Thursday 10 June 2004

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

    Doctors irate over report on child’s death

    MPs came under fire for failing to ask crucial questions about the
    death of an overweight three-year-old girl before they used her to
    illustrate the obesity crisis sweeping Britain.

    Sheila McKenzie, a specialist in children’s breathing
    problems, had written to the committee more than a year earlier
    highlighting the number of children coming to her with sleep
    apnoea, a condition where the patient stops breathing because of
    pressure on the windpipe.

    The girl’s condition was genetic.

    Source:- The Guardian Thursday 10 June page 5

    Prostitutes to have exit strategy but not tolerance
    zone

    Prostitutes are being offered drug and alcohol rehabilitation,
    housing, and basic skills training, while the men who pay for their
    services are heavily fined.

    The Home Office has rejected plans to include tolerance or managed
    zones for sex workers in the biggest overhaul of the prostitution
    laws since the 1950s.

    Source:- The Guardian Thursday 10 June page 6

    Immigration ‘six times’ more than official
    figure

    Home Office officials have revealed that immigration could be
    running at six times higher than the official figures.

    Robert Owen was giving evidence in the trial at Swansea Crown Court
    of three Chinese people accused of people trafficking on behalf of
    snakehead gangs.

    Owen, who is seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence
    Service, also said there were no serious removal arrangements to
    send asylum seekers back to China.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 June page 1

    New health target halves NHS waiting time

    The government is planning to cut NHS waiting times to a total of
    four and a half months and cut emergency admissions to hospital,
    according to leaked Treasury papers.

    A final Treasury draft shows eight target proposals from the
    Department of Health for the government’s comprehensive
    spending review due next month.

    The document shows a move away from hospital-based targets to those
    in the community.

    It calls for more effective care from GPs and community health
    staff for those suffering chronic illness.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 June  page
    6

    Witness told by Maxine’s mother: Watch your
    back’

    Maxine Carr’s mother is alleged to have told a prosecution
    witness that she would be ‘dead’ if she gave evidence
    in court after finding out what was in her statement, Sheffield
    Crown Court heard yesterday.

    Shirley Capp is alleged to have made the comments to her next door
    neighbour Marion Westerman. Capp said that there were things in the
    statement that mad her ‘feel very angry’.

    Capp denies a charge of intimidating a witness.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Thursday 10 June page 17

    Nanny Hodge targets soaps

    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge wants a clamp down on the
    negative portrayal of young people in soap operas.

    Hodge said that a children’s commissioner, due to be
    appointed next year, would have the power to investigate negative
    images.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Thursday 10 June  page 35

    Police to patrol internet chatrooms

    Police officers are set to patrol internet chatrooms as part of an
    international operation to identify paedophiles.

    Officers from different countries are set to use a symbol to let
    users know that they are present.

    The National Crime Squad also announced plans to work with credit
    card companies to crack down on pay-per-view services.

    Source:- The Independent Thursday 10 June page 22

    Scottish newspapers

    Anger over pay issue in nurseries review

    The nursery nurses’ dispute continued last night when
    employers welcomed a review on the issue, but said it must not
    concentrate on pay.

    Councillor Ewan Aitken, education spokesperson of the Convention of
    Scottish Local Authorities, insisted the focus of the executive
    review should be on service delivery and not on pay and
    conditions.

    However, Joe Di Paola of public sector union Unison, said the
    employers’ response was a disgraceful piece of spin.
    Education minister Peter Peacock yesterday announced the one-year
    review of all sectors from private playgroups to state school
    nurseries.

    Source:- The Herald  Thursday 10 June

    Slop-out appeal allowed despite blunder

    The Scottish executive was given more time to appeal against the
    slopping-out case after it missed the deadline to lodge its
    claim.

    Lawyers representing the executive were forced to apologise to the
    Court of Session for failing to lodge the proper legal papers on
    time.

    The executive had 21 days to challenge Lord Bonomy’s ruling
    that forcing prisoners to slop-out on Scotland’s jails was a
    breach of human rights.

    Lord Cullen yesterday described the failure to meet the deadline as
    “most unfortunate” but accepted it was an
    administrative error and ruled that the court could use its
    discretion to allow the appeal to go-ahead.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 10 June

    Wanted: the 5,000 criminals on the run

    Twelve suspected murderers and five men believed to be rapists are
    among 5,000 people wanted by Strathclyde police.

    Scottish executive statistics showed there were 5,327 warrants
    outstanding and whereas most were for minor offences, around 100
    were for serious crimes.

    An executive spokesperson stressed that the figures did not mean
    there were 12 suspected murderers in Glasgow as some may well have
    skipped the country.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 10 June

    Chatroom pervert in sex attack on girl, 13

    A sex offender molested a 13-year-old girl after grooming
    her on an internet chatroom.

    Guy Evans picked up the teenager after arranging to meet her in
    Musselburgh before driving her to a lay-by on a busy road and
    abusing her.

    When police tracked Evans down, they discovered he had a hoard of
    child pornography on his computer, including images of babies being
    abused.

    Evans admitted using indecent practices and behaviour towards the
    girl in February last year when he appeared at the High Court in
    Edinburgh.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 9 June

    Police plea to shop the drug dealers

    Police are recruiting thousands of residents to act as informants
    to track the activities of drug dealers in a new crime blitz.

    Every home in East Lothian will be provided with a leaflet that
    will urge people to log suspicious names and addresses and record
    car registration numbers.

    If the three-month campaign is successful, it could be rolled out
    to other areas of the region.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 9 June

    Welsh newspapers

    Outrage as ‘best’ warder loses sex bias case

    A row has broken out after a prison officer had a sex
    discrimination claim dismissed, even though her managers had
    stopped her getting a promotion.

    While accepting that Caroline Jones was not promoted at Parc
    Prison, Bridgend in spite of being the highest scoring candidate,
    an employment tribunal dismissed her case because she had not
    brought it within the three- month time frame.

    Cardiff North MP Julie Morgan said that the case sent out a very
    confusing message.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 10 June page 1

    Hain fails to back Hutt on health

    Welsh secretary Peter Hain failed to back Welsh assembly health and
    social services minister, Jane Hutt, when he was forced to defend
    Labour’s record on health against a Conservative
    attack.

    The Tories used Welsh questions to criticise rising waiting lists
    in Wales, ahead of today’s European and local elections.
    During his replies Hain notably failed to answer whether or not he
    believed Hutt was doing a good job.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 10 June page 5

    Assembly praised for pioneering work in eye care

    The Welsh assembly has been praised for pioneering work to give
    patients with eye conditions faster and better access to
    care.

    First minister Rhodri Morgan and health minister, Jane Hutt, have
    been presented with the Award for the Advancement of Optometry by
    the Association of Optometrists.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 10 June page 5

     

     

     

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