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Issue No. 2455

Bedroom tax reversal after court ruling 

Thousands of separated parents could be in line for bedroom tax rebates after a court ruling in Middlesbrough last week.

It said that tenant Rob Gershon was entitled to keep a room for his son who stays three nights a week. This contradicts earlier rulings.

Kingsley Burrell's family calls for inquiry

Kingsley Burrell’s family launched an open letter demanding an independent inquiry into deaths in police custody.

Kingsley died four days after he was arrested after calling police for help.

Last Saturday his family and supporters also held a rally in Birmingham to call for an inquiry.

Daily Mirror did hack phones 

After years of denying involvement in phone hacking the Daily Mirror paid out nearly £1.25 million in damages to eight people whose phones were hacked by Mirror Group journalists. 

About 70 other claims are outstanding, and a further ten have been settled.

Case of spying on Christopher Alder family

Cops could face prosecution for allegedly spying on the family of Christopher Alder, who died in custody in Hull in 1998. 

Evidence was found that Christopher’s sister Janet and one other person were placed under surveillance.

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