Licensing laws to be reviewed to fight ‘invisible crime’ of spiking


Local authority leaders have welcomed a Government decision to review the licensing laws to assess whether they are robust enough to tackle spiking.

Council employee steals £161,000 from two parish councils


A woman has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to defrauding two parish councils in Oxfordshire.

Council leaders welcome end to Friday releases for prisoners


The Government’s decision to end Friday releases from prison has been welcomed as ‘positive news’ by local authority leaders.

Commission set up after Bobbi-Anne McLeod murder publishes report


A commission set up by Plymouth City Council in the wake of the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod has published its first report.

Government announces £300m fund to tackle youth crime


Councils across England and Wales will be able to draw on a £300m fund aimed at cutting youth crime.

Hoax calls: How local authorities can protect themselves


Mike Wills discusses how local authorities can protect themselves against attacks designed to trick, embarrass, steal and defraud.

Queen's speech: Government brings back measures to stop protestors 'locking on'


Boris Johnson’s government will bring back measures thrown out by the House of Lords in January to stop protesters ‘locking on’ to infrastructure.

Commission calls for end to school ‘exclusions culture’


The rise in the number of exclusions from schools leads to teenagers being put at risk of exploitation and serious violence, new report warns.

Government struggles to assess scale of waste crime


Defra does not have the data it needs to assess scale of waste crime and the incentives for criminals to enter the waste market have increased, auditors say.

MPs urge licensing authorities to use powers to tackle spiking


Local authorities have been urged to use their licensing powers to ensure venues take action to prevent spiking incidents and keep customers safe by MPs.

Third of trafficked children go missing from council care


One in three trafficked children go missing from council care, say children’s charities who warn Nationality and Borders Bill will make the problem worse.

Council chiefs warn of energy rebate scam


Local authority leaders are warning residents about a new scam where cold callers pretend to be helping people claim the Government’s £150 energy rebate.

Khan calls for ‘joined-up approach’ to tackle child-to-parent abuse


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today called for a ‘joined-up approach’ to tackle domestic abuse carried out by children against their parents.

Councils to be banned from charging for disposal of DIY waste


The Government has proposed banning local authorities from charging for the disposal of DIY waste from households.

Consultation on replacing Vagrancy Act is launched


The Government has launched a consultation on replacing an 'outdated' law that criminalises homeless people.

Harborough DC rejects prison plans after protests


Harborough DC has rejected Ministry of Justice plans to build a prison on the grounds that it would ‘adversely impact’ the character of the area.

Council depots see attempted fuel thefts in wake of price hikes


A Warwickshire council has been forced to step up security at depots following attempted fuel thefts.

Council chiefs welcome £130m to tackle violent crime


Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of a multi-million-pound funding package to tackle serious violence and homicide.

‘Shocking figures’ reveal only 185 modern slavery prosecutions


There have only been 185 prosecutions under modern slavery legislation despite tens of thousands of children being referred for support in exploitation cases.

Failing social housing providers to be ‘named and shamed’


Providers of social housing who fail to deliver decent accommodation will be called out as part of reforms to drive up standards, Government announced today.

Council announces measures to make Liverpool’s transport network safer for women


Liverpool City Council has launched a series of measures aimed at making public transport in the city safer for women and girls.

One in 10 people falsely claim council tax discounts


One in 10 people know someone dishonestly claiming a discount on their council tax bill, the UK’s fraud prevention service has found.

Councils guilty of ‘extensive failures’ when identifying child abuse


An inquiry has identified ‘extensive failures’ in the way councils tackle child sexual exploitation, especially when it comes to abuse perpetrated by networks.

Project ADDER helps over 13,000 people receive drug treatment


Over 600 crime groups have been disrupted and 13,000 people supported in drug treatment interventions thanks to a whole-systems approach to tackling drugs.

Abused school pupils threaten council with legal action


Former pupils of a council-run school are considering legal action against Lincolnshire County Council after two former staff members were convicted of abuse.

