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Tories plan to replace European Court of Human Rights with Supreme Court (31 December 2013)

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the government is to publish draft legislation in the early part of 2014, which could see the UK withdrawing from the Human Rights Bill.  Read more...

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Human Rights case for border staff dismissed over alleged terrorism links (31 December 2013)

Border officials who were suspended for links to terrorist suspects are suing the Home Office in the European Court of Human Rights because evidence in the case is being kept secret from them.  Read more...

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Ferry passenger charged with arson (31 December 2013)

A passenger on a North Sea ferry has been charged with arson, after a ferry bound for Holland had to be evacuated on Saturday night (28/12/13), just 30 miles off the Yorkshire coast.  Read more...

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New Year could herald Help to Buy housing bubble (31 December 2013)

New research by Hometrack has revealed that house prices in three-quarters of postcodes across England and Wales rose by 4.4% in the last year, taking the average price of a home to £206,726.  Read more...

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Divorced wife appeals after being cheated out of millions by husband (31 December 2013)

A divorced wife claims to have been cheated out of a multi-million-pound settlement by her husband after he lied to her about the true value of his computer software business.  Read more...

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New Year could herald Help to Buy housing bubble (31 December 2013)

New research by Hometrack has revealed that house prices in three-quarters of postcodes across England and Wales rose by 4.4% in the last year, taking the average price of a home to £206,726.
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Plans for more openness in Court of Protection and Family Division (30 December 2013)

A leading judge who is in favour of more transparency in the private Court of Protection has been appointed head of the court.
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UK recovery “fuelled by housing bubble” (30 December 2013)

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is warning the UK’s economic recovery is built on a property bubble and consumer debt.  Read more...

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UK economy grows with increased immigration (30 December 2013)

England has become the most crowded country in Europe according to new government data – and over the next 30 years the population of England is predicted to continue growing as a result of immigration and migrant births among the UK population.  Read more...

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British tourists injured in Tenerife holiday accident explosion (30 December 2013)

A British mother and her daughter have been injured in an explosion described as a holiday accident, while staying at a well known package holiday hotel in Tenerife.  Read more...

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A&E departments “to charge migrants for healthcare” (30 December 2013)

The Department of Health has announced migrants who seek healthcare in A&E departments in England and Wales will be charged between £20 and £100 for a consultation, in a bid to slash the £2 billion NHS bill racked up by “health tourists” to the UK.  Read more...

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Five obese children a year taken into local authority care (30 December 2013)

Children are being taken into local authority care after being removed from their homes because they are officially obese.  Read more...

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Families who smack their children “should face criminal charge” (30 December 2013)

The Children’s Commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson has said that parents should be banned from smacking their children.
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Families who smack their children “should face criminal charge” (30 December 2013)

The Children’s Commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson has said that parents should be banned from smacking their children.
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UK bars mother from re-entering Britain from Pakistan (30 December 2013)

A mother of four children is alleging she has been left stranded in Pakistan after immigration officials in Islamabad stopped her from leaving the country to return to the UK.  Read more...

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UKIP leader says UK should take Syrian refugees (30 December 2013)

Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage MP has said the UK should show compassion and take in Syrian refugees.  Read more...

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Love triangle fears may have led man to assault his pregnant partner (30 December 2013)

Blackburn Magistrates Court has heard how a man allegedly punched his pregnant girlfriend in the head and the side of her stomach, amid suspicions she might be seeing another man who could be the baby’s father.  Read more...

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UN suggests Immigration Bill will stigmatise refugees seeking UK asylum (27 December 2013)

The United Nations (UN) has warned David Cameron that proposals in the UK’s new Immigration Bill currently going through Parliament could lead to harmful racial profiling of refugees and asylum seekers in Britain.  Read more...

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Single mum on benefits racks up £3,000 Christmas debt in payday loans (27 December 2013)

A single mum of two has hit out at payday loan companies after she managed to rack up debts totalling £3,000, despite being on benefits.  Read more...

