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US researcher calls for more research into link between depression and infection (28 November 2014)

A US researcher at Stony Brook University in New York is suggesting that the mental health condition depression may be caused by a virus, bacterium or parasite – opening up the possibility of treating depression as an infectious disease.  Read more...

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Specialist London paediatric clinic sees FGM victim just three years’ old (28 November 2014)

A specialist clinic dealing with cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) has seen its youngest case of FGM in London, involving a three-year-old girl.  Read more...

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Letting agencies watchdog “fails to record a single complaint” (28 November 2014)

A redress scheme for tenants introduced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has failed to log any complaints against letting agents in the two months since its launch.  Read more...

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“Car race” may have caused death of cyclist, as police appeal for witnesses (28 November 2014)

Police are calling for witnesses to a hit-and-run incident, in which a cyclist was knocked from his bike in London’s East End and killed.  Read more...

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Legal Aid reforms lead to unexpected reduction in mediation referrals in divorce cases (28 November 2014)

A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has said that, although the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is on target to slash £300 million a year from the Legal Aid budget, it remains “out of touch” with the impact of the cuts, especially on the family court.  Read more...

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More international cooperation needed to beat trafficking, says Europol chief (27 November 2014)

The director of the European policing agency, Rob Wainwright, has warned that people traffickers are using social media sites to groom young women into believing they are being offered jobs in childcare or cleaning in the UK and other EU member states, before being trafficked into the sex industry.  Read more...

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Ex-wife of convicted fraudster heads to Supreme Court to win fairer divorce settlement (27 November 2014)

A convicted fraudster jailed for 10 years in 2010 is facing a court battle with his ex-wife, who claims he hid the couple’s financial assets from the family court during their divorce hearing in 2004.  Read more...

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Call for councils to sell off million-pound properties and build more affordable homes (27 November 2014)

The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles had ordered Town Halls to sell off any council homes worth more than £1 million, in order to fund more social housing projects.
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Police target 20 addresses in insurance fraud operation (27 November 2014)

The City of London Police fraud squad has arrested an investment banker in a police operation which targeted 20 people suspected of making bogus insurance claims worth thousands of pounds.  Read more...

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Prison sentences “likely” for pub landlady and chef, after Christmas Day diner is killed by infected meat (26 November 2014)

A husband whose wife died from food poisoning after eating reheated food at a pub has told Snaresbrook Crown Court that she began shaking and her eyes “rolled back into her head” the day after eating the Christmas meal at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, Essex in 2012.  Read more...

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House prices continue to rise, as Bank of England signals no rise in interest rates just yet (26 November 2014)

House prices have risen again this year – with London homeowners enjoying an 18% rise in property prices and homeowners across the country seeing the value of their homes rise by an average of 6.8%.  Read more...

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New report suggests social housing tenants are struggling under debt burden (26 November 2014)

A new report focusing on low-income households and debt levels among social housing tenants has concluded that the government’s austerity measures are impacting severely on the finances of social housing tenants.  Read more...

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Bereaved husband makes heartfelt plea for road safety measures on dangerous road, after wife and mother is killed out jogging (26 November 2014)

The devastated husband of a young mother killed on a road while out jogging is calling for road safety measures to be introduced on a dangerous road where his wife was killed by a motorist.  Read more...

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Polish ambassador to UK criticises plans to limit in-work benefits to EU migrants (25 November 2014)

The Polish ambassador to the UK, Witold Sobkow, has criticised David Cameron’s proposals to limit EU workers’ access to Britain’s in-work benefits, which often top up low-paid workers’ salaries.  Read more...

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Labour leader calls for more female engineering students in UK (25 November 2014)

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that if the UK is to compete in the 21st century – and “win the race to the top” – more women engineers must be trained.
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Calls for a Royal Commission to look into sentencing policy (25 November 2014)

A leading judge has called for the next government to set up a Royal Commission on the penal system to look into sentencing policy – including the relationship between crime rates and sentencing policy and how the budget for the penal system should be spent.  Read more...

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£750,000 claim by mother for delays in cancer diagnosis which may have cost her life (24 November 2014)

A woman from South Wales is suing the NHS for £750,000, after doctors failed to treat her symptoms as urgent, with the result that her cancer is now terminal.  Read more...

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Parents who took son abroad for cancer treatment fear care proceedings if they return to the UK (24 November 2014)

The parents of Ashya King – who was taken to Prague for life-saving proton beam therapy for a brain tumour – have said they fear returning to the UK in case their son is taken away from them by social services.  Read more...

