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Dispute over “insufficient commissioning” of mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk (29 May 2015)

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has accused the Central Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of not commissioning enough beds or staff to meet the needs of mental health patients in Norfolk and Suffolk.  Read more...

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Benefit fraud costing Wolverhampton Council £650,000 a year (29 May 2015)

A new report has revealed that Wolverhampton Council has lost more than £650,000 as a result of benefit fraud in the last 12 months.  Read more...

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Arrests made in year-long benefit fraud investigation in Redbridge (29 May 2015)

A total of 13 arrests have been made in a joint operation between the Metropolitan Police, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Redbridge Council’s benefit fraud investigation team.  Read more...

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Six-year sentence for causing death by dangerous driving and other charges (29 May 2015)

A man who boasted about driving a hire car at 142mph has been jailed for six years, after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving – as well as causing death while unlicensed, causing death while uninsured and dangerous driving.  Read more...

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Family of Formula 1 driver may make compensation claim over crash (28 May 2015)

The family of Formula 1 test driver Maria De Villota are considering taking legal action over her death, after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said earlier this week that it would take no action against Marussia for the crash.  Read more...

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New dads “too scared” to ask their boss for paternity leave (28 May 2015)

New research shows that most new fathers are “too scared” to ask their bosses for more paternity leave under the government’s shared parenting scheme.  Read more...

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Botox patient left with “black eye” after practitioner hits a blood vessel (28 May 2015)

A 58-year-old woman who had Botox before celebrating her silver wedding anniversary and birthday was left with bruising round her eye after the injection punctured a blood vessel.  Read more...

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Human Rights Act omitted from Queen’s Speech (28 May 2015)

The Queen’s Speech has not included anticipated legislation which would replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights because it is reported that ministers do not wish to “rush it through”.  Read more...

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First rate-fixing fraud trial gets underway (27 May 2015)

A former City trader with investment banks UBS and Citigroup is standing trial at Southwark Crown Court over alleged conspiracy to rig global interest rates.  Read more...

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Wedding party “struck down with holiday sickness and diarrhoea” in Dominican Republic (27 May 2015)

A bride and groom who allege their £28,000 wedding was ruined when they and 12 guests were struck down with holiday food poisoning have complained to tour operator Thomson.  Read more...

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UK will not be accepting mandatory migrant quotas, says International Development Secretary (27 May 2015)

The International Development Secretary Justine Greening has said that the UK will not agree to migrant quotas, as the EU tries to relocate thousands of African migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece.  Read more...

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Guilty verdict for Coventry student who dropped out of school to go to Syria (27 May 2015)

A jury has returned a unanimous guilty verdict in a case involving an Imam’s son who travelled to the Syrian border – and claimed he did so because he was “stressed” over his A levels.  Read more...

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Health Service Ombudsman “blasts” Homerton Hospital over death of patient (26 May 2015)

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has criticised Homerton Hospital, after a 60-year-old man went missing from his bed for three hours and was found dead in a lavatory cubicle, having bled to death.  Read more...

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Queen’s Speech expected to include new proposals to speed up adoption (26 May 2015)

This week’s Queen’s Speech is expected to include proposals to help speed up adoption, by encouraging councils to work more closely together to place children in new families.  Read more...

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Fitness instructor left scarred by side effects of St John’s Wort (26 May 2015)

A 39-year-old fitness instructor who took the herbal medicine St John’s Wort to boost her mood after bereavement has been left with scarring on her face after her skin suffered a reaction to the herbal medicine on holiday.  Read more...

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Police call on public for trafficking information, after Essex man is charged with rape and modern slavery offences (26 May 2015)

A man from Braintree in Essex has been charged with rape and offences under the Modern Slavery Bill.  Read more...

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Fire service briefs tenants with mental health needs on fire prevention (26 May 2015)

Fire fighters in Milton Keynes have visited tenants with mental health conditions at a supported housing scheme to help make them more aware of fire hazards.  Read more...

