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Return to News12 December 2017
A Barclays bank employee has been jailed for six years and four months for his role in a conspiracy to launder over £2.5 million, which had been stolen using Dridex malware.
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Forces to produce annual reports on stop and search ethnicity
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Ban on police retiring while under misconduct investigation lifted
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New powers approved for police and crime panels to investigate PCCs
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Custody cutbacks increases risk of officer assaults
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Isle of Man open to exploitation from UK drug gangs, police chief warns
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Police to see new limits on surveillance powers
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Special Constable use of warrant card breached professional standards
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Heroin addict ex-officer is allowed to sue former force
Greater Manchester Police had argued the claimant waited too long to bring case alleging their negligence.

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Morale of detectives at 'all time low'
Nine out of ten detectives who had taken sick leave due to their mental health and wellbeing says problems caused or exacerbated by work.

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PCC refuses to cover Hillsborough match commander's legal costs
Staff association says decision sends a message to other officers that they might not be supported in time of need.

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Forces nationwide to employ extra officers to fight cybercrime
Chiefs and PCCs agree there needs to be new capabilities.

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Body worn video footage could be judged by public panel
Kent PCC Matthew Scott pictured at the Police Federation Conference earlier this year

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Force wants to recruit 300 volunteer PCSOs
Force wants to recruit 300 volunteer PCSOs

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Mohibur Rahman was sentenced to 16 years in jail this year for wounding two restaurant workers.

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Mental health crisis highlighted by officer rescuing same woman twice in one night
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Offenders whose cases are held up can claim payouts even if they are ultimately kept behind bars.

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Criminals are in line for £1 million in taxpayer-funded compensation pay-outs over delays in parole proceedings, it has been revealed.

Offenders whose cases are held up can claim payouts under human rights laws - even if they are ultimately kept behind bars.

MPs heard the Parole Board for England and Wales expects the total sum to run to seven figures this year as it works through a backlog.

A senior official said it was a "huge" amount, while a government minister admitted it was "far too high".

In 2016/17, the body made 578 compensation payments to prisoners totalling £938,000 - nearly double the £554,000 paid out in the the previous year.

Parole Board chief executive Martin Jones told the Commons Justice Committee: "For this year I expect the total amount paid in damages to prisoners to actually go up because we are making such progress on the backlog.

"The problem that we have is the point at which you claim for damages is when your case is concluded.

"As we conclude those really old cases, people are then coming forward to say 'actually my case was delayed for three to six months' and claiming the appropriate amount of money.

"I'm expecting this year probably to pay about a million pounds.

"That's a huge amount of money and an enormous concern, but I expect it to come down quite sharply next year."

The Parole Board is responsible for deciding whether prisoners can be safely released from prison, and advising on movement between closed and open prisons across England and Wales

Earlier this year a watchdog detailed how delays mean that some inmates may have spent longer in jail than they would have if their parole hearing had been held sooner.

The report, published in February by the National Audit Office, said prisoners who experience delays can claim compensation under the Human Rights Act once their case has been completed.

If they are turned down for parole they can still claim at a rate of around £50 per month of delay, which rises to roughly £650 per month of delay for applicants who are freed following a hold-up.

The Parole Board saw the number of outstanding cases jump sharply in the wake of a legal ruling in 2013.

At its peak in January 2015, the backlog reached 3,163. MPs heard this figure has now been brought below 1,300.

Referring to the £938,000 compensation bill for 2016/17, committee chairman Bob Neill suggested to Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah that it was a "waste of money".

Mr Gyimah said he would use a "different form of words", but accepted that the sum was "far too high".

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