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NOV
23

Drink/Drive – Government Has New Plans

Currently, those accused of drinking and driving whose readings are towards the lower end of the scale (lower than 50mg per 100ml) are entitled to demand blood/urine tests that are carried out by doctors only.

That is likely to change next year, as the government intends to allow nurses to perform the tests and, once mobile testing kits have been approved, roadside evidential tests will be admissible.

This is likely to generate a plethora of litigation as a result.

If you are facing a drink/drive prosecution contact Jeffrey Lewis immediately. If convicted you are likely to lose your licence, which in turn will have a drastic effect upon your ability to work and/or take children to school etc. Jeffrey has a terrific success record in these cases.

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NOV
22

IPCC to Be Given New Permanent Powers

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to be given new permanent powers to assist them with the enormous task of dealing with the Hillsborough Inquiry’s conclusions of cover up and collusion.

The much-criticised and beleaguered IPCC will now be able to compel serving police officers and staff as witnesses. They are also allowed to re-investigate the previous findings of its predecessor, the Police Complaints Authority.

The IPCC has recently faced criticism concerning the conclusions of some of its major investigations, in particular, deaths in custody, and many point to the fact that such a high percentage of its investigators are former police officers. In its defence, the IPCC have encountered enormous difficulties when dealing with police under investigation who, quite reasonably in our adversarial system, have exercised their right to silence.

There is no doubt that the IPCC have a huge task in front of them; apparently, they are likely to be examining 2,444 officers and analysing 450,000 pages/documents.

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NOV
22

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation

A nationwide Inquiry by the Office of the Children's Commissioner has found that 2,409 children and young people were confirmed victims of child sexual exploitation in gangs or groups in the 14 month period from August 2010 to October 2011.

The Inquiry also identified that between April 2010 and March 2011 there were 16,500 children in England who were at high risk of child sexual exploitation. This is the equivalent of twenty medium-sized secondary schools.

"I thought I was the only one. The only one in the world", the report of the first year's findings of a two year Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups, publishes the most comprehensive investigation to date of the scale, scope and prevalence of child sexual exploitation in these contexts in England.

The conclusions are drawn from extensive evidence submitted by the Government, police, local authorities, health services, voluntary sector agencies and children and young people themselves.

The Office of the Children's Commissioner has called for urgent action to protect vulnerable children from all forms of sexual exploitation.

For further information on defending against criminal allegations of sexual offences please contact our solicitors Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan.

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NOV
22

Essex Man Receives Suspended Sentence for Money Laundering

An Essex man last week received a 12 months sentence, suspended for two years, at Basildon Crown Court, after he pleaded guilty to laundering over £400,000 from the illegal online sale of anabolic steroids and prescription only medicines.

He was also given 300 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £10,000 costs over a period of 12 months.

The sentence followed an investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This discovered that the 31-year-old had set up payment facilities and converted the money he received from the illegal sale of these internet medicines through his own bank account.

During the course of the investigation, more than 26,000 tablets of prescription only medicine, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone were seized. MHRA officers also found and seized laboratory equipment and paraphernalia connected with the home manufacture of anabolic steroids.

Three other men have already been sentenced for their involvement in the operation.

To arrange a consultation with our leading money laundering advice solicitors in London please contact Jeffrey Lewis / Siobhain Egan.

 
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NOV
19

Firearms Expert Laura Saunsbury Blogs about SAS Soldier's Incarceration

Our resident firearms expert, Laura Saunsbury, has written a blog post discussing the recent imprisonment of Sgt Danny Nightingale, a topic widely reported in the news. Read the full blog here.

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