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North London boroughs apply for Judicial Review of London Mayor’s consent to redevelop Mount Pleasant (26 May 2015)

Islington and Camden councils have launched a joint challenge to the London Mayor’s decision to grant permission to Royal Mail to redevelop part of the historic Mount Pleasant sorting office site in Clerkenwell, because the plans do not include enough affordable housing.  Read more...

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DWP hails benefit cap success on same day MoJ figures show record number of evictions in 2015 (26 May 2015)

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has hailed the success of the benefit cap on the same day that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reported a record number of evictions among rental tenants.  Read more...

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Shelter research shows number of young homeowners will halve by 2020 without “bold and immediate” government action (26 May 2015)

New research from homeless charity Shelter suggests that the number of young homeowners will halve by the year 2020, unless the housing crisis is tackled.  Read more...

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Record rise in private sector rents “fuelling housing crisis” (26 May 2015)

New figures form the Buy-to-Let Index show that private sector rents have risen by their fastest rate since 2010, to reach an all-time record high.  Read more...

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Record rise in private sector rents “fuelling housing crisis” (26 May 2015)

New figures form the Buy-to-Let Index show that private sector rents have risen by their fastest rate since 2010, to reach an all-time record high.  Read more...

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Scottish health board inquiry into allegation that surgeon carried out amputation using rusty saw (26 May 2015)

Ayr Hospital in Scotland has launched an investigation after a surgeon allegedly amputated a patient’s leg using a rust saw he found in a cupboard because the local DIY store was closed.  Read more...

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Medical equipment manufacturer fined £8,000 after two workers suffer injuries in unguarded machinery (26 May 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a medical equipment company, after two workers were injured in separate incidents when machinery parts were not properly guarded.  Read more...

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Education expert warns UK immigration policy may deter overseas students (26 May 2015)

A leading education expert has said that the government must articulate its message on immigration more carefully, or risk losing overseas students to other countries.  Read more...

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Two-thirds of London boroughs “fall prey to cyber-crime” (26 May 2015)

London boroughs responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request have revealed that two-thirds have suffered data breaches as a result of cyber-crime, potentially putting the security of London residents at risk from identity theft.  Read more...

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Research shows many young drivers “unaware” of changes in drug-driving law (26 May 2015)

A new study by Carrot Car Insurance has found that one in eight young drivers is not aware of a change in the law surrounding drug-driving.  Read more...

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£20,000 fine after worker is injured in works yard vehicle collision (26 May 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a fuel supply business, after a worker was injured when he was struck by a vehicle in the works yard.  Read more...

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Self-styled lord repays £13.5m after being jailed for fraud (22 May 2015)

A self-styled “lord” who was jailed for fraud after setting up a scam investment scheme has repaid £13.5 million after selling a central London mansion where he once hosted sex parties for wealthy friends and clients, who were not aware of his fraudulent activities.  Read more...

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£20,000 payout and apology, after police fail to believe rape victim’s story (22 May 2015)

Police in Hampshire are to pay a rape victim £20,000, after failing to investigate her complaint properly.  Read more...

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Cameron pledges to tackle rising net migration (22 May 2015)

David Cameron has pledged to introduce new measures to reduce net migration, after the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a record number of migrants came to the UK in 2014.  Read more...

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Liverpool social services return baby boy to Slovakia for adoption (22 May 2015)

Social services in Liverpool have returned a six-month-old baby boy back to his mother’s native country of Slovakia, after she decided that she could not raise him.  Read more...

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Illegal immigrant workers' pay will be seized, says David Cameron (21 May 2015)

In a bid to deter immigration David Cameron has pledged to seize the pay of illegal immigrant workers and will also announce moves to prosecute firms which only advertise abroad for staff.  Read more...

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Home Secretary announces review into police “tick box” culture (21 May 2015)

Home Secretary Theresa May has criticised police forces which concentrate on targets, taking frontline officers away from serious crime.  Read more...

