Tuesday 27 July 2004

    By Shirley Kumar, Clare Jerrom and Alex Dobson

    Schoolboy guilty of murder

    A 16-year-old, who knifed 14-year-old Luke Walmsley to death at a
    school in Lincolnshire, was facing a life sentence after being
    found guilty of murder at Nottingham Crown Court.

    Source:- Financial Times Tuesday 27 July page 1

    Ministers’ 10-year vision offers councils more
    power

    Councils could be enlarged and given extra powers under
    ministers’ 10-year plan.

    Further details will be provided of the new ‘local area
    agreements’ that include nine pilot projects intended to let
    councils strike better deals with central government.

    Source:- Financial Times Tuesday 27 July page 4

    Parents arrested after death of sick son

    The parents of a 10-year-old boy suffering from the terminal
    illness, Hunter syndrome, were being held by police on suspicion of
    murder.

    Andy and Mary Wragg were arrested on Saturday night at their home
    in Worthing, West Sussex, after their son Jacob was pronounced dead
    on arrival at Worthing hospital.

    Source:- The Times  Tuesday 27 July page 3

    Mob victim’ denies sword attack

    An Asian student whose family had been repeatedly victimised by a
    drunken gang on a council estate allegedly attacked one of them
    with a Samurai sword.

    Shamraiz Ali allegedly attacked Shane Stringer following an assault
    on his elderly father on the Clayton estate in Orton, Malborne,
    Peterborough.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 3

    Commuter thugs face jail terms

    Five youths who terrorised commuters were convicted of conspiracy
    to rob at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court.

    The teenagers were core members of a 60-strong gang.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 4

    Court bans village gang

    Eleven youths aged 13-years to 17-years were handed anti-social
    behaviour orders for terrorising the village of Yarnfield,
    Staffordshire.

    The teenagers received between two and three-year banning
    orders.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 4

    PC’s sex crimes

    Policeman Kevin Hicks of East Huntspill, near Highbridge, Somerset
    pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a girl under the age of
    16-years at Bristol Crown Court.

    He had spent a long time as a youth worker in churches.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 4

    Jailed child trafficker to help in torso case

    A child trafficker who is believed to have brought hundreds of
    youngsters and adults into the country to work as sex slaves was
    jailed for four-and-a-half-years at Southwark Crown Court, South
    London.

    Kingsley Ojo may have smuggled a boy known as Adam, whose torso was
    found in the river Thames in London.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 5

    Suicidal woman failed by mental services

    A suicidal woman was failed by a mental health team which led her
    father to help her die, a damming report reveals.

    Sarah Lawson, who suffered from manic depression and who had a long
    history of self-harm and suicide attempts, was not given sufficient
    supervision and management of her health problems at West Sussex
    Health and Social Care NHS Trust.

    Her father admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished
    responsibility and was given a two-year suspended prison sentence
    and two-years’ probation.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 7

    Debt warning on NHS finances

    A public spending watchdog said the NHS could be driven to
    bankruptcy by the government’s key policy to improve health
    service funding.

    The Audit Commission report concluded the new payment by results
    regime carries substantial risk if not managed properly.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 7

    Rioting at race harmony festival

    A festival intended to promote racial harmony ended in two nights
    of rioting.

    Fights involving 120 Pakistani and Iraqi Kurd youths is the latest
    in a series of attacks in Peterborough since May.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 9

    The hidden epidemic

    More than 170,000 people a year most of them teenagers and young
    adults seek hospital treatment for self harm, according to figures
    collected by the government’s drug and treatment assessment
    body, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

    The figures, which have been collected for the first time,
    highlight the rising number of young people who mutilate themselves
    by cutting or burning themselves to relieve mental anguish.

    Source:- The Independent Tuesday 27 July page 1

    Mental Health Crisis

    Two-page special

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 27 July page 8-9

    How 11-year-olds can gamble online

    Children can gamble online because of failures by Internet casino
    sites to carry out proper age checks, according to research by the
    NCH.

    Most websites allowed under-18s to register their details using a
    Solo debit card that are offered to customers aged 11-years and
    over by NatWest Bank.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 27 July page
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    Scottish newspapers

    Whistleblower faced disciplinary hearing

    A whistleblower, who claimed his colleagues were abusing
    children at a Paisley care home, was facing a disciplinary hearing
    prior to making the allegations to the Care Commission, it has
    emerged.

    Members of staff at Kimbles Residential Education and Care Centre
    have been accused of abusing children in their care by two
    colleagues. The allegations were passed on to the police.

    But the centre’s chief executive Graham Bell has now claimed
    that one of the staff members who made the allegation faced a
    previous disciplinary hearing four years ago. In addition, he made
    a series of allegations involving staff along similar lines to the
    latest complaints.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 27 July

    Warning over city’s drink binge kids

    A child will die on Edinburgh’s streets as a result of the
    epidemic of binge drinking amongst young people, a top doctor at
    Edinburgh Royal Infirmary has warned.

    Growing numbers of drunk children as young as 11 are being rushed
    to the accident and emergency department at the ERI after drinking
    so much they pass out.

    Around eight youngsters are hospitalised every weekend after binge
    drinking, according to hospital chiefs. Martin McKechnie, a
    consultant in emergency medicine, said it was inevitable a
    youngster will die in the future following a heavy drinking
    session.

    Source:- Evening News  Monday 26 July

    Doctors warn of threat to out-of-ours rural care

    A group of nearly 30 GPs across Scotland have signed a letter
    warning ministers that healthcare in rural areas outside office
    hours will become inadequate unless urgent action is taken.

    The doctors claim they feel aghast at the way emergency GP cover is
    being cut around the country and are demanding an investigation
    into how far patients can live from frontline medical care without
    compromising their safety.

    Source:- The Herald  Tuesday 27 July

    Welsh newspapers

    How to move the gypsy problem on

    A two-page feature looking at the issues surrounding the way
    that local authorities deal with gypsies and travellers camping on
    authorised sites.

    There are an estimated 250,000 travelling people in the UK and
    councils spend up to £18 million on moving them from illegal
    campsites each year.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Monday 26 July pages 6-7

    Back-up delay ‘hitting
    hospitals’

    Delayed transfers of care are having a major effect on hospital
    services in Gwent, according to a new report.

    An investigation by the Healthcare Commission has warned that the
    reduction in the availability of nursing and residential care in
    the county means that patients are spending more time in hospital
    unnecessarily.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 27 July page 9

     

     

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