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Published on October 30 2014 in General

MEET the team making a real difference to the area's mental health. Operation Emblem was set up in December last year initially as a pilot to help reduce the amount of people being arrested under the Mental Health Act or taken to A&E unnecessarily. T…

 
Published on October 30 2014 in General

A punitive approach to drug abuse including locking up addicts fails to curb levels of addiction, a Home Office study warns today, as MPs stage the first Commons debate on drugs legislation in a generation. ​The report suggests treating possession of…

 
Published on October 30 2014 in General

Police in London have tested software designed to identify which gang members are most likely to commit violent crimes. The 20-week pilot study is thought to have been the first of its kind in the UK, although similar experiments have been carried ou…

 
Published on October 29 2014 in General

The Secretary of State for Justice today announced the list of Preferred Bidders for each of the 21 Contract Package Areas. The full list of bidders can be found in the table below.  Community Rehabilitation Companies Preferred Bidder Preferr…

 
Published on October 28 2014 in General

Sexually abused children have to deal with a "postcode lottery" in how they are treated by police, according to MPs. Young people fleeing their abusers are often questioned on suspicion of crime but their status as abuse victims can go unnoticed, sai…

 
Published on October 28 2014 in General

'Too narrow' Councillor Izzi Seccombe of the Local Government Association said: "While we welcome a discussion about public mental health, we think the focus of this report is too narrow.  "There are many things that councils do that impact positivel…

 
Published on October 28 2014 in General

Harry Roberts, a murderer who was jailed for life for shooting police officers, has criticised the light sentences handed out by the modern criminal courts.  Roberts, now 78, said he could not believe “how lightly” young criminals were treated in the…

 
Published on October 27 2014 in General

Victims of crime are suffering a poorer service because of cuts to the police budget, according to a survey of detectives published today. Not only do the results of the survey highlight the continuing pressure the officers are under, but more signif…

 
Published on October 27 2014 in General

An ex-criminal who set up a charity to combat anti-social behaviour visited ARK William Parker Academy to talk to students on how to avoid a life of crime. Francis Ossei, founder of Reform Restore Respect, spoke about his life in prison and how he be…

 
Published on October 27 2014 in General

For the first time in living memory, a Hampshire footballer is facing jail for on-pitch violence - but when does an incident cross the line and become a crime? Shaun Dallimore headbutted Hythe & Dibden midfielder Steve Green, fracturing his right che…