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BMA attacks Cameron’s plans to extend GP services (21 May 2015)

The British Medical Association (BMA) has criticised David Cameron’s pledge to make GP services available seven days a week– saying that services are already close to breaking point and the Prime Minister needs to “get real”.  Read more...

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Disabled victims of hate crimes “still let down by justice system” (21 May 2015)

A new report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate has concluded that victims of disability hate crime are still being let down by the system – with police, prosecutors and probation services failing to bring about “much-needed change” in the past two years.  Read more...

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Supreme Court victory for author whose book details childhood sexual abuse (21 May 2015)

A concert pianist has won his legal battle to have an injunction lifted, so that he can publish his memoirs which detail how he was sexually abused as a child.  Read more...

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Judgment Reported in Duncan Lewis Iran Social Media Immigration Human Rights Case (20 May 2015)

Judgment has been reported in the case of AB and Others Iran [2015] UKUT 0257 (IAC) where Duncan Lewis represented the claimant who is an Iranian citizen seeking asylum in the UK due to risks to his person if he was removed back to Iran.  Read more...

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£15m government pledge to prevent mental health patients being held in police cells (20 May 2015)

Home Secretary Theresa May is to pledge £15 million to help keep people with mental health conditions out of police cells.<  Read more...

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Yorkshire charity sets up Supported Lodgings Scheme for homeless 16- to 25-year-olds (20 May 2015)

A youth homelessness charity in Yorkshire is setting up a scheme to help young homeless people find a place to live.  Read more...

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Manchester University and council launch project to tackle “persistent prejudice” towards Roma families (20 May 2015)

Manchester Town Hall and the University of Manchester are collaborating on a project to tackle discrimination towards the Roma community among social services and schools.  Read more...

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Family sue over Egypt holiday illness nightmare (20 May 2015)

A family from the UK is taking legal action against a tour operator after they allege they were bitten by insects and fell ill days into a one-week holiday at the five-star Sunwing Waterworld Makadi Hotel in Egypt.  Read more...

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Nurse convicted of murder “may not be qualified” (19 May 2015)

A male nurse has been found guilty of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 other by injection insulin into saline bags and ampoules.  Read more...

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Figures show bed days per mental health patient have fallen 10% in last two years (19 May 2015)

Healthwatch England has said that cuts to mental health budgets may mean mental health patients are being sent home after inpatient care without being sufficiently prepared.  Read more...

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Parents now turning to children for mortgage help (19 May 2015)

A survey by the National Association of Estate Agents has revealed that one-third of estate agents have witnessed older borrowers being subjected to age discrimination and being refused a home loan.
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Children taken into care after decomposing body is found at grandparents’ home where they played (19 May 2015)

A mother of two young children from Knowle on Merseyside has pleaded guilty to neglect, after she allowed her children to play at their grandparents’ home where the body of the children’s uncle was later found decomposing n an upstairs room.  Read more...

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UK and Dutch scientists pioneer fingerprint drug testing (19 May 2015)

Scientists at the University of Surrey and colleagues have pioneered a test which detects whether an individual has snorted cocaine or who has simply handled the drug.  Read more...

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Inquest told that failings in prison service contributed to death of vulnerable prisoner (19 May 2015)

An inquest in Norfolk has been told that failings in the prison service contributed to the death of a prisoner who had protested his innocence for 11 years before admitting killing a pensioner, online publisher EDP24 reports.  Read more...

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Mother-of-two facing jail for £30,000 benefit fraud (19 May 2015)

A 37-year-old woman who falsely claimed £30,000 in benefits by saying she was a single mother has been told by a judge that she could face a jail term for the fraud.  Read more...

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Survey shows widespread support for “tougher drink-driving controls” for young motorists (19 May 2015)

A new survey by insurance group Direct Line has found that many adults feel drink-drive limits should be lower for young and novice motorists.  Read more...

