Monday 2 August 2004

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

    Patient wins right to life ruling

    A terminally ill man claimed a victory yesterday saying that a high
    court verdict gave power in end-of-life decisions back to
    patients.

    Leslie Burke, who has a degenerative brain condition, challenged
    General Medical Council guidelines on sustaining life by artificial
    feeding as he is concerned that his wish to go on living until he
    dies naturally could be overruled.

    Source:- The Guardian Saturday 31 July page 4

    Soham officer ‘invented alibi’

    The policeman, who was the liaison officer for one of the families
    of the murdered Soham schoolgirls, was accused of inventing an
    alibi to escape charges of accessing “questionable
    images” at the Old Bailey yesterday.

    Detective constable Brian Stevens and Louise Austin, a Crown
    Prosecution Service case worker, both deny perverting the course of
    justice.

    Source:- The Guardian Saturday 31 July page 8

    10 pupils a day are expelled for violence

    Around 10 pupils a day were expelled for violence during the summer
    term, according to new government figures.

    The figures show that 288 pupils were expelled for violence against
    an adult and 336 were expelled for attacking another pupil.

    Source:- The Guardian Saturday 31 July page 8

    Give addicts free drugs, says Tory group

    Heroin and crack users should be prescribed on the National Health
    Service, according to a leading Tory pressure group.

    The Bow Group, whose former chair was Conservative leader Michael
    Howard, argue that the move would stop addicts turning to crime to
    feed their habit.

    The free drugs would be on the condition that they had compulsory
    medical treatment in rehabilitation centres.

    Source:- The Times Saturday 31 July page 12

    Ladylike title for Margaret Hodge

    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge is to become a lady after
    her husband was appointed as a High Court judge yesterday.

    She will get the title in October when her husband, Henry, is sworn
    in by Lord Woolf, the Lord Chief Justice.

    Source:- The Times Saturday 31 July page 13

    Second woman kills herself in jail

    A woman has been found hanged in her cell at New Hall prison, near
    Wakefield. Marie Walsh was put on remand for theft two weeks ago.
    The incident happened 36 hours after the apparent suicide of
    Rebecca Turner at Low Newton prison, County Durham on
    Wednesday.

    Source:- The Independent Saturday 31 July page 10

    Home Office failed to stop race bullying

    The Home Office has been found guilty of racially discriminating
    against a black employee by failing to investigate her allegations
    of bullying.

    An employment tribunal found in favour of Devaline McKenzie has who
    said she was harassed in the directorate’s ministerial cases
    unit which prepares answers to parliamentary questions sent to
    ministers.

    Source:- The Independent Saturday 31 July page 10

    Compulsory lie tests for paedophiles

    Home Office secretary David Blunkett is planning to introduce
    controversial laws that will force paedophiles to undergo lie
    detector tests to determine whether they are safe to remain in the
    community.

    The polygraph tests, which measure breathing, heart rate and sweat,
    have proved 90 per cent accurate in the US.

    Source:- The Sunday Times Sunday 2 August page 1

    Emergency childcare for working mothers

    Working mothers could be offered emergency childcare through
    state-registered agencies to stop them taking time off work or
    calling in sick when their normal arrangements break down.

    The new plans, being considered by Downing Street, could also help
    mothers during school holidays.

    Source:- The Observer Sunday 2 August  page 2

    Youth hunted after seaside resort brawl leaves one
    dead

    Devon and Cornwall police are hunting a 17-year-old boy in
    connection with the murder of Benjamin Crewes in Torquay last
    night.

    The police believe Sean McNamara was seriously injured in the
    brawl, involving 40 people. They want to speak to him but are also
    concerned about his welfare.

    Source:- The Observer Sunday 2 August page 4

    Row over abortion advice for girls under 16

    New guidance for doctors and health workers has reignited a row
    over whether parents should be automatically told their child is
    considering an abortion.

    The guidance says every effort should be made to find an adult to
    provide support if a teenager consents to an abortion but does not
    wish to tell their parents.

    Source:- The Observer Sunday 2 August  page 7

    Schools to get scanners to stop children with knives

    Schools could be offered mobile scanning machines to detect
    children carrying knives, according to new proposals from
    Metropolitan police commissioner Sir John Stevens.

    The proposal follows the conviction of 16-year-old Alan Pennell for
    the murder of Luke Walmsley, aged 14, in a school corridor.

    Source:- The Sunday Telegraph Sunday 2 August page 1

    Protests against asylum conditions

    Protests are expected at asylum seeker detention centres following
    apparent suicides
    at Harmondsworth near Heathrow airport and Dungavel in
    Lanarkshire.

    Demonstrations are expected at Dungavel detention centre in
    Lanarkshire and Forest Bank prison in Manchester.

    Source:- The Sunday Telegraph Sunday 2 August page 2

    Muslim GPs won’t treat sex diseases

    Muslim doctors in Britain are refusing to treat patients with
    sexual diseases such as AIDS saying they are a punishment from
    God.

