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Notorious, harmful spray to be rolled out in all adult male prisons in England and Wales.

Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, announced on the 9th October 2018 that after successful trials at four separate prisons, the use of PAVA spray will become standard in all-male prisons in England and Wales with every prison officer receiving canisters of the chemical weapon.

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Is knowledge an essential element in proving possession in the context of indecent images?

The Court of Appeal has recently defined the meaning of “possession” in relation to indecent digital images which are sent electronically by unsolicited means. The ruling establishes whether the accused can be convicted of being in possession of a digital file that was on their device if it had not been accessed, the material was unsolicited and the accused had no knowledge of the content of the file. 

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Success in the Court of Appeal

Our criminal defence team recently represented a young man who had been sentenced to an extended sentence of 18 years imprisonment and a 2 year licence period in January 2017 for the offence of robbery. An extended sentence means that the court has a...
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Home Secretary should take responsibility for Undercover Policing Inquiry, not snipe at victims from twitter

Cosmetics retailer Lush has been making headlines over the last couple of weeks after it launched an in-store campaign to shed light on the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI). The campaign was run in conjunction with Police Spies Out of Lives and the...
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What is Confiscation?

Following a conviction for an offence which has generated proceeds of crime , i.e illegally gained wealth, a defendant will usually be subject to confiscation proceedings. The confiscation procedure is governed by the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and i...
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