forward by Tory backbencher Bob Blackman, would…

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British troops to be made exempt from European human rights laws during combat

The Independent Ministers say the move is necessary amid ‘vexacious’ claims brought by lawyers Soldiers could be shielded from legal action brought under the European Court of Human Rights in future conflicts, in a bid to protect troops from “vexatious” court claims. Ministers argue the step is needed because ECHR judgments in recent years have over-extended the…

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The prison where it is ‘easier to get drugs than bedsheets’

The Independent Damning inspection of HMP Bedford talks of ‘abject failure’ and conditions that ‘do not offer basic levels of decency’ Inmates find it easier to get drugs than clothes or bedsheets at a prison where standards have deteriorated to “unacceptable levels” that “do not offer basic decency”, according to a watchdog report. Inspectors found the availability…

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Police target controlling behaviour in latest domestic abuse initiative

The Independent Legislation aimed at tackling a range of conducts, including controlling victims through social media, spying on them online or stopping them from socialising At the end of last year new laws were introduced to tackle perpetrators who subject spouses, partners or other family members to ‘controlling or coercive’ behaviour Rex Features Frontline police will…

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Prison violence at ‘wholly unacceptable’ level, ombudsman finds

The Guardian Official inquiry highlights a record six homicides and a 38% increase in assaults involving weapons in 2015-16 There were 4,000 assaults involving a blade or other weapon in English and Welsh prisons in 2015-16. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images An official inquiry has criticised the “wholly unacceptable level of violence” in English and Welsh…

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UK Parliament considers legislation to ban food waste in Britain

The Independent The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry to combat millions of tonnes of food waste In France, where is it against the law for supermarkets to dump surplus food, retailers redistribute 100,000 tonnes to charity Reuters The UK Parliament is considering legislation to ban people from wasting food in Britain. The…

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Solicitor mistakenly sent girl’s address to father who murdered her

The Guardian Case review concludes there is no evidence Yasser Alromisse located daughter’s safe house via accidental disclosures Mary Shipstone with her mother, Lyndsey. Photograph: Family handout/PA The safe house address of a seven-year-old girl murdered by her estranged father was accidentally sent to him by her mother’s solicitor, a serious case review has revealed.…

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Lawyers paid £33,000 of taxpayers’ money a week to advise Government on Brexit negotiations

The Independent Department for Exiting the European Union spends an estimated £268,711 in eight weeks Lawyers are being paid more than £33,000 every week for legal advice on how to deliver Brexit, official figures show. Nick Clegg, who uncovered the spending, said it was further evidence of “how ill-prepared Whitehall is” for the enormous task of…

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Theresa May claims selling arms to Saudi Arabia helps ‘keep people on the streets of Britain safe’

The Independent Parliamentary committee charged with scrutinising arms exports said it was likely British weapons had been used to violate international law The Saudis stand accused of bombing multiple international hospitals, as well as schools, wedding parties and food factories in Yemen AP Theresa May has staunchly defended selling arms to Saudi Arabia despite the…

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Points-based immigration system: What is it and why has Theresa May opposed it?

The Independent Everything you need to know about the controversial policy British Prime Minister Theresa May at a press conference after the G20 Summit in Hangzhou EPA The points-based immigration system used by Australia and championed by a series of prominent politicians for the UK appears to have been dismissed by Theresa May. Here’s everything you…

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Revenge porn prosecutions number ‘more than 200’ just 18 months after law change

The Independent Introduced in April 2015, the offence carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison Anna Richardson presented a Channel 4 documentary investigating ‘Revenge Porn’ in August last year Channel 4 More than 200 prosecutions have been brought since new laws to tackle revenge porn were rolled out across the UK, an official…

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Domestic violence and sexual abuse victims should be allowed to meet abusers to help them heal, say MPs

The Independent The recommendation in a new report goes against the advice of some women’s campaign groups An MPs’ committee says sexual offence and domestic violence victims should have the option of meeting their abusers Rex Features Rex Features Victims of sexual crime and domestic violence should be able to take part in “restorative justice”…

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Jail for woman who twice tried to pin speeding tickets on her sister in Pakistan