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Co Durham PCC warns festive drinking may lead to domestic violence (27 December 2013)

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for County Durham Ron Hogg has warned that drinking to excess over the festive season could lead to an increase in domestic violence – and has asked drinkers to be more aware of the link between alcohol misuse and domestic abuse.
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More adoption funding follows government’s adoption package (27 December 2013)

The government has announced a funding boost for councils across England and Wales to help further streamline the adoption process.  Read more...

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Boxing Day partygoers flee as man is shot dead in London’s West End (27 December 2013)

A man has died in a shooting incident in the heart of London’s theatre land, Shaftesbury Avenue.  Read more...

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Jailed fraudster hit with confiscation order (27 December 2013)

A fraudster from London has been ordered to pay back in excess of £300,000 after he sold non-existent tickets to a number of entertainment and sporting events including the Champions League Final and the Royal Variety Performance.  Read more...

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Judge warns domestic violence allegations in divorce “not always true” (24 December 2013)

A leading judge has warned social workers not to automatically believe parents’ accusations of domestic violence against each other when marriages or relationships break down.  Read more...

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Border Agency detains six illegal workers in Potters Bar restaurants (24 December 2013)

The owners of two restaurants in Potters Bar are facing fines worth thousands of pounds after Border Agency officials and local police detained restaurant workers for visa offences.  Read more...

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Coalition immigration row over Cable interview continues (24 December 2013)

Conservative MP Nigel Mills has suggested the LibDem Business Secretary Vince Cable should resign, after Mr Cable referred to Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech while commenting on Tory immigration policies on Andrew Marr’s BBC1 show on Sunday (22/12/13).  Read more...

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Glass recycling firm fined over accident at work injury (24 December 2013)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Pontefract firm after a teenage worker employed as a temp at the site sustained serious injuries to his arm when he was dragged into machinery.  Read more...

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Student home for Christmas subjected to vicious attack in Colchester (24 December 2013)

Police in Colchester, Essex are looking for a gang which repeatedly kicked a student in the head as he lay unconscious on the ground.  Read more...

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Motorist puts faith before speeding fine (24 December 2013)

A motorist caught speeding in West Wales has said he cannot attend his motoring offence hearing because it falls on the Sabbath – and attending on that day would be against his religion.  Read more...

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“Lonely” Christmas Tree goes online to raise awareness of mental health issues at Christmas (24 December 2013)

A Yorkshire woman has planted a “lonely” Christmas tree on a golf course in Skelton to raise awareness of mental health issues over the Christmas period.  Read more...

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Cable insists immigration cap is “not going to happen” (23 December 2013)

Business Secretary Vince Cable has highlighted the potential positive impact of a new flux of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria in the New Year after insisting that a cap on European Union migrants will not happen.
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Essex man given ASBO for abusive behaviour (23 December 2013)

A man from Essex has been ordered not to swear in his home after being handed an ASBO for spamming the emergency services number and subjecting paramedics and police to a regular torrent of verbal abuse.
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CAB research suggests some councils use aggressive tactics to collect council tax debts (23 December 2013)

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) has said that some local authorities allow bailiffs to use more aggressive tactics than others when dealing with non-payment of council tax.  Read more...

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Bank of England “keeping a close eye” on housing market (23 December 2013)

The government’s Help to Buy housing scheme could be subjected to a cap on the property value limit to help prevent a housing bubble.  Read more...

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Coalition immigration row escalates, as Bulgarian President speaks out on UK policy (23 December 2013)

Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has responded to Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal to cap the number of new migrants entering the UK every year by saying a cap is not going to happen.  Read more...

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Councils may introduce “exclusion zones” for homeless migrants (23 December 2013)

An exclusion zone is to be set around central London landmarks and transport centres such as Victoria Station to prevent new migrants to the UK sleeping rough in these areas.  Read more...

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Two arrested after prisoner found dead in jail (23 December 2013)

Police have arrested two inmates of HMP Lindholme after a 22-year-old prisoner was found dead at the jail on Saturday (21/12/13).  Read more...

