AEO status is an internationally recognised quality mark, awarded by HMRC, which means that the port’s Customs checks and processes meet international standards, giving the UK gateway faster access to simplified Customs procedures.According to the port, it is one of only a handful of UK gateways to be awarded full AEO status for both Customs simplification and fast track security and safety processes.“The award of AEO status means that the port of Tyne will be fully prepared whatever the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiations,” said the UK port’s ceo Matt Beeton. “Our customers will know that we’re a safe and secure business partner and that we’ll have streamlined arrangements in place to move goods across international borders quickly and easily.”Graeme Hardie, head of operations at the port of Tyne, added that the status “will, potentially, avoid delays, creating greater efficiencies, and will ensure goods are imported and exported as swiftly and securely as possible”.www.portoftyne.co.uk
All Crown courts will be equipped by the end of the year to let vulnerable victims and witnesses give pre-recorded evidence, the government said today.Vulnerable witnesses and victims are defined as all child witnesses under 18 and any witness whose quality of evidence is likely to be diminished due to a mental disorder or physical disability, or their intelligence and social functioning is significantly impaired.Pre-recorded evidence is already available at 18 Crown courts across the country. From today, it will be available at all Crown courts in London and Kent, Basildon, Chelmsford and Stafford. The Ministry of Justice says the new service will be available in every Crown court by the end of the year.Judges will decide pre-recorded evidence on a case-by-case basis. The recording is carried out as close to the time of the offence as possible. Defence and prosecution lawyers, the judge and the defendant will be present in court during the pre-recording.Justice minister Alex Chalk said: ‘Vulnerable victims show great courage by coming forward, and it’s vital they can do so in the least traumatic way possible. This technology ensures they are protected and are able to give their best possible evidence, without reducing a defendant’s right to a fair trial.’The ministry said in today’s announcement that a Primark security guard from Kingston-upon-Thames was jailed last year after the four girls he sexually assaulted gave their evidence in a pre-recorded session prior to the trial.Dame Vera Baird, Victims’ Commissioner, welcomed the latest development. She said: ‘I have long been concerned that children who complained of victimisation should not spend a long part of their childhood beset with the worry of ultimately giving an account of what happened. If they can give their evidence at an early stage, they will then be free to get on with their lives. There is also a further point that therapy is often delayed whilst a complainant is a witness.’The ministry also mentioned that technology has been piloted for victims of sexual or modern slavery offences, in Liverpool, Leeds and Kingston-upon-Thames, which could be extended to other courts pending the pilot evaluation.
See also:Phillips’ late goal gives QPR elusive home winHasselbaink targets ‘normality for QPR’QPR trio feature in Under-21 gameBhatia steps down from QPR Trust role Matt Phillips’ late goal gave QPR their first home win under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Here’s how we rated the Rangers players in their 1-0 victory against Ipswich. Alex Smithies: 8Made fine saves in the second half to keep his side in the game and then to stop them from dropping more points at the death.James Perch: 7The right-back curled an effort just wide of the post before half-time after venturing forward. A solid all-round display.AdChoices广告Grant Hall: 7Ipswich threw more men forward than many other sides the young defender has come up against, but Hall got through the task with ease – despite the tough conditions.Nedum Onuoha: 7Another strong display from the captain, whose partnership with Hall continues to blossom.Paul Konchesky: 6He’s struggled recently, but this was a slight improvement.Alejandro Faurlin: 7Took a knock from a heavy challenge in the first half, but recovered well enough to put in a solid display before being withdrawn just before the hour mark.Massimo Luongo: 8An excellent game from start to finish for the Australian who, but for a stunning save from Bartosz Bialkowski, would have given the R’s the lead in the opening minute.Matt Phillips: 7Struggled at times with his final ball, but was on hand to head home Rangers’ late winner.Junior Hoilett: 7Another lively performance from the winger, who came close with five first-half efforts; one of which he should’ve smashed home when left unmarked at the far post.Sebastian Polter: 6Worked hard again, but his lack of quality on the ball caused a number of good attacking opportunities to break down.Conor Washington: 6A bright display on his first start for the club. The striker created space for a chance in the second half, but unfortunately could only lift the ball over the bar as he fell backwards. His pace, movement and strength will be a real asset.Daniel Tozser: 6Brought on with half an hour to play and nearly settled the game with a stunning long-range strike. A lapse in possession shortly afterwards, though, could have been punished.Jamie Mackie: 6A workmanlike performance from Mackie, who chased and harassed the Ipswich backline as the R’s pushed for the win.Nasser El Khayati: 7His short debut couldn’t have gone much better. El Khayati’s neat footwork and cross set up the all-important goal. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook