News Under the Mental Health Act, police can take anyone they suspect to be mentally ill and a potential danger to themselves or others to a “place of safety”, which can mean a police station

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

Devon and Cornwall Police 'shelve 40% of crimes due to cuts'

Nearly half of a region's reported crime was not investigated last year following cuts to a police force's budget, it was said today.

250 foreign criminals escape deportation

The Home Office allowed 250 foreign criminals who should have been deported at the end of their prison sentences to stay in Britain without their cases being considered by a court, it was reported today.

Hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to swim

More than 200,000 11-year-olds quit primary school every year unable to swim, according to a report out today.

NHS reform risk report veto is sign of freedom of information downgrade, says watchdog

Blocking the publication of a report into the risks of NHS reforms is a sign that ministers want to downgrade freedom of information laws, a watchdog has warned.

Cabinet to veto publication of internal risk assessment of the Government's contentious NHS reforms

The Cabinet is to veto the publication of an internal risk assessment of the Government's contentious NHS reforms, it was announced today.

NHS reform risk report to remain secret

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley vetoed the publication of a confidential risk assessment of the Government's contentious NHS reforms today.

Six fines issued for data breaches

Six public bodies were fined over personal data security breaches in the last year despite hundreds of reported cases, a report said today.

Jack Straw has denied complicity in the rendition of Abdelhakim Belhaj

CIA wins fight to keep MPs in dark on rendition

Court keeps UK role secret – as No 10 calls for police to question Labour ministers

Leading article: Seeing through transparency

There are some things no politician can be against: equality used to be the most fashionable aspiration, now it's transparency. Indeed, on the basis that no one could argue for its converse, opacity, we are all in favour of transparency now. There was once a time when the emperor's new clothes made him look ridiculous; today it's all the rage for those who govern to parade naked.

Outcry at betrayal of domestic violence victims

Spending falls by one-third as a result of Coalition cuts

Michael Gove also wants to shorten the summer holidays

Michael Gove loses FOI battle over emails

Education Secretary Michael Gove today lost the latest round in his freedom of information battle to keep details of emails from his personal account secret.

Supreme Court finds in favour of BBC in Middle East analysis case

A widow’s battle to win her late husband’s struggle to get the BBC to reveal analysis of its Middle East coverage was thwarted today when the Supreme Court found in favour of the corporation.

Government acts over loan chief's tax dodge

The Government today said it was ending a deal under which the head of the Student Loans Company has been paid via a company without tax being deducted.

Simon Kelner: The badge of honour that is refusing a royal gong

All around us, we see the evidence that we are a much more open society than we were, say, 20 years ago. It is in the everyday things, like, for instance, the information we are given on public transport.

Met spent £35,000 to find out time

Britain's biggest police force spent more than £35,000 on 110,000 calls to the speaking clock over the last two years, figures have shown.

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