By One percent
Scotland Yard has admitted Special Branch officers passed information to a controversial network that blacklisted construction workers.
It follows a six-year battle to find out if the Metropolitan Police supplied the intelligence on trade unionists.
The force says its investigation had "proven" the allegation, which will be investigated by a public inquiry.
Workers who say they were unfairly barred from jobs have already received millions of pounds in compensation.
In 2016, the union Unite reached a settlement with construction firms that resulted in 256 workers sharing more than £10m in compensation.
At the heart of the claims, which were made by hundreds of workers, was evidence that firms accessed a "blacklist" that logged workers' trade union activities.
The list was used by dozens of construction firms to vet those applying for work on building sites.
so, get put on a list by plod for trade union activity which then gets you blacklisted. Nice.
What a wonderful country we live in
By The Masked Tulip
Relatives of mine went to Acapulco about 40 years ago - at the time they had to have armed hotel guards to protect them if they went outside of the resort. Armed guards also patrolled the hotel boundary and kept an eye on the beach. They had a fab time though by all accounts
But, never having gone there mysel, I ended up hating the place due to those endless property programmes where Brits go to buy a house or second home overseas. For a while it seemed that nearly every week they were doing a programme on Brits buying homes in Acapulco. I can clearly recall one lovely blue house over-looking the sea that simply looked a delightful place to live. It had pinkish terracota pots hanging outside full of the most beautifully coloured flowers.
Having just watched a Sky News report on Acapulco I now learn that it is a war zone with the US government advising tourists to stay away from the area - apparently the tourist iindustry collapsed some months ago.
I wonder what happened to those people who bought holiday homes there?
Acapulco: The resort killed by drugs, guns and gangs
By One percent
The number of violent crimes and sex offences recorded by police in England and Wales has risen sharply over the past year, figures show.
Knife crime and robbery also increased in the 12 months to September 2017 compared with the previous year, the Office for National Statistics said.
About 5.3 million crimes were recorded in all in that 12-month period, up 14%.
he latest police figures for the 12 months to September from 44 forces show:
68,968 robbery offences, up 29% 138,045 sex offences, up 23% 37,443 knife crime offences, up 21% 1,291,405 violent crime offences, up 20%
Anyone want to guess why - apologies for the weirdness of the font and bolding here
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