Caven blog

October 2012

Cat-lover who continued to claim benefits after inheriting £50,000 cleared of fraud

Yesterday, a cat-loving woman was cleared of four charges of making false statements or concealing her true financial capital to obtain £22,000 in benefits, between 2005 and 2011, at Gloucester Magistrates Court.

According to the Daily Mail, she was acquitted even though she appeared to have hidden a £50,000 inheritance from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and her local council, while continuing to claim pension credits.

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Office of Fair Trading investigating payday loans

According to The Independent, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has increased investigations into payday loan companies.

The OFT sent investigators to 68 payday loan companies from January to May this year, compared to just one in 2011.

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Teenager dies after using ‘laughing gas’ for legal high

An interim inquest at the Hertfordshire Coroner’s Court was opened and adjourned last Monday, according to the Telegraph, to report on the tragic death of a North London teenager who had used nitrous oxide (NO2) gas for recreational purposes.

17-year-old Joseph Benett, from Golders Green, suffered cardiac arrest and severe brain damage after inhaling NO2 (also known as ‘laughing gas’ and ‘hippycrack’) on August 31st, while socialising with friends.

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Estate left to nephew despite late art historian’s wishes

The nephew of a deceased art historian has won a hearing at the Court of Appeal regarding the inheritance of a property worth £800,000, despite a witness statement by the historian saying his nephew “would be the last person that I would leave the house to”, according to The Telegraph.

William Taylor, 90, believed Roger Taylor, his nephew, would spend all the money if he inherited the property, so wanted to donate £650,000 of his £1m estate to charity.

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Is ‘slopping out’ in UK prisons an abuse of human rights?

The Telegraph reported yesterday on the considerations of a High court judge when deciding whether to allow an appeal by a convicted felon, regarding the practice of ‘slopping out’, which lingers in some older UK prisons after being largely phased out in the 1990s.

In the original claim last year, two former inmates argued that slopping out, or using a bucket for toilet purposes when locked in a cell and the later emptying of the bucket at a sluice, contravened their human rights under Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention (ECHR).

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Landlord complaints on the rise, charity Shelter says

The number of tenants complaining about their landlords has increased by 27% since 2008, according to housing charity Shelter.

A report by the BBC says that the charity sent freedom of information requests to 326 local authorities in July, and received responses from 310.

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New law bans wheel-clamping on private land

From Monday this week, as reported by the Independent, it is an offence under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 for wheel-clampers, either a land-owner or persons employed by a land-owner, to clamp, tow, or block-in vehicles on private land in England and Wales.

Previous to this date, individuals or firms employed to use immobilisation devices on cars against a release fee were licensed by the Security Industries Authority, under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

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Teacher in jail in France after disappearing with underage schoolgirl

A married 30-year-old maths teacher from the Bishop Bell Church of England School in Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction in the town of Bordeaux in south-west France.

Jeremy Forrest, from Lewes, East Sussex, has been remanded in custody at the high-security Gradignan prison to await extradition.

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