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Director calls for change in how police surveillance is authorised

The Director of the civil liberties organisation 'Big Brother Watch' has called for a change in how police surveillance operations are authorised.

Nick Pickles wants the police to have to get a judge to authorise secret operations, instead of the current framework which allows forces to sign off their own decisions.

He was responding to the news that some Cambridge University students were allegedly subject of a secret undercover operation from Cambridgeshire Police designed to collect intelligence on student demonstrations and protest groups.

Cambridge University students allegedly subject of secret police spy operation

A secret police operation to spy on students at Cambridge University has been uncovered.
A secret police operation to spy on students at Cambridge University has been uncovered. Credit: The Guardian

A secret police operation to spy on students at Cambridge University has been uncovered by the Guardian newspaper.

A covertly recorded film appears to show an unidentified Cambridgeshire officer attempting to recruit an activist in his 20s, to collect intelligence on student demonstrations and protest groups.

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Breastfeeding may reduce risk of Alzheimer's

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Scientists say breastfeeding may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease Credit: PA

Scientists at the University of Cambridge claim mothers who breastfeed may have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers say they've found a very significant correlation between the two. It's believed it may be linked to the way breastfeeding can influence the hormonal balance in women.

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WikiLeaks founder to take part in University debate

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Julian Assange will appear via video-link Credit: PA

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to take part in a Cambridge University debate via video-link from the Ecuadorian embassy.

Mr Assange will speak on a topic yet to be revealed followed by a question-and-answer session at the Cambridge Union Society on Tuesday November 27.

The Cambridge Union Society posted news of the members-only event on Facebook.

President Austin Mahler says: "The Union exists to provide a neutral forum for free speech, where members can explore ideas and pose challenging questions to some of the world's most prominent figures.

"Hosting a speaker does not imply endorsement or disapproval on the part of the Society. We invite people to speak at the Union regardless of their ideology or background."

Mr Assange is seeking asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations of rape and sexual assault.

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