Child Abuse: report highlights serious police and child protection department failings in Rotherham

Child Abuse: report highlights serious police and child protection department failings in Rotherham

A damning report has been released by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the government organisation responsive for ensuring UK police forces are operating correctly concerning the child sexual exploitation (CSE) discovered in Rotherham, reports the Guardian. This report follows an earlier investigation commissioned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and carried out by Professor Alexis Jay. The report, released on 21 August 2014, states at a “conservative estimate” approximately 1400 children were sexually exploited in…

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Terrorism: Met police chief calls for extra funds to combat threat from jihadists

Terrorism: Met police chief calls for extra funds to combat threat from jihadists

The Chief Constable of the Metropolitan Police yesterday called for a major overhaul of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, after revealing that as many as 200 trained jihadi fighters had already returned from Syria and Iraq, waiting to launch fresh terrorist attacks, reports the London Evening Standard. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is the Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. The force is responsible for policing the streets of the capital, but also responsible for the whole of…

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Immigration: Two French nationals jailed for smuggling immigrants into UK

Immigration: Two French nationals jailed for smuggling immigrants into UK

Two French citizens have been convicted of trafficking offences at Canterbury Crown Court after they were caught trying to smuggle four Afghan immigrants through the Dover Ferry Port in their car’s boot, reports the BBC. Didier Devos, 36, and Sandra Vienot, 28, were stopped at Dover Ferry Port by immigration officials, where they claimed they were tourists visiting the UK for a day trip. However the pair became unstuck as officials began to search their…

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Immigration: Triathlete faces awkward police questions over Channel crossing

Immigration: Triathlete faces awkward police questions over Channel crossing

An international triathlete was forced to answer some awkward questions after a passer-by mistakenly reported his attempt to swim across the British Channel as a possible illegal migration attempt, reports the Daily Telegraph. John Van Wisse, who is 41, had just completed an 86 mile run from London to the Port of Dover, where he was due to attempt the 21 mile swim to Calais before attempting a further 175 miles by bicycle to complete…

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Apology from Met chief over use of CS spray on Protesters

Apology from Met chief over use of CS spray on Protesters

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has apologised for an officer using CS spray during the UK Uncut protests on Oxford Street, London, in January 2011, reports the Guardian. In January 2011, protesters were sprayed with 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (CS) whilst protesting against tax avoidance. The protesters were sprayed with the gas after a woman had been arrested by police officers for pushing a leaflet through the door of Boots the chemists. The police took the woman to an alley…

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EU law: Citizens blow off over European ban on powerful vacuum cleaners

EU law: Citizens blow off over European ban on powerful vacuum cleaners

A new European Union law banning powerful vacuum cleaners because they are not eco-friendly has put British citizens in a spin, as a number of popular high street models will no longer be available from September 1, reports the Daily Mail. The EU law coming into force on September 1 this year will prohibit the manufacture or import of vacuum cleaners with motors above 1600 watts, in a bid to promote environmentally friendly manufacturing. However,…

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Privacy law: modern technology needs to be considered

Privacy law: modern technology needs to be considered

The president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, has stated privacy laws need to be overhauled due to advancements in technology, reports The Telegraph. Lord Neuberger, speaking at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club, has stated the “astonishing” speed with which information can now be distributed and displayed has led to “enormous challenges” for the law. His comments come after a period of cases that have seen the law struggle with the speed…

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Scottish Independence: Former EU judge says plans to charge fees in Scotland would be illegal

Scottish Independence: Former EU judge says plans to charge fees in Scotland would be illegal

A former EU judge has spoken out against proposals that would see an independent Scotland charge students from the rest of the UK tuition fees, saying that such charges would be illegal under EU law, reports the BBC. A former European Court justice, Professor Sir David Edward, has provided written advice to the pro-Union group Academics Together suggesting that the Independent Scotland proposal to charge other UK citizens for higher education would contravene EU law….

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Divorce: Family lawyer says ‘poker effect’ is making divorces less fair

Divorce: Family lawyer says ‘poker effect’ is making divorces less fair

A family lawyer has told the Telegraph newspapers that the ‘poker effect’ is causing the financially weaker party in a divorce to fold early and accept unfair settlement offers to avoid the high costs associated with contested divorces. The Telegraph interviewed Paul Hunt, a solicitor at firm Kirwans who has many years experience in family law and divorce law in particular, and who believes that the rising cost of divorce has made the process less…

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Employment law: Tribunal rules sacking of professor unfair dismissal

Employment law: Tribunal rules sacking of professor unfair dismissal

TV psychologist Professor Geoff Beattie was unfairly dismissed by the University of Manchester, reports the BBC. For ten series, Channel 4’s psychologist for their hit show Big Brother was Professor Geoff Beattie from the University of Manchester. While the Professor was employed by Channel 4 alongside his employment at the university, the latter did encourage its academic staff to pursue work outside the university to broaden their interest and therefore their offering to current students….

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