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Substantive information has been unearthed in the Irish Republic over the disappearance of schoolgirl Arlene Arkinson, a lawyer said. Her family is delighted to see progress on the decades-old case, a coroner was told. The material includes papers on lines of inquiry pursued by Irish police, searches carried out south…
Fifty-three police officers have been disciplined after failings surrounding missing person investigations in Northern Ireland, the Ombudsman said. Some PSNI members did not properly assess reports and there were further problems with supervision and searches plus missed opportunities to gather evidence, the watchdog said. Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire said…
At least 30 people have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, police have revealed. Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy confirmed the death toll as he spoke near the scene of the devastating blaze in west London on Friday. "I'm able to say at this point in time at least 30…
Preventing people from going missing and limiting the harm associated with such incidents are at the heart of a new national strategy. The National Missing Persons Framework for Scotland was launched at a conference today on ‘Returned missing people’, co-organised by University of Glasgow (#ReturnedMissing). The conference brought together Police…
Proposals in memory of Claudia Lawrence designed to help families of missing persons have moved closer to becoming law. Ms Lawrence's father Peter gave a thumbs-up gesture in the public gallery as so-called "Claudia's Law" swiftly completed its final stages in the House of Commons. Tory MP Kevin Hollinrake's draft…
A new national database of missing people is to be rolled out as part of a drive to tackle child sexual exploitation. The facility will allow police to access data about adults and children who disappear across force boundaries. Plans for a National Missing Persons Register were revealed as ministers…
A "Claudia's Law" to give families greater control over the affairs of missing people could be introduced in memory of the chef Claudia Lawrence. Ms Lawrence disappeared on her way to work at the University of York in March 2009, and despite a massive police investigation nobody has ever faced…
A scheme aimed at helping police to locate missing adults is being piloted by North Wales Police, in partnership with Conwy County Borough Council. The scheme, named the Herbert Protocol after a former soldier who suffered from dementia, has already been launched in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Gwent and…
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