Monthly Archives: March 2014

Welsh Assembly and UK Gov in dispute over rail electrification funding

From BBC News: An escalating row over funding is threatening to delay a major upgrade of the Great Western main line between Swansea and London. The dispute is over who pays for a separate electrification of railway lines in the … Continue reading

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Bus lane police moved to back office roles

Two police officers filmed lifting an incapacitated woman into a bus lay-by on a Londonderry street have been moved from any duties that bring them into direct contact with the public. The incident happened on Monday. The PSNI has said … Continue reading

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NHS trust spends £50,000 on promotional video

From BBC News: A debt-ridden NHS Trust has been criticised for spending nearly £50,000 on a promotional video. Heatherwood and Wexham Park Trust, in Berkshire, commissioned the six-minute short to inspire visitors and staff. But Patient Concern called it “fluff” and … Continue reading

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MP Eric Joyce fined over Edinburgh Airport abuse

From BBC News: Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been fined £1,500 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court after admitting abusive behaviour at the city’s airport. He entered a guilty plea to one charge of breach of the peace when he appeared at … Continue reading

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UK’s first female genital mutilation prosecutions announced

From BBC News: The first UK prosecutions over female genital mutilation have been announced by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena, 31, of Ilford, Essex, will be prosecuted for an alleged offence while working at the Whittington Hospital … Continue reading

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Yahoo move to Ireland to avoid snooping laws

From The Guardian: Theresa May summoned the internet giant Yahoo for an urgent meeting on Thursday to raise security concerns after the company announced plans to move to Dublin where it is beyond the reach of Britain’s surveillance laws. By … Continue reading

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George Osborne gives HMRC power to take money from bank accounts

From Huffington Post: George Osborne has given HMRC the power to delve into Britons’ bank accounts for money that officials think is owed in unpaid taxes, in a move which critics have warned leave officials “a law unto themselves”. The … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson backs Met Police water cannon plans

From BBC News: The Mayor of London has agreed to support the Met Police’s call for water cannon to be purchased. A poll carried out on behalf of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) suggested 68% of Londoners … Continue reading

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Kent Police fined £100,000 over abandoned interview tapes

Kent Police has been fined £100,000 after confidential information, including police interview tapes, was found in a former police station. The sensitive information, including records dating back to the 1980s, was thought to have been left when the site in … Continue reading

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Ukraine army raises $1m via text appeal for funds

From BBC News: Ukrainians have donated over one million dollars to the country’s impoverished armed forces, after the Ministry of Defence set up a telephone appeal for funds, it seems. The ministry’s official Facebook page says: “Support the Army of Ukraine! … Continue reading

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