Violent offenders to face restrictions after leaving prison
Violent offender orders, which place “massive restrictions” on some offenders when they leave prison for up to five years, come into force this week, the deputy prime minister, Harriet Harman, is to announce on Wednesday.
The orders, similar to a sex offender order, give the power to the police to apply for a violent offender to be banned from visiting certain places, attending certain events or contacting specified people for between two and five years after they leave prison.
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Police warn over rise of teenage ‘sexting’ trend
Police, parents and children’s charities have expressed alarm at a growing trend dubbed “sexting”, where young people send explicit and indecent photos to each other using their mobile phones.
What started out as risqué fun among adolescents has spread quickly and with serious consequences. Police have said that paedophiles are increasingly trawling social networking sites to find explicit pictures taken by teenagers of each other. They then contact the young people involved, using the photos to blackmail them into committing indecent acts.
Young offenders ‘too scared to leave cells’
Inmates hid in their cells at a youth prison because they feared being attacked or becoming involved in fights, according to an inspection report published today.
Anne Owers, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, said that conditions at Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution were “seriously unsafe”. She called for the number of youths aged 15 to 18 sent there to be capped until the Prison Service could guarantee appropriate levels of safety for them.
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Debbie Purdy hopes to end life in England after DPP comments
Debbie Purdy, the assisted suicide campaigner, hopes she will be able to end her life at home after the Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed that his new policy will apply to England and Wales as well as overseas.
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Lessons about wife-beating at 5
Pupils as young as five will be taught about the evils of ‘wife beating’ and the need to form healthy relationships.
The lessons are part of a controversial drive, unveiled today, to reduce violence against women and young girls.
£3.2m for rape help centres
Eight sex assault referral centres are to be built to help women overcome attacks, ministers will announce today.
They will cost £1.6million – and the same amount will also be given to 39 existing rape crisis centres where victims get counselling.