Crime

Charity calls for more support for county lines victims

25/09/2020

A new strategy is needed to identify and support county lines victims, according to The Children's Society.

Government announces nearly £3m for violence prevention

21/08/2020

The Government has announced that it is committing £2.9m to hundreds of frontline charities working on violence prevention projects.

Charity warns of increase in gang activity post-lockdown

03/06/2020

Criminal gangs are using new ways of exploiting children in the wake of coronavirus, a new report has warned.

We can’t let the loudness of lockdown drown out the voices of the most vulnerable

29/04/2020

Emma Lewis describes why now more than ever we must shine a light on the experiences of those who cannot speak up for themselves.

Man jailed for racially abusing a council worker

07/04/2020

A man has been jailed after racially abusing a council worker in Bristol, accusing them of bringing coronavirus into the country.

Domestic abuse puts children at more risk of exploitation, review warns

01/04/2020

There is an overlap between children’s experience of domestic abuse and their offending behaviour, a review has concluded today.

MPs warn youth services cuts are increasing knife crime

10/03/2020

Councils should have a legal duty to deliver a minimum level of youth services to help prevent knife crime, MPs have argued today.

Youth services bearing brunt of 'drastic' cuts finds report

03/03/2020

Youth services have a vital role to play in tackling crime, gang culture and loneliness, a charity has argued today.

Council chiefs call for funding for domestic abuse services

03/03/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the re-introduction of a Bill aimed at protecting victims of domestic abuse, but called on the Government to fund services designed to prevent violence in the home.

Knife crime ‘epidemic’ fuelled by cuts, committee says

13/02/2020

Cuts to important and life-saving services for vulnerable young people have caused a rise in knife crime, according to a new report.

Khan announces over £55m of funding to tackle causes of crime

13/02/2020

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced that £55.5m of new funding will be available for tackling the underlying causes of violent crime in the capital.

Councils urge retailers to become 'no knife shops'

10/02/2020

Councils are urging retailers not to sell knives in an effort to tackle the knife crime epidemic.

Council offers pioneering family therapy to reduce gang crime

31/01/2020

Redbridge Council has become the first in the UK to deliver a ground-breaking family therapy service for young people at risk of joining gangs.

New £25m fund launched for ‘preventative approach’ to crime

27/01/2020

The Home Office is launching a new multi-million pound scheme which will see more street lights and gated alleyways rolled out across the country in order to tackle crime.

Child sexual exploitation cases in Greater Manchester ‘reopened’

14/01/2020

Victims of child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester are having their cases newly investigated as a result of a review commissioned by the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Lack of joint working in the fight against ‘county lines’ puts children at risk

10/01/2020

Local authorities don’t always tell the police when they move ‘at risk’ children into their areas, a new report has warned.

Home secretary announces £35m to focus on ‘root causes’ of crime

02/01/2020

Eighteen police and crime commissioners will receive £35m to fund specialist teams to tackle violent crime in their area, the home secretary has announced.

Former council employee who falsified air quality data convicted of fraud

20/12/2019

A former Waverley Borough Council employee has been given a suspended prison sentence for committing fraud after falsifying air quality data.

'Ambitious programme of domestic reform' promised in Queen's Speech

19/12/2019

The second Queen’s Speech in almost as many months has promised an ‘ambitious programme of domestic reform’.

Rogue west London landlord fined over £400,000

18/12/2019

A landlord in west London has been ordered to pay £430,000 for illegally renting out her property to 15 tenants.

Councils warn FGM is still under-reported

29/11/2019

There have been 22,500 new cases of FGM identified in the past four years, according to new figures published by NHS Digital.

Charity warns child cruelty is rising every year

28/11/2019

The number of child cruelty and neglect offences have risen every year for the past five years, new analysis has shown.

Teenager stabbed to death at council offices

08/11/2019

A muder investigation has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death at a London council’s office.

Councils given extra £4m to tackle rogue landlords

05/11/2019

Councils have been awarded an extra £4m in new funding to take action against criminal landlords.

Birmingham CC welcomes extension of injunction banning ‘street cruising’

31/10/2019

A court has agreed to extend an injunction banning street cruising from the roads of Birmingham for another three years, the city council has confirmed.

