Category Archives: Society

Snowden: GCHQ can hack smart phones to listen in on surroundings

From BBC News: Smartphone users can do “very little” to stop security services getting “total control” over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said. The former intelligence contractor told the BBC’s Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the … Continue reading

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DWP admits making up quotes by ‘benefit claimants’ saying sanctions helped them

From The Independent: The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted making up comments from supposed “benefit claimants” that appeared in a leaflet about sanctions. The leaflet, which has now been withdrawn, included positive example stories from people who claimed … Continue reading

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Police officer jailed for eight months for assaulting student at London protest

From The Guardian: A police officer who knocked part of a man’s tooth out with his riot shield during a student protest in 2010 has been sentenced to eight months in prison. PC Andrew Ott, 36, struck William Horner as … Continue reading

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Tenant evictions reach six-year high amid rising rents and benefit cuts

From The Guardian: Bailiffs in England and Wales evicted more than 11,000 families in the first three months of 2015, 51% higher than in same period five years ago. The number of tenants evicted from their homes is at a … Continue reading

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Powers to bring empty homes into use only used 17 times in 2014

From The Guardian: Powers designed to help English councils bring empty homes back into use were used just 17 times in 2014, according to figures obtained by the Green party MEP Keith Taylor. Empty dwelling management orders (Edmos) were introduced … Continue reading

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New Era estate in London purchased by charitable foundation

From The Guardian: US investors who planned to evict dozens of families and more than double rents at the New Era estate in east London have sold the development to Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation, an affordable housing group which says … Continue reading

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Staff shortages at overcrowded prison

From BBC News: Prisoners and employees are being left vulnerable as a result of staff shortages at an overcrowded Kent prison, inspectors have found. HMP Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey holds 1,252 men – compared with the 985 it … Continue reading

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Police officer found guilty of assault and dismissed from Met Police

From BBC News: A Metropolitan Police officer who punched a suspected shoplifter before pinning her to the ground has been dismissed from the force. PC James Kiddie, 46, was found guilty in February of common assault at the Uniqlo store … Continue reading

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Mark Duggan lawful killing verdict upheld

From BBC News: The mother of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked nationwide riots after he was shot by a police marksman, has lost a High Court bid to overturn a finding that her son was “lawfully killed”. In January an … Continue reading

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EE, Vodafone and Three give police mobile call records at click of a mouse

From The Guardian: Three of the UK’s four big mobile phone networks have made customers’ call records available at the click of a mouse to police forces through automated systems, a Guardian investigation has revealed. EE, Vodafone and Three operate … Continue reading

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