Manchester Evening news Businesswoman Nosheen Sadaf produced fake letters saying her ‘sister in Pakistan’ had been driving the BMW Nosheen Sadaf, 36, has been given a six-month sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of perjury A businesswoman who twice fraudulently claimed her sister had been driving her car after being caught speeding was rumbled…

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Facebook, Twitter and Google are ‘the lifeblood of Daesh’, according to major new report into Isis use of social media

The Independent Authorities must launch a ‘star wars’ task force that would monitor the networks and stop them being used for terrorist recruitment, according to senior MPs Anjem Choudary, who was convicted for inciting extremism over social media, during a rally in London EPA Authorities should launch a new “star wars” to take on Google,…

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Tory MP criticises Dangerous Dogs Act after boy is mauled to death by bulldog

The Independent Andrew Rosindell calls for review of legislation because it singles out specific breeds, but not others which can be highly dangerous in the hands of irresponsible owners The Dangerous Dogs Act, brought in 25 years ago in the wake of a child’s horrific death, has “never really worked” and should be overhauled, a Tory MP claims.…

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Anjem Choudary verdict: YouTube and Twitter refused to delete radical preacher’s extremist posts, court hears

The Independent ‘The police do not have the capability to remove any material from any platform’ Social media giants had the last word on Anjem Choudary’s online posts, even after he was arrested for inviting support for Isis. British authorities made repeated efforts to get his Twitter posts and YouTube videos taken down after an…

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Prison governor so badly wounded he ‘needed facial reconstruction surgery’ following ‘attack by inmate’

The Independent ‘His nose was very badly damaged, literally bent the other way. He’s got external and internal stitches, including several inside his mouth. He can’t feel a thing on the left side of his face’ The attack reportedly occurred in the canteen at Wayland Prison, Norfolk Wikipedia A prison governor was so badly wounded…

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Criminal justice ‘institutionally racist’, solicitors allege

The Law Gazette The criminal justice system is replete with examples of ‘everyday’  institutional racism, a practitioners’ group has claimed in a hard-hitting response to a government-sponsored review of possible racial bias. Labour MP and barrister David Lammy (pictured) is currently investigating evidence of possible discrimination against black defendants and other ethnic minorities in the…

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British Muslim woman detained under terror laws after cabin crew report her reading Syrian art book on plane

The independent Exclusive: Airline urged to apologise after honeymooner ‘made to feel like a culprit’ Faziah Shaheen was quizzed under terror laws after Thomson Airways cabin crew saw her reading a book about Syrian art on her honeymoon flight A Muslim NHS worker was detained at a UK airport and questioned under terror laws after a cabin…

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Graduates who fail to make student loan repayments should face arrest like New Zealanders, education expert suggests

The Independent Comments made as recent report shows New Zealand’s grads leave with just £23,300 in student debt, compared to England’s almost £45,000, one of the highest in the world ‘Tax evasion and benefit fraud rip taxpayers off. Defaulting on your student loan could be regarded as just as bad,’ says Hepi director Getty Images/Susan Chiang Graduates who move…

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Chief coroner calls for legal aid provision in state-involved inquests

The Guardian In wide-ranging interview, soon-to-retire Peter Thornton QC says bereaved families are entitled to ‘equality of arms’ Peter Thornton QC, the outgoing chief coroner of England and Wales. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian Legal aid should be provided for families at inquests in which the government pays for lawyers to represent police officers…

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Government accused of scrapping pledge to end child detention in prison-style immigration removal centres

The Independent Children are being sent back to a centre resembling a prison The Government has been accused of quietly ditching its policy of ending child detention in prison-style immigration centres after it announced the closure of new flagship accommodation for families being removed from the UK. On the final day of parliament before summer…

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Theresa May-led legislation could be killed by ruling from European Court, privacy campaigners claim

The Independent The case was originally brought by a member of Ms May’s own cabinet During her speech at the 2011 Conservative Party conference, Theresa May announced plans to clamp down on illegal immigrants hiding behind the human rights act Getty A European Court of Justice ruling could deal a “serious blow” to Theresa May’s…

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Government awaits first legal opposition to Brexit in high court

