On Sunday 7 June protesters in Bristol tore down the statue of Edward Colston. It was swiftly deposited it in the local harbour. What many will see as being wholly justifiable, some will see as criminal damage.
The statute had been in situ for 125 years and had previously attracted a petition of over 10,000 names calling for its removal. This is due to Colston’s close connection to the...Read More
The Sentencing Council has published a new set of guidelines. They cover arson and criminal damage of all kinds, as well as threats to destroy property. There were existing guidelines, but they were thought to be very limited and only covered the Magistrates Court. There were no guidelines for the Crown Court, which deals with the more serious offences.
What are sentencing guidelines for?...Read More
The MET police in London announced this week that it was ‘not practical’ to investigate certain low level crimes in London due to a strain on budget and future savings that are required to be made.
According to New Scotland Yard, there would be a shift towards ‘empowering our officers’ to assess for themselves whether it was proportionate to investigate offences such as shoplifting, criminal...Read More