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The day in FoIA: Robin Gibb investigated by FBI, Blackpool Council using criminals as ‘free workers’, Manchester spends million on ‘dumping’ care children, Scotland sensitive data blunders,

Revealed: Bee Gee Robin Gibb was investigated by FBI after making death threats to first wife’s divorce lawyer
Late Bee Gees star Robin Gibb was investigated by the FBI after allegedly making death threats against his first wife’s divorce lawyer, it has emerged.

The singer separated from Molly Hullis in 1980 after 12 years of marriage and newly-released documents show just how ugly the split turned.

Staff at Haymon & Walters, the law firm representing Hullis, reported Gibb to authorities after receiving ‘numerous threatening telegrams from Gibb which threatened their lives’, the records show.

The New York Post acquired the legal papers from the FBI after a Freedom of Information request following Gibbs’ death in May after a battle with liver and colon cancer.
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Paul Thomson | Daily Mail | September 3rd 2012

Blackpool Council using criminals as ‘free workers’

Blackpool town hall bosses were today accused of using criminals as free labour to undertake thousands of hours of work.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the community payback team carried out more than 23,000 hours of work for the council in 2011 –while the council shelled out £40,000 to sponsor their probation officers.

Councillor John Singleton, who sits on neighbouring Fylde Council, claims the work should be carried out by council staff and is stopping offenders working on community projects elsewhere – but Blackpool Council stressed it was vital work which would otherwise not get done.

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Elizabeth Broughton | Blackpool Gazette | September 4th 2012

Millions spent by Greater Manchester councils on ‘dumping’ care kids miles away from home

Town halls are spending £40m a year ‘dumping’ children in care, miles from home, the M.E.N can reveal.

The government has called on local care chiefs to end the practice of sending vulnerable youngsters to unfamiliar towns and cities.

But new figures, supplied by local authorities after Freedom of Information requests from the M.E.N, shows hundreds of children from Greater Manchester are still being sent to live in other areas, putting them more at risk.

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Jennifer Williams | Manchester Evening News | September 4th 2012

Sensitive data lost in council blunders

PERSONAL details of at least 10,000 Scots have been lost by councils in the past five years, it was revealed yesterday.

But the full extent of the problem, exposed under freedom of information legislation, is unknown because some authorities do not keep accurate records.

The new revelations come a day after a damning report found IT theft at Scotland’s largest council was “well organised, systematic and on a significant scale”.

An audit of Glasgow City Council’s IT assets – ordered after two laptops were stolen in May – found hundreds of computers unaccounted for and almost 100 items reported missing.

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Daily Record | September 4th 2012

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