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Sounds like a case for AC-12: Cressida Dick and MET Police Corruption

Like most of the nation, I binged-watched Line of Duty, a gripping drama about police corruption. Centred around the investigations of AC-12, an internal anti-corruption unit, Superintendent Hastings is on the lookout for ‘bent coppers.’ The show is a success because the public are intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes of a police force, but also due to the many dramatic scenes. I have not heard of a single person who did not enjoy the show and was not trying to figure out who ‘H’ was. You do have to wonder where Jed Mercurio, the creator of the show, got his inspiration from. While some storylines are inspired by real events, I would have thought a television drama would make things seem worse than reality. However, a report was recently released which branded the Metropolitan Police “institutionally corrupt,” something they deny, of course. So, what was this enquiry all about? Set up in 2013 by Theresa May, the independent enquiry reviewed the investigation of the 1987 murder of Daniel Morgan in a South …

#NotAllMen is a pathetic call for validation for not assaulting women

Written by Trinity Barnatt It’s 10pm and I’m walking home alone after finishing my shift at work. There’s a man walking towards me. He’s about 6ft. Dark hair. Caucasian. Roads too busy I can’t cross it. I get my keys from my pocket and hold them between my fingers. My heart starts racing as he walks towards me. Maybe I should have got on the phone to someone. Anxiety builds in my chest as he gets closer and closer and closer… A wave of relief runs through me as he walks past me. Sarah Everard never felt that wave of relief. For anyone unfamiliar with the recent case of Sarah Everard, she went missing last week after walking home from a friend’s house in south London. Since then, her body has been found and a serving police officer arrested on the suspicion of her murder. While Sarah Everard’s case is devastating, that is not what shocked me. What shocked me was the response: #NotAllMen trending on twitter. In response to a callous crime, thousands of …

“Crisis point” in student education as hopes of fee refunds are dashed by universities minister

Written by Ed Morrison Last week, in response to a question about tuition fee refunds from a red-faced Piers Morgan, the universities minister, Michelle Donelan, exclaimed: “We set the maximum level of tuition fees and it is up to universities to then decide what they are going to charge.” Donelan’s OIA level advice rejects any proposal for the government to pay students compensation for their undervalued tuition and is a bitter pill to swallow for those, like myself, who felt reinvigorated and hopeful that change was on the horizon, especially after a government petition for reduced tuition fees received over 550,000 signatures. In light of this, it is perhaps unsurprising that this latest government advice has fallen on deaf ears among students, who feel sick and tired at the treatment they have received this academic year. These views are expressed in a new poll by the University of Leicester Students’ Union as part of a new ‘Tuition Fees Campaign.’ Organised by the SU President, Mia Nembhard, she hopes it will “help get as many students …