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CS spray barrister struck off

A Sheffield barrister who failed to reveal he had convictions for possessing CS spray and obstructing a police officer has been struck off. Giles Norton also falsified a number of qualifications, including a degree in Chinese from Harvard University and a master of law degree from Staffordshire.

An independent disciplinary panel disbarred the barrister with immediate effect and fined him £3,000. He had worked as a barrister since 2004.

"Our duty as a regulator is, first and foremost, to protect the public. Mr Norton not only failed to disclose serious criminal convictions, but also fabricated his qualifications. In our view, there is no place at the Bar for such dishonesty and we believe the tribunal decision is the right one."

– Sara Down, Head of Professional Conduct at the Bar Standards Board

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Dangerous dogs legislation

Owners of dangerous dogs will face tougher punishments under new sentencing guidelines published today.

Judges have been told that people who fail to stop their dog harming others could face up to 18 months in jail, a community order or a fine.

The move follows a rise in the number of people sentenced for dangerous dog offences, but some campaigners say more needs to be done to prevent dog attacks before they happen.