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Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 04/02/2010 - 17:29

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Conservatives rebuked over crime claims

The Conservative Party has been left scrambling for cover after its use of crime statistics earned it the ire of the UK Statistics Authority.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 03/02/2010 - 11:11

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Conservatives’ crime claims challenged

Mark Easton of the BBC has taken a swing at the Conservatives’ use of crime statistics to support David Cameron's claims of a “broken society”.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 25/01/2010 - 10:34

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Retention of "innocent" DNA: some figures, but too few

The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, has opened up a little bit on the successful use of "innocent" DNA profiles to achieve subsequent convictions for serious crimes.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 21/01/2010 - 16:02

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Safeguarding scheme hit by “double jeopardy” fears

Back in September, I asked the Independent Safeguarding Authority how it had arrived at the figure of 11.3 million adults who would need to be vetted before they could be allowed regular access to children (their own excluded, naturally).

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 13/01/2010 - 13:35

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No decline in assault victims admitted to hospital

The latest data on hospital admissions for assault bring little comfort to the Home Office’s Tackling Knives Action Programme, launched in ten areas in June 2008.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 06/01/2010 - 16:17

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DNA database has only a modest impact on crime clear-up

The DNA database is involved in solving only 0.67 per cent of crimes, the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee were told yesterday.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 24/11/2009 - 16:31

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Nicking suspects for their DNA

People are being arrested simply so that their DNA profiles can be recorded on the national database, according to the Chairman of the Human Genetics Commission, Professor Jonathan Montgomery.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 11/11/2009 - 15:09

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Home Secretary ignores his advisers again

Did the Home Office ignore the advice of its own advisers over the retention of DNA profiles on the national database?

Robert Whiston :: Mon, 02/11/2009 - 14:13

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The Home Office – a serial offender against science

The bust-up between the Home Office and its drug advisers is the latest in a long series of incidents in which it has shown contempt for scientific advice.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 28/10/2009 - 10:12

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Exaggerating police failures

“Police ignore a third of violent crime” according to a headline in The Times. Happily, they don’t.