Law Society calls for 28-day limit on police bail
More than 57,000 people are on police bail in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to figures obtained by the BBC. In one case a person arrested three-and-a-half years ago remains on bail.
The Law Society told BBC Radio 5 live it wanted a review of police bail practices and said there should be a statutory time limit on police bail. The data was collated from 34 of the 44 police forces that responded to a Freedom of Information request. Bail in Scotland is granted by courts and not by the police.
The data, obtained by a BBC Radio 5 Live Freedom of Information request shows that at least 57,428 people are currently on bail. Of those, 3,172 have been waiting for more than six months for a decision on charges. Read more
Laura Harmes | BBC Radio 5 Live | 28th May 2013
Dozens of knives seized from visitors to Manchester’s courts
More than 150 people were caught smuggling knives into the criminal courts of Manchester last year. Security officers at the city’s magistrates and two crown courts seized up to 20 blades a month from visitors, the M.E.N. can reveal. Another 224 people were stopped by guards while taking alcohol into the buildings.
Thousands of people a week visit the three courts and the confiscation figures highlight the task facing security staff. The M.E.N. obtained court security log details under Freedom of Information laws, with all seizures between April 2012 and March this year. Everyone entering the court building must walk through an airport-style security arch, before being checked by a guard with a metal detector.
A total of 155 knives were confiscated from people over a 12 month period – and 43 of those blades were longer than three inches. October saw the most knife seizures, with 12 from Manchester Crown Court and eight from the magistrates court. The figures for Minshull Street, Manchester’s second crown court, were not available for some of the months requested due to a change in security contractors. Read more
Pete Bainbridge | Manchester Evening News | 28th May 2013
IRELAND: Department of Health’s €110,000 bill for Oxford training trips
The cash-strapped Department of Health has come under fire after it emerged that it has spent over €110,000 sending officials on an exclusive training course on negotiation techniques at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.
In response to a Freedom of Information request, the department yesterday confirmed that it has spent €111,022 sending officials to attend the Oxford Programme on Negotiation at the Said School of Business at Oxford University since 2006.
The department is sending three officials to attend the five- day course next month. The cost of sending the three to the course totals €22,282 this year and this follows a spend of €32,977 sending four officials on the course last year. Read more
Gordon Deegan | The Irish Independent | 28th May 2013