IRR News 6-12 July 2012

IRR News 6-12 July 2012

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Dear IRR News subscriber,

This week Frances Webber reports on a new campaign to provide people with vital information if they are subject to or witness a raid by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Liz Fekete reviews a new film on the riots made by a group of young people.

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In news from across the UK, the ongoing inquest into the death of Sean Rigg has heard a custody sergeant being accused of ‘gross failings’ and another police officer deny making radio calls to cover himself as Sean Rigg lay dying at his feet at Brixton police station.

Sticking with the Met police, the QC who prosecuted the two men convicted for the murder of Stephen Lawrence has been appointed by the home secretary to lead a review into allegations of police corruption in the investigation.

The media circus went into full flow reporting (in minutiae) the trial of England and Chelsea footballer John Terry on a racially aggravated public order offence. But other racially aggravated offences have also been in news, a family of Pakistani asylum seekers is living in fear after windows were smashed at their home in Barnsley also suffered a similar attack; two men also suffered head injuries in Stamford after being attacked by a gang. And the family of Kester David has accused Scotland Yard of a ‘cover up’ after its own review of a Met investigation failed to address earlier criticism of the suspicious death.

Harmit Athwal

Editor, IRR News

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