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Investigation launched into Apollo Theatre roof collapse (23 December 2013)

An investigation has been officially launched into the collapse of the Apollo Theatre’s roof during a packed West End show on Thursday evening (19/12/13).  Read more...

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Baby taken into Local Authority care at birth (23 December 2013)

A judge ruled that a newborn baby could be removed at birth from its mother, who has mental health issues, is addicted to drugs and has a low IQ.  Read more...

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Calls for mandatory reporting of child abuse by teachers, doctors and social workers (23 December 2013)

England’s Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson is calling for the compulsory reporting of suspected cases of child abuse.  Read more...

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Identity of 700 child sex offenders revealed to parents under Sarah’s Law (23 December 2013)

New data from a charity which works with sex offenders and those who have been abused have suggested that five paedophiles have been identified every week since Sarah’s Law was introduced in 2011.  Read more...

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Tough new questions for EU migrants added to habitual residence test (20 December 2013)

As the time for lifting the transitional controls on Romanians and Bulgarians draws near, the government is rushing through the addition of 100 new questions to the habitual residence test.  Read more...

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Police admit mistakes over rapist released on bail (20 December 2013)

The Metropolitan Police has said mistakes were made over the release on bail of a rapist who went on to rape another woman in exactly the same location.  Read more...

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Apollo Theatre roof disaster – dozens injured (20 December 2013)

A West End theatre audience was forced to evacuate the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue last night, after a section of the roof high above the stalls collapsed into the auditorium.  Read more...

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Lee Rigby verdict – both men guilty of murder (20 December 2013)

The two men accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in May have been found guilty at the Old Bailey in London.  Read more...

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Children’s services reformed following ‘damning’ reports (20 December 2013)

Birmingham City Council, the largest of the UK’s local authorities, has announced radical reforms to its children’s services in the wake of severe criticism. The council has pledged an extra £9 million for new systems to help keep children safe, following a number of reviews into tragedies involving vulnerable children.  Read more...

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Lessons to be learned from aborted corruption trial of Victor Dahdaleh (20 December 2013)

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is reviewing the circumstances that led to the collapse of the high-profile trial of Tony Blair’s associate, British-Canadian businessman Victor Dahdaleh.  Read more...

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Bristol landlady fined for property neglect (20 December 2013)

A former landlady and ex-council employee from Bristol has been fined and ordered to pay costs after authorities found the property she rented in a state of disrepair last year.  Read more...

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Council leader urges rethink on ASBO reforms (19 December 2013)

Plans to reform anti-social behavioural laws and replace ASBOs with a new injunction have been criticised by a council leader that believes the changes will make it even harder to protect the public from consistent offenders.  Read more...

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Police investigation launched, after British teen is killed by avalanche in skiing holiday accident (19 December 2013)

A 16-year-old British holidaymaker who was one of triplets has died after his family skied off-piste in Austria and ran into an avalanche.  Read more...

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Couple with health issues driven to the brink by council house in need of urgent repair (19 December 2013)

A couple with chronic health conditions have allegedly been left living in a damp and dangerous house by their local council – despite their pleas to have the house repaired.  Read more...

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Trust exonerated by coroner, after mental health patient hangs himself on hospital leave (19 December 2013)

A mental health patient who had previously tried to take his own life while at home on hospital leave was found hanged after being discharged, an inquest has heard.  Read more...

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Isa Muaza removed to Nigeria after out of hours court appeal refused (18 December 2013)

After a long legal battle, Isa Muazu has been removed by private charter to Nigeria following an out of hours court appeal being refused by Court of Appeal Judge.  Read more...

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Estranged husband turns private detective to protect himself from divorce settlement (18 December 2013)

An estranged husband’s attempts to discredit his wife’s claims for incapacity benefit landed him in court for breach of a non molestation court order, which barred him from coming within 100 yards of his wife or her new home, as well as speaking to her.  Read more...

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Overseas property investors “funding new homes for UK buyers” (18 December 2013)

As many as one-tenth of new homes built in London are now offered to buyers overseas before UK house hunters.   Read more...