The Guardian Lawyers representing a British citizen bringing the case claim article 50 can only be triggered if authorised by parliament The lawyers say David Cameron’s resignation speech made it clear the government considers it in the prime minister’s power to trigger article 50. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images The first legal challenge aimed at preventing…

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Brexit: We need a vote in Parliament to start Article 50, says former Attorney-General Dominic Grieve

The Independent MP says Government can’t make such a big decision without parliamentary approval Dominic Grieve said Theresa May should not be rushed into triggering Article 50 BBC The UK’s former attorney general has said the Government would need Parliament’s approval to trigger Article 50.  Dominic Grieve said it is “extremely farfetched” to believe the Government…

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Theresa May urged to rethink new £35,000 earnings threshold for non-EU migrants as teachers face deportation

The Independent Migrants from outside Europe who have lived in the UK for more than five years will have to prove they will be paid the new minimum threshold in order to stay in the country Theresa May is facing calls to rethink the “discriminatory” new earnings threshold of £35,000 for non-EU migrants that could starve…

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Nottinghamshire police to count wolf-whistling in street as a hate crime

The Guardian Force becomes first in the country to adopt a separate category for misogynistic incidents in attempt to tackle sexist abuse Unwanted physical approaches in the street can be reported to Nottinghamshire police as a hate crime. Photograph: Alamy Uninvited sexual advances and unwanted verbal contact with a woman, including catcalling or wolf-whistling in…

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UK’s new immigration system may not be points-based, says minister

The Guardian James Brokenshire says post-Brexit system won’t definitely be styled on Australian model, as promised by Vote Leave Brokenshire is a close ally of Theresa May and has been tipped as her potential successor as home secretary. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Britain’s new immigration system will not necessarily be modelled on the Australian-style points-based…

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Brexit: Letter saying EU referendum result ‘not legally binding’ signed by more than 1,000 lawyers

The Independent Co-creator Philip Kolvin QC says parliament is ‘the guardian of our democracy’ Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest outside Parliament PA More than 1,000 lawyers have signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister David Cameron saying the EU referendum result is merely “advisory” and not legally binding. Arguing the vote for Brexit, which was opposed by world…

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Early guilty plea scheme could increase prison population, say MPs

Justice select committee issues warning over proposals to allow offenders reduced sentences in return for prompt guilty pleas The changes to sentencing could also have an adverse impact on offenders with mental health problems, say MPs. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Plans to tighten rules allowing offenders to receive reduced sentences in return for early guilty pleas…

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Schoolboys allowed to wear skirts under new ‘gender neutral’ uniform rules

Move is part of a drive for schools to be more open to children questioning their gender identity       Diversity campaigners have warned current policies risk discriminating against LGBT pupils Getty School boys will be allowed to wear skirts and girls to wear trousers under new “gender neutral” uniform policies introduced across the UK. Eighty state…

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Tribunal fee increases will deny justice, Law Society warns

roposed fee increases of more than 500% at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal would deny justice to people appealing Home Office decisions, the Law Society has warned. Responding to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) proposals, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers (pictured) said: ‘Everyone should be able to access the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, irrespective of their financial…

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Tory MP’s attempt to block police investigation into election fraud allegations fails

Judge says election results could be declared void in the event of a conviction The Conservative’s ‘Battlebus’ transported young activists around the country to campaign on candidate’s behalf Matt Cardy/Getty Images An attempt by a Conservative MP to block a police investigation into allegations his party broke election spending rules has failed. Kent Police last…

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Two Baildon men admit defrauding Virgin Trains out of £2,500 at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court

TWO men have been fined after pleading guilty to defrauding a train firm of almost £2,500 by claiming to have travelled on delayed trains and seeking compensation. Stephen Hudson, 40, and Andrew Craig, 36, both of Park Lane, Baildon, yesterday admitted making 23 fraudulent claims in total to Virgin Trains over a period of two…

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Cuts have left court system ‘close to breaking point’ and have put its credibility at risk, MPs warn

Inquiry finds that a shortage of judges is contributing to two-thirds of trials in the Crown Court being delayed, or not going ahead at all Nearly half of people who had been witnesses in trials said they would not be prepared to do so again following their experience of the court system Getty The court system in England…

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Queen’s Speech: What are the government’s planned new laws and how controversial are they?

