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In a dramatic climax the jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of R v Sally Metcalfe, the hapless Coronation Street Councillor caught up in fraud, money laundering and bribery.   As viewers will know, poor Sally appears to be a victim of Duncan’s cunning plan to divert blame elsewhere.   Her fate now lies...
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With the purchase and use of drones increasing, it is worth a reminder of the important updates in law to prevent the commission of criminal offences involving drones. The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018, introduced on the 30th May 2018 and effective from the 30th July 2018, restricts all drones (irrespective of weight) from flying...
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Is there a specific offence? Until now the only specific offence has been that of assaulting a police officer. This is a summary only offence which carries a maximum of 6 months imprisonment. There has always been an option to charge an offender with more serious offences, such as actual or grievous bodily harm, if...
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Racially aggravated offences In recent years legislation has been enacted to ensure that crimes demonstrating a hostility towards certain groups of people are treated more seriously than before. If an offence is said to be racially aggravated, then you should expect a heftier sentence.   What does it mean? An offence is racially aggravated if,...
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Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline The Sentencing Council, responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has recently issued a new guideline in relation to manslaughter offences. Which offences are covered? The guideline covers: • Unlawful act manslaughter – a common law offence • Gross negligence manslaughter – a common law offence • Manslaughter...
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New domestic abuse sentencing guidelines first published on the 22nd February 2018 are due to come into force next month. The guidelines will give the courts up to date guidance emphasising the seriousness of this type of offending. The guidelines identify the principles relevant to the sentencing of cases involving domestic abuse, outline how the...
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In December 2016 two men were convicted of manslaughter following an avoidable brake failure that resulted in the deaths of four people, including a young girl. Neither of the men drove the vehicle, but they were ultimately responsible, as the haulage boss and mechanic. One was sentenced to 7 ½ years, the other to 5...
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Many people convicted of driving with excess alcohol leave court with a pretty clear idea as to the length of their driving disqualification, but for a significant number, there is a shock further down the line. Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘right’ to hold a driving licence merely by having passed a driving...
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The Old Bailey recently heard the first ever trial of a cyclist charged with manslaughter, following a fatal incident which occurred back in February 2016. Mr Charlie Alliston caused the death of Ms Kim Briggs when he collided with her and caused her to sustain catastrophic head injuries. The Crown Prosecution Service pursued a charge...
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If your child gets in trouble with the police, it will be traumatic for all involved. Our guide below explains what happens and what you should do. The police have 2 options if they think that your child has been involved in criminal activity: 1. Ask them to a voluntary interview, or 2. Arrest them...
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