Pregnant prisoner numbers revealed after baby death

  • 1 November 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption There were "fewer than five cases" where women have given birth in jail, the government said

The government has revealed there are currently 47 women in jails across England and Wales who are pregnant.

It's thought to be the first time that an official figure for prisoner pregnancies has been disclosed.

It follows the death of a newborn baby whose mother gave birth alone at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey, Britain's largest women's prison.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has introduced extra checks on pregnant women since the death of the baby in September.

It says there are now hourly "welfare observations" at night for women who are more than 28 weeks pregnant.

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Robbery rise blamed on police cuts and rise in smartphone use

  • 19 September 2019
  • From the section UK
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Robberies are increasing at a faster rate in England and Wales than in any other major developed country, research seen by the BBC suggests.

A new report says the wide use of smartphones and cuts to police patrols are behind the rise.

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Retired officers face no further action over 'leaks' about Damian Green porn claims

  • 6 September 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Damian Green was sacked as Theresa May's defacto deputy for making 'misleading' statements about the affair

Two retired Metropolitan Police officers were investigated for almost two years after speaking to the media about allegations pornography was found on Damian Green MP's work computer, it has emerged.

Bob Quick, who was once in charge of counter-terrorism, and Neil Lewis, a former detective and IT specialist, faced a potential prosecution over alleged data breaches.

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Home Office rejects immigration detention time limit

  • 31 July 2019
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The Home Office has revealed that Seema Kennedy, the first MP of Iranian descent, will take on the tricky brief of immigration minister.

She replaces Caroline Nokes, although the new minister will not attend cabinet like her predecessor did.

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'Thousands' of 14-year-olds carry knives

  • 23 July 2019
  • From the section UK
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More than 17,500 boys aged 14 carry a knife or weapon in England and Wales, according to an official estimate from the Home Office.

The figure is in a report analysing "indicators of serious violence" on people born in 2000 and 2001.

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MoJ used failed sex offender treatment 'unlawfully'

  • 16 July 2019
  • From the section UK
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The Ministry of Justice acted "unlawfully" in allowing the Sex Offender Treatment Programme to continue for five years - despite initial research which suggested it wasn't working, a government analyst has said.

Kathryn Hopkins said she presented research in 2012 which showed the SOTP made sex offenders more harmful, but the programme wasn't halted until 2017.

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Crime solving rates 'woefully low', Met Police Commissioner says

  • 26 June 2019
  • From the section UK
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Too many crimes are being left unsolved, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.

During a speech about the future of policing in England and Wales, Cressida Dick admitted that national detection rates for some offences were "woefully low".

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Offender rehabilitation schemes 'not tested'

  • 4 June 2019
  • From the section UK
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More than 118,000 offenders have taken part in rehabilitation programmes that have yet to be fully tested to see if they work, BBC News has learned.

Courses for sex offenders and domestic abusers are among those which haven't been subject to an "outcome evaluation".

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The violent terms people are searching for online

  • 26 May 2019
  • From the section UK
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"Social media has a substantial role in facilitating gang activity."

That was the claim in the Home Office's serious violence strategy, published in April 2018.

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Racial abuse 'daily' for top Asian police officer growing up

  • 21 May 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says his experiences growing up meant he understood the experiences of ethnic minority communities targeted by racists

Britain's most senior Asian police officer says he grew up being racially abused on a "daily basis".

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, who is of Indian heritage, told MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee he had spent his life "dealing with racism" so he understood the experiences of ethnic minority communities who were affected.

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