Intimidating witnesses uk

The majority of people who either fall victim to or witness a crime respond by contacting the police, and so begins the process of tracking down the culprits and bringing them to justice.

However, in a minority of cases, the perpetrators turn on victims or witnesses and bully them into backing down from reporting the crime.

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, and others have raised concerns about the current protections available for vulnerable witnesses in the family court.

Razaq was caught when he plotted to help his brother Hafiz, known as "The Enforcer" and "Big Haf", escape prosecution for his role in a violent turf war between drugs gangs in Preston.Currently in private family law proceedings, litigants in person are able to cross-examine other parties in the case, including vulnerable or intimidated witnesses.Vulnerable witnesses may include individuals with a mental health issue or physical disability, and an intimidated witness refers to people whose evidence is likely to be diminished due to fear or distress.Lancashire Police's Professional Standards Department swooped on the sergeant's home in Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, in March and found a Sten machine gun and two Uzi machine guns hidden under the stairs.The cash totalling £72,000 was found in Salim's bedroom.