The proposed legislation aims at reintroducing a measure of One Nation conservatism into the goverment’s policies, but some measures have been met with controversy 1. Digital Economy Bill •    Give every household the legal right to fast broadband – but if they live in some remote areas, they’ll have to pay part of the cost themselves •  …

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Police to give free underwear and toiletries to shoplifting teenagers

The news follows recent research which revealed 312,000 children in the UK have such low living standards that they are ‘living in destitution’ Cambridge police say they have seen an increase in young people shoplifting basic personal hygiene items such as underwear, sanitary items and toiletries iStock Police are to begin giving young people free underwear,…

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13,000 suspected and convicted criminals on run after skipping bail

English police figures reveal thousands of potentially dangerous criminals at large after failing to attend court hearings Figures from 30 police forces in England showed there were 13,492 known warrants outstanding. Photograph: Jeff Morgan/Alamy More than 13,000 suspected and convicted criminals facing charges including murder, rape and child sex offences are on the run after…

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Police chief apologises after fake Muslim shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ in simulated suicide bomb attack at Manchester’s Trafford Centre

A police chief has been forced to apologise for featuring a fake Muslim shouting “Allahu Akbar” in a major counter terrorism training exercise against Isil. The exercise had depicted a suicide bomber detonating explosives and opening fire in the middle of a busy shopping mall. But critics claimed the depiction of the terrorist “stereotyped” Muslims during the…

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Police force launch investigation into 2015 general election fraud allegations after claims against Tories

We have received an allegation of electoral fraud and an investigation has been launched’ It comes amid claims the Conservative Party may have breached spending rules Matt Cardy/Getty Images A police force has launched an investigation into an allegation of electoral fraud relating to the 2015 general election amid claims the Conservative Party may have…

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PII costs fall – but attempted fraud is rampant, Law Society reveals

Professional indemnity insurance renewal in 2015/16 was plain sailing for most firms, with average costs falling 8% year on year, latest research reveals. The Law Society survey of 560 firms also found that one-third have abandoned the traditional October renewal date. More than three-quarters (76%) of firms, ranging in size from sole practitioners to 25…

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Benefit sanctions handed out to thousands of people ‘unlawful’

The Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge by the Government The Court of Appeal quashed the Government’s legal challenge AFP/Getty Images Sanctions imposed on thousands of benefit claimants for not taking part in the DWP’s so-called “back-to-work” schemes are unlawful, a court has ruled. Three Court of Appeal judges upheld an earlier decision by…

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British expats lose legal battle for right to vote in EU referendum

Court challenge brought by 94-year-old second world war veteran living in Italy and lawyer resident in Belgium fails British lawyer Jacquelyn MacLennan, who lives in Belgium, outside the high court in central London. Photograph: Niklas Halle’N/AFP/Getty Images The high court has rejected an attempt to force the government to grant millions of UK citizens living…

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Gala Coral pays out £880,000 over gambler who stole to feed habit

Gambling Commission says bookmaker failed to inquire about source of man’s wealth before he was jailed for theft Gala Coral has promised to improve its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes. Photograph: Islandstock/Alamy The bookmaker Gala Coral has agreed with the gambling regulator to pay out nearly £880,000 after taking hundreds of thousands of pounds…

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Hillsborough disaster verdict: Police and survivors who had testimonies altered call for criminal action

‘Call me an old fashioned bobby, but that is criminal,’ says officer whose statement was changed A banner reading ‘Truth’ and ‘Justice’ hangs from Liverpool’s Saint George’s Hall Getty Police officers and Hillsborough survivors whose testimonies were altered by police to create the impression that Liverpool fans caused the 1989 football stadium tragedy have called for…

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Money laundering crackdown will send ‘clear message’ to offenders

The independent Home Secretary announces aggressive proposals to avoid Britain’s financial system ‘being undermined by illicit finance and the funding of terrorism’ Home Secretary Theresa May will set out the potential new powers on Thursday Getty Images Suspected money launderers could be forced to declare their wealth under aggressive proposals set to be unveiled by the Government. Those who…

