Organ donation law to come into effect
Mar11

Organ donation law to come into effect

“Yes I donate” NHS organ donor card. Card in hand. The Government has announced that, subject to parliamentary approval, Max and Keira’s Law – the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act – will come into effect on 20th May 2020. From the time the law changes, all adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision to ‘opt out’, or are in one of the...

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Funding secured to tackle rough sleeping
Mar10

Funding secured to tackle rough sleeping

Three local councils have secured funding of £150,000 to continue outreach work for rough sleepers. South Hams District, West Devon Borough and Teignbridge District Councils are all working closely in partnership to provide another year of essential support for rough sleepers. The funding will help to continue the valuable work of three outreach workers helping vulnerable people who sleep rough or at risk of doing so. It will also...

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A woman dies every 36 hours from domestic violence
Mar06

A woman dies every 36 hours from domestic violence

Distressing figures have revealed that a woman or girl is killed in Britain every 36 hours due to domestic violence. The number of female deaths from this type of crime is now at its highest since 2006. Up to March 2019, there were 241 women and girls that were victims of murder or manslaughter during the 12 months previous. This is an increase of 21 from the year before. Of the 214 adult victims, 80 women died at the hands of their...

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Histories and Mysteries: The Devonian General who Restored the Monarchy
Feb26

Histories and Mysteries: The Devonian General who Restored the Monarchy

unknown artist; General George Monck (or Monk), 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608-1670); National Army Museum; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/general-george-monck-or-monk-1st-duke-of-albemarle-16081670-182924 Almost exactly 360 years ago, in the spring of 1660, the new ‘Convention’ Parliament was called. The job of the members was to set in motion the restoration of the monarchy which had been abolished following the Civil War (1642-1651)...

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Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’
Feb21

Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’

The exponential rise in fly-tipping incidents has been blamed on a new type of organised crime network. The network has even been called the ‘new narcotics’. Experts researching the issue have concluded that criminal gangs are setting up fake businesses to collect waste, before dumping it in hired buildings. The cost to local authorities is said to be almost £60m in clean-up costs since 2012. Recent research has found that, across the...

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