Monday 14 June 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Clare Jerrom and Alex
    Dobson

    Professor stands by baby murder claim

    A pediatrician said that he still believed a father was guilty of
    murdering his two baby sons four years after first making the
    allegations.

    Professor David Southall told the General Medical Council said that
    he had wanted the police to investigate the father’s account
    of events when he reported his view in June 2000.

    Clark has never been charged with any offence. His wife Sally was
    wrongly jailed for killing the boys.

    Source: The Guardian, Saturday, June 12, page 13

    Gypsies victims of race crime

    Two brothers are believed to be the first people in Britain to be
    convicted of a racially aggravated crime against members of the
    travelling community.

    Neil Shepherd, 41, and Martin, 36, repeatedly verbally abused a
    gipsy family camping in Blandford, Dorset, and were given 240 hours
    of community services.

    Source: The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, June 12, page
    7

    Watchdog praises children’s centres

    Early Excellence Centres, which combine daycare, nursery education
    and social services, are helping to identify children with special
    educational needs early, according to a new report from education
    watchdog Ofsted.

    The study also found that the centres are successfully tackling
    child poverty.

    Source: The Times, Saturday, June 12, page 4

    Watchdog dams women’s jail for suicides, drugs and
    reliance on solitary confinement

    Calls for urgent action to tackle drug abuse at a women’s
    prison were ignored, according to a new report from the chief
    inspector of prisons.

    Six women killed themselves at Styal prison near Wilmslow in
    Cheshire in 2002-3, all in their first month in custody. Five of
    them were addicted to drugs. Anne Owers ordered that the regime at
    the prison is changed.

    Source: The Independent, Saturday, June 12, page 16

    Most problem kids’ go on to thrive

    Three out of four children with antisocial behavioural problems
    become well adjusted adults, new research reveals.

    The Study, carried out by the Australian government’s
    Institute of Family Studies followed volatile, uncooperative
    children aged 11 to 12 years until they were 18 years.

    The findings, to be presented at the National Family and Parent
    Child 2004 conference in London this week, could have implications
    for government policy which shows parenting classes have a positive
    effect.

    Source: The Observer, June 13, page 2

    Asylum seekers jailed as they flee
    Britian

    Around 75 asylum seekers have been jailed for trying to leave
    Britain as authorities insist on taking them to court instead of
    deporting them immediately.

    The foreign nationals have been caught trying to flee the country
    at Dover or Folkestone. They have had their asylum seeker
    applications rejected in the UK and are trying to get into another
    country.

    French police have stopped 32 people at Dover and 17 at the Channel
    Tunnel this year.

    Source: The Mail on Sunday, June 13, page 43

    Cannabis policy fears as addiction rate soars

    More people are becoming addicted to cannabis according to new
    government figures.

    Almost one in ten people visiting NHS drug-addiction centres is
    seeking help to get themselves off cannabis. The figure has doubled
    in a decade.

    Source: Daily Mail, Monday, June 14, page 20

    Blundering Soham police ‘among worst in the
    country’

    The two police forces criticised in the Soham murder inquiry are
    among some of the worst in the country, according to a new
    report.

    Humberside and Cambridgeshire were both found to have a bad record
    on solving car crime and burglary. Cambridgeshire also received the
    lowest mark for handling critical incidents such as murder.

    Source: Daily Mail, Monday, June 14, page 28

    Foreign Office recalls immigration whistleblower to face
    visa inquiry

    A British civil servant whose whistleblowing led immigration
    minister Beverly Hughes to resign is set to be investigated over
    visa applications.

    James Cameron, the British consul in Romania, reported that he and
    other members of embassy staff were being told to turn a blind eye
    to fraudulent visa applications by the Home Office.

    Cameron has been called to London to defend himself against
    allegations of misconduct and improper dealings with a travel
    agency in Moldova.

    Source: The Independent, Monday, June 14, page 20

    Stigma of mental illness ruins lives

    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has demanded 20 department and
    agencies work to improve employment, housing and educational
    opportunities for people suffering mental illness.

    The move follows an exposure by the Government’s social
    inclusion unit which shows how millions of lives are destroyed by
    the stigma attached to mental health problems.

    It found increasing discrimination against ailments such as
    depression and anxiety, affecting one in six adults.
    Health secretary John Reid will follow up with a five-year
    strategic plan to tackle stigma and discrimination.

    Source: The Guardian, June 14, page 8

    NHS ‘in danger’ of failing health of
    Britain’s 6m carers

    Two thirds of Britain’s six million carers feel their health
    has suffered as a result of their supporting roles.
    Charities fear the NHS will not cope if nothing is done to protect
    them.

    Carer’s Week which begins today has highlighted that
    voluntary carers save the Treasury an estimated £57 billion a
    year.

    Chief executives of Carers UK, Crossroads Caring for Carers, the MS
    Society and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers are writing to
    every Primary Care Trust in the country urging them to improve the
    services they provide for carers.

    Source: The Daily Telegraph, June 14, page 8

    Scottish newspapers

    It’s honours all round on Queen’s list

    A foster mum is among the Lothian residents recognised on the
    Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

    Jean Innes has cared for more than 200 children over the last 30
    years and adopted four children.

