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Rules that grant stopped motorists seven days to present their driving licence at a police station will be swept away under plans to issue officers with hand-held machines that will instantly call up licences.

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More than 130 people who claimed compensation following the London riots in 2011 are yet to receive a single penny, Labour has said.

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Crime figures to be overhauled to show why so many offences go unsolved

Crime statistics are to be made more transparent to assuage public fears that many alleged offences are not properly investigated by the police.

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New campaign launched after shocking revelations of children being used as 'mules' to smuggle in pyrotechnic devices

The campaign by the Premier League, Football League and the FA comes with the number of incidents involving flares and smoke bombs is on the rise

A third of people are still not certain whether they have a directly-elected police commissioner

More than one third of people are still not certain whether they have a directly-elected police commissioner in their area, a poll has discovered.

A 'Bobby' pictured in 1947. Senior police chiefs has questioned the future of bobbies on the beat

No future for bobbies on the beat, claims senior police officer

Budget cuts mean that reassuring the public can no longer be a priority for forces

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An anthology of stories which have won the Asham Award, as well as additional tales by established Virago authors, this is a book of journeys, meetings and partings, flights and homecomings.

Police forces told to investigate undercover operations for possible misconduct

All police forces will on Monday be ordered to investigate whether undercover officers have abused their power following growing evidence of misconduct.

New plans unveiled to speed up courts system

Criminal cases involving a range of offences including theft, violence and racism will be sent to crown courts more quickly under plans unveiled today.

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Metropolitan Police issues 29,000 cautions in a year

Nearly 30,000 cautions were handed to criminals by the UK's biggest police force in the year to March for offences including robbery, drug trafficking and rape, new figures revealed today.

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Theresa May reads the riot act to police commissioners after expenses scandals

After a slew of allegations and mishaps involving chauffeur-driven trips funded by taxpayers and embarrassing rows over staffing, the country’s newly elected but already beleaguered police leaders have been called into Whitehall to be warned of their responsibilities.

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After two years and millions of pounds, police computer plan is still in limbo

With no launch date in sight, company is set to be a costly ‘white  elephant’, say critics

Police chief urges better diversity in forces

Police forces should be made to positively discriminate in order to recruit more black and ethnic minority officers, a chief constable has said.

The figures mean more than one in 10 officers in England and Wales earn a second income from non-police work, according to an investigation by the Mail on Sunday.

Record numbers of police officers doing second jobs

Police watchdog found staff also working as driving instructors or mystery shoppers

'There will be much greater police accountability,' says the Policing minister, Damian Green

A thin blue line at the voting booths

The minister is upbeat, but low turnouts could derail the first police commissioner elections

100 Ofcom complaints after Schofield ambushes Cameron with 'paedophile list'

The ambushing of the Prime Minister with the names of rumoured Tory paedophiles by the ITV presenter Phillip Schofield has generated more than 100 viewer complaints to Ofcom.

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