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A law abiding citizen struggles to get a single mortgage but gangland bosses are running 200 mortgages at a time according to the police. (30 July 2012)

The police have taken up the task to introduce new checks such as specific additional verification by HM Revenue & Customs ( HMRC) to ensure that income claims are accurate and in line with tax payments.
Senior officers were in discussions with the Scottish Government and financial bodies over plans which would mean every mortgage applicant paying a small additional fee to prevent organised criminals earning tens of thousands of pounds through mortgage fraud.
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A council has the record of compensating its employees to the tune of million pounds in a span of five years (30 July 2012)

A 61 year old council worker who tripped and fell over a mop has been awarded £9,128 for falling and pulling a groin muscle.
A Freedom of Information Act has revealed that since 2007 the same council had paid around£1million in compensation to other workers for minor slips, trips and falls.
A teacher, carer, administrative assistant and a weed sprayer received £26,867 between them after falling off chairs.
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Disappointed families of riot victim instruct lawyers to review the trial of the eight men who were cleared of murder (27 July 2012)

Tariq Jahan, father of Haroon Jahan who was killed along with two others Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir on August 2011 after being hit by a car in Winson Green, Birmingham has instructed his lawyer to review a trial after eight men were cleared of murder.
Last week a jury at Birmingham Crown Court found found eight men not guilty.

Tariq Jahan, father of Haroon, said families had been left in "utter shock and despair". Mr Jahan, had appealed for calm immediately after the verdict, said that the community did not let them down but the law did.
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A massage therapist who brought a teenage boy to sexually exploit during Olympics was sent back to US by the immigration guards (27 July 2012)

Jason Daniel Gandy, 35, who arrived at Heathrow with a 15 year old boy last Thursday was stopped by suspicious immigration guards and was sent back to the US with concerns that he planned to sexually exploit the youngster to tourists during the Olympics.
When they were questioned the officials received conflicting statements from the boy, his mother and Gandy and the pair were sent back to the U.S. on separate planes.
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Anuj’s murderer convicted for murder (27 July 2012)

Kiaran Stapleton the man who shot dead Anuh Bidve an Indian student on a street in Salford in the early hours of Boxing Day has been found guilty of murder.
The jury at Manchester Crown Court has found the 21 year old ‘psycho’ guilty of murdering the 23 year old Indian student after a four week trial. Stapleton had referred to himself as ‘Psycho’ in an earlier hearing.
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A teacher turned model sues a catholic school for race discrimination and unfair dismissal (26 July 2012)

A languages teacher who turned into a model is suing a Catholic school for more than £100,000 claiming that he underwent a torrent of racist abuse from both the pupils and the staff.
He said a scribbled drawing of his face captioned ‘Farewell Bollywog!’ was left for him in his staff pigeonhole shortly before he was axed from his post.
Once named one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors he said, he was left another note which read Good Riddance Turbanator!
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The first asylum seeker of the Games is a middle distance runner from Africa (26 July 2012)

The Mail has claimed that it has information that an Olympic competitor believed to be in his mid 20s from Africa had claimed asylum in Britain after he walked into a police station in Leeds and sought asylum.

The man is being held by the UK Border Agency since last night. The claim from the athlete has also come at a hugely sensitive time for the government as the Games are just two days away from start.
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Appeal Court dismisses the plea of a husband who sought sharia law to settle maintenance (26 July 2012)

A Muslim hospital consultant who refused to part with money as part of settlement after divorcing his wife claiming that under Muslim personal law ‘Sharia’ he owed nothing to her, was told by an appeals court that he must pay maintenance to his ex wife as per the rule in this country.
This Appeal Court decision means Dr Al-Saffar will have to pay £60,000 to his former wife, academic Hanan Al-Saffar.
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A woman who disappeared, has people impersonating her and her brother, to defraud her (26 July 2012)

A man who was posing as the brother of a missing woman for several weeks is suspected of his involvement in her disappearance as well as defrauding her by taking significant amount of property from her flat in Marylebone, London.. He also tried to sell her £650,000 flat detectives said.
It came out only after Chris, the original brother of Carole Waugh, appealed for information of his sister who was working as an oil executive in Libya but had not contacted her family since mid April raising concern for her safety.
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Father of a convicted killer sues police for negligence and assault (25 July 2012)