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RAC head calls for “graduated driving licence” to prevent teen deaths on the road (19 May 2015)

RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister has said that new figures on road traffic accidents involving teenage motorists show a need for the introduction of a “graduated driving licence”, which would place restrictions on teenage motorists, including night curfews, limits on the number of passengers in a vehicle, late-night curfews – and a minimum one-year learning period.  Read more...

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Coroner rules two children on holiday “unlawfully killed” by CO poisoning (19 May 2015)

A lawyer representing a family who lost two children as a result of carbon monoxide (CO) from a faulty boiler has said that tour operator Thomas Cook should “hang its head in shame”.  Read more...

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Supreme Court ruling will help vulnerable single homeless people find housing (18 May 2015)

A Supreme Court judgement has made the application of the “vulnerability test” much fairer for single homeless people – including women fleeing domestic violence and young people who are forced to leave their family home.  Read more...

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Fred Olsen Lines claim one passenger caused norovirus outbreak on Norwegian cruise (18 May 2015)

Passengers on board a Fred Olsen Cruise Lines trip to the Norwegian Fjords are taking legal action after they were confined to their cabins with symptoms of holiday food poisoning.  Read more...

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£150,000 fine for steel foundry after worker dies from mouth injury (18 May 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a steel foundry after a worker died from serious mouth injuries after he was struck in the face by a shard from an abrasive disc that exploded from a hand-held grinding machine.  Read more...

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Four years in jail for Manchester drug dealer (18 May 2015)

A drug dealer in Manchester has been jailed for four years, after a police raid on his city centre flat uncovered cocaine, heroin and £10,000 in cash.  Read more...

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Social housing provider obtains three injunctions against tenants for anti-social behaviour in one week (18 May 2015)

Salford-based social housing provider Salix Homes has secured three civil injunctions in a week using the new anti-social behaviour legislation introduced in March 2014, online publisher 24Dash.com reports.  Read more...

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London borough to make public housing development viability studies (18 May 2015)

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is to force housing developers to supply a “fully public” viability study for planning applications which do not meet the council^s affordable housing target.  Read more...

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Award-winnng entrepreneur says UK needs more skilled Stem migrants (18 May 2015)

An entrepreneur has said the Conservative government should embrace the migration of skilled workers to the UK, to fill skills gaps in Stem sectors, including engineering, science and IT.  Read more...

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An investigation into a work incident in which a 19-tear-old trainee design engineer was killed has led to a Bedford firm being handed a fine of £300,000. (18 May 2015)

An investigation into a work incident in which a 19-tear-old trainee design engineer was killed has led to a Bedford firm being handed a fine of £300,000.  Read more...

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Family Division judge tells wealthy couple to settle £1m divorce dispute “round a negotiation table” (15 May 2015)

A High Court judge has told a former beauty queen and her ex-husband to stop dragging their “unedifying” dispute through the courts.  Read more...

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Head of mental health charity calls on Conservatives to pledge more funding for crisis care (14 May 2015)

The chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, Mark Winstanley, has called for “firm commitments” in funding for acute care mental health services – and says that if this is not quickly forthcoming, insufficient funding of mental health services for people in crisis would continue to cost lives.  Read more...

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Teenage smash and grab gang jailed for total of 30 years (14 May 2015)

Kingston Crown Court has jailed a teenage gang from Islington in north London for a total of 30 years, after they carried out smash and grab raids on two of London’s top hotels.  Read more...

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£17,000 for dental veneers which fell off (13 May 2015)

A butler who underwent cosmetic dentistry has won a settlement of £17,000, after the veneers he had fitted kept falling out.  Read more...

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Conservatives to introduce counter-extremism bill to tackle radicalisation (13 May 2015)

Newly re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron is to introduce a counter-extremism bill to tackle radicalisation, after saying that the UK has been a “passively tolerant society" for too long.  Read more...

