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“Pet-nup” launched for divorcing couples at loggerheads over family dog (30 September 2014)

An animal charity has drawn up a pre-nup agreement for couples who may end up fighting over the family pet if they separate.  Read more...

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Paper car tax discs scrapped as from tomorrow (30 September 2014)

From Wednesday, 1 October motorists will no longer have to display paper tax discs in their car windscreens, after the electronic system of vehicle licensing registration is rolled out.  Read more...

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House prices in Midlands continue to soar (30 September 2014)

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that homebuyers in the Midlands are facing increasingly high property prices, with house prices up by 7.3% in the West Midlands in the last 12 months to July – and up by 7.6% in the East Midlands.  Read more...

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New £7m government aid package for Central African Republic refugees (30 September 2014)

The government has announced a £7 million package of aid for families displaced from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon and Chad.  Read more...

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£1bn pension shortfall may affect housing associations’ plans to tackle housing shortage (29 September 2014)

A shortfall in the Social Housing Pension Scheme has raised concern that some housing associations might have to curtail their plans to build more new homes.  Read more...

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22 years in jail for father who murdered his baby daughter (29 September 2014)

A young father who attacked his baby daughter – including biting her on the forehead – has been jailed for 22 years after being convicted of her murder.  Read more...

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Lorry drivers join Dover protest to highlight dangers of stowaway migrants at Calais (29 September 2014)

Extra police have been drafted in to deal with an anticipated protest by right-wing groups at the Port of Dover on Saturday (27/09/14).  Read more...

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London house prices rise again by 2.7% in one month (29 September 2014)

Latest figures from the Land Registry show that London experienced another surge in house prices in August, with property prices rising by 2.7% in the capital.  Read more...

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Homeowners renovating to avoid Stamp Duty, new research shows (29 September 2014)

New research commissioned by The London Homebuilding and Renovating and Home Improvement Show at London’s Olympia has shown that more homeowners are refurbishing their homes rather than moving on, in a bid to avoid Stamp Duty.  Read more...

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Engineering firm fined after worker suffers life-threatening crush injuries (29 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successful prosecuted an engineering firm based in Basingstoke, after a 42-year-old worker was critically injured after being crushed against a steel post by a telehandler.  Read more...

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Government benefit reforms leave EU migrants owed £10m in out-of-work benefits (29 September 2014)

The UK has been ordered to pay more than £10 million in out-of-work benefits to migrants from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia who have returned home from living in Britain and are unable to find work in their home countries.  Read more...

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27 weeks in jail for failing to advise DWP of change in circumstances – and claiming £41,000 in benefits (29 September 2014)

A woman who claimed more than £41,000 in benefits by claiming she had to walk using a walking stick and wear a neck brace has been convicted of benefit fraud by Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.  Read more...

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Care home fined £5,000 – but avoids crown court over resident’s death (29 September 2014)

A care home has been prosecuted after an 88-year-old woman was lowered into a bath of scalding water and later died.  Read more...

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DWP investigators uncover £250,000 housing benefit fraud linked to sublet luxury properties (29 September 2014)

Benefit fraud investigators have uncovered a benefit scam involving small numbers of former asylum seekers housed in luxury flats in London paid for with housing benefit – who go on to sublet the properties to wealthy tourists.  Read more...

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Operation Trident arrest for firearms and drug offences due in court (29 September 2014)

A man charged with firearms and drug offences is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates^ Court today (29/09/14).  Read more...

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Half of new child abduction cases in Ireland in 2013 “involved children taken to or from UK” (29 September 2014)

The Department of Justice in Ireland has said it dealt with 109 new cases of child abduction in 2013 – with around half of the cases dealt with last year relating to abduction to or from the United Kingdom.  Read more...

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Mental health trust must improve standards, says CQC report (29 September 2014)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has criticised standards of mental health care at units in the southwest of England run by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).  Read more...

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EU businesses form alliance to tackle mental health in the workplace (29 September 2014)

Leading employers across the EU are calling for mental health professionals and occupational therapists to push the mental health agenda and depression among workers up the corporate agenda.  Read more...

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FCO warns against “re-abducting” children from a parent overseas (29 September 2014)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is warning agencies or individuals tracking down children who have been abducted and taken overseas by family not to “re-abduct” them in order to return them to the parent who has custody.  Read more...