Michael Alleyne whose son is serving a life sentence for stabbing to death the 16 year old brother of EastEndders star Brooke Kinsella in 2008, is suing the police for £100,000 after claiming that he was kicked in the face when the police were hunting for his teenaged son for the murder of Brooke Kinsella.
Alleyne Jr was one of three men jailed after Ben Kinsella was brutally hacked down in the street outside a north London bar, sparking outrage and leading to an increase in minimum sentences for knife crime.
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A snubbed husband going through a divorce saws of the furniture and marks half of them as his! (25 July 2012)

While divorce proceedings were taking place a husband who felt slighted by his wife took revenge by sawing their furniture into pieces and labeling half of them as his.
Kevin Fiore, 56, caused £5,184 of damage to the £130,000 house in Werrington, Staffordshire, which he shared with wife Katrina.
Kevin had known the 39 year old Katrina for fourteen years and was married to her for the past three years.
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Government seeking injunction against PCS strike on procedural grounds (25 July 2012)

The strike by the immigration and passport workers at the Heathrow and other airports is being taken to the court by the Government to block the strike action.
The public sector workers who are going on strike on Thursday are protesting against the job cuts.
The government is seeking a High Court injunction to block strike action. The Home Office said it believed there was "procedural errors" in a ballot conducted by the PCS union.
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Two over stayers ran a corner shop and fleeced people by running money transfer service (24 July 2012)

Syed Bukhari, 25, and Syed Asem, 58, two illegal immigrants ran a legitimate money transfer service from a corner shop set up in Gloucester.
But when customers entrusted them with their cash they skimmed hundreds of pounds a time off the top of the sums. They also offered made up exchange rates and pocketed the difference. They are now facing jail after being found guilty of conning customers out of almost £50,000.
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A clinical psychologist commits suicide after blaming herself for the assault of a child by her paedophile patient (24 July 2012)

Lisa Derriscott, 33, a psychologist blamed herself for the death of a child who was killed by a paedophile she allowed to walk out of a secure unit , and killed herself out of guilt an inquest heard.
The decision to let go Shaun Tudor out for two hours unsupervised was a team decision but she took the blame on herself. Tudor had a history of attacking boys.
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Woman who brought home lovers to get her husband killed (24 July 2012)

Clifford Collinge a husband of fourteen years was killed by his wife and two men she met at a pub, who were brought home by her on the promise of sex.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Charlotte Collinge, 45, had taken home Stephen Shreeves 40, and Kelvin Dale, 27, to her home to commit the crime.
Mr Collinge was found dead on the kitchen floor of the couple’s home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire with 46 separate injuries.
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A tenant sues her landlord after falling down the steps and broke her back (24 July 2012)

Gillian Drysdale, who fell down the steps while carrying a 30 inch box, has left her with a broken back.
She has sued her landlord Joanne Hedges claiming that it was her landlords fault that she fell and broke her back.
The 44-year-old mother attended the High Court today to sue Mrs Hedges, who owned the house in Harwich, Essex.
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Ministers have discussed the sacking of striking workers says culture secretary (23 July 2012)

Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary has said that questions had been raised about whether to sack the home and border force workers who were threatening to strike on the eve of the Olympics.
The culture secretary stressed that he did not want to escalate the row ahead of the planned strike by the immigration workers, but questions about their employment were raised.
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Victims of John Worboys are suing police for failing and breaching their human rights (23 July 2012)

Three women who were the victims of taxi driver John Worboys are said to be launching a legal case against the police who they claim had failed causing breach of their human rights.
The three including two who were assaulted by Worbroys have said that they were let down by the Metropolitan police when they had reported rape and sexual assault.
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A rare case of issuing summons to policemen by a District judge has come to light (23 July 2012)

A private prosecution has been allowed by a District judge against two Metropolitan police officers who alleged to have kidnapped a man and threatened unlawful violence when they arrested him at his home according to Guardian’.

The District Judge has issued summons in case brought by the man who claimed that the police unlawfully entered his home and forcibly removed him.
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A criminal trial came to a halt when it was found the interpreter was inadequate and filling in for his busy wife (23 July 2012)

A murder trial was stopped by the judge when it was realized that interpreter Mubarak Lone was missing out key words and phrases while interpreting accused woman’s husband Iqbal Singh who spoke Punjabi.