Pioneering project ‘diverts’ children from organised crime

29/10/2019

A programme diverting young people away from a life of serious organised crime is set to be rolled out to a number of cities across the UK, a children’s charity has announced.

MPs call for ‘decriminalising’ drug possession

23/10/2019

MPs have called for a ‘radical change’ to drugs policy as a report warns the rate of drug-related deaths has risen to ‘the scale of a public health emergency’.

Khan announces £4m for London youth workers

16/10/2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced he will invest £4m to increase the number of youth workers in hospitals across the capital.

Trial launched into providing a stable home for ex-offenders

11/10/2019

A scheme to give prisoners a place to live when they are released is now being trialled in Leeds, London and Bristol, it has been announced.

Priti Patel unveils £20m funding to tackle county lines

02/10/2019

The Government has announced a package of new measures to tackle county lines drugs gangs.

Over 4,000 young people ‘exploited’ by County Lines gangs

20/09/2019

Figures released by the Mayor of London’s office have revealed that there are more than 4,000 young people involved in County Lines operating out of London.

Whitehall launches £30m fund to fight online ‘predators’

17/09/2019

The Government has announced a £30m fund to help tackle paedophiles operating online.

Councils accused of acting as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs

17/09/2019

Lack of money and increasing demand have been blamed after an allegation that councils were unwittingly acting as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs.

Retailers urged to ‘assess-challenge-check’ customers buying knives

11/09/2019

Shops are being urged to take more care in who they sell knives to as part of an effort to crack down on knife crime.

Housing fraud costs councils £16m each year

10/09/2019

People who claim to live alone in order to get a council tax discount cost the local government sector nearly £16m a year, a new study has found.

Six men found guilty of child abuse in Rotherham

29/08/2019

Six men have been convicted of child sexual abuse offences as part of the ongoing investigation into the exploitation of vulnerable teenagers in Rotherham.

Council finds 500-year-old stolen clock

28/08/2019

West Suffolk Council has located an antique clock after it was stolen during a break in nearly six decades ago.

Man admits sending anthrax hoax to councillors and MPs

23/08/2019

A man has pleaded guilty to sending fake anthrax to female councillor and MPs over a period of three years.

Crime-fighting funds in scarce supply - survey

21/08/2019

Three out of four UK council chief executives and leaders do not have access to enough funding to tackle rising levels of violent youth crime, a survey has found.

Areas worst affected by violence awarded £35m

13/08/2019

The 18 areas most affected by serious violence have been awarded £35m by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

London Councils call for ‘adequate resources’ to fight knife crime

08/08/2019

London boroughs have backed a call urging the new prime minister to tackle knife crime and said the Government needs to ensure councils have ‘adequate resources’ for frontline services.

Khan announces £1.1m sports funding to tackle crime

01/08/2019

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced £1.1m funding for sports groups as part of a drive to stop young people getting involved in crime and violence.

MPs declare youth violence to be ‘social emergency’

31/07/2019

Young people have been failed in the ‘most devastating way’ by the Government, MPs have said, as they warn that youth violence is a ‘social emergency’.

Council tenant fined £100,000 for illegal sublet

30/07/2019

A council tenant has been fined £100,000 and evicted from his property by Westminster City Council after he illegally sublet his flat through Airbnb.

Domestic abuse victims in rural areas ‘failed’ by system

17/07/2019

Victims of domestic abuse living in the countryside are ‘isolated, unsupported and unprotected’ a damning report has warned today.

Javid announces ‘public health duty’ to tackle violent crime

15/07/2019

Sajid Javid will this week announce a new legal duty which will require local authorities and other public bodies to prevent and tackle serious violence.

Primary school children targeted for ‘county lines’ drug trafficking

05/07/2019

The response from statutory agencies to ‘county lines’ drug dealing is ‘too often haphazard’, a charity warns as new report reveals children as young as seven are being exploited by criminal gangs.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Criminals making £100m a year from London’s illegal tobacco trade

28/06/2019

Illegal tobacco trade in London is bringing crime into communities and undermining stop smoking efforts, London Councils has warned today.

Watchdog warns of rapid rise in serious and organised crime

28/06/2019

An official report shows more investment is needed in local services to protect young people from the lure of gangs, council leaders have warned.

Town clerk jailed for defrauding council

13/06/2019

An assistant town clerk has been jailed for four years for stealing more than £200,000 from Rugeley Town Council.

