Monday 19 July 2004

    By Alex Dobson, Clare Jerrom, Amy Taylor

     

    Misconduct charge for police in Climbie
    case

    Six police officers face charges of misconduct for alleged failing
    to perform their duties towards Victoria Climbie the Independent
    Police Complaints Commission has announced.

    The charges relate to the care the officers provided Victoria with
    before she died. All the officers worked for child protection teams
    in Brent and Haringey, North London.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, 17 July, page 2

    Blunkett to target yobs in anti-crime strategy

    Measure to tackle anti-social behaviour will be a central part of
    the government’s five-year anti-crime strategy due to be
    published on Monday.

    The development of community policing is also set to be a major
    part of the plans.

    Source:- The Financial Times, Saturday, 17 July, page
    2

    Smaller charities ‘losing out on
    funds’

    Smaller charities are in danger of being pushed aside by larger
    ones in the fight for funding, the National Council for Voluntary
    Organisations warned yesterday.

    The NCVO’s Voluntary Sector Strategic Analysis warns that
    larger charities are benefiting more than small ones from £72m
    of government investment in the voluntary sector. It says that this
    is despite the fact that smaller organisations may have the
    greatest local knowledge.

    Source: The Financial Times, Saturday, 17 July, page
    4

    Asylum seekers draining legal aid from the
    poor

    Poorer Britons are being deprived of legal aid due to the
    increasing cost of providing it to asylum seekers MPs have
    warned.

    The parliamentary constitutional affairs committee said that asylum
    seekers and criminal defendants got legal aid almost automatically
    causing the amount left for civil cases, such as employment
    tribunals, to be reduced.

    Source:- Daily Mail, Saturday, 17 July, page 26

    New Witnesses to be called at Jenkins
    retrial

    Sion Jenkins the teacher accused of killing his foster daughter
    Billie-Jo Jenkins intends to call new witnesses at his retrial in
    an attempt to prove his innocence.

    In an appeal judgement, Lord Justice Rose said the blood found on
    Jenkin’s clothes after the murder was the crux of the case,
    but the conviction at Lewes Crown Court in 1997 was unsafe as fresh
    evidence emerges.

    Source:- The Sunday Times, July 18, page 5

    £1,200 to keep your child happy this
    summer

    Parents will spend £1.8bn on childcare this summer as less
    take time off work to look after their children.

    A survey of 2,000 working parents by Abbey bank found most spend
    £1,200 on care arrangements for two children and a further
    £1,200 keeping them occupied in the six-weeks summer
    holiday.

    Source:- The Observer, July 18, page 1

    Homeless families hit crisis levels

    Homeless families is set to hit 100,000 by the end of the year,
    more than double the figure when Labour came to power, according to
    Shelter.

    The charity says the figure compares with 41,250 families who were
    registered homeless in March 1997 and the average length of stay in
    temporary accommodation has increased from 91 days to 381.

    Source:- The Observer, July 18, page 7

    Crack crisis

    Once restricted to a black and working-class urban bases, crack
    cocaine is now smoked by people of all backgrounds – and with
    45,000 users in London alone, it has become an epidemic, leaving
    violent crime and shattered lives in its wake.

    Source:- The Observer, July 18, page 8

    Trapped in a teenage wasteland

    They’re wild, unwanted and utterly without fear. Mark
    Townsend meets the children who still have dreams of a better
    future.

    Source:- The Observer, July 18, page 16
     

    Union to sue councils over equal pay for women

    Unison is to lodge equal pay claims in employment tribunals in
    employment tribunals on behalf of tens of thousands of women unless
    local authorities agree to pay women as much as men.

    The union says that women are paid 19 per cent less than men on
    average in public services and that local authority employers are
    doing little to address the difference.

    Source:- The Times, July 18, page 1

    Boy in gun arrest

    A boy aged 14 was arrested after allegedly taking a gun that fired
    ball bearings to Perth Grammar School, Tayside and aiming it at a
    teacher.

    The boy is due to appear before a children’s panel.

    Source:- The Times, July 19, page 10

    90% of whites have few or no black
    friends

    Nine of out 10 white Britons have no or hardly any ethnic minority
    friends, according to a poll by the Commission for Racial
    Equality.

    The poll reveals the continuing gulf between races and religions
    more than 40 years after the UK became a multicultural
    society.

    Source:- The Guardian, July 19, page 1

    Separated parents to be taught conflict
    management

    Separated parents embroiled in disputes over their children will be
    taught conflict management skills in a pilot scheme.

