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Squatting to be a criminal offence from 1 September, 2012 (31 August 2012)

From September 1, 2012 the rights of squatters would be scrapped and a new law would take over where anyone invading private homes would face six months in jail.

The police until now were helpless from evicting squatters as soon as they moved in due to the civil nature of the issue and the home owner’s had to get a civil court order to get the squatters evicted which was time consuming, expensive and stressful.
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A rogue tenant family leaves a property damaged and owing £1,250 in rent (31 August 2012)

Leslie Parnell was left with £10,000 of damage to his flat, including human wastes smeared on the walls, after his former tenants fled the property owing £1,250 in rent.

The landlord found rubbish was strewn all across the house with electrical sockets pulled from walls, windows smashed and carpets trashed when the family of five packed and left.

There were holes in the walls and doors and excrement had been smeared over paintwork and work surfaces.
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Abu Hamza’s son convicted after found guilty of stealing £70,000 gems (31 August 2012)

Imran Mostafa, 20, son of Abu Hamza the Muslim cleric was convicted along with two other men who raided jewellers in Kings Lynn, Norfolk armed with a firearm and a hammer as shop staff hid behind counters.

The civil engineering student had denied his part in the £70,000 robbery on January 31 and possessing a firearm with intent to commit an offence which he was officially charged with but the jury at Norwich Crown Court convicted him of both charges.
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Two conmen convicted of defrauding millions have been ordered to pay back more than £30 million (31 August 2012)

Under the recovery of criminal proceeds act two conmen jailed for a total of 20 years for running Britain’s biggest ever mortgage fraud were ordered to pay back more than £30 million today.
In June 2011 Afzal was jailed for 13 years and McGarry was locked up for seven years.
Saghir Afzal, 50, defrauded banks out of £49 million by buying cheap properties including a cowshed and an abandoned air base and paid a crooked chartered surveyor Ian McGarry, 43, to get false valuations.
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An 11th hour injunction saves a pregnant woman from being deported (30 August 2012)

A Pakistani woman who had secretly married when her husband had come to study in the UK told her family about the marriage when she became pregnant but she claimed that she was turned down by her family because she had gone against their wishes.
Sana which is how she is known for legal reasons had applied for asylum along with her husband which was turned down and the couple was suppose to be deported, but as it turned out her husband had made a disappearing act leaving her to be deported alone.
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Foreign investors have started investing in London residential lettings along with commercial ventures (30 August 2012)

The Bank of England has said that foreign investors had branched out of their commercial property ventures in the capital and have begun to invest in the London residential lettings market.

The influx of the foreign investors was driving a revival of Britain’s buy to let market, which let the house prices remain steady at the same time pushing up rents and leaving no space for the first time buyers.
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A care assistant who was captured in camera of abusing her patient has been jailed (30 August 2012)

The family of Ivy Robinson, the 89 year old elderly women, who was being tended in a care home, were worried after they started to see bruises developing on her hands. She was also becoming unusually distressed when her daughter was about to leave.
Having their suspicions, Simon Wood, the son-in-law, put a covert camera into his mother-in-law^s room. The footage that^s on that camera was sickening.
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Judge stands down from hearing a trial as he learns the deceased was related to him (29 August 2012)

A murder trial had to be abandoned midway through when it was coming for hearing as the Judge Sean Murphy, QC, discovered during a conversation that his wife was a distant relative through marriage of the man whose death was at the centre of the trial.
In what are believed to be unprecedented circumstances, Judge Murphy decided he had to stand down from hearing the case at the High Court in Edinburgh.
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Landlords orders pictures on communal walls to be removed to the dismay of tenants (29 August 2012)

The social landlord of Stockport Homes, Greater Manchester has ordered the residents of a block of flats to take down pictures from communal walls because they were posing danger and were breaching health and safety rules.
The tenants of nine properties were warned in a letter stating that non-compliant photos and portraits would be removed and eventually destroyed after an inspection.
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An official study first of its kind had given the various reasons why human trafficking takes place in the UK. (28 August 2012)

The assessment has revealed that the reasons were diverse for which people were being smuggled into the country. It included domestic servitude, sexual and criminal exploitation and organ harvesting.
The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre^s 2011 baseline assessment has said that 11% of victims were trafficked for the purposes of domestic servitude; 1% for organ harvesting; 5% for multiple exploitation; 17% for criminal exploitation; 22% for labour exploitation; and 31% for sexual exploitation. The remaining 13% were trafficked for reasons unknown.
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Three pronged crackdown on illegal migrants to start from next month (28 August 2012)

As the government has launched a three pronged crackdown on illegal migrants the immigration minister Damien Green said that for years it had become almost impolite for politicians to raise concerns about record numbers of immigrants flowing into the UK.

