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Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-abortion group Both Lives Matter as it stepped up its campaign against moves to legislate on the contentious restrictions at Westminster.Both Lives…
A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal autonomy and human rights had been infringed when the device was fitted without her knowledge six years ago.But he has concluded…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, has won a challenge against his "manifestly excessive" 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder had his custodial term reduced to 25 years by Court of Appeal judges in London on Tuesday.Bespectacled Falder watched the proceedings via video…
Hate crime in England and Wales rose by nearly a fifth last year, according to police figures.There were 94,098 such offences recorded by police in total in 2017/18, an increase of 17% on the previous year.This included 71,251 classed as race hate crimes; 11,638 (12%) offences triggered by sexual orientation;…
More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which involve urban dealers forcing children to carry drugs to customers in more rural areas.They also "cuckoo" the homes…
A man handed a three-and-a-half-year jail term after attacking his partner should be given no information about their two daughters unless one of them dies, a High Court judge has decided.Mr Justice Keehan was told that the man had been assessed as "high risk" by social workers after mounting a…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, is to challenge his 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder will have his case considered by three Court of Appeal judges in London on Tuesday.He admitted 137 offences, including voyeurism, encouraging child rape, and sharing images showing…
A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his links with gangs in south London. Judge Mary Lazarus says an opportunity to help the…
A GP groped a woman in an "immature Benny Hill" fashion and sexually assaulted a number of other patients under the guise of medical examinations, a court has heard. Alan Tutin, 70, allegedly molested 25 females as young as nine years old for his own "sexual gratification" during his 24-year…
A High Court judge has criticised a council over its "atrocious" treatment of a severely traumatised autistic girl who has been kept in hospital because of a delay in finding her suitable accommodation. The 15-year-old, identified in court as R, is thought to be suffering post-traumatic stress disorder after "living…
A woman has been awarded £80,000 in damages in a civil case against a man who had previously been cleared of raping her. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sued Stephen Coxen, accusing him of raping her in St Andrews, Fife, after a night out in September…
A Slovakian gang who made a family business from trafficking workers to the UK and forcing them to work for as little as £5 a day have been jailed. Members of the Cisar family were told to think about the humiliation they caused to the people they exploited, some of…
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