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

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

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

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

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

Sham marriages soar as illegal immigrants try to beat

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

Scottish newspapers

Teachers warn pupil policy is a

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

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
“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

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

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

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

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

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

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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