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London 2012: Legacy uncertain as school playing fields sold off

London 2012: Legacy uncertain as school playing fields sold off

The legacy of the London 2012 Games has been thrown into doubt after figures [obtained under the Freedom of Information Act] reveal that Education Secretary Michael Gove has approved the sale of over 20 school playing fields since the coalition government has been in power.

In total, 21 out of 22 requests have been given the go ahead by the Department for Education in the last two years, with one more still under consideration.

The sell-off comes despite a pledge by the coalition to protect school playing fields.

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The Independent | August 7th 2012

Disclosure of copyright-protected information permitted by Information Commissioner.

Public bodies that disclose copyright-protected information in order to comply with a request under freedom of information (FOI) laws are not guilty of copyright infringement, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.

Although the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) states that public bodies must not disclose information where the disclosure is “prohibited by or under any enactment”, the UK’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) contains an exception to infringement of copyright that enables disclosure to take place, the watchdog said.

“Copyright does not act as a statutory bar to disclosure … This is because section 50 of the CDPA provides that where the copying or publishing of information is specifically authorised by an Act of Parliament copyright will not be infringed,” the ICO said. “Providing information in response to a request made under FOIA constitutes an act specifically authorised under an Act of Parliament. Consequently disclosing information under FOIA will not infringe copyright.”

33 Police Service of Northern Ireland officers suspended in one year.

Thirty-three police officers have been suspended from duty over the past year in Northern Ireland.

The suspensions followed a series of allegations including assault, a sexual offence, death threats, being drunk in charge of a loaded firearm and theft.

Two officers were dismissed and four were required to resign over the period from 1 July 2011 to 1 July 2012.

The PSNI released the figures following a Freedom of Information (FoI) Act request from the BBC.

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Claire Savage | BBC | August 7th 2012

Number of drivers using mobiles goes through roof

NEW figures have revealed the number of drivers issued with penalty notices for using their mobile phones in Staffordshire has jumped by more than 3,500 in the past three years.

Information revealed following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request showed that in 2009 just 326 notices were issued compared to a massive 4,057 in 2011.

The shocking statistics are put further into perspective by a grieving mother whose daughter was killed in an accident caused by a driver using his phone pleading with motorists not to use handsets Ruth Anslow saw her daughter. 13- year-old Rebecca Casterton, of Holly Road, Barton under Needwood, and Rebecca’s 12-year-old best friend, Lauren Brooks, of Forest Road, Burton, lose their lives in a crash on January 20, 2006, on the southbound carriageway of the A38 near Clay Mills.

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Rob Smyth | Burton Mail | August 7th 2012



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