Friday 18 June 2004

    By Clare Jerrom and Alex Dobson

    Asylum ruling is defeat for Blunkett

    Judges ruled yesterday that David Blunkett could not remove a
    failed asylum applicant under “fast track” deportation
    rules.

    Law lords ruled that Mohammad Ali Razgar was entitled to remain in
    Britain until his appeal is heard.

    The home secretary had ruled that Razgar should be sent to Germany,
    the first country in which he sought asylum after fleeing
    Iraq.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 18 June page 2

    Man confesses to killing in 1964

    A 76-year-old man confessed yesterday that he kidnapped and killed
    a schoolgirl over 40 years ago.

    Kim Roberts vanished from her home in East London in March 1964 and
    her body was later found in a quarry. A post mortem examination
    showed the seven-year-old had been sexually assaulted and
    strangled.

    Police began detailed questioning of the man yesterday as the
    victims parents Joe and Pat Roberts were warned that the case was
    being reopened.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 18 June page 3

    Feuding parents head for court

    Soaring numbers of parents are resorting to courts to sort out
    squabbles over children, lawyers have warned.

    Between 1992 and 2002, the number of residential orders made rose
    from 16, 424 to 30,006. Lawyers claim reforms are needed to tackle
    the problem.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 18 June page 4

    Tories promise not to preach to parents

    New plans for family policy were unveiled by the Conservatives
    yesterday.

    The Tories pledged not to be too “prissy” about
    parents’ lifestyles and promised to approach the subject with
    “humility and care”.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 18 June  page 13

    Child court case expert witnesses face review

    An investigation into how medical expert witnesses are used in
    child protection cases will be carried out by chief medical officer
    Sir Liam Donaldson.

    The move follows a series of acquittals of women wrongly convicted
    of murdering their children.

    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge announced the inquiry
    yesterday amid concerns over the competence of medical witnesses
    called in care proceedings in family courts which can lead to
    children being removed from their families.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 18 June page 15

    Law lords jolt UK asylum plans

    Law lords ruled yesterday that people could seek sanctuary in
    Britain by arguing that they feared religious persecution.

    The court of appeal in 2002 had ruled that only evidence of torture
    could be used to stop asylum seekers being deported from Britain.
    But five law lords struck down the court of appeal ruling in a
    judgement that was hailed as historic.

    Source:- The Guardian  Friday 18 June page 6

    Restraint technique banned

    A specific restraint technique used in Secure Training Centres has
    been banned by the Youth Justice Board.

    The decision to withdraw use of the “seated double
    embrace” was taken on the recommendation of Northampton
    police who are investigating the case of Gareth Myatt who died
    after being restrained at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre in
    April.

    Source:- The Guardian  Friday 18 June page 8

    Parenting helplines get £6m boost

    Funding of £6.5 million to boost hotlines offering advice and
    support to parents was announced by children’s minister
    Margaret Hodge.

    Hodge said New Labour wanted to improve the help available to
    families and increase support for those with the greatest
    need.

    Source:- The Guardian  Friday 18 June page 11

    One in five babies grow up with no fathers

    Almost one in five babies are born into homes with no fathers,
    according to research.

    The new estimate in the government backed study is that 18 per cent
    of first born children leave hospital with just their mother.
    Research has indicated that children who grow up without fathers do
    worse at school, suffer poorer health and face a more difficult
    start to life than those with two parents.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Friday 18 June page 1

    Scottish newspapers

    Crown to take no action over death of refugee pupil

    No further action is to be taken over the death of an 11-year-old
    refugee who died following an alleged scuffle in a Glasgow
    secondary school, the Crown Office has confirmed.

    Suhail Saleh died following an incident at All Saints Secondary
    School in Barmulloch in February. The refugee collapsed following
    an alleged scuffle with a 12-year-old Iraqi boy.

    Police charged the Iraqi boy and later released him. His family
    then fled their home which was four floors above where the Saleh
    family lived.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 18 June

    Jack looks at life on crime ridden estate

    Visit to the troubled Broomhouse estate was used by First Minister
    Jack McConnell to boost support for the Scottish executive’s
    Antisocial Behaviour Bill.

    McConnell saw first hand the conditions which residents have to
    live in as he toured the estate with communities minister Margaret
    Curran.

    The visit came ahead of today’s debate on the legislation in
    the Scottish Parliament.

    Source:- Evening News  Thursday 17 June

    News centre opens doors to refugees in Capital

    The Edinburgh Refugee Centre was due to open in the Capital today
    to home refugees from 25 different countries.

    The centre will work with these communities to help build links,
    access support and improve their lives in Edinburgh.

    Source:- Evening News  Thursday 17 June

    Police given controversial power to tackle ‘ned
    culture’

    Powers for police to break up groups of youths were passed by MSPs
    yesterday despite fears that they could alienate young
    people.

    MSPs overwhelmingly backed a raft of measures in the Antisocial
    Behaviour (Scotland) Bill aimed at improving the quality of life in
    communities.

    Powers passed included electronic tagging of children, orders to
    force parents to control their children and measures to tackle
    noisy neighbours.

    The bill also extends use of antisocial behaviour orders to 12-15
    year olds.

    Source:- The Herald  Friday 18 June

    Asylum claim frees family from detention in
    Dungavel

    A family which had been locked up in Dungavel detention centre will
    be released this morning following a legal move, according to
    campaigners.

    Aamer Anwar, the family’s lawyer, said they would be freed
    after a fresh asylum claim was submitted based on the fact that the
    government could not guarantee their safety in Mongolia.

    Source: The Herald  Friday 18 June

    Welsh newspapers

    Closing the net

    Gwent police cybercrime unit has revealed that it has dealt with
    350 cases since it was established in 1998 and officers say their
    work is increasing as they deal with more information on larger
    computer hard disks.

    The specialist unit that deals with paedophiles who download child
    porn from the internet is to be increased. Meanwhile, Gwent force
    computer crime investigator Gary Probert has called for longer
    sentences that would act as a greater deterrent against such
    crime.

    Source: South Wales Argus Thursday 17 June page 1

    Whistleblower suspended by Trust attacks
    investigation

    A consultant surgeon who turned whistleblower while working for
    the North Glamorgan NHS Trust claims that the NHS body is
    attempting to frustrate a full investigation of his
    allegations.

    Hungarian-born Andrew Ezsias has been suspended since last April
    from his post as a consultant specialising in face and dental
    surgery. The trust has appointed a senior barrister to chair an
    external review of the allegations.

    Source: Western Mail, Friday 18 June page 5

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