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GOVT CONSIDERS PROPOSALS TO ALERT RESIDENTS OVER SEX OFFENDERS

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Home secretary Michael Howard has indicated he is seriously considering proposals for notifying residents when a co...
Home secretary Michael Howard has indicated he is seriously considering proposals for notifying residents when a convicted sex offender moved into a neighbourhood.

Meanwhile, the government has conceded that the planting of police surveillance devices should require prior judicial approval, reports the Financial Times (p8).

The bill originally formalised the procedure by which operations are authorised by a chief police officer and scrutinised by a judge only after the device has been planted.

After suffering two Lords defeats, Michael Howard has been forced to table Commons amendments requiring prior judicial authorisation.
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