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Postmasters Impacted By Horizon Who May Have Been Made Bankrupt
Crime

Postmasters Impacted By Horizon Who May Have Been Made Bankrupt

The Insolvency Service is seeking information from postmasters who believe they may have been made bankrupt due to the Horizon IT system. The Insolvency Service 23 July 2021 The Court of Appeal and Crown Court have quashed the convictions of a number of former postmasters who were prosecuted using evidence from Post Office’s Horizon IT system, which is now known to have been unreliable. The Post Office has contacted postmasters it has previously prosecuted to assist them in potentially appealing their convictions, should they wish. We are also aware that in some instances, postmasters were made bankrupt by the Post Office Limited, which have may have been as a result of the financial discrepancies reported, incorrectly, by the Horizon IT system. Furthermore, due to the financial ...
Clampdown on Illegal Fishing in Derbyshire
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Clampdown on Illegal Fishing in Derbyshire

166 spot checks were carried out while, in addition, five people were also reported for lighting a large barbecue. Environment Agency 7 July 2021 Environment Agency leads in multi-agency operation 14 notices handed out after 166 spot checks Police officers from across East Midlands help out The Environment Agency issued 14 notices for illegal angling during a multi-agency operation in Derbyshire. An illegal trap and three illegal nets were also seized in the operation on Sunday 27 June at locations across the county. The Environment Agency’s East Midlands Area enforcement team worked in conjunction with the Midlands Wildlife Crime Group, including officers from the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire police forces. Volunteer bailiffs from th...
Cambridgeshire Waste Wood Company Fined £26,800
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Cambridgeshire Waste Wood Company Fined £26,800

East Anglian Resources goes into liquidation ahead of court sentencing for dust and fire prevention failings. Environment Agency 21 June 2021 A Cambridgeshire waste wood processing company has been sentenced for failing to manage the risk of fire and containment of dust at its site, and causing dust emissions that impacted on neighbouring businesses and a fishing lake. East Anglian Resources Ltd, based at Benwick Road Industrial Estate in Whittlesey, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to breaching 2 conditions of its environmental permit. This allowed it to store and treat up to 30,000 tonnes of waste wood for recycling per year. The company was sentenced in its absence at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on 17 June 2021 and fined £26,800, as ...
Over 3 Million Medicines and Devices Seized in UK as Part of Global Crackdown
Crime, Health, Health & Social

Over 3 Million Medicines and Devices Seized in UK as Part of Global Crackdown

Operation Pangea - Officers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have seized millions of illegally traded medicines and medical devices. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 8 June 2021 Over 3 million medicines and medical devices valued at over £9 million have been seized by UK officers as part of a global operation tackling the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. In the UK, 113,000 illegally operating websites were also removed, or had their URLs blocked. 8 search warrants were executed, with 7 criminals arrested. In a week of action coordinated by Interpol, this year’s ‘Operation Pangea’ ran from 18 to 25 May and saw over 100 countries joining forces to seize non-compliant medical products and also to identify and...
Crime Duty Rota Guidance
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Crime Duty Rota Guidance

New guidance on the duty solicitor contingency arrangement for the current April 2021 duty rotas and on CRM12 applications for the October 2021 duty rotas. Legal Aid Agency 3 June 2021 Rota Approach The LAA are making this announcement now as the deadline for submission of CRM12s for the October rotas is 12 July 2021, to ensure that providers have as much notice as possible of our intended approach for the October rotas. The agency recognises it is possible the situation with regards to the COVID-19 outbreak may not go as planned. If this is the case and it looks to affect the October rota period, we will amend the guidance accordingly. April 2021 duty rotas The duty solicitor contingency arrangement will now finish at the end of the current April duty rotas on 30 September 2021...
Car Dealer Sentenced for Failing to Keep Company Accounts
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Car Dealer Sentenced for Failing to Keep Company Accounts

Shipley used-car salesman sentenced after falsely claiming ill health had prevented him from keeping company records when he had deliberately disposed of them. The Insolvency Service 3 June 2021 John Brian Capper, (52), from Shipley, West Yorkshire, has been sentenced to an 18-month community order, including 250 hours of unpaid work, after failing to provide books and records when his company was wound up due to alleged tax liabilities of more than £654,000. During proceedings, the court heard the defendant, known as Brian Capper, was sole director of Ikonic Solutions Limited and sold used cars. Ikonic Solutions was incorporated in November 2011 and initially the company operated without issue. But in February 2016, Ikonic Solutions Limited was wound up in the High Court, owi...
PT Jailed for Sale of Steroids and Unlicensed Medicines Online
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PT Jailed for Sale of Steroids and Unlicensed Medicines Online

A personal trainer was sentenced today to 31 months in jail for selling and supplying unlicensed and prescription medicines, together with Anabolic steroids, to the public. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 28 May 2021 A personal trainer, from London, was sentenced at the Crown Court in Harrow today to 31 months imprison for selling and supplying unlicensed and prescription medicines, together with Anabolic steroids, which are scheduled as Class C under Misuse of Drugs regulations. Neil Hone was also found guilty of money laundering around £80,000. These charges were brought after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) investigated activities on a website, operated by Hone, which offered medicines and drugs for sale. The inve...
Forced Landing of Ryanair Flight FR4978 in Minsk: UK Statement
Aviation, Crime

Forced Landing of Ryanair Flight FR4978 in Minsk: UK Statement

Speech Ambassador Neil Bush condemns the actions on 23 May by the Belarusian authorities, who arrested journalist Roman Protasevich having forced his flight to land in Minsk. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Neil Bush 25 May 2021 Delivered on: 25 May 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Madam Chair, The UK joins other participating States in condemning the actions on 23 May by the Belarusian authorities, who arrested journalist Roman Protasevich having forced his flight to land in Minsk. The Belarusian authorities claim that this was in relation to an alleged bomb threat, but we have seen no evidence to support that claim. What we have seen is that Belarus scrambled a MiG fighter, forced the plane to divert to Minsk and then used t...
Further £500,000 to Support Victims of Terrorism
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Further £500,000 to Support Victims of Terrorism

Four organisations who provide practical and emotional support to those affected by terror attacks will receive a share of £500,000, the Home Office has announced today. Home Office and The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP 24 May 2021 Cruse Bereavement Care, the Peace Foundation, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Victim Support will each receive £125,000 to ensure a range of victims’ needs are supported. This builds upon the £500,000 originally awarded to these organisations last year. Since these services were launched in October 2020, they have provided vital support to those affected by terror attacks. The additional funding will mean that victims can continue to access support, including a 24/7 national contact centre and caseworker support, mental health and bereavement services,...
Serial Paedophile Jailed for Longer
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Serial Paedophile Jailed for Longer

Aaron McWilliams has had his prison term increased after the Attorney General, the Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP, referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme. Attorney General's Office and The Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP 21 May 2021 A serial paedophile has had his prison term increased after the Attorney General, the Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP, referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme. Between 2012 and 2017, Aaron McWilliams, 29, committed a number of serious sexual offences against at least 21 young children in his care, the youngest victim was 4 months old. McWilliams forged documents to obtain jobs looking after children. His offending began by stealing from one family and e...