    The couples will be encouraged to agree a parenting plan with help
    from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service,
    Cafcass, under the family resolution scheme starting in
    September.

    Source:- The Guardian, July 19, page 3


     

    Scottish newspapers

    Youth who killed father gets five years’
    detention

    A teenager who killed his father after being “visited by
    Satan” was sentenced to five years detention yesterday.

    Daniel Leather used samurai swords to repeatedly stab his father,
    John, after they had argued.

    The 18-year-old has mental health problems and had lived like a
    hermit in his bedroom. He was originally accused of murdering his
    father in November last year but pleaded to the lesser offence of
    culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished
    responsibility.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Saturday 17 July

    Vice girl banned from city’s red light
    zone

    A prostitute has been banned from Edinburgh’s red light
    district under antisocial behaviour laws.

    The prostitute is one of a number of vice girls being targeted by
    the council’s antisocial behaviour division.

    The woman has been issued with an interim antisocial behaviour
    order which bans her from entering the area at any time of the day
    or night. If she breaches the order she will face arrest and
    prosecution.

    Source:- Evening News  Saturday 17 July

    Grandparents’ child access hopes dashed

    A bid to give Scottish grandparents automatic rights to see their
    grandchildren seems unlikely after legal experts concluded family
    disputes should continue to be settled in court.

    Campaign groups argued that the law should be changed to allow
    grandparents the legal right to access to their
    grandchildren.

    But the Law Society of Scotland has examined the idea as part of a
    Scottish executive consultation on changes to family law and has
    concluded that it is unnecessary.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday  Sunday 18 July


    Barlinnie visits to be an education

    A learning centre at Barlinnie prison in Glasgow is to be opened to
    give offenders’ wives and girlfriends lessons in CV writing
    and how to sit job interviews.

    The Scottish Prison Service wants to open the centre to give
    visitors the chance to retrain and learn new skills.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday  Sunday 18 July

    Homeless Scottish footballers off to the World Cup

    Football players representing Scotland in the Homeless World Cup
    are preparing to take Sweden by storm next weekend.
    Scotland is pitched against 31 other countries in the tournament in
    Gothenburg next weekend.

    Source:- Sunday Herald  Sunday 18 July

    Miscarriage of justice victims seek rural
    retreat

    Justice minister Cathy Jamieson is considering plans to build a
    rural retreat to help victims of miscarriages of justice make the
    transition back to normal society.

    Jamieson is set to meet campaigners from Miscarriage of Justice
    Organisation to discuss plans for setting up a centre where former
    prisoners who have been released on appeal can go for counselling,
    learn new skills or come to terms with their feelings of betrayal
    by the justice system.

    Source:- Sunday Herald  Sunday 18 July

    Telephones to keep tag on asylum seekers

    Telephone tagging is to be used to track asylum seekers in Scotland
    as part of a scheme to greatly reduce the numbers being held in
    detention centres such as Dungavel.

    The scheme will combine voice recognition with satellite and mobile
    phone technology and will be run by Reliance Monitoring, a sister
    company to reliance Custodial Services.

    Source:- The Herald  Monday 19 July

    Ministers press on with one agency for offenders

    Proposals to set up a single agency incorporating the prison
    service and criminal justice social work are likely to go ahead
    despite 95 per cent of respondents to a consultation on
    re-offending failing to back the idea.

    The Scottish executive is looking into how such an agency could be
    set up, but 79 of the 85 different groups which responded to the
    consultation were either opposed to the move or did not comment on
    the establishment of a single agency.

    Opponents claimed that changing the structure would be expensive
    and could lead to communities being less safe.
    A draft bill is expected in September and the executive has set
    aside a parliamentary slot in February for new legislation.

    Source:- The Herald  Monday 19 July

     

    Welsh newspapers

    Heather Last aims to be first among inspirational
    women

    A Welsh occupational therapist, who founded a school and
    helped hundreds of children suffering with motor neurone and
    cerebral palsy, has been named as one of the most inspirational
    women in Britain.

    Heather Last from west Wales is a finalist in the National
    Inspirational Women of the Year Award.

    Source Western Mail Monday 19 July page 9

    Bill proposes more support for carers

    A feature looking at the Bill drawn up by Aberavon MP Hywel
    Francis that aims to improve the lives of thousands of unpaid
    carers in the UK. The proposed legislation places a duty on local
    authorities to access carers needs and to work with education,
    housing and health boards to meet those needs.

    Source Western Mail Monday 19 July page 10

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