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Destroy photos of innocent people, EHRC tells police

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has asked the police to change photography policy after the High Court ruled that they cannot keep photographs of people without criminal records or those not found guilty.

The judges agreed with the Commission’s submission that unless someone has been charged with, or convicted of, a crime it is an unjustifiable breach of their right to a private life for the police to hold on to a photograph of them.

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Police still stop and search mainly ethnic minorities, report reveals

Some of the police forces in England continue to stop and search a much higher proportion of Black, Asian and mixed ethnicity people than others in their community, a new report has revealed.

The report by Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), says this can be justified if the intention is to tackle a specific, immediate issue. However, the information received by the Commission did not always explain why a particular ethnic group was to be targeted under these orders. This makes it difficult to justify any imbalance in who is being stopped and searched and could leave police officers exposed to discrimination claims.

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Home Office tightens family migration rules

Home Office has changed Immigration Rules for non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK on the family migration route.

From July 2012, only those earning at least £18,600 will be able to bring in a non-EEA spouse or partner, fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner.

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Sexually transmitted infections rise in England - HPA

New sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses have increased by two per cent in England in 2011, figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show.

Nearly 427,000 new cases were diagnosed last year, reversing the small decline observed the previous year.

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Driving under influence of drugs is now an offence

The Government has announced plans to crack down on those who drive while under the influence of drugs.

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