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Issue No. 2374

Troubles files illegally hidden

The Ministry of Defence has been found to have illegally kept 66,000 files on the Troubles in Northern Ireland in a warehouse in Derbyshire. 

They should have been assessed and handed to archives for public access under the 30 year rule. 

Cops blamed for belt death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is recommending prosecution of four officers after a prisoner died following the use of an “emergency restraint belt”.

Thomas Orchard was arrested in Exeter last year.

The belt was designed for arms or legs, but officers used it to bind his mouth.

Carers gone in 15 minutes

Workers at 60 percent of England’s councils can only make 15-minute visits to people they care for, the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity has revealed.

This can “force disabled people to choose whether to go thirsty or to go to the toilet,” it said.

Poor children struggle later

Child poverty has a long term effect on achievement later in life, according to a new report.

Four fifths of primary school children from poor families who fall behind at seven will go on to get fewer than five A-C grade GCSEs.

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Tue 8 Oct 2013, 16:32 BST
Issue No. 2374
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