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Suicide of ‘much loved son’ in HMP Norwich result of failings in prison care, inquest finds

16th March 2018 - Independent

‘It has been almost impossible to understand the total disregard by the prison and healthcare staff,’ says Joe Bartlett’s mother

An inquest into the death of a prisoner who took his own life, has found that failings at the facility where he was being held contributed to his death.

Joe Bartlett from Essex, described as a “much-loved son” by his family, died on 5 April last year after he was found hanged in his cell at HMP Norwich.

A jury concluded that prison staff failed to adequately follow procedures to reduce the risks of self-harm and suicide, and that there was insufficient information gathering.

The lawyer representing Mr Bartlett’s family, Claire Brigham comments.

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Death of inmate Sean Plumstead reveals Ministry of Justice let staff work in HMP Winchester without suicide prevention training

12th February 2018 - Hampshire Chronicle

THE death of an inmate at Winchester prison has revealed that the Ministry of Justice allowed staff to work in the prison without suicide prevention training, against its own policy.

Father-of-two Sean Plumstead was found hanging in his cell days after asking a staff member the best way to take his own life.

Senior Associate Clair Hilder who represented Mr Plumstead’s family comments.

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Council backs down over decision not to rehouse Grenfell neighbours

8th February 2018 - 24housing

Nearly nine months of uncertainty over for traumatised residents of neighbouring blocks.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has backed down over their plans not to rehouse tenants living around Grenfell Tower.

At a meeting last night (Feb 6), the Council reversed its proposal not to rehouse residents of around 80 properties in the shadow of the block.

Daniel Fitzpatrick, a partner in the housing team comments.

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Another rape case collapses after defence find photos proving suspect’s innocence

16th January 2018 - The Telegraph

A rape case has collapsed just days before it was due to begin, after it emerged that photographs showing the defendant in bed with his accuser had not been disclosed to the defence.

Samson Makele, 28, was due to go on trial later this month, accused of raping a woman he met at the Notting Hill Carnival in 2016.

But at a pre-trial hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Courton Monday, prosecutors offered no evidence after discovering that crucial photographs had not been disclosed by detectives.

Paris Theodorou, a criminal defence lawyer, who represented Mr Makele comments…

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Met officers who wrongly arrested black man put through misconduct hearings

12th January 2018 - The Guardian

Officers had been told bicycle theft suspect was white but targeted a black man standing nearby and used excessive force to arrest him.

Four police officers who wrongly arrested a black man for stealing a bicycle in London when told that the suspect was white have been put through misconduct hearings.

An inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission twice overturned earlier decisions by the Metropolitan police that no investigation was necessary.

The original incident occurred in Leather Lane, central London, in February 2016 when three male police officers and a female officer were working early in the evening on a plain clothes anti-cycle-theft operation in Camden.

Joanna Bennett, the civil liberties lawyer, who represented Mr Okorodudu commnets…

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