Council apologises for failing to protect girls from grooming gang

11/06/2019

Kirklees Council has apologised for failing to protect two girls from abuse, after an independent review found opportunities were lost to protect them from exploitation.

Councils warn of new wave in council tax scams

10/06/2019

Criminals are posing as council staff to con people out of money, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Care workers suffer from 6,000 violent attacks

10/06/2019

Care workers suffered more than 6,000 violent attacks resulting in serious injuries during the last five years, shocking new figures have shown.

Companies House reforms to make detection of criminal behaviour ‘easier’

30/05/2019

The Government has launched a consultation on proposals it says will bring about the ‘biggest changes’ to Companies House in nearly two centuries.

Illegal tipping sites uncovered in 'sting' operation

29/05/2019

Dozens of illegal tipping sites have been discovered in a 'sting' operation by environment and customs officers.

Nearly 600 people arrested to tackle county lines drug gangs

21/05/2019

Nearly 600 people have been arrested in a single week for their suspected involvement in drug dealing across county lines.

Councils ‘in the dark’ over youth service funding

15/05/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that councils ‘remain in the dark’ over youth service funding that helps tackle knife crime and county lines drug dealing.

London Councils welcome drug dealers being jailed in ‘landmark’ slavery case

15/05/2019

Three ‘county lines’ drug dealers have been sent to prison in a landmark case using the Modern Slavery Act.

Forty people investigated over child abuse in Rotherham

09/05/2019

Forty people have been arrested or interviewed over child sexual abuse in Rotherham in the past two months.

Fatal accidents and criminal liability

08/05/2019

Fatal accidents are usually preventable which leads to questions of responsibility and criminal liability. Guy Bastable and Tom McNeill seek to explain when organisations and individuals will be found criminally liable, for which offences, and with what sanction.

Cuts to youth services factor in rise of knife crime, MPs say

07/05/2019

The local areas that have experienced the largest cuts to their youth services budgets have seen increases in knife crime, MPs have revealed.

Whitehall announces measures to safeguard elections against ‘intimidation’

07/05/2019

The Government today announced a range of new measures designed to help safeguard elections in the UK against ‘intimidation, influence and disinformation’.

Council confirms disgraced MP’s removal

02/05/2019

A by-election is to be held in Peterborough after a recall petition to remove Fiona Onasanya MP secured nearly 20,000 signatures.

Councils accused of ‘letting down’ victims of anti-social behaviour

30/04/2019

Local authority leaders have defended their record of dealing with anti-social behaviour after a report argues that victims are being ‘let down’ by councils and the police

Knife crime hits ‘record’ highs

26/04/2019

Knife crime in England and Wales rose to record levels last year, according to the most recent statistics.

Neuroscience and knife crime

24/04/2019

Gifford Sutherland, knife crime expert at The Training Hub, provides some insight into neuroscience, young people and knife crime.

Manhole cover theft to cost Doncaster taxpayer over £50,000

03/04/2019

Doncaster Council has to pay out thousands of pounds to replace stolen manhole covers after a sustained period of theft.

Two arrested in Blackpool slavery investigation

03/04/2019

An investigation into modern slavery and human trafficking supported by Blackpool Council has resulted in two arrests.

Councils to be part of ‘multi-agency initiative’ against knife crime

01/04/2019

Local authorities will be among the bodies involved in a multi-agency initiative against knife crime launched by home secretary Sajid Javid.

Council launches recall petition to remove Fiona Onasanya

20/03/2019

Peterborough Council has launched a petition to decide if disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya will be allowed to keep her parliamentary seat.

‘County Lines’ major driver behind rise in slavery reporting

20/03/2019

The number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery reported to the authorities has risen by more than 80% in two years, new data reveals.

Council-employed gang convicted of £1m benefit fraud

20/03/2019

Seven benefit assessors have been convicted of housing benefit fraud which saw more than £1m stolen from three local authorities in London.

Youth service funding essential to tackle ‘spate of violence’, council chiefs say

11/03/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in youth justice grants as part of the effort to tackle knife crime.

Preventing urban crime through environmental design

07/03/2019

Gavin Hepburn outlines the four main principles of crime prevention through environmental design.

Former Spice Girl raises awareness of economic abuse

06/03/2019

Spice Girl Mel B has visited Downing Street as the Government prepares to recognise economic abuse in its definition of domestic abuse for the first time.

