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New documents reveal Ministry of Justice allowed Carillion staff to work in prisons without suicide prevention training, against its own policy

9th February 2018

Newly-published responses from Carillion and the HM Prison and Probation Service reveal government contracts ignored national policy, allowing untrained Carillion staff to work with ‘at-risk’ prisoners Newly-published documents relating to the death of a 27-year-old man in HMP Winchester reveal that HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) failed to include in its contracts the requirement…

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Noel Conway wins permission to appeal his assisted dying case

18th January 2018

Noel Conway has today been granted permission to appeal the decision of the High Court that he cannot be assisted to die with dignity. Mr Conway, a Humanists UK member, suffers from motor neurone disease and will now have his case heard before the Court of Appeal. Nancy Collins, partner at Hodge Jones & Allen,…

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Cycle theft police arrest wrong colour suspect, despite clear instructions

11th January 2018

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (recently rebranded as the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)) has upheld a man’s complaint that he was unreasonably arrested by police officers in Leather Lane, London for stealing a bicycle in February 2016. The IOPC report directly criticises the Metropolitan Police officers for apparently ignoring the ethnicity of the…

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Husband and wife receive pay-out from the Met for assault, but no apology

8th December 2017

A husband and wife who were assaulted in their own home, unlawfully arrested and detained by the Metropolitan Police, and subsequently maliciously prosecuted, have received an undisclosed pay-out, despite the force maintaining it has ‘…nothing to apologise for’. Mrs Aldires Dall’Agnol Bugia and her husband were asleep in their home with their two sons (aged…

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Clair Hilder response to the publication of Dame Elish Angiolini’s report into deaths in police custody

31st October 2017

Commenting on the report Clair Hilder, Senior Associate in the Civil Liberties team said: “We welcome the publication of the review (Independent review of deaths and serious incidents in police custody) and the recommendations made, including the call for non-means tested funding for bereaved families so they can be properly engaged in investigations following deaths…

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