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New data shows Northern Ireland is a world leader in prescription drug use

17 NOVEMBER 2014

NORTHERN Ireland has one of the world’s highest prescription rates for antidepressant medicines according to new research, but fresh questions have emerged over what may be driving the trend.

The analysis, carried out for The Detail and entitled ‘The Script Report’, examined 36 million prescription records from across the UK, including 3.5 million prescriptions written by GPs in Northern Ireland.

It is the first time such prescription records have been released and while they do not identify individual patients, the raw data provided the basis for an international comparison to be carried out.

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Almost two tonnes of metal has been collected from Roselawn Crematorium since 2010

Jewellery, metal hips, gold teeth – why were families not told of cremation recycling scheme?

12 NOVEMBER 2014


ALMOST two tonnes of metal has been collected from the ashes of cremated bodies in Northern Ireland over the last four years as part of a recycling scheme, but bereaved families were not told, The Detail can reveal.

Precious metals including jewellery, gold teeth and fillings, as well as metal hips and nails from coffins are routinely collected from the site of Northern Ireland’s only crematorium in a process that began in 2010.

The materials are shipped to the Netherlands where a specialist company sorts the metals, with some being re-used in the construction of objects as diverse as road signs and aircraft engines.

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"Any type of crime can severely impact on a person’s sense of safety"

What crimes have been reported close to where you live or work?

07 NOVEMBER 2014


OVER 3,050 violent or sexual crimes were reported to the police across Northern Ireland in just one month of this year – equivalent to 102 incidents per day.

The offences include common assaults, grievous bodily harm and sexual offences.

The Detail has mapped all of the crime and anti-social behaviour incidents reported to the PSNI during September of this year. A total of 14,577 were recorded.

Only around a half of crimes are thought to be reported to the police so this only a snapshot of the total crime which takes place in reality.

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Nils Muižnieks Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

UK Government cannot "wash its hands" of legacy of the Troubles

06 NOVEMBER 2014

THE Westminster government cannot devolve the responsibility and the cost of investigating the Troubles to Stormont, a leading European official has said.
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks told a major conference in Belfast today that the deaths, including state killings, took place when Northern Ireland was under Direct Rule from London.
His comments come as reductions in real terms to the block grant from London to Stormont have seen cuts to victims’ groups and forced the police service to effectively close its Historical Enquiries Team (HET) which was investigating killings from the Troubles.

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