New power for Police to tackle drunken louts

Wednesday 22 August 2007 at 8:09 pm | In News | Post Comment

Troublemakers causing or contributing to alcohol-related crime or disorder can be excluded from places such as a town centre or village green for up to 48 hours by police, under a new power coming into force today (22/8/07) under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2007 .

The new ‘Direction to Leave’ power is another tool to support the Government’s aim to end the culture of binge drinking, discourage unacceptable alcohol-fuelled behaviour, and tackle effectively such behaviour when it occurs, protecting people from the harm it causes.

A direction to leave prohibits an individual aged 16 years or over from returning to a specific locality for a period not exceeding 48 hours. The power should be used proportionately, reasonably and with discretion in circumstances where it is considered necessary to prevent the likelihood of alcohol-related crime or disorder.

Home Office Guidance on the use of this power is available here.

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Thames Valley Police have added two 16-year-olds to their team of police community support officers

Tuesday 14 August 2007 at 9:27 am | In News | Post Comment

Two 16-year-olds have been recruited as police community support officers, sparking concerns over public safety and allegations of “cheap policing”.

The pair, who work for Thames Valley Police, are two years too young to join the main force but as PCSOs have the authority to detain and question suspects.

Report in the Telegraph, here.

What a difference a couple of minutes can make. Ex-employee loses his case by 88 seconds.

Tuesday 7 August 2007 at 11:45 am | In News | Post Comment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a decision not to accept a claim that was 88 seconds late. Claim Forms have to arrive at the Employment Tribunal within 3 months.

The former employee mistyped the address (typing ‘qsi’ instead of ‘gsi’) and by the time he sorted it out his Claim Form arrived 1 min 28 seconds after midnight.

The EAT stated that it was reasonably practicable for the claim to have been presented within time (i.e. before midnight), and although the result seemed harsh, time limits are there to be followed.

The whole case can be seen here Beasley v National Grid

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