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More than 16 people have been arrested since the beginning of the year amid rising fears of Britons being linked to fighting in Syria, it was reported.

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It is more than five years since John Reid arrived at the Home Office and denounced the Immigration Service as "not fit for purpose". Three Home Secretaries and one change of Government later, it seems to be business as usual. John Vine paints a familiar picture of poor internal communications, lax record-keeping and an apparent disregard for keeping ministers in the loop.

May admits 500,000 entered UK without full security checks

The UK Border Agency is to be stripped of its enforcement powers after an investigation uncovered a catalogue of failures that allowed hundreds of thousands of people into the country without adequate checks.

Abu Qatada at his London home in 2001

The case against Abu Qatada

He's been detained for almost a decade but never charged. So what exactly is it about the Islamist cleric that makes him 'a grave threat to national security'?

The Home Office says Abu Qatada poses a security threat to Britain

Bin Laden's former right-hand man in Europe released on bail

Radical cleric Abu Qatada to be confined to his home for 22 hours a day as he fights deportation

Bill Bratton: The gang-buster cop who still hankers after Scotland Yard

Why does the American former police chief, who last year was linked with the Met's top job, still manage to raise hackles in the UK? He talks to Kunal Dutta
Theresa May is under pressure to abide by the Police Arbitration Tribunal findings

Police 'stand-off' threatens to break Osborne's pay cap

Independent report will put ministers on the spot with recommendation of awards for officers

Ukrainian Olga Butkevych won a medal at the Olympic test event

Exclusive: Home office will shut door on 'Plastic Brits'

The Government is preparing a clampdown on foreign athletes seeking to represent Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Youngsters blame poverty for riots says survey

Young people believe poverty is one of the key reasons behind the August riots, according to a new survey.

English test challenge dismissed

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge to a new immigration rule requiring people to be able to speak English before coming to the UK to live with their spouse.

Theresa May addresses delegates

Theresa May to create new policing body

A new professional body for policing which will represent the entire service will be created, the Home Secretary said today.

Deadline set for Hillsborough papers

Confidential Government papers detailing former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's response to the Hillsborough disaster, and her Cabinet's reactions to the tragedy, will be released by 30 June next year.

The Sketch: Who to believe: former fat cat or clean-cut Scot?

Three conflicting accounts, triple negatives and an operational contradiction – the pilot scheme run by the UK Border Agency was so successful it was canned and the official responsible was sacked.

Theresa May makes her statement on border controls yesterday

Up to 500 immigrants may have slipped passport net

As many as 500 "undesirable" European nationals may have been allowed into Britain as a result of a government pilot scheme to reduce passport checks at Britain's airports over the summer, Labour claimed yesterday.

Theresa May makes her statement on border controls yesterday

MP urges inquiry into border chief briefings

The head of the civil service has been asked to investigate whether the Home Secretary's advisers "may have been briefing against" the head of the UK Border Force over the relaxation of checks at ports during the summer.

MP questions Clark briefing

The head of the Civil Service has been asked to investigate whether the Home Secretary's advisers "may have been briefing against" the head of the UK Border Force over the relaxation of checks.

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