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Referrals to housing charity double, as rental tenants struggle to find affordable housing in Cornwall (18 December 2013)

Cornish housing charity Chy Lowen has said it has been “inundated” with private sector rental tenants seeking help with credit checks and rental deposits.  Read more...

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Brain injured man “died in poverty” despite £1.3m award (18 December 2013)

The sisters of a man who suffered brain injury in a bus accident have hit out a court decision to make his wife the sole trustee of the trust set up with his compensation.  Read more...

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Benefit restrictions for migrants to be fast-tracked before 1 January (18 December 2013)

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce that proposals to limit benefits to new migrants from Bulgaria and Romania will be introduced to coincide with the 31 December deadline when border restrictions will be lifted on two EU member states.  Read more...

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Jail term for fraudster who took advantage of a friend (18 December 2013)

A man from Swindon who took advantage of a close friend and stole £120k over a two-year period has been handed a four-year jail sentence after being found guilty of theft and fraud.  Read more...

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£20k appeal by April Jones murderer prompts backlash (17 December 2013)

The man convicted of the murder of five-year-old April Jones is to launch an appeal against his sentence.  Read more...

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Leaked proposals to cap EU migrant numbers illegal, says Clegg (17 December 2013)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that a Home Office cap on EU migration numbers would be illegal – and a disaster for the UK economy.  Read more...

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Christmas revellers narrowly avoid injury, as fairground seat breaks up mid-air (17 December 2013)

Passengers on a fairground ride narrowly avoided serious injury after the back of their seat fell off while they were swinging round 200ft in the air.  Read more...

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£4,000 compensation for soft tissue injury in the line of police duty (17 December 2013)

A police support officer has been awarded £4,000 in compensation after falling over a 3ft-high wooden fence while on duty.  Read more...

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Child abuse reports rise due to increased awareness (17 December 2013)

According to new statistics showing that child protection alerts have almost doubled during the last five years, people in the UK are being more proactive about reporting instances of child abuse.  Read more...

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Mental health services in England “at breaking point” as funds are cut (16 December 2013)

Data collated by the BBC has revealed that mental health trusts in England have had their funding cut by the equivalent of 2.36% in real terms over the last two years – and the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned that mental health services are reaching “breaking point”.  Read more...

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Crime reduction targets may put police under pressure to “underplay” crime reporting (16 December 2013)

Gwent Police have defended allegations that crime figures for the force may be 8% higher than recorded.  Read more...

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Convicted criminal from Congo allowed to stay in UK, after court overturns Home Office decision (16 December 2013)

A senior appeal judge has overturned the Home Office’s decision to deport a violent convicted criminal back to The Democratic Republic of the Congo because of fears he would face imprisonment or violence in his home country.  Read more...

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Families may be hit hardest by benefit changes in Autumn Statement (16 December 2013)

New analysis of Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement suggest that families will be hit hard by “stealth” changes to welfare in the statement. The amount that people can earn before benefit is withdrawn is likely to be reduced as a result of the changes.  Read more...

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99% rise in number of working people claiming housing benefit in West Midlands (16 December 2013)

A new study by the campaign group Home Truths has found that a sluggish property market and stagnant wages in the West Midlands have caused a surge in the number of people in work claiming Housing Benefit.  Read more...

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Tenancy fraudster evicted from flat in Tottenham (16 December 2013)

A man from Tottenham has been evicted from his flat after a local housing association found that he had not lived there for up to three years after previously giving a false name to sign up for the property.  Read more...

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Birmingham teenagers given ASBO for reign of terror (13 December 2013)

Four teenagers from Birmingham have been handed ASBOs after they terrorised local neighbourhoods by hurling insults and throwing rocks at community members despite being warned about their behaviour and arrested on numerous occasions.  Read more...

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Bangladeshi workers arrested for visa breaches (13 December 2013)

The arrest of four curry house workers from Bangladesh last Saturday (07/12/13) has highlighted recent calls from UK business for more migrant workers to take up jobs British workers do not want.  Read more...

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Kent police launch winter campaign to cut RTAs (13 December 2013)

Police in Kent have launched their winter campaign to help road users stay safe on Kent’s roads.  Read more...

