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Shortcomings are still rife in child protection investigations mounted by Britain's largest police force, a watchdog report reveals. An audit of cases found "significant weaknesses" remained apparent in Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, a year after a scathing critique exposed a catalogue of failings. The original assessment, published in November…
A "vulnerable" 18-year-old man who killed himself in a prison cell could have been saved if staff had promptly responded to an emergency alarm, a report has found. Lithuanian national Osvaldas Pagirys died in hospital on November 14 2016, three days after he was found hanged at HMP Wandsworth, south-west…
A mother whose trial collapsed due to "repeated failures" has spoken of the "very difficult" moment she had to give birth in custody. Petruta-Cristina Bosoanca was one of three people arrested in connection with allegations of people-trafficking, and her baby was born while she was awaiting trial. On Wednesday, Judge…
The Westminster strand of the wide-ranging child sex abuse inquiry should not investigate whether or not high-profile individuals such as former prime minister Sir Edward Heath were paedophiles, a hearing has been told. It would not be necessary or proportionate for this part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual…
The Labour leader of Haringey Council is quitting after condemning "sexist and bullying" behaviour during a bitter party battle over a controversial redevelopment scheme. Claire Kober will not seek re-election in the north London borough in May following a long-running row over a proposed £2 billion housing project known as…
A consultant jailed over the death of a patient failed to provide good clinical care to him as he allowed vital time "to slip by" between diagnosis and surgery, a tribunal heard. David Sellu, 70, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter of father-of-six James Hughes and handed a two-and-a-half-year sentence…
A student accused of rape has received an apology from police and prosecutors after a review into his collapsed trial found that messages undermining the case against him had been missed. The problems with disclosure of evidence were caused by "a combination of error, lack of challenge, and lack of…
Sitting near Leicester Square in central London trying to scrape together £9 from passers-by in order to get a hostel room, Steve is just one of thousands sleeping rough on England's streets. The 39-year-old from South Shields said he became homeless four years ago when his son died, adding: "I…
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