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Which? research shows one-quarter of households affected by nuisance neighbours (26 September 2014)

Research by consumer publication Which? has found that one-quarter of UK households have experienced problems with nuisance neighbours in the last three years.
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Fears over possible dog attacks, after fighting dogs are trained at children’s playground (25 September 2014)

Police in Enfield north London are calling for information about a resurgence in dog fights in the area, which has led to a new children’s playground being used to train dogs for fights.  Read more...

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Local magistrates’ courts “may go full circle” and be reinstated, says think tank (25 September 2014)

A think tank is calling for the return of local justice, following the closure of one in five magistrates’ courts across England and Wales.  Read more...

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Business leaders in favour of Labour Party proposal to scrap UK immigration target (25 September 2014)

The Institute of Directors has come out in favour of Labour’s proposed immigration policy if the party is elected in the May 2015 General Election.  Read more...

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Fatal stabbing of schoolgirl by mental health patient could have been prevented, trust admits (25 September 2014)

A new report published by Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group has found that opportunities to provide more support to a mental health patient who stabbed a Birmingham schoolgirl to death were missed.
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Accidental verdict returned after British holidaymaker dies on rafting trip (24 September 2014)

A company organising raft trips for tourists in Peru is being investigated by the authorities in Peru, after a London woman drowned while rafting on the Vilcanota River in Cusco earlier this year.  Read more...

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Father who “forgot” infant daughter left in car bailed pending police investigation (24 September 2014)

A father who left his baby daughter alone in a car during a heatwave in August has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and possession of cannabis.  Read more...

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Greenwich residents battle “social cleansing” regeneration scheme (24 September 2014)

Local residents battling against developers at a site near the 02 in Greenwich, southeast London, will hear in October whether a tribunal will allow them to scrutinise details of the scheme’s financial viability assessment.  Read more...

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PET challenge to education restrictions on prisoners (24 September 2014)

The Prisoners^ Education Trust (PET) is warning that restricting the number of books prisoners can have in their cells is harming the potential for prisoners to gain an education while serving their sentences.  Read more...

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The Slippery Slope of Public Interest (24 September 2014)

Mohammed (Family Court proceedings-outcome) [2014] UKUT 419(IAC).
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CQC says mental health providers “must do more” to involve patients in their care (23 September 2014)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said that nearly one in three mental health patients is being let down by NHS mental health services – with some of the most vulnerable patients left with “no idea” of where to turn in the event of a crisis.  Read more...

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Mental health trust surveyed by CQC cuts budget by £15m – and spends £16.3m on temporary staff (23 September 2014)

The health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said that Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health Foundation Trust (NSFT) must make improvements to services for mental health patients in the area.  Read more...

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Norfolk man given suspended sentence for producing and supplying cannabis (23 September 2014)

A Norfolk man found to be growing cannabis plants in his garden shed and home has told Norwich Crown Court that he only supplied friends with the drug and grew it for his own personal use.  Read more...

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Couple take legal action over Thomson gastroenteritis holiday illness (23 September 2014)

A couple who contracted food poisoning on a package holiday to Fuerteventura have hit out at tour operator Thomson for the poor standards of hygiene at their hotel.  Read more...

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Law Society committee claims victims’ rights proposals smack of “party conference electioneering” (23 September 2014)

The Law Society’s criminal law committee has criticised an announcement by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to introduce new laws to protect the rights of victims of crime.  Read more...

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Fraud hotspots revealed across Britain (23 September 2014)

Consumer champion Which? has published details of fraud hotspots across the UK, based on police figures for fraud in those areas.  Read more...

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Insurance Fraud Bureau warns that industrial deafness could spark new wave of fraudulent claims (23 September 2014)

The Insurance Fraud Bureau has said that criminal gangs are targeting new health conditions in order to make fraudulent personal injury claims.
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Cycle Safety Shield fitted to lorry “saved lives and fuel”, says Ealing Council (23 September 2014)

Ealing Council has announced the results of a trial in which a lorry was fitted with a sensor to detect cyclists and pedestrians.  Read more...

