Tuesday 25 May 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Shirley Kumar, Clare Jerrom and Alex
    Dobson


    Drug addict stole Carr’s papers

    Drug addict David Jacobs admitted stealing the
    confidential release papers of Maxine Carr a court heard.

    Jacobs, whose drug habit costs him £120 a day, admitted two
    charges of theft after he broke into the Home Office vehicle in
    Hampstead, North London.

    The papers, detailing Carr’s new life were found on Hampstead
    Heath a few hours later. Highbury Corner Magistrates Court remanded
    Jacob in custody for sentencing on June 7.

    Source: The Times, Tuesday May 25, page 9

    Teenager sentenced for seven years for killing
    baby

    Christopher Phillips, 17, was jailed for seven years for
    manslaughter after he swung nine-month old Harley Rogers against a
    chimney breast.

    Bristol Crown Court also jailed his brother Craig, 24, for three
    years for punching the baby in the face.

    Source: The Times, May 25, page 9

    Thirteen-year-olds to get morning after pill without
    parental knowledge

    Schools are offering children as young as 13 the morning
    after pill without their parent’s knowledge in an attempt to
    cut pregnancies.

    Wyre Forest Primary Care Trust, which covers Kidderminster,
    Bewdley, Stourport and parts of Hagley, launched the scheme at an
    unnamed high school in March. It hopes to extend it to four other
    schools.

    Source: Daily Mail, May 25, page 16

    Witness told of his HIV infection while in court

    A man has discovered his HIV infection after being
    questioned about it by a defense lawyer in a court in Leicester
    where he was a witness.

    Unbeknown to the witness and without his consent the Crown
    Prosecution Service ordered the police to hand his blood sample to
    defense lawyers for HIV testing.

    The Crown Prosecution Service had ordered police to hand over a
    sample of his blood that they had taken in September when the man
    was arrested on suspicion of a crime which he was later released
    without charge.

    Source: The Guardian, Tuesday, May 25, page 9

    Prison Service finally admits fault over suicide of
    teenager

    In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in
    this country the Prison Service has admitted that its investigation
    and inquest into the death of an 18-year-old inmate breached the
    European Convention on Human Rights.

    It is thought to be the first such case since the Human Rights Act
    became law in October 2000. Colin Williamson was found hanged in
    his cell at Portland young offenders’ institution in Dorset
    June 3 2001.

    Source: The Guardian, Tuesday, May 25, page 9

    Scottish newspapers

    Council house investors target the elderly
    tenants

    Older council house tenants are being approached by private
    investors who are offering to buy their homes and are then selling
    them on at a huge profit.

    Older people are told they can live rent free for the rest of their
    lives, provided they hand over the deeds of their property. Housing
    officers can do nothing to combat the private investors but tenants
    have been advised to seek legal advice before entering into any
    arrangements over property.

    Source: The Scotsman, Tuesday 25 May

    Prostitution tolerance zones backed by
    council

    Margo MacDonald’s bill to allow tolerance areas for prostitutes
    is set to be officially backed by council leaders in
    Edinburgh.

    The leaders believe the new statutory framework could “definitely
    assist” in tackling the problem. The bill would allow councils to
    establish red light tolerance zones where it would not be illegal
    to solicit and where health checks and other support services could
    be offered to women.

    Source: The Scotsman, Tuesday 25 May

    Glasgow nursery nurses near to deal

    Public sector union Unison and Glasgow Council are close to
    agreeing a pay deal for nursery nurses. Unison leaders have put
    forward proposals for a settlement which they believe is acceptable
    to members.

    Source: The Herald, Tuesday 25 May

    Welsh newspapers

    Breaking the cycle of violence

    Children in south Wales are being helped to overcome the effects
    of witnessing domestic violence by a project run by NSPCC
    Cymru.

    The initiative aims to help young people who are often the silent
    victims of such abuse, cope with a range of problems that stem from
    the effects of experiencing domestic violence in their own
    homes.

    Source: South Wales Argus, Monday 24, May page 14

    Doctor quits NHS to set up as first private
    GP

    A Welsh GP is leaving the NHS to set up a private practice for
    workers who are too busy to attend appointments dictated by
    surgeries.

    The Independent General Practice, run by Cardiff GP Dr Joanna
    Longstaffe, is believed to be the first of its kind in Wales. Dr
    Longstaffe said that the new practice would help to take pressure
    off the NHS.

    Source: Western Mail, Tuesday 25 May, page 1

    Ten-year-old school children of are getting
    drunk

    Welsh children as young as 10 years old are getting drunk, a
    local health board has warned.

    Pembrokeshire Local Health Board says that it is not unusual to see
    children of that age drinking alcohol in parts of the county and
    that it is damaging their health and leading to anti-social
    behaviour.

    Source: Western Mail, Tuesday 25 May, page 3

    Body of man, 95 exhumed for care home abuse
    inquiry

    The body of a former resident of a Welsh care home is to be
    exhumed as part of police investigation into allegations of
    abuse.

    Police have obtained an order to exhume the body of William
    Pettener, 95 who was a resident at Bodawen Nursing Home in
    Porthmadog, following allegations of physical and verbal abuse at
    the home and the suspension of a member of staff.

    Source: Western Mail, Tuesday 25 May, page 3

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