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Theresa May to put 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant asylum seekers

The Guardian Home secretary to defy Lords’ demand for all-out ban after outcry greeted news that 99 pregnant women had been held at Yarl’s Wood Protesters outside Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedford. Photograph: Andrea Baldo/NurPhoto/Corbis Theresa May will announce plans to place a 72-hour time limit on the detention of pregnant women at…

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Counter-terrorism drive for public to report online Isis propaganda

The Guardian Police launch new campaign as number of items removed by special police unit trebles over past year Junead Khan had viewed Isis propaganda online before being convicted of terrorism offences. Photograph: CPS/PA British counter-terrorism officials are launching a campaign to try to drive back Islamic State’s efforts to use the internet to foster…

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Police are inconsistent in tackling online abuse, admits chief constable

The Guardian Stephen Kavanagh, in charge of national strategy on digital crime, says confidence of victims is being undermined Kavanagh insisted the police were determined to improve how they deal with the ‘explosion’ of online abuse Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian The police chief in charge of combating digital crime has admitted that an…

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Senior Tory calls on government to overhaul internet abuse laws

The Guardian Parliament’s equalities chair warns against internet providers being allowed to hide behind free speech argument Maria Miller has called for tighter laws on online abuse Composite: The Guardian Britain needs better internet laws to stop online abuse that may be creating a nightmare for society in future, Maria Miller, the Conservative former culture…

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MP calls for limit on UK surveillance powers as EU test case opens

The Guardian David Davis says data retention laws turn ‘entire nation into suspects’, while UK lawyers argue they are critical to securing convictions David Davis said the British government was retaining far more data than necessary. Photograph: Niklas Halle’N/AFP/Getty Images The UK government is “treating the entire nation as suspects” by ignoring safeguards on retaining…

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Government ‘actively considering’ watering down celebrities’ ability to obtain court injunctions

The independent It comes after a ‘well-known’ public figure took out a court injunction to prevent the UK media from publishing details of an extra-marital ‘three-way sexual encounter’ “It’s an issue which has been under active consideration,” a Whitehall source said Rex Government ministers are “actively considering” plans to water down celebrities’ ability to prevent the British…

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Tough new powers for police around Ewood after vandalism, harassment of residents and urinating in street

Lancashire Telegraph TOUGH new powers for police and council officers to tackle nuisance and aggressive behaviour including going to the toilet in public, throwing missiles and setting fires have been proposed for the Ewood area of Blackburn. A new order to tackle vandalism, harassment of residents, and general disorder has been proposed for a 50…

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Motoring groups welcome Government plans to close ‘alarming’ loophole allowing firms to ‘fix’ car mileage

The Independent It is hoped that a new method of displaying the mileage on cars digitally will prevent it being adjusted, a practice known as ‘clocking’ Getty Government plans to close what ministers warn is an “alarming” loophole allowing firms to ‘fix’ mileage on cars has been welcomed by motoring organisations. Responding to concern over…

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Prison overcrowding: HMP Oakwood to convert single cells into doubles to make room for 500 extra inmates

The Independent The prison, which is operated by the private company G4S, will see its official operating capacity rise by almost a third from July, which campaigners say is a recipe for overcrowding and violence Some single cells will be converted into double rooms Getty Images Inmates at the UK’s largest privately-run jail are to start sharing…

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‘Misleading’ claims ads fall foul of watchdog

The Law Gazette The advertising watchdog has banned two online ads for bank refund claims which made unsubstantiated promises about compensation. The Advertising Standards Authority today upheld complaints about two separate claims firms following challenges from the Lloyds Banking Group. One ruling concerned the website claimback.com, which promoted a PPI service and included a box…

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‘Snooper’s charter’: Theresa May faces calls to improve bill to protect privacy

The Guardian Senior Tories and opposition MPs demand tighter controls in legislation that will overhaul state’s surveillance powers The law would give the state powers to force communications firms to store individuals’ internet connection records. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Theresa May is facing calls from senior Tories and the opposition to improve the investigatory powers bill…

