Criminal law: Four plead guilty to Hatton Garden robbery

Criminal law: Four plead guilty to Hatton Garden robbery

Four suspects in the Hatton Garden robbery that saw £10m in valuables stolen from safety deposit boxes in central London have pleaded guilty today.  The four men: John Collins, 74, Daniel Jones, 58, Terry Perkins, 67, and Brian Reader, 76, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle with intent to steal. Another three men, Hugh Doyle, William Lincoln and John Harbinson, have pleaded not guilty and will face trial on 16 November. Two more, Paul Reader…

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Prisons: ex-inmates suffering mental health issues more likely to reoffend

Prisons: ex-inmates suffering mental health issues more likely to reoffend

A study by Oxford University has suggested that ex-prisoners with mental health issues such as substance abuse or bipolar disorder, are more likely to reoffend. The study, carried out by Zheng Chang, Henrik Larsson, Paul Lichtenstein and Seena Fazel of Oxford University studying 47,326 prisoners based in Sweden and was published in the Lancet medical journal. Those with psychiatric problems appeared likely to reoffend and commit crimes such as assault, arson or sexual offenses. Furthermore, the…

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Medical law: Health Secretary launches inquiry after HIV clinic inadvertently reveals patients’ identities

Medical law: Health Secretary launches inquiry after HIV clinic inadvertently reveals patients’ identities

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has ordered an inquiry after a central London HIV clinic mistakenly sent an email disclosing the identities of hundreds of people using its service, The Guardian reports. Following accidental disclosure of the names and email addresses of a number of users of the HIV service at a London clinic, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has launched an inquiry into how the National Health Service (NHS) deals with confidential medical information….

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Property law: Thousands of tenants ‘suffering abuse’ from rogue landlords

Property law: Thousands of tenants ‘suffering abuse’ from rogue landlords

The housing charity, Shelter, has reported that almost 17,000 tenants have called its helpline within the last year complaining of harassment, threats and assaults, The Guardian reports. Research carried out by the housing and homelessness charity, Shelter, has found that thousands of private tenants have allegedly suffered abuse by private landlords. In the last year, nearly 17,000 tenants lodged complaints with Shelter claiming that their landlords disconnected utilities, entered their homes without their permission and,…

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Criminal law: Lord Janner to face ‘trial of facts’ next year over historic child sex abuse charges

Criminal law: Lord Janner to face ‘trial of facts’ next year over historic child sex abuse charges

Peer and former Labour MP, Lord Janner, will face a ‘trial of facts’ in the New Year where he will answer charges of historic child sex abuse, ITV News reports. Charges of historic child sex abuse against life peer and former Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicester, Lord Janner, will be subject to a ‘trial of facts’ in the New Year. The hearing has been provisionally scheduled for 22 February next year. A back-up…

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European law: Refugees exploit legal loophole by entering Norway on bicycles

European law: Refugees exploit legal loophole by entering Norway on bicycles

Refugees are crossing the Arctic border into Norway, taking advantage of a legal loophole in the country’s immigration system, The Independent reports. More than 100 refugees, believed to be from Syria and the Mediterranean, have journeyed towards the Arctic border into Norway riding bicycles. According to the Norwegian-Russian border agreement, it is illegal for refugees to cross the Arctic border on foot or in another person’s vehicle if the driver does not hold the correct…

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International: Two sisters sentenced to be raped

International: Two sisters sentenced to be raped

Two sisters in India, one only 15 years old, have been sentenced to be raped as punishment over the actions of their brother, who eloped with a married woman of a different clan. 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-0ld sister received the sentence from their village council after their brother eloped with a married woman from another clan and caste. The sentence involves  gang rape followed by having their faces blackened and then paraded through…

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Law and government: Survey shows two-thirds of people feel they have little or no influence over laws, taxes and public spending

Law and government: Survey shows two-thirds of people feel they have little or no influence over laws, taxes and public spending

According to an opinion poll, more than two-thirds of people feel they have little if any influence over decisions on legislation, taxes and public spending, The Sunday Independent reports. A new poll of public attitudes to political reform has found that most citizens feel they do not have enough say in the country’s decisions. The online survey of 2,147 adults reveals that respondents think the voting system is inequitable, the House of Lords is undemocratic…

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International: Sudanese teenager risks twenty lashes for ‘indecent dressing’

International: Sudanese teenager risks twenty lashes for ‘indecent dressing’

Experts from the United Nations have expressed alarm over the sentencing of a young Sudanese woman who, after being found guilty of ‘indecent dressing’, may be flogged in public and handed a large fine. Ferdous Al Toum, 19, was arrested on 25 June this year along with eleven other students aged between 17 and 21. She and her friends were taken by police after they had attended a ceremony at the Evangelical Baptist Church in Khartoum…

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European law: Google hits out at European Commission

European law: Google hits out at European Commission

Internet giant, Google, has criticised the European Commission’s actions with regard to the antitrust case it has brought against it.  In April this year, the European Commission’s competition policy head, Margrethe Vestager, began legal proceedings against Google over its search results. After a five-year inquiry, the Commission came to the conclusion that Google favoured its own shopping comparison services when displaying user search results; therefore was having a adverse effect on third party price aggregator sites….

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