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Self-harm in prisons hits record level

Self-harm in prisons hits record level(Posted on 26/10/18)

The Ministry of Justice has released statistics of prison incidents of assault and self-harm in the year to June. Of 9,485 assaults on staff (up 27% from 2016/17), 947 were classified as serious (up 19%); prisoner-on-prisoner assaults reached a record high of 23,448 recorded (3,063 serious); and self-harm incidents rose 20% to 49,565. Self-harm in prisoners is a recognised risk factor for suicide, and is more common in female... Read more...


Balmy DNA catches car thief

Balmy DNA catches car thief(Posted on 23/10/18)

Sheridan Fayomi stole cars. He was caught after his DNA was found on a lip balm he left in one of them. Fayomi stole a Mercedes worth £20,000 and another worth £32,000 in St Neots, Cambridgeshire on May 31st last year. Then on June 14th, he stole a £45,000 Audi S3. Five days later, the Audi was found abandoned in Barnet, north London, and a stick of lip balm discovered and tested for DNA. Last week at Harrow Crown... Read more...


Data gathering ‘unlawful’ under GDPR

Data gathering ‘unlawful’ under GDPR(Posted on 19/10/18)

In a letter to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), London’s victims’ commissioner Claire Waxman of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has voiced her concern that rape victims may be discouraged from coming forward thanks to intrusive gathering of social media data by police. For their claims to be pursued, victims must sign their consent to allow Prosecution and Defence lawyers access to highly... Read more...


Police Officer convicted of 1978 rape

Police Officer convicted of 1978 rape(Posted on 15/10/18)

Forty years ago, a woman in Leeds couldn’t afford to pay a fine. West Yorkshire Police Warrant Officer David Lomax told her she’d go to jail and her young daughter could be taken away unless she agreed to sex with him. He then raped her in her bedroom. Although the woman reported the incident, she was told Lomax couldn’t be charged for lack of evidence. Last week, Lomax, now 83, was convicted of rape and misconduct... Read more...


Cuts Cause Renewed Concern

Cuts Cause Renewed Concern(Posted on 09/10/18)

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has criticised new cuts to Government funding of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). Representing the last hope for those fighting miscarriages of justice, the CCRC is the only route for those claiming wrongful conviction to return to the Court of Appeal. Although new justice minister Edward Argar believes the CCRC is “sufficiently funded for the work that it does”,... Read more...


Supreme Court judge: “Access to justice under threat”

Supreme Court judge: “Access to justice under threat” (Posted on 03/10/18)

In a speech to a Chicago law school, senior supreme court judge Lord Wilson has accused the UK government of dismantling the legal aid system, treatening access to justice, the Guardian reports. “In pursuit of its economic policy, the UK government has recently felt the need to dismantle much of our precious system of legal aid, introduced in 1949 along with the other two pillars of our welfare state, namely social security and... Read more...