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Calls for introduction of immigration detention cap

Calls have been made for an immigration detention cap to be introduced that will restrict the holding of detainees to a maximum of 28 days.

The recommendations for a detention cap are highlighted in a report, produced by a cross-party group of MPs and peers, which suggests Home Office officials are "failing to follow guidance" on using immigration detention sparingly and for the shortest period possible.

Yarl's Wood asylum seeker detention centre in north Bedfordshire Credit: REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Conservative MP David Burrowes, a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on refugees and on Migration (APPG) who produced the report, said an "urgent rethink" of the current detention system was needed.

He said: "The lack of a time limit is resulting in people being locked up for months and, in some cases, several years purely for administrative reasons.

"While there is a need to properly control our borders, people who arrive by fair means or foul must also be treated with dignity and respect throughout the immigration process."

Currently the UK is the only EU country not to have an upper time limit on detention, a factor which the APPG suggest has "significant mental health costs" for detainees.


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Former Derby County manager Dave Mackay has died

Former Derby County footballer and manager Dave Mackay has died aged 80.

Dave Mackay Credit: Barratts/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

During his playing days Mackay won the double with Tottenham Hotspur during an illustrious playing career, and later won the league with Derby as a manager in 1975.

He also managed Nottingham Forest, Walsall and Birmingham City.

Spurs confirmed the news in an official statement on their website, saying that the ex-midfielder passed away at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham on Monday.

He also represented Scotland 22 times, and was described by George Best as: “The hardest man I have ever played against – and certainly the bravest.”

John Major: Killing Nemtsov will not silence his message

Former UK Prime Minister John Major has warned that anyone who believed the murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov would silence his message had made "a very serious error".

Paying tribute to the opposition party member, who was shot four times in the back by a mystery killer, Mr Major told ITV News that he met Nemtsov in the 90s and had always admired the principles for which he fought.

He stood for the rule of law, he stood for freedom of speech, in a word he stood for liberty. And the things he stood against were very important as well - aggression, repression and corruption.

And if anyone believes that his voice will be silenced by his murder, then I believe they have made a very serious error.

– John Major, former UK Prime Minister

Commissioner: Treatment of abuse victims needs to change

The Children's Commissioner for England has said the worrying number of abuse victims who have reportedly been neglected indicates a real need for change in the way such cases are handled.

Anne Longfield told BBC Breakfast: "I think this is a very clear and symbolic signal that things need to change.

"We can't have this situation where children suffering one of the most horrendous crimes you can think of, as young as 11 or 12, are being systematically ignored if they present to you. The firm message here is that professionals must respond."


Hundreds of mourners gather to pay respects to Nemtsov

Hundreds of people have begun queuing outside a Moscow museum to bid farewell to murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov.

Queues of people snake across the pavement outside the museum Credit: ITV News

Queues of people snaked across the pavement outside the Sakharov Centre museum this morning, where security has been tightened as Nemtsov's body lies in state for four hours before being taken for burial.

Nemtsov, aged 55, was shot four times in the back by drive-by killers on Friday as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River in Moscow.

Candles have been lit in the politician's honour Credit: ITV News

Security tightened for funeral of murdered Nemtsov

Mourners will be able to pay their respects to murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov today as his body lies in state ahead of his funeral.

Nemtsov, an open critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot four times in the back by drive-by killers on Friday as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River in Moscow.

Security has been tightened around the museum where Nemtsov's body is lying in state Credit: Reuters

Security has been tightened around the Sakharov Centre museum this morning, where Nemtsov's body will lie in state for four hours being being taken for burial.

Metal security barriers, police cars and vans surrounded the area.

Thousands of people staged a memorial march through central Moscow at the weekend in his honour.

Kid high-fives Prince William as Royal joins in football practice

Prince William was on the receiving end of a double high-five today as one excited child came dashing across a football pitch to greet him during a Royal tour of a football training camp in China today.

The prince who was visiting a training camp in Shanghai, where schoolchildren learn football skills from coaches trained by England's Premier League, even stopped to kick a ball with the youngster following his enthusiastic greeting.

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