He attributed the rise of extremist parties like BNP harvesting votes because politicians kept the issue of immigration under wraps.

He spoke out as it emerged a university had become the first in the UK to be stripped of its right to educate foreign students.
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House prices across UK failed to grow including the buoyant London market (28 August 2012)

The usually upbeat London housing market has at last come to a grinding halt taking the overall UK house prices down.
The housing values in the capital had seen a stagnant period in August first time in this year when the housing prices failed to grow according to housing analysts Hometrack.
Due to the bridging gap between sellers and the potential buyers the overall prices across the country fell to 0.1 percent while the number seeking a move has risen 10 percent this year, properties for sale rose to 19 percent, almost double.
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Polly Peck boss sentenced to 10 years in prison (24 August 2012)

The former Polly Peck boss was sentenced to 10 years in prison at the Old Bailey after jury had found him guilty on ten counts.
Asil Nadir, the former boss of failed textile conglomerate Polly Peck, was found guilty of 10 counts of stealing £28.6m from company funds.
The amount stolen by the multimillionaire, who fled Britain in 1993 but returned in 2010, was the equivalent of £61,829,627 today, the Old Bailey was told.
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The Stephen Lawrence killers have lost their first round of their attempt to challenge their conviction (24 August 2012)

The killers of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 who were sentenced to jail for the racist murder of the black teenager have lost the first round of their attempt to challenge their convictions at the court of appeal.
Gary Dobson and David Norris were given life sentences have been protesting that they were innocent were sentenced at the Old Bailey in January.
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Domestic violence campaigners plan to burn copy of a book they claim celebrated abuse (24 August 2012)

The bestselling book Fifty Shades of Grey has been in news for some wrong reasons too with domestic violence campaigners planning to burn copies on a bonfire because they claim that it celebrates abuse.

The themes of the book has been accused of sadomasochism which the campaigners fear would create a new generation of violent men. The author of the trilogy is by E.L.James.
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Jealous ex boyfriend stabs his girlfriend just after she was refused police escort she asked (24 August 2012)

When Samantha Laney, 19, asked for assistance to pack her belonging from the flat which she shared with her ex-boyfriend the police had told her that there were not enough police officers available.
Her partner Thomas Dalton, 19, had warned Samantha of slicing her open if she went to the property and he was also spoken by the police for smashing up their home on a previous occasion.
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Cash strapped councils paying more as compensation than what could have been saved (24 August 2012)

A nationwide survey has revealed that local authorities who are themselves facing difficult times with cash have paid out £4.8million in claims by motorists who have suffered damage to their cars due to the bad conditions of the roads and potholes in the last two years.
It has emerged that one in eight motorists have had suffered damages to their cars on roads after two harsh winters.
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A charity in Essex has a novel method in approaching domestic violence (23 August 2012)

Relate North Essex whose staff believes that the statistics that men were responsible for the majority of domestic violence, across the county and nationwide, was true, have on the premise created finalists Essex Change.
The concept of Essex Change was different in as much as its focus was on helping the men to stop abusing, rather than solely assisting the women and children who were the victims.
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A trainee hairdresser claims sex and racial discrimination at the tribunal against her boss (23 August 2012)

A trainee hairdresser went to the employment tribunal after she was presented with a £10,000 ‘indecent proposal’ from her married boss to sleep with him a claim echoing the 1993 movie ‘Indecent Proposal’.
Maryam Mashayekhi said that she felt humiliated by the lewdness of her manager Christopher Story.
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Five million pounds legal aid to a man who lived like a sultan even during the days he claimed he was penniless (23 August 2012)

Asil Nadir the 71 year old Polly Peck tycoon who faces up to 14 years behind bars after being convicted at the Old Bailey for stealing £28.6million from his Polly Peck International textile empire had been granted millions of pounds in legal aid while he was still enjoying a gold plated lifestyle in a £23,000-a-month mansion during his trial.
The actual cost incurred to the taxpayer for the 22 year long Serious Fraud Office investigation and seven-month old trial was estimated to be around £23million.
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A bank cahier won compensation for injuries she sustained while lifting bags of coins. (22 August 2012)

A female bank cashier who injured her back after lifting heavy bags of coins has won a legal battle against its former employer when she was awarded £18,500 as compensation for lost earnings and medical costs.
Mary Deller said she was asked to carry two bags of cash, each containing 500 in £1 coins, without being given health and safety training at a branch of NatWest in Cheriton, Kent,
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Mortgage fraud has increased since last year says a finance firm (22 August 2012)

A study by the finance firm Experian has said that 39 in every 10,000 mortgage applications made in the second quarter of the year were found to be fraudulent, an increase of almost a quarter when compared to the previous year.

