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Police to be given new powers to seize Internet data

Police are to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles.

Police are set to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details. Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill will oblige internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information linking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to individual users.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the measure would boost national security.

She said: "The Bill provides the opportunity to resolve the very real problems that exist around IP resolution and is a step in the right direction towards bridging the overall communications data capability gap.

"It is a matter of national security and we must keep on making the case for the Communications Data Bill until we get the changes we need."

However, the Lib Dems insisted that legislation - branded the "Snooper's Charter" - was "dead and buried".

Vodafone 'monitoring' 111 and 101 services after fault

Vodafone have said they will continue to monitor 111 and 101 phoneline services after a technical issue caused the non-emergency helplines to stop working this morning.

A spokesman for the phone company said: "We will continue to monitor the services closely and will be carrying out a full investigation into the issue. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

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Police: National 101 line problem has been resolved

The technical problem that brought down the 101 non-emergency police number has now been resolved, Staffordshire Police have tweeted.

Police Scotland also experiencing 101 difficulties

Scottish police are also experiencing problems with the forces non-emergency 101 number.

Police Scotland's official twitter account posted:

Police: Do not ring 999 unless it is an emergency

The Metropolitan Police have urged the public not to dial 999 while they cannot get through to the 101 non-emergency line.

The Met have posted details of how to contact them on their Twitter feed, as have various other police forces around the country.

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NHS 111 phone line also down due to technical fault

The NHS 111 helpline is currently down due to a technical problem.

Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group, which runs NHS services in Essex, has tweeted advising people to call 0300 0200 155 for non-urgent health advice.

People with concerns can also visit the NHS Choices website.

Police services say 101 line is down

The 101 emergency phone line is not working due to a technical fault, police forces around the country are reporting.

At least nine different police forces have now tweeted that the line is down.

Humberside Police said the fault lay with "some kit in Birmingham" which is "being worked on".

Watchdog to examine police handling of CEOP intelligence

IPCC deputy chair Sarah Green said it will examine how three police forces handled intelligence given to them by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP):

There is rightly considerable public concern about how police forces deal with sexual offences involving children.

The IPCC takes this issue seriously and proactively contacted all forces and asked them to review their handling of intelligence to determine the scale of any issues.

Our investigations will examine carefully how intelligence from CEOP was dealt with by these three forces.

– Sarah Green, IPCC
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