Consultation Proposals To Strengthen UK Law on Domestic Abuse


A new crime of domestic abuse could be created under government proposals aimed at better protecting victims and their families.

The consultation seeks whether the current law on domestic abuse needs to be strengthened to offer better protection to victims. It is specifically focused on whether Home Secretary Theresa May should create a specific offence that captures patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships, inline with the government’s non-statutory definition of domestic abuse. Existing law already covers coercive and controlling behaviour – but it does not explicitly apply to relationships.

Earlier this year Mrs May ordered chief constables to come up with domestic abuse action plans by September. Last year ministers redefined domestic abuse, telling forces and other criminal justice agencies that it included both violence and acts of psychological control that left victims in terror.

There are a string of laws that already cover acts of violence, stalking and harassment but none of them refer in their wording to personal relationships or the precise terms of the official definition of domestic abuse.

Official definition of domestic abuse in England and Wales:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

The behaviour captured in this definition includes:

A pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

Ministers are now asking whether a specific crime would end any ambiguity, leaving police in no doubt over their powers to intervene. The offence could cover not just acts of violence but incidents of psychological control which cut off victims from friends and family, or deny them money or other means to live freely.

Home Office Website – Consultation on proposals to strengthen the law on domestic abuse.

Talented Hollywood Comedian Actor Robin McLaurin Williams Has Died aged 63


A great funny man who strived to provide happiness to others, when he needed it the most.

Robin McLaurin Williams born July 21, 1951 – sadly died August 11, 2014, was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy – Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.

His film career included such acclaimed films as The World According to Garp, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting, as well as financial successes such as Popeye, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, Night at the Museum, and Happy Feet. He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unresponsive at his residence in Marin County, California and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Marin County’s coroner’s office, the probable cause of death was asphyxiation. The children of actor Robin Williams have paid tribute to their father after he was found hanged in his bedroom at his California home .

Williams and his former wife, Marsha, founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many charities. Williams devoted much of his energy to charity work, including the Comic Relief fundraising efforts (the program was hosted by himself, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg). In December 1999, he sang in French on the BBC-inspired music video of international celebrities doing a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock & Roll” for the charity Children’s Promise.

In response to the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, Williams donated all proceeds of his “Weapons of Self Destruction” Christchurch performance to helping rebuild the New Zealand city. Half the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross and half to the mayoral building fund. Williams has performed with the USO for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to his publicist, Williams had suffered depression before his death, though he would not confirm the reports that the death was suicide. A forensic examination and toxicology test is scheduled for August 12. A month earlier, Williams had admitted himself into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Lindstrom, Minnesota for continued sobriety related to his alcoholism.

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said

“I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

Celebrities paid tribute to Williams, including fellow comedian Steve Martin, who tweeted

“I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

Williams also supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for several years

How will you remember Robin William ?


Lights Out August 4th Remember The Fallen – Least We Forget

lights_outThe moment Britain declared war on Germany will be commemorated in a “national moment of reflection” on Monday August 4th with a mass public Lights Out event around the country. Today marks 100 years since Britain joined WWI. RIP to the brave soldiers that lost their lives

Residents, businesses and other buildings are being asked to switch off their lights at 10pm to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One on August 4 1914 – leaving only a single light or candle on.

Lights Out is part of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW, organised by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, to mark the centenary. The Royal British Legion hopes one million candles across the UK will be lit tonight to remember each soldier who lost their life in the Great War.

Late in the afternoon on August 3 1914, Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey stood at the window of his office in Whitehall and, as he watched the street lights being lit below, said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in out lifetime.”

Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

Kenny Ireland: Benidorm Actor Dies Aged 68 After Battle With Cancer

The Benidorm actor – who played swinger Donald Stewart in the ITV comedy – passed away today following a battle with cancer.

His death was confirmed by the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, where Kenny was creative director for over a decade until 2003.

The theatre said in a statement:

“We are greatly saddened to learn today that Kenny Ireland, Artistic Director of The Lyceum from 1992-2003 passed away this morning.”

Kenny was written out of the upcoming series of Benidorm last month in order to focus on his recovery.

An ITV spokesperson said:

“We are terribly saddened to hear that Kenny Ireland has passed away, our thoughts are with his family at this time. He was a much loved actor, not only by the cast and crew on Benidorm but by the millions of fans out there.

“He appeared as Donald Stewart in Benidorm from the first episode and helped play a huge part in its success. He will be greatly missed.”

As well as Benidorm, the Scottish star appeared in Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Taggart, Drop the Dead Donkey and Heartbeat.