The study said that more and more borrowers were lying about their finances to get a mortgage.
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A child rapist was caught when he lured three kids and drugged them before committing the crime (21 August 2012)

Darren Mackrell, 45, an unemployed who had lured three children two boys and a girl to his flat in Southampton, Hampshire, when they were playing in a nearby park and then drugged them and forced them to sexually abuse each other while he watched over a six hour ordeal was caught by the police.
One of the children’s mother alerted the police when she became worried for her child’s whereabouts after finding that they had gone to Mackrell’s house and when Mackrell did not answer the door, she phoned police who broke the door down and saw a porn film was seen playing through the letterbox.
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Tesco could be fined up to £200,000 for employing foreign students beyond their permitted work hours (21 August 2012)

Students of different nationalities working at Tesco beyond the permitted hours allowed in their visas could make the supermarket giant liable to be fined up to £200,000.
Authorities found the students working considerably longer hours than their visas allowed at the warehouse being run by the supermarket chain.
The breaches were discovered after immigration officials swooped on the Tesco.com building in Croydon, south London, last month.
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A man who tried to cheat an elderly woman of her lottery winnings was jailed (21 August 2012)

A shop worker who lied to a winning lottery ticket holder that she had won nothing and tried to falsely claim the £1m prize money was jailed for 30 months.
Farrakh Nizzar, 30, checked 77 year old Maureen Holt’s ticket at a convenience store in Oldham, Greater Manchester, and told her that her ticket was worthless. Then he asked the elderly Holt couple whether they wanted the ticket back but the couple told him to discard it.
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Renegotiation of debts under CVA’s has been rising to stave off threat of insolvency says an accountancy firm (20 August 2012)

According to the accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy businesses were increasingly using a little known procedure to defend themselves from the threat of insolvency.

Number of CVAs, which allow businesses to renegotiate their debts, rose by 32% to 924 last year, says the accountancy firm.
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Benefit cheat who spent the wrongly claimed money on the upkeep of his daughter has been spared jail (20 August 2012)

Kenneth Neil, 72, of Pragel Street, Plaistow, who claimed nearly £45,000 in benefits to pay for his daughters upkeep was spared jail. He had falsely claimed income support, housing and council tax benefits and pension credits between 2000 and 2011 while working as a cleaner.

He had cheated more than £28,000 in pension payments in addition to £14,312 from Notting Hill Housing Association and further £1,678 from Newham Council.
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Anti social behaviour order (ASBO) for terrorizing and intimidation (20 August 2012)

Muntazir Hussain Shah, 17, of Hoxton Street, Girlington, Bradford, who had been terrorizing and intimidating people in his neighbourhood had been given an anti-social behaviour order (ASBA).

The teenager was subjected to the order by a district judge at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court.
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Moors murderer had revealed the whereabouts of his victim’s body to his legal advocate police suspect (17 August 2012)

Moors murderer Ian Brady’s legal advocate has been arrested for not revealing the information about where one of Brady’s victims was buried according to sources. Jackie Powell was detained in south Wales on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise.
Jackie Powell, was appointed Brady^s legal advocate under the Mental Health Act in 1999. She told a Channel 4 documentary that Brady had given her sealed envelope to pass on to Winnie Johnson, the mother of his 12-year-old victim Keith Bennett, in the event of Brady^s death.
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A council blunder has put a fleeing domestic violence victim at risk of being found by her abuser (17 August 2012)

A mother who was hiding from domestic violence had her address published in Islington Councils latest data leak giving her nightmares.
The council had initially refused to admit it but 10 people who had escaped from abusive partners were among the 2,400 residents whose personal details were published on the website ‘What do They Know’ last month.
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A landlord who had been holding back student tenant deposits has been handed a suspended sentence and £36,000 as penalty (17 August 2012)

Earlier this year Tariq Zaman, 42, of Hollin Mount, was given a 46 week suspended jail term and 150 hours of unpaid work after he pleaded guilty for 18 offences of theft which he committed over a period of eight years.