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Celebrity chef recovering from cancer killed by hospital-acquired Legionella infection (24 November 2014)

The birth mother of TV chef Ross Burden has revealed her son died from Legionellosis as a result of an infected water supply at the hospital caring for him in New Zealand.
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MPs call on FCO to maintain services for Britons injured on holidays abroad (24 November 2014)

A cross-party committee of MPs has raised concern over the service bereaved families are receiving from consular staff abroad.  Read more...

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LibDems to boost mental health funding by £500m, says Clegg (24 November 2014)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has told the Sunday Express newspaper that mental health is still top of his party’s agenda – and reforming mental health services will be a “front-page” pledge in the Liberal Democrat Election Manifesto.  Read more...

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Italian coastguard rescues 800 African migrants (24 November 2014)

An estimated 800 African migrants have been rescued off the coast of Italy since Thursday (20/11/14), according to a news report from AAP.  Read more...

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Businesses encourage to sign up to domestic violence awareness campaign (24 November 2014)

Public Health England (PHE) is offering guidance to employers on recognising the signs of domestic abuse among employees.  Read more...

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RCN warns that mental health cuts will have long-term impact on services (24 November 2014)

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that cuts to mental health budgets – and a sharp fall in the number of mental health beds available – are putting mental health services across England under “unprecedented strain”.  Read more...

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Cornwall announces social housing tenancy fraud amnesty (24 November 2014)

Cornwall Council has announced a tenancy amnesty which would enable people in social housing committing tenancy fraud to hand in the keys to the property without fear of prosecution.  Read more...

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Out-of-court settlement for teenager whose brain tumour was missed by private hospital (24 November 2014)

The parents of a teenager whose brain tumour was missed on a scan at a private hospital have secured an ot-of-court compensation settlement – even though the hospital failed to accept liability.   Read more...

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Fines handed to London cyclists more than double in one year (24 November 2014)

Figures obtained by London newspaper the Evening Standard show that the number of fines given to cyclists who have ridden their bikes dangerously more than doubled in 2013.
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London trials “ride-along” scheme allowing public out on frontline police patrols (24 November 2014)

The incoming head of Territorial Policing, Assistant Commissioner Helen King, has said that Londoners may in the future be able to accompany police patrols in a scheme similar to the US “ride-along” scheme.
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Murder investigation launched after police find body in car boot (24 November 2014)

Police officers in London have arrested a man caught trying to dump a body in the River Thames.  Read more...

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Retired detective handed harassment order by Family Court (24 November 2014)

A former detective who worked for Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit has been issued with a harassment order after he threatened his former girlfriend.  Read more...

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CQC develops “intelligent monitoring tool” to assess NHS mental health services (21 November 2014)

NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published data on every NHS trust in England which provides mental health services, to inform the public how the commission decides on which services to inspect and the aspects of care it focuses on.  Read more...

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British citizenship granted to 2.1m people since 2000 (21 November 2014)

The UK is granting British citizenship to record levels of people, according to figures from the European Commission’s official statistics organisation Eurostat.  Read more...

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Families of elderly NHS patients who “bed block” threatened with court action and £50,000 costs (21 November 2014)

Hospital managers at Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital Trust are threatening families who refuse to take responsibility for elderly relatives with court action.  Read more...

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Migrants’ solidarity walk planned for Refugee Week 2015 (21 November 2014)

Supporters of immigration to the UK are to stage a solidarity walk in support of detainees at Gatwick Immigration Detention Centre.
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MP calls for tax break for residents who back social housing near their homes (20 November 2014)

Labour MP Diane Abbott is calling for tax breaks for Londoners who agree to social housing being built near their homes.
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Legal Aid cuts “not thought through”, as number of unrepresented litigants rises sharply (20 November 2014)

The impact of Legal Aid cuts were not “thought through” early enough by the government, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).  Read more...

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High Court bans seven men from associating with girls under 18 (20 November 2014)

A court has banned seven men from Birmingham from going near girls under the age of 18 unless they are personally associated with them, after Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police staged a joint child protection initiative over concerns a 17-year-old girl in care was at risk of child sexual exploitation.  Read more...

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£250,000 compensation claim by nurse traumatised after pregnant sister’s death, following “catalogue of hospital blunders” (20 November 2014)

A senior nurse who works in an NHS neurological unit is suing the health service after she watched her pregnant sister die as a result of medical blunders during her care.  Read more...

