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The City of London Police have begun placing anti-piracy banners on websites suspected of offering pirate media content for downloading, in a bid to deter site users from breaching intellectual property law, reports the BBC.

The City of London police messages will appear as large colour banners in place of regular advertising slots on websites that have been shown to be offering pirated media, such as music and films, for users to download.

The banners will notify site users that the website has been reported to police for breaching copyright law, and advises users to close their web browser without illegally downloading content from the site.

A new pilot scheme will see offenders convicted of crimes related to their drinking asked to wear a new type of ankle bracelet that can monitor their alcohol consumption, in a bid to tackle the link between excess alcohol consumption and crime.

The consequences of alcohol-related offences are thought to affect around 1% of the entire UK population, with around 1m alcohol related violent incidents recorded in England and Wales each year.

Alcohol-related offences include those where drinking is part of the offence, such as drink driving or being drunk and disorderly, but also those where alcohol plays a part, such as in alcohol fuelled assaults and anti-social behaviour.

The legal aid bill for the defence of the murderers of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year ran to more than £200,000, a disclosure that has sparked outrage, reports the Daily Mail.

Drummer Rigby was murdered in broad daylight last year by two radicalised men, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who claimed that the senseless killing was some form of retribution for the actions of the UK Armed Forces abroad.

Witnesses looked on in horror as the two men first drove into Drummer Rigby in the street, before attempting to decapitate him in the street.

16 African women are launching a legal action against British Airways for sexual assaults carried out by a now deceased member of BA's staff in African schools and orphanages.

The women and girls claim they were abused by BA employee First Officer Simon Wood, who was due to appear in court to face child abuse charges before he was fatally struck by a train in August last year.

UK law firm Leigh Day is now acting for the 16 African women, aged between eight and 20, who claim Mr Wood abused them. Lawyers contend that it was only through Mr Wood's involvement with the airlines charitable and community work that he was able to be in the position to abuse the girls.

The former head of Formula 1 worldwide, Max Moseley, has announced he is to sue the internet search giant Google because it has continued to publish images of him sleeping with prostitutes at a sex party.

Mr Moseley, who is 74, has issued High Court proceedings against Google for continuing to publish explicit images of him at a sex party, despite the fact that he successfully sued the original publisher of the photos; The News of the World, back in 2008 for a breach of his privacy.

The News of the World, which has now ceased to be in print, was the first paper to publish images of Moseley at what it claimed was a 'Nazi-themed' orgy involving prostitutes. The images were subsequently widely published online.

The Caterham Formula 1 team is being sued by up to 40 former employees who claim that they were unfairly dismissed when the team underwent a recent restructuring.

Malaysian entrepreneur and owner of Queen's Park Rangers football club, Tony Fernandes, founded the Caterham F1 team four-and-a-half years ago, but recently decided to end his ownership when he brokered a deal to sell the outfit to a consortium of owners from Switzerland and the Middle East.

Fernandes retains ownership of Caterham Cars, the arm of the company responsible for manufacturing lightweight sports vehicles, and two affiliated technology companies.

Former N-Dubz singer and X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been found guilty of assaulting celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan in a case at Stratford Magistrates' Court, where she was fined £200.

Contostavlos appeared at Stratford Magistrates' Court last week to face charges of assault relating to an incident at the V-Festival in Essex last year, allegations the N-Dubz singer strenuously denied.

The court heard that Ms Contostavlos was angry after blogger Mr Morgan had published a link on his website to a pornographic film allegedly showing Ms Contostavlos performing a sex act on a former boyfriend.

A team of lawyers from the UK has flown into Ukraine to investigate the possibility of bringing a lawsuit against the Russian President Vladimir Putin, on behalf of the relatives of victims of the downed passenger plane, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The tragedy of the crash of flight MH17 over disputed territory in Eastern Ukraine has played out on the television screens of millions around the world, with several countries suffering tragic losses after the passenger jet was shot out of the sky on 17th July 2014.

All 298 people on board were killed in the incident, allegedly caused by the firing of an SA-11 surface-to-air missile from what was rebel-held territory in Eastern Ukraine.

Victims of marriage fraud are calling on the government to introduce tougher sanctions on those who pretend to fall in love and marry to gain a UK passport, reports the Daily Express.

The Express reports on calls for stricter laws to punish marriage fraud, which it claims has gathered the support of some 900 women and 100 men.

Marriage fraud is the term given when a person seeks to con someone into marriage with the sole purpose of gaining a UK passport or visa status that will allow them to remain in the UK.

Government loses £700m IT legal case with Fujitsu

The NHS has lost a £700m court battle with electronics giant Fujitsu over the failed NHS National Programme for IT, a project that aimed to deliver fully electronic national computer records within the NHS, reports the BBC.

The NHS National Programme for IT was a project conceived by the NHS in 2002, and sought to revolutionise the use of technology within the NHS, by delivering a series of linked IT systems that would pave the way for fully electronic health records for all NHS patients.

The NHS operates on a system of paper notes, which are stored in vast numbers by every care provider, including GPs, hospitals and clinics.

Premier League football club Arsenal have launched a High Court legal case to challenge a decision by Islington Council to limit the number of concerts that can be held at their Emirates Stadium, reports the Daily Mail.

The Islington-based club moved into their new Emirates Stadium home at Ashburton Grove back in 2006, a move that cost the club £470m. The stadium seats 60,361, making it the third largest football stadium in England.

The cost of the stadium proved difficult for the club to meet, and so part of the plan to finance the build included proposals to use the stadium during the non-footballing summer months to host music concerts.

Premier League football club Arsenal have launched a High Court legal case to challenge a decision by Islington Council to limit the number of concerts that can be held at their Emirates Stadium, reports the Daily Mail.

The Islington-based club moved into their new Emirates Stadium home at Ashburton Grove back in 2006, a move that cost the club £470m. The stadium seats 60,361, making it the third largest football stadium in England.

The cost of the stadium proved difficult for the club to meet, and so part of the plan to finance the build included proposals to use the stadium during the non-footballing summer months to host music concerts.

A Californian woman is facing the prospect of bringing legal action to evict a tenant from the Airbnb letting website, after the tenant refused to leave her home in Palm Springs, California, reports the London Evening Standard.

Airbnb landlord Cory Tschogl is being forced to go through the formal legal eviction process via her attorney in order to evict a tenant she invited into her home from the Airbnb lettings website.

Airbnb allows any home owner to become a short-term holiday landlord, by offering a forum to bring together people looking to make extra money from their property with potential tenants from around the globe.

It has been revealed by the Mail on Sunday that the newly-appointed Solicitor General, Conservative MP Robert Buckland, faced censure for a breach of the legal profession's Code of Conduct three years ago, reports the BBC.

Mr Buckland is a barrister by profession, but was appointed to the role of Solicitor General as part of a wide-ranging parliamentary reshuffle by Prime Minister David Cameron last week.

The Solicitor General for England and Wales is a government appointment as Law Officer of the Crown, and acts as a deputy to the chief Law Officer, the Attorney General. The job of the solicitor general is to advise the Crown and the Cabinet on legal matters.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called on world leaders to pledge to end the horror of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within a generation in a speech at a global summit in London, reports the BBC.

Mr Cameron told the 'Girl Summit' that the UK could not halt the practice of Female Genital Mutilation on its own, and called on other world leaders to pledge their support to ending the horrific practice.

FGM is the medical term given to a range of procedures that are carried out on babies, young girls and women in many parts of the world including countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.