By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Derren Hayes and Amy
Discredited paediatrician Sir Roy Meadow is appealing against a
General Medical Council decision to strike him off, it emerged last
Confirming his High Court appeal, the GMC said he was fighting both
the panel’s decision and punishment.
Source:- The Daily Mirror Thursday August 18 2005 page
No wonder we’re a nation of bingers…
Pubs and clubs are still fuelling binge drinking by offering
potentially deadly quantities of cut-price booze.
Source:- The Daily Mirror Thursday August 18, 2005 page
Tramp killer jailed
A man was given two life sentences for attacks that left one
homeless man dead and another disabled.
Kenneth Smith, 20, from Andover, was “out of control”
on drink and drugs when he murdered Lalji Joshi, 64, and tried to
murder John Fennessey, 43, in Croydon, south London, last
September, the Old Bailey was told.
Source:- The Times Thursday August 18, 2005 page 2
Pub mum left tot
A mum left her 18-month-old daughter home alone to go on an
all-night booze bender, Exeter magistrates heard yesterday.
The 29-year-old downed four halves of lager and a bottle of wine
before leaving the child asleep in her cot. She admitted child
Source:- The Sun Thursday 18 August 2005 page 17
Police were last night hunting a gang of “hoodies”
after the death of a mother beaten up at a bus stop.
Tracey Cullum, 31, was punched in the face in Birmingham after
telling off the thugs for queue jumping.
The attack triggered a blood clot, which went undetected until she
collapsed six weeks later.
Source:- The Sun Thursday 18 August 2005 page 22
Racists in attack on nurse
A nurse has fled the UK with her baby after being subject to
vicious racist attacks.
Editha Vargas and her husband were targeted by thugs after being
recruited to work in a Liverpool hospital.
Source:- The Sun Thursday 18 August 2005 page 24
Sun launches campaign to shop Asbo breakers with a new hotline for
the public to ring.
Source:- The Sun Thursday 18 August 2005 page 29
Death in custody reignites anger
The death of a 32-year-old Paul Croker alone in a police cell in
Plumstead, London has triggered outrage in an area where police and
community relations are defined by events following the murder of
Having been restrained by officers and arrested for causing a
breach of the peace, he died within two hours of his arrival at the
Source:- The Guardian Thursday 18 August 2005 page 7
Care home rules to be tightened
Tighter regulations to protect older people being overcharged by
care homes were promised yesterday by the government in response to
a damning report from the Office of Fair Trading.
Consumer minister Gerry Sutcliffe proposed a one-stop shop to
provide clear information to help older people and their relatives
choose suitable residential or nursing homes.
Source:- The Guardian Thursday 18 August 2005 page
New Deal jobs campaign faces cash crisis
The New Deal programme appeared to be in crisis after it emerged
yesterday that some Jobcentre Plus offices had dramatically
overspent their budgets.
Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 18 August 2005 page
Police target teenage troublemakers
Special police squads have been set up to target antisocial young
An extra 36 officers have been drafted in to form youth action
teams to deal with the problem in Edinburgh.
They will provide rapid response to reports of youth disorder and
mount patrols in known hotspots or problem areas.
Source:- The Herald Thursday 18 August
Council to create Big Brother-style ‘diary room’ for
Angus Council is planning to set up a Big Brother-style video diary
room in a unit for homeless teenagers in an effort to get useful
feedback from the young tenants.
The diary room will be used to record suggestions on how the
authority’s homelessness strategy can be improved and to help
identify gaps in the service delivery.
But the 17 residents of the unit will be banned from using the
video diary simply to complain about staff members, other tenants
or their accommodation.
Source:- The Scotsman Thursday 18 August
Travellers’ clean-up bill is over £2, 000
More than £2, 500 has been spent on cleaning up after
travellers who set up an illegal camp on a school playing field in
The field next to Hawarden High School was left strewn with rubbish
including plastic bags, soiled nappies and a burnt out
The costs will come out of Flintshire tax payers’
Source:- Evening Leader Thursday 18 August