Law aims to get water vole out of a hole – The Times

Posted February 27th, 2008 in animals, news by sally

“Water voles are to be given protection from persecution and accidental disturbance to try to stem the decline in their population. The species has suffered more than a 90 per cent fall in numbers in less than 20 years.”

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The Times, 27th February 2008

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Pair in DNA database legal battle – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2008 in criminal records, DNA, human rights, news by sally

“Two British men are due to appear before Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights to try to get their DNA removed from the UK national database.”

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BBC News, 27th February 2008

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Information tribunal rules that MPs should disclose details of expenses for second homes – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2008 in disclosure, expenses, news, parliament by sally

“MPs have lost a battle to block the detailed disclosure of expenses covering their second homes, power and telephone bills, and the furniture they buy. The decision is a serious blow to Jack Straw, the justice secretary and former leader of the house, who with the Speaker, Michael Martin, tried to stop the public getting additional information on MPs’ expenses under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

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Child nicotine patches approved – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2008 in news by sally

“Children as young as 12 should receive nicotine patches if they have a serious smoking problem, the official NHS advisory body in England says.”

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BBC News, 27th February 2008

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Forcing drug companies to publish negative trial results ‘is against law’ – The Times

Posted February 27th, 2008 in EC law, medicines, news by sally

“An election pledge to require drugs companies to publish full details of clinical trials for medicines cannot be fulfilled because it is illegal under EU law, the Government has admitted.”

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The Times, 27th February 2008

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No Arabic staff at jail “creating risks” – Reuters

Posted February 27th, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“A lack of Muslim and Arabic-speaking staff at a jail that detains terrorism suspects is creating a security risk because they could not understand what inmates were discussing, a government report revealed on Wednesday.”

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Reuters, 27th February 2008

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Benefit cuts for addicts who shun rehab – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2008 in benefits, drug abuse, news by sally

“Jobless drug addicts who refuse to be treated for their habit face having their benefit cut, the Government will announce today.”

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The Independent, 27th February 2008

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Pc’s attacker is spared jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2008 in assault, magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“A senior police officer has criticised magistrates after they chose not to jail a man who beat up a police constable because the country’s prisons are too full.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2008

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Tougher measures for drug dealers – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2008 in confiscation, drug trafficking, news, proceeds of crime by sally

“Suspected drug dealers’ assets could be seized on arrest, rather than charge, under ministers’ new drugs strategy.”

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BBC News, 27th February 2008

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Terror remands over 28 days will be rare, minister tells rebel MPs – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“The government attempted to reach out to Labour rebels yesterday by saying there was ‘no compelling evidence’ for a permanent extension of the time terrorist suspects could be held without charge to beyond 28 days.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

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OFT sues Foxtons over ‘unfair’ rental commissions – The Times

Posted February 27th, 2008 in estate agents, news by sally

“The way estate agents charge commission on residential property lettings could be dramatically overhauled after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched a legal case against Foxtons, claiming the agency’s terms and conditions are unfair.”

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The Times, 26th February 2008

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Woman wins baby brain damage case – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2008 in damages, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

“A woman who said she suffered brain damage during heart treatment as a baby at Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1985 has won a High Court compensation claim.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2008

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Government ‘must’ release Cabinet’s Iraq minutes – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2008 in disclosure, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The Government has been ordered to release the minutes of Cabinet meetings where military action against Iraq was discussed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2008

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MPs get web filter ‘dark ages’ warning – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2008 in internet, news by sally

“A Microsoft executive told MPs today that forcing software companies to install internet content filtering technology with high-security settings as standard to all computers would send the UK back to the ‘dark ages’.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

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Jack Straw forced to back down on early retirement for judges – The Times

Posted February 27th, 2008 in judiciary, news, retirement by sally

“Hundreds of judges will be allowed to stay in their jobs until the age of 70 after the Lord Chancellor was today forced to back down over making them retire at 65.”

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The Times, 26th February 2008

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Sacked IVF woman ‘not pregnant’ until eggs implanted – The Times

Posted February 26th, 2008 in assisted reproduction, news, pregnancy, sex discrimination by sally

“Waitress may still be entitled to protection under European anti-discrimination and equal treatment laws, judge said.”

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The Times, 26th February 2008

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Preacher guilty of organising terror training camps – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2008 in news, terrorism by sally

“A terrorist instructor who called himself ‘Osama bin London’ has been convicted, along with three of his followers, of organising al-Qaida style training camps across Britain.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

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Britain’s life prisoners – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2008 in news, sentencing, special report by sally

“With his sentencing today, Levi Bellfield joins a small group of prisoners whose crimes were so heinous that they must spend the rest of their lives in jail.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

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‘Whole life’ term for bus stop stalker – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2008 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

“Bus stop stalker Levi Bellfield will spend the rest of his life in jail, a judge said today.”

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The Independent, 26th February 2008

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UK media companies sign up to online content guidelines – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 26th, 2008 in consumer protection, internet, news by sally

“Some of the UK’s biggest media and internet companies have agreed to warn users when they publish material that some might find offensive. A series of guidelines has been brokered which will see online material tagged for suitability.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th February 2008

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