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Further concerns over mental health bed closures in Bolton (31 March 2014)

Health chiefs in Bolton are defending their decision to close 50 mental health beds.  Read more...

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Last minute reprieve for teenager due to be deported (31 March 2014)

A 19-year-old student due to be deported back to Mauritius on Sunday (30/03/14) was told at the last minute that she would not be leaving the UK on a flight that day.  Read more...

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Multi-millionaire who offered ex-wife £83 settles divorce out of court (31 March 2014)

Multi-millionaire Christopher Nightingale has agreed to pay his ex-wife a substantial divorce settlement after he initially offered her just £83.  Read more...

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Axe attack in London could signal gangland violence in Islington (31 March 2014)

Police have arrested two men after a teenager was attacked with on a busy street in north London on Thursday (27/03/14) and another was stabbed.  Read more...

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Government crackdown on cosmetic surgery clinics (31 March 2014)

A government crackdown on cosmetic surgery clinics which go into liquidation to avoid paying out compensation for negligent surgery will mean former bosses of clinics will not be able to set up another clinic.  Read more...

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Immigration fraud gang arrested over supplying fake IDs to migrants (31 March 2014)

Police have smashed a gang selling fake IDs to migrants in hiding in the UK, after the Sunday Mirror conducted an undercover investigation.  Read more...

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Investigation launched after prison riot at HMP Northumberland (31 March 2014)

An investigation has been launched into prisoner unrest at HMP Northumberland, after inmates took over a wing of the prison at the weekend.  Read more...

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Housing benefit bill continues to rise despite bedroom tax (31 March 2014)

Figures from the government’s Office for Budget Responsibility have revealed that housing benefit is to cost taxpayers £1 billion more in the financial years to 2019, despite cuts introduced by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.  Read more...

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Police raid courtesy car companies in insurance scam operation (31 March 2014)

Police officers from the insurance fraud department have arrested nine people in London as part of Operation Bugle – a nationwide investigation into courtesy car insurance fraud  Read more...

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Investigation into death of woman at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre (31 March 2014)

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 40-year-old woman detained at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre in Bedfordshire on Sunday (30/03/14).
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Suspect loses latest round of fight against extradition (28 March 2014)

Shrien Dewani, suspected of arranging the murder of his wife while on honeymoon in South Africa, has lost the latest round of his fight against extradition.  Read more...

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“Property bubble” fears as house prices continue to rise (28 March 2014)

The former chairman of the Financial Services Authority – now known as the Financial Conduct Authority – has warned that escalating property prices could lead to instability in the property sector in London.  Read more...

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Syrian refugees to qualify for legal aid (28 March 2014)

It has been revealed by the Ministry of Justice that refugees who come to the UK to flee the conflict in Syria will be eligible for legal aid because of a number of exemptions regarding the residence test.  Read more...

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UK’s first same sex marriages set for Saturday (28 March 2014)

The first same sex marriages are due to take place this Saturday (29/03/14) as marriage between same sex couples becomes legal.  Read more...

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Police need to improve services for victims of domestic violence (28 March 2014)

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has said that the Metropolitan Police is failing to protect victims of domestic violence.  Read more...

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Cancer risk increases if sunbeds breach safety limits (27 March 2014)

An investigation by North Tyneside Council has found that some sunbeds in tanning salons in the region emit four times the legal limit for UV rays.  Read more...

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Parents sue Disney for £45,000 after daughter goes missing on cruise (27 March 2014)

The parents of a young woman who went missing off the coast of Mexico on a Disney cruise ship have announced they are suing the company for £45,000.  Read more...

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Lincolnshire teen given ASBO for intimidating behaviour (27 March 2014)

A teenager from Lincolnshire that abused and harassed local community members during a 15-month reign of terror has been handed a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) and warned about his future behaviour.
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Tory MP calls for end to immigration cap (26 March 2014)

Backbencher Mark Field – MP for the Cities of London and Westminster – has told the Prime Minister to stop trying to “out-UKIP UKIP”.  Read more...

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Lincolnshire’s migrant workers “putting health at risk by adopting local lifestyle choices” (26 March 2014)

Lincolnshire’s director of public health Dr Tony Hill is warning that migrant workers who arrive in the area “fit and healthy” are damaging their health by adopting the bad habits of local residents, including smoking and eating junk food.  Read more...

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Inquest jury criticises Army’s lapses in safety after soldier dies on training exercise (26 March 2014)

An inquest jury has criticised the Army for failings in safety procedures, after a 21-year-old soldier was shot in the neck and died during training exercise.  Read more...

