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- Law and government: Councils appeal for increased powers to limit high street bookmakers and lower maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminalsThe Local Government Association has appealed to the government for more powers to curb the number of bookmakers on the high street and lower the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals. In a move fronted by the Local Government Association (LGA), local councils are calling for the government for more powers... Read more »
- Legal Aid: New report shows rise in DIY defence since legal aid cutsAccording to a report published by the national charity, Transform Justice, cuts in the legal aid budget have led to a steep increase in people appearing before the courts without a legal representative. The charity, Transform Justice, has published a new report, which found that legal aid cuts have seen a growing... Read more »
- International: Virginia governor overturns law to allow convicted criminals to voteDemocrat governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has reversed a 150-year old law, which prevents convicted criminals participating in the voting process. The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has reversed a law that has been in place since the Civil War, which prohibits convicted criminals in the state from voting. Last week, the governor... Read more »
- Guest Blog: Cohabiting couples, their rights and the common law marriage mythThere is a misconception surrounding family law regarding the belief that those couples that cohabit have the same rights as those couples that are married. The results of a survey carried out in 2013 shows that 40% of those involved believed that by living together outside of marriage, they were entitled... Read more »
- Health and Safety: Alton Towers owner pleads guilty to health and safety breaches over ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster rideAlton Towers theme park owner, Merlin Entertainments, has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in connection with the ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster collision, which left five passengers seriously injured. After previously admitting responsibility for the ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster accident, Merlin Entertainments, which owns the Alton Towers theme park, has formally pleaded guilty to criminal... Read more »
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- Brothers mocked judge for not sending them to prison may be sent to prison for doing soTwo brothers may be sent to prison after the had mocked a judge for not sending them to prison when they were tried for drug dealing offences. The two brothers, Daniel Sledden, 27, and Samuel Sledden, 22, were handed a two-year suspended sentences by Judge Beverley Lunt after being found guilty in... Read more »
- Man arrested after attempting to smuggle birds through airport in his underwearA man has been arrested after attempting to smuggle nine live birds through airport security by hiding them in his underwear. The man, currently unnamed, was caught by US Customs and Border Protection officials at Miami International airport. The officials searched the man and discovered he had hidden six birds in a... Read more »
- Judge rules monkey does not own image copyrightA judge in San Francisco has ruled that a monkey does not own the copyright to his own image after a challenge was brought by the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The case began last year when PETA attempted to obtain a court order that would have seen them use the money... Read more »
- Man begs to be sent to prison after sexual relations with a donkeyIt has been reported that a man has begged a judge to put him in prison after he was tried for having sex with a donkey. Gideon Swartzentruber, a 21-year-old farmhand, was caught having sex with a female donkey in September 2015. He had been caught with the donkey by the donkey’s owner... Read more »
- Police write hilarious tweets concerning cocaine haulScottish police posted a series of messages on social media site, Twitter, after they recovered a quantity of cocaine at a residence on the isle of Skye. The Lochaber and Skye police force tweeted “If you get back to your house tonight on Skye and realise your cocaine is missing – we... Read more »