Hundreds of armed service personnel investigated
Figures released by the Ministry of Defence show that MDP officers have a total of 314 “open” and ongoing inquiries into possible criminal behaviour by either defence staff or civilian contractors. The list of potential offences include burglary, arson, assault, concealing criminal property and dozens of allegations of theft.
Other more unusual crimes include one instance of “disturbing military remains”, one inquiry into “fear or provocation of violence by words or writing” and one allegation of “stalking”. Some 3,400 officers from the MDP are deployed across the UK with a primary focus of providing armed security for nuclear weapons sites.
Units patrol the perimeters of military bases to safeguard assets but the civilian force also carries out regular police work within the defence community, in the same way that regional police forces operate. Details of the active MDP investigations were revealed through a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Defence. Read more
James Orr | The Telegraph | 16th April 2013
Hospital where Britain’s most evil serial killers are held has a catalogue of DVDs with scenes of brutal violence and kinky sex
A top-security psychiatric hospital where Britain’s most evil serial killers contains hundreds of graphic movies showing sickening violence and kinky sex scenes, it can be revealed today.
Broadmoor Hospital – which houses the Yorkshire Ripper and cannibal killer Peter Bryan – has a catalogue of more than 200 DVDs, including films showing twisted scenes of murder and sex attacks.
The revelation was today branded ‘astounding’ by a leading psychologist as the NHS Trust which runs the hospital defended the policy, claiming the films prepared patients for the outside world. Read more
Rob Cooper & Sam Webb | The Daily Mail | 16th April 2013
Suffolk: Ferrying children to schools in taxis costs the taxpayer £7m every year
COUNCIL chiefs have spent more than £28million of taxpayers’ money ferrying children to school by taxi over five years. Figures, obtained by the EADT under Freedom of Information laws, revealed £28,750,112 was spent sending children to school in taxis in the last five academic years in Suffolk.
The highest was 2010/11, when the school taxi bill totalled £7,415,777 – an average of £20,317 a day. The estimate for this school year is £7,201,899.
Suffolk County Council (SCC) has a legal duty to provide a home-to-school transport service for children, most of whom have special educational needs, subject to criteria. Pupils under the age of eight living two miles or more from the catchment or nearest school are entitled, as are pupils eight years old or over living three miles or more away. Read more
Matt Stott | East Anglia Daily Times | 15th April 2013
DENMARK: Opposition to freedom of information act gathering momentum
Detractors argue that the new act will allow the government to mislead voters and parliament. The government’s plan to install a new freedom of information act (offentlighedslov) is now beginning to face strong criticism from within.
Around 20 members of government coalition party Radikale (R) have already added their names to a petition against the act that has over 42,000 signatures. And now, Camilla Fabricius, Socialdemokraterne’s (S) head on the Aarhus City Council, has also joined the ranks.
“I have decided to take a stand against the upcoming offentlighedslov in its current form. The halls of Christiansborg do not need more opaqueness,” Fabricius told Kristeligt-Dagblad newspaper. “I urge [Justice Minister] Morten Bødskov, who is a sensible and intelligent man, to rethink the proposal.” Read more
Christian Wenande | The Copenhagen Post | 16th April 2013