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Automotive assessor compensated for workplace injuries (26 March 2014)

An automotive assessor from Wales who suffered serious personal injuries after a fall in the workplace caused by a fellow colleague^s mistake has secured a five-figure settlement.  Read more...

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Housing experts warn of pitfalls of guaranteed rent schemes (26 March 2014)

Eviction specialist company Landlord Action is warning landlords that if a guaranteed rent agreement goes wrong or a company offering the service folds, landlords may have problems getting their properties back from rental tenants.  Read more...

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Nottingham burglar handed four-year jail term (25 March 2014)

A man from Nottinghamshire who carried out a series of burglaries in the East Midlands has been given a four-year jail term for his crimes following a one-day trial.  Read more...

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Government’s failure to commission data “resulted in public fears” over immigration (25 March 2014)

A report by the Home Affairs Select Committee has found that fears over immigration from Bulgaria and Romania when border restrictions on the two countries were lifted on 1 January were fuelled as a result of government shortcomings - including a failure on the part of the government to commission estimates of how many migrants might arrive in the UK after the border restrictions were lifted.  Read more...

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Law Society issues guidelines on Sharia law to solicitors (25 March 2014)

The Law Society has drawn up a guide for solicitors on succession rules under Sharia law to allow Muslim families living in the UK to draft legal documents in line with Islamic laws.  Read more...

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Teenager deported back to Mauritius will be separated from her family (25 March 2014)

An 18-year-old girl due to be deported back to Mauritius on Tuesday (25/03/14) will be separated from her mother and sister once she is returned to her home country.
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MPs to vote on decriminalising non-payment of TV licence (24 March 2014)

All three political parties will vote on Tuesday (25/03/14) on the decriminalisation of non-payment of a TV licence.  Read more...

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12 years for veiled attacker who launched acid attack on friend (24 March 2014)

A 22-year-old woman who disguised herself in a veil to throw acid in the face of her friend has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.  Read more...

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EU “plans to take UK to court” over limiting access to benefits (24 March 2014)

The European Commission is planning to take the British government to court over plans to limit access to welfare benefits for EU migrants in the UK.  Read more...

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Illegal gas fitter prosecuted for putting lives at risk (24 March 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted an illegal gas fitter who put lives at risk when he carried out work in homes at Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria.  Read more...

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Nurse may have been killed by mental health patient (24 March 2014)

A nurse on her way to work may have been stabbed to death by one of the mental health patients she had cared for.  Read more...

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Paedophile loses appeal against conviction (24 March 2014)

A former security guard from the West Midlands convicted of raping and sexually abusing girls as young as seven had lost his Appeal Court bid to clear his name.
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Family judge calls for greater transparency on court judgements (24 March 2014)

Children separated from their parents by court rulings must be able to find out the reasons behind the decision when they become adults according to new recommendations made by the most senior family judge.
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Childminder struck off childminders’ register, after three-year-old is left in car for five hours (24 March 2014)

A Care Standards Tribunal has heard how a childminder who offered to give a lift to a three-year-old girl forgot she was in the back of her car and left her strapped in for five hours while she was at work.
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“Brutal underworld” for girls involved in gangs (24 March 2014)

The Centre for Social Justice (CJS) has said that girls who operate within gang culture lead "desperate" lives in which "rape is seen as a weapon and carrying drugs and guns is seen as normal". Deputy policy director Edward Boyd said a CJS report had uncovered a “brutal underworld” for girls in gangs.
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Cyclist killed by motorist on Mind’s mental health charity bike ride (24 March 2014)

Mental health charity cyclist Christian Smith has been killed in a road accident on a 24-hour charity bike ride.  Read more...

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Neglect of patients to be a criminal offence (21 March 2014)

It has been revealed that there could be as many as 240 prosecutions each year of people accused of wilful neglect or cruel treatment of patients. This is the result of a new criminal offence that is to be put in place after the scandal in the Mid Staffordshire health service.  Read more...

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Couple evicted from home for cultivating illegal drugs (21 March 2014)

A married couple from Peterborough have been evicted from their home by a local housing association for growing cannabis and consistent anti-social behaviour.  Read more...

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Trust pulls out of running mental health services for Bedfordshire (21 March 2014)

South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT) is to continue running Bedford Mental Health Services for another year, despite pulling out of the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (BCCG) procurement process in March.  Read more...