Rajvinder Kaur is standing trial for killing her mother in law and Mr Lone was interpreting for her husband at the Winchester Crown Court in Hampshire. He even struggled to get the oath right for the Sikh witness.
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The border staff to strike on the 26th July a day before the Games commences (20 July 2012)

The Home Office staff including the border force officials has fixed their date for strike on the day before the Olympics opening ceremony threatening long passport queues at Heathrow airport when the traffic is predicted to be at its peak.
The Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the move and said that he did not believe it was neither right nor justified.
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NHA trust hospital is found to be facing more than 30 civil cases for compensation for poor quality services in their maternity unit (20 July 2012)

The NHS trust run Furness general hospital in Barrow was investigated for the poor quality of its maternity services has been found to be facing more than 30 compensation claims over deaths of, or injuries to, mothers and babies it emerged on Thursday.
The hospital said that there had been 37 civil claims in all since 2002, only five of which had been settled and 24 claims have been made since the start of 2011.
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Human rights Article 8 being used for claiming right to home by squatters (20 July 2012)

The rental sector would see a big upheaval if landlords become a subject to Human Rights Act on right to a home as ruled in a judgment.
The squatters who are occupying the site of Heathrow’s proposed third runway have been given stay of eviction in a judgment that housing specialists say could change the whole gamut of the residential private rented sector.
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Jeremy Bamber to appeal against life sentence at Strasbourg under article 3 of human rights act (20 July 2012)

Jeremy Bamber has won the right to appeal against the decision of him spending the rest of his life behind bars as it is inhuman and degrading.
The Strasbourg Grand Chamber, the appeal court of the European Court of Human Rights would hear his case in the month of November.
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A ex convicted fraudster could not mend his ways and has found law catching on him again (19 July 2012)

A managing director of refrigeration business firm who lived the high life of country gentlemen with the money he stole from his company, while his staff was facing sack was ordered to pay back more than £400,000.
Colin Fell had been convicted for fraud had started a bogus PR and advertising firm to divert money into his own accounts and spent the money for renovating his half a million pound farmhouse, luxury holidays and private schooling for his two children.
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A NHS surgeon who botched up operations continues to work and could cost the NHS at least £2million in compensation. (19 July 2012)

The consultant orthopaedic surgeon Manjit Bhamra had already cost his former hospital, where he worked, more than £1million to settle 13 claims. Now 64 new complaints have been made and another 26 are set to follow.
Despite this the surgeon has been freely allowed to carry on working for the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and has not been subjected to any disciplinary proceedings by the General Medical Council.
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G4S is found to have faulted again by recruiting illegal immigrants as security guards for the Games (19 July 2012)

Two men believed to be from Pakistan who had secured jobs with the G4S as security guards to be stationed to protect footballers during the Olympic Games were arrested on suspicion of being illegal immigrants. They were to work at the City of Coventry stadium which was due to host 12 matches.
The venue was raided by the officers after their bogus status was said to have been revealed in an accreditation check by G4S, which had already drawn flak over its inability to recruit enough staff for the Games.
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There has been five fold increase in online identity fraud in just two years says a report (18 July 2012)

As number of Britons are increasingly signing into number of websites there has been dramatic rise in online identity fraud new figures have revealed.

The figures revealed that some 12 million pieces of personal information were sold by identity fraudsters in the first four months of 2012 alone.
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In-laws of Hans Rausing have said their support for their ‘son’ was strong as ever (18 July 2012)

Billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing who was initially arrested on suspicion of murder has been now charged for preventing Eva Rausing’s proper burial after it emerged that he may have stayed with his dead wife in their mansion for a week.
Investigators believe American-born Eva may have been lying dead in an upstairs bedroom for days when her body was found on July 9 Mrs Rausing is suspected to have died of drug overdose.
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A builder files suit against a criminal debt collector for compensation (18 July 2012)

