Wednesday 9 June 2004

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

    ‘Bloodthirsty guttersnipes’ jailed after
    campaign of race violence

    Two men, who led a campaign against asylum seekers, were given
    lengthy jail terms yesterday.

    Ben Povey and Christopher Sirrs mowed down an Iraqi asylum seeker
    in an attack that was one of several that fuelled gang clashes in
    Hull last July.

    A judge called the pair “bloodthirsty guttersnipes” and
    jailed Povey for 19 years and Sirrs for 14-and-a-half years.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 9 June page 8

    First prison built for women boasts trees, TVs and baby
    unit

    Britain’s first purpose-built prison for women is
    due to start receiving inmates next week.

    HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, west London, differs in design to
    prisons of the past with brightly painted walls and areas with
    natural light.

    It will have a mother and baby unit for 12 women who will be able
    to keep their children with them until they are 18 months
    old.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 9 June page 11

    Let poor smoke, says health secretary

    Smoking is one of the few pleasures left for the poor on sink
    estates and in working men’s clubs, health secretary John
    Reid told delegates at the Labour Big Conservation event in south
    London yesterday.

    He said the middle class were obsessed with giving instructions to
    people from socio-economic backgrounds and that smoking was not one
    of the worst problems facing poorer people.

    Ministers are currently looking into a nationwide ban on
    smoking.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 9 June  page 1
     
    Failed asylum seekers must work for no pay

    Failed asylum seekers, who cannot afford to go home and
    receive board and lodgings, will be forced to undertake unpaid
    community work in return for benefits.

    Home secretary David Blunkett tabled the measures last night in an
    amendment to the asylum legislation which is on its final stages
    through parliament.

    The move will affect around 500 people, mainly Iraqis.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 9 June page 3
     
    Saints and Sinners

    In 1985, Brendan McNutt bought Bryn Melyn, a farmhouse in
    rural Wales, and opened its doors to problem teenagers. His
    daughter Helen McNutt, looks back on growing up there.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 9 June page 2

    Power to the Pupil

    A schools-based initiative that is helping to involve
    children and parents in decision-making and running of their
    communities.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 9 June page 7

    To hell and back

    A former resident of Dundee’s groundbreaking project
    helping antisocial families.

    Source:-
    Society Guardian Wednesday 9 June page
    8

    Closed Shop

    Child trafficking is a growing problem, yet a unique
    centre providing protection for young girls has shut because no
    children were referred there.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 9 June page 10

    Scottish newspapers

    Prostitute murder case is found not proven

    A man accused of murdering a prostitute eight years ago was
    yesterday cleared on a not proven verdict.

    Jacqui Gallagher died in a frenzied hammer attack and was strangled
    by a studded collar. She sustained 118 injuries.

    George Johnstone was accused of bludgeoning Gallagher to death and
    dumping her body.

    The jury took four hours to acquit Johnstone on the murder charge
    and a separate charge of attempting to pervert the course of
    justice by dumping the body.

    Police have not confirmed whether the murder file is now
    closed.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 9 June

    Prisoners suing over slopping-out could halt appeal

    Ministers will be left “jumping through hoops” to
    secure an appeal over the slopping-out case as lawyers representing
    prisoners suing the Scottish executive have obtained a court
    order.

    Government ministers could face further criticism as it emerged
    that lawyers have been granted an Extract Decree, which will lead
    to more red tape and court hearings that could drag on for two
    years.

    Yesterday, it emerged that officials had forgotten to lodge a
    crucial court appeal paving the way for compensation claims worth
    an estimated £4 million.

    Legal sources said last night that the appeal cannot go ahead until
    the decree is lifted.

    Earlier this year, Robert Napier was awarded £2,450
    compensation after it was ruled that his human rights were breached
    when he was forced to slop-out at Barlinnie prison.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 9 June

    Parental classes move to cut crime

    Vulnerable parents are to be given parenting classes in a
    bid to deter their children from turning to crime.

    The National Parenting Development Project, being launched by the
    capital today, will help parents affected by drug misuse, mental
    health problems or domestic violence to address their
    children’s behaviour.

    The Edinburgh-based initiative will also offer advice and care to
    children across Scotland who are being raised by parents with
    serious problems.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 8 June

    Welsh newspapers

    Girl-rape doctor was GP in Gwent

    A Welsh police doctor who drugged, sexually abused and raped
    young girls once worked as a GP in south Wales.

    Robert Wells, who worked as a forensic medical examiner in
    Hampshire, was jailed for 15 years yesterday after being found
    guilty of nine counts involving three girls: two girls were aged 11
    and one aged five years old.

    The court was told that he was a serial paedophile and that he had
    used his position to try to thwart the child protection
    investigation.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 9 June pages 1 and
    3

    Lawyer joins Tros Gynnal as trustee

    The Welsh children’s advocacy service, Tros Gynnal, has
    appointed one of the UK’s leading childcare lawyers as a
    trustee.

    Mark Powell, a partner with the law firm Hugh James is a former
    chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children and has been
    closely associated with the work of the advocacy service since it
    was set up in 2002.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 9 June page 7

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