Friday 20 December 2002

By Amy Taylor, Nicola Barry and Alex

Parents implore Danielle’s uncle to surrender her

The parents of the murdered schoolgirl Danielle Jones yesterday
implored her “violent and obsessed” uncle Stuart Campbell to reveal
where he has hidden her body.

Campbell, a self-employed builder, gave no sign of breaking his
silence as he started a life sentence.

He was a predatory paedophile who preyed on dozens of girls, and
had convictions going back 30 years.

Source:-The Times Friday 20 December page 1

Burglars should not be jailed, says law

In an attempt to lower the prison population, the Lord Chief
Justice yesterday told judges and magistrates that burglars should
not be sent to prison.

Lord Woolf urged the courts to give probation and community
service sentences to thousands of burglars who would otherwise go
to prison.

Rather than going to prison, burglars facing a sentence of up to
18 months should be given a non-custodial sentence supervised by
the probation service, he said.

Source:-The Times Friday 20 December page 1

Game’s up for lottery panel in the asylum handouts

The National Lottery fund criticised for giving away over
£60 million to asylum seekers and refugees, is to be

The Community Fund is to be swallowed up by another distributing
body after ticket sales plunged by more than 100,000 when people
became aware of where the money was going.

Now plans to give more money to groups assisting migrants are to
be scrapped as officials agree a programme of grants to other

Source:- Daily Mail Friday 20 December page 1

Life for ‘cherish the blood’ killers

Three racist Asian men who bludgeoned and hacked a teenager to
death in Peterborough because he was white, were yesterday jailed
for life.

Shaied Nazir, Ahmed Ali Awan, and Sarfraz Ali, murdered Ross
Parker as he walked along a footpath with his girlfriend 10 days
after the September 11 attacks.

The 17-year-old, who the gang didn’t know, was beaten with a
hammer and stabbed with a 12-inch hunting knife.

Source:- Daily Mail Friday 20 December page 20

Two car thieves guilty of killing a father

Two car thieves who murdered a man when he caught them outside
his home were facing a life sentence yesterday.

Father-of-two Kevin Jackson was stabbed through the head with a
screwdriver when he chased after the thieves.

Raees Khan and Rangzaib Akhtar showed no emotion when a jury at
Leeds crown court found them guilty of murder.

Source:- Daily Mail Friday 20 December page 37

No tuition fees if students work in public sector, hints

Students who go into public sector jobs will be exempt from the
government’s proposed increases in tuition fees Tony Blair suggests

The prime minister describes this as one of the benefits of the
“more flexible” system the government will introduce when it
announces its review of higher education funding next month.

The plans also include allowing elite universities to charge
higher fees.

Source:- The Telegraph Friday 20 December page 8

Tony Blair interview

Public services: it’s about choice

Prime minister insists that genuine equality can only be brought
about by offering the poor greater diversity

Source:- The Guardian Friday 20 December page 4

Targets ‘They were a rod for our back to make sure we
were as bold as could be’

Tony Blair admitted yesterday that the government’s targets for
improving the public services have become a rod for their back, but
insisted that they were always intended to act as a spur.

Source:- The Guardian Friday 20 December page 4

Scottish newspapers

Minister’s new targets on young

New targets have been set by the Scottish executive for
frontline agencies battling the problem of persistent offending by
young people in Scotland.

Police, social work departments, the crown office and voluntary
bodies will collaborate to speed up the time it takes for a young
person to progress through the justice system and receive the most
effective treatment for their case.

Source:- The Herald Friday 20 December page 6

Christmas dread for homeless

One in six Britons dread Christmas, but the figure is
dramatically higher for homeless people, says the charity

More than half of all homeless people polled dreaded Christmas,
with almost one third having to spend it alone.

Source:- The Herald Friday 20 December page 4

Welsh newspapers

Blow for health service shake-up

Plans to change the way that the NHS in Wales is run could cost
millions more than expected.

Health minister Jane Hutt’s drive to restructure the
service was dealt a major blow following a warning from
Wales’ top financial watchdog about the amount of money that
would be needed for the planned changes.

In a letter to the head of the NHS in Wales, Ann Lloyd, auditor
general Sir John Bourn says that there could be “major
uncertainties” with many of the estimated transitional and running

He also warns about the cost of housing the 22 new local health
boards that will replace the existing five health authorities.

Source:- South Wales Echo Thursday 19 December page

‘Honeytrap’ abuser jailed for ten

A south Wales man who abused children after turning his home
into a ‘honeytrap’ has been jailed for 10 years.

Dennis Joy, of Cwmbran, had pleaded guilty to rape, gross
indecency, 16 counts of indecent assault and two counts of allowing
premises to be used for intercourse.

Judge David Morris at Newport crown court said that Joy had set
up his home as an enticement to young children who were allowed to
smoke and drink and engage in sexual activity, with which Joy
joined in.

He added that Joy posed a continuing threat to children.

Source:- South Wales Argus Thursday 19 December page

16-year-old boy gets life sentence

A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to life yesterday for kidnapping
a six-year-old girl and attempting to rape and murder her.

The boy who was 15 at the time of the attack abducted the girl
from near her home dragged her into woodland and tried to rape her.
He then covered her half naked body with leaves believing that he
had murdered her.

Judge John Griffiths at Cardiff crown court ordered that the boy
should be registered as a sex offender for life, and said the
parole board would not consider his case until he had served at
least four-and-a-half years.

Source:- Western Mail Friday 20 December page 1

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