Tuesday 29 June 2004

    Boys charged with murder

    Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with the murder of 15
    year-old Kieran Rodney-West.

    The Rodney-West was running an errand for his mother when he was
    stabbed in Fulham last week.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, June 29, page 10

    Neglect charge

    A man and woman have been charged with neglect after five children
    were found malnourished and living in squalor at their home.

    The couple were remanded in custody by Sheffield magistrates. Two
    children are critically ill.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, June 29, page 10

    The boy denied a nursery place because he speaks
    English, is not an asylum seeker, has two parents…and a
    garden

    A child was turned away from a council-run nursery place because he
    did not fit its criteria.

    St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School in Bristol said it is
    pre-empting a council-wide policy on admissions which is due to
    come into force in September 2005.

    Bristol City Council said national guidance recommend surplus
    nursery places should be targeted at disadvantaged children. These
    include asylum seekers, the disabled, children in care and those on
    the social services at risk register.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, June 29, page 23

    Police chief row moves to High Court

    Lawyers acting for home secretary David Blunkett applied to a High
    Court judge to order Humberside Police Authority to suspend police
    chief David Westwood yesterday.

    Speaking at a drugs and alcohol conference yesterday Blunkett also
    said he planned to remain at the Home Office if Labour won the next
    election.

    Blunkett is using the Police Reform Act 2002 to suspend Westwood
    after Humberside Police were heavily criticised for their handling
    of intelligence on Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

    Source: The Times, Tuesday, 29 June, page 2

    Detox plan could keep offenders out of
    prison

    Detox programmes ran in the community could be offered to drug
    using offenders instead of sending theme to prison, the Home
    Secretary David Blunkett said yesterday.

    Speaking at a drugs and alcohol conference he said that the idea
    could particularly help young offenders.

    He added that not all drug users who committed crimes should be
    jailed.

    Source:- The Times, Tuesday, 29 June, page 3

    Scottish newspapers

    Move to protect vulnerable adults after abuse scandal

    A unit working to protect vulnerable adults is set to be created in
    the Scottish Borders   after two investigations heavily criticised
    health and social care services.

    A proposal for the unit is set to be submitted to the Scottish
    Borders Council executive today.

    Two reports by the Social Work Services Inspectorate and the Mental
    Welfare Commission for Scotland made more than 40 recommendations
    for the council, the health services police and the Scottish
    Executive.

    It comes after an overhaul of the region’s care systems after
    an abuse case involving a 30-year old woman with learning
    difficulties.

    Source:- The Scotsman, Tuesday, 29 June

    Welsh newspapers

    We will stamp out the drugs

    A headteacher has vowed to stamp out drug use at his
    school following the permanent expulsion of a 13-year-old boy
    allegedly caught selling cannabis to fellow pupils.

    Ten other pupils were temporarily suspended following the incident
    at Pencoed Comprehensive School in Bridgend.

    Source: South Wales Echo Monday 28 June page 4

    Mum grounded after leaving young children home
    alone

    A judge has imposed a curfew on a mother, who left her
    children home alone, to go out drinking.

    The woman must now stay at home from 9pm to 7am every night after
    she left her ten-year-old daughter at home with her 14-month-old
    sister. The ten-year-old became concerned when her mother failed to
    return and the police were called.
    The woman who cannot be named for legal reasons pleaded guilty to
    two charges of exposing a child to cruelty and was given a two-year
    rehabilitation order as well as the curfew which will last for four
    months.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 29 June page 1

    Charity claims 90 per cent want 20mph zones at
    schools

    Nine out of ten motorists are in favour of 20mph zones
    outside schools, but Wales is lagging behind the rest of the UK in
    installing them.

    A survey from the road safety charity Brake found that four out of
    five parents worry that their children could be injured by speeding
    traffic while on foot or on bikes.

    Brake is campaigning to end the UK’s record as the country
    with the highest rate of child pedestrian deaths in Western
    Europe.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 29 June page 1

     

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