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Father on trial for baby daughter’s murder (23 September 2014)

A jury at the Old Bailey has heard how a father repeatedly hit his baby daughter and bit her on her forehead before she died.
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Three-month suspension for midwife who went home rather than help resuscitate mother and deliver baby (23 September 2014)

A midwife accused of going off shift rather staying to help a mother experiencing labour difficulties who later died has been suspended for three months by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – prompting the bereaved husband of the young mother to call the suspension “a scandal”.  Read more...

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12-month jail term for father who cut off ex-partner’s hair in domestic violence attack (23 September 2014)

A father who refused to accept the relationship with his partner was over has been jailed after he dragged her from bed and cut off all her hair.
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South Yorkshire house prices “putting families under pressure” (23 September 2014)

Escalating house prices in South Yorkshire are putting families under strain, according to a report in the Sheffield Telegraph.  Read more...

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New Anti-social Behaviour Act could lead to tenants being evicted (22 September 2014)

Local Authorities and housing associations have been given greater powers to evict tenants committing anti-social behaviour under the new Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  Read more...

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Anti-terror photo ID now needed to buy commonly used chemicals (22 September 2014)

The Home Office is refusing to say how any people have so far applied for or been refused permission to buy high-strength chemicals under new European anti-terror laws.  Read more...

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Labour calls for domestic violence classes in schools – as Oxbridge colleges run “consensual sex” workshops for students (22 September 2014)

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is calling on schools to give compulsory lessons to children about preventing domestic violence against women.  Read more...

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CQC “vital” to driving up mental health services – but lack of patient info “unacceptable” says Mind (22 September 2014)

The chief executive of mental health charity Mind has called the results of a CQC (Care Quality Commission) survey into mental health care “unacceptable” – as 32% of patients surveyed admitted they did not where to turn when experiencing a crisis in their mental health.  Read more...

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Medics launch app to collect data on London cycle accident (22 September 2014)

Researchers at the Royal London Hospital in east London are asking cyclists in London to use an app to help them record cycle crashes and “near misses” so they can build a database of the city’s most dangerous roads and junctions.  Read more...

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Child’s eye cancer missed three times by medics (19 September 2014)

The parents of a baby whose eye cancer was missed by health professionals on three occasions have spoken out to warn other parents to keep pushing for answers where their children’s health is concerned.  Read more...

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Call for joined up policy from housing expert – while research shows 94% of renters breach their lease (19 September 2014)

Chairman of the IMLA (Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association) Charles Haresnape has said that the UK needs a joined up housing policy to resolve the current housing crisis.  Read more...

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Two facing charges after newlywed is killed in Greek island jet-ski crash (19 September 2014)

The best friend of a man killed on honeymoon and the owner of a ski hire company have been detained by police in Greece following the fatal crash off the Greek island of Santorini.  Read more...

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Rise in stalking prosecutions may help protect domestic violence victims (18 September 2014)

The first year of new stalking legislation has resulted in 743 cases of stalking being brought to court under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).  Read more...

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“Tens of thousands” immigration target scrapped, says Deputy Prime Minister (18 September 2014)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that the Coalition government has scrapped a target to reduce annual net migration to “tens of thousands”.  Read more...

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Asylum seekers “crammed” into budget hotel commandeered by the Home Office (18 September 2014)

The conditions faced by asylum seekers in the UK have been highlighted in news reports revealing many asylum seekers are crammed into cheap hotels, which the Home Office has block-booked exclusively to house migrants applying for asylum in the UK.  Read more...

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Carpet manufacturer and engineering inspection firm fined after pressurised vat explodes (18 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a carpet company and an engineering inspection company, after workers at the carpet factory narrowly missed being injured when a piece of equipment exploded.
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Nuclear test veterans “still waiting for news of compensation payouts” (15 September 2014)

Victims of nuclear tests which took place in the 1960s are still waiting for a share of £25 million compensation.  Read more...

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Building company owner prosecuted for substandard gas work which put family at risk (15 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the owner of a building company, after she instructed her son – also her employee – to move the flue of a boiler at a home they were refurbishing, without having Gas Safety certification.  Read more...

