Friday, 21 May 2010

Prison population hits record high

The prison population in England and Wales reached a record high on Friday, the Government has said.

Ministry of Justice statistics confirmed the total reached 85,201 - 192 more than last Friday.

Managing prisoner numbers was not covered in more detailed plans published by the new coalition Government on Thursday.


Marine killed in Afghanistan blast

A British marine has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan.

The serviceman, from 40 Commando Royal Marines died in an explosion near Patrol Base Almas, in Sangin, Helmand Province on Friday morning.

He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army to improve the security to the local population in the area when the incident happened, the Ministry of Defence said. Next of kin have been informed.

Asylum seeker wins Government claim

An Iraqi asylum seeker who was acquitted of terrorist-related offences has won his false imprisonment claim against the Government.

The 30-year-old man, who can only be identified as HXA, sued the Home Office for damages at London's High Court over his detention between January 26 and November 23 2005.


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