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Met Police arrest three men in body in suitcase inquiry (13 May 2015)

Police have confirmed that three men have been arrested in connection with the discovery of the body of a woman in a suitcase at Little Venice, in west London on Sunday (10/05/15).  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for man who headbutted partner in domestic violence attack (13 May 2015)

A 35-year-old man from Newport in South Wales has pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, after he headbutted his partner when she returned home from a night out without him.  Read more...

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UK set to oppose EC compulsory migrant quota (12 May 2015)

The UK is to oppose a proposal by the European Commission (EC) which would see EU members states forced to accept a fair proportion of migrants arriving from the Middle East and Africa on Italy’s shoreline.  Read more...

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Grandparents’ £30,000 court battle to keep grandchildren in UK with family (12 May 2015)

The grandparents of two girls aged six and two taken to live in Australia by their Brazilian mother have spoken about how they lost a court battle to keep their grandchildren living in the UK, so they and the girls’ father would not lose contact with the them.
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Teenager misdiagnosed with acid reflux becomes youngest person to have oesophageal cancer (12 May 2015)

A 23-year-old teaching assistant who was told she was too young to have cancer of the oesophagus has spoken of how she had to go through two years of pain and illness before being diagnosed.  Read more...

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Checks offered to tattoo customers, after five cases of infection linked to tattoo parlour (12 May 2015)

A spokesman for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has said that nearly 500 people have booked appointments for skin tests, after clients at tattoo parlours in Newport, South Wales, developed infections.  Read more...

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Bradford construction worker dies one week after wall collapses during demolition (11 May 2015)

A Bradford construction worker has died from injuries sustained when a wall collapsed at a demolition site.   Read more...

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Thomson Cruises facing holiday illness claims from 100 holidaymakers (11 May 2015)

Thomson Cruises is facing legal action from more than 100 holidaymakers who allege they fell ill with symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea on board the cruise liner MS Island Escape.  Read more...

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Dental technician who exceeded his brief struck off by General Dental Council (11 May 2015)

A dental technician has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) after he carried out work on patients he was unqualified for.  Read more...

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59-year-old woman fights for right to become pregnant with deceased daughter’s IVF embryos (11 May 2015)

An unnamed mother and her husband have launched a legal battle in the Family Division of the High Court to enable her to become pregnant with an embryo which was taken from her daughter, then fertilised and frozen before she died from cancer.  Read more...

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Six men arrested by Spanish police, after “drunken behaviour” on flight from Scotland to Palma (11 May 2015)

Ryanair has confirmed that six passengers travelling from Prestwick Airport in Scotland to Palma in Majorca have been arrested by the Guardia civil police on arrival in Spain, after they allegedly subjected other passengers and crew to rowdy and drunken behaviour during the flight.  Read more...

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Mother and daughter jailed for drugs offences (11 May 2015)

A mother and daughter from Cumbria have been jailed after conspiring with the boss of a drug gang to flood the streets with cannabis and amphetamines.  Read more...

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Engineering sector calls for UK’s continued membership of EU (11 May 2015)

In the wake of the re-election of a new Conservative majority government, the manufacturers^ organisation the EEF has said that the biggest threat to “long-term economic well-being” in the UK remains the prospect of Britain exiting the European Union (EU).  Read more...

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Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 11 to 17 May and this year’s theme is mindfulness. (11 May 2015)

Mental Health Awareness Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation – and focuses on a different aspect of mental health awareness each year.  Read more...

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Three Staffordshire men remanded in custody over manslaughter and kidnap charges (11 May 2015)

A court has remanded in custody three men facing charges relating to the kidnap and manslaughter of a man found lying in a road with serious head injuries who later died.  Read more...

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Michael Gove new Justice Secretary in Conservative Cabinet (11 May 2015)

David Cameron has announced that the new Justice Minister will be Michael Gove – formerly Chief Whip and Education Secretary – who takes over the position from Chris Grayling, who is now Leader of the House of Commons.  Read more...

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NHBC reports 18% rise in new homes registered in first quarter (11 May 2015)

A new report by the National House Building Council (NHBC) has revealed that in the first three months of 2015, more than 40,000 new homes were registered – an increase of 18% on figures for the same period last year.  Read more...

