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Posted by edelegal | 03 May 2019| Blog

Gavin Williamson MP has been sacked from the Cabinet for leaking confidential information from the National Security Council regarding Huawei. Theresa May considers that the matter is closed and won’t refer him to the police. However, they can investigate anyway, but would need the cooperation of the Cabinet Office. There are some sensitivities when it...

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Posted by edelegal | 01 May 2019| Blog

Forensic evidence has dominated some of the news agenda this week, with outrage over the interrogation of complainant’s phones in sexual offence and other cases.   In reality of course, if a police officer is to investigate a criminal offence fairly, the interrogation of phones, computers and other devices may well be necessary, despite the...

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Posted by edelegal | 29 April 2019| Blog

The television drama ‘Line of Duty’ continues to captivate audiences keen to discover the identity of ‘H’ and the top copper involved in organised crime gangs.   Central to the plot of this series has been undercover cop John Corbett, who met with an unexpected and grisly end in episode 4.   Having been sent...

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Posted by edelegal | 24 April 2019| Blog

Many people face very lengthy court proceedings, and it is therefore hardly unusual that on occasion a person may not be well enough to attend court.   Despite this fact, courts are sceptical of alleged illness and unless the rules are followed in close detail, a non-attendee faces the serious prospect of being arrested by...

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Posted by edelegal | 22 April 2019| Blog

Environmental protests across London have caused massive disruption across parts of London and are set to spread across other towns and cities over the coming weeks and months.   Public protest has always been a legitimate and important part of the democratic process and is enshrined in law. But, how do the police balance the...

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Posted by edelegal | 19 April 2019| Blog

Mental Health is a complicated business. Conditions are not easy to diagnose, doctors can disagree on which disorder a person is suffering from, or even if they have a mental health condition at all.   Those with mental disorders might have a host of specific needs in court on top of those of the typical...

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Posted by edelegal | 15 April 2019| Blog

The Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge attack, Shamima Begum. These are some examples of terrorism headlines in the past few years.   The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 is the Government’s latest answer to curbing and punishing terrorist activity. The Act creates new terrorism offences, changes some old ones, and increases the maximum...

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Posted by edelegal | 10 April 2019| Blog

Faltec Ltd has been fined £1.18 million for two legionella outbreaks and a machine explosion after failing to comply with their Health and Safety obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.   Initially the company was given a fine of £1.6 million, it was reduced slightly on their appeal against the sentence...

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Posted by edelegal | 09 April 2019| Blog

Last week the Hillsborough trial involving ex-police officer David Duckenfield ended without reaching a conclusion; a number of papers reported that there was a ‘hung jury’ – so, what does that mean?   In an ideal world, a jury will reach a clear conclusion by either convicting or acquitting the defendant.   In a case...

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Posted by edelegal | 03 April 2019| Blog

The Crown Prosecution Service has issued new guidance to prosecutors as to which offences may be committed regarding “child-like” sex dolls after more than 200 seizures by Customs Officers in the last two years.   The potential offences are:   1) Importing obscene articles.   2) Publishing an article for gain or not, or having...

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