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Debate Over Whether EU Might Influence British Law After Brexit

U.K. may not have to answer directly to it, but the European Court of Justice could hold some sway in disputes<p>LONDON—The British government said Tuesday it wants to end the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice after it leaves the European Union, but left open the possibility of an …

United Kingdom

Scrapping Human Rights Act 'would breach Good Friday agreement'

Belfast-based human rights organisation says Conservative government’s plans to ditch HRA will also violate international treaty<p>Scrapping the Human Rights Act would be a breach of the Good Friday agreement that sealed the peace process in Northern Ireland, a Belfast-based human rights organisation …

Rights & Freedoms

Theresa May admits justice system fails families over deaths in police custody

In letter to the families of Sean Rigg and Olaseni Lewis, the home secretary says she wants to solve significant problems faced by those fighting for justice<p>The criminal justice system makes it too hard for families whose loved ones have died in police custody to get answers, according to a candid …

Sociology

Loving husband shot terminally ill wife then himself in 'pact to die together'

Inquest told John Knott at ‘end of his tether’ after struggling with wife Anne’s illness and plans for a travellers’ site 300m from their home<p>A retired company director who was devoted to his seriously ill wife shot her dead and killed himself after they apparently made “a pact to die together”, an …

Travelers

Parents of murdered five-year-old April Jones call for help for paedophiles

As Coral and Paul Jones publish a book about their ordeal, couple say men who fear they may commit crimes against children should be given assistance<p>The parents of April Jones, the five-year-old girl who was snatched close to her home and murdered, have called for more help to be given to potential …

Crime

Safe-deposit boxes raided in London's Hatton Garden

Flying squad called to Hatton Garden after burglars reportedly used cutting equipment to access 300 safe-deposit boxes containing jewellery and diamonds via lift shaft over holiday weekend<p>Scotland Yard is investigating a raid in the heart of London’s jewellery district after reports that burglars …

Crime

Judge orders Prince Andrew sex allegations struck from court record

Virginia Roberts’s accusations about Andrew ordered to be struck from the record as judge denied her attempt to join a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein<p>Allegations that a 17-year-old was forced to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, which prompted a crisis at Buckingham Palace earlier this year, …

Buckingham Palace

Police granted time to question six held as suspected terrorists

Officers have a Friday deadline to charge, release or apply for further detention warrants for five men and a woman arrested in Dover on suspicion of Syria-related offences<p>Police have been granted more time to question six people arrested in Dover on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism …

Extremism

The EU is reportedly gearing up to bring antitrust charges against Google

Citing unnamed sources, the report indicates that the European Commission is just weeks away from filing charges against the tech giant. From <i>The Wall</i> …

Father jailed for 10 years for manslaughter of 11-month-old son

Paul Thomas left Oliver Sargent with ‘catastrophic and fatal injuries’, says judge, handing Ashlea Thomas a suspended sentence for allowing the death of her son<p>The father convicted of the killing of his “smiley and cheerful” 11-month-old son has been jailed for 10 years.<p>Paul Thomas was convicted on …

Crime

Rotherham investigation expanded after 42 police named in abuse allegations

Independent Police Complaints Commission says it has complaints ranging from neglect of duty to suggestions of relationships with offenders<p>An investigation into how police handled child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has been expanded after a watchdog received complaints involving more than 100 …

Crime

Grooming bans could stop child sex abuse say councils

<b>Councils in England and Wales want powers to combat predatory people suspected of grooming children for sex.</b><p>They want the government to introduce so-called child sexual exploitation disruption orders which councils could apply for through magistrates.<p>Sanctions to prevent the grooming of vulnerable …

Crime

Mark Duggan shooting: armed officers cleared of wrongdoing

Police watchdog the IPCC says Duggan, whose 2011 killing sparked riots, was probably throwing handgun away when he was shot<p>The police watchdog has cleared armed officers of any wrongdoing in the killing of Mark Duggan, saying it was likely that he was in the process of throwing away a handgun when …

North London

Fraudster released rat in Sunderland restaurant to get free meal

Christopher Baker handed community order after admitting he set rodent on the floor of the Borneo Bistro<p>The owner of a bistro smelled a rat when a customer pulled a rodent from his pocket and shouted out in alarm in an attempt to get a free meal.<p>Restaurateur Kevin Smith, 48, called fraudster …

