A parent’s guide to gang culture
An advice booklet telling parents how to spot whether their children are involved in a gang and detailing the practical steps they can take is to be published today by the home secretary, Jacqui Smith.
It coincides with the launch of a victim support charity, the New Year Shooting Memorial Trust, set up by Beverley Thomas and Marcia Shakespeare, whose teenage daughters were killed in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham in 2003.
Gordon Brown launches £1bn plan to help homeowners
Gordon Brown will today launch the first phase of his autumn economic fightback when he unveils a package of measures to revive the ailing housing market targeted at first time buyers and vulnerable families.
Launching his housing plan with the communities secretary, Hazel Blears, Brown will announce a £1bn three-point plan which will involve:
· A new mortgage rescue scheme to help the most vulnerable families at risk from repossession.
· A new shared equity scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers, called Home Buy Direct, where government and developers would offer a loan of up to 30%.
· Bringing hundreds of millions of pounds forward to allow social landlords and councils to build more affordable homes.
UN says sexual discrimination is rife in Britain
British women are under-represented in Parliament, paid less than men at work and increasingly being sent to prison for committing minor offences, a report on sex discrimination has found. The report, which was published by an influential committee of the United Nations, paints a damning picture of daily life for women living in the UK who continue to fight for a fairer deal in society.
Police find three young children alone in house
Three children have been taken into care after police officers found them hiding under a bed in the house where they had been living alone for two weeks (Ross Parry writes).
The mother of the children — two girls and a boy aged 11, 6 and 5 — was allegedly on honeymoon with a wealthy Austrian barrister. The police found them after receiving a tip-off from a neighbour.
Charity Nacro in bid to run two new prisons
Nacro, which attempts to cut crime by finding practical work for offenders, has formed a consortium with the private security firm G4S, a drugs charity and a construction company, its chief executive Paul Cavadino has confirmed.
Together they are planning to build and run two 600-bed jails: Belmarsh West in south-east London and Maghull in Merseyside, both of which should open in 2010.
The bid marks the first time that a voluntary group has attempted to operate a prison.
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