One day last week my courthouse played host to a group of youngsters from a primary school in our justice area, under the auspices of MiC. Magistrates in the Community gives magistrates a chance to volunteer to talk to groups of school kids, university students or adults, about the court system either at the court or outside court.
First the group went into a court room before the start of business; whilst two magistrates explained generally what happens in court, about the offences dealt with etc. etc. Witness Support came and spoke for a few minutes about how evidence is given by young people and the measures taken to help them to prepare for giving their evidence, and about screens and video link. They saw the cells and a prison van thanks to the Serco staff who went out of their way to be helpful and spoke to the group about some of their work. I’m pleased to report the kids definitely had no wish ever to see a cell or the inside of a van again.
A woman has been charged with the murder of her baby daughter in Hammersmith and Fulham.
Federica Boscolo-Gnolo, 31 (03.01.84) an Italian national of Chioggia, Italy (no fixed address in the UK) was charged on Friday, 30 January, with the murder of Farah Boscolo-Gnolo. Farah was born in Chioggia on 22 November 2014.
Federica Boscolo-Gnolo was arrested on Thursday, 29 January, after she reported the baby’s disappearance from a hotel in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating and, although no body has been found, detectives obtained authority to charge Federica Boscolo-Gnolo with murder.
She appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 31 January and was remanded in custody to next appear at the Old Bailey on 3 February.
Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances of the baby’s disappearance.
It seems that the Labour Party has finally decided to put the coalition`s justice policy and its Secretary of State`s many terminological inexactitudes into its forthcoming manifesto.The position on legal aid will be just the first of several such announcements. How much influence there will be on a public which is generally uninterested and, according to pollsters, worships at the god of NHS remains to be seen.
A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a 17-year-old male in Enfield.
Police were called at approximately 21:35hrs on Friday, 30 January to reports of a male collapsed on the pavement at Berkley Gardens, N21.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found the male suffering from stab wounds.
He was taken to a central London hospital in a critical condition. He died a short while later.
Next of kin have been informed.
Officers believe they know the identity of the deceased but formal identification awaits.
A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.
Four people have been arrested in connection with this investigation. They are: two 17-year-old males [A and B]; a 17-year-old female [C] and a 46-year-old-woman. All four have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
They all remain in custody to at separate north London police stations.
Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command based at Barking investigate.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3775 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In a week that has seen 2 major documents released into the wild who are the winners and the losers? Are there any winners at all?
Well, there are certainly some losers.
In the 6 monthly release of manpower figures for the 43 Forces, the two outright losers are Durham and West Mercia Constabularies. Back in 2011 HMIC set each and every Force a Numerical Target for their Manpower, i.e a strength that they were required to attain by March 2015. According to the September 2014 stats (the latest available) HALF of the 43 Forces in England and Wales have Manpower levels LOWER than they are required to achieve by March. Durham and West Mercia currently have Manpower levels more than 10% LOWER than their target figure for March. WHY??
We know that there are more cuts to come, are these two Forces really just getting upstream of the game or is there something more sinister at work?
The biggest ‘winner’ is North Yorkshire with over 5% more than their March 2015 Target, so does this indicate some serious...