Two hunters appear in court accused of ‘charade’ to flout fox hunting ban

Support us and go ad-free A huntsman and a whipper-in actively encouraged hounds to look for a fox after a trail hunt was set up as a charade, a court has heard. Prosecutors allege that huntsman John Oliver Finnegan and  whipper-in Rhys Matcham breached the 2004 Hunting Act in Leicestershire on 4 February 2020. Both …
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Home Office is accused of bypassing parliament to rollout facial recognition cameras

Support us and go ad-free A group of civil society bodies has called on the government to ban facial recognition cameras, while accusing police and the Home Office of bypassing parliament over guidance for the use of the technology. Thirty-one organisations including Big Brother Watch, Statewatch and Privacy International have posted an open letter alleging …
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Queen allegedly fights to protect her sex-crime accused son’s honorary military role

Support us and go ad-free The queen has reportedly told insiders she wants prince Andrew Windsor to remain as colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Sexual assault allegations According to the Sunday Times, the monarch has conveyed her wish that her son – who is facing allegations of sexual assault, which he denies – keeps the …
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Priti Patel accused of dragging her feet over tightening rules for gun licences

Support us and go ad-free Home secretary Priti Patel is facing accusations in the wake of the Plymouth shootings of dragging her feet over advice to tighten gun licencing rules. The Liberal Democrats said Patel had so far failed to act on recommendations in a Home Office consultation document calling for new suitability checks before …
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Assange is ‘an innocent man accused of practising journalism’

Support us and go ad-free Julian Assange’s partner has described him as “an innocent man accused of practising journalism” as she arrived at a legal hearing which will see the US government challenge a judge’s decision not to extradite him to the US on espionage charges. Stella Moris, who has two children by Assange, stood …
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Drugs giants accused of charging NHS unfairly high prices

Support us and go ad-free Drugs firms Pfizer and Flynn have been accused by the UK’s competition watchdog of abusing their dominant positions to overcharge the NHS for anti-epilepsy medication in sky-high “overnight” price hikes. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it has provisionally found that Flynn and Covid-19 vaccine maker Pfizer broke competition …
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Government accused of tearing apart mothers and children in its plans to build 500 new cells

Support us and go ad-free Campaigners say plans for 500 extra prison places for women will ‘tear families apart‘ as they urge the government to reconsider. The Ministry of Justice announced in January that up to 500 new cells would be built in women’s prisons. Prison reform activists say the extra places, combined with plans …
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Met accused of ‘betrayal of public’ over 1987 unsolved murder

Support us and go ad-free Britain’s biggest police force has been accused of a “betrayal of the public” and continuing to “lack candour” in its statements over the unsolved murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan. Betrayal The Metropolitan Police were accused of institutional corruption by an independent panel over the 1987 killing, which has remained …
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Boris Johnson accused of ‘absolute shambles’ over plans for Covid vaccine passports in clubs

Support us and go ad-free The prime minister is facing a backlash over his plans to make coronavirus vaccination compulsory for nightclubs and other crowded venues in the autumn. Clubs, backbench Tories and opposition MPs criticised the Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday – the day that clubs in England were allowed to open for the …
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Matt Hancock faces calls to resign after being accused of affair with aide

Support us and go ad-free Health secretary Matt Hancock is facing calls to resign after being accused of having an affair with an adviser to his department. The Sun published pictures of the married Cabinet minister appearing to kiss his close friend Gina Coladangelo, who the newspaper said was hired by Mr Hancock last year. …
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