This post is one I have been reluctant to write – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are seen as somewhat complicated and potentially difficult to understand and issues for the police arising from DoLS have been queried with me only very, very rarely indeed. I did offer a few thoughts on them last year, but isolated to the specific issue of vulnerable people who lack capacity who wander off and need to be returned. Getting into the detail of urgent and standard authorisations, etc., is something that I put off on the grounds that it doesn’t arise very often and hoping that common sense could prevail! But alas, the questions are now flying in and I can’t put it off any longer – must grasp that nettle!
You will remember one of the key legal judgments of 2014 was the ruling in the case referred to as Cheshire West. This involved the Supreme Court having to decide what a ‘deprivation of liberty’ actually was, because it wasn’t precisely defined in the primary or secondary legislation. In a most memorable...
I've blogged about rape repeatedly over the years. It nearly always results in a fairly heated debate. A lot of men (and probably some women) think that if you are female, support Rape Crisis, and emphatically state that rape is under-reported and under-convicted, you must be a man-hating, blinkered feminist who is blind to the reality of false rape reports.
Now the DPP is announcing measures to tackle two key rape myths, both of which I have blogged about before. The core of the measure is placing an onus on the defendant to prove, if it is an issue of consent, that the victim consented. This could be construed as effectively making it the defendant's job to prove their innocence, which would fundamentally oppose the essence of the British Criminal Justice system.
I don't believe it does that. I am female, I donate my book royalties to Rape Crisis, and I believe our national record on rape is pretty woeful. I don't hate men, and I've dealt with more than one false allegation of rape. (I've...
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is reminding owners of restaurants with sleeping accommodation above their business of their legal responsibilities following a court case that resulted in a significant fine and associated award of costs.
Celal Kara, 27, was today (Thursday 29 January) convicted for breaching the conditions of a Prohibition Notice issued by NFRS under Article 31 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005*.
Dangerous conditions were identified during an investigation following a fire at Marmaris Restaurant, Southgates, King’s Lynn in the early hours of 16 July 2013.
Due to the seriousness of the prevailing conditions above the restaurant, the Fire and Rescue Service immediately issued a Prohibition Notice* to prohibit sleeping on the first and second floors due to the risk of serious personal injury in the event of a fire occurring.
On 7 October 2013, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service revisited the premises and found that people were still sleeping...
Essex Fire Service is in turmoil this week as its new ‘state-of-the-art’ control system that mobilises fire appliances for emergencies collapsed after repeated and multiple faults.
Essex Fire Service began using the new state of the art mobilising system when it moved to its new control room earlier this month. The system, intended to select which fire appliances to send to incidents, has been failing and sending the wrong fire appliances to fires and other emergencies.
Some fire appliances have been listed as ‘not being available’ whilst in fact firefighters are ready and prepared to attend incidents as usual.
Fire appliances across the county have been sent to wrong addresses and in some cases fire engines from Harlow have been sent to Colchester.
Service managers began by describing the situation as ‘minor teething problems’ and even suggested the control staff were making ‘user errors’ – until the system finally...
Police investigating a murder in Bath on Christmas Eve are making a renewed appeal for information from anyone who was in the area on Wednesday, December 17.
The body of Thomas Downey, 51, was found under a railway arch on the Lower Bristol Road, near Bath railway station.
Now detectives want to hear from anyone who was walking or driving along the road there at around 10.45am on the 17th and who may have seen two men crossing over from the Esso garage side to the river side.
Although there is a pedestrian traffic light crossing, the men did not use it. One was carrying a weightlifting barbell and the other had a guitar on his back.
Officers also want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a disturbance between a group of people in the alleyway by Angel Place on the Lower Bristol Road at around 6pm the day before, December 16. The road is usually busy with pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Murder Crime Investigation Team on 101...
A 65-year-old woman [A] arrested on suspicion of the murder of Luke Jackson in Pimlico SW1 on 19 December 2014 has been released without charge.
Two men arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed to a date in February:
[B] An 18 year-old man was arrested at Heathrow Airport on 21 December on suspicion of murder. He was taken into custody at a north London police station and bailed pending further enquiries to a date in February.
[C] A 19-year-old man was arrested in Paddington on 22 December on suspicion of murder. He has also been bailed to a date in February.
An investigation by the Homicide and Major Crime Command continues.
On Friday, 19 December, police were called at 18:05hrs, by London Ambulance Service to reports of a man stabbed at a residential address in Lumley Flats, Pimlico Road, SW1.
Officers and London’s Air Ambulance also attended the scene but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was Luke Jackson, 33 (14.04.81) of Sydenham Hill, Sydenham....