Thursday 3 June 2004

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

    Youth crime on the rise

    Mainstream schools are struggling to cope with a rise in crime and
    antisocial behaviour, according to a report.

    The research by Mori for the Youth Justice Board in 192 schools in
    England and Wales shows 26 per cent of young people had committed a
    criminal offence in the last 12 months.

    Truancy, drinking and smoking were also on the rise, the report
    found.

    Source:- The Independent Thursday 3 June page 16

    Met pays £500,000 for dropped race claim

    A female constable is to receive a payout of £500,000 for
    dropping a claim of racial and sexual discrimination against
    Scotland Yard.

    Joy Hendricks made two claims against Metropolitan Police four
    years ago. It was due to be heard at an employment tribunal in the
    autumn but will now not reach a public hearing.

    Source:- The Independent Thursday 3 June page 16

    Glaxo faces lawsuit for antidepressant drug

    Drug firm GlaxoSmithKline is facing fraud charges in the USA for
    allegedly withholding information that its anti-depressant drug
    lead to suicidal behaviour among children and teenagers.

    New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer claims the UK’s
    largest drug company suppressed the results of at least four
    clinical trials of the drug called Paxil in the US and Seroxat in
    the UK.

    Source:- The Guardian Thursday 3 June page 1

    BNP under fire for asylum leaflets

    The British National Party is facing legal action for potentially
    inciting race hatred during the election campaigns.

    Northumbria police force is consulting the Crown Prosecution
    Service over whether the distribution of leaflets against asylum
    seekers is against the 1986 Public Order Act.

    The leaflets were said to be packed with inaccuracies designed to
    raise community tensions.

    Source:- Financial Times Thursday 3 June page 2

    Prisoners went on run to get away from jail drugs

    Two convicts who ran away from an open prison because it was
    “rife with drugs” and turned themselves in to a closed
    prison the next day, have had the charges against them
    dropped.

    Audie Carr and Benjamin Clarke fled from Leyhill open prison in
    Gloucestershire and went to Gloucester prison claiming they wanted
    to serve the rest of their sentences there as they “wanted a
    stricter regime”.

    Yesterday, charges of escaping from lawful custody were dropped
    against the pair at Gloucester Crown Court after judge Jamie Tabor
    agreed that it was not in the public interest to prosecute
    them.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 June  page 3

    Pianist jailed in internet sex ‘sting’

    A man who attempted to meet a Sri Lanken boy so he could sexually
    abuse him during an opera tour abroad became the first person to be
    jailed under Britain’s “sex tourism” laws.

    Concert pianist Brian Parnell put an advertisement on the internet
    asking to meet a boy, but the Sri Lankan National Child Protection
    Authority spotted the advert and replied posing as a boy.

    Parnell arranged to meet the ‘boy’ in Colombo just
    before a concert but the police turned up instead.

    Source:- The Times Thursday 3 June page 5

    Scottish newspapers

    Tough controls of charities unveiled in bill

    Scotland’s charities will face tougher controls, according to
    measures outlined by the Scottish executive yesterday.

    If the Charities and Trustee Investment Bill becomes law, bodies
    seeking charitable status will have to demonstrate that they
    provide a clear benefit to the public.

    The aims of the bill were broadly welcomed yesterday, but concerns
    were raised over the timing of the legislation and whether the new
    law would target independent schools, which currently have
    charitable status.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 3 June

    Tirade could mean custody for ‘anti-social’
    teenager

    The teenager believed to have inspired Jack McConnell’s
    antisocial behaviour laws was facing prison last night after being
    found guilty of launching a tirade of abuse against a man whose
    family he was said to have “terrorised”.

    Edmond Eccles screamed expletives at David Young in the city centre
    branch of McDonald’s shortly before Christmas. Stirling
    Sheriff Court heard that the incident occurred the day before the
    16-year-old was due to appear in court in Alloa to be sentenced on
    an indictment listing 17 offences of assault, theft and
    house-breaking in his former home town of Alva.

    He was later ordered not to enter most of central Scotland by Alloa
    court, but Eccles was found guilty of conducting himself in a
    disorderly manner in the McDonald’s branch.

    Sheriff Wyllie Robertson deferred sentence on Eccles for social
    inquiry reports to be produced.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 3 June

    Cops in cowboy blast at Reliance

    Reliance security firm was branded a cowboy outfit by police
    yesterday after a further prisoner was mistakenly released.

    The security firm insist a police officer gave the go-ahead for
    Kevin McCarrison to leave Hamilton Sheriff Court.

    But a Strathclyde police source said: “We are fed up
    of wet-nursing them. Something has to be done about this cowboy
    outfit.”

    Source:- Daily Record  Thursday 3 June page 2

    Child at risk’ calls soar in capital

    The number of calls warning that children in the capital may be in
    danger have soared following the damning report into the death of
    Caleb Ness.

    Social workers said the number of calls to child protection staff
    has risen by 50 per cent following the inquiry into the
    child’s death which was described as
    “unavoidable”.

    The rise is being attributed to a growing awareness of child
    welfare issues and care workers taking a more cautious
    approach.

    But social workers are having to deal with the cases at a time when
    staff levels are down by 15 per cent.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 2 June

    Welsh newspapers

    Church warned of lay reader earlier

    A father has told of how he tried to alert Church in Wales
    officials about lay reader, Darren Jenkins, two years before he was
    prosecuted for a sex offence against a 16-year-old boy.

    The man, who does not want to be named, told how his own
    14-year-old son received text messages from Jenkins and how he
    believed his son was being groomed by the cleric.

    He said he told church officials about his concerns but that they
    took no action. A review of Church in Wales child protection
    procedures is now underway.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Wednesday 2 June page 8

    Police exhume body at dawn

    The body of a 95-year-old man has been exhumed as part of a police
    investigation into allegations of abuse at a north Wales nursing
    home.

    William Pettener died at Bodawen Nursing Home, Porthmadog, in
    April. There have been allegations of abuse made by staff members
    and a matron has been suspended from the 42-bed private home.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 3 June page 7

     

     

     

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