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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

November 14, 2007: New Security Measures

Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Gordon Brown stated much had been done to keep people safe in crowded public spaces, but more work will be needed over the coming months. In his statement on national security, he referred to a study by Lord West on the protection of strategic infrastructure, stations, ports and airports - and of other crowded places - which, he said, identified a need to step up physical protection against possible vehicle bomb attacks.

Although train stations may be safer now than they have been in years, they were nonetheless obvious targets, so special attention would be paid to making them safer. Plans include:

  • new security barriers
  • vehicle exclusion zones
  • stronger, blast-resistant buildings
  • bag screening devices in larger stations

Mr Brown said a full national security strategy will be published in the coming weeks, and a new counter-terrorism bill is also being drawn up. More work will also be done to help local communities protect themselves from acts of terrorism. Actions to be taken include:

  • increasing funding to local counter-terrorism security advisers, who work with businesses and local governments
  • encouraging design innovation, so that architects and planners take security into account when building large new structures
  • working harder to ensure the critical national infrastructure is kept safe

Mr Brown stated that from the Home Office budget, from now until 2011, an additional £240 million would finance counter terrorism policing. This will include funding for further training of 3,500 neighbourhood police teams to deal with radicalisation in their local communities. In addition, around £400 million over the next three years would be invested through the Foreign Office, Department for International Development and the British Council to tackle radicalisation and promote understanding overseas. In total, he argued, the government was now investing three times as much in security as compared with 6 years ago.