Tuesday 22 June 2004

    Whiting admits killing Sarah Payne

    Roy Whiting admitted to killing school girl Sarah Payne yesterday
    for the first time almost three years after he was found guilty of
    the attack.

    Whiting made the confession in court yesterday while giving
    evidence in the trial of a prisoner accused of attacking him
    because he killed Sarah.

    Whiting repeatedly denied murdering her during his trial in
    2001.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, Tuesday, 22 June, page 5

    As HIV costs the NHS £345m, a call to test
    ‘high risk’ migrants

    Migrants should be made to have an HIV test before they are allowed
    to enter Britain the independent think tank MigrationWatch demanded
    yesterday.

    The call came as it was revealed that three out of four cases of
    the Aids virus in heterosexuals were probably picked up in
    Africa.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, Tuesday, 22 June, page 8

    We refuse to teach expelled girl who was allowed
    back

    Teachers have refused to teach a pupil who was allowed back into
    school after being expelled for hitting one of their
    colleagues.

    An independent appeals panel over turned the head teacher’s
    decision to permanently exclude Ta’Lisha Edwards, 14, for
    slapping her RE teacher on the arm and being abusive, angering
    teachers and governors.

    The incident occurred at The Becket School in Wilford,
    Nottingham.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, Tuesday, 22 June, page 19

    £6.5m people-smuggling case collapses

    Three men accused of people-smuggling walked free yesterday after
    prosecutors admitted that key witnesses could no longer be
    traced.

     Xing Cheng and Guo Chen denied leading a human-trafficking
    operation worth £5.2m from Dragon Palace restaurant in
    Aberystwyth, west Wales, after the Jury was told the witnesses had
    disappeared.

    Source:- The Independent, June 22, page 8

    Compromise suggested on child smacking ban

    Ministers are all set to oppose a change in the Children Bill in
    the Lords today banning all smacking except to prevent immediate
    danger to children.

    However they may drop opposition to banning punishment that causes
    physical or mental harm to children – a move welcomed by
    anti-smacking campaigners.

    Source:- The Independent, June 22, page 18
     

    Charity boost for public schools

    Public schools could retain their charity status under a shake-up
    of charity legislation, according to evidence from the Charities
    Commission.

    The Commission said that a narrow beneficiary class that could lead
    to higher educational benefits to those well off is acceptable for
    charity status.

    However, the Government gave assurances that charities charging
    higher fees would be forced to pass a public test.

    Source:- The Times, June 22, page 2
     

    Tenants’ decision proved difficult to live
    with

    When ministers gave council tenants a choice on whether to accept
    £283m of housing improvements they believed the outcome would
    be a straightforward “yes”.

    But with majority Camden tenants voting “no” in a
    ballot the area’s chances of ensuring all its homes are up to
    a decent standard by 2010 are nil, damaging one of the
    Government’s key policies.

    Leader of Camden council Dame Jane Roberts has learned a lesson. To
    give people choice, the implications have to be thought
    threw.

    Source: The Financial Times, June 22, page 3

    Homelessness in rural areas soars

    Homelessness in rural parts of England has increased by almost a
    third in four years, according to research published
    yesterday.

    The State of the Countryside 2004 found that an increase in the
    amount of people moving to rural areas had pushed up house prices.
    Pam Warhurst, the chairman of the Countryside Agency, the
    government’s advisory body on rural affairs, said that 10,000
    affordable new homes were needed in the countryside each
    year.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, June 22, page
    9

    Scottish newspapers

    Explicit comic for young gays “is healthy
    read”

    A sexually explicit comic designed to help tackle HIV is being
    distributed among gay Scottish teenagers.

    The magazine features sexual puns and cartoon strips of people in
    different sexual positions in an attempt to get 16-24 year olds
    talking about safe sex.

    The project is being run by health promotion body, Healthy Gay
    Scotland, and was funded by the Scottish Executive.

    Source:- The Herald, Tuesday, 22 June

    Welsh newspapers

    Minister to launch asylum book

    A book written by asylum seekers and refugees is to be launched in
    Swansea tomorrow.

    Assembly minister for social justice, Edwina Hart will unveil the
    book, called Nobody’s Perfect, which is made up of fiction,
    true stories, poetry, opinion pieces and comic writing from asylum
    seekers and refugees from 30 different countries.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 22 June page 5

    Genetic guidelines in caring for patients

    Guidelines produced in Wales are to be used by the UK’s
    600,000 nurses to bring genetics into every day care.

    The work by the University of Glamorgan will ensure that nurses,
    midwives and health visitors can integrate the subject into
    day-to-day patient care.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 22 June page 8

    Police review patient’s death

    Police are to re-investigate the death of a patient at a
    psychiatric hospital in Swansea.

    Kurt Howard, 32, died at Cefn Coed hospital in the city, in the
    summer of 2002. Staff at the hospital were interviewed by police
    following following the death, which occurred while Howard was
    being restrained.

    South Wales Police have now confirmed that they will be
    re-interviewing some members of staff in an attempt to clarify
    issues raised in connection with the death.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 22 June page 9

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