Crime

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.

Threat of prison over unpaid council tax ends in Wales

05/11/2018

People will no longer be sent to prison for failing to pay their council tax, the Welsh government has announced.

Excluded schoolchildren at risk of violence and criminal exploitation

30/10/2018

Rising numbers of children being excluded from school are at risk of becoming involved in gangs and knife crime, charity leaders and MPs have warned.

Whitehall ‘failing’ in fight against sexual harassment

23/10/2018

The Government is ‘failing’ to tackle the problem of sexual harassment of women and girls in public places, MPs have warned.

‘Lessons have been learned’ after child abuse case, council says

22/10/2018

Kirklees Council insists ‘lessons have been learned’ in the wake of what has been described as a seven-year campaign of rape and abuse in Huddersfield.

Whitehall announces £5m fund to fight knife crime

22/10/2018

Local authorities are being given the opportunity to bid for funding to tackle youth and gang crime in high-risk areas.

People convicted of serious crimes banned from councils

19/10/2018

Rules to prevent people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened following a public consultation, the Government has announced.

Experts call for an end to imprisonment for council tax debt

17/10/2018

English councils are being urged to end the use of imprisonment for the non-payment of council tax.

Council employee convicted of £1m pension fund fraud

16/10/2018

A former Westminster City Council employee has been convicted for defrauding the council pension fund of nearly £1m.

Whitehall announces ‘refresh’ of hate crime legislation

16/10/2018

The Government today announced a series of measures aimed at tackling hate crime, including £1.5m for community groups that challenge prejudice and hatred.

Councils struggle to stop rogue retailers selling knives to children

15/10/2018

Local authority leaders have called for more powers to crack down on retailers illegally selling knives to children.

Poverty can lead to self-harm and violent crime, study shows

11/10/2018

Children from poorer families are at ‘significantly greater risk’ of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves later in life, new study shows.

‘Transparency map’ launched to tackle modern slavery

10/10/2018

A new website promises to help councils check if any of their suppliers are using modern slaves.

Councils cheated out of £1m by housing benefit assessors

03/10/2018

Lambeth, Kingston, and Barking and Dagenham councils were cheated out of £1m by a group of housing benefit assessors who used dummy claimants, court has heard.

Javid announces £200m to tackle youth violence

03/10/2018

Local government leaders have welcomed the announcement of a new fund to tackle violent crime — but renewed calls to reverse cuts in public health budgets.

Councillor charged with posting ‘indecent’ messages online

26/09/2018

A councillor has been charged for posting allegedly ‘obscene’ and ‘menacing’ messages on social media.

Vulnerable offenders increasingly referred to health services rather than prison

10/08/2018

Offenders with mental health, alcohol and drug abuse problems are increasingly being referred to health services as part of community sentences.

Council warns financial details of 6,000 people have been hacked

09/08/2018

The financial details of up to 6,000 people have been illegally accessed, a London council has warned.

Council first to fine people for soliciting prostitutes

06/08/2018

An East London council is set to be the first to issue on-the-spot fines for people using prostitutes.

Government publishes new guidelines on protecting vulnerable suspects

01/08/2018

New guidelines have been issued to protect vulnerable adults suspected of committing an offence.

Five people sentenced for £200k council fraud

30/07/2018

Five men who defrauded a Leicestershire council out of more than £200,000 through an email scam have been sentenced.

Manchester CC ‘unanimously’ approves charter against slavery

12/07/2018

Manchester City Council has called on the Government to provide more support for victims of modern slavery.

Wiltshire gets £5m boost to cover cost of novichok attacks

12/07/2018

The Government has given Wiltshire Council nearly £1m to help cover the cost of handling the recent novichok poisonings.

Council cancels World Cup public screenings after ‘outbreaks of disorder’

10/07/2018

Middlesbrough Council has cancelled the public screening of England’s World Cup semi-final after ‘outbreaks of disorder’ during the last match.

Council left with £80k bill to clean up four abandoned trailers

08/06/2018

Four 40ft articulated trailers containing rubbish have been dumped in Bromley, costing the council more than £80,000 to deal with.

Council gang prevention programme gets £800,000 boost

07/06/2018

Waltham Forest Council has allocated an additional £806,000 of funding over four years in order to ‘reshape’ its gang prevention programme.

Whitehall announces ‘co-ordinated’ approach to fighting terrorism

04/06/2018

The Government’s updated counter-terrorism strategy will include closer cooperation with local authorities, Sajid Javid says.

Church launches anti-slavery app

04/06/2018

Council chiefs have endorsed a new app designed to help gather information about modern slavery in car washes.

Council fights thieves by ‘armour-plating’ parking meters

17/05/2018

Leicester City Council has been forced to armour-plate its parking meters to discourage thieves.

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