Sentencing different ethnicities

15th January 2020

The Sentencing Guidelines Council has today published research investigating disparities between sentencing among different ethnicities, and revealed that Asian Defendants convicted of drugs offences are 50% more likely to be given an immediate custodial sentence, and a longer one, than White Defendants. The report considers data from Courts in England and Wales and places Defendants […]

Care Home Nurse jailed for assaulting patients

13th January 2020

On 9 January 2020 Alastair Quinn, a former Mental Health Care Home Nurse, was jailed for assaulting and neglecting dementia patients in his care. Mr Quinn worked at Covent House Care Home in Birtley, Gateshead.  Following a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court he received a 2 year Prison sentence having been convicted of eight charges […]

Durham Passport Office Worker given suspended prison sentence

On 10 January 2020 James Close a passport worker at the Durham Passport Office was sentenced to 12 months in Prison, suspended for 2 years for a number of offences which included theft of passport photographs from the Passport Office. Mr Close kept the passport photographs reportedly of girls aged from 8 years old to […]

Zara Tindall driving ban – no special treatment for Princess Anne’s daughter

9th January 2020

The Queen’s first granddaughter Zara Tindall received a driving disqualification from Cheltenham Magistrates Court yesterday, 8 January 2020, for a total of six months for speeding in November 2019. Mrs Tindall was recorded driving at 91mph in a 70mph zone in Gloucestershire. Whilst this would not automatically result in a driving disqualification, Mrs Tindall already […]

Washington Community Food Project

19th December 2019

As part of our commitment to helping those who are most vulnerable in our community, we decided to collect donations for Washington Community Food Project for those who need it the most this Christmas. The Importance of Food banks Christmas is less than one week away- a time for joy and celebration. However, for many […]

Police Officer charged with sexual touching

P.C. Amjad Ditta of West Yorkshire Police (also known as Amjad Hussain) aged 35 has been charged with a criminal offence of sexual touching and is due to appear in Court on 6 January 2020. P.C. Amjad Ditta is one of a group of males charged with various sex offences.  The allegations against the group […]

GP found guilty of sex offences against patients

11th December 2019

  A GP has been found guilty of committing 25 sex offences against six of his patients. Manish Shah persuaded victims to go through unnecessary intimate examinations for his own sexual gratification. He was accused of assaulting six patients at the Mawney Medical Centre from May 2009 to June 2013. He denied wrongdoing and said he was […]

Christmas nights out and the aftermath – Police Stations and Self Defence?

10th December 2019

Everyone will have seen the reports in the papers about the disorder which followed the boxing match this weekend both in Newcastle City Centre and in London but what can you do if you are caught up in this type of disorder? First let’s look at some of the possible offences committed; setting aside the […]

IICSA to no longer investigate abuse at Medomsley

5th December 2019

The Chair of IICSA has made a final decision that IICSA will no longer investigate the scandalous and significant level of child sexual abuse at the Detention Centre over more than two decades. On behalf of our clients we are disappointed with the Inquiry Chair’s Decision despite extensive representations that a different decision should be […]

Substandard care for mothers and babies leads to tragic consequences

4th December 2019

It was with sadness that I recently read that dozens of babies and 3 mothers have died on the wards of a single hospital within The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust and that an investigation has revealed that dozens of deaths could have been avoided.  The report reveals that more than 50 children, in addition […]

Vinnie’s Cafe

3rd December 2019

As part of our commitment to helping those who are most vulnerable in our community, we attended Vinnie’s Café in Newcastle upon Tyne today to make a donation to help those in need this Christmas. Every week, the St.Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) feeds around 180 people at Vinnie’s drop in cafe located in Blackfriars Community […]

FLOWS – Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors

29th November 2019

FLOWS (Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors) is delivered by the Family Team of RCJ Advice, in partnership with Rights of Women. It is for organisations and the staff and volunteers that work in them, and for anyone who is a survivor of domestic abuse. Ben Hoare Bell LLP solicitors Cris McCurley & Vicky Richardson are today attending […]

