Crime

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.

Council secures conviction over ‘mass destruction’ of protected trees

02/05/2018

Borough of Poole has successfully prosecuted a man after he illegally chopped down 11 protected trees in the garden of his property.

Whitehall launches £40m strategy to fight violent crime

09/04/2018

The Government today launched a multi-million pound strategy to tackle the ‘root causes’ of violent crime, including a task force involving local authorities.

The harassment and intimidation of local councillors

06/04/2018

From death threats to online harassment, just why are councillors subject to increasing levels of abuse? Neil Merrick investigates.

British citizens ‘largest nationality’ recorded in slavery figures

27/03/2018

British citizens are for the first time the largest nationality recorded as potential victims in the national trafficking and modern slavery figures.

Council employee exploited systems ‘failures’ to steal £1m

22/03/2018

Failures in ‘fundamental controls’ within Dundee City Council’s financial systems allowed a former employee to steal £1m from the authority, auditors conclude.

Schools evacuated after hoax bomb threat

20/03/2018

Pupils across England were evacuated yesterday after an aggrieved gamer sent a hoax email threatening to bomb one of hundreds of schools.

Javid latest MP to receive 'punish a Muslim' letter

16/03/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has become the fifth politician to receive a hate-filled anti-Muslim letter.

Dismissed council employee pleads guilty to fraud

08/03/2018

A former civil enforcement supervisor at Reading council has been issued a 17-week suspended jail sentence after admitting to fraud.

Cuts to youth services lead to rise in crime warn councils

05/03/2018

Government funding cuts have served to undermine years of work by local authorities in tackling youth crime, council chiefs warn.

Councils protect residents from 'fake news' and scammers

26/02/2018

Local government leaders have issued guidance to help protect residents from scammers pretending to be from the council.

Council praised for not sweeping sexual exploitation 'under the carpet'

23/02/2018

Newcastle City Council has been praised for the way it supported and protected the victims of sexual exploitation in a new report.

Former council worker fined for snapchatting personal data

23/02/2018

A former apprentice at Southwark Council has been fined after illegally sharing personal information about schoolchildren and their parents via Snapchat.

Council chiefs call for ‘minimum’ £30,000 fine for rogue landlords

23/02/2018

Rogue landlords who commit serious housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000, council chiefs say.

Seven council staff arrested in fraud probe

16/02/2018

Seven members of staff at Cardiff Council have been arrested on suspicion of fraud, the council has confirmed.

Blue Badge thefts quadruple in five years

15/02/2018

The theft of Blue Badges has quadrupled in the last five years, council chiefs warn.

Drug addiction costs West Midlands £1.4bn a year

13/02/2018

The West Midlands PCC has called for a joined up approach to tackling drug addiction after a report found the cost of substance misuse to the area was £1.4bn a year.

Cornwall Council helps slavery victims after police raid

09/02/2018

Cornwall Council is providing welfare and support services for 14 people following a police raid on a flower-picking farm.

Latest figures show many young women at risk from FGM

06/02/2018

Seven out of ten newly recorded cases of FGM are women aged 35 or younger, new analysis has revealed today.

Councils recognised for ‘best’ cyber security

06/02/2018

Northumberland, Cardiff and Denbighshire councils have been named as three of the organisations best defending themselves from online scams.

Fraudster jailed over £45k council tax scam

02/02/2018

A man who used forged university documentation to scam eight local authorities out of £45,000 in council tax has been jailed for 18 months.

Rogue landlords forced to pay back ‘racketeering’ proceeds

02/02/2018

Brent has become the first council in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) against slum landlords for breaches of licensing conditions.

Greenwich leader defends decision to remove ‘shrine’ to murdered soldier

01/02/2018

The leader of Greenwich Council has defended the authority’s decision to remove an unofficial memorial to the murdered soldier Lee Rigby in the face of attacks from far-right extremists.

Council apologises for historical child sex abuse

18/01/2018

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has apologised to victims of historical child sex abuse, admitting the council failed to protect some children.

Council chiefs call for ‘cross-sector’ approach to fighting slavery

17/01/2018

Local authority leaders have called for a ‘coherent, cross-sector’ approach to tackling modern slavery as new figures reveal an increase of almost 50% in the number of people referred as potential victims.

Bristol council to investigate failures after racist murder

16/01/2018

Councillors in Bristol have agreed to launch an investigation into how the council failed to support Bijan Ebrahimi who was murdered in a racist attack.

Council forced to remove fake parking signs

12/01/2018

A council has been forced to remove fake residents-only parking signs after an estimated 18 appeared across two streets.

Council to introduce PSPO to fight ‘verbal and racial abuse’

10/01/2018

Richmondshire council is set to introduce an order banning groups of youths congregating in Colburn after more than 200 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported.

Khan warns cuts ‘reversed’ progress in tackling causes of crime

05/01/2018

Central Government cuts have ‘reversed decades of progress’ in tackling the root causes of violent offending, says the Mayor of London.

Council road sweeper convicted after driving at detective

05/01/2018

A council road sweeper from Wales has pleaded guilty to theft of diesel and careless driving after driving his vehicle at a detective.

Council reaches settlement with victims of alleged paedophile

20/12/2017

A council has agreed to pay eight victims of an alleged paedophile in an out-of-court settlement.

Council apologises after institutional racism finding

18/12/2017

Bristol City Council has apologised after being accused of institutional racism in the case of a murdered Iranian man.

Children in care criminalised for ‘minor issues’

18/12/2017

Children living in care are being criminalised for ‘minor issues’, new report from a penal reform charity warns.

Over 14,000 FGM cases recorded in two years, NHS reveals

06/12/2017

The NHS has recorded more than 14,000 new cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) over the past two years, new data reveals.

Councils urged to drop prison threats for council tax debts

28/11/2017

Money advice experts call for change in law to protect people from being locked up for council tax debts.

Child sexual exploitation case reveals ‘missed opportunities’ to intervene

03/11/2017

A serious case review into the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Somerset has found ‘missed opportunities’ for earlier intervention by the council.

Schools should have mandatory plans to tackle knife crime, Khan says

01/11/2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday announced all schools should have mandatory plans in place to help prevent knife crime.

Fraudster jailed for stealing identity to get council job

20/10/2017

A fraudster who used another man’s identity to gain a council job and home as well as thousands in benefits has been jailed, a London council has reported.

Accomplice of London Tube bomber is sacked from council job

11/10/2017

Southwark Council has undertaken a review of its procedures after a woman who helped a would-be suicide bomber escape managed to secure a job at the authority.

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Neuroscience and knife crime

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