Law and Disorder Britain.

Posted: November 11, 2009 in Law & Disorder

A benefit fraudster, who secretly had £32,000 in savings, has been given a suspended sentence.

He had originally refused to do unpaid work if a community sentence was imposed but changed his mind after a warning that prison was the only alternative.

Judge Macgill said he was willing to suspend the sentence because of Wadsworth’s guilty plea and for the sake of his 13-year-old child. Paul Wadsworth claimed income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit for two years, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Wadsworth, of Lyndale Mews, Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of benefit fraud at an earlier hearing.

Wadsworth was sentenced to 51 weeks suspended for two years, he also ordered Wadsworth to pay £250 costs and do 180 hours’ unpaid work. Wadsworth will return to the court in March for a confiscation hearing to decide how much money he will have to pay back.

A police community support officer is facing prison after getting a child to perform sex acts via a webcam.

IlieSteven Kenneth Evans, 23, of Bolton Road, Abbey Village, resigned from the force following his arrest in April. Evans befriended the 12-year-old girl through the internet and conducted conversations with her via a computer web cam.

Evans pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child aged 12 and inciting the same girl to engage in sexual activity by touching herself in a sexual way. The offences were committed between his home in Abbey Village and the girl’s home in Warwickshire.

A complaint led police to seizing his computer and launching an investigation. Evans also pleaded guilty to 15 allegations of downloading indecent photographs and video clips of female children performing sex acts. The offences took place between 2007 and this year.

He was bailed until October 30 for reports and will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Reading classic literature prevents reoffending say do-gooders.

IlieExeter University is researching how a programme in which prison offenders read classic literature can help prevent reoffending.

The Stories Connect course uses stories and poems from Shakespeare, Steinbeck and Dickens among others.

It is already introducing offenders at Parc Prison in Wales and Feltham Young Offenders Institution to literature. It is based on the Changing Lives programme in the US, which aims to use literature to reduce offending. But US does have a proper ‘3 hits and out policy’ deterrent unlike UK’s 3 hits and you might end up in court.

Sam North, a lecturer from Exeter University’s English Department, said: “Any civilized society runs its prisons not only as punishment but also as centres of healing. “I think the power of literature to heal is proven.
“But we want to find out which texts are most suitable for which kinds of offenders.”

Mary Stephenson, formerly writer in residence at Channings Wood prison in Exeter, said she had seen at least two prisoners change after reading classic novels. “It made them realise they weren’t thick or stupid and they were just as much an audience for that kind of writing as anyone else. “That gives them a great boost and a lot of them started to do education.” Two out of the thousands who reoffend doesn’t seem a successful policy.

Our legal aid expenditure highest in the world.

An independent report into the costs of legal aid across countries in the EU and further abroad has confirmed that England and Wales has one of the highest per capita spends in the world.

The report by the Centre for Criminal Justice Economics and Psychology shows that legal aid expenditure per head of population in England and Wales is higher than many other countries as a result of higher case volumes and higher average costs per case.

The report shows that in 2004 the cost of legal aid in England and Wales was more than double that of the Netherlands and ten times that of France.

The legal aid budget in England and Wales is around £2.1 billion today. This is similar to the amount spent on running prisons in England and Wales.

BUT IT’S NOT ALL BAD NEWS

Commonsense policing for a change.

IliePolice in Hull made six people clean their own urine up across the weekend after they were caught relieving themselves in public.

The new initiative in the city centre was launched in a bid by officers to clean up the streets.

Public order officers carrying a brush, a mop, protective gear and disinfectant on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Anyone caught relieving themselves publicly will be asked to clean up their mess or face an £80 fine.

Five other people were fined £80 after being caught short but being too drunk to handle the sweeping brush.

Inspector Dixon explained how the people caught urinating were given protective clothing – including gloves, goggles and a high visibility vest before being handed the brush and asked to clean away their urine.

He added: “This is about showing people that it won’t be tolerated and the punishment is either clean it up or pay the fine. “Paying the fine is one option but the smell still lingers, so we are hoping this will deter people enough to make them think twice.”

Hurrah for the Piss Police!

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