Jack Beecham found not guilty on two counts of alleged breaches of section 170 of the Data Protection Act 2018

Jack Beecham found not guilty on two counts of alleged breaches of section 170 of the Data Protection Act 2018

Jack Beecham found not guilty on two counts of alleged breaches of section 170 of the Data Protection Act 2018

                                                                

Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts (Liverpool Crown Court), Derby Square, Liverpool, L2 1XA (5th January 2019)
Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts (Liverpool Crown Court), Derby Square, Liverpool, L2 1XA (5th January 2019)

By John Brace (Editor)
First publication date: Wednesday 16th August 2023, 13:11 (BST).

On Friday 11th August 2023, at a pre-trial hearing in ICO v Jack Beecham, I was the only journalist present for two pre-trial hearings (one hearing starting at 1.14 pm ending at 2.59 pm, the second from 4.03 pm to 4.59 pm), which HHJ Murray imposed reporting restrictions on.

Although the Judicial College guidance to the judiciary states in general that such reporting restrictions would generally lapse following the trial phase, following an a representation opposing this from the press on Monday 14th August 2023 HHJ Murray decided to continue with such restrictions in the interests of justice.
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Junior doctors strike in England continues following rejection of pay offer by BMA

Junior doctors strike in England continues following rejection of pay offer by BMA

Junior doctors strike in England continues following rejection of pay offer by BMA

                                

Junior Doctors Strike (11th August 2023) Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, Merseyside, UK (Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) taken by John Brace
Junior Doctors Strike (11th August 2023) Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, Merseyside, UK (Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) taken by John Brace

By John Brace (Editor)
First publication date: Monday 14th August 2023, 07:56 (BST).

Junior doctors have been on strike (a picket line outside Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, England, UK is pictured above) at Arrowe Park Hospital (which is run by Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) in a fifth round of industrial action that started on Friday 11th August at 7am (BST) and continues to Tuesday 15th August at 7am (BST).
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Applications by Defendant Jack Beecham to vacate 14th August 2023 trial date and have public funds pay for transcript of previous hearing both denied by HHJ Swinnerton at Liverpool Crown Court

Applications by Defendant Jack Beecham to vacate 14th August 2023 trial date and have public funds pay for transcript of previous hearing both denied by HHJ Swinnerton at Liverpool Crown Court

Applications by Defendant Jack Beecham to vacate 14th August 2023 trial date and have public funds pay for transcript of previous hearing both denied by HHJ Swinnerton at Liverpool Crown Court

                                                          

By John Brace (Editor)
First publication date: Friday 28th July 2023, 17:36 (BST).

Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts (Liverpool Crown Court), Derby Square, Liverpool, L2 1XA (5th January 2019)
Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts (Liverpool Crown Court), Derby Square, Liverpool, L2 1XA (5th January 2019)

Previous published articles on this blog about hearings in this case can be read at:-

ICO accuse Jack Beecham of breaching bail conditions (24th November 2022)

and

Trial of Jack Beecham at Liverpool Crown Court delayed due to COVID (8th November 2022)


This was a For Mention hearing heard before His Honour Judge Swinnerton in Court 4–3 on the fourth floor of the Liverpool Crown Court. The Defendant was Mr Jack Beecham (who was present but unrepresented, but not sitting in the dock). Representing ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) was Mark Friend (who was a barrister at Lincoln House Chambers).

This was a hybrid For Mention hearing as although Mr Jack Beecham was present physically, Mark Friend (for the prosecution – ICO) joined remotely via video. The hearing was listed to start at 2.00 pm on Monday 10th July 2023.
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What were the election results in the elections of 66 councillors to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council in May 2023?

What were the election results of the elections of 66 councillors to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council in May 2023?

What were the election results of the elections of 66 councillors to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council in May 2023?

                                                                

By John Brace (Editor)
First publication date: Monday 8th May 2023, 20:18 (BST).
Modified date: Tuesday 9th May 2023 03:31 (BST) | Reason: to add jump tags.
Modified date: Tuesday 9th May 2023 03:55 (BST) | Reason: to correct spelling of candidate’s name from Graeme to Grahame

Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre entrance (Bidston, Wirral) where the results of the election of 66 councillors to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council were declared on 5th May 2023
Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre entrance (Bidston, Wirral) where the results of the elections of 66 councillors to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council were declared on 5th May 2023

Below are the election results in May 2023 for the elections of 66 councillors across 22 different wards each electing 3 councillors (Bebington, Bidston & St James, Birkenhead and Tranmere, Bromborough, Clatterbridge, Claughton, Eastham, Greasby, Frankby & Irby, Heswall, Hoylake and Meols, Leasowe and Moreton East, Liscard, Moreton West and Saughall Massie, New Brighton, Oxton, Pensby and Thingwall, Prenton, Rock Ferry, Seacombe, Upton, Wallasey and West Kirby and Thurstaston). The election results for all 22 wards were declared at Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre (pictured above) on Friday 5th May 2023.
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OFSTED, CQC and HMICFRS require Wirral Council to prepare a written statement of action by 19th May 2023 addressing 4 areas of improvement in multi-agency safeguarding

OFSTED, CQC and HMICFRS require Wirral Council to prepare a written statement of action by 19th May 2023 addressing 4 areas of improvement in multi-agency safeguarding

OFSTED, CQC and HMICFRS require Wirral Council to prepare a written statement of action by 19th May 2023 addressing 4 areas of improvement in multi-agency safeguarding

                                                     

Left (foreground) - Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Serena Kennedy, Middle (foreground) - Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Emily Spurrell
Left (foreground) – Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Serena Kennedy, Middle (foreground) – Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Emily Spurrell

An joint inspection of OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills), CQC (Care Quality Commission) and HMICFRS (His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services) has found four areas in which Wirral’s safeguarding arrangements need to improve.

In a letter dated 16th February 2023 to Simone White (Director for Children, Families and Education (Wirral Council)), Simon Banks (Place Director (Wirral) (NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership)), Emily Spurrell (Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner) and Serena Kennedy (Chief Constable, Merseyside Police) the following areas were listed as needing to improve:-

  • How effectively the early help offer is further developed to ensure greater consistency of access for children across the local authority area.
  • The proportion of children receiving early help who benefit from a coordinated multi-agency plan to coordinate that support and to help ensure that it is as effective as possible.
  • How well the early help needs of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are met.
  • The coordination of early help between education providers and the wider partnership.

Wirral Council (as the principal authority of the Wirral Local Safeguarding Partnership which involves Wirral Council, Merseyside Police and the NHS) is now required to prepare a written statement of action by 19th May 2023 addressing how the Local Safeguarding Partnership will address the findings of the joint inspection.

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