Dominic Casciani, Home affairs correspondent

Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

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Analysis: Why can’t we sue the police for negligence?

  • 28 January 2015
  • From the section UK
A police line at a crime scene
Negligence: When it comes to the police, it's the legal line that can't be crossed

You call the police in your moment of need and they don't turn up until it's too late.

But while you may want to drag them through the courts, your chances of winning - for now - are probably nil.

That's the result of an important Supreme Court judgement which has underlined the long-standing legal principle that police cannot be sued for negligence because they have a special position in public service and under the law.

If a barrister bungles your case, you can sue. If a firefighter turns off a building's sprinklers amid an inferno, you might have a case for damages.

But you can't take on the police in the same way - which is just what the family of Joanna Michael have tried and failed to do.

Read full article Analysis: Why can’t we sue the police for negligence?

Imran Khawaja: The jihadist who faked his own death

  • 20 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Imran Khawaja in Syria
Imran Khawaja posted videos and pictures of his personal jihad. Pictures courtesy ICSR, Kings College London

A British man who went to fight in Syria - and then faked his own death in order to secretly return - has pleaded guilty to four major terrorism offences at the Old Bailey.

Imran Khawaja tried to sneak back into the UK last year - and while his exact activity in Syria remains a mystery, police say he is one of the most dangerous British jihadists to return from conflict.

Read full article Imran Khawaja: The jihadist who faked his own death

Far right in UK 'weakest for 20 years'

EDL demonstration in central London in September 2013

British far-right groups are at their weakest for 20 years, according to a report by anti-racism campaigners.

Hope Not Hate says the two main groups - the BNP and EDL - are splintered and directionless amid a loss of leadership.

Read full article Far right in UK 'weakest for 20 years'

Charlie Hebdo: Could Paris attack happen in London?

  • 8 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Masked gunmen
'Marauding gunmen' exists in the UK's official list of possible threats

The UK has had more than its fair share of terrorism-related attacks down the years - from the IRA, through al-Qaeda to right-wing extremists such as Birmingham mosque bomber Pavlo Lapshyn.

So how prepared can a city be for something like the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo?

Read full article Charlie Hebdo: Could Paris attack happen in London?

Terror law reform signals fundamental shift

  • 15 December 2014
  • From the section UK
Theresa May
The Bill would give Theresa May significant new powers

Monday sees the return of the government's Counter Terrorism and Security Bill to the Commons where MPs will get their say on the legislation's most controversial measure: should ministers be able to ban British citizens from coming home?

Under the proposal, Home Secretary Theresa May would be able to sign a Temporary Exclusion Order (TEO) to ban a suspected extremist from returning home to the UK for up to two years at a time.

Read full article Terror law reform signals fundamental shift

UK migration: What's really happening?

  • 28 November 2014
  • From the section UK

The prime minister's speech on immigration is being billed as a plan that will change the face of the nation - but the official figures published yesterday show how it has already been transformed - and will continue to change in an era of mass movement of people.

The Office for National Statistics is charged with providing its best estimate of what is going on, based on a number of different measures, all of which have limitations,.

Read full article UK migration: What's really happening?

How terror bill will expand powers

  • 25 November 2014
  • From the section UK

Within living memory, the UK has experienced the Nazi Blitz and the IRA's bloody bombing campaign - yet on Monday Home Secretary Theresa May said the growing number of jihadists was perhaps now the greatest threat to the nation.

She said the country's security and intelligence agencies were engaged in a struggle on many fronts and in many forms - and she was personally overseeing moves day after day to deal with suspects linked to the self-styled Islamic State and other groups.

Read full article How terror bill will expand powers

Lord chief justice attacks secret trials

  • 12 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Lord Thomas,
Lord Thomas said that if there was a need for secrecy it should be explained

The lord chief justice of England and Wales has condemned an attempt to hold a completely secret trial, saying it should never happen again.

Lord Thomas said defendants should "never, ever" be anonymous in criminal trials because justice must be open.

Read full article Lord chief justice attacks secret trials

Is the European Arrest Warrant worth it?

  • 10 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Handcuffs on suspect in UK - file pic

The home secretary says the European Arrest Warrant is about fighting crime across Europe - but her opponents say it's just another cave-in to a growing Brussels superstate, weakening our Parliament and courts.

There is a lot at stake in Monday's Commons vote on joining a raft of European Union joint measures on crime and justice - but the vote isn't actually about the EAW.

Read full article Is the European Arrest Warrant worth it?

Analysis: An inquiry doomed to fail?

  • 31 October 2014
  • From the section UK
Fiona Woolf
Resigned: Fiona Woolf says she is sad she could not command confidence

Who would be the chair of a formal inquiry?

The catastrophic double-failed launch of the historical abuse inquiry raises serious questions for the Home Secretary over how she and her officials have managed this process to date - but it also demonstrates how difficult it can be to find someone capable of doing one of the toughest jobs in public life.

Read full article Analysis: An inquiry doomed to fail?

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About Dominic

Dominic began his career in local newspapers after studying languages at university.

Since joining the BBC in 1998 he has focused on stories relating to law, order, society and belonging - including immigration, ethnicity, the rule of law and terrorism.

He has spent most of his BBC career working online and was one of the pioneers of live online reporting for the BBC, filing stories from the field in the days when mobile phones looked like bricks and we had no idea when the data would reach the news editor.

He is married with two children. His unspellable surname is Italian.

When not undertaking family or work duties, you'll find him cycling up and down hills dreaming of Tour de France greatness.

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