Last night Chris Huhne, the former cabinet minister, spent his first night in jail for lying about who was owed the speeding points handed to him in 2003.
It is a dramatic fall from grace for a politician who was once considered one of the most dynamic ministers in the coalition. He only became an MP in 2005, but was energy secretary in the early stages of the coalition before the scandal broke.
It seems the message that texting on a mobile phone while driving is extremely dangerous, as well as illegal, has not yet reached all car drivers.
With regard to this unsafe practice, a 29-year-old woman, Susan Noble from Armthorpe near Doncaster, was given a jail sentence at Teesside Crown Court on Monday. At an earlier hearing she had pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of 25-year-old Alexandru Braninski, in December 2011.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced this week that children in the UK will be protected by an automatic block regarding online pornography, which parents must choose to have lifted.
This development comes after the Telegraph reported last Friday that the Government had decided against anti-pornography filters for the internet, because such a system “could create a false sense of security”, meaning that parents might stop invigilating their children’s internet usage.
With the end of the year quickly approaching we thought we’d do a round up on the big stories we’ve covered this year relating to the law and social media.
From Twitter users being sued, fined and jailed to Facebook cyber bullying, it’s been a very interesting year in the world of social media.
An undercover investigation by the BBC reports its team found nine pharmacists in London willing to sell dangerous controlled drugs without seeing any prescriptions.
Furthermore, it is alleged that the pharmacists sold the medicines for high prices, far above the £7.50 NHS prescription charge.
A gang of metal thieves was sentenced yesterday at Lincoln Crown Court, as reported by the Daily Mail. The six men, originally from Lithuania, had been accused of raiding church roofs for their lead content across the East Midlands last year.
The Church of England (CofE) estimates that, in Lincolnshire alone, the gang was responsible for over £1 million pounds’ worth of damage, inflicted on approximately 20 churches.
A garlic smuggler is on the run after being convicted of avoiding £2m in import duty, according to the BBC.
Murugasan Natarajan was sentenced to six years in prison after being caught out pretending thousands of tonnes of garlic was fresh ginger, which is not taxed.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, marking the occasion of World Aids Day on December 1st, highlighted figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) suggesting a quarter of all those carrying the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the UK are unaware of the fact.
As the BBC News report reminds us, HIV can develop into the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS after approximately ten years of the initial infection, if left untreated. Thus, around 600 people will die needlessly each year.
The long-awaited report by Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the press was published yesterday, and almost immediately a division emerged between the main political parties over his core recommendation – a statutory ‘underpinning’ for a new system of press regulation that is entirely independent of newspaper editors and proprietors.
Lord Leveson, an Appeal Court judge, was thoroughly critical of press behaviour in recent years. He cited the cases of people caught up in tragic news stories through no fault of their own who were treated merely as grist to the mill by several newspapers. For example, two families that lost a child in terrible circumstances, the Dowlers and the McCanns.
A 56-year-old vicar from Forest Gate in east London, who was jailed for four and a half years in April for conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration by conducting bogus marriages, has been told he must pay back £10,792 of his ill-gotten gains.
The vicar, Brian Shipsides, married approximately 250 Nigerian immigrants to EU nationals, mainly from Portugal and the Netherlands, at his All Saints Church between December 2007 and August 2010.