Havering’s child rioters could be named and shamed
Youths involved in the recent rioting could be named and shamed in court under new guidelines issued by the crown prosecution service (CPS).
So far, three children from Havering, aged 11, 12, and 17, have appeared before magistrates, but it is forbidden to publish their identities.
However, following the national rioting - where it is thought around a fifth of all those involved were under 18 - the CPS is urging prosecutors to ask for restrictions to be lifted after conviction.
Home Secretary Theresa May said juveniles involved in the disturbances should be named, as part of the Government’s tough justice approach to rioters.
The guidance says there is now a strong public interest in naming young offenders where there has been:
You may also want to watch:
• significant public disorder where the public will rightly need to be satisfied that offenders have been brought to justice and there is a need to deter others;
• serious offences which have undermined the public’s confidence in the safety of their communities;
- 1 Kem Cetinay officially opens Array restaurant in Harold Wood
- 2 Guilty: Who was jailed across east London in July?
- 3 'Prisoners in our own homes': Hornchurch residents left without lifts
- 4 BHRUT doctors taking on triathlon in memory of colleague’s daughter
- 5 Tube strike suspended to allow for further talks
- 6 'Disgraceful': Ex-estate agent sentenced for Chris Whitty assault
- 7 Road and rail disruptions coming up over the coming week
- 8 Lower Thames Crossing: How would Upminster be affected?
- 9 'Lovely service': Initial impressions of Kem Cetinay's restaurant Array
- 10 Chronically ill Romford man's fight for diagnosis after being told problem is psychological
• hate crimes which can have a corrosive impact on the confidence of communities.
Under current law section 49 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 grants automatic anonymity in the youth court, while section 39 allows similar reporting restrictions to be imposed in magistrates’ court and crown court.
Currently, both restrictions can be challenged if there is a strong public interest, as was the case for the Jamie Bulger killers.