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Struck-off solicitor funded ‘lavish’ lifestyle with stolen £624k

The Law Gazette A Cheshire solicitor convicted of multiple counts of fraud has been barred from the profession by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Andrew John Taylor, who practised from his firm in Cheadle, misappropriated £624,000 through payments and transfers from the firm’s client account for his own personal use. Taylor’s victims had been clients vulnerable…

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Nursery ‘raised fears of radicalisation’ over boy’s cucumber drawing

The Guardian Woman says staff threatened to refer her son to counter-extremism programme thinking he had drawn a ‘cooker bomb’ The child’s drawing of a cucumber caused concern Photograph: BBC Asian Network Staff at a nursery school threatened to refer a four-year-old boy to a de-radicalisation programme after he drew pictures they thought showed his…

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Cyclist fails in first UK private prosecution against motorist for dangerous driving

The Independent Former driving instructor Aslan Kayardi denied he was travelling at more than 50 mph on the 30 mph stretch The defendant, Aslan Kayardi, insisted he was a regular cyclist himself Getty Images Britain’s first private prosecution of a motorist accused of dangerous driving by overtaking a cyclist too close and too fast has failed.…

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Overpopulated prisons resulting in high levels of violence and extremely poor living conditions

The Independent The dire situation at privately run HMP Doncaster should force Mr Gove to tackle over-population in UK jails Britain locks up the most people in Western Europe Getty Images The early stages of Michael Gove’s career as Justice Secretary have involved tearing down the work of his predecessor, Chris Grayling. Mr Grayling considered…

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Sadiq Khan: ‘Make London property ownership transparent’

The Guardian Labour’s mayoral candidate hopes to put an end to money laundering at the expense of Londoners Khan said: ‘Londoners who are struggling to scrape together a deposit will be shocked that dirty money is flooding into the city, unchecked and anonymously, causing prices to rise.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Labour’s mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan…

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Adam Johnson: Former Sunderland footballer found guilty of one count of sexual activity with child and cleared of another

The Independent Footballer ‘smiles’ as he is cleared of one charge Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court on March 2 Reuters Adam Johnson has been found guilty of sexual activity with a child but cleared of another count of the same offence. The jury at Bradford Crown Court had been deliberating since Tuesday lunchtime…

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Snooper’s charter: wider police powers to hack phones and access web history

The Guardian Latest version of investigatory powers bill will allow police to hack people’s computers and view browsing history Powers for the police to access everyone’s web browsing histories and to hack into phones are to be expanded under the latest version of the snooper’s charter legislation. The extension of police powers contained in the…

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Blackburn number 4 on list of 12 struggling areas in UK – Burnley above in 2nd…

Lancashire telegraph Blackburn is number four on the list BLACKBURN is one of the most economically struggling towns and cities in the country, according to new research. It is number four on the list – after Rochdale, Burnley and Bolton – followed by Hull and Grimsby. Ten of the UK’s top 12 economically struggling cities are in the North, according…

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Crime rate to double once cyber offences included in figures, says Labour

The Guardian Andy Burnham says Conservative claims to have presided over a fall in crime while cutting police budgets would be proved false The shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, said: ‘Crime hasn’t gone away, it’s moved online’. Photograph: Lynda Bowyer/Demotix/Corbis Crime figures for England and Wales will double once cyber offences are included in official…

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EU referendum: Tories in open warfare over legal status of Cameron deal

The Guardian Prime minister summons lawyers to challenge Michael Gove’s assertion that reforms could be thrown out by European court David Cameron launches the Conservatives In campaign in London. Photograph: Alex B Huckle/Getty Open warfare has broken out in Conservative ranks over the legal status of David Cameron’s EU deal after leading out campaigner Michael…

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Absurd’ visa rules on income force UK citizens into exile, court told

The Guardian Minimum income of £18,600 to be able to bring over non-EU spouse is ‘unachievable’ for many people, supreme court hears The supreme court in London will decide whether the rules contravene the European convention on human rights Photograph: Alex Segre/Rex UK citizens are being forced into exile by the Home Office’s “irrational and…

