News Tom Winsor said that some communities 'from other cultures' choose to police themselves

Tom Winsor had said that some communities 'from other cultures' choose to police themselves

The police handling of Hillsborough was one in a long line of scandals

An end to 'police investigating police': Police complaints investigators not trusted and corrupt officers should have pensions docked, say MPs

Corrupt and incompetent police officers have avoided detection because of a broken system of checks that have shaken public confidence in the integrity of the service, MPs said today.

UKBA failed to pursue more than 3,000 leads on missing asylum seekers

Border officials failed to pursue more than 3,000 leads identified on police databases when attempting to track down missing asylum seekers, an inspector has found.

Right-wing American speakers planning to join the EDL's Woolwich march 'should be banned from entering the country'

Keith Vaz calls on the Home Secretary to ban the founders of Jihad Watch and the American Freedom Defence Initiative who hope to join the EDL's march in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby

Abu Qatada made his request from Belmarsh prison

Abu Qatada's deportation battle costs the UK taxpayer £1.7m

Qatada was convicted of terror charges in his absence in Jordan in 1999

Vulnerable witnesses to pre-record testimony to avoid trauma in court

Move follows death of Frances Andrade who killed herself after testifying against former music teacher Michael Brewer

Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary

Woolwich attack: Scotland Yard monitoring radical cleric Anjem Choudary's proclamations

Scotland Yard is closely watching radical cleric Anjem Choudary to see if his proclamations break the law, one of the force's most senior officers told MPs today.

Google and Facebook attacked over 'paltry' donations to internet child protection charity

Three of the internet's most profitable companies have pledged “paltry” amounts to child protection bodies, despite their continued verbal support.

Dead children's names used as aliases by undercover police at Scotland Yard

The use of dead children's identities by Scotland Yard undercover police officers was “common practice”, a chief constable investigating the matter has found.

Sir Bernard Howan-Howe explained in his letter that it was the first time agency workers had been used as part of the investigation

Yewtree police set aside £240,000 to hire ex-officers as private detectors to deal with flood of Jimmy Savile allegations

Police “struggling to cope” with a flood of allegations resulting from the Jimmy Savile scandal have set aside £240,000 to hire former policeman as private detectives, it has been revealed.

Scotland Yard let staff ‘resign to avoid justice’

Scotland Yard let staff ‘resign to avoid justice’

Nearly a third of the 274 officers and staff were allowed to quit before conclusion of hearings despite serious allegations

UK immigration queue for members of the EU

Thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians could head to Britain in 2014 to look for work

Between 23,000 and 35,000 Romanians and Bulgarians could seek work in Britain next year after access restrictions are lifted, ambassadors from the two countries have told MPs.

'Plebgate' inquiry has cost £144k

Scotland Yard's inquiry in to the "Plebgate" row, which led to Andrew Mitchell resigning as chief whip, has cost an estimated £144,000 so far.

'A catastrophic leadership failure': MPs launch scathing attack against ex-UKBA chief Lin Homer

An influential group of MPs launched a scathing attack against the head of Britain's tax office today for her “catastrophic leadership failure” when she was in charge of the country's border controls.

Colorado and Washington have voted to legalise marijuana

Theresa May orders study into drug decriminalisation in Portugal and US to assess impact on use and addiction

Home Office minister will visit Portugal where criminal penalties for drug possession were scrapped in 2001

Practice of undercover officers using names of dead children 'was more widespread than first suspected'

The practice of undercover officers using the names of dead children to infiltrate protest groups was more widespread than first suspected, a senior Scotland Yard officer conceded yesterday.

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