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Sentencing overhaul could see sex offender celebrities facing tougher jail terms for abusing their fame (12 December 2013)

Celebrities who use their fame to help them commit sexual offences may receive longer sentences in a shake up of sentencing in the criminal justice system.  Read more...

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“Non medical doctor” prosecuted under Cancer Act 1939 (12 December 2013)

A self proclaimed non medical doctor who claims to be able to cure cancer and HIV has appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged under the Cancer Act 1939.
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Police investigate Kent University rape (12 December 2013)

Police are investigating a serious sexual attack on a student at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the early hours of Saturday (07/12/13)  Read more...

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Up to £50k compensation for boy injured by dart in holiday accident (12 December 2013)

An 11-year-old boy from Ashford in Kent who was hit in the eye by a dart on holiday in Tunisia could receive up to £50,000 in holiday accident compensation.  Read more...

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Boy receives substantial compensation following eye injury (12 December 2013)

An 11-year-old boy has received a five-figure compensation sum after suffering a personal injury eight years ago while on holiday in Tunisia following an incident involving a dart.  Read more...

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Housing body must apologise and pay 1k to woman overlooked for new home (11 December 2013)

A woman from Wales will receive £1,000 in compensation and an official apology from a local housing association after she was continually overlooked for a new home despite being at the top of the priority list.  Read more...

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Tractor company fined after employee injured in accident at work (11 December 2013)

A company in Cornwall has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker sustained serious injuries in a tractor accident at work.
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Britain’s bosses back immigration and the “earning a few bob” culture (11 December 2013)

Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposals to curb benefits for new migrants have promoted a backlash from business in the UK.
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Cumbria police arrest seven men in child sex exploitation swoop (11 December 2013)

The intelligence-led operation – named Operation Chiefton – involved dawn raids on the homes of seven men in connection with child sex exploitation offences.
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Boat race protester likely to win appeal to stay in UK (11 December 2013)

A protestor who interrupted the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in April 2012 is likely to win his appeal to stay in the UK. Trenton Oldfield’s lawyer told an Appeal Court in London that separating him from his wife and baby would be a “disproportionate punishment” for his actions.  Read more...

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Four-year jail term for fraud for founder of PIP breast implant company (11 December 2013)

A French court has handed down a four-year jail sentence to the founder of breast implant company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) which used industrial silicon to make breast implants.  Read more...

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Boat race protester too valuable to be deported (10 December 2013)

A protester that disrupted the University boat race last year will not face deportation after an immigration judge revealed that he was “valuable” to the UK.  Read more...

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Leisure company fined over third degree burns to toddler (10 December 2013)

The operating company of a leisure centre in Essex has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a young child suffered serious burns in the changing room.  Read more...

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Concerns about housing bubble “increasing” (10 December 2013)

The Bank of England is warning that recent developments in the housing market could forewarn of a housing bubble.  Read more...

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350 families have benefits cut as government’s benefit reforms bite (10 December 2013)

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said the government was right to cap benefits to prevent some families receiving more in benefits than the average annual wage.
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Father denied child contact with teenage daughter continues legal battle (10 December 2013)

A father who has not been allowed to see his 14-year-old daughter by her mother for 12 years has won the support of a senior judge, who said the system had “failed the whole family”.  Read more...

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British teachers charged with sexual offences on underage boys in two separate cases (10 December 2013)

A headmistress who transformed a school into one of the best in the UK has been charged with sex abuse offences against a boy under the age of 16.  Read more...

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18-month sentence after drunken fight leaves woman blind in one eye (10 December 2013)

An 18-year-old woman has been given a prison sentence after being involved in a drunken fight in which another woman was blinded in one eye by a stiletto shoe.
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York council signs up to the Mental Health Challenge (9 December 2013)

City of York Council has pledged to take up the Mental Health Challenge to help reduce inequalities in mental health services across York.  Read more...

