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Children held in police cells under Mental Health Act

Children held in police cells under Mental Health Act

Children as young as 11 were held in police cells in England and Wales in 2011 because officers thought they were mentally ill, the BBC has learned.

There were 347 such detentions, some for more than 24 hours, figures show. The Mental Health Act lets police take anyone they suspect of being mentally ill in “need of care or control” to a safe place for assessment. The Department for Health said it was developing better procedures to ensure young people get appropriate care.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) says, in some parts of the UK, cells are the only option.

The figures, revealed for the first time by a Freedom of Information request to police, show that two forces locked up one child each for more than 24 hours.

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Nicola Beckford | BBC | 18th November 2012

Guilty? You can work at Ministry of Justice

Hundreds of Ministry of Justice staff found guilty of serious offences have kept their jobs in the past year.

About 783 of the 976 employees who faced misconduct hearings received just a slap on the wrist. Offences included corruption, fraud, trafficking and sexist and racist behaviour.

Only 193 staff got the boot in a year, figures released after a freedom of information request revealed.

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Anthony France | The Sun | 18th November 2012

Spanish ships have entered Gibraltar waters 178 times in last year

Spanish state vessels illegally entered the disputed waters around Gibraltar 178 times in the last year, prompting a flurry of formal complaints to Madrid.

Of the 42 formal written complaints to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2008, half were submitted in the last 12 months and the issue has also been raised directly with ministers and officials.

Figures released following Freedom of Information (FoI) requests by the Press Association show the number of unlawful incursions into British Gibraltar waters between November 2011 and the end of October this year was far higher than in previous years, coinciding with a dispute over fishing rights in the region.

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The Telegraph |18th November 2012

Number of children missing in London up by a third - One child goes missing every 5 mins in UK

The number of children going missing in London has shot up by more than one third in three years, figures reveal today.

Missing children reports to the Metropolitan Police have risen from 13,361 in 2008 to 17,882 last year according to statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Pressure put on families caused by the economic downturn is thought to be a possible cause for the increase being seen across the country.

But charity Railway Children, which compiled the figures, said the true numbers were likely to be much higher and called on society to do more to tackle the problem.

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Michael Howie and Rob Parsons | The Evening Stndard | 16th November 2012

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