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Almost 700 children detained under the Mental Health Act have been put in police cells over the last two years

Cambridge University employs over 1,000 people on below the living wage

Over 1,000 staff at the University of Cambridge are paid below the living wage, an investigation by the Varsity student newspaper has revealed.

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A Liverpool man is still on the road despite accumulating a staggering 45 penalty points on his drivers’ licence.

There were more than 21 million visits to A&E units last year

Some NHS patients 'attending overstretched A&Es more than 50 times a year'

One person visited accident and emergency 234 times in a single year

Patients forced to wait in ambulances outside hospital ‘for up to six hours’ as A&E departments are too busy to take them

NHS guidance recommends that patients should wait in ambulances for no longer than 15 minutes

Councils have reduced the numbers of staff responsible for the upkeep of rights of way

Barbed wire, missing bridges and impenetrable overgrowth: Ramblers restricted by council cutbacks

More than 100,000 hazards on England’s footpaths, warns charity

Boris Johnson's £60m cable cars used regularly by just four commuters

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Drink-driving increases among elderly

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Free press? Cameras follow Barack Obama at the White House

Truth is the first casualty of 'transparency'

Out of America: Despite President Obama's promises of openness, leakers are pursued as never before and it's harder for journalists to do their job

Police receive a call about domestic violence every minute

Successful prosecutions for domestic violence, involve more than good police work

In real fear of further violence, women seek refuge with charities. Without this support women are more likely to return to abusive partners and give up their case

'That means one in five people are now getting away with it'

Police accused as domestic violence cases fall, but allegations by victims increase

'That means one in five people are now getting away with it,' says shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper

Councils sold electoral register data for £250k

Local councils have sold the personal information of individuals to more than 2,700 private companies – including lobbyists, estate agents and fast food outlets – according to new figures.

Osama bin Laden

Leaked Snowden docs show for first time that DNA test verified identity of Osama bin Laden’s body

Classified intelligence agencies budget reveals details of operation which until now Pentagon had reportedly tried to hide

Government ministers were not told about the prince's employees working in Whitehall departments

MPs demand inquiry into revelations that Prince Charles sent staff to work in Whitehall

Ministers urged to explain why Clarence House employees were given government posts

Area 51 is out there: CIA finally acknowledges the existence of secret 'UFO' airbase

The mysterious piece of land in Nevada has been linked with reports of UFOs, alien bodies and secret government projects

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Water companies are the most persistent polluters of England's rivers and beaches, with “pitiful” fines failing to curb their behaviour, it has been revealed.

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