He had been stealing student tenant deposits over eight year period which the court has ordered to confiscate under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
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Youths with A-Levels are being told they have a bleak job prospects in almost 20 years (16 August 2012)

The unions have said that unemployment had reached crisis point with one in five young people between 16 to 25 year olds unable to find a job with more than half of the one million unemployed youth searching for a job for more than six months or more.
And as youngsters collect their A-Levels this week they are being warned their future job prospects were not that bright as the job markets were at its toughest for 20 years.
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In a rare instance two police officers summoned to attend before a court in a private prosecution (16 August 2012)

A case which dated back to 2008 involving a former aircraft engineer Michael Doherty, 40, and two police officers of Hilingdon, West London has led to the two officers being summoned to appear before the Westminster Magistrate’s Court to face allegations.
Mr Doherty who accused the two officers of burglary, kidnap and false imprisonment on suspicion of harassing a colleague in September 2008 was granted the right to bring a rare private prosecution against the officers’ sergeant Gareth Blackburn, 38, and Detective Constable Stephen Macdonald, 42
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Two illegal immigrant father and son duo cheated their local community off £50,000 (14 August 2012)

Syed Asem, 58, and his son Syed Bukhari, 25, who ran a corner shop and operated a Western Union money transfer service offering excellent rates on transactions, had managed to cheat almost £50,000 off their local community.
More than 20 customers who used the services to send money to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were left high and dry after they were duped of thousands of pounds.
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A school teacher who is left paralysed after a freak accident has lost his compensation claim against an adventure center. (14 August 2012)

Glennroy Blair Ford, 45, a school teacher who was on an activities week with secondary school pupils was left paralysed after breaking his neck in a welly-wanging accident during his school trip has been denied a claim for more than £5million in damages.
Mr Blair-Ford, who was taking part in the final evening of a mini olympic on Dartmoor trip was participating in welly-wanging game where teachers were throwing wellington boots backwards through their legs as far as they could.
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Scotland Yard admits failure in discovering the body of Tia which was found in the loft of her grandmothers’ house (13 August 2012)

After the delay in finding the body of the 12 year old girl Tia Sharp Scotland Yard has launched a review and examination into the three failed searches of property.
Stuart Hazell, 37, and Tia’s grandmother, Christine Sharp, 46 were both arrested on suspicion of the murder of Tia Sharp.
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Temporary staff committed series of errors say whistle blowers (13 August 2012)

Whistle blowers have alleged that temporary staff who were brought in to fill the gaps at the immigration desks during the Olympics had made a series of blunders such as allowing an Iranian to enter Britain through the channel which was meant for EU citizens.

The government had deployed 500 additional staff at the country’s borders during the Games to avoid recurrence of the meltdown earlier this year when passengers were seen waiting for more than two hours to complete immigration formalities.
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A debt collector call operator tells a woman to keep her bloody legs shut if she was unable to pay because of so many children (13 August 2012)

Danielle Mangar, 27, a mother of five from Taunton, Somerset who was talking on the phone with Advantis, a debt collecting agency, on her debt repayment was confronted with abusive remarks by the call operator who used derisive language saying that she would be better off if she learned to keep her ‘bloody legs shut’ after Ms Mangar said that she was unable to meet a debt he was chasing.  Read more...

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Olympic worker arrested for distributing sexual abuse images of children on Twitter (13 August 2012)

An investigation team of the Metropolitan Police Paedophile Unit has made an arrest of a 49 year old Olympics worker from his East London Home on suspicion of using Twitter to share indecent information and pictures containing sexual abuse of children.
He was detained by police as he left his home at 5.30am on Friday morning to go to work. His home was less than 500 yards from a primary school overlooking a playground.
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A former police officer has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a female officer (10 August 2012)

Of the several cases documented, by the Guardian in an investigation last month into the scale of abuse of power by police officers and police community support officers targeting women and vulnerable individuals to sexual harassment or assaulting them, Mike Johnson’s case is one.
A female officer of police was sexually assaulted in a bar by a Johnson said she would never go out with another group of police officers again because she did not trust them.
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A boy gets his justice after nine years for being raped by his babysitter, after encouraged by a TV show (10 August 2012)

A 17 year old young man has revealed the torment of his childhood after he found the courage to report his ordeal after watching a rape storyline on Coronation Street. The storyline had the underwear factory boss Carla being raped by fiancé Frank Foster.
He went to the police in October 2010 after watching the storyline and reported how he was raped by his babysitter several times.
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A property company owner faces prison for planning VAT fraud and trying to escape to Monaco (10 August 2012)