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Children ‘sexting’ should no longer face prosecution, new guidelines say

Rochdale Online New guidelines on children ‘sexting’ Children who text intimate photographs of themselves to friends will no longer face prosecution and the possible lifelong effects of a criminal record under changes to the police guidance on how to deal with ‘sexting’, which could come into force within weeks once approved by MPs. The proposed…

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The battle against sexual violence is being lost – look at the number of young victims

The Guardian Government after government makes bold claims about eradicating these awful crimes, yet the statistics remain damning ‘Perpetrators of violence against children are frequently the same people who are responsible for looking after them.’ Photograph: Alamy It is a disturbing fact that nearly a third of female rape victims in England and Wales are…

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Draft EU rules could tighten migration loophole for foreign-born spouses

The Guardian Proposal aims to restrict ‘Surinder Singh’ route that gives UK residence rights to non-European spouses of low-income British citizens Critics argue the current law on spousal visas penalises around 43% of the UK population, particularly mothers of young children, public sector workers and those living outside London and the south-east, who are more…

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Israel boycott ban: Shunning Israeli goods to become criminal offence for public bodies and student unions

The Independent Critics say move amounts to a ‘gross attack on democratic freedoms’ A Palestinian protester near the Jewish settlement of Bet El Reuters Local councils, public bodies and even some university student unions are to be banned by law from boycotting “unethical” companies, as part of a controversial crackdown being announced by the Government.…

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UK child prisons: thousands of injuries not disclosed by government

The Guardian Minister reveals number of injuries during restraint is almost five times higher than Youth Justice Board figure Adam Rickwood hanged himself after being restrained in a secure training centre. Photograph: Christopher Thomond Thousands more children have been injured in custody through the use of controversial restraint techniques than the government had previously disclosed,…

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Senior Tories flouted electoral law by failing to declare spending on by-election campaigns, Channel 4 claims

The Independent Broadcaster says it has received legal advice that the evidence would provide reasonable grounds for a police investigation Campaign spending in by-elections is limited to £100,000 to ensure a level playing-field Getty Senior Conservatives appear to have flouted electoral law by failing to declare spending amounting to tens of thousands of pounds during three…

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Met Police riot squad at centre of ‘overtime fraud’ claims decommissioned to cut costs

The Independent Disciplinary action is being taken against more than 20 officers Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe PA A specialist riot squad at the centre of a probe into allegations its officers wrongly claimed for overtime has been decommissioned to cut costs, police said. The Metropolitan Police said the withdrawal of the Territorial Support…

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Why is it that crime falls, yet we imprison more people than ever?

The Independent Prison is probably the single biggest indictment of state failure yet we are still waiting for the “rehabilitation revolution” promised when the Tories took power in 2010 For many years ministers privately complained that even the most carefully chosen chief inspector of prisons rapidly went “native”, undermining their tough stances by bleating on about…

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UK courtrooms do not reflect diversity of the communities they serve, judge says

The Independent Judge Wendy Joseph QC says schools and policymakers should do more to make judiciary more diverse Schools and policymakers have a responsibility to address the lack of diversity in the judiciary to better reflect society as a whole, a top judge has said. The UK’s “white, middle-class, middle-aged, male” courtrooms do not represent the…

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Investigatory powers bill: snooper’s charter lacks clarity, MPs warn

The Guardian Highly critical report says proposed legislation must be reviewed to ensure obligations on tech industry are clear A draft of the bill. MPs said there were still many unanswered questions about how the legislation would work. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA The government’s investigatory powers bill lacks clarity and is sowing confusion among tech firms…

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Bedroom Tax deemed ‘discriminatory’ and ‘unlawful’ by Court of Appeal judges

 Independent The ruling follows a legal challenge by a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager The tax has been ruled unlawful The Government’s so-called “Bedroom Tax” policy has been declared discriminatory and unlawful by the Court of Appeal. Judges made the decision following a legal challenge against the Government by a…

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Close legal loophole which means public services contractors don’t have disclose their work, say campaigners

The Independent Vital information about prison attacks, penalty fares on London trains, NHS whistleblowing policies in the NHS and parking tickets has all been withheld Currently withheld information includes complaints made against the services provided by the private security firm G4S Rex Companies who operate everything from prisons to parking services and prosecuting TV licence evaders must be…

