A sex offender, violent thugs and burglars are among a long list of charged suspects released without trial because of blunders by Greater Manchester Police.
Dozens of charged suspects walked free over the last six years before they reached trial – with more this year than any of the previous five – after officers breached their own rules.
Officers must follow the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) after making an arrest – a code they are taught during their basic training.
PACE covers police powers and procedures, including instructions on how to treat suspects once they have been charged with an offence.
But on 55 occasions, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers failed to follow PACE, leading to a suspected sex offender, 15 alleged violent thugs, and 39 other would-be criminals getting off without a trial between 2008 and 2013.
The University of Cumbria has passed on the personal details of more than 20 students to police over the last three academic years, new figures reveal.
The latest available information shows that the university disclosed details of 25 of its students to officers carrying out formal investigations between 2010 and 2013.
Four related to investigations relating to theft or damage, eight for sexual or violent crimes and 10 where a student was a potential witness or victim of crime.
Three did not have sufficient details to be categorised, according to a Freedom of Information request.
Assaults, racial abuse, criminal damage and arson are among scores of crimes reported at hospitals across Sussex.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed Sussex Police were called to investigate 241 incidents in one year.
Other allegations included sexual assault and possession of a weapon.
The most common call outs were for theft, public order offences and common assault.
MILTON Keynes Hospital has been on black alert on 15 occasions between November 2013 and February 2014.
Black alert is usually as a result of a high number of emergency patients causing a crippling shortage of bed space.
Black alert is the highest possible level of crisis put in place in hospitals, and is one step up from the serious red alert.
The information was highlighted in Labour’s Freedom of Information Request (FOI) on A&E pressures in the UK.
Some of Bracknell’s libraries most unpopular books have not been read in more than 20 years, according to a list of the borough’s least borrowed reads.
A guide to Eric Clapton’s music, the history of the ammunitions market, children’s encyclopedias and Kingsize Hamburger Joke Book are among the most unpopular paper and hardbacks revealed in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.