10 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS
Passion Islam I June 2010
Cameron to ‘minimize’ immigrants to UK
the coalition government released the full text of the official agreement on May 21.
The government’s newly
launched coalition program seeks to impose “new measures to minimize abuse of the immigration system, for example via student routes, and will tackle human trafficking as a priority,” although it believes “immigration has enriched our culture and strengthened our economy,” AHN reported.
New British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will impose an annual limit on the number of non- EU immigrants admitted into Britain, a report says. According to All Headline News (AHN), the cap on the number of
immigrants coming into Britain is likely to affect Indian professionals along with trade and industry in the country.
The Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats had already agreed on the issue in principal, but
The Conservative Party hopes the new policy will reduce the total number of immigrants to Britain, which now stands at around 150,000, to the level of the 1990s, around 70,000.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 4.9 million people who live in Britain, 8.3 percent of the total population, were born overseas. This is more than double the 2.1 million (4.2 percent) in 1951.
South Yorkshire policeman guilty of racial abuse
A South Yorkshire Police officer is facing a misconduct hearing after being found guilty of racially abusing a Sheffield taxi driver who refused to take him home after a night out. PC Paul Dawson, aged 28, was convicted by magistrates of using racially threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour following a trial.
He was fined £250 at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £400 in costs.
PC Dawson was charged by
South Yorkshire Police after Sheffield taxi driver Abdul Rafiq filed an official complaint about his behaviour. Mr Rafiq, aged 30, of Ecclesall, contacted the police to complain he had been racially abused when he
stopped to pick up the officer and some pals from Carver Street in Sheffield city centre.
He claimed the PC, of Chaffinch Mews, Gateford, near Worksop, used offensive racist language when he refused to take him home without receiving a payment first. Mr Rafiq said he asked the passengers to pay the £30 fare upfront before he would set off to drive the 20 miles to Worksop, but claimed they would not hand any money over and racially abused him. The taxi driver said: “I was furious and did not want him to be able to get away with talking to me like that.” Mr Rafiq later discovered a mobile in his cab, which he identified as belonging to PC Dawson after finding
a picture of the officer in his uniform stored on the handset.
The PC later rang his missing telephone and left a voicemail message on it for the cab driver, which was examined by his bosses. He denied the allegations when quizzed by police, but was charged after an investigation involving the professional standards department. PC Dawson has been suspended from work on full pay since the complaint was made in May last year. A police spokeswoman said: “PC Dawson remains suspended from duty and will face a misconduct hearing in due course. The full range of disciplinary sanctions would be available at any hearing.”
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