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Issue No. 2310

Travellers face toxic waste after eviction

A hundred Traveller families who moved to a site next to Dale Farm have been exposed to toxic waste since being forcefully evicted from the orginal site last year.

Basildon council ordered the excavation of the site to stop residents returning. This uncovered asbestos and oil‑polluted debris.

Cop watchdog holds evidence

A coroner has threatened the IPCC police watchdog with contempt of court.

It has refused to release evidence over the shooting of Mark Duggan by cops last August “until they choose to give it”.

Duggan’s shooting sparked riots across England.

Glaxo Smith Kline fined for bribing doctors

British pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline has been fined almost £2 billion in the biggest health fraud case in US history.

The firm pled guilty to misconduct in promoting its drugs. It bribed doctors with holidays in Hawaii, pheasant hunting and Madonna tickets.

Olympic legacy homes are not affordable

Some 11,000 “affordable” homes are to be built on the Olympic site in the next 20 years. But for who?

“The key thing is that word ‘affordable’,” said Keith Fernett from Anchor House homeless skills centre.

“It has been redefined and now it means for people earning £30,000 or more.”

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Tue 3 Jul 2012, 17:54 BST
Issue No. 2310
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