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Immigration Bill amendment to miss 1 January deadline for lifting border restrictions (9 December 2013)

Commons leader Andrew Lansley has denied allegations that the government has delayed reading the Immigration Bill until after the 31 December deadline has passed for lifting border restrictions on Romania and Bulgaria.  Read more...

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Labour election aide “depressed” over voter anti-immigration feedback (9 December 2013)

An election aide to Labour leader Ed Miliband has caused a backlash after using social media to announce that anti-immigration views in the UK leave him “depressed”.  Read more...

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Manchester hotel given over to asylum seekers because of lack of suitable accommodation (9 December 2013)

A hotel in Manchester has been closed to the public to accommodate more than 100 asylum seekers, who arrived at 48 hours’ notice requiring emergency accommodation.  Read more...

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Families lose out in Autumn Statement (9 December 2013)

Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPP) has found that from 2018 families could be as much as £2,000 per year worse off as a result of the Chancellor’s proposals in the Autumn Statement.  Read more...

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Ministry of Justice running services according to costs not justice, says magistrates’ leader (9 December 2013)

The chairman of the Magistrates’ Association in England and Wales has accused the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) of putting financial cuts to the Justice system before justice itself.  Read more...

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Policewoman shot at point blank range after attending antisocial behaviour call (9 December 2013)

A policewoman has been shot in the face on only the second day of a new job with her local police force.  Read more...

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“Massive” support for Norfolk and Suffolk mental health campaign (6 December 2013)

A campaign to prevent drastic cuts to mental health budgets in Norfolk and Suffolk has gained 1,000 Facebook supporters just one week after it was launched, with a further 13,000 viewing the campaign page.  Read more...

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More Ukrainians coming to the UK puts Warsaw visa centre under pressure (6 December 2013)

A report into a UK visa centre in Warsaw, Poland has found that visas for Ukrainian visitors to the UK are being approved at the rate of one every 10 minutes.  Read more...

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Help to Buy scheme “confusing” for Homebuyers (6 December 2013)

A new survey by Rightmove has found that around one-third of 44,000 potential homebuyers questioned felt confused by the government’s Help to Buy scheme.  Read more...

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Escaped prisoner jailed again for series of armed robberies (6 December 2013)

An escaped prisoner from Brighton has been handed a 10-year jail term after he held up four shops in the city at knife point in the space of just seven days earlier this year.
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“Fitness fanatic” mum dies on sandboarding holiday in Namibia (5 December 2013)

A mother-of- two has died on holiday at a fitness camp in Africa, after collapsing following a “sandboarding” activity.  Read more...

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New Year launch for EUROSUR detection to track migrants at sea (5 December 2013)

The European Union is to launch a surveillance system which will detect migrants trying to reach EU shores by boat.  Read more...

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Fraud investigators use Facebook photos to expose benefits cheat (5 December 2013)

Fraud squad investigators exposed a topless model as a benefits cheat after using social media to ascertain that she had been fraudulently claiming income support as a single parent despite living with her finance.  Read more...

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Abused women lose out in Legal Aid reforms, says WI (5 December 2013)

A report by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) has found that the coalition government’s Legal Aid budget cuts will affect women suffering from domestic violence – and may result in more women either self-harming or taking their own lives.  Read more...

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Immigrant entrepreneurs “disproportionately contribute” to our economy (4 December 2013)

Luke Johnson has spoken out in support of immigrant workers and entrepreneurs, saying that they contribute "disproportionately" to the UK economy and help to create jobs. Johnson is the former head of Pizza Express and is chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurs.  Read more...

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Mother who killed her baby spared jail (4 December 2013)

On Tuesday 8 October 2012, Natasha Sultan killed her six week old baby while suffering from severe postnatal depression. The death was caused by a single blow to the head.  Read more...

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One million pound payout for Sellafield worker (4 December 2013)

Kenneth Brown, a 64 year old banksman (reversing assistant), was knocked down by a cherry picker while working at the Sellafield nuclear plant as a contractor for Johnson Controls.  Read more...

