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Uncategorized / 25.06.2021

  You may have heard the name Daniel Morgan being mentioned in the media recently.   Daniel was a private investigator who would carry out extensive work for the News of the World. He was found murdered in 1987 in a car park with an axe embedded in...

Uncategorized / 16.06.2021

 HMRC seized £35,000 cash in plastic carrier bags from a Mr Mann as it was suspected he was fraudulently evading excise duty. Boxes of vodka worth around £220,000 had also been found on the premises.   Once cash is seized, it can be held for up to...

Uncategorized / 21.05.2021

  The offence of controlling and coercive behaviour has been on the statute books for a few years now but has recently hit the headlines.   Ruth Dodsworth is an ITV Wales presenter who met her ex-husband, Jonathan Wignall, in 2001. She became the primary income earner when...

Uncategorized / 13.05.2021

  Draft revised sentencing guidelines have been produced to reflect recent Court of Appeal judgments. The guidelines clarify sentencing guidance for cases where no sexual activity occurs or where the targeted child does not exist.   The revised guidelines are subject to consultation, which will close on 13th...

Uncategorized / 29.04.2021

  In 2006 the Association of Chief Police Officers, known as ACPO, founded a Criminal Records Office, now known as ACRO. The intention was for ACRO to organise the management of criminal record information and improve links between the records and biometric information.   ACRO's principal functions are...

Uncategorized / 22.04.2021

  The Competition and Markets Authority intervened with Facebook to combat fake and misleading reviews on the site. At the beginning of last year, Facebook agreed to "better identify, investigate and respond to fake and misleading reviews". As a result of the agreement, 188 groups were...

Uncategorized / 16.04.2021

  Every prisoner is given a security category. For female prisoners, there are only two options, closed or open condition. For male prisoners, there are four categories, A to D.   What do the categories mean?   Female prisoners:   Closed conditions are for female prisoners who present too high a risk...

Uncategorized / 15.04.2021

  During the Covid pandemic, there have been significant limits and halts to prison visits. Once we are out of lockdown, there should be a gradual return to standard visits, so what happens and what are the rules?   The Prison Rules, in particular Rule 35, set out...

Uncategorized / 09.04.2021

    Ofsted has announced a review into sexual abuse in schools. The review will consider the processes that schools, and colleges have in place regarding whether they are good enough to allow pupils to report abuse freely.   Why conduct a review?   A website, "Everyone's Invited", published anonymised accounts...