In the early hours of Monday morning four people believed to be celebrating a 16th birthday party were killed when a sports car collided with their unlicensed quad bike. Two women, aged 16 and 18, and 20-year old male were pronounced dead at the scene, a man also 20, died later due to head injuries…

Woman’s claim against Primark security staff pleads guilty A mother who falsely accused a Primark security guard of assault pleads guilty, admitting intent to pervert the course of justice after wrongly stating that her daughter was snatched from her whilst breastfeeding. Caroline Starmer had posted a status to her Facebook that the security guard at…

Exploring Missing Trader Fraud Missing trader fraud (also called missing trader intra-community, MTIC, or carousel fraud) is the theft of Value Added Tax (VAT) from a government by organised crime gangs who exploit the way VAT is treated within multi-jurisdictional trading where the movement of goods between jurisdictions is VAT-free. This allows the fraudster (person…

Is Fixed Fee the answer to Legal Aid cuts? Asks Ralli Solicitors LLP What is Legal Aid and how does it affect Criminal Law proceedings? Legal aid is designed by the government, to help those with limited means to pay for court proceedings. Although in recent years, there has been a sharp decline in the…

Rugby World Cup Ticket Warning Organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup are warning that there has been a huge rise in the circulation of fake tickets for the upcoming games. Those wishing to attend the finals are to be reminded that on tickets bought from official sources will be valid. Tickets for the general…

FIFA corruption scandal continues to deepen The on-going investigations by US prosecutors revolving around both “entities and individuals” have suggested that they will soon be making a fresh wave of arrests as more and more evidence of potential serious crime comes to light. Michael Luaber, the Swiss attorney general confirmed that a contract involving the…

Human Rights Act and the Criminal Courts Charge up for review It was confirmed this week by Justice minister Dominic Raab, that proposals for the new British Bill of Rights would be brought forward this autumn, an act that will see the Human Rights Act abolished. Raab himself said it would take the time to…

Which has the greater impact: benefit fraud or tax avoidance? The National Audit Office published figures last month citing the incorrect payments by the Department for Work & Pensions, as well as HM Revenue and Customs regarding those claiming state benefits and working tax credits. The figures made murky reading and are likely to mean…

Court charges are leading to the resignation of more Magistrates across the UK. Back in July, the Chairman of the Magistrates Association, Richard Monkhouse had stated that around 30 resignations had been recorded due to disagreements about the viability of court charges in the UK, a figure that has increased massively since then. The suggestion…

Resurgence in ‘Parcel Mule’ scams People are been targeted as part of a reshipping scam, which involves unsuspecting people handling goods to other countries. Individuals are often recruited though fake advertisement or dating websites, whereby they are convinced into having items delivered to their address and then forwarding them onto another, they themselves paying for…

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