North Yorkshire Police Officer charged with dangerous driving

Following an incident in Harrogate on 5 May 2018 D.C. Quita Passmore has been charged with dangerous driving. This follows a collision when she was the driver of an unmarked Police car responding to an emergency call. It is alleged her car collided with another vehicle seriously injuring two women. The Independent Office for Police […]

Limitation Laws around child abuse must be changed

28th November 2019

The Law Gazette has today reported that The Association of British Insurers (ABI) have told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) that limitation laws around child abuse claims must be changed. In England and Wales, most personal injury compensation claims must be brought within three years of the date of the incident with […]

Cleveland Police – Officer guilty of gross misconduct for dumped child sex files

A police officer has been found guilty of gross misconduct after confidential files concerning sex offenders and their victims were found dumped in a recycling bin outside his home. Sergeant Martin Skirving-Chehab, of Cleveland Police, took two carrier bags of paperwork home before his mother-in-law accidentally threw them out. The person who found the files […]

Public And Industry Calls for Transparency in Family Courts

Today’s Family Lawyer have recently published an article concerning calls for transparency in the family courts. Our Cris McCurley, Partner at Ben Hoare Bell LLP, features in the article which can be read here. 

Abducting parent cannot avoid provisions of the 1980 Hague Convention by refusing to accompany children (C v B)

Can a defence under the 1980 Hague Convention, Art 13(b) as to a risk of harm be established where that risk arises from the abducting parent’s own actions? Our Cris McCurley, Family partner at Ben Hoare Bell LLP, has spoken to LexisPSL and explained how and why the court reached its decision in C v […]

Coercive control: Rattlesnake

27th November 2019

We are proud of our close association with open Clasp Theatre company and to promote their affecting and emotional  film about Coercive control – Rattlesnake. Although Coercive control has been a criminal offence since 2015, it is still not identified or understood, and its impact is often overlooked in cases in the family and criminal courts. […]

Inquest finds ‘gross failure to provide basic medical attention’ by Northumbria Police

25th November 2019

An inquest has concluded into the death of Mark Needham who died at Forth Banks Police Station on 23 July 2015 after being arrested for an offence of drunk and disorderly. The jury hearing the case concluded Mr Needham died in Police custody as a result of epilepsy and head injuries sustained by falls.  They […]

Cleveland Police – dumped child sex files

22nd November 2019

A Cleveland Police Sergeant is due to face a misconduct hearing on 25 November 2019 after a number of highly sensitive Police files dating back to 2016 were found near a skip in Hartlepool by a member of the public in June 2018. The person who found the files contacted The Sun newspaper and a […]

Medomsley Officers enter pleas

21st November 2019

Two former members of staff who used to work at Medomsley Detention Centre, County Durham appeared before Teesside Crown Court today to enter their pleas. The former staff members were accused of sexually and physically abusing young inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre. The hearing took place before Judge Crowson. Ian Nicholson, 74, pleaded not guilty […]

Police gross misconduct hearing for officer

P.C. Oliver Norris is to face a Police Disciplinary Panel following allegations he abused his position for sexual purposes concerning his contact with two women in 2016 and 2017. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) oversees Police misconduct matters in England and Wales.  The IOPC undertook its own investigation into the allegations against P.C. […]

Northumbria Police Officer keeps job after using excessive force

A Police Misconduct Panel gave a final written warning to a Police Officer after unreasonable force was used against a 14 year old boy in Sunderland City Centre. The incident happened on 24 January 2018.  The Officer was P.C. Osmond. CCTV is reported as showing the Officer struggling to detain the youth.  The footage is […]

Northumbria Police latest police disciplinary outcomes

12th November 2019

Northumbria Police have published their latest disciplinary outcomes for the period June – August 2019. During the above period a number of Police misconduct hearings were held. The outcomes ranged from no action being taken against individual Officers to one Police Constable being dismissed from the force without notice – the most severe disciplinary sanction […]

Drunk Northumbria Police Sergeant swung punches at hotel manager

8th November 2019

Northumbria Police have reported the outcome of a disciplinary hearing heard on 29 July 2019 when a final written warning was given to a police officer for misconduct. The Police have not published the officer’s name. It was alleged the sergeant whilst drunk off duty was abusive to police officers and hotel staff. Further allegations […]