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Hampshire and City of London police reveal body part retention

Two police forces kept body parts and tissue samples in 89 suspicious and unexplained death cases without notifying relatives, it has emerged.

Hampshire Police kept tissue samples of 82 people as part of the investigations into their deaths, while City of London Police kept samples in seven cases.

The cases were revealed after Freedom of Information (FOI) requests by the BBC to all English and Welsh forces.

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Chris Kelly | BBC | 8th May 2012

Freedom of information: my monstrous idea will keep corporate tyrants at bay.

Modern government could be interpreted as a device for projecting corporate power. Since the 1980s, in Britain, the US and other nations, the primary mission of governments has been to grant their sponsors in the private sector ever greater access to public money and public life.

There are several means by which they do so: the privatisation and outsourcing of public services; the stuffing of public committees with corporate executives; and the reshaping of laws and regulations to favour big business. In the UK, the Health and Social Care Act extends the corporate domain in ways unimaginable even five years ago.

With these increasing powers come diminishing obligations. Through repeated cycles of deregulation, governments release big business from its duty of care towards both people and the planet. While citizens are subject to ever more control – as the state extends surveillance and restricts our freedom to protest and assemble – companies are subject to ever less.

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George Monbiot | The Guardian | 7th May 2012

Pupils abuse hundreds of teachers in Devon schools

More than 300 teachers in Devon were abused by pupils in 2011, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Although none of the injuries were serious, some of the 301 teachers needed time off work to recover.

Fiona Westwood, of union the NASUWT, said she thought more were verbally or physically abused than figures implied.

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BBC | 8th May 2012

All provisions of Malta’s Freedom of Information Act to come into force in September.

All the remaining provisions of the Freedom of Information Act will come into force on September 1, Justice Minister Chris Said said this morning.

A legal notice will be published in the coming days.

Speaking at a press conference this morning about the work of his ministry on the fourth year of the legislature, Dr Said said that people accused of possession of drugs for the first time are to be given an option of whether to appear before a court or a board which would help them overcome their addiction, avoiding a blot on their record. A public consultation period will be held. This, he stressed, would not detract from the state’s fight against drug trafficking.

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Times of Malta | 8th May 2012

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