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Police: Statement On Sentencing Of Scott Hughes

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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Statement On Sentencing Of Scott Hughes

May 27, 2016, 2:04 pm

A drugs trafficker who went on the run for nearly five years was on Thursday, 26 May jailed for eight-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Scott Hughes, 35, originally from the Croxteth area, was arrested in February 2011 in Belgium and featured in the Operation Captura most wanted fugitives campaign.

Hughes was captured following a joint operation between the National Crime Agency, Belgian Federal Police and Merseyside Police. He was travelling from Dubai to Belgium using a fraudulent passport, and was stopped upon arrival at Brussels Airport before being extradited to the United Kingdom.

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Hughes had been wanted by Merseyside Police for being a senior member of a Liverpool-based organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of Class A drugs. He disappeared following the execution of a search warrant at his home in May 2011...

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Police: Phishing attack targeting university students

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A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education.

The email purports to have come from the Finance Department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.

One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

How to protect yourself 

  • Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
  • Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way. 
  • If an email appears to have come from a person or...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Within the legal world it is widely known that the numbers of  magistrates have fallen dramatically in the last few years.  This decline has been inevitable.  One does not have to have had the abilities of a Nostradamus or the resources of Channel 4 "Dispatches" to have predicted this radical change to the way in which this and the previous government viewed the institution.   Eight years ago there were just a little under 30,000 active J.P.s; today they number fewer than 20,000. The reasons for the decline are the reduction in cases brought to the lower courts, the closure of about a third  of court buildings and the  resulting difficulties of J.P.s travel arrangements, the deliberate employment of increasing numbers of professional District Judges(M.C.), the skewed age profile of the magistracy and to a lesser extent the resignation of magistrates owing to their opposition to the previous regime`s removal of the level legal playing field for the poorer in our society by the restrictions on legal aid and the imposition...

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Police: I want to work in a diverse team. Do you?

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Last year I walked through Lozells on the march by Black officers at the National Black Police Association Conference. It was a striking moment of reflection. Quite literally people came out to watch and clap. I even saw a group of lads pull up in a car and ask one of our Black Female officers if she really was a cop. That statement made me realise how far we must travel in some community’s minds to be recognised as a diverse institution. This matters and it starts inside the force.

MarchA core part of the People Deal is the experience of diverse staff in West Midlands Police. We want WMP to be a fair place for everyone. I believe it to be an unquestionable fact to say that those in the minority experience a generally poorer chance of being treated fairly in most organisations and society. West Midlands Police reflects our society in this regard. We are not yet a universally fair place and I believe we are further away from this with minority staff.

This matters for four reasons. Firstly the law says that we...

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Police: Auld Lang Syne

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
Reading of the planned closure of Southwark Crown Court took my mind back to the day when I was sworn in there as a JP. The court is situated on the South bank of the Thames, just by the moored HMS Belfast. In fact the ship fills the windows of the jury assembly room.

I shall retire from the bench later this year, but the swearing-in will be a lasting memory.

Police: Renewed Appeal to Find Missing Fylde Man

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Renewed Appeal to Find Missing Fylde Man

May 26, 2016, 1:49 pm

Shane Graham (pictured), 26, from Ansdell, was last seen walking towards Inner Promenade from an address in Eddington Road, St Annes, around noon on April 29.

He is described as white, with light-brown cropped hair and blue eyes and was wearing a dark blue work jacket, a pair of black work trousers with a white logo and blue safety boots.

He has links to the Tamworth area in Staffordshire.

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Police launched an appeal for information about his whereabouts earlier this month and have released new images of Shane in an effort to find him.

PC Gordon Birt, of Fylde Police, said: “We are growing increasingly concerned about Shane and want to find him urgently.

“Despite a widespread appeal earlier this month, we have yet to trace Shane and would ask for the public’s help in finding him.

“Any information, even if you believe it...

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Police: Loops Or No Loops?

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos

I’ve been off-grid for a while, so let’s launch into the British summer with a light piece of typical Met management buffoonery. Okay, I know we’re still in late spring here in the UK, but I’m wearing my shorts, so that makes it summer, okay?

In addition to handcuffs, cops also use leg restraints.


These are wide Velcro straps that wrap around a perp’s ankles and thighs, binding the legs tightly together. They prevent the prisoner from kicking us when he is going bananas, which often happens. They make threats towards us, then generally thrash around.



This can be an entertaining spectacle, but is potentially dangerous for both them and for us.

Against this poor behaviour we have leg restraints – a useful piece of kit that enables us to carry the person safely, without anybody getting hurt. The package normally includes two straps – one for the thighs and one for the ankles, and can be stored in a car’s glove-box.

For effective working, we do need one set...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Down to earth now from the surrealistic event that many holidays are especially those with funny money and unbearably hot temperatures.  Flying over the same area on the very morning when  another plane was blown out of the sky was not at all comfortable.  This blog by its very purpose has touched on political points only when matters of the application of justice and associated considerations have been applicable. This morning after the holiday nights before, I had intended focussing on the school attendance appeal at the high court; a topic on which I assume every J.P. in the country has had experience.  But that was until I read of the E.U. by way of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker`s decision to invoke the rule of law mechanism to override the decision of a nation`s parliament.  There will be those who comment that extreme right wing parliamentary decisions have no place in any E.U. country.  But wasn`t the whole European concept to ensure that cataclysmic right wing...

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Police: Major Child Abuse Investigation Launched in Alum Rock

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Major Child Abuse Investigation Launched in Alum Rock

May 25, 2016, 12:36 pm

Detectives from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit (PPU) have charged a man from the Alum Rock area of Birmingham with making indecent images of children.

Brian Topliss is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 25 May.

The 72-year-old was arrested on Monday morning and a full-scale search of his Maitland Road home has been underway over the last 48 hours. It follows recent information received by police.

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Various pieces of computer equipment have been seized from the address and these are currently in the process of being examined by forensic experts.

Following early analysis of these devices, officers are now carrying out house-to-house enquiries in and around the Maitland Road area and speaking to members of the local community.

Detective Chief Inspector Dawn Miskella, from the...

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Police: Arrests Following Raids in Bexley

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Arrests Following Raids in Bexley

May 25, 2016, 10:23 am

Seven men and two women have been arrested as a result of a major operation to crack down on drug dealing in Thamesmead.

Acting on concerns raised by the community, officers from the Territorial Support Group (TSG), Bexley Police and the Thamesmead East and Lesnes Abbey Safer Neighbourhood Teams carried out a series of dawn raids, with warrants executed at 11 addresses in Thamesmead and one address in Ealing.

The suspects, aged between 18 and 56, were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences, predominantly the supply of class A and class B drugs. They remain in custody at a south London police station.

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Around a kilo of class A drugs, two large carrier bags of cannabis, a variety of weapons and more than £30,000 cash has been recovered so far.

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, Borough Commander for...

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