By Maria Ahmed, Clare Jerrom. Shirley Kumar and Amy
Swimming lesson trial collapses
The trial of a swimming teacher charged over the drowning of a
four-year-old girl with special needs in a swimming pool has
Emma Farrar, a pupil at Park school in Blackpool, drowned at nearby
Woodlands school in November 2001.
Woodlands swimming instructor Pauline Mills of Newton in Lancashire
was cleared yesterday when the prosecution at Preston Crown Court
offered no further evidence and the judge told the jury to return a
verdict of not guilty to a manslaughter charge.
Source:- The Guardian Friday 15 October page 14
Secret texts that ask 15-year-olds: Did you take your Pill
Family campaigners have condemned a scheme inviting teenage girls
to sign up for a mobile texting service reminding them to take
their contraceptive pill, saying it raises “huge moral and
South Birmingham Primary Care Trust has reportedly invested
£5,000 in the scheme sending messages for up to 300 teenage
girls aged 15-21.
Source:- The Daily Mail Friday 15 October 2004 page 4
Force workers to boost skills, urges Milburn aide
Workers should be forced to attend training to improve their skills
according to the special advisor to Alan Milburn, Labour’s
general election co-ordinator.
Patrick Diamond also suggests penalties to individuals who fail to
attend parenting, childcare or literacy programmes.
Source:- The Guardian Friday 15 October 2004 page 1
Patients receive out-of-hours guarantee from health
The NHS guaranteed every patient in England the right to a home
visit by a GP in the case of genuine need.
The move follows strengthening its quality standards for
out-of-hours medical care.
Source:- The Guardian Friday 15 October 2004 page 8
Noise ‘police’ to fine offenders on the
Complaints about noisy neighbours in Edinburgh are to be tackled by
a dedicated team of wardens.
Edinburgh Council is planning a £1 million crackdown by
creating a team of environmental wardens who will have the power to
issue on-the-spot fines of £100.
The team will begin work with complaints to the police from
Source:- The Scotsman Friday 15 October
Teenage asylum seekers back in Dungavel as bail
A group of teenage asylum seekers were returned to Dungavel
detention centre yesterday after their bail application was
Mirela Tinichigui, who has an 18-month-old baby, and her sister and
two brothers attended the Immigration Court where a request for
them to be bailed was heard.
The four Romanians have been held at Dungavel for almost two weeks
under suspicion of making repeated applications for asylum under
During this period, Mirela was separated from her child Michael who
is in the care of social services.
Source:- The Scotsman Friday 15 October
Disabled workers in protest
A protest outside Edinburgh’s city chambers was held today by
blind and disabled workers campaigning against plans by the
BlindCraft factory to axe 40 staff.
City officials have recommended that BlindCraft slashes its
workforce of 66 disabled people to just 37 and a further 12 of its
42 able-bodied workers would also lose their jobs.
The move comes amid fears that the factory would have to close
completely after external consultants were last month drafted in to
evaluate the struggling business, which suffered an operating
deficit of £2.18 million last year.
Source:- Evening News Thursday 14 October
Move to transform social housing into
Europe’s largest social landlord yesterday told residents
they wanted to transform local housing to create beautiful and
Under a consultation exercise on Glasgow Housing
Association’s neighbourhood renewal programme launched by the
deputy communities minister Johann Lamont, tenants are being given
the chance to comment on the next stage of the evolution.
Glasgow Housing Association’s chief executive Michael Lennon said
the association wanted to look for a mix of housing types and aim
to “create beauty in these neighbourhoods”.
Source:- The Herald Thursday 15 October
Children’s services guide published
A set of guidance giving parents a clear idea of what they can
expect from children’s services in Wales is published
The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and
Maternity Services sets out guidelines for local authorities,
health boards and the Assembly Government.
Source:- Western Mail Friday 15 October page 3
Ex-carer cleared of ill-treating patients
An ex-carer has been cleared of ill-treating two people with mental
health problems at Mold Crown Court.
Mary Violet Doreen Williams told the jury that she liked the men
she cared for and that she had loved her job.
Source:- Western Mail Friday 15 October page 7