PM sets out approach to tackle antisocial behaviour
Parents who fail to keep track of children excluded from school may face fines and community support officers will be given the power to pick up truants as part of the government’s latest efforts to stamp out antisocial behaviour. Unruly householders could also be evicted from their homes as part of the plans.
Source:- The Independent, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 2
Credit card and heating bills add to debt burdern for older people
People over 65 now owe a collective £8.4 billion, and the figure is rising, says Age Concern.
Source:- Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 4
Obese people cost £8 million a year in incapacity benefit
The Department for Work and Pensions disclosed it has paid out £40 million over the last five years on benefits specifically aimed at people who are overweight.
Source:- Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 2
Kelly defends herself over sex offender row
Ruth Kelly insisted that “protection of children” was her highest priority after being criticised for allowing a man on the sex offender register to teach sport in school. Kelly considered evidence that the man had accessed paedophile websites inconclusive and did not place him on list 99 – the list of people barred from working in schools.
Source:- The Independent, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 7
Cameron pledges no return to grammars or 11-plus
David Cameron has pledged there will never be a return to grammar schools under a Conservative government led by him.
Source:- The Independent, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 17
Headteachers reject Blair’s school reforms
A poll of 805 headteachers and assistant headteachers has found almost two thirds disagree with plans to allow successful schools to expand to meet demand.
Half also oppose plans for schools to be given greater freedom from local authorities.
Source:- The Guardian, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 2
Doctors have little faith in new NHS £6 billion computer system
A Guardian poll of doctors shows most think the £6.2 billion Connecting for Health medical IT system is a waste of money and only one per cent feel it is making good progress.
Source:- The Guardian, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 7
Our stolen childhood
Sixteen years after false claims of satanic abuse in Rochdale, the children involved can at last talk about their ordeal.
Source:- The Times, Tuesday 10 January 2006, Times2 , page 4
Arson and murder by boy who wanted to be adopted
A schoolboy set alight his home and killed his younger sister in a scheme to wipe out his family so that he could be adopted by a wealthy couple, it was alleged yesterday at the Old Bailey.
Source:- The Times, Tuesday 10 January, page 25
Boy, 11, has a fit playing violent computer game
A boy of 11 collapsed unconscious after having suffered an apparent epileptic fit minutes after starting to play a violent computer game.
Source:- Daily Mail, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 5
Vegetables could be the key to avoiding high blood pressure, according to a study from Imperial College London.
Source:- The Times, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 4
Prostate cancer test may not be reliable
Tens of thousands of men are being screened for prostate cancer every year using a test that may not be effective, a US study suggests.
Source:- The Times, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 11
Total ban on smoking in pubs and clubs
A total ban on smoking in pubs and clubs seemed certain last night as backbench Labour MPs prepared to put down an amendment to remove all exemptions from the controversial health bill.
Source:- The Times, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 2
A patient at a mental health unit was found hanging after a worker let her keep a ligature from a suicide hours earlier, an inquest in Swindon was told. Zoe Dixon, 16, from Gloucestershire escaped from Marlborough House in Swindon in June 2004 despite being detained under the Mental Health Act.
Source:- The Times, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 2
Child Support Agency calls rise
Official complaints to the CSA soared by nearly a fifth last year, according to a written answer by work minister James Plaskitt.
Source:- The Sun, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 2
Crushed to death by TV
A girl of three was killed when a TV fell on her head as she played with her twin sister.
Source:- Daily Mirror, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 19
Twins who killed their own gran
Twin brothers who left their 18th birthday party to rob and kill their step grandmother were found guilty of manslaughter yesterday.
Source:- Daily Mirror, Tuesday 10 January 2006, page 23
Parents of boy shot dead by addict admit to dealing drugs
The parents of a child who died after being shot by a man under the influence of drugs have admitted to dealing cannabis. Sharon McMillan and Andy Morton were arrested after a police raid months before Andrew Morton, their two year-old son, was killed when unemployed drug addict Mark Bonini shot him. McMillan and Morton yesterday pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to supplying cannabis between July and October in 2004.
Source: The Herald, Tuesday 10 January 2006
Councils send Asbo numbers soaring
The number of antisocial behaviour orders granted to Scottish councils has soared by more than 60 per cent, according to a Scotsman investigation.
Local authorities such as Edinburgh, West Lothian, Borders and North Ayrshire are driving the Scotland-wide rise with substantial increases in the number of Asbos. But the figures also show that three councils – East Lothian, Argyll and Bute, and Orkney – have still not used any so far in the financial year 2005-6. Source: The Scotsman, Tuesday 10 January 2006
Asbo hell family kicked out of home
An antisocial family have been kicked out of their council home. Police and council officials escorted Bridget and Robert Marr and their adult son Michael from their house in Crieff. As soon as they had left, a plumber moved in to switch off the water supply, followed by a joiner who boarded up the door. The Marrs have been banned from their house for a minimum of six weeks, to give neighbours a break.
Source: The Record, Tuesday 10 January 2006