A new law that bans smoking in cars when children are present comes into force in Scotland this week. Anyone smoking in private vehicles with an under-18 on board faces an on-the-spot penalty of £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if it goes to court.

Yorkshire Post, Page: 2   The Press and Journal, Page: 14   The Scotsman, Page: 20

 

 

A foreign-born terror suspect has won the right to stay in Britain by keeping his name secret for 23 years. The Algerian man has used at least two false names, “Nolidoni” and “Pierre Dumond”, since illegally entering the UK in 1993 and claiming asylum. Despite being twice ruled a threat to national security, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) has rejected the Home Office’s bid to strike out his legal claim to stay in the UK. Iain Duncan Smith described the ruling as “completely mad”, adding: “When we leave the European Union we can introduce our own bill of rights and then we can kick people like him out.” The courts have also granted him anonymity, so the authorities cannot circulate his picture to find out who he really is.

The Sunday Telegraph, Page: 7, 27    The Sun, Page: 19

Posted 04/12/2016

 

 

An Australian man who was mistakenly given £1.1m by his bank and spent it on cars and other luxury goods has walked free after a judge ruled that a human could not be found guilty of deceiving a computer. Luke Moore, 29, was granted the large overdraft because of a computer error. Last year he was sentenced to two years in jail for deceiving St George Bank, but his conviction has now been quashed.

The Times, Page: 50

Posted 03/12/2016

 

 

 

The Times reports that parking tickets issued at railway stations could be rendered invalid following a legal dispute. The stand-off centres on the legal basis of railway land and the law used by private parking companies to issue penalties. The land is covered by railway bylaws, but it is understood that most parking companies use different legal powers when issuing tickets for overstaying. Lawyers believe that the stand-off may call into the question the legal basis for issuing the tickets in the first place.

The Times, Page: 18-19

Posted 03/12/2016

 

 

Thousands of British executives fear they will be denied entry to the US because of minor drug and drink offences, after US immigration rules were tightened so that police cautions are treated as convictions. NNU Immigration said that up to 15m UK citizens could be denied entry to the US, adding that 90% of incidents for which entry was refused involved drug possession or alcohol-related offences.

The Times, Page: 58

Posted 02/12/2016

 

The Investigatory Powers Act has been given royal assent, ensuring the surveillance rules will pass into law. Amber Rudd said it was crucial that GCHQ, MI5 and law enforcers have the ability to keep pace with “new opportunities” terrorists are gleaning from the internet. The act includes a “double lock” regime for the most intrusive techniques, so that warrants issued by a secretary of state will require the approval of a senior judge. However, the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, described elements of the new legislation as “disproportionate” and said that the strengthening of snooping powers for police and security services undermined people’s fundamental rights.

Evening Standard, Page: 8   The Daily Telegraph   The Times, Page: 2   The Independent, Page: 14   The Guardian, Page; 15

Posted 30/11/2016

 

Homeowner Minh To has told a court that he found his £500,000 family home up for auction on Rightmove after identity thieves stole utility bills from his bins and altered the deeds. Mr To is calling for the Land Registry to carry out tougher security checks, saying he believes he was targeted as he owned the property outright while the change of ownership would have required bank approval had he held a mortgage. Two perpetrators have been jailed, one for seven and a half years and the other for two years and nine months.

The Daily Telegraph, Page; 7

Posted 29/11/2016

The Sunday Telegraph claims that remortgaging on to a lower rate could save landlords from having their profits reduced by tax changes that take effect next year. Calculations suggest that profit margins for all mortgaged landlords will be under pressure from April 2017 – the point at which landlords lose the ability to deduct their mortgage interest costs from their rental income before calculating their tax bill.

The Sunday Telegraph, Money, Page: 4

Posted 27/11/2016

 

 

TV personality Trinny Woodall has won a legal battle that frees her from having to pay her late ex-husband’s debts. Johnny Elichaoff was declared bankrupt in 2009, nine days before his divorce from Ms Woodall was finalised. Ms Woodall lost £1.4m owed to her by Mr Elichaoff and her settlement of £24,000 a year for the maintenance of their young daughter was declared void. He later committed suicide after which creditors launched legal action against Ms Woodall claiming she should pay his debts. But yesterday High Court Judge Robin Dicker ruled the case has “no merit whatsoever” as any right Mr Elichaoff may have had to financial support from Ms Woodall died with him.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 10   The Sun, Page: 9   The Times, Page: 7   Daily Star, Page: 23    Daily Mirror, Page: 3

Posted 26/11/2016

 

Chancellor Philip Hammond focused the Autumn Statement on preparing and supporting the UK economy “as it begins a new chapter in our country’s history”. The Government raised the point at which people start to pay tax to £12,500 and the point at which they pay the higher rate to £50k by 2020. Some £10bn of additional funding a year for the NHS by the end of 2020/21 was announced, and for business, Mr Hammond announced £400m in venture capital funds to unlock £1bn of finance for start-ups, to stop them being swallowed up by the big firms, he doubled UK export finance capacity and confirmed that corporation tax will fall to 17%, the lowest rate in the G20. For housing, the Chancellor pledged £1.4bn for 40,000 affordable homes, as well as a relaxation of restrictions on Government grants to help building and said lettings agents’ fees for tenants in rented accommodation will be banned. Mr Hammond also stressed his ambition for the UK to “be a world leader in 5G” and invested £1bn in the country’s digital infrastructure.

BBC News   BBC News   The Daily Telegraph   Evening Standard London, Page: 1-3   Daily Express, Page: 6   The Guardian, Autumn Statement, Page: 1-2

Posted 24/11/2016