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Higher mental health risk for women who undergo failed fertility treatment – but still want children (15 September 2014)

New research from Cardiff University suggests that childless women who undergo fertility treatment which is unsuccessful may have a poor long-term mental health outlook.
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Mental health patients being failed by police and NHS, says police inspector (15 September 2014)

A police inspector from the West Midlands has told MPs that police are being forced to take people with mental health conditions into custody because the NHS will not accept responsibility for them.
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Met Police investigate contaminated feed baby deaths (15 September 2014)

The Metropolitan Police are investigating the deaths of two babies at St Thomas’ Hospital in London in June – and are liasing with Cambridgeshire police over the death of a third baby in similar circumstances.
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City of York Council cuts 5,000 new houses in draft Local Plan (15 September 2014)

City of York Council has published it draft Local Plan – which contains 5,000 fewer houses than expected.  Read more...

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The parents of a baby who died as a result of starvation have been charged with murder. (15 September 2014)

The Mail on Sunday reports that police arrested Brian Kandare, 32, and his wife Precious, 36, at their home in Park Village, Wolverhampton, after their nine-month old daughter Rebecca died as a result of severe malnourishment in January.  Read more...

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A Cornwall man has pleaded guilty to a £20,000 benefit fraud at Truro Magistrates’ Court. (12 September 2014)

ThisIsThe West Country.co.uk reports that 65-year-old Roy Rickards from Carnsmerry in Bugle admitted nine counts of benefit fraud spanning 10 years and two local councils.   Read more...

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Building firms prosecuted after worker falls from roof (12 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted two building companies, after a contractor fell from a roof and broke his back.  Read more...

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Birmingham scientists trial breathalyser test to diagnose concussion injuries (12 September 2014)

Researchers at Birmingham University are trialling a test which will help improve diagnosis of concussion after a sports injury.  Read more...

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Mental health patient dies after being told he would have to wait months for acute depression therapy (11 September 2014)

An inquest has opened into the death of an IT expert who was told he would have to wait months to access mental health services for acute depression.  Read more...

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Police make further arrests over £1m courier fraud (11 September 2014)

Following raids in east London on Monday (08/09/14), police have arrested two men aged 31 and 24 in connection with a £1 million courier fraud operating in the southwest of England.  Read more...

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Police arrest gang suspected of trafficking children to supply Class A drugs (11 September 2014)

Police officers from Operation Trident – the Metropolitan Police’s anti-gang crime unit – have arrested eight members of a south London gang believed to have trafficked children to supply drugs to the southeast of England.  Read more...

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West Midlands to pilot landlord checks on tenants’ immigration status (11 September 2014)

The government’s Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire has announced that new measures to make landlords legally responsible for checking the immigration status of tenants will be introduced in the West Midlands from 1 December.
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Increase in number of domestic abuse cases involving family members (10 September 2014)

Figures from the Metropolitan Police have suggested that adult children living at home because of the shortage of affordable homes may be fuelling an increase in domestic abuse cases.
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Former senior policeman and convicted armed robber warn kids of the dangers of crime (10 September 2014)

A former armed robber has teamed up with a former police officer from the Metropolitan Police to warn young people of the dangers of becoming involved in crime.  Read more...

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Right-to-Buy homeowners on condemned estates mount legal challenge to council valuations (10 September 2014)

An investigation by BBC1’s Inside Out programme has highlighted the plight of thousands of Right-to-Buy homeowners on London estates, who claim they have been offered just a fraction of the market value of their homes by local councils who want to bulldoze their estates and redevelop the land.  Read more...

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Migrant workers “propping up dairy farming Britain” because of Brits’ poor work ethic (10 September 2014)

A survey by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has revealed that one-third of dairy farmers in the UK rely on migrant workers.  Read more...

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Police to crack down on domestic violence by investigating worst abusers for other criminal activity (9 September 2014)

A top female officer at Scotland Yard has said that domestic violence incidents are currently at their worst level for 30 years.  Read more...

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Former DPP will “tackle housing crisis” if selected as Labour candidate (9 September 2014)

The former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer – who is hoping to win selection as Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras – has said if elected he would tackle London’s housing crisis.  Read more...

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London Councils warn that car cloning could cause chaos once vehicle tax discs are abolished (9 September 2014)

The corporate director of London Councils is warning that the abolition of vehicle tax discs at the end of September could result in “chaos” for some motorists – especially if their vehicle has been cloned.
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LibDems float decriminalising drugs in draft election manifesto (9 September 2014)

The Liberal Democrats are reported to be considering decriminalising all drugs for personal use – as well as allowing the Class B drug cannabis to be sold on the open market, according to a report in The Guardian.  Read more...

