Tuesday 15 June 2004

    By Clare Jerrom and Alex Dobson

    ‘Quantum leap’ of Clark death accuser

    A paediatrician, who voiced concerns about a father’s role in
    the apparent murder of his two sons, was accused yesterday of
    making a ‘quantum leap’ by the chair of a General
    Medical Council disciplinary panel.

    David Southall filed a report to police suggesting that Sally
    Clark’s husband Stephen killed their children Harry and
    Christopher after watching a documentary about the couple.

    At the time Sally Clark was serving a double life sentence for the
    murder of the boys although her conviction was quashed as unsafe on
    appeal last year.

    Chair Denis McDevitt questioned the expert’s research into
    the relationship between children’s nosebleeds and
    suffocation and suggested the evidence was based on a small study
    “without an adequate control”.

    The hearing continues.

    Source: The Times, Tuesday 15 June, page 7

    Drink and drugs at open jail

    An inspection report of Hollesley Bay prison in Suffolk has
    identified an increasing number of prisoners found under the
    influence of drugs and alcohol.

    The report said targeted searching and drugs testing at the jail,
    described as having an easy going atmosphere, did not always take
    place.

    Source: The Times, Tuesday 15 June, page 8

    Mental health aid

    The government has put £2.7 million into a five-year plan to
    help people with mental health problems.

    Twenty Whitehall departments, agencies and other organisations will
    aim to ensure people with mental health problems have equal
    opportunities.

    Source: The Times  Tuesday 15 June page 8

    Jail threat for police chiefs who fail to combat
    racism

    Fourteen police chief constables will be warned today that they
    will face prison unless they stamp out racism in their
    forces.

    Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality Trevor Phillips will
    put the senior officers on notice along with the heads of eight
    police authorities and warn them that they must respond or face
    being brought before the courts.

    The move follows the publication of a damning interim report into
    police racism by Sir David Calvert-Smith QC ordered in the wake of
    the BBC’s Panorama documentary “The Secret
    Policeman” which led to the resignation of nine
    officers.

    Source: Independent  Tuesday 15 June page 20

    Tory reshuffle targets public services

    Michael Howard has reshuffled a shadow cabinet in a bid to refocus
    the party’s attentions on public services.

    The Conservative leader recreated separate shadow cabinet jobs for
    health and education to be filled by Andrew Lansley and Tim
    Collins. Both portfolios had previously been held by Tim Yeo, who
    has moved to environment and transport.

    Source: Financial Times  Tuesday 15 June page 2

    Police investigate BNP poll leaflet

    Claims that a British National Party European election leaflet
    contained inflammatory statements that could incite racial hatred
    were being investigated by police yesterday.

    The Race Equality Council for Gloucestershire complained about the
    content of a leaflet sent to homes in the county headed
    “Asylum is making Britain explode”.

    Source: Financial Times  Tuesday 15 June page 4

    Scottish newspapers

    Benefits system at root of poverty problem, claims
    deprivation study

    Tackling the benefits system and giving people new skills could be
    ways of eradicating poverty in some of Scotland’s most
    disadvantaged areas, it emerged yesterday.

    Glasgow has 17 out of 20 of the country’s poorest areas,
    including the 10 most deprived, a study found. The Scottish Index
    of Multiple Deprivation study identified Queenslie and Banlanark as
    the most deprived in the country while Giffnock North in East
    Renfrewshire was found to be the least deprived.

    Deputy leader of Glasgow Council Jim Coleman said the current
    benefits system was the root of the problem as many families in
    Glasgow were trapped in the benefits system. Unless they were take
    off benefits, retrained and moved into employment, their lifestyles
    would stay the same, he added.

    Source: The Scotsman  Tuesday 15 June

    Prison service fails to release second inmate

    The Scottish Prison Service launched a fresh inquiry after claims
    that a second inmate was mistakenly locked up longer than he should
    have been.

    It emerged that a 21-year-old man, who was serving time at
    Barlinnie jail in Glasgow, was kept incarcerated for an extra three
    days following his release date last December.

    The news came after weekend reports that a woman who was cleared at
    Glasgow District Court spent an additional week in Cornton Vale
    women’s prison.

    Source: The Scotsman  Tuesday 15 June

    Young mother who killed her two babies gets three years
    probation

    A mother who killed her two babies escaped a jail sentence
    yesterday.

    Susan MacLeod killed her daughter between August 1996 and January
    1997 and her son between June 1998 and December 1999.

    She put the bodies in bin bags and placed them in a wardrobe before
    taping the doors shut. MacLeod admitted culpable homicide of her
    two children by failing to get proper medical care for them. Her
    legal team claimed she had mental health problems because of
    childhood abuse.

    She was given a three year probation order at the High Court in
    Airdrie and as part of the order she has to continue arrangements
    for contraceptive care under the supervision of her GP. If she
    fails to comply with the order, it is likely she will go to
    prison.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 15 June

    Social work centre set for move to old water depot

    A social work centre in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived
    areas is set to move to a water depot next month.

    Edinburgh Council’s Craigmillar Social Work Centre is
    expected to move to Niddrie Water Depot building at Duddingston
    Park after the lease for the current centre ends.

    Source:- Evening News  Monday 14 June

    Welsh Newspapers

    Refugees grateful for city’s welcome

    A new study has found that almost all of Newport’s 390
    refugees have fled war or persecution. Figures from the Welsh
    Refugee Council (WRC) show that three out of four asylum-seekers in
    the city are from areas of conflict and the organisation praised
    the city for the welcome it has given to refugees.

    Source: South Wales Argus Monday 14 June page 13

    Child gang threat prompts curfew

    One of the first curfews on young people in Wales has been
    imposed in Rhymney, near Caerphilly, in an effort to curb
    anti-social behaviour.

    Gwent police will have the power to disperse groups of two or more,
    and youngsters aged under 16 who are not being supervised will have
    to adhere to a curfew from 9pm to 6am, or risk being returned home
    by officers. Rhymney councillor, Peter Bailie said the curfew was
    necessary because of a growing gang culture among some young
    people.

    Source: Western Mail Tuesday 15 June page 7

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