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Home Office to investigate police snooping of journalists

A parliamentary select committee has requested a breakdown of all UK police forces use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to snoop on journalists.

The Act, which requires telecoms companies to surrender phone records without the customer’s consent …

Weekly News Round-Up: Pharmacies, drugs and Prince Charles

Pharmacy charged NHS £89 for cod liver oil it could have got for £3

Dozens of Lloyds pharmacies dispensed packs of the tablets that cost £89 instead of a £3 option, taking advantage of a loophole in NHS rules which

Council wrongly classed asylum seeker children as adults

Council wrongly classed asylum seeker children as adults

A London council has had to pay out more than £1m in costs for wrongly assessing asylum seeker children as adults. These wrong decisions have condemned some children to homelessness, prevented them …

Queen’s speech revives ‘snooper’s charter’ legislation

Queen’s speech revives ‘snooper’s charter’ legislation

The government appears to have left open the door to the resurrection of the controversial “snooper’s charter” bill to track everyone’s email, internet and mobile text use. Whitehall sources confirmed that the possibility of …

Sri Lankans expelled from UK allege torture after deportation to Colombo

Sri Lankans expelled from UK allege torture after deportation to Colombo

Fifteen Sri Lankan nationals have claimed they were tortured and subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment after they were forcibly removed to the country by the UK Border Agency, …

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 …

Domestic violence accounts for 10% of emergency calls

Domestic violence accounts for 10% of emergency calls, data shows

One in 10 emergency calls to police are categorised as domestic violencerelated, rising in some areas to a fifth of all 999 alerts.

The figures, obtained following freedom of …

Attorney General blocks release of Prince Charles letters to avoid ‘serious damage’ to his future as king

Attorney General blocks release of Prince Charles letters to avoid ‘serious damage’ to his future as king

Dominic Grieve said the Prince’s letters were “particularly frank” and would “potentially have undermined his position of political neutrality” if published.

He used …

The day in FOIA: lost or stolen firearms | Kent police’s and G4S contract and the death of the FOI bill in Botswana

3,500 guns lost or taken in last five years

More than 3,500 firearms have been lost or stolen over the last five years, the Home Office has revealed.

Records released under the Freedom of Information Act show around 2,400 weapons, …

NHS risk register FOIA vetoed by cabinet

NHS risk register’s publication vetoed by cabinet

The official assessment of the risks involved in the government’s NHS shakeup will never be published after the cabinet exercised its rare right of veto to keep it secret.

The move ends a …

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