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Published on December 19 2014 in General

Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents. Some officers have been asked to travel more than 200 miles on short-term a…

 
Published on December 19 2014 in General

The Government has today (Thursday, December 18) announced that it plans to criminalise coercive control. Whilst Refuge recognises that the Government is trying to address violence against women and girls, we do not believe that criminalising coerciv…

 
Published on December 19 2014 in General

Scotland Yard is investigating the alleged murder of three young boys linked to a Westminster paedophile ring active in the late seventies and early eighties.  Detectives have appealed for abuse victims and potential witnesses to come forward to assi…

 
Published on December 18 2014 in General

A shake-up of the controversial legal doctrine of joint enterprise, used to convict the killers of Stephen Lawrence, could be needed to stop “minor” players being condemned to life in prison for another person’s crime, a group of MPs has said. Joint…

 
Published on December 18 2014 in General

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has begun an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. It follows the release of the Jay report in August, which revealed more than 1,400 children were the victims of abuse between 1997 and 2013. A num…

 
Published on December 18 2014 in General

A former undercover officer who previously busted drugs across Manchester has come out in support of legalising them – claiming it would save lives, prison space and taxpayers' money. Neil Woods, from Manchester, spent 14 years working as part of the…

 
Published on December 17 2014 in General

The UK should introduce a “quality mark” for services offering mental health support for veterans, one of the country’s leading experts on military health has said. Professor Sir Simon Wessely, who heads the country’s main military health research un…

 
Published on December 17 2014 in General

Confidential phone calls between prisoners and their MPs may still be subject to monitoring at five privately run prisons, an official inquiry into taping of inmates’ calls has found. The inquiry ordered by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, foun…

 
Published on December 17 2014 in General

A jury has returned a verdict of suicide after a six-week inquest into the death of a 15-year-old inmate. Alex Kelly was discovered hanging at Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute in January 2012 and was taken to Medway Maritime Hospital where he d…

 
Published on December 14 2014 in General

MORE than 90 per cent of crime victims who took part in a survey believe criminals should undertake unpaid work in the community. Residents across the region were also in favour of antisocial behaviour culprits meeting their victims to apologise or a…