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Tougher sentencing and monitoring in Government overhaul of terrorism response

Tougher sentences, an end to early release and a major review of the management of convicted terrorists are among a raft of measures that have been announced by the Conservative Government with a view to strengthening the UK’s response to terrorism. Confirmed by Home Secretary...
Posted On 21 Jan 2020
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Cameras to broadcast from Crown Courts in England and Wales for first time

Television cameras will be allowed to broadcast from Crown Courts in England and Wales for the first time following draft legislation prepared by the Government. The Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020 will allow cameras to broadcast the sentencing remarks of High...
Posted On 20 Jan 2020
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Home Secretary backs police service’s fight against county lines drug gangs

Home Secretary Priti Patel has backed the police service to step up its fight against county lines drug gangs. The British Transport Police (BTP) and Merseyside Police have made over 100 arrests during intensive operations that have taken place in the past two months. Officers...
Posted On 20 Jan 2020
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Armed policing Code of Practice strengthened in response to Grainger Inquiry

The Home Secretary’s role in approving police use of less lethal weapons has been strengthened by dint of what is the first change to the firearms Code of Practice for 17 years. The new Code of Practice will meet one of the recommendations of the Grainger Inquiry, which called...
Posted On 15 Jan 2020
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CPS to hire “hundreds” of new criminal lawyers across England and Wales

The body that prosecutes the majority of crimes in England and Wales has launched a recruitment campaign to hire almost 400 new lawyers by the end of June. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which prosecuted 495,000 cases in 2018, was given an £85 million boost by the...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020
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Home Office overhauls police complaints and discipline process via legislation

The Home Office is introducing legislation that will shake up how complaints made against the police are handled and improve the discipline system for officers. The changes, which are scheduled to come into effect on 1 February, ensure that complaints can be dealt with quickly,...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020
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OCS wins security contract with Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service

OCS, the international facilities management services company, has been appointed by Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to provide security services encompassing security guarding and alarm monitoring. HMCTS has invested in new contracts to deliver more...
Posted On 13 Jan 2020
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Figures issued by CPS reveal “violent reality” for Emergency Services workers

Magistrates, Judges and prosecutors alike need to pay attention to new guidelines which should see harsher sentences handed down to those who attack Emergency Services workers. That’s the view of the Police Federation following the release of new prosecution data from the...
Posted On 10 Jan 2020
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Fifth AML Directive means firms must review anti-money laundering processes

The fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive comes into force today, which means that law firms have to make changes to the way in which they work to help keep the proceeds of crime out of legal services. Around 7,000 firms regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are...
Posted On 10 Jan 2020
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BSIA partners with DIT DSO on raising awareness of UK security exports

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is to partner with the Department for International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO) in raising awareness of UK security sector exports. The partnership, which forms an element of the DIT DSO’s commitment...
Posted On 09 Jan 2020