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Prisoner aged 18 gave birth in HMP Bronzefield cell alone at night

An 18-year-old prisoner gave birth in her cell alone at night and her calls for help went unanswered, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has found in a critical report.

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Mental Health Medical negligence inquest

Inquest into the death of Robert Walaszkowski

Robert Walaszkowski, who sustained a spinal injury and lost consciousness while under the care of a mental health unit, was discharged from the emergency department at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, without being given a spinal examination, an inquest into his death was told.

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Home Office urged to publish Windrush Compensation Scheme expedition process

The Home Office is being asked to openly explain its expedition process for claims under the Windrush Compensation Scheme in a new legal challenge launched by two people affected by the scandal.

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Stonehenge campaigners welcome decision not to appeal court ruling

Stonehenge campaigners have welcomed Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ decision not to appeal a court ruling that the go-ahead for a road tunnel project affecting the World Heritage Site (WHS) was unlawful.

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“Unacceptable” MoD data breach increases risk to safety of Afghan interpreters

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has apologised for a data breach that revealed the email addresses and other personal details of more than 250 Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces and are seeking relocation to the UK.

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Dr Who set builder exposed to asbestos while working at the BBC

The family of a man who built film and television sets for the BBC is taking legal action against the corporation following his death from mesothelioma.

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Tyrone Murray Castles jailed for 25 years over abuse at Glebe House School, Hunstanton

Former teacher Dr Tyrone Murray Castles has been given a 25-year jail term for the sexual abuse of young boys while working at Glebe House School in Hunstanton, Norfolk.

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National gymnastics coach sentenced for sexual abuse of a child

Gymnastics coach Stuart Woods has been given an 11-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexual offences against children.

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£1m settlement for family of man whose childhood contact with British Rail asbestos caused his death at 58

A widow has been awarded almost £1 million after her husband died of cancer caused by childhood contact with asbestos on the clothing of his father, a former British Rail worker.

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High Court rejects application for second Jodey Whiting inquest

The High Court has rejected the application by the mother of Jodey Whiting for a second inquest into her death.

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Topical steroid cream use linked to burns side effects

People prescribed topical steroid creams have been advised that burns side effects have been experienced after stopping their use after a long period of time.

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Settlement against construction companies highlights widespread asbestos use in 1960s and 70s

A six-figure settlement for a retired building labourer has highlighted the fatal consequences of the widespread use of asbestos in the construction industry in the 1960s and 70s.