A month ago the government published their proposals for the future of surveillance powers in the UK.
Legislation is never an enticing read, at almost 300 pages long and full of technical and legal language the draft Investigatory Powers Bill is no exception. Because of this many of us will ignore its contents, but what it proposes will impact us all and for once we have all been given the chance to have our say.
The opportunity to express your views on government proposals isn’t always that obvious, but the Home Secretary very publicly and repeatedly promised that a Joint Committee of MPs and Peers would be convened to “scrutinise” the draft Bill and report to Parliament on their findings.
Britain’s largest Muslim group has warned that big cuts to the police planned by the Conservative government risks damaging the fight against terrorism.
The Muslim Council of Britain has previously been critical of police actions and has been branded by some as supporting extremism, which it strongly denies. But it called on Sunday for the police service to be spared a swingeing cut to its budget, fearing it would lead to reductions in neighbourhood officers.
The MCB says these officers are crucial to building trust within communities which can lead to intelligence that helps catch those planning terrorist violence.
A Belfast court has upheld David Cameron’s decision not to hold an independent inquiry into the 1989 loyalist murder of the Northern Irish solicitor Pat Finucane.
Finucane’s family brought a judicial review against the government’s refusal to establish a Bloody Sunday-style inquiry into his murder after a previous investigation found there was collusion between Finucane’s killers and the security forces.
In his judgment at Belfast high court on Friday, Mr Justice Stephens said: “I uphold that the decision was lawful and accordingly I dismiss that part of the challenge.”
No criminal action will be taken against police involved in the death of a man restrained by officers in a London psychiatric hospital. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.
Olaseni (Seni) Lewis, who had mental health problems, was a patient at Bethlem Royal Hospital, in Beckenham. He was restrained three times, first by hospital staff and then by police, in the 45 minutes before his collapse.