Martin Hickman

Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.

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John Yates: Assistant Commissioner*
“The error of judgement in deciding on immediate and prompt dismissal of the allegations by press announcement that afternoon [in July 2009] should have been apparent at the time.”
*All have retired or resigned

Blunders not corruption led to bungled police response

Report finds no reason to question Met’s integrity, but casts doubt on competence

Newspapers 'wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent people'

Newspapers “wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent people,” Lord Leveson said today as he warned the abuses of the press must be ended once and for all.

Identities of arrested suspects should be kept secret from press, says Leveson

Police officers should keep secret the identity of suspects arrested during investigations, Lord Leveson recommended.

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The secret of Amazon’s low tax bill is it books most of its UK sales at its subsidiary in Luxembourg

Amazon claimed sales in the UK of £207m last year. How much did amazon.co.uk actually take? £2.9bn

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Former MP Sir Cyril Smith DID sexually abuse boys, say police

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Bobby Roberts who was convicted on three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the Asian elephant, and his wife Moira, who was cleared of all three charges

Circus owner found guilty over Anne the elephant's suffering

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Artificial trees are real deal as only one in seven people may buy a real Christmas tree

Only one in seven people may buy a real Christmas tree this year, new research shows.

Will the coalition’s energy plan really mean lower bills?

Energy firms will be forced to switch all customers onto the cheapest tariffs, saving people from languishing on expensive, out-of-date deals, Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy, announced today.

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