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Giving False Information to the Police

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It is an illegal offence to give false information to the police, and can lead to up to 6 months imprisonment and a fine. Definition of False Information  The Criminal Law Act 1967 states ‘Where a person causes any wasteful employment of the police by knowingly making to any person a false report tending to show that an offence has been committed, or to give rise to apprehension for the safety of any persons or property, or tending to show that he has information material to any police inquiry [commits an offence].’ Consequences of Giving False Information  Before an individual can be prosecuted, the...

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New Prison Contraband Scanners

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The government has announced further funding to strengthen security measures for several prisons in the UK to reduce the availability of drugs and mobile phones - therefore providing a safer environment for inmates. New, advanced technology body scanners will be introduced into 16 prisons across the country, which will help prevent drugs, weapons and mobile phones from entering prisons.  What Do the Prison Body Scanners Do?   £28 million worth of x-ray scanners, specifically developed for the Prison Service, produce instant images inside the human body and reveal internally concealed contraband - helping prisons to prevent contraband from entering prisons.  It is part of the...

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What is Probate

Probate is the legal process used to transfer assets out of the name of a person who has passed away (the decedent), distributed according to the decedent's last will and testament. This includes all of their money, assets and possessions.  It can also involve wrapping up business obligations and/or debts. A will can only dispose of assets registered in the sole name of the decedent, meaning the estate must go through probate to get the assets out of his name to somebody else.  How Does Probate Work?  This will depend on whether you choose to do it yourself or appoint a professional to...

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Understanding Corporate Manslaughter

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A breach of health and safety rules in a business can have tragic consequences, which may lead to death. This is a criminal offence in English law, and organisations can be convicted for such criminal offences similar to a natural person. What is Corporate Manslaughter? Corporate Manslaughter is when a businesses actions lead to the death of an individual. This applies to both limited companies and some public bodies - such as local authorities and the NHS. For this to be a chargeable offense, the individual in question must both be responsible for the person's death and have committed a gross...

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