Kevin Fox, 45, who had a dangerous criminal record, has been accused of repeatedly harassing Michael Hall the husband of Natasha, daughter of Michael Caine by visiting at Mr Hall’s offices and the couple’s home. Natasha was so terrified that her hair turned white a court heard yesterday.
Fox a debt collector had first turned up at Mr Hall’s offices in Victoria, Central London, on February 9 this year.
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The student killer carried a gun to re affirm his identity and masculinity psychologist has said (18 July 2012)

Kiaran Stapleton the killer who shot dead an Indian student Anuj Bidve has reported to have thrown a mop bucket of hot water over another prison inmate a jury was told.
Stapleton who is in remand custody at HMP Manchester for the murder of Anuj, was caught on CCTV footage while attacking another prisoner Michael Sharp. The assault continued with billiard balls packed in a sock along with two his friends the Manchester Crown Court heard.
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A couple from North Lanarkshire has launched legal action against a housing association (17 July 2012)

The Watling Street estate in Motherwell has a history of industrial use where the couple, Angela and Robert McManus live.
They have claimed that the site their house was built on was never sanitized properly and was responsible for a number of health complaints. Their aim to go legal was to establish that there was a problem which needed action.
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Census results of last year shows rate of population rise the fastest for 100 years in England and Wales (17 July 2012)

The last years census results has indicated that the population in England and Wales rose by 3.7 million in the past decade a rate fastest for 100 years and mainly due to immigration. The population now stands at 56.1million.
Except for tiny Malta, England is now the most crowded country in Europe, with 407 people for every square kilometer. Ten years ago Holland held second place behind Malta.
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UKBA removed more staff than it should have causing problems the watchdog said (17 July 2012)

The Whitehall spending watchdog National Audit Office has found that UK Border Agency removed 1,000 more staff than it should have even though the introduction of an automated immigration system had run late, resulting in hiring of extra people and giving more overtimes to meet its workload.
In February, the UKBA was split in two after findings that hundreds of thousands of people were let into the country without appropriate checks.
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In a shocking exposure, figures show 400 sex offender who have been set free in the past three years had gone on to commit rape. (16 July 2012)

The figures have exposed the staggering extent to which reoffending by sexual predators was taking place in the country.
The number of such attackers who went on to commit a sex crime again has seen a sharp rise in recent years. The irony behind this is so glaring with the release of sex offender who have not served even half of their prison term.
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Five men who picked up young girls as young as 13 and 15 from care homes for sex have been convicted (16 July 2012)

A jury at Derby crown court heard how the five Anthony Lambert, 51, Stefan Godfrey, 44, John Shaw, 54, Ijaz Ahmed, 35, and Mark Adaoui, 40, picked up the vulnerable girls from care homes and streets in Derby and paid them up to £30 to perform sex acts.
The girls were induced with alcohol, drugs and cuddly toys to encourage them to have sex with them.
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The economy might get better for the housing market to get back on track a report says (16 July 2012)

With new vendors outnumbering successful buyers’ 2:1 house sellers had a tough time last month according to the property website Rightmove which found that someone selling a home in June had only 2.7 seconds to convince a buyer to view their property.
Adverts in local newspapers or on property websites were often the first place buyers search for a new home, but an uninteresting living room picture or poorly written sales message were fatal to a deal when the small number of buyers meant so much less time, said the report.
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A tenant who had a row with his landlord vandalized the rented house leaving £12,000 bill for the destruction caused by him. (13 July 2012)

The trouble had started when Mr Haji who was under a good impression of his tenant was told by his neighbour that the tenant was bypassing the electricity meter. Mr Haji admonished the tenant a couple of times but he continued with it then Mr Haji called the electricity board who visited the property twice but could not get any reply but on their third try they could get in and took off the connection.  Read more...

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A perverted fake doctor who sexually abused women patients has been jailed (13 July 2012)

A conman posing as a GP who may have sexually assaulted hundreds of women when posing as a GP was jailed for five years today.
Antonio Gobbato, 51, called himself ^Big Bad Wolf^ as he used a cosmetic spatula to intimately examine patients. The Brazilian told one victim she was not pregnant after tweaking her nipple.
The Brazilian born Gobbato was convicted of attacking four women but detectives believe he has claimed many more victims in his career as an imposter.
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A mortgage loan so cheap but not for every one (13 July 2012)

HSBC the biggest lenders in Britain has launched the cheapest ever five year fixed mortgage deal in Britain. This deal has sparked hopes that other banks and building societies would also come out with similar deals providing relief for cash strapped homeowners.

