Thursday 27 May 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Shirley Kumar, Clare Jerrom and Alex

    Ministers have not addressed obesity

    Ministers have not adequately addressed an obesity crisis that is
    threatening the NHS, a commons committee has warned.

    The report comes to light as a girl of three years old weighing six
    stone died from heart failure caused by extreme obesity. Obesity in
    Britain has risen 22 per cent with the problem tripling among
    children in the past 20 years.

    The committee is calling for a huge cross-departmental effort in
    partnership with the food industry.

    Source:- Financial Times Thursday 27 May page 3

    Soham schoolgirl in kidnap scare

    A man attempted to abduct a teenage schoolgirl as she
    walked down the street in Soham, Cambridgeshire.

    The man tried to pull the girl into his car from Sand Street, the
    road where Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were seen shortly before
    they were murdered by Ian Huntley.

    The incident happened before 2pm on Tuesday.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 27 May page 7

    Oppressive’ jail wing for women to be

    The only maximum security prison wing for women in Britain
    is being shut down after a damming report described it as
    “oppressive and claustrophobic”.

    The inspection report on Durham women’s centre was carried
    out by Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons.

    The closure comes following six-self inflicted deaths inside the
    centre over the past three years.

    Source:- The Guardian Thursday 27 May page 6

    Chains on ‘charity muggers’

    Charity workers who try to get donations by direct debit
    from people passing by in the street will be restricted under new
    government plans.

    The ‘charity muggers’ will have to prove that they work
    for a registered charity and have a licence from the local

    Councils will be able to withhold licences if they feel a patch in
    being inundated with ‘chuggers’.

    Source:- The Guardian Thursday 27 May page 15

    Scottish newspapers

    City nursery nurses vote to reject final pay offer

    Nursery nurses in Glasgow last night rejected a final pay offer
    from their employers signalling that strike action would

    The nurses voted 445 to 287 against the deal put forward by the
    council at a meeting at the city’s Royal Concert Hall.

    The local authority called on public sector union Unison to conduct
    a postal ballot of all its members to ensure the voices of all
    1,100 nursery nurses are heard.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 27 May

    Boy who can’t read gets exclusion letter

    A five-year-old-boy who cannot read was mistakenly given a letter
    to inform him that he was excluded from school by a primary school
    in Edinburgh.

    Jake Tyler was told he should write to the council if he wanted to
    question the decision and the letter added that the boy should
    telephone the head-teacher at Craigour Park primary school to
    discuss the action.

    A council spokesperson admitted yesterday that a school secretary
    had mistakenly printed out the standard exclusion letter for
    children aged over 16, but insisted the letter had been handed to
    the child’s mother.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 27 May

    City on the brink of new heroin epidemic

    Edinburgh is on the verge of the worst heroin epidemic for almost
    20 years, police and drug workers have warned.

    More than 60 per cent of drug-related deaths in the city were
    caused through heroin use, and the majority of the 11 people who
    have died so far this year injected heroin of unusually high

    Police claim the spread of heroin is not confined to the housing
    estates and there is growing evidence that the drug is readily
    available in schools, clubs and a variety of city centre

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 26 May

    NHS sheets ahead after beating its beds target

    Targets for getting patients released from hospital faster have
    been exceeded in NHS Lothian.

    The number of people facing delayed discharge has fallen by almost
    70 per cent in the last year the organisation’s board was due
    to be informed yesterday.

    The success has been attributed to close co-operation between the
    NHS and local authorities.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 26 May

    Photographs show asylum seekers in a new light

    The common perceptions about asylum seekers are set to be
    challenged at an exhibition to be staged in the capital next

    An exhibition of portrait photographs which tackles stereotypical
    media representations of asylum seekers will go on display at Our
    Dynamic Earth as part of Refugee Week in Scotland.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 26 May

    Schools face ‘rising tide’ of discipline

    One in 10 Scottish schools has a “severe” problem with
    violent and unruly pupils disrupting classes.

    A “rising tide” of problems has led to a poor
    environment for learning and high levels of stress among staff,
    according to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 26 May

    Haunted Jenna takes own life

    A teenager, who was training to become a care home nurse, has died
    after taking a cocktail of pills.

    Family and friends said Jenna Russell had been depressed since her
    best friend James Fleck hanged himself six months ago.

    Source:- Daily Record  Thursday 27 May

    Welsh newspapers

    Cleric locked up for sex attack

    A church lay-reader has begun a three-year sentence for
    indecently assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

    Darren Jenkins was found to have abused his position of trust
    within his parish in Pontypool, south Wales and has been banned
    from working with children indefinitely. His name will also go onto
    the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Wednesday 26 May page 3

    School victory for bullies row mum

    The mother of a Welsh schoolgirl, who threatened to kill herself
    if she was forced to go to a school with pupils who had bullied
    her, has won her appeal.

    Joanne Hughes took her daughter, Jazmin, out of a primary school in
    Wrexham after she complained of bullying. She was placed in another
    school but is due to leave to begin secondary school in September.
    Education officials had wanted her to attend a senior school where
    she would have encountered her former tormentors.

    Her mother took the case to an appeal tribunal and has now secured
    a place in a school of her choice.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 27 May page 8







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