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Detainees at the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre are in a "desperate" situation, ministers have heard. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott again raised concerns about the conditions at the centre and accused the Government of ignoring women who are "on hunger strike" at the facility. Serco, which runs the centre,…
Two police officers accused of spying on a woman campaigning about the death in custody of her brother would have been acting on orders from higher-ranking officers, their lawyers have told a hearing. The two officers have not been named and appeared behind screens at a Humberside Police misconduct hearing…
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has condemned "shocking" treatment of detainees at the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre amid claims dozens of women are on hunger strike in protest at the conditions. After making her first visit to the controversial facility, Ms Abbott said she and Shami Chakrabarti (pictured) were…
A "vulnerable" 18-year-old man who killed himself in a prison cell could have been saved if staff had promptly responded to an emergency alarm, a report has found. Lithuanian national Osvaldas Pagirys died in hospital on November 14 2016, three days after he was found hanged at HMP Wandsworth, south-west…
Six police officers and staff will face misconduct proceedings following the death of a man with mental health problems in police custody. A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant, two detention officers and three police constables will face misconduct hearings, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said. Thomas Orchard, 32,…
Probation services responsible for supervising thousands of offenders are failing to meet them often enough, a report has warned. Enforcement of non-custodial sentences by private community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) was found to be "poor" by inspectors. They found cases where assessments had been carried out even though the officer had…
A woman who has accused two Ireland and Ulster rugby players of rape was distressed as footage of her police interview was played to a court. The hour-long video showed an account given to Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detectives on June 30, 2016, two days after the alleged…
A mother whose trial collapsed due to "repeated failures" has spoken of the "very difficult" moment she had to give birth in custody. Petruta-Cristina Bosoanca was one of three people arrested in connection with allegations of people-trafficking, and her baby was born while she was awaiting trial. On Wednesday, Judge…
Jurors have criticised "appalling systematic failures" at a prison as they cleared an officer over the death of a suicidal inmate. Joseph Travers, 55, was accused of breaching his duty of care by failing to remove a noose from Ryan Harvey's cell and to prevent his death. He was the…
A new electronic monitoring scheme for supervising offenders has been condemned by MPs as a "catastrophic" waste of taxpayers' money. In a scathing critique, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said at least £9 million has been squandered on a project which has so far failed to deliver the intended…
The prisons watchdog has raised the alarm over safety at a women's jail for the first time in years. In a rare finding, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) rated the female site at HMP Peterborough as "not sufficiently good" on safety. Its report said inmates felt intimidated by verbal bullying…
Violence and self-harm have increased at a youth jail, a watchdog report has warned. It found one in four boys felt unsafe at Cookham Wood young offender institution (YOI) near Rochester in Kent. Some serious incidents of violence at the facility (pictured) went without punishment due to the amount of…
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