Muslim area 'spy cameras' to be removed


200 cameras controversial ‘spy cameras’ put up in Muslim populated areas of Birmingham must be removed, West Midlands chief constable of Police told a Police Authority meeting.

The Police Authority heard from a report which found that there were no justifiable reasons for the decision by police to have put up the cameras.

Andy Slaughter MP, Ken Livingstone back anti - EDL demo


Anti racist group United Against Fascism (UAF) are holding a march on November 6 in London in which they hope will bring together the widest possible alliance against the English Defence League and their political wing the British National Party.

Two Members of Parliament have added their support to the demo by adding their names to the statement backing the demo, which is called by UAF and backed by the TUC, the Muslim Council of Britain and a range of trade union leaders, faith and community groups.

Are Community Treatment Orders being over-used?


Community treatment orders (CTO) are being handed out to mental health patients at 10 times the rate intended when they were introduced two years ago, new research shows. Dame Jo Williams wants to know why

Community treatment orders are the most recent incarnation of the structures designed to support 'care in the community', and have remained controversial since their introduction in November 2008.

Police officer starts anti-crime family unit


A local police officer has started a project to help families affected by knife crime take a stand against the persistent problem affecting inner cities.

A project started by Lambeth police’s African and Caribbean liaison officer, Errol Patterson,  will give south London locals a chance to help each other in the effort to stamp out knife crime incidents.

The Lambeth Black Families Parents’ Forum begins with its first meeting in Brixton this month.

Key workers conference


Over 50 key voluntary, public and campaigning sector workers were part of a conference to review the spending cuts and look at ways to ensure equality and diversity remains a government priority.

Child detention: high court case starts today


Two mothers have started a high court case to bring an end to the detention of children in immigrant removal centres.

Single mothers Reetha Suppiah and Sakinat Bello who were detained by UK Border Agency (UKBA) in dawn raids this year say they have evidence that periods of detention are unlawful as they cause serious harm to children.

Jean-Paul Guerlain: racist comments provoke protest


The 73 year old French perfumier Jean-Paul Guerlain's has sparked protest and possible legal action over his shocking racist language during a TV interview about his perfume range.

During an interview on French state TV last week he was asked about creating his new line and replied with:

"I worked like an n*****. I don't know if n***** have always worked like that, but anyway."

Ghetts urges young people to stand up and be counted


Underground grime artist Ghetts is calling for young people to stand up and be counted – by taking part in next year’s census.

The young artist’s views are based on the notion that the needs and interests of young people in the UK are ignored and that one way of making sure their voice is heard is to take part in the 2011 Census.

Peter Bossman: Slovenia's first black mayor


Peter Bossman, 54 and owner of a private medical practice, made history at the weekend by being elected as the first Black mayor in Piran, south-western Slovenia.

Originally from Ghana Bossman settled in Slovenia in the 1970s to study medicine. He won a narrow victory over the previous mayor, Tomaz Gantar, with 51.4% of the vote.

Mr Bossman said he was "happy and proud" and that "I based my campaign on a dialogue, and I think the dialogue has won."

Diabetes UK: sufferers surge to 2.8 million


The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has increased by more than 150,000 to 2.8 million in the past year, warns Diabetes UK today.

The data, collected from GP practices, also show the nationwide figure of people registered as obese to have risen to over five and half million, an increase of more than 265,000. This now means one in 20 of the population is being treated for diabetes and one in ten for obesity.

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