Fraud

Woman jailed for pouring scalding water over husband

Teresa Gilbertson, 60, has been found guilty of GBH with intent and sentenced to four years in prison after she attacked Ken Gregory in an argument over money<p>A woman who poured scalding water over her husband after he failed to satisfy her “unrealistic” financial demands has been jailed for four …

Crime

India’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Internet Censorship Law

Today is a good day for freedom of speech in India. The country’s Supreme Court struck down an ambiguous law that could be used to imprison citizens for content they post online.<p>NDTV reports that Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was declared unconstitutional at a session held this …

Adam Deacon sectioned under Mental Health Act

British actor best known for roles in Kidulthood and Babylon had been due to appear at Thames magistrates court in London<p>The actor Adam Deacon, best known for his roles in the film Kidulthood and Channel 4 police drama Babylon, has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, a court has …

Mental Health

Death of patient not due to do not rescuscitate order, coroner rules

Court rejects claim doctors played God with life of Michael Richardson, who was given a DNR notice without consultation<p>A great-grandfather who died after hospital staff decided without consultation that he should not be resuscitated was not neglected because medics were following guidelines, a …

Medicine

Suspects should stay anonymous until charged, MPs say

The media should be banned from naming suspects, such as Sir Cliff Richard and Paul Gambaccini, unless and until they are charged with an offence, a committee of MPs has recommended.<p>The Commons home affairs select committee says all suspects should have the same right to anonymity that already …

Corruption

Teenager jailed for 22 years for plotting to copy Lee Rigby beheading

Brusthom Ziamani, who was arrested in east London carrying a 12in knife and hammer, told police he would hold the head up for a photograph<p>A teenager who was arrested on a London street carrying a knife and hammer in his bag and said he was en route to behead a soldier has been jailed for 22 …

Extremism

Acquittal of four senior Sun journalists seen as blow to CPS

Tory MP Geoffrey Cox says CPS brought ‘lunatic’ charges and adds that trials from investigation into newspapers are having chilling effect on journalism<p>The acquittal of four senior Sun journalists in dramatic scenes at the Old Bailey on Friday is being seen as a blow to the Crown Prosecution …

Journalism

Only 28% of recorded rapes are referred to CPS, says police inspectorate

Official figures show majority of rape claims known to police are not passed to prosecutors, with huge disparity in some parts of England and Wales<p>Nearly three-quarters of recorded rapes of adults and children in England and Wales are not referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on …

Manchester

Police will have to pick and choose what they prioritise, warns Britain’s top officer

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe gives biggest intervention yet in the debate about how police are to cope with large budget cuts<p>Police forces will have to refuse demands to take on extra priorities and other agencies will have to do more to pick up “the pieces from society’s failings”, Britain’s top officer …

Domestic Abuse

Chef died after being wrapped in clingfilm during sex game, court told

Two men go on trial accused of killing Alun Williams, a head chef for P&O Ferries, after wrapping him in plastic<p>A head chef for P&O Ferries died during a sex game after being wrapped in plastic sheeting and clingfilm, a court has heard.<p>Alun Williams, 47, was unable to regulate his body temperature …

MI5 and MI6 made mistakes, but only internet company could have prevented Rigby's murder, claims report

• Parliamentary committee backs government agenda • Internet companies provide 'safe haven for terrorists' • MI6 'dismissive approach' to allegations of mistreatment<p>The parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee's report into Lee Rigby's murder was conveniently sandwiched between the home …

UN Rights Committee Urges Court Referral for North Korea

The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee voted Tuesday to ask the Security Council to consider referring North Korea’s grave human rights …

North Korea

Government in supreme court bid to keep Prince Charles letters secret

Judges to hear legal arguments as Guardian fight for release of future king’s ‘black spider memos’ enters latest round<p>Barristers representing the government are due to go to the supreme court in the latest attempt to keep secret a series of letters written by Prince Charles to government …

Stephen Lawrence murder: insufficient evidence to prosecute sixth suspect

CPS confirms no further action will be taken against man who was arrested last December and who has not been named<p>A sixth man held over the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence will not be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence.<p>The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed no further action …

Counter-terrorism and security bill: proposals and pitfalls

Ministers hope to win cross-party support for bill introducing first major new coercive measures since 2010<p>The counter-terrorism and security bill to be published on Wednesday will be the seventh major counter-terror law introduced in Britain since 9/11. It will be the first to introduce major …

Media ‘gagged over bid to report MP child sex cases’

Security services accused of aiding Westminster paedophilia cover-up<p>The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed.<p>Two newspaper executives …