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The fee for plastic carrier bags is set to double next year and will be extended to all shops across England, the government has announced.From April 2021, single-use plastic bags will cost 10p – up from the current 5p – and smaller shops will no longer be exempt from the levy.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the announcement followed a public consultation last year in which the “vast majority” of respondents welcomed the changes. The move was welcomed by environmental campaigners, but Greenpeace warned carriers bags were only “part of the problem”.The levy on plastic bags was introduced in England in 2015, and recent figures showed the number of single-use bags distributed by large supermarkets has fallen by more than 95%.The average person now buys just four single-use bags a year, compared to around 140 in 2014.The UK’s beaches have also seen a 60% fall in the number of plastic bags, according to the Marine Conservation Society.Environment secretary George Eustice said: ”The UK is already a world-leader in this global effort, and our carrier bag charge has been hugely successful in taking billions of harmful plastic bags out of circulation.“But we want to go further by extending this to all retailers so we can continue to cut unnecessary waste and build back greener.“I hope our pioneering track record on single-use plastics will inspire many more countries to follow suit, so we can take on plastic waste together and implement lasting change.”Sam Chetan-Welsh, political campaigner at Greenpeace, said: “By raising the price of plastic bags again the Government is taking a small step in the right direction, but by now they should be taking great strides.“Reinstating the previous price of carrier bags, but not taking action on bags for life, is only looking at one part of the problem.“And it could be construed as tokenism when there are so many ways ministers know they could be driving fast and substantial reductions on plastic pollution.“If they’re increasing costs for shoppers, ministers really have no excuse not to increase costs for the companies that are responsible for the escalating volumes of single-use plastic packaging in the first place.”The supermarket giant Morrisons has said it plans to scrap its plastic ‘bags for life’ if a trial scheme offering customers stronger paper bags instead runs smoothly.By removing the bags from shops, the supermarket chain said it would stop 90 million plastic bags being used each year, the equivalent of 3,510 tonnes.But campaigners have argued that bags for life are considerably worse for the environment. Related...
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Six more police officers are being investigated for misconduct in relation to non-official and inappropriate photographs of two sisters who had been stabbed to death in a London park.Two officers, who have not been named, were detained on June 22 on suspicion of misconduct in public office. They were released under investigation and suspended from duty, and an investigation was launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).This has now been completed and the IOPC has sent a report to the Met, which the Directorate of Professional Standards is now reviewing. Advice will also be sought from the Crown Prosecution Service.On Tuesday, the Met announced that during the investigation further possible misconduct matters came to light, and the IOPC have advised six additional officers that they are under investigation for misconduct in relation to the inappropriate and non-official photographs.In addition, possible misconduct unrelated to the Wembley incident, and involving a small number of officers, has been identified by the IOPC. It relates to honesty and integrity, and equality and diversity.None of these officers have been suspended.IOPC director for London Sal Naseem said he was “deeply concerned” by the investigation’s findings.Danyal Hussein, 18, of Guy Barnett Grove in south-east London, was charged with the murder of Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, on 2 July. He was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon. The family of the victims have spoken of the “devastating impact” of their loss after their bodies were found next to each other on June 7 at Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north-west London.Scotland Yard said its directorate of professional standards was informed of allegations that “non-official and inappropriate photographs” had been taken at the crime scene, it emerged at the end of June.The IOPC said the pictures were allegedly “shared with a small number of others”, adding that the Met was “handling matters involving those members of the public who may have received those images”. In a statement on Tuesday, Naseem said: “I am deeply concerned by the issues emerging from our investigation.“Policing is founded on community consent, confidence and cooperation. The public have a right to expect high standards of professional behaviour from police. These allegations, if true, breach that trust and may point to more serious issues around the organisational culture, which we will also be looking at.“The evidence we have seen provides a salient reminder to all police officers to take responsibility for addressing wrongdoing and upholding professional standards in their own ranks, and their obligation to speak out if they see unacceptable behaviour.”Speaking in June, Met commander Paul Brogden said: “I am horrified and disgusted by the nature of these allegations; a sentiment which will be shared by colleagues throughout the organisation.“If true, these actions are morally reprehensible, and anyone involved will be robustly dealt with.“This deeply disturbing information will no doubt have created additional trauma for a family who are already grieving the devastating loss of two loved ones.“I can only start to imagine the impact of this; and I’d like to sincerely apologise to them for this further burden.“I know that the wider community will share our shock and repulsion at these allegations and whilst our focus remains with Bibaa and Nicole’s family we are also listening to the concerns our communities and key stakeholders will want to raise about these allegations.”Related...
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