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Council denies ‘litany of failures’ in Shamima Begum case

19/02/2019

The lawyer representing the family of Shamima Begum has accused the borough of Tower Hamlets of a ‘litany of failures’ leading up to the teenager's decision to join ISIS.

Pilot project helps a third of youths quit ‘county lines’

14/02/2019

Specialist support helped nearly a third of young people in a pilot project to quit 'county lines' involvement with drugs, according to a review.

Whitehall to tackle illegal traveller sites

07/02/2019

The home secretary has announced that he is considering making it a criminal offence for travellers to set up camps on land they should not be on - despite a shortage of legal sites.

Khan announces £85m to tackle violent crime

25/01/2019

Sadiq Khan has announced he will be using £85m of city hall funding to tackle violent crime.

Crime prevention budgets ‘slashed’ under Tories

21/01/2019

Crime prevention budgets have been cut by more than a half since 2010, an analysis from Labour has revealed.

Police arrest 55 in connection with child sex abuse cases

15/01/2019

Police have arrested 55 men in connection with historical child sex abuse cases in West Yorkshire.

Not enough evidence to prosecute in Tower Hamlets fraud case, Met says

10/09/2018

An investigation into allegations of fraud in Tower Hamlets has concluded that there is not enough evidence to prosecute those involved, although evidence of a ‘serious criminal offence’ has been uncovered.

Lack of suitable accommodation forcing police to lock up children

10/09/2018

A lack of suitable accommodation is forcing the police to detain children and vulnerable adults, the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has warned.

Government publishes new guidelines on protecting vulnerable suspects

01/08/2018

New guidelines have been issued to protect vulnerable adults suspected of committing an offence.

Council taking action against landlord after ‘unexplained’ deaths

10/04/2018

Harrow Council is taking action against the owner of a house where two men were found dead and five others were hospitalised after a possible carbon monoxide leak.

Schools evacuated after hoax bomb threat

20/03/2018

Pupils across England were evacuated yesterday after an aggrieved gamer sent a hoax email threatening to bomb one of hundreds of schools.

Javid latest MP to receive 'punish a Muslim' letter

16/03/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has become the fifth politician to receive a hate-filled anti-Muslim letter.

Councils join new alliance to help people report child abuse

16/03/2018

Local councils have joined forces with police chiefs, charities and the Government to help encourage the public to report suspicions of child abuse.

Cheshire East refers land purchase to police

07/03/2018

Cheshire East Council have referred two new matters of concern to the local police after an assessment flagged concerns over the purchase of a plot of land.

Khan warns cuts ‘reversed’ progress in tackling causes of crime

05/01/2018

Central Government cuts have ‘reversed decades of progress’ in tackling the root causes of violent offending, says the Mayor of London.

Windsor leader calls for ‘crack down’ on homeless before royal wedding

04/01/2018

The leader of Windsor and Maidenhead council has become embroiled in controversy after publishing an open letter calling on the police to crack down on begging ahead of the royal wedding.

London mayor to increase council tax

21/12/2017

Sadiq Khan today announced proposals to increase his share of council tax from April 2018 by an average of 27p a week in order to fund emergency services.

Children in care criminalised for ‘minor issues’

18/12/2017

Children living in care are being criminalised for ‘minor issues’, new report from a penal reform charity warns.

Council leader cleared of ‘spurious’ corruption allegations

11/09/2017

A police investigation into allegations of corruption against the leader of North Lanarkshire Council has been dropped.

Council leader denies management changes are linked to police probe

03/08/2017

The leader of Lancashire County Council has rebuked claims his plan to slash senior management posts was linked to his arrest as part of an ongoing police investigation.

Hackers use mayor's profile to make racist posts

17/07/2017

The mayor of Leeds has been forced to speak out after suffering a barrage of online abuse when hackers posted racist comments in her name.

The public sector's response to extremism is still too disjointed

16/06/2017

Tracie Evans suggests better pooling of resources would allow the public sector to identify and deal with potentially dangerous behaviour faster.

Police to guard all polling stations in Tower Hamlets to tackle voter intimidation

07/06/2017

Police will be present at every polling station in Tower hamlets in a bid to tackle electoral fraud and voter intimidation.

Mayor Khan to hold vigil for victims of ‘cowardly’ terror attack

05/06/2017

The Mayor of London will hold a vigil today in memory of those killed in the weekend’s terrorist attacks as local leaders from across the country offer their support to the capital.

