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Today: Thursday 11th March

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Police forces in England and Wales are not doing enough to tackle anti-social behaviour, according to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary. And three Labour MPs and a Conservative peer are due in court to face charges relating to their Parliamentary expenses.

Police forces in England and Wales are failing to adequately record and tackle anti-social behaviour and this is undermining public confidence, according to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor. Professor Gloria Laycock, director of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London, and Sharon Hodgkinson, a local community campaigner from Bolton, examine how much responsibility the police should have in tackling anti-social behaviour.

Authorities in Sheffield have apologised for failing to protect to two women who were repeatedly abused and raped by their father for nearly three decades, bearing seven of his children. The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed in November 2008. Joanna Nicolas, child protection consultant and trainer of social workers, discusses social services' handling of alleged incest cases.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

A controversial application to build a mosque near the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst was rejected last night. The plans, which were approved in January, have divided the normally quiet Surrey commuter belt. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge met those involved at the meeting last night.

The Conservatives have unveiled their technology manifesto, promising to extend superfast broadband to most of the country. The proposals would be paid for using the BBC's licence fee. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones outlines the Tories' technology ambitions.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Survivors of the latest outbreak of violence between Muslims and Christians in central Nigeria have been giving horrifying accounts of what happened. In the early hours of Sunday morning, gangs of men armed with guns, machetes and cutlasses walked into villages near the city of Jos and attacked Christian farmers, killing more than 100 people. Caroline Duffield reports from one of the villages affected by the violence.

Details of a possible multi-billion pound high-speed rail line running from London to Birmingham will be announced by the government today. The Conservatives recently refused to look at an advance copy of the plans because they said they wanted to avoid a "cosy political consensus." Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Norman Baker and Shaun Spiers from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, discuss how to reconcile the benefits of large national projects with local objections.

The paper review.

The Financial Services Authority has published a review of the risks that banks face in the coming few years, requiring £440bn to repay debts. Business editor Robert Peston explains how banks will find the necessary funds.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui from the University of Glasgow.

The former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Guthrie has called for a ruthless prioritisation of defence commitments, stating that the Army should be the priority for resources in the Strategic Defence Review. Lord Guthrie made the comments at a lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies last night. Lord Guthrie explains his recommendations for an overhaul of the defence budget.

More than 700 secondary schools from around Britain are creating television, radio and written reports as part of the BBC News School report day. The work will be published on the BBC website. Students from Villiers School in West London who have been reporting on the Haiti earthquake, speak to two young Haitians, 14 year old Francisco and 12 year old Bernaldo, about the disaster.

The Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor, has accused police forces of failing to properly record and tackle anti-social behaviour. Mr O'Connor said the failings were undermining public confidence in the police. His comments came as the Inspectorate published report cards on each of the 43 constabularies in England and Wales. Mr O'Connor and Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, debate the police's approach to anti-social behaviour.

Have you ever heard of webimar, undercapacitated, or tonality? The Local Government Association (LGA) will today publish a list of 250 words of jargon which it says council staff should not use when talking to the public. The LGA's chair, Dame Margaret Eaton, comments on the use of jargon in public sector agencies.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The practice of bringing in people from outside parliament in order to make them ministers, known as GOATS, should be exceptional and subject to greater scrutiny, according to a cross-party group of MPs. The Public Administration Committee says that such appointments have increased in recent years and that prime ministers should have to explain them to the Commons. Tony Wright MP, chair of the committee, and Lord Digby Jones, a former GOAT and former CBI director general, comment on whether there should be a limit to GOATS' role in parliament.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Funding social care for the elderly has taken centre stage on the political agenda in the run-up to the general election. James Lloyd, senior research fellow at the Social Market Foundation, examines a range of options for funding care.

The number of armed forces veterans in the UK seeking help for psychological problems has surged, according to the charity Combat Stress. It found that there has been a 66% rise in the number of veterans seeking assistance since 2005. James, a former Lance Bombardier and Gulf War I veteran, describes his experience of psychological injury.

The Basra Memorial Wall which carries the names of British troops killed in Operation Telic, is being re-dedicated today at the National Memorial Arboretum. Ben Godfrey reports from the unveiling.

Women who chose to stay at home and be mothers are enjoying less influence on policy than women who chose to go out to work, according to research conducted by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). Christine Odone, writer and research fellow at the CPS and Yvonne Roberts, senior associate at the Young Foundation, debate whether ordinary women are becoming alienated from the political sphere.



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