British troops to be made exempt from European human rights laws during combat

The Independent Ministers say the move is necessary amid ‘vexacious’ claims brought by lawyers Soldiers could be shielded from legal action brought under the European Court of Human Rights in future conflicts, in a bid to protect troops from “vexatious” court claims. Ministers argue the step is needed because ECHR judgments in recent years have over-extended the…

The prison where it is ‘easier to get drugs than bedsheets’

The Independent Damning inspection of HMP Bedford talks of ‘abject failure’ and conditions that ‘do not offer basic levels of decency’ Inmates find it easier to get drugs than clothes or bedsheets at a prison where standards have deteriorated to “unacceptable levels” that “do not offer basic decency”, according to a watchdog report. Inspectors found the availability…

Police target controlling behaviour in latest domestic abuse initiative

The Independent Legislation aimed at tackling a range of conducts, including controlling victims through social media, spying on them online or stopping them from socialising At the end of last year new laws were introduced to tackle perpetrators who subject spouses, partners or other family members to ‘controlling or coercive’ behaviour Rex Features Frontline police will…