Cleveland Police ‘Putting Public at Risk’

30th September 2019

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has rated Cleveland Police inadequate across all areas.  Cleveland Police is the first Force in England and Wales to be rated as such. The Inspectorate referred to many examples of high ranking Officers and staff “not acting with honesty, integrity and competence”. The Inspectorate also referred to inadequate steps by the […]

Conditional Consent – when is consent not consent?

26th September 2019

Many of you will have seen a story in the news last week about the conviction of Mr Stephen Lawrence at Leicester Crown Court for a number of rapes and sexual assaults. Mr Lawrence’s lawyers have requested leave to appeal on one specific conviction. This conviction relates to a sexual relationship Mr Lawrence undertook with […]

Operation Optic

20th September 2019

On 4 March 2019 the first and only trial arising from Northumbria Police’s Operation Optic collapsed.  Two further trials which were due to be heard did not proceed. There has been much media coverage referring to Police errors as having caused the trial to collapse.  We are investigating what went wrong. BBC Inside Out in […]

Tough on Crime

You may have read in the national press recently that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is planning on announcing planned changes to the criminal law aimed at ensuring that the worst offenders spend longer in prison. The changes could be achieved through secondary legislation which would not require Parliament to pass a new Act. Amongst […]

NHS ‘Never Events’

NHS errors appear to be on the rise. We learn this week that more than 600 patients have suffered due to serious NHS errors. The errors are reported as “never events” meaning that they are so serious they should never happen. A total of 629 of these never events occurred from April 2018 to July 2019 […]

Appropriate use of Section 20 of the Children Act 1989

19th September 2019

In situations where the Local Authority have significant concerns regarding a child’s safety and well-being whilst in the care of their parents, the Local Authority may seek what is known as Section 20 consent from the parents (or from any other person with parental responsibility for the Child) for the Child to become looked after […]

Medomsley Officers Charged

18th September 2019

Two former members of staff who used to work at Medomsley Detention Centre, County Durham have been charged with offences arising from historical allegations of sexually and physically abusing young inmates at the Detention Centre. Ian Nicholson faces three counts of sexual assault, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of […]

Universal Credit Advance Payment Scam

The introduction of Universal Credit has brought a huge change to the benefits system in recent months. When a person makes a claim for this benefit, in certain circumstances, an advance payment can be made before the claim is put into payment. This is a system that has been targeted and exploited by unscrupulous scammers. […]

Former Sunderland GP Jailed for voyeurism struck off

6th September 2019

Former Sunderland GP Dr Thair Altaii who last year was found guilty of three voyeurism offences has today had his name erased from the Medical register. This comes after the former GP was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to 14 months imprisonment in 2018 after over 19,000 images of women were found on Dr Altaii’s […]

Adrian gives his view on ‘compensation culture’

4th September 2019

My attention has been drawn to an article in the Guardian newspaper about “compensation culture”. It is a great pity prejudicial drivel like this should appear in a respected newspaper. It is quite difficult in a short blog to identify each and every problem with this poorly-written ill-thought out piece but here are some of […]

DSCC Meltdown at the Police Station

3rd September 2019

The Duty Solicitor Call Centre (“DSCC”) is used by police to contact detainee’s solicitors. Every person arrested and detained at the police station is entitled to free and independent legal advice either by their own solicitor or a duty solicitor. All requests have to go through the call centre who then contact the solicitor of […]

BHB supports My Sisters Place at Tees Dragon Boat Race

2nd September 2019

On Sunday 1 September Ben Hoare Bell’s Jude Grange,  Rachel Floyd and Jasmine Crammond took to the water to raise money in support of domestic abuse service, My Sisters Place. The Ben Hoare Bell volunteers joined 11 other rowers from local businesses in Teesside to take part in the Tees Dragon Boat Festival. Although we were not crowned […]

Former Liverpool football player to serve prison sentence

Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has been sentenced to serve 10 weeks in custody by Chester Magistrates Court. Saunders appeared before the Court for an offence of refusing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis. This offence exists where an individual is suspected of drink driving and fails or refuses to give a breath […]