Thursday 8 July 2004

    By Alex Dobson, Clare Jerrom, Shirley Kumar and Amy
    Taylor


    Blunkett exposes feared invasion of foreign benefit scroungers as
    ‘myth’

    Worries that high numbers of benefits scroungers would come to
    Britain from poor Eastern European countries have proved unfounded,
    the home secretary David Blunkett said last night.

    Government figures for immigration for May and June showed that a
    total of 24,000 people had registered for work since the 10
    accession countries joined the European Union on 1 May. Almost
    15,000 of them were here illegally already.

    Source:- The Independent, Thursday, 8 July, page 12

    Fear on nursery care forces rethink

    The government is considering taking a different tack on its
    childcare strategy due to increasing evidence that day nurseries
    for children under two can cause them to behave more anti-socially
    and aggressive.

    One of the largest international studies by the National Institute
    of Child Health and Human Development in the US found that the more
    time children spend in childcare when they are aged from birth to
    four and a half the more they were less able to get along with
    others.

    Margaret Hodge, the children’s minister is also expected to
    announce that extending paid maternity leave from six months to one
    year today.

    Source:- The Guardian, Thursday, 8 July, page 1

    Prescott blocks plan for asylum centre

    Home secretary David Blunkett’s plans to build a network of
    units to hold asylum seekers was stopped yesterday when deputy
    prime minister John Prescott rejected plans for a centre on a
    disused RAF base.

    Prescott rejected a planning application to turn the former base
    into the second of four accommodation centres to hold 750 asylum
    seekers.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 2

    Girl left alone died in fall from ride

    A teenage girl with Down Syndromes fell to her death from a Ferris
    wheel after an a member of staff refused to allow her mother to
    ride with her in the gondola, an inquest heard.

    Salma Saleem from Nelson in Lancashire was on an outing organised
    by a disabled children’s group at Gulliver’s World
    theme park when she fell to the death in July 2002.

    The inquest in Warrington continues and is due to hear more on
    training procedures and from the member of staff operating the
    wheel at the time.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 3

    Three police in court on killing charge

    Three Lincolnshire police officers were charged with unlawful
    killing after the body of heroin addict Michelle Wood was found in
    a field.
    Andrew Hickinbottom, PC Ian Clark and Andrew Wood were granted
    unconditional bail at Grimsby magistrates.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 4

    Father who killed

    A father who battered his new born son to death was jailed for
    seven years by the Old Bailey.
    Stephen Hough of Luton denied murder but was convicted
    manslaughter.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 4

    Sex attack alert

    Women are being offered self-defence lessons after a young sex
    attacker struck 11 times in four weeks in Rochdale.
    More than 1,000 panic alarms have been sold or given away.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 4

    ‘No’ to race case

    A racial case against members of a bonfire society accused of
    burning effigies of people and the number plate PIKEY has been
    thrown out by the Crown Prosecution Service due to lack of
    evidence.

    File Bonfire Society near Lewes, East Sussex has been in dispute
    over travellers.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 4

    Soham row discredits police, says Stevens

    The rows between Humberside police chief David Westwood and Home
    Secretary David Blunkett will discredit police and politicians,
    warned Metropolitan Police Chief John Stevens on his
    retirement.

    He said the struggle, after the Bichard Report into the Soham
    murders, should have been handled without public
    confrontation.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 6

    Chief constable under fire in assault
    hearing

    Humberside chief constable David Westwood is at the centre of a row
    over his handling of allegations by a woman police officer who said
    she had been indecently assaulted by a black colleague.

    Westwood is alleged to have offered the woman a promotion in
    November last year when the force failed to take action against
    detective Shaquille Siddiqui.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 6

    Deprived areas miss out on millions in NHS budgets

    Deprived communities are missing out on millions due to
    inequalities in the funding of healthcare.

    The first annual report from the Healthcare Commission said there
    were many disparities based on wealth, race and religion.

    Source:- The Times, July 8, page 14

    Judge blasts lawyers for ‘hopeless’ asylum
    appeals

    High Court judge Justice Collins has reprimanded human
    rights lawyers for backing ‘totally unmeritorious’
    claims by failed asylum seekers.

    He said some legal challenges were a blatant attempt to delay a
    return to the home country.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, July 8, page 23

    Scottish newspapers

    Scotland to be testing ground for tagging of asylum
    seekers

    Asylum seekers in Scotland are to be electronically tagged as part
    of a major security crackdown by the Home Office.

    Reliance Monitoring Services will take on the contract operating a
    six-month pilot scheme from September.

    According to the Home Office, around 70 asylum seekers in Scotland
    will be involved in the compulsory trials which will run alongside
    similar projects in England and Wales before being rolled out
    across the UK.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 8 July

    Prisons chief demands action over soaring jail
    population

    The Scottish executive should stop talking and start acting over
    the increasing numbers of people being sent to prisons,
    Scotland’s chief inspector of prisons has urged.

    Andrew McLellan raised his fears in an inspectorate report of
    Greenock prison yesterday which revealed the jail was running at
    100 per cent capacity.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 8 July

    Care of elderly inconsistent

    The monitoring of waiting lists for care home places across
    Scotland is “patchy and inconsistent”, according to
    Audit Scotland yesterday.

    More than 1,800 older people were waiting for services even though
    councils are spending millions on community care.

    Scotland’s spending watchdog warned that information was not
    being collected in the same way across the country, making it
    impossible to draw up a performance league table.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 8 July

    Tories slam fewer jail terms plan

    The Conservative Party have slammed calls for fewer people to be
    sent to prison.

    Justice spokesperson Anabel Goldie said experience overseas showed
    prison served as a deterrent and helped reduce crime.

    Her comments came after the Scottish Prison Service proposed
    scrapping sentences of less than a year.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 7 July

    Home Alone kid, six, walks icy ledge

    A starving child left home alone pushed her little brother across
    two busy roads to buy breakfast with 20p, a court heard.

    The child was dressed in pyjamas in freezing weather. She also
    walked along an icy ledge 20 feet above the ground.
    Christine Carmichael, 37, admitted wilfully risking the
    children’s lives at Perth Sheriff Court.

    Source:- Daily Record, July 8, page 12

    Cramped cells rap for prison

    A prison hall contains twice as many inmates as it should,
    according to a report by Dr Andrew McLellan, Chief Inspector of
    Prisons.

    The prison has three halls but only Alisa Hall is
    overcrowded.

    Source:- Daily Record, July 8, page 20

    Welsh newspapers

    Parents hiring tutors for their children

    Increasing numbers of Welsh parents are hiring private
    tutors to help their children win scholarships to top schools in
    Wales.

    As demand for homes within the catchment areas of popular schools
    drives prices higher, parents are resorting to coaching in an
    effort to gain places for their children in independent
    schools.

    Source Western Mail Thursday 8 July page 1

    Quangos lacking in experience

    Welsh assembly first minister, Rhodri Morgan says that the
    country does not have enough experienced people to serve on public
    bodies.

    Because of Wales’ small population Mr Morgan says that there
    are shortages of people below retirement age who can sit on bodies
    like Local Health Boards.

    Source Western Mail Thursday 8 July page 2

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