Child abuse inquiry judge to investigate Lord Janner allegations – The Guardian

‘A high court judge is to investigate whether child sexual abuse allegations against Lord Janner were the subject of an establishment cover-up.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2015

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Bradford fire: Sir Oliver Popplewell defends 1985 inquiry – interview in full – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2015 in fire, inquiries, judges, news, sport by sally

‘Sir Oliver Popplewell, who presided over the Bradford fire inquiry, speaks at length to the Guardian’s chief football correspondent about revelations in survivor Martin Fletcher’s book and why he sees no need for a fresh investigation.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2015

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Critics of Lord Janner decision misunderstand justice system – The Guardian

‘The creation of the Crown Prosecution Service nearly 30 years ago was pretty traumatic for the police. I remember it well and wrote a book about it at the time. Overnight, detectives lost the power to decide what charges should be brought against people they had arrested. Instead, the director of public prosecutions — whose remit had been confined to cases of “importance or difficulty” for the previous 100 years — took responsibility in 1986 for most public prosecutions across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2015

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1948 Malayan killings case reaches UK Supreme Court – BBC News

‘Relatives of 24 men killed by British troops in Malaya in 1948 will take their demands for a public inquiry to the Supreme Court later.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2015

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Chilcot inquiry into Iraq War ‘unlikely to be published this year’ – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2015 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, publishing, reports by sally

‘The British inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war and its aftermath, which completed its last hearing in February 2011 with the promise to report back in “some months”, is unlikely to be published this year.’

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The Independent, 21st April 2015

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Crown Prosecution Service re-review of Operation Elveden – CPS News Brief

‘Operation Elveden is a Metropolitan Police Service investigation that revealed the payments made to corrupt public officials by journalists for information. It followed two parliamentary committees and the Leveson Inquiry which revealed serious questions over the techniques used by some which may have amounted to systematic and flagrant breaches of the law. The range and circumstance of this activity was of a scale not previously encountered by police or CPS.’

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CPS News Brief, 17th April 2015

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Theresa May admits justice system fails families over deaths in police custody – The Guardian

‘The criminal justice system makes is too hard for families whose loved ones have died in police custody to get answers, according to a candid letter written by the home secretary to two families affected by such deaths.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2015

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Police watchdog slammed as ‘inadequate’ by adviser to Macpherson Inquiry – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2015 in budgets, complaints, corruption, documents, inquiries, murder, news, ombudsmen, police, racism by sally

‘Serious questions about the fitness of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate far-reaching allegations of police corruption have been raised by a former member of the Macpherson Inquiry. The judge’s investigation is said to have been misled by Scotland Yard about the extent of corrupt police involvement in the 1993 investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.’

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The Independent, 12th April 2015

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Child sex abuse victims threaten legal action over inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 13th, 2015 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘Abuse survivors demand apology from Justice Lowell Goddard, the inquiry chairman, and say Home Office will face judicial review over decision to exclude victims from inquiry panel.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2015

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Stephen Lawrence murder: IPCC investigating former Met chief – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2015 in complaints, inquiries, murder, news, police, racism by tracey

‘Former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens is being investigated by the police watchdog over information he gave to the inquiry into the Met’s handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder case.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2015

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Victims demand changes to new child sex abuse inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 9th, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Home Office decision to exclude survivors of child sexual abuse from the advisory panel is ‘dangerous step backwards’ says new letter to Theresa May.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2015

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Miscarriage of justice review body is dismissed as the Court of Appeal’s ‘lap dog’ in hard-hitting report – The Independent

‘Innocent victims of miscarriages of justice are “languishing in jail” due to delays and faults in the case review system, according to MPs behind a hard-hitting report to be published this week.’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2015

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Lord Woolf: Conditions in prisons are as bad now as they were 25 years ago

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in inquiries, judges, news, prisons, recidivists, standards, statistics, violent disorder by sally

‘Conditions in prisons are as bad now as they were at the time of one of Britain’s worst jail riots, a former lord chief justice has warned.’

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The Independent, 23rd March 2015

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Historical child abuse: Key investigations – BBC News

‘There are a number of ongoing investigations and inquiries – criminal and otherwise – into historical abuse allegations at institutions across the UK. Here is a guide to the key inquiries and their scope.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2015

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Home secretary: Cyril Smith cover-up claims ‘could lead to prosecutions’ – The Guardian

‘Theresa May has said the claims a police investigation into the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith was scrapped, and corruption blocked other historic police operations into child abuse, were “shocking and could lead to criminal prosecutions”.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

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Child abuse inquiry gets statutory footing as new panel members named – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Four new panel members, including the author of a report on sexual exploitation in Rotherham, have been appointed to the reformed independent inquiry into child abuse, the home secretary has announced.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2015

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MPs ‘dismayed’ that police continue to compile database of faces – The Guardian

‘A committee of MPs has condemned police for continuing to upload custody photographs, including of people never charged, to a face recognition database, despite a high court judgement that ruled the practice was unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2015

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Cyril Smith abuse allegations: Cabinet Office denies cover-up – The Guardian

‘Documents released to Mail on Sunday reveal Margaret Thatcher knew of child abuse allegations against Rochdale MP before he was given knighthood.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2015

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‘What crime have I committed to be held like this?’: inside Yarl’s Wood – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2015 in asylum, attempts, detention, elderly, immigration, inquiries, news, refugees, suicide, women by sally

‘Migrants and asylum seekers can be locked up at the high-security detention centre indefinitely. Reports of abuse, self-harm and suicide are rife. Now MPs are calling for an end to the ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust’ system. In a rare report, inmates describe their misery.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2015

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Al-Sweady file exposes the smearing of British soldiers – Daily Telegraph

‘Evidence drawn up on David Cameron’s orders alleges that Public Interest Lawyers continued to pursue torture and murder claims for a year after realising that they may be “untrue”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2015

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