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US 'weighing potential response' to Sony cyber attack

The US government is considering a range of options "in weighing a potential response" to the recent cyber attack on Sony's film division, the White House National Security Council has said.

A statement from the council said the FBI is now leading the investigation into the attacks, and is working to bring those behind it to justice.

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Mental health reforms to lay down new rules for police

Teenagers with mental health problems will no longer be able to be held in police cells under sweeping reforms due to be announced today.

Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to reveal an overhaul of mental health laws in England and Wales.

The review is also expected to reduce the maximum length of detention from 72 to 24 hours Credit: PA

It comes after a senior Devon and Cornwall Police officer complained the force had had to hold a 16-year-old girl with mental health problems in a cell for two days because there was no hospital bed available anywhere in the UK.

The review is also expected to reduce the maximum length of detention of someone in mental distress from 72 hours to 24, and to change guidance so that police cells can only be used for adults when their behaviour becomes so extreme that they cannot be managed elsewhere.

Mental health campaigners have welcomed the move, but warned more beds are needed if the reforms are to be effective.

Police blame 'organisational failure' in Savile handling

'Organisational failure' - not misconduct - was to blame for failures in officers' handling of allegations against Jimmy Savile, police chiefs have claimed.

It comes after an investigation into North Yorkshire Police's handling of claims by the force's professional standards department found relevant information was not passed on to HM Inspectorate of Constabularies or the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission).

'Organisational failure' is blamed for failures in officers' handling of allegations against Jimmy Savile Credit: PA

Asst Ch Cons Paul Kennedy said the department was now continuing to investigate further issues surrounding investigations into Savile and his friend, then-Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli, during the 80s.

[The investigation] concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct but there was evidence of organisational failure, with a number of lessons to be learned which have now been rectified for the future.

Whilst there were failings to report some relevant information to the HMIC and IPCC, there is no evidence to suggest North Yorkshire Police failed in its responsibility to support Operation Yewtree, the national investigation concerning Savile.

– ACC Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police

The IPCC has already announced that one serving detective sergeant has been served with a misconduct notice and is under investigation.

FBI warning of more cyber attacks over The Interview

The FBI has released a warning to other businesses and theatres associated with as-yet unreleased comedy film The Interview could be targeted in cyber attacks.

A private document reportedly states that "anyone associated with the production, distribution and promotion" of the film "could possibly become the target of cyber attacks."

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Police chiefs' 'great regret' as Savile victims get no justice

Police chiefs in North Yorkshire have expressed their "great regret" that they will not be able to get justice for the victims of Jimmy Savile and his friend after officers missed opportunities to pursue them while alive.

It comes as the region's police force issued an apology to those attacked and abused by Savile and then-Mayor of Scarborough Peter Jaconelli for failing to prosecute the pair in the past.

An investigation found there would have been Credit: PA

Asst Ch Cons Paul Kennedy said an investigation had found there would have been "sufficient evidence" to consider charging the two men.

The available information indicates that, historically, the police missed opportunities to look into allegations against these men whilst they were still alive.

North Yorkshire Police apologises to the victims who made the brave decision to come forward during the past 18 months.

It is important that the victims have been able to make their allegations heard, and that their cases have been comprehensively examined by the police, regardless of the passage of time.

It is a matter of great regret that, from the outset of the investigation, there was no prospect of true justice being achieved as the suspects are deceased.

However, I hope the victims have gained a measure of closure from knowing that matters have now been investigated as fully as possible.

– ACC Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police

Sony cyber attack was 'state-sponsored by North Korea'

A cyber attack on Sony's film division was a "state-sponsored" attack by North Korea, Reuters news agency has reported, citing US government sources.

Officials say the White House was debating whether to publicly announce the findings by federal investigators.

The Interview stars James Franco and Seth Rogen Credit: Reuters

It comes after the company announced it was cancelling the theatrical release of comedy The Interview, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, after hackers threatened a "bitter fate" for anyone who went to see the film.

A string of major US movie theatre chains pulled out of showing the film in the wake of the threats.

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