Council investigates ‘tragic’ death of zoo keeper

01/06/2017

Huntingdonshire District Council will be carrying out a joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of zoo keeper Rosa King.

Liverpool council chief arrested over alleged financial irregularities probe

23/05/2017

Four men including Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald have been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged financial irregularities in the tendering of council contracts to BT.

Holyrood launches national missing persons framework

11/05/2017

Scotland’s first missing persons framework has been launched as part of a push to help tackle thousands of missing persons cases.

Minister rejects police pleas for help tackling anti-fracking protests

26/04/2017

The Government has rejected a plea from the police for extra funds to help pay for policing anti-fracking protests in Lancashire.

Man charged for compiling ‘hit-list’ of Durham councillors

19/04/2017

A man who claimed he would take out ‘contracts’ on 57 Labour councillors in Durham has been charged by the police.

Report shows rise in fraud related to voting offences

24/03/2017

There were 260 reported cases of electoral fraud last year, according to a new report from the Electoral Commission.

'Major failures' found in Tower Hamlets fraud investigation

10/03/2017

Members of the London Assembly have accused the police of ‘major failings’ in their investigation of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

Managing the evictions of trespassers

03/02/2017

Steve Wood outlines how best local authorities can remove trespassers from their land and properties.

Charity finds steep rise in child-on-child sexual abuse

03/02/2017

The number of children committing sexual offences against other children has risen by 78% in three years, new research has revealed.

Sandwell council refers fraud allegations against councillors to police

19/01/2017

A West Midlands council has referred allegations of ‘potential collusion and fraudulent practice’ by two councillors to the police

London mayor raising council tax to fund police services

19/12/2016

The mayor of London is raising council tax for the first time in nine years in order to fund the police, committee says.

Ofsted chief accuses some police forces of failing on child protection

19/10/2016

The chief inspector of Ofsted has criticised police forces for failing to protect children from abuse.

South Lanarkshire deputy leader suspended

14/10/2016

The police have charged a Scottish Labour councillor after an alleged incident last month.

50% of those referred to de-radicalisation programme refuse help, police say

24/08/2016

Just under half of the individuals offered support from the Government’s de-radicalisation programme last year refused to participate, according to the police.

Council library staff trained to help people file police reports

24/08/2016

Library staff at Norfolk County Council will be helping people access police services as part of a six month pilot scheme.

Councils back ban on 'zombie knives'

15/08/2016

Councils have backed new legislation that will ban the sale, importation and manufacture of ‘zombie knives’.

'Hardcore' protestors force council to review security

09/08/2016

A London council has been forced to review its security and access arrangements after council staff and councillors were subject to aggression and abuse from protestors.

EU referendum leads to 'sharp rise' in reported hate crime

11/07/2016

There has been a 42% increase in the number of reported hate crimes since the EU referendum, new figures have revealed.

Reports of hate crime up by 57% following Brexit

28/06/2016

There has been a 57% increase in the number of hate crimes reported to a police website following last week’s referendum.

Rogue companies dump more than 1,000 cars near Gatwick Airport

28/06/2016

A investigation by two councils and the police has uncovered more than a 1,000 vehicles abandoned by rogue parking operators in a boggy field near Gatwick Airport.

Child cruelty at highest level in a decade

22/06/2016

Recorded child cruelty offences are the highest they have been in a decade, children’s charity warns.

Thousands of sex offences against children ‘cyber-flagged’ by police

21/06/2016

More than 3,000 sex crimes involving the Internet were committed against children last year, the NSPCC reveals.

Pensioner's body found in council flat after seven months

10/06/2016

An 82-year-old man was found dead in his council flat last Friday after his body went undiscovered for seven months.

Police hunt man after council offices attacked with sledgehammer

07/06/2016

Essex Police are searching for a man who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, when he smashed in windows at Maldon District Council’s offices with a sledgehammer.

Mass brawl breaks out after Luton festival

31/05/2016

he leader of Luton Council said she is ‘appalled’ the town’s festival was marred by violent scenes, which saw four people stabbed.

MPs call for missing children system to be axed

26/05/2016

A group of MPs has called for a police system for recording missing children to be scrapped because it does not safeguard them from harm.

Lollipop man fitted with body camera to catch dangerous drivers

24/05/2016

A lollipop man in West Sussex has been kitted out with a body camera in a bid to clampdown on dangerous drivers and abusive motorists.