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Security Guard pleads guilty to benefit fraud, after falsely claiming £52,000 in disability benefits (20 November 2014)

A 45-year-old security guard who worked at a shopping centre in Hull has been convicted of benefit fraud, after he told claims officials he was unable to walk and claimed disability benefits.  Read more...

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Children still being put at risk from sexual exploitation, says Ofsted (19 November 2014)

Watchdog Ofsted has said many children are being put at risk of being sexually exploited as a result of failings in children’s services at local councils.  Read more...

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Following GP surgery ratings, MyNHS goes live with surgeons’ performance ratings (19 November 2014)

Figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have recently revealed that in many areas NHS patients are struggling to book GP appointments – and ratings for GP surgeries are falling.  Read more...

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“Women” lack machismo need to serve of frontline, says Afghanistan veteran (19 November 2014)

A leading member of the Armed Forces has said that women should not be given roles in frontline combat as they lack the “killer instinct”.  Read more...

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East London social housing tenants battle US property company over rent hikes and possible eviction (19 November 2014)

Tenants on the New Era housing estate in east London are facing uncertainty – and possible eviction – after the owners of the estate appeared to have scrapped plans not to impose a sharp hike in rents before Christmas.  Read more...

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Slowdown in house prices in September (19 November 2014)

Figures for house prices in September have shown that in London property has fallen in value faster than anywhere else in the UK, signalling a slowdown in the house price boom.  Read more...

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78-year-old social housing tenant evicted for hoarding habit (18 November 2014)

A social housing tenant who hoarded refuse and was “aggressive” towards housing officers has been evicted by North Hertfordshire Homes (NHH) after fifty years of living at his property.  Read more...

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Vulnerable asylum seekers at Dover removal centre targeted over mental health assessments (18 November 2014)

NHS staff are interviewing detainees at Dover Immigration Removal Centre to assess their mental health – including asking them whether they hear voices.  Read more...

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Nearly one million crimes unrecorded by police, says watchdog (18 November 2014)

Police watchdog Her Majesty^s Inspectorate of Constabulary has said that 800,000 crimes every year go unrecorded because of police “obsession” with hitting crime targets.  Read more...

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Road Safety Week launches with plea from injured cyclist (18 November 2014)

A cyclist who was knocked from her bicycle and dragged along the road by a skip lorry has spoken out about her experience to mark Road Safety Week, which began on Monday (17/11/14).  Read more...

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First revenge porn jail sentence handed out (17 November 2014)

A man who posted intimate images of his former girlfriend online as an act of revenge porn has been sentenced to 12 weeks in jail.  Read more...

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Strasbourg court rulings involving Human Rights Act “taken too far” (17 November 2014)

Supreme Court judge Lord Toulson has said that UK courts have taken rulings in the Strasbourg court “too far”.  Read more...

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Liverpool family sentenced for £212k benefit fraud (17 November 2014)

A 30-year-old woman from Liverpool has been jailed for a £212,000 benefit fraud, which also involved her 64-year-old parents.  Read more...

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£5.5m compensation for powerboat racer left with life-changing injuries (17 November 2014)

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has agreed a £5.5m payout to a man who was left with life-changing injuries following a boating accident 10 years ago.  Read more...

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Mother says probation officers should have revealed daughter’s partner was a convicted killer (17 November 2014)

A mother whose daughter was killed by her partner – whom she did not know was a convicted murderer – says that probation officers should have warned her daughter about her partner’s background.  Read more...

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Family of 20 sue over holiday food poisoning at Ibiza hotel (17 November 2014)

A family is suing Thomas Cook and Jet2 Holidays after all 20 members of their party fell ill on the “holiday from hell” to San Antonio in Ibiza.  Read more...

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Construction firm fined after worker falls from height (17 November 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted a Cardiff company, after a worker fell 8ft from a single storey roof when a beam he was standing on gave way.  Read more...

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HSE finds 40% of construction sites fail in duty to protect workers from accident and injury (17 November 2014)

A month-long inspection of the construction industry by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that 40% of construction sites are failing to protect workers adequately.  Read more...

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Father to stand trial for child cruelty, after three-year-old ingests cannabis (17 November 2014)

A 25-year-old man from Blackpool has denied charges of child cruelty at Preston Crown Court, after tests showed his three-year-old daughter had ingested cannabis.
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£1,000 fine for benefit fraud mother whose Facebook page revealed relationship status (17 November 2014)

A 29-year-old mother has been convicted of benefit fraud, after her Facebook relationship status revealed that she was not a “single mum” – but was in a relationship with her landlord.  Read more...

