New sentencing guidelines

This week new sentencing guidelines were published for all magistrates’ courts in England and Wales. The magistrates’ courts have less sentencing power than the crown courts but all criminal cases begin there. The new sentencing guidelines cover a variety of offences ranging from animal cruelty and driving offences to TV…

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Dartford MP says new sentencing guidelines will ‘bitterly disappoint’ victims of dog theft


Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has criticised the Sentencing Council for failing to include guidelines for dog theft in its latest review. Yesterday, new guidelines were set out for magistrates’ courts in England and Wales for a range of offences including animal cruelty, some driving offences and TV Licence evasion. Mr…

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DVH October 2016  photo 4

The last few weeks have been some of the busiest the NHS has ever seen. The situation has been similar in Dartford which has seen a large rise in the number of people using Darent Valley Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. In December 2016, the number of people using A&E…

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