Was Brexiteer sentence over-egged?

29th March 2019

John Murphy admitted egging Corbyn during his visit to an Islington Mosque on 3 March 2019. As he threw the egg, Murphy repeatedly shouted “respect the vote”. He was charged with an offence of assault by beating (an offence involving the application of unlawful force to another) following the incident, where he pleaded guilty and […]

Police officer guilty of gross misconduct for using excessive force

21st March 2019

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published details about a Police misconduct hearing which took place on 15 March 2019.  A Northamptonshire Police Officer was found guilty of gross misconduct (a disciplinary matter for which an Officer can be dismissed from the Force) after it was found he used excessive force and abusive language […]

Our call for public inquiry into abuse at Medomsley

19th March 2019

Ben Hoare Bell solicitors represent over 300 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre.  Following the recent conviction of five former employees of the detention centre in relation to physical abuse, a public inquiry is the only means by which our clients and substantially more than 1300 other inmates and the community can be reassured that […]

Manchester City Football Club Compensation Scheme

14th March 2019

On 12 March 2019 Manchester City Football Club announced they have set up a redress scheme for victims of child sex abuse. The scheme has arisen after former youth coach, Barry Bennell, was convicted last year of abusing 12 youth players for which he received a 31 year prison sentence. The offences were committed between […]

BBC to air Medomsley Detention Centre Abuse programme

13th March 2019

The BBC will tonight air a programme detailing an in-depth investigation into the physical abuse and sexual abuse which occurred at Medomsley Detention Centre between the 1960s and 1980s. Durham Constabulary continues to conduct a large scale criminal investigation into abuse which took place at Medomsley. As part of the investigation over 1600 former inmates […]

Former Medomsley Detention Centre Officers Convicted

12th March 2019

Five former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre have been convicted of physically abusing inmates. Three Trials took place at Teesside Crown Court between September 2018 and March 2019. The trial judge HHJ Crowson today lifted reporting restrictions. Christopher Onslow, John McGee, Brian Johnson Greenwell (nicknamed ‘Puppet’), Alan Bramley (nicknamed ‘Bong Eye’) and Kevin Blakey (nicknamed […]

Newcastle Rape trial collapses due to Police failings

Reporting restrictions were lifted allowing news to emerge on 7 March 2019 of the collapse of an 8 week trial before Newcastle Crown Court which started in January 2019. The trial arose from Northumbria Police’s Operation Optic.  Three trials were due to take place in total.  One woman and thirteen men denied charges against them […]

‘Legal Aid at 70’ Conference

The Legal Action Group is hosting a conference on Friday 5 April 2019. The conference will mark the contribution that civil legal aid has made to the development of the law over the last 70 years. Lady Hale will deliver the keynote speech. Ben Hoare Bell LLP Partner and Family Solicitor Cris McCurley will be […]

Cris McCurley speaks on Radio Essex

Ben Hoare Bell LLP Partner and Family Solicitor Cris McCurley has appeared again on Radio Essex. Cris was interviewed to discuss anonymity in domestic abuse cases. You can listen to her interview by following this link to the BBC Sounds website. Cris starts at 1:08:00.

Kent County Council Adoption Data Breach

1st March 2019

Contact details of hundreds of adoptive parents have been disclosed in an email sent by a member of staff at Kent County Council. It is understood the email was sent to approximately 300 adoptive parents and some support workers. Kent County Council has apologised to those parents whose details were subject to the data breach. […]