Children and Young People in Custody – Some Improvements, Some Concerns

Children and Young People in Custody – Some Improvements, Some Concerns Most young people’s perceptions of their treatment and conditions in custody had improved but there were indications that establishments were struggling to manage some of the most challenging or vulnerable, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing two thematic reports on the results […]

35% Of People Say Marine Should Not Be In Jail

One in three people believes that a Royal Marine sentenced to life in prison for executing a Taliban fighter in cold blood should serve no jail time, a poll has found – but 65% said he should have been jailed and over 20% thought the ten years he received wasn’t long enough. A total of […]

Marine ‘Devastated’ At Life Sentence

An experienced Royal Marine says he is “devastated” at being handed a life sentence for executing in cold blood an injured Taliban fighter. Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, will serve at least 10 years’ imprisonment for murdering the Afghan national in Helmand province in 2011. The married commando, known to friends and family as Al, said […]

Marine Gets Life – Judge’s remarks in full.

Here in full are the sentencing remarks of Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett, which were delivered to Sergeant Alexander Blackman during his sentencing at the court martial centre in Bulford, Wiltshire: “Sergeant Blackman, “On 15 September 2011, while on patrol near CP Omar in Helmand Province, you shot an unknown Afghan insurgent in the chest […]

Muslim Accused Of Intimidating Prisoners To Convert To Islam

A Muslim jailed for his involvement in the killing of a woman at a christening party has been accused of bullying and intimidating jail inmates to convert to Islam, it was revealed today. The accusations, which also include gang activity in prison and possessing a home-made weapon, came to light as the High Court in […]

Prison Officers Were Warned Raoul Moat Would Kill

An inquest into the death of a karate instructor who was blasted by gun maniac Raoul Moat has heard that prison officers were warned of his murderous intentions on the day he was released. Chris Brown, 29, was gunned down in cold blood after starting a relationship with Moat’s ex-girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart, two days after […]

Prison Service Riots Teams Call Outs At Record High

The prisons specialist tactical response ‘Tornado’ team that attends serious incidents was called out more times in the first eight months of this year than in the whole of 2012, prompting Labour to warn of a growing crisis in prisons. Tornado Teams from the National Tactical Response Group (NTRG) was called out 132 times in […]

Rent Boy On Murder Charge

A rent boy has claimed the Brighton man he is accused of bleeding dry financially and murdering wanted to marry him, a court has heard. Ricardo Pisano (r) said Michael Polding (l) not only gave him money to send to his family in South Africa but also offered to marry him in order to sort […]

Back From The Dead Prison Officer Faces Jail

The back-from-the-dead canoe fraudster, former Holme House prison officer John Darwin (left), from Hartlepool, is facing a return to prison after he left the UK without permission to meet a statuesque Ukrainian in a mini-skirt. The 63-year-old was pictured in The Sun on a date with a blonde woman in her 20s in the town […]

HMP Kennet – A Safe And Purposeful Prison Say Inspectors

HMP Kennet was helping prisoners to acquire new skills and to prepare for release, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection of the resettlement prison near Liverpool. HMP Kennet is situated next to Ashworth high security hospital in converted former hospital premises. It opened in 2007 as a […]

Bronzefield Death Inquest Starts Tomorrow

INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF HELEN WAIGHT AT HMP BRONZEFIELD TO BEGIN ON TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2013  Tuesday 19 November 2013 at 10 am Before HM Coroner for Surrey Richard Travers Sitting at Coroner’s Court, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey GU21 6YL Helen Waight was 33 years old and had five young children when […]

Police Do Not Owe A Duty Of Care To Either Victims Or Witnesses

A former gangster who changed his name has failed in a High Court bid for compensation for “psychiatric damage” after accusing Greater Manchester Police of revealing his new identity to former criminal associates. The man, referred to as PBD, claimed the police’s actions forced him to enter a witness protection scheme in December 2010 that […]