Friday 16 September 2005

By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Sally Gillen and Amy

Jetskier Asbo

A jetskier accused of endangering swimmers by weaving in and out
of them has become the first in the country to have an Asbo slapped
on him at Gosport, Hants.

Source:- The Mirror Friday 16 September 2005 page

Tragic Scott hanged acting out Disney movie

Scott Buckle, 12, from Swansea, hanged himself while trying to
copy Hollywood star Johnny Depp escaping death in the hit movie
Pirates of the Caribbean.

Source:- The Mirror Friday 16 September 2005 page

Refugee dad died for his son

The 13-year-old son of a failed asylum has been taken into care
after his father handed himself at a detention centre on the day he
was due to be deported.

Angolan Manuel Brava, 35, was found early yesterday in the cell he
and his son Antonio shared at Yarl’s Wood, Beds. Friends in
Leeds said he had killed himself to help his son remain in the

Source:- The Mirror Friday 16 September 2005 page

Sex offender fugitive

A British film-maker who fled during his trial on child sex
charges was convicted in his absence yesterday.

David Anderson, 64, was found guilty at Gloucester crown court on
10 sexual assault and indecency charges involving a girl aged

Source:- The Mirror Friday 16 September 2005 page

Childminder escapes jail for racial assault on

A childminder who crayoned the word “nigger” on the
forehead of a two-year-old girl in her care narrowly escaped jail
yesterday after a judge accepted pleas that she was “ignorant
rather than evil”.

Fay Stockley, 57, was told by the recorder of Derby that she had
done a “wicked thing” which most people would consider
deserved a prison sentence. But he suspended a six-month term for a
year on the grounds that she had not understood the nastiness of
what she had done.

Source:- The Mirror Friday 16 September 2005 page 8

Welfare ‘promote child poverty’

Labour’s welfare policies are promoting child poverty
because they do not encourage parents to stay together, a
think-tank claimed yesterday.

In a controversial report – which was dismissed as
“garbage” by the Treasury – Civitas said
“the high rates of child poverty in Britain are a result of
the tax and benefit policies pursued by Tony Blair’s

Source:- The Daily Telegraph Friday 16 September 2005
page 2

Teacher cleared of assaulting disruptive

Willem van Trotsenburg, a senior teacher who was suspended for
almost a year from a Norfolk High School after a persistently
disruptive pupil accused him of assaulting her was cleared of any
wrongdoing by a court yesterday.

Source:- The Daily Telegraph Friday 16 September 2005
page 2

Sacked doctor in racial bias case is awarded

A hospital consultant dismissed after amassing evidence against
her bosses for a racial discrimination claim has won the second
highest payout from an employment tribunal.

Feyi Awontona, 50, was awarded £1.6 million after a tribunal
ruled that she had been the victim of racial discrimination and
unfairly dismissed by her NHS Trust.

Source:- The Times Friday 16 September 2005 page 11

Student depression is costing £30m

British universities spend £30 million a year to provide
counselling for students with mental health problems.

Figures obtained by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act
from 18 leading universities suggest that the number of students
seeking counselling has risen by more than 20 per cent to 60,000 in
five years.

Source:- The Times Friday 16 September 2005 page 25

Schools are accused of failing children in

Fewer than one in 100 children in care have the chance to go to
university, despite a government drive to get more working-class
young people on degree courses, research by charity NCH shows.

Source:- The Times Friday 16 September 2005 page 25

Disability ‘naked, pregnant and proud’ takes
on Trafalgar Square

An artist whose nude and heavily pregnant body inspired a
controversial marble sculpture has hailed the portrait as “a
modern tribute to femininity, disability and

Alison Lapper, 40, who was born with no arms and shortened legs, is
the first female whose sculpture has grace Trafalgar Square.

Source:- The Times Friday 16 September 2005 page 29

Plan to revive estates

Wider schemes are to revive bad estates are to be announced
today, with measures for mixed private and social housing.

David Miliband, the minister for local government and communities,
will tell the conference of the National Housing Federation that
“decent communities are as much about people are about

Source:- The Times Friday 16 September 2005 page 30

Death of a teenage father highlights the plight of
Britain’s gun generation

Ramone Cumberbatch, a proud teenage father from Manchester, was
shot dead on Tuesday, the day before his 19th birthday.