The bank’s five-year fixed rate mortgage charges an interest rate of just 2.99 per cent. By comparison, the average rate charged by other lenders is 4.36 per cent.

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Four members of Connors family the traveller gang convicted of keeping modern day slaves (12 July 2012)

In first case of its kind for more than 200 years the travellers are likely to go for a long stay behind bars
Over three decades of forced labour by vulnerable men would have made millions for the Connors family the police believe.
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Britain third largest settlement for immigrants from EU Bloc (12 July 2012)

Britain is has 2.33million immigrants from other EU countries, more than almost anywhere else in Europe except Germany and Spain, according to analysis revealed yesterday.
These figures suggest that just under a third of all immigrants living in Britain have come from other EU countries. It is also believed that the real number may be much higher than the count given by the EU’s statistical arm Eurostat.
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A woman engineer with the Rolls Royce is to sue her employer for more than £135,000 claiming sexual harassment... (12 July 2012)

A woman engineer with the Rolls Royce is to sue her employer for more than £135,000 claiming sexual harassment by her colleagues.A woman engineer with the Rolls Royce is to sue her employer for more than £135,000 claiming sexual harassment by her colleagues. Orla Phelan, 31 told the employment tribunal that she was the only female in her team and that her life was made miserable by two immature team members who groped and belittled her.
She said the pair, Mark Lee and Paul Gamble, derived great pleasure by being sexist and macho at work. She said the two use to talk childish and vulgar language in front of her during which they referred women’s breast as assets.
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A couple who fell ill on their honeymoon trip after eating fish have sued the firm which arranged their tour (11 July 2012)

A luxury handbag designer who went on a £8,500 week-long honeymoon trip to Zanzibar is suing a holiday firm for hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation after she contracted a potentially life-threatening stomach bug after eating an exotic, ‘large reef fish’.
Melissa Ker, owns fashion label Meli Melo, she and husband Douglas claim they suffered stomach upsets, cramps and exhaustion after eating the fish, which was believed to have been a red snapper.
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Tenants opposing missile deployment lose their case for a judicial review (11 July 2012)

The residents of Fred Wigg Tower in Leystone, east London who had gone to the High Court to prevent surface to air missiles being stationed on the roof of their 17 storey residential tower block during the Olympics have lost their case when a judge ruled that the residents did not have an arguable case.
The tenants had raised concerns that the missile base above their heads could put them at a risk of a terrorist attack.
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The gunman who shot a policeman was supposedly obsessed with his neighbours (11 July 2012)

Peter Reeve, 64, the gunman who was being hunted for killing an off duty policeman with a gun shot was said to be having problems with his neighbours reportedly over a row about noise and parking. He did not carry a license for the fire arm.
Neighbours described him as a loner but a “nice chap” and a “very smart man” known for helping other elderly neighbours. One of the neighbours said Reeve was very pleasant to speak to but he had certain views on how the world should be – he has certain standards.
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The accused mother of Shafilea changes her story – accuses her husband for murdering their daughter (10 July 2012)

The case of Shafilea Ahmed has taken a new twist when the mother of the victim who is a co accused for murdering her westernized daughter dramatically changed her story blaming her husband for attacking the teenager.
Farzana Ahmed had denied claims that she and husband Iftikhar suffocated Shafilea in a row over what she was wearing.
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Another tax fraud finds a businessman jailed for one of the longest terms in the prison (10 July 2012)

A businessman who masterminded a £34million tax scam was given one of the longest sentences for fraud in British criminal history it has emerged. He was jailed for 17 years after a court found he laundered millions of pounds to live a life of luxury.
Thomas Scragg drew attention of the police when they were tipped off that two of Scragg’s henchmen Carl and Anthony Johnson were found to be living in opulence without obvious means of income.
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A judge chides a rich divorcing couple for their child like squabbling (10 July 2012)

Jennifer Evans, 46, and Mark Evans, 47, both were penniless when they met and married in 1985. But after setting up a financial IT firm they started to roll in money.
The couple has two teenage daughters when they decided to get separated in July 2010, after Mrs Evans started divorce proceeding in last April.
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A pilot arrested but not charged for terror plot loses his case at a tribunal (9 July 2012)

Samir Jamaluddin a British Airways pilot was sacked from his job after he was allegedly arrested for a terrorist plot involving an aircraft has lost his employment tribunal case against the airlines even though no evidence of his alleged involvement was proved.

