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Archive for September 4th, 2009

Teenage artist arrested for stealing pencils from Damien Hirst

Telegraph: Last year Cartrain was ordered by the Design and Artists Copyright Society to hand over collages based on Hirst’s famous diamond-encrusted skull, For the Love of God, and pay the £200 in profits he made.

In an act of revenge, Cartrain visited Hirst’s installation Pharmacy in July, which was being shown as part of Tate Britain’s Classified exhibition until it closed last month, and removed a few of the rare “Faber Castell dated 1990 Mongol 482 Series” pencils.

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Half of senior police say they are stressed and depressed

Independent: More than half of senior police officers are suffering from anxiety and depression brought on by under-staffing, bullying chief constables and 60-hour working weeks.

The survey of 800 superintendents and chief superintendents in England and Wales paints a picture of police forces ravaged by record levels of stress-related illnesses. Nearly one-quarter described their anxiety symptoms as moderate or severe, while a similar number said they suffered from depression.

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Doncaster torture case: Brothers, 12 and 10, used sticks and noose on boys

Guardian: murder charge in effort to limit trauma for victims Pair admit assault as prosecutors choose not to pursue attempted murder charge in effort to limit trauma for victims

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Partners at SJ Berwin feel pinch as cash is conserved

Times: Partners in SJ Berwin are owed hundreds of thousands of pounds after the beleaguered City law firm delayed paying their share of profits for six months, it emerged yesterday.

The firm, which suffered a 49 per cent fall in partners’ profits last year, made its last quarterly profit distribution to partners in February and suspended scheduled payments in May and August

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Met officers round on Boris Johnson over ‘politicisation’ of police

Guardian: Britain’s two most senior police officers rounded on Boris Johnson‘s London administration tonight and vowed to fight for their independence from political interference in response to Tory claims that they had seized control of Scotland Yard.

Sir Paul Stephenson, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, and Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, reacted angrily after the London mayor’s deputy told the Guardian that the Conservatives in the capital now had their “hands on the tiller” of Britain’s biggest force.

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