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Wife and daughter of transplant patient may have to leave UK and return to Australia (14 November 2014)

A forklift truck driver is facing the prospect of undergoing two transplant operations without the support of his wife and child, because they are unable to meet minimum income requirements for a visa.  Read more...

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Greenwich waste company fined for health and safety breaches (14 November 2014)

A south London waste company has been prosecuted after Health and Safety Inspectors found that staff were frequently put at risk from heavy machinery left in a dangerous condition.  Read more...

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Divorcing couple spend one-third of £2.9m wealth on divorce costs (14 November 2014)

A divorcing couple in dispute over their joint assets has spent more than £900,000 in legal fees to resolve their disagreements over assets worth £2.9 million.  Read more...

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North London branch of Mind reports increase in mental health issues among poorest, following Council Tax benefit cuts (13 November 2014)

The Haringey branch of mental health charity Mind has said that the poorest people in the community are suffering most from mental health issues – and as a direct result of government cuts to Council Tax benefit.  Read more...

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Housing Associations recover 100th illegally sublet property (13 November 2014)

A joint initiative between The Guinness Partnership, housing association Family Mosaic and the London Borough of Hackney has led to the recovery of the one-hundredth illegally sublet council property in Hackney, east London.  Read more...

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22,000 dental patients recalled as police investigate alleged hygiene breaches and death of 23-year-old patient (13 November 2014)

A dentist in Nottingham has been suspended pending an investigation into alleged failures in hygiene at his practice and the death of a female patient from an infection contracted after dental treatment at the surgery.  Read more...

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Nearly one-third of social housing tenants would like to buy (13 November 2014)

Research by The Rental Exchange has found that nearly one-third (29%) of social housing tenants would like to own their own home using Right-to-Buy.  Read more...

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GCSE results in the capital produce “London Effect” as a result of pupils from migrant families (12 November 2014)

Research by the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) at Bristol University has found that London schools do better at GCSEs because so many of the pupils come from immigrant families.  Read more...

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Home Secretary orders review into who knew what regarding 1980s Establishment paedophile allegations (12 November 2014)

The Home Secretary has ordered a review into how MI5 handled child abuse allegations against public figures.  Read more...

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Backlash over release of police killer continues, as Roberts is freed (12 November 2014)

Convicted police killer Harry Roberts was released from jail on Monday (10/11/14), after serving 45 years of a life sentence for three murders.  Read more...

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Poll finds more than one-third of homeowners would struggle if interest rates rise to 2% (12 November 2014)

Figures from market research agency ICM suggest that once mortgage interest rates rise to 2%, one-third of homeowners would struggle to repay their mortgages every month.  Read more...

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MPs vote in favour of EU Arrest Warrant (11 November 2014)

The government has succeeded in signing Britain up to the EU Arrest Warrant again – which is a component of 35 EU justice measures common to member states.  Read more...

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WWII bomb handed in during Met Police gun amnesty (11 November 2014)

A gun amnesty in London by the Metropolitan Police resulted in a full-scale alert after a WWII bomb was handed in at Sutton Police Station.  Read more...

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CBI says immigration is a key priority for UK businesses (11 November 2014)

In a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London, the Prime Minister has said that the UK will not remain in the EU “come what may”.  Read more...

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Neighbours’ tip-offs helping tackle domestic violence, says Peabody (11 November 2014)

Peabody housing association says that it has seen an 825% rise in the number of domestic violence cases reported on its housing estates, since introducing a campaign to prevent persecution six years ago.  Read more...

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Decision expected on case where vulnerable couple are denied Legal Aid to fight Local Authority council adoption proceedings (11 November 2014)

The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby is to rule in a case in which parents who have learning disabilities and are on a low income were denied Legal Aid to fight a case against Swindon Borough Council, which is putting their child up for adoption.
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Tories planning to deny EU migrants access to jobless benefits (10 November 2014)

Conservative ministers are planning to ban EU migrants from claiming out-of-work benefits as part of the government blueprint for Universal Credit.  Read more...

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Final member of human trafficking gang handed prison sentence (10 November 2014)

The last member to be jailed out of an eight-member human trafficking gang has been jailed for two years and nine months by Lewes Crown Court.  Read more...

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Public health chief links potential mental health issues to fracking (10 November 2014)

The head of Public Heath Lancashire, Dr Sakti Karunanithi, has warned that fracking in Preston may impact on the mental health of residents.  Read more...

