Tuesday 4 January 2005

By Maria Ahmed, Amy Taylor and Derren Hayes

Thugs who say ‘sorry’ re-offend

Making criminals say sorry to their victims does nothing to cut
crime, according to a Home Office report. 

A study of 37,000 cases of ‘restorative justice’ found
there was ‘insufficient’ evidence that it was more
effective than traditional cautioning.

Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 4 January 2005 page

Anti-bullying alliance ‘bullies members’

A high-profile government drive to tackle bullying has come under
fire amid claims by a leading anti-bullying charity that it has
been told to sign a gagging clause to be part of the scheme.
Critics, including MPs, have accused the Anti-Bullying Alliance
(ABA), an umbrella group of more than 50 voluntary, private and
professional organisations backed by £570,000 government
funding, of using bullying tactics itself in trying to suppress
criticism. The ABA rejected the claims.

Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 6

Girl’s death ‘may be drug-related’

A teenage girl’s sudden death after a New Year’s Eve
party may have been drug-related, police said yesterday.

Lisa Marie Gardner was taken ill soon after midnight at a
friend’s house after a night out in Plymouth town

Police said they were not ruling out the possibility that the
17-year-old took illegal drugs, possibly ecstasy.

Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 7

Man held on Amy killing freed

Police hunting the killer of a 14-year-old pregnant schoolgirl
found murdered in a Shropshire churchyard on December 27 have
released a man from custody after questioning.

Amy Williams was last seen on Boxing Day after leaving a family
party. Results of tests to determine whether she was sexually
assaulted are due this week.

Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 7

Asylum seekers unite to fight racial abuse

Women involved in support project in Manchester tell stories of
harassment and how they cope while awaiting visa applications

Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 12

Doctors fear alcohol epidemic

An epidemic of alcohol-related problems is afflicting Britain,
according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The college gave
warning yesterday that excessive drinking is the cause of major
problems relating to violence and illness.

Source:- The Times Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 14

Clampdown on fine defaulters

Offenders who fail to pay fines will face the prospect of having
their cars clamped and their wages docked or being put on a credit
blacklist, under a new range of sanctions announced yesterday.
Magistrates’ courts will also be given access to the police
national computer to help them track down fine defaulters with
criminal records.

Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 4 January 2005 page

Scottish newspapers

Making criminals apologise fails to cut re-offending

Restorative justice, when criminals meet their victims to
apologise, has failed to cut reoffending rates, a Home Office study
has revealed.

The programme, which was pioneered by Thames Valley Police, has
been championed by the Scottish executive.

Source:- The Scotsman Tuesday 4 January

Ministers warned over cost of charity law

Some of Scotland’s charities and national arts bodies are
campaigning to change a new bill that would end their charitable
status and cost them millions of pounds.

They say vital development projects will have to be scrapped
because private donors will not give to them unless they
their charity.

Source:- The Herald Tuesday 4 January.

Satellites to track pervs

A satellite device is being used to track paedophiles in tests
by the government.

The system is designed to alert authorities when an offender enters
a high-risk area, such as one containing a school. If successful,
the pilot scheme could be extended from the 12 test subjects to all
of the UK’s 25,000 registered sex offenders.

Source:- The Daily Record Tuesday 4 January.

Welsh newspapers

Teachers criticise drug testing in school

Teaching unions in Wales have criticised the introduction of random
drug testing in a state school in Kent.

Pupils at the Abbey School in Faversham, Kent, will be faced with
the testing when they return from their Christmas holiday.

Anti-drugs campaigners in Wales also condemned the plans.

Source:-Western Mail Tuesday 4 January


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