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Building contractor pleads guilty to asbestos health and safety breaches (21 March 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a firm of builders, after its workers were exposed to asbestos dust.  Read more...

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Cosmetic surgeon warns that anti-wrinkle fillers can cause blindness and stroke (21 March 2014)

A cosmetic surgeon is warning that some cosmetic fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments can cause serious injuries to patients, including blindness, nerve damage and tissue necrosis.  Read more...

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G4S guards charged over death of Mubenga (21 March 2014)

G4S guards are to be prosecuted over the death of deportee Jimmy Mubenga, more than four years after the incident at Heathrow Airport.  Read more...

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Call for prenup agreements to be made legal (21 March 2014)

The Law Commission has recommended that prenuptial agreements should be made legally binding in a divorce but only when the requirements of any children of the marriage and the needs of the divorcing couple have been met.  Read more...

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£280,000 compensation for 130 cruise ship passengers who fell ill (20 March 2014)

Passengers who fell ill on a Fred Olsen cruise liner have been awarded £280,000 in compensation after taking legal action against the company.  Read more...

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Islington is now London’s hotspot for mobile phone theft (20 March 2014)

New figures from London’s Metropolitan Police Force have shown that despite a rise in the number of mobile phone thefts in some London Boroughs in 2012, only 56 people were prosecuted for mobile phone theft.  Read more...

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Benefit fraudster given 12-month jail term (20 March 2014)

A benefit fraudster from Liverpool has been jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay back a substantial five-figure sum after illegitimately claiming £74,000 of state handouts.  Read more...

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Budget welfare cap may price tenants out of housing association homes (20 March 2014)

The chief executive of housing provider the Home Group has said that measures in the Chancellor’s Budget could price benefit claimants out of housing association homes.  Read more...

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Hit-and-run accidents rise in London (20 March 2014)

Figures on hit-and-run accidents in London show that more people are dying or are being injured in hit-and-run accidents in the capital, despite a high-profile campaign targeting motorists driving uninsured.  Read more...

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Cyclist sues council for £100,000 over pothole accident (19 March 2014)

A 56-year-old cyclist is suing Hertfordshire County Council for failing to maintain a road which he alleges resulted in him sustaining life changing injuries following a bicycle accident.  Read more...

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Tourist asked to leave intensive care after holiday accident (19 March 2014)

A London hairdresser who was left in a coma after a holiday accident in Egypt was asked to leave a private hospital 48 hours after regaining consciousness because he could not pay the hospital fees.  Read more...

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UK will not comply with EU Directive which could let motorists off speeding charges (19 March 2014)

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is warning that under proposed changes in EU law, motorists caught for speeding could escape fines.  Read more...

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London Mayor calls for FGM to be reported as a crime (19 March 2014)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has said that reporting victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police must become law.  Read more...

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Essex County Council personal injury payouts total £1 million (19 March 2014)

According to new figures, Essex County Council has spent over £1 million settling personal injury claims during the last three years, with almost a quarter of that figure being paid out to one victim that slipped on a ketchup sachet at school.  Read more...

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Britain on verge of prison overcrowding crisis say experts (18 March 2014)

Prison overcrowding is reaching dangerous levels and it is at its worst since 2008 according to new figures published Monday, which have put added pressure on Justice Secretary Chris Grayling ahead of planned emergency measures.  Read more...

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Ex-maths teacher given suspended sentence for drugs-related charge (18 March 2014)

A former maths teacher has been handed down an 18-month suspended sentence after criminal charges for dealing in drugs were dropped against her.  Read more...

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Police chief calls for more places of safety for mental health patients in Devon and Cornwall (18 March 2014)

The Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer has expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of progress in providing “places of safety” within local hospitals for mental health patients.  Read more...

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Liverpool asylum seekers “living in squalor” and subjected to racial abuse (18 March 2014)

New figures from the National Audit Office (NAO) have revealed that many asylum seekers in Liverpool are housed in accommodation which is “damp and dangerous”.  Read more...

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Family Court rules absentee father is “not really rich” on £100,000 salary (18 March 2014)

A judge has ruled that a banker with an £100,000 salary is “not really rich” in a family court case involving an absentee father.  Read more...

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“Hard-pressed” working parents get £2,000 childcare tax break (18 March 2014)

The government has announced a £2,000 tax break for working parents earning up to £300,000 annually.  Read more...

