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Care Homes Clearly at the 'Front Line'

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It has become increasingly clear over the last few weeks and even more so the last few days that care homes and their residents have been severely hit by Coronavirus. It certainly seems on the face of it that they have been the poor cousin in...

Coronavirus: Care Homes Pleading for PPE and Testing

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Anyone who has had contact with the residential care sector will know that dealing with vulnerable and elderly residents is an extremely challenging and often stressful task. Balancing care and support of these residents whilst complying with...

Care Quality Commission Suspend Inspections Amid Coronavirus

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As from the 16th March 2020 the CQC has suspended all inspections which cover care homes and NHS hospitals with immediate effect. CQC had been under significant pressure from a number of directions including the Royal Colleges and the NHS...

Coronavirus Regulations

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The police are enforcing the new Coronavirus regulations which came into force on the 26th March 2020 which relate to helping ensure that people stay and home and avoid non-essential travel. The police can instruct them to go home and...

Dog To Be Destroyed After Four Year Old Is Injured

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In December 2019 a couple were prosecuted for a case involving owning a dog dangerously out of control which caused injury under the Dangerous Dogs Act s3 (1) where a four-year-old boy was injured. Guilty pleas were entered by both owners and they...

Recent 20mph Speed Limit Changes for Central London

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New 20mph speed limits now apply to more roads in Central London. The reduced speed limit areas have been implemented alongside existing 20mph zones within Transport for London's (TfL) road network. The extra 9km of road, within the Congestion...

Twelve Angry Men....

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The 1957 film ‘Twelve Angry Men’ tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. In today’s courts, jurors are still made up of 12...

Will Pavement Parking Be Banned?

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Pavement parking might be banned in England, the Department for Transport has stated. In London, the ban already exists. In the rest of England, only lorries are currently banned from parking on the pavement. The government want to open a...

How To Successfully Appeal Against A Dangerous Dog Destruction Order

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Sometimes, the normal dog loving owner can get caught in what is often a one off unfortunate scenario. The ' Dangerous Dog Act 1991 ' was introduced to deal with essentially a narrow area of, for example, dogs being used as...

E-Scooters Favoured by Commuters Are NOT Legal

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E-scooters have risen in popularity over the past couple of years as a quick method to and from the train statin in the morning. But if you were planning to pop to the pub after work and then jump on your e-scooter home, think again. The first person...

Zara Tindall Banned From Driving

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Zara Tindall, the Queen's granddaughter, has recently fallen foul of the 'totting up' provisions after being caught driving at a speed of 91 mph on a 70 mph road. As such, this offence took her to 12 points on her driving licence meaning she was...

Government Close 'Loophole' That Allows People To Use Phone Whilst Driving

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Don't touch that phone… There are plans afoot to close a legal loophole that has allowed drivers who use mobile phones to film or take photographs to escape prosecution. Whilst it is illegal for drivers to call or text on hand-held...

A New Speed Limit For Motorways?

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The Secretary for Transport, Grant Shapps, has said that the issue of increasing motorway speed limits should be examined as more electric cars take to the roads. These newer, greener vehicles could see motorway speed limits increase to 80mph . The issue...

Driving Myths: What Can I Do While Driving?

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"What can I do when I get behind the wheel?" There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to driving. Here are a few that might suprise you.. 1. Eating Although it is no t a specific offence to eat whilst...

Using A Mobile Phone While Driving (Don't Do a 'David')

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Don't do a David... David Beckham recently received a six month driving ban after he was caught using his mobile phone whilst driving in London. As he already had six points on his licence, the additional points he received for this offence led...

MP's Want to Let Councils Have More Power to Fine Drivers

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Would this scheme work in Essex? The Transport Committee in a report recently have stated that police forces, due to reduced numbers and stretched resources, cannot properly and effectively enforce traffic laws. Their recommendation is that these powers...

"New" smart motorway speed cameras

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Over the last week there have been a number of social media posts stating that overhead speed cameras on stretches of the M1 and M25 have been activated to try and catch out speeding motorists. Anyone caught on these cameras breaking the speed limit will...

Essex Police's anti-drink and drug campaign - the results are in

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Essex police carried out an anti-drink and drug campaign #DriveSafeDriveSober last summer during which 205 people were arrested and they recently reported another driver being convicted flowing form this last week. The campaign highlighted how alcohol...

Car cloning - beware !

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The police are warning that criminal gangs are copying thousands of legitimate number plates who then drive getting speeding fines and congestion charges whilst using the cloned plates, it is then the innocent owner of the legitimate vehicle who is contacted...

Been Caught Drug or Drink Driving? Here Is What You Need To Know

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Been caught drink or drug driving? It is common practice by the police to take any suspected driver to a police station if directly seen driving and charge after a breath sample is taken by the intoximeter at the police station if it is found to...

That's my spot.

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Could you be breaking the law by parking outside your own house? We all want our own little bit of personal space – somewhere that we can call ours. In the city, though, that space comes at a premium, and parking spaces in particular can become hotly...

Thirteen 'rubberneckers' fined for taking pictures whilst driving!

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Following a crash on the A11 in Thetford, Norfolk there were 13 drivers who were caught by the police using their mobile phones to take photos of an overturned lorry. Clearly, this is something which constitutes a danger on the road and of course will lead...

Colchester boy steers mum to safety

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Ben Hedger an eight-year-old boy steered his car to safety whilst travelling at 60 mph when his mother suffered a seizure on the A120 Colchester in Essex just off the A12. When she initially blacked out in rush-hour traffic the vehicle hit the central...

Watching me watching you

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How much authority do the police have when it comes to prediction algorithms? The film Minority Report raised a number of serious social issues, not least of which was – is it morally and ethically right for someone to be arrested and...

David Beckham fighting a speeding charge

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It has been reported today that a lawyer on behalf of David Beckham is fighting his speeding charge in a scenario where it is accepted that he was driving the vehicle and going over the speed limit. The defence is said to be put forward is that there was a...

Domestic abuse legislation tightened

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A new law targeting domestic abusers, brought into force in England and Wales, follows a Home Office consultation in which 85% of participants said the existing law did not provide sufficient protection. Citizens Advice said it has supported more than 5,400...

Mandatory payments imposed on convicted defendants should be abolished, say MPs

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MPs on the parliamentary justice select committee have raised concerns about the criminal courts charge, calling for its abolition 'as soon as possible'. Since April 2015, convicted criminals in England and Wales have had to pay a charge, which is...

Doctrine of Joint Enterprise comes under scrutiny

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The Supreme Court is hearing two appeals in cases where convictions were gained under the doctrine of Joint Enterprise, which allows several people to be charged with the same offence, even though they may have played very different roles. Ameen Jogee and...

The RSPCA could lose its power to prosecute

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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is due to launch a parliamentary inquiry into whether the RSPCA should be allowed to both investigate and prosecute cases of animal cruelty. Founded in 1824, the RSPCA is thought to be the first...