Now chief of free information Christopher Graham calls for secret arrests

Now chief of free information Christopher Graham calls for secret arrests Information Commissioner said there was no ‘pressing social need’ for the public to be told who was being held by the policeSuch anonymity has been branded an attack on open justice By Martin Beckford PUBLISHED: 01:06 GMT, 14 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:21 GMT, 14 April 2013 The row over secret arrests deepened last night as Britain’s data watchdog claimed that naming crime suspects breaches their human rights. Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, said there was no ‘pressing social need’ for the public to be told who was being held by the police

Vera Baird: Former Solicitor General tells police to give up on tackling low-level drug use "to save time"

Police chief is ignoring drug use… because it takes up too much timeVera Baird will not target drug use as Northumbria's Police CommissionerCouncillors speak out against plan and insist drug trade must be stopped By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 12:28 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 2 April 2013 An elected police commissioner will not prioritise low-level drug users because it will take up too much of her officers’ time. Former Labour minister Vera Baird QC, who is in charge of the Northumbria police force, has ignored drug use in her new policing plan.

Met police chief branded "extremely foolish" over handling of Plebgate to be knighted a year after taking up role

Met police chief branded 'extremely foolish' over handling of Plebgate to be knighted a year after taking up roleAlso been called a bully who has left staff exhausted and demoralisedOne critic questioned the value of 'archaic custom' which means honour is automatically handed out to every commissioner | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 29 December 2012 Britain's most senior police officer will receive a knighthood in the midst of the most turbulent period of his command. Bernard Hogan-Howe is being honoured little more than a year after taking up the role of Metropolitan Police commissioner

The police union that turned into a wounded animal

The police union that turned into a wounded animal | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 24 December 2012 Power: Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was assistant commissioner of human resources at the Met between 2001 and 2004, is under no illusion about how powerful the Fed can be For decades, the Police Federation has terrified senior politicians and police officers.

Child neglect allegations and adoption records sent to wrong people in blunders that cost councils 150,000

Child neglect allegations and adoption records sent to wrong people in blunders that cost councils 150,000Two councils mistakenly sent personal data out, including child neglect and criminal allegationsReport blames 'human error' and 'inadequate' checksPlymouth City Council and Devon County Council fined for errors | UPDATED: 23:18 GMT, 17 December 2012 Two local authorities have been fined for a series of blunders that saw sensitive child welfare documents sent to the wrong people, it has emerged. Allegations of child neglect against parents of four were sent to the wrong family because of an error by Plymouth County Council.

PM backs Culture Secretary Maria Miller as expenses watchdog launches probe

Minister faces inquiry over 90,000 expenses: After aide is accused of threatening newspaper, watchdog steps in Cabinet minister claimed 90,718 for London home where parents also livedBasingstoke MP under pressure after her spin doctor 'tried to kill story' Mrs Miller is the minister spearheading gay marriage plan | UPDATED: 08:19 GMT, 14 December 2012 Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to have her expense claims investigated by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Embattled Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to have her expenses investigated by the Commons watchdog. The office of John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, said he was opening an inquiry following a complaint that Mrs Miller had claimed more than 90,000 in second home allowances towards the cost of a house where her parents lived. The complaint was lodged earlier this week by Labour MP John Mann, who claimed the arrangement was ‘identical’ to that of former Labour minister Tony McNulty, who in 2009 was required to repay more than 13,000 claimed on a second home occupied by his parents.

War on the PPI sharks: Warning to rogue firms as pair who sent spam texts are fined 440,000

War on the PPI sharks: Warning to rogue firms as pair who sent spam texts are fined 440,000Chris Niebel and Gary McNeish created a database of PPI claimants who responded to the 840,000 spam texts they sent per day The pair have been fined a total of 440,000 | UPDATED: 23:55 GMT, 28 November 2012 Rogue firms which cash in by bombarding millions with nuisance texts and calls face a crackdown. The claims companies face prosecution and hefty fines for using personal information gathered illegally to target the public. Many of the unsolicited texts or recorded messages boast that recipients could be entitled to compensation from the mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) by banks.