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Lancashire police criticise BBC over ‘terrorist house’ story

 The Guardian Force says BBC story was inaccurate and has damaged community relations with the police BBC newsroom studio at Broadcasting House. Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner has written to BBC Lancashire about its reporting of the story. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Police have criticised the BBC for publishing a story that claimed a spelling error…

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Porsche-loving pensioner duped out of £170,000 dream car wins £35,000 claim against dealership

The Bolton News Bolton’s Porsche dealership A PORSCHE-loving pensioner who was duped out of his £170,000 dream car by a lying motor dealership has triumphed in a landmark fight for damages. Avid Porsche enthusiast, Kevin Hughes, 67, set his heart on owning a limited edition Porsche 911 GT3 RS4 and sacrificed part of his pension…

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Black cabs not unique, high court rules, paving way for ‘green’ taxis

The Guardian Judge says traditional cabs are ‘devoid of inherent distinctive character’, in legal row involving new eco-friendly taxi group The new Green taxi, Metrocab – the only zero-emissions capable black cab currently operating in London. Photograph: Metrocab A high court judge has ruled that one of London’s most famous sights, the black cab, is…

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Family lawyers face new curbs on court bundles

The Law Gazette The president of the Family Division has proposed introducing mandatory restrictions on the number of pages in court documents for family cases, alleging that lawyers have ignored previous calls for restraint. Last February Sir James Munby (pictured) criticised lawyers for ‘routinely’ ignoring practice directions imposing a 350-page limit on bundles, warning that…

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Criminal case witness attendances drop despite rise in summonses, says watchdog

Fewer witnesses in criminal cases are turning up at court, a watchdog has warned. Fewer witnesses in criminal cases are turning up at court, a watchdog has warned. Attendance is falling despite an increase in the number of witness summonses issued, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) said. Chief inspector Kevin McGinty said: “Fewer and…

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Ministers forge ahead with October date for fixed clin neg fees

The Law Gazette Health ministers intend to introduce fixed fees for clinical negligence cases by 1 October – despite not yet releasing a promised consultation on the issue. Responding to a written parliamentary question, health minister Ben Gummer (pictured) confirmed the intended start date for fixed recoverable costs for claims, following the outcome of the…

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Right to legal aid is ‘basic human right’, Jeremy Corbyn tells Justice Alliance meeting

The Guardian Labour leader joins Shami Chakrabarti to condemn cuts to legal aid while row continues over duty criminal solicitors’ contract                       Barristers and solicitors demonstrate outside parliament against cuts to legal aid in March 2014. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Entitlement to legal aid is…

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Police ‘used terror powers to spy on officers blowing whistle on racism’

The Independent Britain’s most scandal-hit police force faces a slew of legal claims after being accused of using controversial anti-terrorism powers to snoop on officers blowing the whistle on racism. Cleveland constabulary faces claims that it secretly obtained details from confidential emails between Asian officers and their representatives and solicitors to defend against employment cases…

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Blackburn teen who tried to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS jailed for four years

lancashire telegraph A BLACKBURN teen who attempted to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State has been jailed for four years. Ednane Mahmood, 19, was convicted last month by a jury of preparing terrorism acts. The trial at Manchester Crown Court heard that university student Mahmood had downloaded videos showing British aid worker David Haines being…

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Court sparring begins in legal aid contract challenges

Law Gazette Litigation over the government’s award of new criminal legal aid contracts will not be ‘straightforward’, the High Court heard yesterday during a lengthy hearing on how 115 procurement law challenges and a judicial review should be managed. Hearing the lord chancellor’s application for a possible group litigation order in the Technology and Construction…

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Lancashire County Council’s Asbestos Claims Bill has reach almost £700,000

Lancashire County Council has paid out £672,094 in compensation and costs over the last four years to people with conditions linked to asbestos. Asbestos claims It has been revealed in new figures that, since 2010, 17’people have contacted Lancashire County Council regarding asbestos claims. Of these 17 claims one of the cases was related to…

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