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Doorman gets Six Years for Manslaughter

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This is why you can’t ignore the Law regarding ‘Reasonable Force’! A doorman has received a six-year custodial sentence for the manslaughter of a customer in an Oldbury nightclub. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened (another door

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ECtHR Use of Force Ruling

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The verdict of the European Court of Human Rights with regard to the tragic case of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at the Stockwell Tube Station in 2005 has now been reached. You might recall that I previously

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Police and the Use of Force

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Should Police be better at recording when they have used force? Also, should they receive better training in relation to the use of force itself, especially in relation to vulnerable people? This is something which the latest Independent Police Complaints

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The Answer to the Problem of Violence in Schools

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Violence in Schools is on the increase and teachers are increasingly being assaulted by pupils. This disturbing issue which has certainly gained a lot of coverage in the press as of late. For instance, it was reported by the BBC

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Verdict on Householder Defence

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It is still lawful for householder’s to use ‘disproportionate force’ to defend themselves and their families in their own homes. This is the verdict of the High Court in the case of Denby Collins which was handed down last Friday,

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Home Defence Law and Human Rights

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Home Defence Law and Human Rights Here’s a question for you – if some-one breaks into your house and use force that would be seen as ‘disproportionate’, do you think you will be prosecuted? The realistic answer is probably not,

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What you need to know about Self Defence Law…

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Self Defence Law So what does the law actually say about self defence? In the above video, we have a brief look at one of the UK laws governing what is known as ‘reasonable force’ and this is Section 3

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Duggan Inquest Challenge

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Duggan Inquest Challenge at Court of Appeal This is an interesting development which I picked up on last week. The family of Mark Duggan, whose shooting by a Police marksman four years ago triggered the riots in London and elsewhere, are challenging

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The Danger in Schools

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The Danger in Schools – what can be done to reduce the risks of school-related violence Once again, we hear of an incident involving an edged-weapon in a school, this time in Scotland. Tragically, this has led to another fatality on this occasion.

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Reasonable Force Vs ‘Fight-or-Flight’…

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  ‘Nobody is going to be thinking about the law under pressure!’ Actually, the truth might surprise you… Another interesting comment that came out during our survey effectively stated that no-one is going to be thinking about the law under

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