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Home Office investigation into death of detainee at Morton Hall immigration centre (8 September 2014)

A Home Office investigation has been launched after a disturbance at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre on Saturday (06/09/14), following the death of a detainee.  Read more...

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TUC attacks Immigration Bill for “scapegoating migrants” for government cuts (8 September 2014)

A motion at the TUC Congress has highlighted the positive contribution made to the UK by migrants.  Read more...

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eBay trader jailed for two years for tax fraud and VAT avoidance (8 September 2014)

A man who committed tax fraud while trading on eBay has been sentenced to years in prison, after being found guilty of two charges of cheating the public revenue and one charge of concealing or transferring criminal property.
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One-fifth of child deaths in England & Wales are preventable, say researchers (8 September 2014)

A series of reports published in the journal The Lancet has shown that out of the 5,000 children and adolescents who die in England and Wales every year as a result of neglect, medical conditions and accidents, around 1,000 could be saved.  Read more...

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Cost of living leaves many Britons without the money for a mortgage (8 September 2014)

Research by website Shareamortgage.com has found that most Britons are unable to afford a mortgage on an average salary of £26,500, because the cost of living has risen to £13,281 before taking into account how much people have to pay for accommodation.  Read more...

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Family of motorcyclist killed last year releases footage of last few minutes before the crash (8 September 2014)

Video footage of the last moments of a motor cyclist killed in a road traffic accident has been released online to warn others of the risks of not looking out for motorbikes on the road.  Read more...

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Child abuse victim speaks out about “culture of shame” in which victims, not perpetrators, are blamed (8 September 2014)

A victim of child abuse has spoken out about how Asian girls who are sexually abused are often unable to go to the police because of family pressures.  Read more...

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Headmaster calls time on electronic devices in children’s bedrooms to boost mental health among kids (8 September 2014)

The headmaster of a private school in Highgate, north London is calling for a ban on televisions, computers and smartphones from children’s bedrooms to help improve their mental health.  Read more...

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual community “have higher risk of mental health issues” (8 September 2014)

New research by the University of Cambridge has revealed that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people may have a higher risk of mental health conditions such as depression – and are also more likely to have had a negative experience with their GP.
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Scaffolding boss jailed after construction worker plunges to death (8 September 2014)

The boss of a Kent scaffolding company has been jailed for 15 months, after a construction worker plunged 15 metres and died at a building site in west London.
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Landlord fined for exposing tenants to risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (8 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a private landlord in Accrington, Lancashire, after he failed to have gas appliances inspected and potentially exposed rental tenants to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Read more...

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HMRC child benefit demands “disproportionate”, says Tory MP (5 September 2014)

Families in which one partner has a salary of more than £50,000 are being sent letters by HMRC, demanding immediate repayment of child benefit they received before the government stripped parents who earn more than £50,000 of some of their child benefit entitlement.  Read more...

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Mental health patient facing extradition to US to face terrorism-related charges (5 September 2014)

The High Court in London has ruled that a mentally ill man can be extradited from Britain to the United States (US) to face charges relating to attempts to establish a militant training camp in the US state of Oregon in 1999.  Read more...

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Litigants in person “slow down divorce proceedings” (5 September 2014)

Divorce lawyers are reporting that divorces are taking on average three weeks longer as a result of changes to Legal Aid for family cases.  Read more...

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Doctors jailed for employment fraud (4 September 2014)

A court has jailed for fraud four members of an elite group of doctors employed by Basildon Hospital to provide NHS heart and lung services.  Read more...

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Two Brits fall from balconies at Ibiza hotels “within hours of each other” (4 September 2014)

A second British tourist is critically ill in a Spanish hospital, after falling from a fifth-floor balcony in the Ibiza holiday resort San Antonio.  Read more...

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HMIC reprimand police over attendance records, as public is told to turn detective (4 September 2014)

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has warned 19 police forces to improve recording of the number of incidents police attend.  Read more...

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12 more victims of child sex abuse in Rotherham come forward (3 September 2014)

South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton has revealed that 12 more victims of child abuse in Rotherham have come forward since Professor Alexis Jay’s report into the scandal was published.  Read more...

