CS spray `too toxic to use'

CS SPRAYS being used by more than 100,000 police officers contain a "hazardous" solvent that is too toxic to be safe, a Home Office commissioned report has found.

Cricket: Sting in tail from Croft and Mullally

Queensland 209 & 124 England 192 & 142-9 England win by one wicket

Arts: Don't worry... be happy

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Race unit reopens fire death inquiry

SCOTLAND YARD is to re- investigate the suspected racist murder of a black musician who had been set alight in the street, it was announced last night.

Letter: Met must change

Sir: The Police Complaints Authority has only itself to blame for the fact that relatives of those who have died in police custody feel its conference is yet another arena that excludes them ("Custody deaths forum `biased'", 30 September). The PCA is aware that the families that Inquest has supported over the last 17 years have felt continually frustrated about their marginalisation from the inquest process.

Police training fails, says report

UP TO pounds 100m is wasted each year on training programmes for Britain's police officers, and their failure is linked to the high level of deaths in custody, says an independent report.

Police now use CS sprays more than truncheons

CS SPRAY has replaced the truncheon as the first line of defence for Britain's police, less than three years after it was introduced as a weapon for use only in extreme circumstances when officers are under direct physical threat.

Sex assaults by policemen on increase

Increasing numbers of police officers are being reported for sexually harassing and assaulting female colleagues and members of the public, a complaints body disclosed yesterday.

Music: Let the music speak for itself

They're the hottest act in the United States, with fans as obsessively loyal as the Dead Heads - but groovers and shakers don't want to know about the Dave Matthews Band.

Police face no action over death of asylum seeker

TWO police officers will not be prosecuted over the unlawful killing of a Nigerian asylum seeker, the Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday following a fresh review of the case.

All morals and no trousers

the big picture

COLLECTING: What have we got here, then?

Policemen are natural collectors and, as Sarah Wise finds, their memorabilia gives much more away than their faces

Lawrence case officer faces charge

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has recommended that a senior officer involved in the original inquiry into the murder of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, killed five years ago, should face a charge of neglect of duty, Scotland Yard said last night.

Police round on jailed officers' pensions

POLICE chiefs are trying to claw back thousands of pounds of pension payments due to two officers jailed for corruption, Scotland Yard confirmed yesterday.

Pop: What next for the chairmen of the bored?

It was only a matter of time. Having spent the past few years studiously affecting an onstage posture of sullen indifference, Noel Gallagher has finally come out and admitted that he's bored with being a rock star. He's not the first rocker to find that the attractions associated with money, cocaine, groupies and adulation pall after a while. Andy Gill stifles his yawns to see if there are any interesting alternatives for the moody one.
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