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The thin blue line

The thin blue line refers to the concept of the police being the line that prevents society from descending into chaos, the blue referring to the colour of the uniform. The origin of the term came from 1854 when a red uniformed regiment in the Battle of Balaclava formed a long line to halt a ca...

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Festivals and Drug Offences

Having burst onto the Festival scene 20 years ago at the old Liverpool airport site our local Cheshire festival has grown into one of the biggest weekends in the festival calendar. The Festival attracts over 70,000 festival goers over the weekend event from all over the coun...

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Trade mark offences – new sentencing guidelines

The Sentencing Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and criminal justice professionals. The aim is to promote greater consistency in sentencing whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. ...

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Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was introduced in the House of Lords in early July and awaits a second reading. The Bill is formed of thirteen parts, including provisions to:

  • introduce measures for the protec...

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Ban on knives, firearms and offensive weapon

Possession of an offensive weapon is an offence if it is in public and without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. A weapon can be offensive as a matter of course (it is made for use of causing injury), adapted for such a purpose, or not adapted but carried with the inten...

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New proposed sentencing guidelines – burglary

The Sentencing Council has announced a consultation on the revision of sentencing guidelines for domestic, non-domestic and aggravated burglary offences.

The existing b...

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Prison Categorisation – A Guide

Every prisoner is given a security category. For female prisoners, there are only two options, closed or open condition. For male prisoners, there are four categories, A to D.

What do the categories mean...

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Bite Mark Evidence – Part One

What is bite mark evidence?

A bite mark is a pattern produced by the indentations of the teeth into any substance capable of being marked.

It is argued ...

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Line of Duty – The Acronym

The new series of the BBC's Line of Duty is back on our screens, with another battle ahead for the police against serious organised crime.

For those new to this drama, the first episode may well have been very confusing. T...

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Good character as mitigation

What is good character?

As far as the criminal courts are concerned, a person of good character is usually someone without convictions or cautions recorded against them. It is of particular relevance in a ...

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