William Batchelor, 61, was an epitome of successful self-made businessman to his friends, enjoying an extravagant lifestyle as a tax exile in Monaco.
But it was to be later known that he was in fact a coldhearted conman who had masterminded the theft of £673,000 in a sophisticated VAT repayment scam.
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The man arrested and released by police for not smiling during a cycling event is seeking ‘letter of exoneration’ from the police (9 August 2012)

The man with Parkinson’s disease who was arrested during the Olympics men’s cycling road race while sitting beside the route has said that he wanted a ‘letter of exoneration’ form Surrey police claiming that he was treated disproportionately.
Mark Worsfold, 54, said that he was handcuffed by Surrey police officers ^for not smiling^ while watching men^s cycling road race
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Care of a child has become a bone of contention between parents living countries apart (9 August 2012)

An arrangement between a Portuguese father and a English mother over the care of their toddler son has left the child, identified in court only as ‘Baby L’, being shuttled between Portugal and England every two months, so that both parents living separately could take equal care of the child.
The agreement was converted into a court order by a Portuguese judge who ruled that the agreement should run until the child turned three while the mother and child were living in Portugal.
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The killer who killed Anni Dewani claims it was ordered by her husband (9 August 2012)

The hitman Mziwamadoda Qwabe who had admitted of kidnapping and killing Anni Dewani, the wife of UK businessman Shrein Dewani on a honeymoon in South Africa, has claimed that the murder was ordered by the husband of the victim.
He said that the killing in his native South Africa was designed to appear as a random criminal act. He claimed that Shrien Dewani had told him to kill his wife and make it appear as a robbery.
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An asylum seeker who lived in a plush mansion claimed he took part in the riots to steal money for buying food (9 August 2012)

A serial offender who was part of a rampaging mob who terrorised the streets of Queensway and Notting Hill in West London on August 8 last year, looting, setting fire to two wheelers and buses, and attacking a high end restaurant was jailed along with 15 other gang members who laid siege to shops and businesses.  Read more...

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Father of Russell Brand faced bankruptcy in court for failing to pay rents on his flat (8 August 2012)

Comedian Russell Brand’s businessman father Ron Brand, 67, who faced bankruptcy in court after failing to clear £13,000 in unpaid rents on a Camden flat, which he left last year, was granted reprieve by a court.
Mr Ron Brand told the Guildford County Court yesterday that he had paid off £7,000 of rental arrears he owed and would be clearing the rest within two weeks.
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An online digital banking security in-charge steals money from her own bank (8 August 2012)

Jessica Harper a former Lloyds boss in charge of the bank’s online security abused her position at Lloyds Banking Group over a period of four years between 2007 and 2011 and stole £2.4million from her employer.
It is ironical that the head of fraud and security for online digital banking was herself behind the fraud who submitted false invoices to claim £2,463,750.88 before using part of the money to buy property for her family.
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A homeless boy was awarded compensation from local councils for not supporting him (8 August 2012)

In the past 10 days the local government ombudsman has given its third ruling against the Kent county council and Dover district council condemning the unpardonable handling of the case of a 16 year old homeless boy who was living in a tent for the past nine months and selling his belongings to survive after the two councils failed to assess his needs or provide him with accommodation an investigation found.   Read more...

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The rental arrears for the UK landlords has been rising over last year and is expected to occur in the future too (7 August 2012)

The National Landlords Association has revealed that rental arrears for the UK landlords were rising.
The NLA^s survey found that 49 per cent of landlords had experienced rental arrears in the last year, while 37 per cent were worried about arrears occurring in the near future.
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Landlords at Sheffield have been sentenced for endangering the life of their tenant (7 August 2012)

Two Sheffield landlords have been handed suspended jail sentences after dangerous defects were found on every gas appliance at a house they rented out to a young woman.
During the prosecution of landlords Waheed Ahmid and his wife Farhat Basharat, Sheffield Magistrates heard the defects were discovered after a council housing officer visiting the property in Gleadless Road noticed a gas fire^s flame burning yellow.
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Parents of a teenager sentenced for hitting their daughter for going out with a black man (7 August 2012)

David Champion, 50, from Swansea, and his wife Frances, hit daughter Jane for bringing shame on the family. Their daughter was going out with a black man.
The father also attacked his daughter’s boyfriend Alfonce Ncube with racist language before grabbing and kicking him.
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An NHS trust was penalised for publishing its staff’s details on line (7 August 2012)