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UK to tackle plight of Syria’s refugee girls forced into marriage to escape sexual violence (17 March 2014)

Downing Street has announced that Davis Cameron is to host a Girls’ Summit to tackle the issue of the increasing number of girls under the age of 16 from Syrian families, who are forced to marry because their parents are refugees and are living in extreme poverty.  Read more...

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Home secretary urges government to tackle domestic violence (17 March 2014)

According to crime statistics, domestic violence convictions fell significantly in the West Midlands last year as leading politicians called for a greater focus on figures on such crimes in order to get a greater number of abusive partners behind bars.  Read more...

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Birmingham City Council announces affordable housing plans (17 March 2014)

Birmingham City Council is set to show its commitment to creating affordable housing in the second city by building hundreds of council houses and procuring maintenance and repair contracts for existing properties under new proposals set to be announced next week.  Read more...

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New childcare tax breaks for families expected in the Budget (17 March 2014)

Sky News reports that the government is to introduce new tax breaks for childcare in the Budget.
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Mental health patients failed by Mental Health Capacity Act 2005 (17 March 2014)

Safeguards for mental health patients were which introduced in 2005 have resulted in thousands of vulnerable and elderly mental health patients being “imprisoned” in care homes against their will.
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Scaffolder prosecuted after decorator is injured in work accident (17 March 2014)

A London scaffolding company has been prosecuted after a painter and decorator was injured when he fell through an unprotected ladder opening on scaffolding.  Read more...

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£500m divorce could be UK’s largest settlement, after ASOS founder separates from wife (17 March 2014)

The multimillionaire founder of online fashion retailer ASOS could be heading for one of the UK’s most costly divorce cases after separating from his wife.  Read more...

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Young adults call for tougher sentences for young offenders, BBC poll finds (14 March 2014)

A survey for BBC Radio’s Newsbeat has found that young adults support tougher sentences for young offenders who commit violent crimes.  Read more...

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First Choice customer who shattered leg in holiday accident “still waiting for compensation” (14 March 2014)

A father from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire who broke his leg in six places after being catapulted from a water slide into a swimming pool wall at the Turkish resort of Altinkum has still not received compensation from tour operator First Choice two years after the holiday accident.  Read more...

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Bailiffs may be used to beat benefit fraud (14 March 2014)

Downing Street has announced proposals to tackle benefit fraud by removing luxury items like cars and computers or televisions from the homes of those found to be fraudulently claiming benefits.  Read more...

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Hull teenagers handed ASBOs (14 March 2014)

Two teenagers from Hull have been handed Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) in an attempt to curb their consistent offending in the city, which has ranged from petty crimes to burglary and abusive behaviour.  Read more...

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Security firm G4S has agreed to repay the money it overcharged the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for the electronic tagging of some convicted criminals allowed out on licence. (13 March 2014)

Security firm G4S has agreed to repay the money it overcharged the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for the electronic tagging of some convicted criminals allowed out on licence.  Read more...

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3D printing set to revolutionise reconstructive surgery for accident victims and cancer patients (13 March 2014)

3D printers are set to revolutionise reconstructive surgery, as team of plastic surgeons use 3D printing to replicate components of the body damaged or destroyed in accidents or as a result of diseases like cancer.  Read more...

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Office worker attacked by seagull could win £7,000 in compensation for injuries (13 March 2014)

An office worker who was badly injured after a seagull attack outside the building where she worked is suing the landlord of the building, alleging that it did not take enough care regarding her health and safety.  Read more...

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More community care for mental health patients proposed by Bolton CCG (12 March 2014)

Health chiefs in Bolton have defended a decision to close 50 mental health beds at the Royal Bolton Hospital, claiming that the money saved will be invested elsewhere in health services.  Read more...

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Road accident victim to sue DUI driver for personal injury compensation (12 March 2014)

A woman convicted and jailed for driving under the influence (DUI) and exceeding the speed limit is being sued by a man she hit and injured.  Read more...

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British woman’s husband denied Family Leave to Remain because of cancer treatment cost (12 March 2014)

The American husband of a British woman was deported by the Home Office because his cancer diagnosis has made him a burden on the British taxpayer.  Read more...

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Liverpool man jailed for drug growing and grenade possession offences (12 March 2014)

A man from Liverpool has been jailed for 18 months for setting up a small-scale cannabis farm at his home as well as possessing a military-grade explosive device.  Read more...

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Women arrested in Worcester and Banbury over suspicions of managing a brothel (11 March 2014)

Police in Worcestershire have raided a property in the St Peter’s area of Worcester and arrested two women aged 26 and 34 in connection with the management of a brothel.  Read more...

