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Our criminal defence and appeals team regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

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Police arrest a number of individuals for county line drug offences

Colin Rawson
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There appears to be no let up in efforts made by the police in tackling drug related offending, in particular county lines drug dealing. In a recent police push, between 11 October and 17 October: 1,468 people were arrested 2,664 vulnerable people,...

What is considered as assisting an offender?

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A recent episode of Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody dealt with a gradual, worsening feud between a father and a boyfriend which led to a fatal stabbing. Robert Parkins was convicted of Alex Fitzpatrick’s murder and received a life...

The importance of obtaining expert advice in DNA cases

Colin Rawson
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DNA evidence has developed over the years in the field of criminal law. The first case in which it was used by the police was back in 1986 whereby two teenagers had been raped and murdered. The initial suspect in relation to the crimes was proven to...

New Modern Slavery Offences Sentencing Guidelines come into force on the 1st October 2021

Correna Platt
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The first sentencing guidelines for offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, were published on the 12 th August by the Sentencing Council following consultation. The offences covered include slavery, forced labour, human trafficking or an offence...

Prosecution asked to review Extinction Rebellion convictions for obstruction of the public highway

Correna Platt
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In September 2020, Extinction Rebellion protested in central London with the aim of highlighting the issue of climate change. It was reported that they blocked roads, glued themselves to the floor and staged sit-ins. In total the police arrested more than...

What is the impact of covid-19 upon benefit fraud allegations?

Martin Pizzey
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During the past 18 months everyone has faced challenges and significant changes to their life due to the covid-19 pandemic.  Many new ways of working and doing routine tasks had to be implemented. Face to face meetings were avoided where...

Change in assault sentencing guidelines

Duncan Phillips
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Allegations of assault (often in a domestic context) are one of the most common types of offences that we in the general crime department are asked to defend. New sentencing guidelines came into force on 1st July 2021. These bring about many changes,...

Over 1,000 people arrested and almost 300 weapons seized as part of county lines crackdown by the National Crime Agency

Colin Rawson
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County lines is a drugs distribution model using mobile phones and sometimes young and vulnerable individuals where drugs are exported from major cities to various locations across the United Kingdom.  The National Crime Agency have recently...

Police announce they will investigate allegations of abuse within the education system

Duncan Phillips
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There have been calls for urgent action to be taken in order to tackle abuse in education. These follow an influx of over 11,000 anonymous testimonials were submitted to the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website, sharing instances of all types of...

Postmasters accused of theft cleared at the Court of Appeal

Correna Platt
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Between 2000 and 2014, the Post Office prosecuted 736 sub-postmasters (an average of one a week) based on information from a recently installed computer system called Horizon. After 20 years, campaigners have now won a legal battle to have their cases...

Drug offences sentencing guidelines revised to reflect changes in modern offending

Duncan Phillips
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Since 1st April 2021, updated sentencing guidelines have come into effect for offences falling under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. These guidelines will apply to all cases sentenced on or after this date. Over...

What is Operation Green Jacket?

Duncan Phillips
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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) launched Operation Green Jacket in May 2019 in attempt to investigate child sexual abuse in Greater Manchester. The operation was initially aimed to reinvestigate alleged sexual exploitation that...

Successful appeal against sentence

Correna Platt
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In 2002, our client was convicted of S.18 GBH. It is alleged he shook his baby which resulted in brain damage and life-long disabilities for his child. The client received a 4 year sentence of imprisonment  for this offence. In 2016 the child died...

The importance of checking identification evidence in criminal proceedings

Colin Rawson
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In order to secure a criminal conviction it is for the prosecution to prove their case. To do so they rely on evidence gathered by the police. This evidence can come in various forms. It can include, for example, eye witness testimony, the confession of an...

Challenges to the degree of force required in shaken baby cases

Correna Platt
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We recently represented a client who was charged with the murder of his son. This related to an incident which had occurred in 2001 and which had been prosecuted in 2002 as an allegation of causing grievous bodily harm with intent (S.18 GBH). The...

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