Funding for safe spaces to stop vulnerable people being ‘unnecessarily locked up’

09/05/2016

A new £15m fund will be made available for councils to provide safe accommodation for people suffering mental health crises in public spaces.

Report: Teenagers criminalised due to children’s homes failures

30/03/2016

Children’s homes too often resort to involving police rather than offering teenagers in their care the support they need, according to a new report.

Police to investigate historic children in care abuse in Essex

09/03/2016

Essex Police have launched an investigation into allegations about historic sexual abuse against children in care.

PCSOs need better crime scene training, warn union leaders

29/02/2016

Two-thirds of police and community support officers (PCSOs) have received little or no training to guard scenes of crime, a new report has revealed.

Bomb hoax forces schools in West Midlands to be evacuated

20/01/2016

Four schools in the West Midlands were evacuated yesterday after police received a threat there was a bomb in each of their grounds.

Red-light district given the go ahead in Leeds

18/01/2016

A red-light district has been made a permanent part of Leeds a few weeks after the murder of a sex worker in the area designated for legal prostitution.

Figures show vulnerable children being held overnight in police cells

07/01/2016

Around 100 children a week are being held overnight in police cells due to a lack of suitable council accommodation, new figures have revealed.

Responsibility for fire and rescue policy to move to the Home Office

06/01/2016

Responsibility for fire and rescue policy will move to the Home Office, the Prime Minister confirmed yesterday.

Council leader to step down in wake of drink-driving charge

05/01/2016

The leader of Worcestershire County Council has confirmed he will step down from his role after being caught drink-driving.

Councils secure funding to help domestic abuse victims

11/12/2015

The allocation of £3.5m to support domestic abuse victims has been announced with the naming of 46 local authorities which placed successful bids.

Council worker jailed for stealing half a million from care funds

04/12/2015

A finance officer at Haringey Council has been jailed for defrauding the council out of nearly £500,000.

Ex-council worker jailed for £91,000 fraud

17/11/2015

A former employee at West Sussex County Council has been sent to prison after admitting to defrauding the council of more than £90,000.

Research links use of legal highs with begging and aggressive behaviour

06/11/2015

A study in Newcastle has found links between the use of legal highs with increasing levels of antisocial behaviour and incidents of begging among young people.

Fear is stopping huge numbers of older teenagers from reporting sex crimes warns report

04/11/2015

Fear is preventing huge numbers of 16 and 17 year olds from reporting sex crimes, according to The Children’s Society.

Council gets power to seize legal highs

28/10/2015

The City of Edinburgh Council has become the first authority in Scotland to be legally allowed to seize ‘legal highs’.

West Bromwich pushes to get knives off the streets

25/10/2015

A knife surrender bin has been unveiled in West Bromwich high street for people to voluntarily give up their weapons.

Cuts could increase number of children in custody warn councils

05/10/2015

Youth Offending Team (YOT) funding cuts could increase the number of children in custody, council leaders warn.

Thousands of parking tickets could be refunded in West Yorkshire

21/08/2015

Thousands of parking fines could be refunded in West Yorkshire, after the police admitted 16,000 tickets had been issued in error.

Man pleads guilty to assaulting council worker and beating dog

19/08/2015

A man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and assault, after he was caught on CCTV beating a dog in Chelmsford city centre.

Council raid reveals 55 people living in ‘Dickensian’ conditions

17/08/2015

A dawn raid by council officers has uncovered 55 people – including 11 children – living in three houses amid ‘Dickensian’ conditions.

Taxi drivers become council’s ‘eyes and ears’ on child sexual exploitation

11/08/2015

Taxi drivers have been given a safeguarding handbook to help them act as a city’s ‘eyes and ears’ on issues including child sexual exploitation.

Workers charged following West Lothian Council drugs raid

30/07/2015

Three men have been charged with drug offences following a police raid on a number of West Lothian Council premises.

Oftsed proposes joint targeted inspections for child protection

15/07/2015

Inspectors will have new powers to target local agencies that are failing to work together to safeguard children, under proposals launched today.

Landmark jail sentence handed to parking cheat

26/06/2015

A motorist has been given 16 weeks in jail for forging a resident parking permit – believed to be the first prison sentence handed out for such an offence in Britain.

Mayor calls for new local powers after 26-in-a-house shock

25/06/2015

A London mayor has called for stronger local housing powers after his council discovered 26 people living in three-bedroom house.