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Students lose legal battle (11 March 2014)

Students fighting against their university’s decision to remove them from their courses have lost their battle in the High Court in London.   Read more...

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Tata Steel employee secures six-figure pay out for injury at work (11 March 2014)

A Tata Steel employee has received a £235,000 settlement for a personal injury sustained during an accident at work, which almost left him without a leg.  Read more...

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Welfare changes impact on role of housing officers, says new study (11 March 2014)

New research commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Wheatley Housing Group has found that changes to welfare benefits such as housing benefit has led to more tenants in social housing requiring help – and even emotional support – from frontline housing staff.  Read more...

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Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme “will prevent costly immigration cases” (11 March 2014)

A scheme to repatriate immigrants who arrive in Greece is likely to help 1,300 migrants return to their home countries – at a cost of £2 million to the British taxpayer.  Read more...

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Mother driven to kill children over custody fears found dead at secure hospital (11 March 2014)

The mother of three children whom she was jailed for killing has been found dead at the secure mental health hospital where she was being held.  Read more...

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Concern raised over plans to give terror suspects ‘stateless’ status (11 March 2014)

Members of Parliament have voiced their concern over the plans from Theresa May to make naturalised British citizens stateless if their behaviour is against national interest.   Read more...

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LibDdems call for wealthy grandparents of migrants to be allowed into UK (10 March 2014)

The Liberal Democrats are calling for the grandparents of migrants to be allowed into the UK with their children and grandchildren.  Read more...

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Undercover police scandal may lead to conviction appeals (10 March 2014)

Details of how undercover policemen infiltrated groups of political activists – even to the point of forming intimate relationships without revealing their true identities – may mean hundreds of convictions could be appealed.  Read more...

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Clare’s Law establishes right to know if a partner has a history of domestic violence (10 March 2014)

From Saturday (08/03/14), women in England and Wales have been given the right to ask police whether their partner has a history of domestic violence.  Read more...

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Non-payment of TV licence may become civil offence (10 March 2014)

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is working on plans to make failing to buy a TV Licence a non-criminal offence.  Read more...

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Support for vulnerable families in Worcestershire – as local MP calls for free childcare for working parents (10 March 2014)

Providers of support for vulnerable families in Worcestershire have been praised by the director of the national Troubled Families programme, which helps families with problems across the UK.
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Ruling on use of deceased man’s sperm to conceive could affect current law (10 March 2014)

A woman whose husband froze his sperm before he died of cancer has won the right to create an embryo using the sperm – despite the fact her husband had not given the necessary consents before his death.  Read more...

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£140m fund to help councils repair roads damaged after winter storms (10 March 2014)

The government is providing an additional £140 million to help local councils repair damage to roads as a result of the winter storms across the UK.
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Court of Appeal rules against council after refugee refuses high-rise council flat (10 March 2014)

The Court of Appeal has upheld the right of a refugee from Somalia to refuse a council flat on the basis it is too small and she is scared of heights.  Read more...

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Armed robber pleads guilty after failed hold up (10 March 2014)

A bungling armed robber that failed to hold up a shop in London despite carrying a sawn-off shotgun and wearing a balaclava was caught by police just hours after the incident late last year.  Read more...

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Migrant entrepreneurs make substantial economic contribution says report (7 March 2014)

Migrants are driving entrepreneurial spirit in the United Kingdom, according to a new major study showing workers that have arrived from abroad are twice as likely to set up their own businesses compared to UK-born individuals.  Read more...

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APIL calls for change in “archaic” law to help Hillsborough claimants (7 March 2014)

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is calling for a change in the law to assist relatives of victims of the Hillsborough Disaster in making compensation claims.  Read more...

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Oxfam counter-fraud expert pleads guilty to £65,000 fraud (7 March 2014)

A fraud expert pleaded guilty to defrauding the charity he worked for of £65,000 at the Old Bailey on Thursday (06/03/14).  Read more...

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Homeless figures rise as a result of eviction by private landlords (7 March 2014)

Government figures have revealed that one-third of homeless people in London have been evicted from their homes by private landlords.  Read more...

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Crime baron given 'super ASBO' and ordered to settle tax debts (6 March 2014)

A tax cheat and criminal kingpin from Newcastle has been issued with a ‘super crime ASBO’ and ordered to pay back in excess of £250,000 of his ill-gotten gains following a High Court ruling.  Read more...

