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Police officers should not restrain people suspected of suffering from mental health problems, the police watchdog has said. They should instead use containment and de-escalation techniques when dealing with members of the public who could be mentally ill, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said. The recommendations are contained within…
A family court judge has raised concern about the lack of support offered to a woman with a low IQ who suffered "extreme abuse". Judge Stephen Wildblood said the woman, who was in her mid-20s and had an IQ of 66, had not been offered "therapeutic support" although there had…
The Welsh Government has announced their search has started for Wales’ next Older People’s Commissioner. Created in 2008, the role of Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is the independent voice and champion for older people aged 60 and over across Wales. The Commissioner’s work is driven by what older people…
A raid on a three-bedroom house in north west London found 35 men living in rooms full of mattresses. The discovery was made on Winchester Avenue, Queensbury, at around 6am on Tuesday following complaints from neighbours, Brent council said. The men, all of Eastern European origin, had piled bedding in…
An investigation has been launched after a Chinese man was found dead at an immigration detention centre. The body of the man was discovered at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, on Tuesday. Officers from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will now begin investigating the circumstances surrounding his…
A three-year-old girl was hidden in the boot of a car with two adults as a gang tried to smuggle Albanian nationals into the UK. Six people have been jailed for their role in what Judge Simon James described as "a professionally organised criminal organisation" set up to profit from…
A new large-scale clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of NHS home assessment strategies in preventing elderly people from falling unnecessarily Falling in elderly people is a common problem, with almost 50% of those over the age of 80 experiencing a fall each year. People fall for a variety of…
Girlguides in Manchester have launched a UK first with a new badge to tackle loneliness in old people. Youngsters have been visiting homes for the elderly and sheltered housing centres to speak to senior citizens to earn the new badge. It is hoped the initiative will be adopted by other…
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