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Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on mindfulness this year (11 May 2015)

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 11 to 17 May and this year’s theme is mindfulness.  Read more...

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Greater Manchester Police receive more training during Mental Health Awareness Week (11 May 2015)

Frontline police officers in Greater Manchester are to receive additional training to help raise awareness of mental health in police work – and how police should deal with mental health patients in crisis.  Read more...

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Trust apologises to 850 patients who wrongly received cancer leaflet with appointment letter (11 May 2015)

East Sussex Healthcare Trust has apologised after 850 patients were wrongly sent letters telling them to make an urgent appointment as they might have cancer.  Read more...

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Norwich teenager found guilty of arson after church hall is gutted by fire (11 May 2015)

A 16-year-old from Norwich has been found guilty of arson, after starting a fire which destroyed a church hall.  Read more...

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More developers applying to build new homes this year – with detached family homes becoming more popular (8 May 2015)

New figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC) have revealed that house building is at a seven-year high – with one-quarter of new homes being detached family homes.  Read more...

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Former pilot highlights huge pressures leading to mental health conditions (8 May 2015)

A former airline who retired after suffering mental health problems has told BBC News that the pressures of fast turnarounds and increasing workloads is resulting pilots “bucking under unacceptable pressures”  Read more...

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Man jailed for breaching restraining order and subjecting former partner to campaign of intimidation (8 May 2015)

A man has been jailed for breaching a restraining order, after he moved garden ornaments round his former partner’s garden at night and left bunches of roses on her car.  Read more...

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Coroner concludes “failure” in care contributed to suicide of mental health patient (8 May 2015)

West London Coroner’s Court has returned a narrative verdict at an inquest into the death of a man who hanged himself at Hillingdon Hospital in Middlesex, when a nurse caring for him went for a tea break and was not replaced.  Read more...

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Court jails “serial offender” for domestic violence against two partners (7 May 2015)

A man referred to in court as a “serious serial offender” against women has been jailed after magistrates had previously given him a chance to reform.  Read more...

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Doctor and nurse deny modern slavery charges (7 May 2015)

A couple from Perivale in west London are on trial for keeping a Nigerian man as a slave in their home for 24 years.  Read more...

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Wandsworth Council offering social tenants £7,000 to move to West Midlands (7 May 2015)

Conservative-led Wandsworth Council has denied that a housing scheme which offers social housing tenants financial incentives to move to Birmingham amounts to “social cleansing”.  Read more...

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New system launched to enable PI lawyers to check for fraudulent claims (7 May 2015)

A new data system has been launched to enable personal injury (PI) lawyers to check their clients’ backgrounds for any previous history of fraud.  Read more...

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Home Secretary says accepting migrants should be “voluntary” (6 May 2015)

Home Secretary Theresa May has told the Daily Mail that taking a quota of the thousands of migrants flooding into the EU across the Mediterranean Sea should be on a “voluntary basis – and not because the EU demands it.  Read more...

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Landlady fined £200,000 after death of tenant in house fire (6 May 2015)

Kingston Crown Court in south London has fined a landlady £160,00 with £40,000, costs after a tenant died in a property where fire broke out.  Read more...

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GPs warn strain on services is becoming “dangerous” for patients (6 May 2015)

GPs are predicting that patients will wait up to one month to see their GP by this time next year because of pressure on NHS GP services.  Read more...

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Army recruitment sergeant “guilty of sexual offences” (6 May 2015)

A jury at Southwark Crown Court in south London has convicted a 46-year-old Army sergeant of ten sexual assaults, two rapes and one count of assault – and is still deliberating over four counts of sexual assault and one charge involving rape.  Read more...

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Care home with poor hygiene standards branded “inadequate” by CQC (5 May 2015)

A care home inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been branded inadequate in its safety and leadership, after inspectors found residents were not bathed for weeks and were left in soiled sheets, with dirty chairs to sit in.  Read more...

