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An immigration removal centre has been hit by surging levels of violence and drug use, an inspection report has warned. Morton Hall near Lincoln has seen a "significant decline" in safety, with rising numbers of assaults on detainees and staff. An official watchdog raised concerns about the impact of new…
A female judge who warned women they are at greater risk of being raped if they get drunk has been accused of victim-blaming by a police commissioner. Lindsey Kushner said there was "absolutely no excuse" for sex attacks but warned that men gravitate towards vulnerable women, as she jailed a…
A pensioner who repeatedly stabbed a member of staff at a care home has pleaded guilty to her attempted murder. Fred Butcher was charged following the "unprovoked attack" involving a knife at the residential home in Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent, on January 26. The 79-year-old entered his plea at Maidstone…
Proposals to tackle violence against women have moved a step closer to becoming law after peers gave their unanimous support. SNP-sponsored legislation aimed at forcing the Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention, which places legal obligations on the state to tackle sexual violence and domestic abuse, received an unopposed second…
Some patients feel entitled to attack and verbally abuse NHS staff because they have paid their taxes, MPs have heard. Conservative Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere) called for tougher powers to punish people who attack NHS workers, saying he had been "inundated" with examples of aggression towards nurses and doctors who have…
Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh has said that playing a sexual assault victim in Broadchurch forced her to confront her own prejudices about who the crime can happen to. The former Coronation Street star appears in the third series of the ITV crime drama which features David Tennant and Olivia Colman as…
Suicides, assaults and self-harm in prisons have all reached new record levels, new figures reveal. There were 354 deaths behind bars in England and Wales last year, including 119 which were apparently self-inflicted. Self-harm incidents jumped by 23% to 37,784, while there were 25,049 assaults in the 12 months to…
A new film has been launched to help health workers, hairdressers, firefighters and vets spot the signs of domestic abuse. The Harder video aims to raise awareness among professionals about identifying domestic abuse and providing advice during appointments such as a haircut or dental check-up. More than 2,300 workers have…
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