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Councils boycott Cameron’s demand to evict rioters

Councils boycott Cameron’s demand to evict rioters

At least 250 people involved in the widespread violence in English cities last summer have been identified as council tenants but have been allowed to keep their homes, the Daily Telegraph has established.

Just one person, from Southwark, south London, has been evicted as a direct result of the riots.

The true number of rioters who kept their homes is likely to be far higher as councils in the worst hit areas – including Brixton and Hackney in London – rejected calls to investigate whether their tenants were involved.

More than one year on, research by the Daily Telegraph using the Freedom of Information Act has found a total of 252 council tenants across fifteen local authorities had been identified as taking part in the disorder in English cities last August. Read more.

Matthew Holehouse | The Telegraph | 20th November 2012

Stalin’s only daughter was closely monitored by FBI after she denounced father’s reign of terror and defected to U.S.

Newly declassified documents show the FBI kept close tabs on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s only daughter after her high-profile defection to the United States in 1967.

The documents show the agency was gathering details from informants on how Lana Peters’ arrival was affecting international relations at that time. She was known as Svetlana Alliluyeva before her defection.

Ms Peters died last year, aged 85, in a Wisconsin nursing home.

The files were released today under a Freedom of Information Act request. Read more.

Daily Mail | 19th November 2012

Police informers paid £40k last year

Wiltshire Police pays secret informants thousands of pounds every year for information to crack serious crime, the Adver can reveal.

Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows the force has paid covert human intelligence sources, known as CHIS, a total of £244,935 in the last seven financial years, ranging from £18,386.90 in 2005/6 to £45,874.25 in 2008/9 and £40,883.42 last year.

Wiltshire Police say they are value for money and have proven highly effective in protecting the public. Read more.

Swindon Advertiser | 19th November 2012

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