The Great British Ball In aid of Help The Heroes

Help for Heroes is a Charity which allows Soldiers that have been injured to be provided with everything they need, from putting up families nearby to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital where they are initially admitted to, receiving gifts for a morale boost and to aid recovery.

They also help modify houses to suit Soldiers and their families needs, the Charity put together holiday and activity packages for children of affected families to help them recover and meet other children in the same position. H4H gives them the security of care for life.

The Town Hall is a beautiful venue and know that the evening will be wonderful and most importantly will be raising money to those whose lives changed forever one day whilst out fighting for our Country.

The evening will consist of a three course sit down meal followed by a raffle, auction and dancing!



Rockford Files and Maverick star James Garner dies aged 86

US army veteran was injured twice during Korean War before finding fame as an actor and starring on the small screen as well as in films such as The Great Escape. He was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. No immediate cause of death is available.

A dashing, dark-haired and dark-eyed figure with a sly sense of humor, Garner played private investigator Jim Rockford from 1974 to 1980. He came back to play the character in several TV movies in the 1990s.

He had already achieved stardom as the gun-slinging Bret Maverick from 1957-1960, and reprised that cowboy character in the 1980s.

In a movie version of the show in 1994, Garner had a cameo role with Mel Gibson playing the title character.

Garner was unusual for being successful in both film and television. He starred in more than 50 films, including The Great Escape and Murphy’s Romance in 1985, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

How will you remember James Garner


West Mercia Police Announce Sudden Death of Serving Officer PC Duncan Jones Aged 41

Bs02MkYIMAAs_uVWest Mercia Police is sad to announce the sudden and unexpected death of PC Duncan Jones.

Duncan, 41, was a serving police officer in Worcester Police Station, where he worked as a response officer.

He was a passionate sportsman and spent much time helping others to develop through sport, supporting young people and those who were disadvantaged to help build their confidence and develop skills through Judo. He also achieved personal success in the sport, participating at the highest levels and winning many competitions.

Duncan lived in Worcester with his wife and three children.

His wife, Sarah, said:

“He will be greatly missed by his family and those who came into contact with him through work or sport.”

He died Wednesday 16 July, after he was taken seriously ill whilst instructing at Worcester Judo Club.

As with all sudden and unexplained deaths the police are investigating the circumstances, however at this time they are not thought to be suspicious.

Duncan Jones started judo in 1978 aged just 5. He took his first grading aged 7 a year before the minimum age of 8 years as he showed potential at such an early age. Duncan became a very successful junior player winning many major and national tittles. He represented his club, City (Worcester), County (Worcestershire), Area (Midlands) and National GB Squad at junior level Under 18 and Under 21

Duncan has fought in many countries around the world but mostly in Europe and has also appeared on national TV on a popular programme called “You Bet!” was challenged to throw 60 players in 60 seconds (1 throw a second), hegained his 1st degree black belt at the age of 17 in 1990

Duncan competed in major tournaments winning gold and silver in European championships during his judo career and retired from competitive Judo in 1998 not achieving the ultimate goal of representing his country at the Olympic Games in Atlanta after he gained his 2nd and 3rd degree black belts in 1998 aged 25 in impressive style,. After many years studying the art of Judo

Duncan turned his attention to teaching and coaching Judo gaining the coach award in 2000 then gained the senior coach award and technical advisor at Worcester Judo club in 2002

Duncan has taught junior and senior players at Worcester Judo club and Children in Schools in the Worcester Area. He has also taught children from disadvantaged backgrounds, less able bodied and visually impaired and his efforts have all been achieved on a voluntary basis and he has seen success in the players he has coached.

Duncan has become as well known for his coaching ability as he did as a competitor prompting The British Judo Association Midland Area requesting Duncan to demonstrate World and Olympic level techniques to the senior grading examiners

In 2010 PC Duncan Jones competed in the National Police Judo Championships 2010 held in Aberdeen, and fought his way to yet another victory. The third Dan black belt won gold and the national title in the Under 100 kilos category. He won all of his fights in tremendous style, using superb technique to conquer his opponents – winning with a full score, without conceding a single point! This was Duncan’s third national title as he had won in England, Wales and Scotland.

Superintendent Mark Travis said:

“I would firstly like to offer my thoughts for Duncan’s family, friends and colleagues. This news has devastated Duncan’s colleagues, Duncan was an exceptional officer who was patient and tolerant, he had a compassionate approach to policing.

His professionalism in sport was reflected at work. He delivered a great service for the public of South Worcester, loving his job. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this.

This is a tragic loss, we will honour Duncan’s memory be continuing to police with his enthusiasm.”



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