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Professor who developed the Pill predicts brave new world of voluntary sterilisation and IVF will render sex “just for fun” (10 November 2014)

The scientist who invented the Pill has suggested that in the future more people will turn to IVF to have children – and sex will be demoted to being “just for fun”.  Read more...

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EU regulations on labelling food allergens come into force in December (10 November 2014)

UK restaurants and catering outlets will have to spend millions of pounds checking ingredients which may cause allergies, as new EU regulations come into force on 13 December.  Read more...

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UK faces competition from Germany to attract most skilled migrants (10 November 2014)

The German Institute for Economic Research has said immigrants are welcome in Germany to fill significant skills gaps in an ageing population.  Read more...

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Serious Further Offence Review ordered for hostel murder in Wales (10 November 2014)

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that a serious further offence review will take place into the case of a man who is suspected of murdering a woman in an act of cannibalism.  Read more...

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Mental health campaigners say Norfolk and Suffolk services are not placed on an equal footing with physical healthcare (10 November 2014)

The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk has accused the NHS of failing to put mental health on a par with physical health.  Read more...

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40-plus generation may never own their own home (10 November 2014)

The shortage in affordable housing has led to many people aged 35 to 40-plus getting trapped in the rental market instead of owning their own homes.  Read more...

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Bodybuilding champion jailed for six months for benefit fraud (10 November 2014)

A man who claimed disability benefits while competing in bodybuilding contests has been jailed for six months by a court in South Wales.  Read more...

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DfE guidelines stating sex for 13-year-olds is “normal” sparks backlash (10 November 2014)

New guidelines on sexual activity among schoolchildren from the Department for Education (DfE) have sparked a backlash, after Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan appeared to back penetrative sex for 13-year-olds.  Read more...

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Watchdog calls for London Mayor’s cycle superhighways to be phased in gradually to prevent disruption (10 November 2014)

The London Mayor’s public watchdog London TravelWatch is urging him to abandon plans for a “big bang” introduction of cycle superhighways across London, saying that the proposed rollout of cycle-only routes will “bring havoc to bus lanes”.
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NCA and Scotland Yard in joint operation to prevent £40m-worth of cocaine from reaching London (10 November 2014)

A joint operation between Scotland Yard, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and French customs has prevented cocaine worth £40 million reaching the streets of London.  Read more...

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£120,000 settlement for delay in referring hip dysplasia baby for treatment (7 November 2014)

The High Court has approved a settlement of £120,000 for the future care of a child, whose hip dysplasia was diagnosed three months too late to enable her to have a procedure as a baby, which would have prevented further surgery.  Read more...

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BA employee tells Old Bailey he wishes he had removed Mubenga from flight (7 November 2014)

A British Airways (BA) staff member broke down and apologised to the family of Jimmy Mubenga during the trial of three G4S guards at the Old Bailey.  Read more...

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Out-of-court settlement after trust denies liability for death of pregnant woman (6 November 2014)

The parents of a 26-year-old woman who died from sepsis after her waters broke at 24 weeks have agreed an out-of-court settlement with the hospital they hold responsible for her death.  Read more...

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Cage fighter who stabbed ex to abort child jailed for 19 years (6 November 2014)

A cage fighter who repeatedly stabbed his pregnant girlfriend has been jailed for 19 years by a judge at Hull Crown Court.  Read more...

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HMP Pentonville report rise in violent incidents as young offender population rises (6 November 2014)

A report by the independent monitoring board for HMP Pentonville in north London has blamed funding cuts for a rise in violence among prison inmates at the jail.  Read more...

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Child maintenance arrears may affect credit score from next March (6 November 2014)

The government is to introduce new rules on child maintenance which would mean non-resident parents who do not keep up their child maintenance payments will potentially harm their credit rating.  Read more...

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EU migrants now better educated than UK workforce – and contributing billions to the economy, say UCL researchers (5 November 2014)

New research by leading migration experts at University College London (UCL) has suggested that migrants have contributed £20 billion to the UK economy in taxes over the last ten years.  Read more...

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Landmark ruling gives compensation hope to mesothelioma victims – and those injured in factories (5 November 2014)

A Supreme Court ruling has allowed a mesothelioma victim’s family the right to claim compensation for his illness, even though he did not work directly with asbestos.  Read more...