Even he was not charged for any alleged offences and the matter was dropped eventually.
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Most frauds within a business is committed by bosses say a research (9 July 2012)

A research has revealed that wherever there was a fraud by an insider the obvious person involved would be the boss of the company.
An inside job within an organization by the management or employees made up 61% of the value of all cases the KPMG accountant’s research revealed. The data used for the figures were for first six months of 2012.
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A potential diplomatic row in offing over a princesses request of political asylum (9 July 2012)

A Saudi Arabian princess request for political asylum has caused a potential diplomatic row with UK Ministers having to assess her claims and decide whether to offer her asylum.
Princess Sara bint Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the niece of Saudi Arabia^s ruler, who is living in London after claiming she was being persecuted by her own family and the Saudi authorities has sought political asylum in the UK because of fears for her safety in her home country.
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A botched eye surgery victim gets £250,000 in compensation after seven years (9 July 2012)

Jan Fearnley, 47, the author of Mr Wolf’s Pancakes, which was shortlisted for a Blue Peter Award who underwent short sight error surgery, was left scarred for life.

The children’s author and illustrator was operated upon by the ophthalmologist Dr Haralabos Eleftheriadis which was supposed to be a routine operation for the doctor.
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Theresa May might take the decision on Gary McKinnon’s extradition in months time (6 July 2012)

The ten year battle against his extradition would come to an end very soon when the Home Secretary Theresa May would finally take a decision on Gary McKinnon who has been facing charges of unlawfully accessing the US Defence Department computers.
The Asperger’s sufferer has claimed that he was innocently looking for evidence of little green men, but the US Government had been insisting that he must face trial in the US.
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Planning officials do not recognize tradition and English heritage (6 July 2012)

Jack Tasker a retired university lecturer who had redone his picturesque 500 year old cottage knowing little that he would face criminal proceedings as the planners say the thatched roof of his cottage was four inch too high.  Read more...

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A robbery with too many loose ends (6 July 2012)

After a night time raid by masked men on a golf club the barmaid who was working got all sympathy from her managers for the terrible ordeal she said she had gone through. They even gave the barmaid a week off to recover from the break-in.  Read more...

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Two young mothers involved in fake marriage with illegal immigrants spared jail (6 July 2012)

Chantelle Burton, 23 and Ashley McGinn, 24, from Middlesbrough who had received thousands of pounds from Ghanaian nationals in return for sham marriages allowing them to stay in the UK were spared jail by a court.
The two young mothers had agreed to marry Benjamin Kusi and Emmanuel Nyarko , illegal immigrants so that they could stay in Britain.
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Withdrawing of housing benefits for under 25s would lead to increased homelessness according to a survey (5 July 2012)

A new survey has suggested that the majority of the public believe that David Cameron^s plans to end housing benefit for the under-25s would result in a rise in homelessness.
Leading homeless charities have attacked the idea saying that it will force more youngsters onto the streets.
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Two brothers facing charges of grooming a pair of teenage girls (5 July 2012)

Two brothers are on trial for grooming a pair of teenage girls before pimping them out to workers at a curry house for £150 a time after hour’s sex sessions, a court heard
Mubarek Ali, 29, and younger brother Ahdel Ali, 24, were paid for carrying the girls, aged 15 and 16, to a restaurant. The two are charged with total of 26 offences including controlling child prostitution, people trafficking and sexual exploitation. Ahdel Ali, known as Eddie, is also accused of rape and sexual activity with a child.
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A frail 84 year old mental health patient handcuffed and strapped to remove him to hospital with no relative present beside him (5 July 2012)

Alan Bailey a frail 84 year old Alzheimer’s sufferer who lived alone in his home, at Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester, after his wife died.
He was getting regular care from local mental health care workers but last March they decided that his condition had deteriorated to an extent where he needed to be sectioned.
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Another damning report by immigration inspector on UKBA’s failure to tackle over-stayers (5 July 2012)

The borders and immigration inspector John Vine has said that the UK Border Agency had no clear strategy for dealing with a group of 150,000 foreign nationals typically students on expired visas.
In his report he warned that the immigration officers were not aware of how many of those who were told to leave the UK had actually left.
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Government’s affordable homes programme carry risk of major failure NAO reports (4 July 2012)

A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) released on Wednesday has said that the Government’s plans of building up to 80,000 properties under the affordable homes programme was at risk of major failure.

