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Britain's first anti-slavery commissioner has taken a swipe at the Home Office as it emerged he is to stand down. Kevin Hyland was appointed by then-home secretary Theresa May in 2014 to spearhead the UK's efforts to tackle modern slavery. In a letter to Mrs May advising her of his…
A double-decker bus offering refuge to rough sleepers in Windsor has been impounded ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, a charity has said. Thames Valley Police said the The Ark Project's 10-bed bus was seized from the town centre on Thursday due to an issue with the driver's…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
A homeless charity offering refuge to rough sleepers on a double-decker bus has been seen driving through Windsor ahead of Saturday's Royal Wedding. The Ark Project, which until recently was based solely in Reading, operates out of a bus which includes 10 beds and a kitchen to prepare warm food.…
An unscrupulous takeaway boss will be jailed after he was convicted of enslaving alcoholic tenants and forcing them to work at his chip shop for free. Harjit Bariana, 46, supplied drink and drugs to vulnerable tenants of his property in Blyth, Northumberland, and fed them leftovers rather than pay them…
The Government is failing to meet its commitment to put disabled people at the heart of its aid programme, a watchdog has warned. Ministers pledged to make disability inclusion in developing countries central in work to help the world's poorest, but there is still a "considerable distance" to go, the…
The family of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison has said they are "utterly devastated" at his death.Police confirmed on Friday that a body found by police on Thursday evening was that of the missing musician.The 36-year-old band member had last been seen at around 1am on Wednesday after leaving the…
A judge has given doctors the go-ahead to perform a caesarean section on a woman who lacks the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment, following a hearing in a specialist court.Mr Justice Cohen approved treatment plans, agreed by doctors and lawyers representing the woman, after analysing evidence at a…
A long-time rough sleeper has dismissed protesters planning to line the royal wedding route in sleeping bags as "anarchists" intent on causing trouble.William "Bill" Watson, who has lived in the borough for four months, said planned homeless solidarity events were an excuse for people to "cause a riot".The 50-year-old, originally…
A suicide prevention charity helpline experienced its "busiest day ever" after troubled Coronation Street character Aidan Connor killed himself, prompting a flood of requests for help from young people.Papyrus, which provides trained support for callers to its HopeLineUK service, said staff "worked relentlessly, without taking a break" to cope with…
Drug gangs are "regularly taking over the homes" of the vulnerable and mentally ill to use as a base for their nefarious activities, ministers have heard.Tory MP Gillian Keegan told MPs the practice, known as "cuckooing", had become a regular problem in her Chichester constituency.According to HM Courts and Tribunal…
BBC and commercial radio stations will team up for the first time ever to broadcast a message about mental health.The one-minute segment will air across more than 300 stations on May 15 at 10.59am.Featuring global voices to be revealed at a later date, the message is to recognise Mental Health…
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