Undercover police denied automatic anonymity at inquiry

  • 3 May 2016
  • From the section UK
Media captionFormer girlfriend: ‘We talked about spending the rest of our lives together’

Undercover police officers facing claims of wrongdoing will not automatically get anonymity at a forthcoming major public inquiry.

Sir Christopher Pitchford, the inquiry's chairman, said he recognised the public interest in proceedings being "as open as possible".

The senior judge said he would assess each anonymity request individually.

The Metropolitan Police has already asked for large parts of the investigation to be in private.

Campaigners who say they were wronged during operations dating back decades are calling for maximum disclosure.

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Hillsborough and the long journey to change the police

  • 29 April 2016
  • From the section UK
A Hillsborough family campaigner holding up a justice scarf Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Hillsborough families after this week's inquest verdict

There is a very important legal maxim: justice delayed is justice denied. Never was that truer than in the battle for answers over Hillsborough.

A 27-year wait to hear a jury say that the police were wrong, that the fans were innocent and 96 blameless people had been unlawfully killed.

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Eurozone crisis 'pushing migrants to UK'

  • 13 April 2016
  • From the section UK
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The eurozone jobs crisis is encouraging more southern European migrants to head to the UK to join those from the east, the Migration Observatory has said.

Over the past five years the number of EU nationals living in the UK has gone up by almost 700,000 to 3.3 million.

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Afghan boy smuggled in lorry texted: 'No oxygen'

  • 8 April 2016
  • From the section UK
Media captionAhmed had been in a refugee camp in Calais

A seven-year-old Afghan boy who was in a sealed lorry was rescued by UK police after texting he was suffocating.

The boy, using a phone given by a charity in Calais, said he was running out of "oksijan" - meaning oxygen.

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Can you stop a paedophile before they've abused a child?

  • 7 April 2016
  • From the section World
A man receiving drugs to lower his sexual drive Image copyright Walacea
Image caption Could chemical castration be used to prevent child abuse?

Can you stop a paedophile before they've abused a child?

That's the aim of a unique clinical trial in Sweden that aims to intervene in the lives of potential abusers. And it's a trial that raises ethical and legal questions about whether societies can come up with therapies for the most dangerous offenders before they have broken the law.

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How Islamic State group supporters targeted the UK

  • 1 April 2016
  • From the section UK
Junead and Shazib Khan Image copyright CPS
Image caption Junead and his uncle, Shazib Khan were also found guilty of planning to go and fight in Syria

A delivery driver from Luton has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on US military personnel in the UK as a show of his allegiance to the self-styled Islamic State group. What does his case say about the nature of the threat faced by the UK?

Three months. Three juries. And each has found beyond reasonable doubt evidence of attack planning in the UK linked to the self-styled Islamic State fighting group.

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Can an inquiry into secrets ever be public?

  • 22 March 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption What's behind the mirrored windows?

Whatever you may read elsewhere, don't believe for a moment that police and spooks freely give away secrets. If they did, by definition, they wouldn't be secret.

That is the price an otherwise open society pays if it wants agencies involved in secret activity to protect the public.

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Channel migrants detained in freight shed

  • 8 March 2016
  • From the section UK
The freight shed used to hold migrants Image copyright HMIP
Image caption Detained: The temporary holding shed at Folkestone

Channel border officials were so "overwhelmed" by clandestine migrants last year they had to house some of them in a freight shed, inspectors say.

A report says officials could not cope with the thousands who arrived at Folkestone and Dover over the summer.

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Walsall to Syria: Fighters, travellers and victims?

  • 24 February 2016
  • From the section UK
Lorna Moore Image copyright Dominic Lipinski
Image caption Lorna Moore said she was a victim of abuse and hates her husband

A Muslim convert and an alleged extremist have been convicted for their parts in what prosecutors say was a large network of men and women leaving the West Midlands to have babies and raise their children inside the self-styled Islamic State. What was going on in this network - and did the women have any choice?

She was in Skegness. He was heading for Syria. But when Lorna Moore, a convert to Islam, returned to Walsall from her holiday with her three children, the police began asking her what she knew about her estranged husband's disappearance.

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Joint enterprise ruling: A moment of genuine legal history

  • 18 February 2016
  • From the section UK
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Moments of genuine legal history are rare - and rarely clear to the public when they happen.

The Supreme Court's ruling on the controversial "joint enterprise" law is one of them - and in the years to come it will have a profound effect on the lives of victims, defendants, the nature of police investigations and prosecutions up and down the land.

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