Extension to community payback scheme


Offenders will provide an extra three million hours of payback to their communities every year under plans announced by the Government.

Abuse victims given more time to report incidents


Victims of domestic abuse will be allowed more time to report incidents of common assault or battery against them, the Government today announced.

London boroughs consider cannabis decriminalisation


Three London boroughs could be part of a pilot scheme aimed at diverting young people caught with a small amount of cannabis away from the justice system.

Cuts undermine fight against child criminal exploitation


Local authority leaders have warned that cuts to local government funding have made it difficult to tackle child criminal exploitation.

Council forced to close down buildings following threat to staff


Middlesbrough Council was forced to lock down its buildings and facilities for three hours yesterday in response to a 'specific threat' made against staff.

Shortcomings revealed in second child murder case


A second court case in a month has revealed serious shortcomings in how local agencies responded to allegations of abuse shortly before a child’s murder.

A commitment to civil debate


Cllr Arooj Shah has been the target of recent threats and harassment. Leaders from all parties in Oldham have now come together to add their signature to a ‘politics, not personalities’ pledge, she explains.

Council leader apologises for Bobbi-Anne McLeod comments


Leader of Plymouth CC has apologised for an interview where he appeared to suggest that Bobbi-Anne McLeod might bear some responsibility for her own death.

Former council leader jailed for fraud


The former leader of West Lindsey District Council has been jailed for 14 months for fraud and theft offences.

Domestic abuse crimes rose by 6% in past year


The number of domestic abuse crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in the year ending March 2021 increased by 6% on the previous year, new figures have shown.

Projects secure funding to improve safety of women at night


Projects that aim to improve the safety of women and girls in public spaces at night have been awarded £5m funding from the Government.

New partnership will roll out anti-spiking tests across Greater Manchester


Anti-spiking tests will be rolled out across major venues in Greater Manchester as part of a new partnership to tackle drink spiking.

Council launches 'key amnesty' to tackle tenancy fraud


A London council is running a 'key amnesty' to reclaim council housing that is being used illegally.

How Redbridge is taking a bold approach to cutting crime


Dr Javed Kahn explains how other local authorities can use the Redbridge Community Crime Commission as a blueprint for finding solutions to crime in their community.

Areas chosen to pilot offensive weapons homicide reviews


A new law to help prevent deaths caused by an offensive weapon will be tested by several local authority areas in London, West Midlands and Wales.

Inquiry identifies ‘failings’ in council’s handling of serious sexual offences


Edinburgh Council has published a report which identified ‘failings’ in the local authority’s handling of historical complaints against an employee who was subsequently charged with serious sexual offences.

Third round of safer streets funding is allocated


Local authorities and police forces across England and Wales have been awarded £23.5m to help make women and girls feel safer in public spaces.

More than £1m to help city recover from Keyham shootings


More than £1m has been allocated to help Plymouth recover from the Keyham tragedy.

Call for a cross-system approach to tackle violence against women and girls


Local authorities will play a key role in ending 'an epidemic' of violence against women and girls, a new report has said.

Former employees convicted of fraud against council


Two women have been found guilty of creating a 'phantom' employee to defraud a council and a charity out of more than £40,000.

Plymouth council leader ‘shocked and saddened’ by shooting


The leader of Plymouth City Council has said he is ‘shocked and saddened’ after six people were killed yesterday in a shooting incident.

Councils given £13m to help prison leavers find secure homes


Over 140 councils across England have been awarded a share of £13m to provide longer-term accommodation to prison leavers.

Eight more regions to become Project ADDER Accelerator sites


Eight more local authorities will become Project ADDER Accelerator sites to help tackle drug misuse and crack-down on drug-related crime.

Council steps up security after vandalism at Low Traffic Neighbourhoods


Lambeth Council has been forced to install security measures after vandals targeted its Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes.

Council leader's car targetted in 'abhorrent' arson attack


A man has been arrested after a car belonging to the leader of Oldham Council was deliberately set on fire.

