Four Yorkshire police forces are reviewing their contracts for interpreter services with Language Empire. In the meantime, figures of thebigword's profit rates for translation and interpreting have also come out into the open.
Chief constables in Wales must not “shirk their obligations” by refusing to allow the use of Welsh in police interviews, Bar leaders said yesterday.
Joint statement from regional police forces: “In light of the recent news regarding Language Empire Ltd, we are currently reviewing the information presented and our position in relation to the service.” The contract with South Yorkshire Police is worth an estimated £783,000, with Humberside Police at £515,000 and with North Yorkshire Police at £490,000.
Language Empire Ltd that set up bogus websites to mimic thebigword managed to divert a third of its internet traffic for almost three years, it was revealed in court on Wednesday. In a landmark judgement at London’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the Rochdale-based business was ordered to pay double the damages sought by thebigword, after a judge agreed it made “significant sales” by converting enquiries from the websites.
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