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GMB calls for councils to name landlords profiting from housing benefit tenants (6 March 2014)

The GMB union has called on 62 councils which pay private landlords housing benefit for tenants to declare the amount paid to each.  Read more...

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NCA says “secrecy” helps uphold right to a fair trial (6 March 2014)

The secrecy of the National Crime Agency (NCA) has prompted calls for the agency to follow national police guidelines and name suspects who have been arrested.  Read more...

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Disabled council tenant wins landmark housing benefit appeal (6 March 2014)

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that Local Authorities need to use a wider interpretation of the term “adapt the dwelling” when assessing housing benefit claims for people with disabilities.  Read more...

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£230,000 personal injury compensation for teacher who slipped on ketchup sachet (6 March 2014)

Essex County Council has paid out £230,000 in compensation after a teacher slipped on an empty tomato ketchup sachet in a school corridor and was injured.
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Number of children trafficked into UK almost doubles (5 March 2014)

The number of children being trafficked into the UK in the last year has risen by 47%, according to figures released by the National Crime Agency under the National Referral Mechanism. A total of 1,746 people were referred as victims of trafficking, the figures show.  Read more...

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Government urged to publish report suggesting British workforce is not losing out to migrant workers (5 March 2014)

The government is being accused of withholding a report which shows that the number of British-born workers “displaced” by workers from other countries is not as high as some people may believe.  Read more...

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Angry tenant criticises landlord for long running water problems (5 March 2014)

A social housing tenant from London has been locked in a long running dispute with her landlord over a lack of hot water, with the woman in question claiming that she has been without the utility for over four months.  Read more...

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Mesothelioma compensation awarded to family of engineer exposed to asbestos at work (5 March 2014)

The family of an engineer who died from asbestos-related mesothelioma cancer have been awarded compensation.  Read more...

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Britain’s childcare system “not fit for purpose”, as childcare costs soar (5 March 2014)

The Family and Childcare Trust’s annual report has revealed that childcare now costs families as much as a mortgage – and for some families, more than their mortgage.  Read more...

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Welder receives six-figure settlement for severe injuries (4 March 2014)

A former welder from Manchester that suffered severe facial fractures following an accident at work has received a £500,000 settlement for his “life-changing” personal injuries.  Read more...

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£40,000 medical negligence payout, after nine-year-old dies from post-surgical error (4 March 2014)

The parents of a nine-year-old girl who died after a routine appendectomy have agreed an out-of-court settlement with the health trust involved.  Read more...

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ASBO for shoplifter with sweet tooth (4 March 2014)

A 33-year-old man who stole 20 bars of Galaxy chocolate from a shop in Bolton received an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) when he appeared before Bolton Magistrates’ Court.  Read more...

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Convicted murderer may win payout over lack of prison rehabilitation (4 March 2014)

A convicted killer may be awarded compensation after he took action against the Prison Service for not providing him with rehabilitation in jail.  Read more...

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Bedroom tax and lack of smaller council properties fuelling rent arrears in Croydon (4 March 2014)

A report in the Croydon Advertiser has revealed that since the bedroom tax was introduced, more than 600 social housing tenants in the area have fallen into arrears with their rent.  Read more...

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Divorcee warns wealthy women about dangers of pre-nups (3 March 2014)

The daughter of one of the UK’s richest men has warned that a judge’s ruling in her divorce case should act as a disincentive for wealthy women to marry.
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Fraud victims urge others to contact FCA to prevent boiler room scams (3 March 2014)

People who have fallen victim to so called “boiler room” scams are urging others to check the website of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for advice before parting with any money to cold callers who offer investment opportunities.  Read more...

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Family calls for more safety on ski slopes after fatal ski accident in Austria (3 March 2014)

The family of a 23-year-old man killed on a ski slope in Austria are calling for more safety measures to be implemented on ski runs at the resort St Anton.  Read more...

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75 incidents of rape and sexual assault in the Armed Forces every year (3 March 2014)

Armed Forces staff have made more than 200 allegations of rape and sexual assault against colleagues in the last three years.  Read more...

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Mental health trust cuts 400 jobs – then looks overseas to fill 505 posts (3 March 2014)

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has admitted that having cut 400 jobs at the mental health trust, they are now looking to fill 505 jobs by recruiting candidates from overseas.  Read more...

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Think thank says amnesty for illegal immigrants would boost economy (3 March 2014)

A think tank supported by Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is calling for illegal immigrants to be awarded full citizenship.  Read more...

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