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Detention of children at immigration ‘prisons’ attacked by MPs

Guardian: Too many children being held at detention centres for too long, says home affairs select committee

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BBC: Drivers win taxi age court fight

Drivers win taxi age court fight

BBC: A judge has ruled in the favour of taxi drivers in Newport, who challenged a council decision to impose age limits on vehicles.

A new rule had said Hackney cabs must be less than 12 years old, and private hire cars less than eight from 2010.

The judge said Newport Council failed to consult properly, a ruling which drivers said would save jobs.

The authority said it was “obviously disappointed” and would reconsider the issue “as quickly as possible”.

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Murderers and rapists among hundreds of prisoners released in error

Times: Almost 200 prisoners including murders and sex offenders have been released early by mistake from jails, according to official government figures.

The number wrongfully released has jumped by 45 per cent in the past two years as the jail service struggles to cope with overcrowding and a record prison population.

Latest figures from the Ministry of Justice show that prisoners are being released early by mistake from jails in England and Wales at a rate of almost one a week.

Jason Bethell a murder suspect, was accidentally released early from Chelmsford Prison two weeks ago but later gave himself up to the police. He is back in custody.

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Lost or missing insurance policies leave asbestos victims without compensation

Independent: The industry’s own scheme is supposed to track down missing details that would help claims. It has failed in its task in half of the cases

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Cleared Dando suspect Barry George challenges surveillance order

Guardian:

• He wants court to free him from monitoring
• Risk remains, say police, despite 2008 acquittal

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Hacker Gary McKinnon to appeal after extradition blow

BBC: The “devastated” lawyers for computer hacker Gary McKinnon are to challenge the home secretary’s decision not to block his extradition to the US.

They said they would make a last-ditch attempt after Alan Johnson said medical grounds could not prevent it.

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Outdated Crown Prosecution Service should be modernised, says DPP

Guardian: Service should be more open with the public and less reliant on paper case files, says Keir Starmer QC

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