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Inquest jury finds neglect by NHS trust contributed to death of 24-year-old mother from Folkestone

22nd November 2016

Today, at an inquest into the death of Natalie Gray, a 24-year-old mother from Folkestone in Kent, a jury found that neglect by Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust contributed to her death. Natalie died on 21 April 2015 after jumping in front of a train at Barming station. She had a…

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Bedfordshire Police shoot man dead in Luton

10th November 2016

Yesterday it was reported that a man had died after being shot by a firearms officer during an incident in Luton, Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire Police said specialist armed officers had been responding to reports that a woman had been assaulted. The 24-year-old man who was shot received medical treatment at the scene and was taken to…

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Police strip search woman finally receives apology

3rd November 2016

Lawyer says long wait for apology about investigation highlights problems in the police’s ability to investigate themselves and learn from mistakes A 27-year-old woman who was arrested and forcibly strip searched by male police officers after leaving a Chelsea night club in March 2011, has finally received an apology from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)…

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Lawyer who secured combat rights for soldiers hits out at government for misleading public over human rights

14th October 2016

The lawyer responsible for securing human rights protections for UK soldiers fighting in conflicts abroad has hit out at the government for misleading the public about proposals to opt out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in future combat. Jocelyn Cockburn, civil liberties partner at law firm Hodge Jones & Allen, says that…

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Jocelyn Cockburn speaks out on proposals for military to opt out of the ECHR

10th October 2016

Last week, the Prime Minister Theresa May and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced controversial plans for the military to opt out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) during future conflicts. Jocelyn Cockburn, civil liberties partner at Hodge Jones & Allen represented the families of soldiers killed in poorly armoured Snatch land rover vehicles…

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