    Dr Zoe Dunhill who works at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for
    Sick Children and High Court judge Lady Cosgrove were also honoured
    in the list. Cosgrove received a CBE for services to the criminal
    justice system.

    Source: Evening News, Saturday 12 June

    Stowaway gets chance to contest deportation

    An asylum seeker has won a second chance to try to convince
    immigration authorities that he will be in danger if he is returned
    to Sudan.

    Gazi Ahmed Abdallah came to Edinburgh after stowing away on a ship
    which docked in Leith more than six years ago. His application to
    stay in the UK was refused on the grounds that he was unlikely to
    face persecution. But his solicitor told the Court of Session that
    having escaped from detention, Abdallah would be considered a
    traitor and against the current regime.

    The appeal judges ruled yesterday that the case should return to
    the Appeal Tribunal.

    Source: Evening News, Saturday 12 June


    MSPs to show they care at Question Time

    Some of the 660,000 people in Scotland who care for older or
    disabled relatives or friends are to question a panel of
    MSPs.

    Carers’ Question Time, organised by Carers Scotland as party
    of carers Week, will take place on Tuesday in Edinburgh and will
    follow the model of BBC’s Question Time programme.

    Source: Evening News, Saturday 12 June

    Hospitals hit back at violent patients

    Violent and aggressive patients are to be prevented from receiving
    all but emergency hospital treatment in a bid to reduce the number
    of attacks on doctors and nurses.

    Under the controversial move, patients will receive two warnings
    before they are banned from routine treatment for up to a
    year.
    Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire and Arran health boards have
    already approved the policy and eight of the remaining 10 will
    follow suit shortly.

    Source: Scotland on Sunday, Sunday 13 June

    Carstairs chief calls for release of
    women

    All female patients at Carstairs are set to be released to lower
    security institutions because they do not pose a significant risk
    to the public.

    Andreana Adamson, chief executive of the high security hospital,
    has recommended the move on the basis the 14 women are only a risk
    to themselves, and their treatment is hampered by the presence of
    male patients.

    Adamson’s plan means that in future, any female criminals
    sent to psychiatric care would be treated at medium secure
    facilities.

    Source: Scotland on Sunday, Sunday 13 June

    Anger at antisocial eviction threat in new bill

    Families of under-16s who are guilty of antisocial behaviour could
    be liable for eviction, but only if they are council tenants, it
    has emerged.

    The threat will not hang over children from owner-occupying
    families who receive such behaviour orders and a Labour MSP said
    the measure would discriminate against the working classes.

    Homelessness charity Shelter fears innocent siblings of young
    people on antisocial behaviour orders could be evicted under the
    proposal.

    Source: Sunday Herald, Sunday 13 June

    Most asylum seekers ‘come to UK because lives are in
    danger’

    The majority of Scotland’s asylum seekers are arriving in the
    UK because their lives are in danger, according to a report for
    Amnesty International and the Scottish Refugee Council.

    The report, to be released at the Scottish parliament tomorrow to
    mark the start of Scottish Refugee Week, aims to undermine claims
    that most asylum seekers are motivated by financial
    considerations.

    Source: Sunday Herald, Sunday 13 June

    Freed woman held in cells for extra week

    Justice minister Cathy Jamieson was last night waiting for the
    results of a fresh internal investigation following another serious
    blunder by the Scottish Prison Service.

    Angela Kennedy was freed on bail by a magistrate on a shoplifting
    charge. But instead of walking out of court, she was transported to
    Cornton Vale prison and locked up for a week.

    The mistake was only identified when she returned a week later to
    Glasgow District Court from custody. The Scottish Prison Service
    launched an urgent investigation as soon as the error was
    identified.

    Source: The Scotsman, Monday 14 June

    Whistleblower fears ‘dirty tricks’

    A man who blew the whistle on an immigration scandal claims to have
    been the victim of a dirty tricks campaign by the government.

    It emerged that James Cameron, the British consul in Romania, had
    been secretly recalled to London after being accused of criminal
    misconduct by Whitehall investigators.

    The Foreign Office confirmed that Cameron had been withdrawn from
    his post and was back in London while an investigation was being
    carried out.

    Friends claim he has been falsely accused of taking bribes or
    obtaining sexual favours in return for granting visas.
    Cameron exposed a catalogue of problems and scams which eventually
    led to the resignation of Home Office minister Beverley
    Hughes.

    Source: The Herald, Monday 14 June

    Welsh newspapers

    Unregistered families lose out on childcare cash

    Parents who rely on family or friends for childcare are missing out
    on new-style family allowance because they are not registered
    carers.

    According to a new report, A Different Kind of Care, while the UK
    government has doubled its spending on childcare tax credits, fewer
    than 3 per cent of all UK families with children actually receive
    them. Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams commissioned the report.

    Source: Western Mail, Monday 14 June, page 7

    Fast-track tests at obstetrics unit

    Midwives in Newport have launched a new fast track day-admissions
    unit to provide more rapid assessments for pregnant women.

    The new unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital will provide a service for
    high-risk mums-to-be who may encounter problems during their
    pregnancies.

    Source: Western Mail, Monday 14 June, page 7

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