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The outgoing chairman of the Parole Board said there are "very troubling questions" about the body's independence after he was forced to quit over the John Worboys case. Professor Nick Hardwick was told his position was "untenable" after two victims of the serial sex offender won a High Court challenge…
High Court judges who overturned a decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys from prison said a number of "striking features" of his case "give rise to concern". They said his change of position from denial to admitting the sex attacks was a "dramatic volte face" which came after…
An attempt to grant a man acquitted of rape anonymity in a civil case brought by his alleged victim has been rejected. Stephen Coxen, from Bury in Lancashire, is being sued for £100,000 in damages by a woman he was alleged to have raped in St Andrews in 2013. Coxen,…
A scheme to let people find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has begun in Northern Ireland. The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme means the public has the 'right to ask' the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to investigate if they are potentially at…
An independent task force set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire has accused Kensington and Chelsea Council of failing to take effective action to help survivors of the disaster. A new report by the recovery task force said the council's record on converting plans into action on…
Victims of revenge pornography withdrawing from legal action is "starting to become a problem", Labour has said. Shadow solicitor general Nick Thomas-Symonds (pictured) also called for better data collection on the offence to monitor whether new laws to tackle revenge pornography are effective. Solicitor General Robert Buckland said the Government…
Some perpetrators of domestic violence will be offered a chance to avoid jail through a new scheme aimed at reducing reoffending. The pilot project in Londonderry will see convicted offenders engage in an intensive therapeutic programme designed to alter their behaviour. A judge will select eligible candidates to participate in…
Wheelchair and prosthetic limb provision is worse in Northern Ireland than other parts of the UK, according to Troubles victims. The warning comes as some of those most seriously hurt in atrocities during the 30-year conflict demand action. Paul Gallagher, who has been confined to a wheelchair since being shot…
It would be "constitutionally inappropriate" if the UK Government stepped in to approve the payment of compensation to victims of historical abuse in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has said. The Northern Ireland Secretary also indicated she would consider any proposals from the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service as…
Police have lost tabs on nearly 500 registered sex offenders in Britain, according to a report. The missing include rapists and paedophiles, including some who disappeared more than a decade ago, according to a Sky News investigation. Figures released by 41 police forces show the number of convicted sex offenders…
Domestic violence victims in Birmingham are being sent as far away as Manchester amid a "national crisis" in refuges, Labour has said. Shadow communities minister Melanie Onn hit out at the Government as MPs backed a Bill that would give victims access to lifetime tenancies. It came as a Tory…
A sexual offences liaison officer who found a rape victim in his care "attractive" has been jailed after he hacked into her Facebook account and downloaded pictures of her as a child. Sussex Police constable Martin Harris used the password the woman gave police to help investigate her attack without…
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