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The former wife of Sir Paul McCartney was hoping to take part in the Games but allegedly lunged at a leading IPC official when those hopes were dashed

In prison abroad and in need of help : LETTERS

From Mr Stephen Jakobi Sir: Roger Matthews' study of consular services, reported in Heather Mills's article "Britons' plight in foreign jails" (12 December), directs public attention to Britain's forgotten people. There has been a population explosion inthe number of Britons in prison overseas over the last few years. On 31 December 1990 there were 582 - there are now over 2,000. Most of them are in Europe, the field of Dr Matthew's study. The tragedy is that consular resources have not been provided to match the increased humanitarian need.

Champion of the British standard: Lord Nolan is John Major's man for the mission impossible of restoring confidence in public life. Can he do it? Heather Mills reports

Lord Nolan is a man with a mission. He has no doubt that the past 30 years have seen declining moral and ethical standards in all walks of life. He is equally convinced that those who accept responsibility in public life should be above reproach and set an example.

The Attack on Sleaze: The inquisitor underlines his independence: Lord Nolan has shown he will deliver judgment without fear or favour, writes Heather Mills

Lord Nolan comes with a reputation as a scrupulous and fearlessly independent judge, ideally suited to the task of inquiring into allegations of sleaze in public life.

Women condemn violence campaign

A campaign to combat domestic violence was launched by the Government yesterday, against a background of statistics showing that it now accounts for a quarter of all recorded violent crime, writes Heather Mills.

Asbestos victim had to pay back benefits

ERNIE BOAL cannot walk up his stairs without several pauses for breath. He cannot get further than 15 yards down his street without an inhaler. In the past 18 months his weight has shrunk to just seven stones, writes Heather Mills.

Criminals to face tougher punishment: Failure to get job could put some wrongdoers in prison, while others unlock their cells and go to work. Heather Mills reports

CRIMINALS will have to find jobs as part of the conditions of parole, under government proposals to toughen up community sentences. Failure to obtain employment without good reason may mean they will end up in custody.

Law and order promises put Howard on the spot: Heather Mills reports on a testing time awaiting the Home Secretary at this week's Tory party conference

MICHAEL HOWARD and Lord Archer were the darlings of last year's Tory party conference - a double act to whip the faithful to slavering law and order anticipation. At the end of his denouncement of crime, Lord Archer begged the Home Secretary. 'Michael, we say to you: 'Stand and deliver'.'

Bomb case evidence 'unsafe'

SAMPLES linked to four of the Birmingham Six - which revealed explosive traces in new scientific tests - may have been tampered with, a libel court was told yesterday, writes Heather Mills.

Drugs and violence on the rise in prisons

DRUGS and violence are rife in the country's jails, according to the latest Home Office figures. Last year there were 100,700 breaches of prison discipline - 12 per cent more than in 1992, writes Heather Mills.

Cannabis vote a reflection of public mood: The decriminalisation call by Liberal Democrats is not as radical as some watchdogs maintain, Heather Mills reports

THE BIGGEST consumers of illegal drugs are, a new survey says, from the middle and professional classes. So it is perhaps not surprising that the first major party to vote for the decriminalisation of cannabis use is the Liberal Democrats.

Warning over abolition of right to silence: EC ruling may result in former Guinness chairman's convictions being quashed. Heather Mills reports

THE GOVERNMENT risks huge costs and further embarrassment if it presses ahead with plans to abolish the right to silence in the wake of the European Commission ruling in the case of Ernest Saunders, lawyers and academics warned yesterday.

Rainbow warriors attack justice Bill: A week of action against the Criminal Justice Bill begins today, with judges and gypsies united in opposing what is regarded as a concerted assault on civil liberties. Heather Mills reports

LIZ FORD, a 43-year-old Essex mother, shares little in common with Lyn Lush, 29 and co-owner of Chill Out, an independent record label in Brixton, south London. But they will be hand in hand in protest on London's streets as part of the huge rainbow alliance which has sprung up against the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill - regarded as one of the most concerted attacks on civil liberties this century.

Prison Security: Howard rejects new calls for jails inquiry: Gun find and escape raise doubts over treatment of Britain's most dangerous prisoners. Heather Mills reports

THE DISCOVERY of a gun and ammunition in Durham prison yesterday - the third such incident there this year - has again called into question security in prisons housing some of the country's most dangerous criminals.

Prison Security: Privileges aim to balance security and civilisation: Gun find and escape raise doubts over treatment of Britain's most dangerous prisoners. Heather Mills reports

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