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£341,000 settlement for man injured when public lavatory collapsed beneath him (5 May 2015)

Fylde Council has settled an eight-year legal battle with an unnamed disabled man who fell off a public lavatory when it collapsed beneath him.  Read more...

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Social worker struck off for not investigating abuse of service users by care workers (5 May 2015)

The Care Council for Wales has struck off a qualified social worker over allegations that he failed to investigate the conduct of several care workers under his management.  Read more...

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Doctors warn parents need better access to GPs to relieve pressure on A&E (5 May 2015)

Leading doctors have warned that pressure is being placed on A&E departments by “worried parents” taking their children to casualty for minor ailments.<  Read more...

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Mind says mental health patients travelling 79 miles for a bed is “not acceptable” (5 May 2015)

Mental health charity Mind has said that mental patients having to travel up to 79 miles for NHS treatment is not acceptable.  Read more...

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Illegal migrants trapped in Paris camps, as Calais camp grows (5 May 2015)

An official in Paris has admitted the authorities are struggling to find a permanent solution to hundreds of desperate refugees who have set up a camp in the city after failing to cross from Calais to the UK.  Read more...

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Housing association fined for using unregistered gas fitter (5 May 2015)

The Shepherd’s Bush Housing Group has been fined for unsafe gas work carried out at the home of a pregnant mother with two children.  Read more...

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3,000 police officers under investigation for alleged assaults against public (5 May 2015)

Figures revealed after a Freedom of Information request show that more than 3,000 police officers are being investigated for police brutality – with people form the black and Asian community more likely to complain about police aggression than white people.  Read more...

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Baby suffers eye injury after pram allegedly collapses without warning (5 May 2015)

A seven-month-old baby has suffered an eye injury after the pram he was in allegedly collapsed around him – and part of it struck him in the eye.  Read more...

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Teenager killed in police chase subjected to weekly stop and search in three years before his death (5 May 2015)

The family of a teenager killed in a police chase allege that their son was subjected to a campaign of harassment by police – and was stopped and searched at least once a week in the three years leading up to his death in December 2014.  Read more...

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Brixton housing association tenants “intimidated” by security guards after protesting against eviction (5 May 2015)

Housing association tenants on a Brixton estate in south London have complained their landlord is trying to intimidate them by erecting barricades around the estate, after tenants challenged a proposed redevelopment of the estate.  Read more...

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Failings on labour ward contributed to baby’s death, says coroner’s report (5 May 2015)

A coroner’s report to Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust has highlighted a series of failings on a labour ward, where a baby was born after a delayed Caesarean and subsequently died.  Read more...

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Report sent to Health and Safety Executive after miniature railway derails in park (5 May 2015)

A report has been submitted to Watford Borough Council and the Health and Safety Executive, after a miniature railway derailed at Cassiobury Park in Watford last week.  Read more...

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£200 fine after motorist pleads guilty to misusing Blue Badge (5 May 2015)

A motorist has pleaded guilty to Blue Badge misuse, after police found she was using a disabled parking badge belonging to another motorist.  Read more...

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Victim of sexual assault campaigns to end stigma of guilt and shame (5 May 2015)

The victim of a sex attack who wrote a letter to her attacker has said the UK has one of the lowest rates of reporting for sex crimes because of the guilt and shame victims feel.  Read more...

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Criminal Behaviour Order bans petty thief from using coin-operated machines for five years (1 May 2015)

Bury Magistrates has issued a Criminal Behaviour Order to a petty thief caught raiding a parking meter at Fairfield Hospital.  Read more...

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New report calls for Court of Protection to be opened up (1 May 2015)

A new report by Cardiff University’s School of Law has recommended that the Court of Protection be opened up and placed under public scrutiny.  Read more...

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One in seven spouses “searches social media for evidence of partner’s adultery” (1 May 2015)

New research has shown that social media websites are behind one in seven people considering ending their marriage because of online posts by their spouse.  Read more...

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