Divorce ruling serves as warning on behaviour and assets – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2008 in divorce, news by sally

“An heiress who married a penniless Kosovan refugee and was ordered by the divorce courts to hand him a £1m car wash she had bought for him to run has been told by the appeal court that she can keep half the business.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Justice reforms urged to win back public confidence – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2008 in criminal justice, news by sally

“Further fundamental reform of the criminal justice system is crucial if the government is to overcome a lack of public confidence, Gordon Brown has been warned by his own strategy unit.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2008

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Ministers back radical plan for voting reform – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2008 in elections, news by sally

“A significant overhaul of electoral legislation to give voters a second vote, open polling stations at weekends and make it compulsory to participate is being proposed by the government to increase turnout and improve the legitimacy of the Commons.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2008

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DNA test ‘puts innocent at risk’ of convictions – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in DNA, news by sally

“A new DNA technology hailed as having the potential to solve thousands of murders, rapes and other serious crimes could lead to innocent people being convicted, one of Britain’s most respected forensic scientists has warned.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Report warns alcohol abuse and drugs ‘are behind most crimes’ – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in alcohol abuse, crime, drug abuse, news by sally

“Hard drug use and heavy drinking have been highlighted as key problems for Britain in a study by the Government’s Strategy Unit.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008

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Waitrose in row over meat-labelling – ‘mongrel meat’ labelled as rare native breed of pig – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in consumer protection, food, news by sally

“Supermarket meat that is labelled as coming from a rare native breed is little more than ‘mongrel meat’, say breeders who have complained to trading standards officers.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008

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Privacy alarm over fingerprinting at Heathrow’s fifth terminal – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in airports, data protection, fingerprints, news by sally

“BAA and the Government are at odds over plans to fingerprint passengers at Heathrow’s new fifth terminal. The Home Office denies having told the Spanish-owned airport operator to use fingerprinting as an extra security measure and the privacy watchdog says that the plan may be illegal.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Embryology Bill: Bishop’s ‘Frankenstein’ attack smacks of ignorance, say scientists – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in embryology, news by sally

“Senior scientists have offered to meet Roman Catholic bishops and MPs to explain the need for legislation to allow experiments on embryos that are part-human and part-animal.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Cigarettes to be sold under shop counters – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in news, smoking by sally

“Cigarettes are to be forced beneath shop counters with supermarkets and cornershops banned from displaying tobacco products, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Wordsworth’s village bakers fight over their gingerbread – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in food, news, trade marks by sally

“The tranquil village of Grasmere has long drawn visitors seeking out the serene Lakeland setting that inspired William Wordsworth. But the peace of this small community has been shattered as a battle rages over its most famous commodity, Grasmere Gingerbread.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Payout threat to asbestos cancer victims – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in asbestos, compensation, industrial injuries, news by sally

“Patients with an asbestos-related form of cancer who had been hoping for compensation now fear they will run out of time under new government rules on payouts.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

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Ban on protests at Parliament to be lifted – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in demonstrations, freedom of expression, news, parliament by sally

“A controversial ban on protests outside the Houses of Parliament will be scrapped by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith this week in a symbolic victory for freedom of speech campaigners.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

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How police put their faith in the ‘expert’ witness who was a fraud – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in expert witnesses, news, police by sally

“Failures in the vetting procedures used for expert witnesses have emerged after a court ruled that a computer analyst who helped train hundreds of police officers and gave evidence in scores of trials is a liar and a fraudster.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

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Crippled marine is refused full payout – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in Afghanistan, armed forces, compensation, news by sally

“A Royal Marine who lost both his legs and an arm in a Taliban landmine blast in Afghanistan has been told by the Ministry of Defence that he is not entitled to the full compensation package offered to injured troops.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

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Brown faces deepening revolt over embryo bill – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in embryology, news by sally

“Gordon Brown faces a growing revolt over embryo research as former cabinet minister Stephen Byers last night joined calls for a free vote.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

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Organised criminals exploit gaps in policing – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in crime, news, police by sally

“Organised criminals are exploiting gaps in policing created as officers become more concerned with hitting government targets and fighting terrorism, senior figures in the Metropolitan Police have warned.”

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The Times, 22nd March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Incorrect exam results? Claim compensation – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in examinations, news by sally

“Teenagers could receive thousands of pounds in compensation for being given the wrong GCSE and A-level grades, examination chiefs said.”

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The Times, 22nd March 2008

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Mystery of Gurrinder Singh, the boy left at a bus stop by ‘uncle’ – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in news by sally

“A nine-year-old orphan who speaks no English and claims to have been kept indoors watching television for several years has been rescued after being ‘abandoned’ at a bus stop.”

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The Times, 22nd March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Cardinal Keith O’Brien attacks ‘monstrous’ human embryo Bill – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in embryology, news by sally

“The Government is heading for its biggest confrontation with the Roman Catholic Church to date over its controversial new laws which will allow the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos.”

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The Times, 22nd March 2008

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Easter Break

Posted March 20th, 2008 in news by sally

There will be no posts over the Easter weekend (Friday 21st – Monday 24th inclusive) during which time the Library will be closed. We will resume posting on Tuesday 25th March.