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Chef avoids jail for £17,000 benefit fraud by repaying the money (3 September 2014)

A married chef who claimed to be single and unable to work because of depression has narrowly escaped jail for a £17,000 benefit fraud.  Read more...

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Funding threat to domestic violence refuges for women (3 September 2014)

A lack of Local Authority funding means many women’s refuges are in danger of closing down, The Guardian reports.
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Affordable homes in Lancaster target social housing tenants hit by Bedroom Tax (3 September 2014)

The Guinness Partnership is developing 18 one-bedroom houses in Lancashire aimed at households which have been hit by the Bedroom Tax.  Read more...

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Wormwood Scrubs “filthy and unsafe” says HMIP report (3 September 2014)

A new report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) has branded Wormwood Scrubs in northwest London as “filthy and unsafe”.  Read more...

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Britain’s economy benefitting from overseas workers, says Lloyds Bank (2 September 2014)

New research for Lloyds Bank has found that skilled workers from overseas add £210 billion to the UK economy.  Read more...

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150 years for gangs planning to flood UK with cocaine (2 September 2014)

The members of two gangs which planned to smuggle cocaine into the UK in shipments of pineapples and bananas have been jailed for a total of 150 years at Winchester Crown Court.  Read more...

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Ashya’s case under “immediate review”, says CPS (2 September 2014)

The parents of five-year-old Ashya King are currently being held in custody in Madrid, after saying they do not wanted to be extradited to the UK.  Read more...

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Home Office may deport Down’s Syndrome man resident in UK for 17 years (1 September 2014)

A 44-year-old man with Down’s Syndrome is facing deportation from the UK because his parents have both died.  Read more...

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UK “must take more Syrian refugees” (1 September 2014)

The United Nations (UN) and Oxfam are calling for wealthier nations such as the UK to accept more Syrian refugees.  Read more...

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Parents of Ashya questioned by British police in Spain (1 September 2014)

The grandmother of five-year-old Ashya King – whose parents have taken him to Spain in the search for alternative treatment for a brain tumour – has called the action of police in arresting the couple “disgraceful”.  Read more...

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Senior councillor sacked for raising concerns about pressures on child protection unit at Wrexham Council (1 September 2014)

A senior councillor at Wrexham Council has been sacked after he made allegations about the council’s child protection unit.  Read more...

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Restraints and medication being used on Camden and Islington mental health patients (1 September 2014)

A report by Care Quality Commission (CQC) into Camden and Islington Foundation Trust has found that two-thirds of mental health patients in the care of the trust are subjected to face-down restraints – a procedure banned by the NHS.  Read more...

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Physicist facing jail for attack on taxi driver (1 September 2014)

A 69-year-old scientist is facing a possible jail term after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, following an attack on a taxi driver.  Read more...

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Norfolk Police asked to submit child protection services “action plan” (1 September 2014)

A report by inspectors from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into child protection measures by Norfolk’s police force has raised concerns that police officers in Norfolk did not always adequately assess the risks which suspects could pose to other vulnerable people – especially in cases relating to possible child sexual exploitation.  Read more...

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Social housing landlord launches young offenders on careers in construction (1 September 2014)

A Salford-based Housing Association has offered seven young offenders training to help them begin a career in the construction industry.  Read more...

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£20,000 compensation for Dominican Republic holiday food poisoning (1 September 2014)

A holidaymaker from Bristol who endured a “nightmare” holiday in the Dominican Republic has won £20,000 in holiday food poisoning compensation.  Read more...

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Company prosecuted over safety failings which led to joiner falling through ceiling (1 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a building company, after a joiner fell through a ceiling at work.  Read more...

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Despite rising house prices, outlook for market “looks highly uncertain” (1 September 2014)

New figures from the Land Registry show that house prices in London continue to escalate much faster than property in other areas of the country.  Read more...

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Triage mental health nurses working alongside police in South Tyneside (1 September 2014)

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) and Northumbria Police are working together to deliver a new service to mental health patients in South Tyneside.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News

Doctors accused of malpractice “retiring early to avoid disciplinary hearings” (1 September 2014)

Dozen of GPs have taken early retirement rather than face disciplinary proceedings for malpractice, according to figures obtained by an MP.  Read more...

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