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Home Affairs Correspondent — Channel 4 News
As seen in:  Channel 4 News, Mashable

Grumpy, ageing hack addicted to fighting injustice

Indian food exec behind prominent pro-ISIS Twitter account — LONDON - For agents of the Islamic State, the front lines have long been drawn: There is combat in the Middle East and there is the battlefield of Twitter. One of the most influential operators have been the person behind the widely-followed Twitter account @ShamiWitness.

Trial collapses after immigration officials 'lie under oath' — The Home Office has revealed to Channel 4 News that three immigration officers have been suspended and the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been called in to carry out an investigation. The Crown Prosecution Service is to conduct a full review into the handling of the case and accepts it fell below acceptable standards.

Security services deal with '100 terror threats per week' — The head of counter-terrorism in the UK says there has been a step change in Syria-related activity, with a growing problem of young, impressionable individuals being radicalised online. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley says the security services are now dealing with 100 potential terror offences per week, with more than half involving referrals into de-radicalisation programmes.

Controls on undercover policing 'ineffective' — A highly critical report on undercover policing has revealed 1,229 officers are on active duty in hundreds of operations around the country. But inspectors have expressed grave concern about the accuracy of numbers, deployment, support, organisation and coordination in this area of policing.

Bahrain prince risks UK arrest over torture claims — Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Kalifia, who is a regular visitor to the UK, now faces the risk of arrest. Scotland Yard's war crimes unit is to be asked to launch an investigation into allegations the prince was involved in the torture of political prisoners in Bahrain during the human rights demonstrations in 2011.

Met pays damages over assault amid racism claims — The Metropolitan police has agreed to a £120,000 payout in a case where seven officers were accused of unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution, assault and racism. It has also apologised to 34-year-old Nordell Edmondson and offered its regrets for the significant distress caused to him and his family, but has refused to carry out a disciplinary inquiry into the conduct of the officers.

Vicar 'ran sham marriage conveyor belt' — A jury at inner London crown court heard that the CofE church of St Jude and St Aiden in Croydon went from having six weddings a year to six a day, with over 200 in 2010. Prosecutor Edward Lucas said over six years there were 494 sham marriages, and since the arrest of the vicar, Reverend Nathan Ntege, there been only one in 2014.

Met fined for discrimination against Games 'poster girl' — An employment tribunal found that 35-year-old PC Carol Howard, who became Olympic Games "poster girl" for the Met, had been bullied, harassed and victimised while serving as one of only two black officers in the 700-strong Diplomatic Protection Group. The tribunal had previously ruled the force operated a policy of deleting findings of sex and race discrimination from internal grievance documents.

Pro-Islamic State Brit challenged on beheadings - video — Please wait while this video loads. If it doesn't load after a few seconds you may need to have Adobe Flash installed. Last week, we spoke Abu Rumauysah about British citizens who have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State. During the interview, we challenged him on the use of beheading videos by IS.

Glen Parva prison 'unsafe' for young offenders — An unannounced visit by the chief inspector of prisons to Glen Parva jail in Leicestershire also saw evidence of, in effect, protection rackets, where prisoners were charging "rent" for cells and threatening violence if this wasn't paid.
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Dec 22, 2014

London tube train makers Alstom fined $772,000,000 after pleading guilty to decade of wide-scale international bribery to gain contracts

Dec 22, 2014

IPCC refuses public access after consultation because it can't protect vulnerable witnesses. Big blow for transparency and open justice

Dec 22, 2014

Gross misconduct hearing of suspended Avon & Somerset chief constable Nick Gargan to be held behind closed doors

Dec 17, 2014

HO concludes costs and risks outweigh benefits in review of the use of phone tap material in terror trials…

Dec 17, 2014

#alsweady inquiry praises British soldiers for 'exemplary courage and professionalism' in the 2004 Battle of Danny Boy

Dec 17, 2014

#alsweady inquiry chair accuses some detainees + Iraqi witnesses of being 'unprincipled in the extreme' and 'without regard for the truth'

Dec 17, 2014

#alsweady but inquiry judge finds conduct of individual soldiers fell below high standards and some detainees were ill treated

Dec 17, 2014

#alsweady inquiry finds vast majority of allegations against British military by Iraqi detainees were deliberate lies

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