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Archive for August 7th, 2009

Ministers hunt for 4,000 ‘bogus’ foreign students

Independent: Ministers are trying to locate nearly 4,000 foreign students who are living in Britain after coming to the UK to study at bogus colleges, it emerged last night.

The students are all from colleges that have had their licences revoked by the Government under a system brought in to close immigration loopholes linked to foreign education. The Conservatives, who secured the new student numbers from the Home Office, accused the Government of not taking the problem seriously enough.

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Ian Tomlinson’s family accuse police of cover-up over his death

Guardian: The family of Ian Tomlinson, who collapsed after being hit by an officer at the G20 protests in London, have accused the police of engaging in a cover-up to stop them finding out the truth.

In an interview with the Guardian, Tomlinson’s widow, Julia, and son, Paul King, spoke for the first time about the anger, hurt and frustration they have felt in the months since his death.

They said they felt they had been pressured by the City of London police, Scotland Yard and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) not to speak out, but could no longer keep quiet because of their concerns.

The family said police had prevented them from viewing Tomlinson’s body for six days after his death.

Police initially tried to persuade them there was nothing suspicious about the death and gave them only an edited version of his first post-mortem exmaination.

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Straw releases Biggs on compassionate grounds

Independent: He was given a 30-year sentence for his part in the Great Train Robbery, but after just 15 months he escaped from Wandsworth prison in south London and went on the run. Now, eight years after returning to Britain voluntarily for medical treatment and being locked up once again, Ronnie Biggs is finally a free man.

The Justice Secretary Jack Straw yesterday granted Biggs release from prison on compassionate grounds and, as of today, he is no longer a prisoner. The announcement marks a major U-turn by Mr Straw, coming just a month after he refused Biggs parole.

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