Family speaks out in trial over death of Croydon riots prisoner

James Best
James Best

source: Wandsworth Guardian
published: 1 December 2015

Two NHS trusts breached the human rights of a Croydon man who died in prison weeks after being arrested for stealing gingerbread from a looted bakery during the 2011 riots, the High Court heard.

St George’s Healthcare and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) failed to urgently treat James Best after he suffered a heart attack at HMP Wandsworth four years ago, his family claim. The 37-year-old died in his cell on September 8, 2011 while awaiting sentencing for the theft.

His foster mother and brother launched legal action after learning of delays in his treatment at an inquest into his death at Westminster Coroner’s Court in 2013.

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Have your say on the future of surveillance in the UK

CCTV Camerasource: Huffington Post
published: 4 December 2015

A month ago the government published their proposals for the future of surveillance powers in the UK.

Legislation is never an enticing read, at almost 300 pages long and full of technical and legal language the draft Investigatory Powers Bill is no exception. Because of this many of us will ignore its contents, but what it proposes will impact us all and for once we have all been given the chance to have our say.

The opportunity to express your views on government proposals isn’t always that obvious, but the Home Secretary very publicly and repeatedly promised that a Joint Committee of MPs and Peers would be convened to “scrutinise” the draft Bill and report to Parliament on their findings.

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Toni Emma Speck death: Cell death woman ‘needed urgent help’

Toni Emma Speck
Toni Emma Speck

source: BBC News
published: 27 November 2015

A nurse called to the cell of a woman who later collapsed and died should have realised she needed urgent treatment, an inquest jury has ruled.

Toni Emma Speck, 31, of Huntington, was detained under the Mental Health Act at Fulford Road police station in York on 2 June 2011. She later suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital. Her family criticised systematic failings in her care and said she could have lived had she been hospitalised.

Her sister Dawn Atkinson said: “We have all been left devastated after hearing from the expert witness evidence that Toni’s life could have been saved, if she had been transported straight to the accident and emergency department at York District Hospital.”

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After gag order modified, Jeremy Mardis documents released

Jeremy Mardis
Jeremy Mardis

source: Town Talk
published: 25 November 2015

Louisiana State Police released on Wednesday morning documents related to the arrests of two Marksville Ward 2 deputy marshals in the shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis.

The documents, an initial report, warrants and booking sheets for suspects Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford, were released after 12th Judicial District Judge William Bennett on Tuesday modified a gag order he’d issued weeks before in the cases of both men.

Both men face second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges in the death of Jeremy and the shooting of his father, Chris Few.

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