Officers are investigating whether his death is linked to a
multiple shooting last week, after which a 16-year-old was

Source:- The Independent Friday 16 September 2005 page

“Sadistic” rapist jailed for 14

A “sadistic” rapist who used his mobile phone to
film an attack on a young woman has been jailed for 14 years.

Jon Leaver, 23, from Lancashire, was convicted at Liverpool Crown
Court of rape and causing grievous bodily harm.

Source:- The Independent Friday 16 September 2005 page

NHS slips £250m into the red this year

The NHS has been ordered to sort out its finances as ministers
reveal it has overspent by £250 million this year in spite of
record levels of investment.

NHS chief executive Sir Nigel Crisp has written to all hospital
and mental health trusts that failed to balance the books, warning
the poor financial management can erode public confidence.

Source:- Financial Times Friday 16 September 2005 page

Changes to tax credits system attacked

Recent changes to the tax credits system have weakened work
incentives, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal

Anecdotal evidence suggested that some people were deciding they
would be better off not working because additional income can lead
to overpayments which may be clawed back at a later stage.

Source:- Financial Times Friday 16 September 2005 page

CBI chief criticises schools building

A multi-billion pound scheme to rebuild or refurbish every
secondary school risks running over budget and could fail to
improve educational standards, according to the head of the

Sir Digby Jones said the £20 billion Building Schools
programme risked becoming “simply an exercise in school

Source:- Financial Times Friday 16 September 2005 page

CBI calls for body to cut red tape

The Confederation of British Industry has called for a standing
body to challenge the government and the public sector over
efficiency, red tape and the incentives needed to improve public

Source:- Financial Times Friday 16 September 2005 page

Labour’s tax on the family

Families are being encouraged to break up by the
government’s tax and benefits policies, according to a report
by think tank Civitas. It says parents can receive £4,000 more
in handouts if they split up.

Source:- Daily Mail Friday 16 September 2005 page 1

Why did it take a year to clear the teacher falsely
accused of assaulting a class menace?

A teacher’s year-long ordeal was almost over yesterday
after he was cleared of assaulting a disruptive schoolgirl.

Willem van Trotsenburg, 51, was charged after the 14-year-old
claimed she fell and hurt her arm when he forcibly removed her from
his maths class in a Norfolk comprehensive. He still faces an
investigation by education chiefs.

Source:- Daily Mail Friday 16 September 2005 page

Scottish news

Tragic town hit by another suicide on the eve of tragic Rory’s

The town of Livingston has been rocked by its third tragedy in a
month with the suicide of a teenage boy.

The death comes just a week after a student from the same school
took his own life, and on the eve of the murdered schoolboy Rory
Blackhall’s funeral.

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Hargan was found dead at his home in
Dedridge by his mother on Wednesday evening. It is understood he
used an item of clothing to hang himself from the bathroom shower

Source:- The Scotsman Friday 16 September 2005

Is it now time for the ‘truth in sentencing’?

When James Campbell snatched a two-year-old girl from her home at
knifepoint in Lanarkshire last July there was a public

Campbell had been released two months earlier on licence over
breaking into a 91-year-old woman’s house with intent to

His case and many others who re-offend after being released raises
serious questions about sentencing, community supervision and the
limitations of both.

Source:- The Herald Friday 16 September 2005

Welsh news

Photographer jailed for sex attack on teenager

A professional photographer was jailed for 12 months yesterday for
sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl on a photo shoot.

Martin Turner, 37, sexually assaulted the girl as she posed on a
bed at his home.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that she
accepted a glass of water from Turner. She told a court that her
memory had then blurred but that she felt Turner touching her as he
took hundreds of indecent photos of her.

Source:- Western Mail Friday 16 September

Interpol hunts missing Welsh family

An international hunt has been launched following the disappearance
of a Welsh mother, her two children and her partner.

The group are believed to have gone to France. Paula Sears is
alleged to have abducted her children, Jacob Luke, three, and
Shauna Anne-Marie, two, from the care of social services.

An international warrant has been put out for Sears’

Source:- Western Mail Friday 16 September

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