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Samaritans’ Twitter mental health app investigated over privacy concerns (5 November 2014)

Independent watchdog The Office of the Information Commissioner is to investigate a Twitter app launched by Samaritans, which detects when a Twitter user is suffering from depression.  Read more...

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Old Bailey hears how G4S guards restrained Mubenga before his death (5 November 2014)

A jury at the Old Bailey has heard how G4S guards ignored the cries of deportee Jimmy Mubenga as they restrained him while loading him onto a flight at Heathrow Airport.  Read more...

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Drinking alcohol while pregnant may become criminal offence (5 November 2014)

A Court of Appeal ruling could mean that women who drink alcohol while aware they are pregnant could face criminal charges.  Read more...

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Patients who complain fear victimisation by medical staff (4 November 2014)

The Patients’ Association says that NHS patients making complaints about poor service or GP negligence are made to feel frightened and victimised by NHS staff as a result.  Read more...

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Social housing provider tweets for every home lost to Right-to-Buy (4 November 2014)

Housing association Phoenix Community Housing (PCH) in southeast London is tweeting every time a house is lost to Right-to-Buy, to highlight the number of homes being sold to the private sector.  Read more...

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Court names 16-year-old killer sentenced to life for stabbing teacher (4 November 2014)

Leeds Crown Court has named the teenager who stabbed teacher Ann Maguire to death in 2013 as 16-year-old Will Cornick.  Read more...

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New immigration re-negotiation strategy expected from UK government before Christmas (4 November 2014)

Chancellor George Osborne has said that the UK government will continue to place Britain’s national interest first, after Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled there was no room for movement on limiting EU migration to the UK.  Read more...

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Cornwall Council paying housing benefit on homes rented back after sale under Right-to-Buy (3 November 2014)

An investigation by The Independent has revealed that Cornwall Council has paid out £8,000 in Housing Benefit on homes recently bought by tenants under Right-to-Buy and rented back to the council.  Read more...

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£4m compensation for brain injured man misdiagnosed after road traffic accident (3 November 2014)

A man who was diagnosed with a mild brain injury after a car accident has been awarded £4 million in compensation after the injury left him with cognitive impairments and caused him to undergo a personality change.  Read more...

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Celebrity cosmetic surgeon sued for £100,000 after alleged botched tummy tuck (3 November 2014)

A tummy tuck plastic surgery patient operated on at a North London clinic four years ago was left looking as though she had three navels, according to papers lodged in the High Court and seen by London newspaper the Evening Standard.  Read more...

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Movember mental health campaign aims to help men open up before they become “broken” (3 November 2014)

The co-founder of Movember – which encourages men to grow moustaches every November to raise awareness about men’s health – has said that men often do not look after themselves “until it is too late”.  Read more...

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Police cautions to be scrapped, as “formal warning” pilot is launched in three areas (3 November 2014)

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that police cautions are to be scrapped in England and Wales, to make sure criminals are not made to feel they are getting away “scot free”.  Read more...

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Immigration workers in Italy call for more extensive search and rescue operations to replace Mare Nostrum (3 November 2014)

Italian officials, lawyers and aid groups working with refugees rescued under the Italian government’s Operation Mare Nostrum search and rescue scheme are warning that many more people will die at sea now the operation has ended.  Read more...

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Lords debating gay marriage hear the one about the Baroness and the Hollywood actor (hypothetically) (3 November 2014)

A debate on gay marriage in the House of Lords has been told that a gay man could only sue his husband for adultery if his partner had sex with a woman.  Read more...

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Community Order for benefit fraud conviction, after claimant failed to declare second job (3 November 2014)

A benefit claimant who failed to report a change in circumstances when she started a second job has been sentenced to a 12-month Community Order and 100 hours of unpaid work by Derby Magistrates’ Court.  Read more...

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Social housing tenants getting deeper in debt as a result of welfare reforms (3 November 2014)

A report from Real Life Reform has revealed that nearly half of all families in social housing have no money left once they have paid their bills.  Read more...

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Ministers call for more help for military needing mental health care (3 November 2014)

Ministers have recommended that more resources should be devoted to address mental health issues in the military.  Read more...

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Islington to buy back some of the council homes it sold under Right-to-Buy (3 November 2014)

Islington Council has announced that it will buy back 20 homes sold under Right-to-Buy to house people on the council’s waiting list.  Read more...

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Eight years for woman who attacked partner in one of worst domestic violence cases police have seen (3 November 2014)

A court has jailed a woman for eight years, after an attack on her partner which police said was one of the worst cases of domestic violence they had seen.  Read more...

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