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

Half of planned wind farms blown away by force of local protests

Almost half of the wind farms planned for the UK countryside are rejected before they can get off the drawing board, new figures show.

Calls for Prince Charles to open up over private lobbying of ministers

Prince Charles has been accused of hiding behind stringent new Freedom of Information restrictions to conceal lobbying of the Government for changes to policy after it was revealed that he met at least eight ministers in a 10-month period.

Coalition scraps national network of charging points for electric cars

The coalition Government's green credentials were called into question yesterday after it scrapped plans for a nationwide network of recharging points for electric cars.

Nuclear sub came close to disaster off Devon

A US nuclear submarine nearly ran aground, following an incident in which two of its crewmen died near Plymouth, a report has revealed.

Torture inquiry will 'not cover US rendition'

Campaigners condemn decision not to include 'murky' issue of detainee transfers in investigation as 'only doing half the job'

The Week In Radio: Odd couple make the chattering classes chuckle

Have you ever said to yourself, "Why is there never enough BBC drama about middle-class people with young children living in north London?" No? Me neither. I know Outnumbered was very successful on TV, but sometimes feels like the whole of north London is squabbling, parenting and getting a divorce right here in my (south London) kitchen.

Student loans firm faces record level of complaints

Fourfold rise in grievances among borrowers

Tate's director is picture of austerity

The Tate galleries are the nation's most successful, but that hasn't stopped the organisation's director, Sir Nicholas Serota, from flying economy class.

Economic gloom 'fuelling rise in depression'

Economic problems could be fuelling a rise in depression, figures obtained by the BBC suggest.

Seven-year-olds given gun licences

Children as young as seven have been issued with shotgun certificates, data released under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed. The figures showed 13 children under the age of 10 have been issued with licences in the UK over the past three years.

Judges to assess 'expert' witnesses

Judges will be able to test expert evidence before a jury is sworn in under plans drawn up by the Law Commission, which says the moves are needed to reduce miscarriages of justice

Quango redundancy deals 'cost £20m'

The Government has so far paid more than £20 million in one-off redundancy payments as part of the "bonfire of the quangos", figures have revealed.

Two-thirds of London's Boris bikes need repairs

Casualty rates are 'better than feared', says TfL

Fourth teenager in a month dies from knife wounds

Britain's adolescent knife culture claimed its latest victim in the early hours of yesterday morning, when an 18-year-old became the fourth teenager to die on the capital's street this year.

Peer 'crazy not to nominate another address'

A former Tory peer accused of lying about his expenses was told by a fellow lord he would be "crazy" not to nominate a house outside London as his main address, a court heard today.

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