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Brent Council reviewing case of pregnant foster mother due for eviction (4 December 2013)

Brent Council have agreed to review the case of a pregnant woman who was due to be evicted from her bedsit in a Kilburn hostel.
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£100k compensation for widow whose husband was misdiagnosed (4 December 2013)

A woman whose husband died from a heart attack after being told by doctors he was suffering from a musculoskeletal condition and indigestion has been awarded £100,000 in compensation.  Read more...

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Lee Rigby trial hears of shooting in aftermath of killing (4 December 2013)

A female police officer has told the jury at the Lee Rigby trial that she feared for her life when one of the attackers ran towards her car holding a weapon which looked like a machete or a meat cleaver.  Read more...

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Court hands down life sentence to paedophile accomplices (4 December 2013)

Sheffield Crown Court has jailed two men who were prolific paedophiles, including one man who was HIV positive and did not tell his family or victims.  Read more...

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Tycoon ordered to pay multi-million pound sum to estranged wife (4 December 2013)

A tycoon has been ordered to pay a £20 million divorce settlement despite claiming that he is bankrupt after a judge ruled that he had gone to great lengths to “hide” his wealth from the court.
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Criminal barristers to defend Legal Aid with “day of action” strike (3 December 2013)

Criminal barristers have announced they will stage days of action in protest against government cuts to the Legal Aid budget.  Read more...

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Financial adviser jailed over £224k investment fraud (3 December 2013)

A financial adviser who conned former clients and unsuspecting friends out of £224,000 by asking them to invest in a bogus get rich quick scheme has had his four-year jail term upheld by the Appeal Court in London.  Read more...

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British survivor of Mumbai attacks makes compensation bid in UK courts (3 December 2013)

A 33-year-old freelance film maker who was injured while trying to escape terrorists in the Mumbai attacks of 2008 has launched a bid to have his claim for compensation heard in a UK court.  Read more...

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Hysterectomy patient left with surgical glove inside after op (3 December 2013)

A patient who underwent a hysterectomy at the Royal Derby Hospital in November has received an apology form the local hospital trust, after a surgeon left a surgical glove inside her during the operation.  Read more...

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Two men jailed after making fraudulent withdrawals with stolen chequebooks (3 December 2013)

Two fraudsters that targeted banks in Bristol have been jailed after they were found in a car with over £12,000 in cash earlier this year, a court has heard.
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Winter sports injury compensation claims (2 December 2013)

Many holidaymakers are aware that if they are injured in a travel accident and booked a package holiday in the UK, they can make a claim for compensation under the Package Travel Regulations 1992, if the accident was caused by another party’s negligence.  Read more...

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Law firm employee stabbed to death outside south London pub (2 December 2013)

A man standing outside a Southwark pub having a cigarette with a friend has been murdered by a gang of “hoodies” in a seemingly unprovoked attack.  Read more...

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Some mental health conditions may be passed down the generations via memories (2 December 2013)

Some mental health conditions may be passed down the generations via memories  Read more...

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Mother spared jail over £37k benefit fraud because of children (2 December 2013)

A court in Birmingham has spared a woman who claimed more than £37,000 of taxpayers’ money in a housing benefit scam because of the effect sending her to jail would have on her children, aged six and four.  Read more...

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HMP Northumberland has been taken over by private firm Sodexo Justice Services. (2 December 2013)

HMP Northumberland is an amalgamation of two prisons in 2011 – the adult training prison HMP Acklington and HMP Castington, a former young offenders’ institution. The prison is based in Acklington, Tyne and Wear.
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Home Office visa decision separates Ecuadorian doctor from British wife and daughter (2 December 2013)

A British woman is being forced to live apart from her Ecuadorian husband, despite having a 21-month-old daughter with him.  Read more...

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£70,000 benefits fraud, after woman secretly buries dead husband and carries on claiming (2 December 2013)

A woman secretly buried the body of her disabled husband and carried on claiming benefits for him.  Read more...

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Housing associations struggling to let larger properties since reform (2 December 2013)

According to new research published by Community Housing Cymru (CHC), recent housing benefit reforms that have made it difficult for housing associations to let affordable homes could prevent hundreds more from being built on an annual basis.
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