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

Royal Family granted new right of secrecy

Special exemptions to be written into Freedom of Information Act

Councils spend £315m on CCTV cameras

Councils spent at least £315 million on installing and operating CCTV cameras over the last three years, campaigners said today.

Hilary Synnott: These leaks could deal a fatal blow to global trust

Real damage can be caused when personal trust, honour or national security is involved

Government runs up record parking fines

David Cameron's promised drive to cut the cost of government cars is being undermined by his ministers running up record levels of parking fines.

Met chief calls for lawsuit costs reform

Britain's most senior police officer has appealed to Home Secretary Theresa May to help curb the number of lawsuits against his force, it emerged today.

New defence to murder charge comes into force

Men and women facing domestic violence could argue they were forced to kill their tormentor under a new murder law which comes into force today.

MoD and Met police face FOI monitor

More than 30 public bodies, including the Home Office, Ministry of Defence and the Metropolitan Police, were today named and shamed on a list of organisations that appear to be flouting freedom of information rules.

Diabetes drug with heart attack link 'should never have been issued'

'British Medical Journal' says Avandia should be withdrawn from the UK market. Jeremy Laurance reports

Inside Politics - Blair Quiz Answers

1 The Freedom of Information Act

Leading article: Blair's flawed and self-serving analysis

Perhaps the strongest impression left by Tony Blair's memoirs is one of familiarity. From Iraq, to terrorism, to public service reform, to criminal justice, the former Prime Minister plays the same tunes we heard from him when he was in No 10.

How MPs greeted the new expenses regime

Ipsa are all f**king idiots... This system is a f**king abortion... I'm going to murder someone today... I'll just spend the whole budget, I'm so p***ed off...

Prisoners paid £1m in late-release compensation

Prisoners were given more than £1 million in compensation after being released late from jail over the last three years, figures showed today.

£2m stress payouts for troops are 'tip of iceberg'

More than £2m has been paid in compensation to British troops who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq.

Commons criticised on bar bills delay

The House of Commons has been criticised by the information watchdog after delaying the release of embarrassing details about MPs' unpaid bar and restaurant bills until after the general election.

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