Girls increasingly becoming victims of county lines drug gangs, councils warn


County lines drug gangs are increasingly targeting girls and young women, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Review calls for significant investment in drug treatment


Local authorities should be given an extra £550m over the next five years to deliver drug treatment in their local communities, an independent review has said today.

Online toolkit available for tackling youth violence


Local authorities now have access to an online toolkit which will help them determine what activities are best for preventing children becoming involved in violence.

Seven people charged following missing £10.25m council loan


Seven people have been charged in connection with a missing £10.25m council loan to Northampton Town FC.

Council calls for sentence review after attack on litter warden


Dudley Council has criticised the 'unduly lenient' sentences given to two men who attacked and racially abused a litter warden.

Lack of services sees thousands of people with a mental disorder sent to prison, says report


Thousands of people with a mental health disorder are being sent to prison due to a lack of services, a new report has warned.

Areas chosen to share Safer Streets Fund


The Government has announced the 40 areas that will share more than £18m to make streets safer and crack down on neighbourhood crime.

Landowner sentenced to jail for siting caravans on greenbelt


A landowner has been given a suspended jail sentence by the High Court after siting caravans on greenbelt land in Cheshire East.

All-female team create new guide to support safer public spaces


A new guide to help local authorities create safer journeys for women has been published.

Figures show rise in sexual and criminal exploitation under lockdown


Criminal and sexual exploitation has risen ‘dramatically’ during the pandemic, new data has warned today.

Crack down on abuse of modern slavery safeguards


Local authorities will receive training to help frontline staff identify genuine victims of modern slavery.

Safer streets fund doubled after death of Sarah Everard


The Government has doubled the Safer Streets fund to provide better lighting and CCTV following the death of Sarah Everard.

Home secretary announces £23m to tackle exploitation of young people


A children’s charity has called for a national strategy to provide help for children at risk of exploitation rather than a strategy focusing on ‘hot spots’.

Woman jailed for defrauding London council


A woman has been sentenced to 12-months’ imprisonment for defrauding the Royal Borough of Greenwich out of nearly £10,000.

Government announces £35.5m to tackle violence at local level


Local communities are set to benefit from a multi-million-pound funding boost to help support measures tackling serious violence.

Report calls for a joined up public health approach to gangs


Local authorities are failing to tackle the key drivers for youth violence in their areas, the Children's Commissioner has warned in a new report.

New £40m fund launched to support victims of abuse


The Government has launched a £40m fund to help victims of rape and domestic abuse during the pandemic.

New strategy 'a golden opportunity' to tackle child sexual abuse


A new strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse has been published by the Government today.

Former councillor jailed for electoral fraud


A former councillor has been jailed and ordered to pay Redbridge Council more than £28,000 after committing electoral fraud.

Councils welcome £148m funding boost to cut misuse of drugs


Five areas across England will pilot a new approach to tackling drug misuse under plans announced today by the Government.

Criminals publish stolen council data online


Data stolen from Hackney Council in a cyber attack last October has been published online by the criminals responsible.

Liverpool to undergo best value inspection


Liverpool City Council will undergo an inspection of whether it is complying with its best value duty after the arrest of its mayor.

Man convicted for dropping bowling ball on council worker’s head


A man has been convicted of grievous bodily harm after he dropped a bowling ball on a council worker’s head from an upper window.

'Data desert' on vulnerable children and county lines, report warns


Local authorities and police forces are failing to identify the number of vulnerable children being exploited by criminal gangs, a new report has warned.

Funding boost to support rape and domestic abuse victims


Nearly £11m in new funding to support domestic abuse and rape victims this winter has been announced.

Police make first Grenfell arrest


Detectives investigating the fire have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Report calls for extra investment in women's centres


The Government has been urged to invest more funding in women's centres to help reduce the number of women in prison, in a new report published today.

Charity calls for more support for county lines victims


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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