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Common assault after meeting

The High Court has rejected a claim that a defendant's conviction for common assault after she had been escorted out of a meeting of a local Police & Crime Panel was unsafe. Claire Booth explains why.

News headlines

Jan 05, 2018

Leader urges police to use Vagrancy Act 1824 ahead of Royal Wedding

The Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has written to the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley calling for the use of The Vagrancy Act 1824 or the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in tackling…
Dec 29, 2017

Home Office consults on rules to prevent ‘boomerang bosses’ in fire services

The Government is to consult on new rules which it says will crack down on the employment of ‘boomerang bosses’ in England’s fire and rescue services.
Dec 29, 2017

Revised guidance tells councils to use PSPOs only for genuinely anti-social behaviour

The Home Office has issued revised statutory guidance for the police and councils on the use of powers in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, saying the changes would make sure these tools are used only to tackle behaviour which…
Dec 19, 2017

North West council set to ditch proposal for ‘swearing ban’ in town centre

A report prepared for Rochdale Borough Council’s Cabinet on proposals for a public spaces protection order (PSPO) has recommended removing a planned prohibition on the use of foul and abusive language.
Dec 18, 2017

Review of refugee murder finds collective failure, evidence of institutional racism

A multi-agency learning review into the murder of disabled Iranian refugee Bijan Ebrahimi in Bristol four years ago has accused the local council and police force of a “collective failure”, with evidence of both discriminatory behaviour and…

Features and analysis

Operating hours and restaurant conditions

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Southwark Council has fought off a challenge by the operator of Rock Island Bar and Grill who sought to extend its operating hours and remove the “restaurant condition” from its premises licence just six months after it was granted. Gary Grant explains how.

Taxis, software and cross-border bookings

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The Administrative Court has dismissed a council's appeal over a judge's dismissal of its prosecution of a private hire company over cross-border bookings. James Goudie QC explains why.

Gambling and local risk assessments

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Are local risk assessments in relation to gambling being taken seriously? Andy Woods examines the issues.

Securing gang injunctions

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Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have obtained what is believed to be the largest gang injunction claim ever. Jonathan Manning and Alice Richardson set out the judge's findings.

Older articles

Nov 21, 2017

Home Office faces High Court hearing over policy on rough sleeping EEA nationals

The High Court is today [21 November] set to begin hearing a judicial review challenge to the Home Office’s policy towards rough sleeping EEA nationals.
Nov 17, 2017

Taxis, software and cross-border bookings

The Administrative Court has dismissed a council's appeal over a judge's dismissal of its prosecution of a private hire company over cross-border bookings. James Goudie QC explains why.
Nov 14, 2017

Met Police agree to scrap ‘Form 696’ risk assessment for venues

The Metropolitan Police is to remove the controversial ‘Form 696’ risk assessment after discussions with stakeholders.
Nov 10, 2017

Gambling and local risk assessments

Are local risk assessments in relation to gambling being taken seriously? Andy Woods examines the issues.
Nov 08, 2017

Government rejects call from peers for licensing committees to be abolished

The Government has ruled out implementing “at this time” a controversial recommendation from a House of Lords committee that licensing committees should be abolished and their functions transferred to planning committees.
Nov 03, 2017

Licensing committee at royal borough rules out consultation on late night levy

The licensing committee at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has decided against holding a consultation on the introduction of a late night levy.
Nov 01, 2017

London borough hails final injunction banning unlawful campsites

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has this week been granted a final injunction, which it thinks is the first of its kind in England and Wales, banning unlawful campsites from being set up as well as prohibiting fly-tipping.
Oct 31, 2017

DCMS consults on cutting maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals

The Government is to consult on reducing the maximum stakes on B2 gaming machines – also known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) – to between £2 and £50, down from £100.
Oct 30, 2017

Institute of Licensing warns ministers that licensing system putting public safety at risk

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has written to the Government to raise concerns about failings in the taxi and private hire licensing system that it claims are putting public safety at risk.
Oct 13, 2017

Councils secure High Court order for disposal of ashes of Ian Brady

Two local authorities have secured an order that the body of Ian Brady, one of the Moors Murderers, should be decently disposed of without delay.
Oct 04, 2017

Court rejects booking claims and convicts cab driver of blagging

A private hire cab driver in Milton Keynes has been convicted of illegally plying for hire (blagging), with the magistrates’ court rejecting his argument that as he had make the booking on behalf of the customer the fare was lawful.
Sep 25, 2017

Tower Hamlets backs late night levy after second consultation

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has backed the introduction of a late night levy after holding a second consultation on its proposals.
Sep 22, 2017

Transport for London decides not to renew Uber London's private hire licence

Transport for London (TfL) has decided not to renew Uber London’s private hire operator licence when it expires at the end of this month, a decision that is set to be challenged by the company in the courts.
Sep 07, 2017

Securing gang injunctions

Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have obtained what is believed to be the largest gang injunction claim ever. Jonathan Manning and Alice Richardson set out the judge's findings.
Aug 31, 2017

Home Office will continue to pursue ‘hippy crack’ cases despite failures of early prosecutions

The Home Office says it will continue to prosecute those who sell nitrous oxide, despite its own expert witness telling a court that so-called "laughing gas" was exempt from the Psychoactive Substances Act which came into force last year.
Aug 24, 2017

S.182 guidance – not the easiest read

Andy Woods looks at Chapter 16 of the section 182 Guidance under the Licensing Act 2003 and notes that anyone who wants guidance on this subject will have to be a patient reader.
Aug 23, 2017

Council and police force “secure largest group gang injunction ever”

West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council are believed to have secured the largest group gang final injunction.
Aug 10, 2017

The prosecution powers of local authorities

John Sharland examines a recent Court of Appeal ruling following an attempt by a council to bring a prosecution for legal aid fraud and asks what lessons can be learnt by local authorities.
Jul 31, 2017

District council fends off appeal over revocation of premises licence

A district council has successfully defended a decision of its licensing panel to revoke the premises licence of a bar and club.
Jul 28, 2017

Licensing fees: the Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court recently handed down the latest ruling in the long-running battle over the fees payable for licensing sex shops in Westminster. James Goudie QC sets out the judges’ findings.

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