06 November 2017In the case of R v Chapman 2017, it was held that possession of nitrous oxide with intent to supply for recreational purposes was an offence under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016; it was only an exempted substance for medicinal purposes.
03 November 2017Following a report published last year which suggested sexual harassment among pupils had become "normalised", a debate in Parliament was held upon this issue where MPs heard how children as young as six suffer sexual violence in school. The Government say it will issue more guidance to schools on dealing with sexual harassment.
31 October 2017The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (Commencement No.2 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/991) are now in force, as of 31st October 2017. These Regulations bring in force sections of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the Act) that amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) and the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT).
25 October 2017The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation Max Hill QC, has warned Ministers against plans that "criminalise thought". In response to the government's announcement to increase jail terms for viewing terror content online, Mr Hill He stated that "thought without action" was not terrorism and it would be "quite wrong" to create new laws which treat it as such.
19 October 2017Prison sentences for those who repeatedly carry corrosive substances without good reason are among a set of new laws aimed at tackling serious violence being proposed today.
12 October 2017The judicial body which promotes consistency across the courts has recommended tougher punishments in relation to terrorist offences, and in particular for those convicted of preparing acts of violence.