14,000 fake cigarettes seized in council swoop

25/06/2015

Stoke-on-Trent City Council officers have seized 14,000 counterfeit cigarettes and 5kg of hand-rolling tobacco in a joint operation with Staffordshire Police.

Council calls in Batmobile after police recover Gotham road sign

25/06/2015

A midlands council has welcomed the return of a road sign thought to have been stolen by Batman enthusiasts.

New powers needed to prevent children being groomed, say councils

25/06/2015

Councils should be given the power to intervene when parents or social workers fear a child is being groomed by a sexual predator, leaders have demanded.

Review to probe links between care and custody

23/06/2015

A review has been launched to find new ways to end the 'depressing route from care to custody' experienced by vulnerable teenagers.

Council workers jailed after ‘unholy alliance’ of corruption

19/06/2015

Two former Edinburgh Council workers have been jailed after admitting corruption charges, having engaged in an ‘unholy alliance’ involving lap dancers and football tickets.

County signs £400m deal with Kier over empty buildings

19/06/2015

Staffordshire County Council and the local police commissioner have signed a £400m deal with firm Kier Group to unlock the value of empty and underused buildings.

Shots fired at street cleaning staff by 10 year olds

10/06/2015

Street cleaning staff in Wirral have been hurt after youths potentially aged as young as 10 opened fire on them with a ball bearing gun.

Council urged to review street light switch-off after woman’s death

01/06/2015

A woman killed on a Wiltshire road last year where street lighting had been switched off would have been ‘impossible’ to see, a coroner has ruled.

Legal-high ban to bring new council powers

29/05/2015

A new ‘blanket ban’ on ‘legal highs’ will offer councils and police more powers to tackle psychoactive substances, the government has said.

Council helps tackle Russian counterfeit crime gang

29/05/2015

Officers from Oldham Council have helped tackle a Russian crime gang suspected of planning significant profits from counterfeit music and films.

Police investigate 1,400 suspects and 666 institutions over child sexual abuse

21/05/2015

Police have investigated over 1,400 suspects over allegations of child sexual abuse including hundreds linked to schools, children’s homes and community centres.

GPS dementia watch pilot launched by town hall and police

20/05/2015

A ‘groundbreaking’ GPS watch pilot has been launched to support dementia sufferers in Kent, helping residents stay safe and retain their independence.

PCC says referendum rules are ‘affront to democracy’

20/05/2015

The police and crime commissioner behind the UK’s first council tax referendum has hit out at the ‘unfair’ wording of the ballot, saying the rules were an ‘affront to democracy’.

Tower Hamlets campaigner to run for office

27/04/2015

The man who led the succesful legal challenge against the mayor of Tower Hamlets LBC is to run for office.

Protesters storm town hall in rally against gentrification

27/04/2015

Protestors have occupied a town hall and police station as part of a demonstration against local gentrification.

Town hall in lockdown after ‘thugs’ try to storm building

16/04/2015

Manchester town hall was put in lockdown throughout yesterday afternoon after anti-cuts protestors tried to storm the council building.

Labour unveils plans to scrap PCCs

10/04/2015

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) would be scrapped under a Labour Government as part of plans to save £800m and protect frontline policing.

Unexploded bomb forces council response

23/03/2015

An unexploded bomb discovered just a mile from Tower Bridge in London has forced an evacuation of local schoolchildren and residents.

Up to 500 children at risk of sexual exploitation in West Midlands

18/03/2015

Almost 500 children and young people in the West Midlands have been the victims of sexual exploitation, in the past six months, according to a new report published today.

Legal highs banned from city in UK first

25/02/2015

An East Midlands city has become the first in the UK to ban use of ‘legal highs’, under efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Measures help cut metal theft by a third

23/02/2015

Metal theft has fallen by a third in the past year, after new measures were introduced to help councils tackle the crime.

Councils warn taxi reforms making it harder to identify sex offenders

03/02/2015

New restrictions on background checks for taxi drivers are preventing councils from protecting children from sex offenders, town hall chiefs are warning.

Higher police numbers 'crucial', warns London borough

21/01/2015

A London borough has warned there are 'not enough' local police to deal with the region's serious youth violence problem.

Noise complaint made before Daventry dog attack, says council

07/10/2014

Daventry Council has confirmed it received a complaint about barking at a house where a baby was killed by a dog.

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