Half of people arrested in Preston are not charged
Figures from Lancashire Police, obtained by the Evening Post under the Freedom of Information Act, show there were 21,583 people arrested in Central Division in the last three years, with 10,677 released without further action.
A man whose elderly uncle died after being burgled by conmen today voiced concern at figures that show 85 per cent of burglary suspects arrested in Preston in the last three years were released without charge.
John Lee, whose uncle Harry Lee, 91, died days after being attacked in his home for his savings in 2007, spoke as figures obtained by the Evening Post under the Freedom of Information Act show 1,373 people were arrested for burglaries but 1,134 were released no charge, with 18 others given cautions or reprimands. Read more
Lancashire Evening Post | 24th April 2013
Half of tagged criminals reoffend
MORE than half of Wigan’s tagged criminals have breached their curfew order, resulting in further punishment. Figures released under Freedom of Information rules show that last year, of the 408 people who were subject to an electronic tag at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court, 216 failed to return to their home address before the allocated time.
The majority of offenders (138) broke the terms of their punishment once, 33 flouted the rule twice and 22 refused to comply with the order more than five times.
Over the last four years, the figures show a fall in offenders being issued with a curfew order, from 514 in 2009. The highest number of orders was in 2010, with 536, where 287 criminals were reported for breaching the requirements. Read more
Wigan Today | 24th April 2013
USA: Information on fracking lacking, report says
KENNETCOOK — The author of a report on a former shale gas operation in Hants County says the province doesn’t have enough information to make a decision about hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia.
Barbara Harris of the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia presented the report to about 90 people in Kennetcook on Monday evening.
Harris and other members of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition filed a freedom of information request for everything to do with the five exploratory wells that Triangle Petroleum of Denver drilled from 2007 to 2009. Three of the wells were fracked. Read more
Michael Gorman | Herald News | 22nd April 2013
NIGERIA: MRA Requests Information From NFVCB On Banned Documentary
Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has made a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI), 2011, to the National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB) seeking detailed information on the agency’s decision to ban the documentary, “Fueling Poverty.”
The NFVCB, a federal government agency which vets, classifies, and approves films and videos meant for distribution and exhibition in Nigeria, banned the exhibition, distribution and airing of the 30-minute documentary earlier this month saying its contents “are highly provocative and likely to incite or encourage public disorder and undermine national security.”
‘Fueling Poverty’ documents the pervasive poverty in Nigeria and advocates against corruption and greed. It was produced by a young filmmaker, Mr. Ishaya Bako, in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and released in late 2012. Read more
All Africa | 22nd April 2013