The battle against sexual violence is being lost – look at the number of young victims

The Guardian Government after government makes bold claims about eradicating these awful crimes, yet the statistics remain damning ‘Perpetrators of violence against children are frequently the same people who are responsible for looking after them.’ Photograph: Alamy It is a disturbing fact that nearly a third of female rape victims in England and Wales are…

Draft EU rules could tighten migration loophole for foreign-born spouses

The Guardian Proposal aims to restrict ‘Surinder Singh’ route that gives UK residence rights to non-European spouses of low-income British citizens Critics argue the current law on spousal visas penalises around 43% of the UK population, particularly mothers of young children, public sector workers and those living outside London and the south-east, who are more…

Israel boycott ban: Shunning Israeli goods to become criminal offence for public bodies and student unions

The Independent Critics say move amounts to a ‘gross attack on democratic freedoms’ A Palestinian protester near the Jewish settlement of Bet El Reuters Local councils, public bodies and even some university student unions are to be banned by law from boycotting “unethical” companies, as part of a controversial crackdown being announced by the Government.…

UK child prisons: thousands of injuries not disclosed by government

The Guardian Minister reveals number of injuries during restraint is almost five times higher than Youth Justice Board figure Adam Rickwood hanged himself after being restrained in a secure training centre. Photograph: Christopher Thomond Thousands more children have been injured in custody through the use of controversial restraint techniques than the government had previously disclosed,…

Senior Tories flouted electoral law by failing to declare spending on by-election campaigns, Channel 4 claims

The Independent Broadcaster says it has received legal advice that the evidence would provide reasonable grounds for a police investigation Campaign spending in by-elections is limited to £100,000 to ensure a level playing-field Getty Senior Conservatives appear to have flouted electoral law by failing to declare spending amounting to tens of thousands of pounds during three…

Met Police riot squad at centre of ‘overtime fraud’ claims decommissioned to cut costs

The Independent Disciplinary action is being taken against more than 20 officers Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe PA A specialist riot squad at the centre of a probe into allegations its officers wrongly claimed for overtime has been decommissioned to cut costs, police said. The Metropolitan Police said the withdrawal of the Territorial Support…