Rape is probably the crime where very few thinking people have nothing to say; most have an opinion. On that basis magistrates are no different from others. The guidance issued by the CPS earlier this week seeks to increase the conviction rate for this offence; a conviction rate which is lower for sexual offences than other groups of indictable offences. Between 2003 and 2013 the conviction rate for sexual offences increased from 46% to 58%. There are probably as many opinions on all aspects of this crime as on most others put together. This is hardly surprising. The most natural...
Police investigating a shop theft in Newcastle have released CCTV of two men they need to speak to.
It happened on December 17 when meat worth more than £70 was stolen from the Co-op at High Street in Gosforth. Police investigating have released CCTV images of two men they need to speak to who it’s believed may be able to help with their enquiries.
Anyone who recognises them is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 506 17/12/14, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The ICO has said the SMS text messages are sent from a different mobile telephone number daily and are mainly sent via the Vodafone network.
The text messages read: NEWS! - New 'Skinny Pill' Helping UK Women Lose 1+ Stone a Month. Limited Time Free Trial Ends Today, Claim Yours Here http:// [link redacted] orTxtSTOPtoOptOut
The URL link is only valid for the date that the message is sent and leads to a scam website that carries the logos of the BBC, The Guardian and The Telegraph to appear legitimate.
There is an eight page report about a ‘revolutionary system – The Holy Grail of Weight Loss’. The reporter claims to have taken two weight loss products called Slimgenix System and Cleanse EFX and lost 1.5 stone in four weeks. At the end of the report there is a promotional coupon with a link to get a free trial of the drug, paying £2.95 for shipping. The coupon states that the offer expires the same day.
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...
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....