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Just 13 people use flagship Coalition scheme for reporting nuisance neighbours

Just 13 people use flagship Coalition scheme for reporting nuisance neighbours

Under the new initiative, people can force police to investigate anti-social behaviour by submitting a “community trigger”, if they have previously reported trouble on at least three occasions.

Four areas were chosen to trial the idea, which is meant to empower local communities and will be rolled out as part of the draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill.

However, a Labour MP’s research has found only a negligible number of people are taking advantange of the initiative, which is part of a wider programme to scrap and replace Asbos.

Gloria De Piero, a shadow Home Office minister, who obtained some of the figures under Freedom of Information Laws, said the new “triggers” do not go far enough to tackle repeated anti-social behaviour. Read more.

Rowena Mason | The Telegraph | 22nd January 2013

Department of not much work and pensions: Officials waging war on “skivers” spend hours on Facebook

Civil servants waging the Government’s war on “skivers” are spending thousands of hours in the office looking at shopping, social networking and sport websites.

Figures reveal officials at the Department of Work and Pensions are logging on to sites like Facebook, Twitter and Sky Sports MILLIONS of times a year.

Google is the most popular website with 690,448,667 views.

The main BBC website is fourth on the list with 116,122,356 views and another Beeb link comes seventh with 76,556,091.

Facebook is fifth with 81,989,727 and Twitter is tenth with 48,796,467.

The other five websites in the top 10 are related to their work for the Government.

The figures were revealed under Freedom of Information laws. Read more.

Jason Beattie | The Mirror | 23rd January 2013

Children as young as 10 held in police cells overnight in South Wales

Thousands of children aged as young as 10 are being held overnight in police cells across South Wales every year, figures have revealed.

Nearly 3,000 youngsters aged between 10 and 17 were locked up after being suspected of committing crimes including arson, grievous bodily harm, rape and even murder, during 2010 and 2011.

The data, which was released under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, equates to nearly four children being held every night of the year on average.

The FOI requests revealed that the practice of detaining youngsters overnight varies wildly across the country. Read more.

Sam Malone | Wales Online | 22nd January 2013

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