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Archive for July 23rd, 2009

Sharp rise revealed in UK cocaine usage
Independent: The number of working age adults snorting the class A drug last year hit a 12-year high, with nearly a million confirmed users. Almost half of those are aged between 16 and 24 – an age group that saw huge growth in user numbers. There are now around 439,000 cocaine users in their late teens and early 20s, up by 1.5 per cent in just a year.

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Lord Neuberger named Master of the Rolls

Times: The youngest of the law lords is to be the next head of England and Wales’ civil justice system, Downing Street announced today.

Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, 61, has been appointed the next Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil justice in a move that will trigger a new selection round for a judge to replace him.

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Schoolboy is first convicted of racist harassment of classmate

Telegraph: A schoolboy is facing the threat of a year in a young offenders’ institute after he became the first to be convicted of racially harrassing a fellow pupil.

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FSA fines HSBC units £3m for ‘careless’ handling of confidential data

Times: HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, has been fined more than £3 million by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for the “careless” handling of confidential details of tens of thousands of its customers.

In a series of security failings, the bank sent unencrypted private details via courier to third parties and left information lying on open shelves and in unlocked cabinets where it could have been lost or stolen, the FSA said. Unencrypted CDs holding thousands of customers’ details were lost in the post. The FSA said that the data could have helped criminals to steal customers’ identities and commit financial crime….

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The Big Question: Will phone tapping convict more people, and why are its opponents so worried?

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Father wins Iraq inquest review

BBC: The father of a soldier killed in Iraq has won permission to challenge a coroner’s decision not to hold a full investigation into his son’s death

Anthony Pritchard’s son, Corporal Dewi Pritchard, from Bridgend, was killed in Basra in 2003 by gunmen in an ambush….

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Criminals awaiting deportation net £500,000

Independent: Foreign criminals awaiting deportation have been handed some £500,000 in compensation since April last year, it has been revealed. The convicts were handed the money after being kept in custody beyond the end of their sentence while the authorities considered ejecting them. The House of Lords ruled three years ago that thousands of foreign inmates should have the same release provisions as their British counterparts….

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