Friday 11 June 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Clare Jerrom and Alex Dobson

    Immigration controls system failing

    For every illegal immigrant who is stopped trying to enter
    Britain five illegal immigrants enter secretly it was revealed last
    night.

    Immigration officers made the claims after a home office official
    said that immigration could be six times higher than official
    figures. Robert Owen was speaking in a people-smuggling trial at
    Swansea Crown Court.

    Source: Daily Mail, Friday, 11 June, page 21

    Doctor defends accusing father of child killings

    A leading paediatrician who accused a father of killing
    his babies after watching a television programme has defended his
    remark.

    David Southall, 55, told the General Medical Council, that what he
    saw in the documentary combined with his experience make him sure
    that Stephen Clarke had killed his two babies.

    Source: The Guardian, Friday, 11 June, page 9

    Police launch hunt for serial sex attacker

    A police investigation is under way trying to locate a sex attacker
    who has indecently assaulted seven girls and five women in five
    days.

    The victims include two 11-year-old girls and one 12-year-old. All
    of the attacks were within two miles of Rochdale, Greater
    Manchester.

    Source: The Guardian, Friday, 11 June, page 11

    Sham marriages soar as illegal immigrants try to beat
    curbs

    Up to one in five marriages in London might be carried out in order
    to get people a passport, according to new research.

    Mark Rimmer, a senior registrar, who has been doing research on
    bogus marriages, also found that gangs were organising fake
    marriages for a fee of up to £5,000.

    Source: The Daily Telegraph, Friday, 11 June, page
    15

    Scottish newspapers

    Teachers warn pupil policy is a
    “time-bomb”

    The Scottish executive’s plan to include more children with
    behavioural problems into mainstream schools is a “time-bomb
    waiting to explode”, according to a senior union official
    yesterday.

    Dougie Mackie, the president of the Educational Institute of
    Scotland, said teachers’ health was being put at risk because
    of the stress they were working under.

    Mackie told delegates at the EIS annual conference in Dundee that
    the scheme must be adequately funded if it is to work
    properly.
    “The strain imposed by social inclusion in some of our
    schools is in danger of becoming a time-bomb waiting to explode
    unless properly resourced,” he said.

    Source: The Scotsman,  Friday 11 June

    Councillor sex abuser jailed

    A councillor, who sexually abused a girl for a decade and had sex
    with her before she was 16-years-old, was jailed for seven years
    yesterday at the High Court in Edinburgh.

    Faramarz Kazemi, who also molested the girl’s sister, quit
    Clackmannanshire Council last week.

    Source: The Scotsman, Friday 11 June

    Dungavel extension denied

    The Home Office denied last night that secret plans had been drawn
    up to double the size of Dungavel detention centre in
    Lanarkshire.

    A source at the centre, which houses asylum seekers, claimed
    yesterday that informal talks to extend the current site had been
    going on for about a year and Whitehall officials wanted to build a
    £20 million extension to the centre.

    The insider also claimed that as the centre was situated on Crown
    land there would be no need for planning permission or consultation
    to extend the site and work was due to start within weeks.

    But a Home Office spokesperson said that no extension to the site
    had been planned.

    Source: The Scotsman,  Friday 11 June

    Tsar threatens pubs serving drunk punters

    Pubs and clubs who break the law by serving drunk customers were
    slammed by the capital’s new antisocial behaviour tsar.

    Donald Urquhart, a former police superintendent, called for a
    crackdown on licensed premises which fail to comply with strict
    rules aimed at curbing binge drinking.

    He claimed some publicans and club owners, driven more by profit
    than by their social responsibilities, had to accept their share of
    blame for late night violence fuelled by alcohol.

    Source: Evening News, Thursday 10 June

    Call to fine parents of class yobs

    Parents should be fined for their children’s bad behaviour in
    class, according to one of Scotland’s leading teachers
    union.

    The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
    said urgent action was needed to stop disruptive behaviour in
    classrooms affecting other pupils’ education.

    The union is calling on the Scottish executive to change the law so
    parents are forced to sign good behaviour contracts covering their
    child’s actions in schools.

    Source: Evening News, Thursday 10 June


    Welsh newspapers

    Child rapist got bail to live near school

    Shocked parents have expressed outrage that a paedophile
    police surgeon was released on bail to live just a short distance
    from a Cwmbran school, while he awaited trial for sexual attacks on
    children.

    Dr Robert Wells who has been described as a ‘premeditated and
    calculated’ paedophile was jailed earlier this week for 15
    years for drugging, raping and assaulting girls aged between 5 and
    11

    Source: South Wales Argus Thursday 10 June page 1

    Abusive woman put on notice

    A Flintshire woman has had an anti-social behaviour order imposed
    on her, after accusations that she swore at her children and hurled
    abuse at her neighbours.

    Flint magistrates ordered that Lynn Mills, 45, must not use
    abusive, threatening or intimidating behaviour within
    Flintshire.

    Source: Western Mail, Friday 11 June page 2

    Ex-matron held over death

    The ex-matron of a Welsh care home at the centre of an abuse
    investigation has been arrested over the death of one of its former
    residents.

    North Wales police say the 60-year-old woman was arrested in
    connection with the death of 95-year-old William Pettener who was a
    resident at the Bodawen Nursing Home, Porthmadog and who died there
    on April 12 this year.

    Source: Western Mail Friday 11 June page 6

    Tackling drugs gets Smart

    A rapid response scheme to help tackle drug and alcohol abuse has
    been launched in Neath Port Talbot.

    The Substance Misuse Assessment and Referral Team (Smart) is funded
    by the Welsh Assembly Health Inequalities Fund and has been
    welcomed as providing a prompt response to those who need support
    to tackle drug and alcohol abuse.

    Source: Western Mail, Friday 11 June page 8

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