The report stated that half of the homes were still to be built in 2015 which is the final year of the scheme’s completion and there was no room for maneuvering.
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Competition in employment is so fierce that employers are insisting for first class from graduates (4 July 2012)

Finding work had been hard in 2011 but has become harder in the current year as openings have come down amid the economic uncertainty a major report has revealed.

The fact that leading companies are being flooded by 73 applications for each graduate vacancy shows the tough conditions prevailing on the employment front.
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How to get out of the trap of a ‘loan shark’ (4 July 2012)

Britain^s double-dip recession, the first since 1975, has left millions of families struggling to make ends meet. Trading Standards say loan sharks are now active in ^every community in England^.
How a victim of a loan shark was forced to repay £90,000 on a £250 car loan has been revealed by the victim. He was also forced to hand over a redundancy payoff of £8,000 it was claimed.
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The Moors killer is being treated in an NHS hospital after collapsing (4 July 2012)

Ian Brady the 74 year old who along with his partner Myra Hindley had murdered five children in the 1960s and who had been starving in a bid to starve himself to death wanted to be declared sane and allowed to die in a Scottish prison. He had been tube fed since he began hunger strike 12 years ago.  Read more...

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Walking dog has brought disciplinary action against a farmer! (3 July 2012)

A legal dispute between neighbours who were warring over dog walks has resulted into court ordering one party of facing jail term if she loitered unduly when she walked her dog across the other party’s land.
Farmer Linda Jefferies, 61, was issued with the order after claims that she was using a public right of way to snoop on Pauline Robb, 52, whose land it crosses.
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The body of a woman suspected to be the victim of domestic violence was discovered by the police (3 July 2012)

The Cleveland Police have arrested a man on suspicion of killing a woman whose body was found in the Bramble’s Farm area of the city following a domestic violence incident at 1am.
Earlier the police had launched a manhunt after discovering the body at a house in Middlesborough and the officers had urged the public not to approach Graham Barry Gibson a former partner of the dead woman whose identity has yet to be confirmed.
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An official watchdog has reported that the conditions in prison was not conducive for a decent treatment to inmates (3 July 2012)

With the prisons becoming overcrowded by the day an official watchdog has warned that it would mean the prisoners were not being treated with appropriate decency.
The prisoners say that the number of people sharing a cell meant there was no more place in the prison they even claimed that the conditions were so bad that they had to sit on the toilet to eat their meals.
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High end property sales have plunged after the hike in stamp duty new figures show (3 July 2012)

The previous year at this time the number of houses which were sold for more than £2million in March was 205 but has dropped to 124, the Land Registry said.

This is seen in the context of stamp duty hike on properties which are worth more than £2million resulting in the sales of high end houses having plunged by 40 percent.
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The marriages and civil partnerships timings are being changed beyond the current practices (2 July 2012)

The timings for registering a marriage would be changed from the current between 08:00 am and 18:00 pm to any time of the day or night according to the officials.
These timings would enable couples to marry any time of the day or night in England and Wales from October.
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A new scheme is being floated by a council to meet the shortage of council housing (2 July 2012)

To create space for new tenants who are waiting in the queue for welfare housing councils have been coming with different schemes some punitive some rewarding.
Aberdeenshire councillors have announced a new scheme aimed at tackling the shire’s shortage of council housing, by coxing tenants to move in smaller homes by making payments.
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A man has been compensated by a council for false accusations (2 July 2012)

Lovell Brian Dennis, 48, who had been looking after his brother Kenneth Plummer a Down’s syndrome patient, under the councils care has been, accused of causing criminal damage and pushing a social worker against a wall when he visited his brother.   Read more...

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