Council officer fined nearly £700 for data breach

28/02/2019

A former council officer has been fined hundreds of pounds after he emailed confidential information to his partner to help her in a job interview.

Council spending on tackling ‘criminal landlords’ down a quarter

28/02/2019

The amount councils spend on tackling landlords who break the law has been cut by a quarter in recent years, according to the latest analysis.

Nine men convicted of child sexual exploitation

27/02/2019

Bradford council has insisted that safeguarding young people is its ‘top priority’ after nine men were convicted of child sexual exploitation.

Black Country ban on 'car cruising' upheld in court

25/02/2019

Wolverhampton council has welcomed a decision by the High Court to uphold the local authority’s injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country.

Whitehall announces nearly £10m fund to tackle gang culture

25/02/2019

Communities across England are to receive a share of a £9.5m fund aimed at helping families who are vulnerable to the effects of knife crime and gang culture, the communities secretary has announced.

Superhead ordered to repay council over £1m stolen from his school

22/02/2019

A superhead has been ordered to pay back Brent Council £1.4m he received in illegal bonuses while he was head of a school in Wembley.

Sexual harassment is everyone's problem, not just the rich and powerful

22/02/2019

Is local government failing to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Pilot project helps a third of youths quit ‘county lines’

14/02/2019

Specialist support helped nearly a third of young people in a pilot project to quit 'county lines' involvement with drugs, according to a review.

Rochdale council worker jailed for £80,000 fraud

07/02/2019

A council worker has been jailed for defrauding Rochdale Borough Council of £80,000 - money that was then spent on prostitutes and cocaine.

Front-line workers ‘must get better’ at tackling child exploitation by drug gangs

30/01/2019

Front-line professionals ‘must get better’ at spotting signs that children are being exploited, a children’s charity has said in response to an annual assessment of county lines drug networks.

Council worker jailed for £1m pension fund theft

28/01/2019

A man who defrauded the pension fund of Westminster City Council of over £1m has been jailed for seven years.

Khan announces £85m to tackle violent crime

25/01/2019

Sadiq Khan has announced he will be using £85m of city hall funding to tackle violent crime.

Whitehall must stop ‘rogue landlords’ receiving public money, council says

22/01/2019

Brent Council has urged the Government to stop rogue landlords who fail ‘fit and proper’ tests from receiving housing benefit.

Crime prevention budgets ‘slashed’ under Tories

21/01/2019

Crime prevention budgets have been cut by more than a half since 2010, an analysis from Labour has revealed.

Benefit assessors convicted of £1m housing benefit fraud

18/01/2019

Seven benefit assessors in London have been convicted of a housing benefit fraud worth over £1m.

Mayoral candidate steps down after wife’s GBH conviction revealed

16/01/2019

The mayor-elect of Redbridge has withdrawn his nomination after it was revealed that his wife was involved in the killing of a TV executive.

Council chiefs warn of scams targeting the vulnerable

16/01/2019

Local authority leaders have called on carers and families to be aware of fraud targeting older and more vulnerable people.

Police arrest 55 in connection with child sex abuse cases

15/01/2019

Police have arrested 55 men in connection with historical child sex abuse cases in West Yorkshire.

New £400 fly-tipping penalty comes into force

08/01/2019

The new financial penalties for fly-tipping, which could see fines of up to £400 being handed to offenders, are now in force.

Labour promises to repeal nineteenth-century Vagrancy Act

24/12/2018

The Labour Party has announced that they plan to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824 which criminalises begging and rough sleeping.

Child cruelty and neglect crimes double in past five years

04/12/2018

The number of child cruelty and neglect cases recorded by police have doubled over the last five years, a children’s charity has warned.

FGM concerns raised by social workers increases at ‘alarming’ rate

30/11/2018

New data on Female Genital Mutilation has revealed that the number of children flagged by social workers as being at risk from the abusive practice has doubled in the last year.

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

30/11/2018

Birmingham City Council has become the first council to join a national police-run scheme which will see crime prevention techniques built into all its new social housing developments.

Councils failing to protect tenants from ‘rogue landlords’

29/11/2018

Tenants and good landlords are being failed by a system unable to root out criminal landlords, the results of a freedom of information request show.

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