A health body Torbay Care Trust was handed a six figure penalty after it published details of more than 1,000 NHS staff online exposing them to identity theft.
Employees with the Torbay Care Trust (TCT) in Devon found details of their sexual orientation and religious beliefs published online, alongside their name, date of birth, pay scale and national insurance number. It did not contain any patient or clinical data, the trust said.
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Care home staff who abused vulnerable patients are to be sentenced this week (7 August 2012)

Michael Ezenagu the last staff at a private care home who admitted two charges of ill treating a patient at the Winterbourne View private hospital in Hambrook South Gloucestershire a private care home and 10 other former care home staff are to be sentenced for abusing patients with learning disabilities
The care home was exposed by Panorama BBC last year when an undercover reporter recorded footage for Panorama of patients being abused by their carers. The covert video had shown vulnerable residents being pinned down, slapped, doused in water and taunted.
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First conviction by the fast track court set up for Olympics while police figures show more than 100 arrests (6 August 2012)

According to figures released by the Scotland Yard on Sunday the police had made more than 100 arrests in and around Olympic venues across London in the past fortnight including arrest of a teenager under the Terrorism Act and 58 suspected ticketing touts.

The teenager was released later after he was arrested under section 58 of the 2000 Terrorism Act which is used when a suspect is caught allegedly for possession of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
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An eleven year case against a council is won by a disabled man’s brother (6 August 2012)

A case has cast doubts on the government’s plan to empower councils with administration of payments which is currently being made by the independent living fund (IFL).

David Hyde a postal worker from Bradford has won an 11 year battle for justice for his disabled brother and reimbursement of more than £100,000 in support payments which were wrongly denied by the Bradford council.
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The gap in opinion of realistic property prices would further freeze sales, says a study (6 August 2012)

A difficult property market is going to see further stall in sales as there has been a lot of mis match on the opinion gap about the realistic prices in the tough economy a study by property search website Rightmove has found.
The different opinion polls and views is going to see house buyers and sellers stuck on their positions in the coming months the study has suggested.
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Missing case of Carole Waugh is now being treated as homicide case after discovery of a body (3 August 2012)

The case of Ms Carole Waugh the missing oil executive has had a major breakthrough when the police investigating have found a body in a lock up garage in London, Scotland Yard had said.
The police discovered the body in the garage in Lime Court, New Malden, south west London yesterday as the result of police enquiries.
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Standoff between an elderly woman and bailiffs end in a win for the grandmother (3 August 2012)

The bailiffs of an American bank were stopped from repossessing a stately home by a grandmother which is owned by her son Grahame Bond.

Stella Bond 78, refused to budge from inside Halswell House, near Bridgwater, Somerset, when a Citi Private Banking sent its legal representatives to take possession of the £3m Grade I listed Tudor mansion. The Bank had proved it had the legal right to take possession.
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NHS trust told to pay almost £1.3m as damages to a woman whose tumor was not diagnosed resulting in abnormal height (3 August 2012)

A woman who filed a clinical negligence case of undiagnosed tumor which affected her height was awarded almost £1.3m as damages after the NHS trust admitted there was a clinical negligence on their part,
Kate Woodward, 20, claimed at the high court in London that her height of 1.96 meters (6ft 5in) had became a stumbling block in her ambition to become an actor and left her with significant medical problems.
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The ring leader of Rochdale sexual offenders has been jailed for 22 years for sexually exploiting another girl over a decade (3 August 2012)

Shabir Ahmed, 59, who led the gang of nine men who were all imprisoned earlier this year after sexually abusing and exploiting young girls in the Rochdale and Oldham areas has been jailed also jailed for 22 years for a campaign of rape’ against a different child in his own community.
In May he was sentenced to 19 years in jail after 11 week trial at a Liverpool Crown Court following their violent sex abuse of young girls. His identity was kept a secret as to give him a fair trial.
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Housing prices will continue to fall with gloomy economic forecast (2 August 2012)

Already dropping price of housing are being said to be falling faster for three years with economists warning that the double dip recession would push them down even further.
The figures were published by the biggest building society Nationwide, showing the average value of a home having dropped by 2.6 per cent since July last year.
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First time in history women insolvents equal men who become bankrupt (2 August 2012)

An official figure of insolvent numbers is going to be revealed on Friday which would show for the first time in history, the number of women becoming insolvent equaling the number of men who are insolvent.
This is being attributed to the extraordinary social changes that Britain has been seeing since the times when a women going bankrupt was unheard of to the present debt problem among women.
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