    The hardline, adopted by a minority of Muslims, is becoming more
    apparent within those who are training or recently qualified.

    Source:- The Mail on Sunday Sunday 2 August  page 1

    Sacked immigration whistleblower to sue former
    employers

    Immigration whistleblower, Steve Moxon, is to take the government
    to an employment tribunal after he was sacked for ‘breach of
    contract.’

    Moxon revealed hundreds of visa applications from Eastern European
    migrants were approved without proper checks leading to the
    resignation of Home Office minister Beverley Hughes.

    Source:- The Independent Sunday 2 August page 2

    Saudi claims immunity over child-sex allegations

    A Saudi embassy official has claimed diplomatic immunity after
    being arrested by police for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old
    girl in London.

    The alleged assault reportedly occurred during a party at the
    diplomat’s home in Holland Park. The Foreign Office said it
    was in contact with the Saudi embassy over whether the right to
    diplomatic immunity can be waived.

    Source:- The Independent Sunday 2 August page 5

    Curfew for mother in ‘trainee tart’ row

    A woman said Cheltenham magistrates had given her a tougher
    sentence than burglars and car thieves after she was given a
    10-week curfew order for assaulting her 13-year-old
    daughter’s English teacher.

    Joanne Sharp is required to stay at home between 9pm and 7pm each
    day.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Monday 2 August page 7

    Children are taken away – but the system can’t
    admit it’s wrong

    Social workers who believe that parents have harmed their children
    say they always act ‘in the best interests of the
    child’. But what happens to those parents who protest –
    and believe that they can prove their innocence? In a two-part
    investigation into the closed world of child protection, Cassandra
    Jardine hears from families who have suffered at the hands of a
    system they say is unjust and biased – and uncovers
    disturbing suggestions that, in one county at least, the
    council’s efforts to meet government adoption targets may be
    making a bad situation worse.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Monday 2 August page 14

    Missing baby’s father denies sex abuse claim

    A suspected paedophile, who has been jailed for refusing
    to reveal where his newborn baby is, says that social workers went
    after him due to an unproven sexual allegation.

    Andrew Milton’s Thai-born wife, Sekunna, disappeared from
    their home in Wellington, Somerset, while she was due to give birth
    after Somerset Council’s social services department began
    proceedings to take their baby into care when it was born. She has
    since emerged, but without their baby. It is believed that the baby
    may be in Thailand being looked after by Sekunna’s relatives.
    Sekunna has also been jailed for failing to reveal the baby’s
    whereabouts.

    Source:- The Guardian Monday 2 August page 9

    Scottish newspapers

    Baby boy shaken and then dumped in his cot

    A baby almost died after being shaken then dumped in his cot, the
    High Court in Edinburgh has heard.

    Doctors treated the child for bleeding inside his skull  and feared
    there was the possibility of fatal brain damage. The four-month-old
    child went on to make a good recovery.

    Liane Gordon first claimed she had fallen down the stairs with the
    baby strapped to her chest in a carrier. But she later told social
    workers she had been unable to cope with the baby crying in January
    2002.

    She admitted a charge of culpable and reckless conduct. The judge
    called for background reports to be compiled before considering
    sentence.

    Source:- Evening News  Saturday 31 July

    Convicts can queue for jail say governors

    Prison overcrowding can be tackled by allowing convicted criminals
    to stay at home until a cell is ready for them, governors have told
    the Scottish executive.

    The Prison Governors’ Association said in a written
    submission to the executive that if minor offenders were placed on
    a waiting list it would ease the pressure on a overcrowded
    system.

    The executive has asked for suggestions to tackle the problem as
    the system currently deals with 7,000 prisoners yet has places for
    just 6,185.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday  Sunday 1 August

    Children to set trap for rogue game traders

    Children will be used to trap traders who sell age restricted
    products to youngsters under new powers for trading standards
    officers in Scotland.

    The move is designed to prevent shop owners selling tobacco,
    alcohol and violent videos or computer programmes to minors.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday  Sunday 1 August

    Party’s over for noisy neighbours

    Noisy neighbours will be punished with on-the-spot fines of up to
    £500 under new powers to crackdown on antisocial
    behaviour.

    Tayside has been chosen as the first area to use the powers which
    will allow police to issue fines for people acting in an antisocial
    fashion.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday  Sunday 1 August

    Report reveals rise in teenage drinks shame

    One of Britain’s biggest off-licences has refused almost 850
    requests a week from teenagers trying to buy alcohol.

    Staff in Thresher stores across the UK refused a total of 240,000
    young customers last year and 18 per cent of them were in
    Scotland.

    Source:- Sunday Herald  Sunday 1 August

    New self-harm database set to reduce suicide

    A database of every Scot who self-harms is being planned in a bid
    to reduce the number of suicides.

    Psychiatrists and other health specialists across the country would
    be able to access the list held centrally on a computer as a means
    of assessing the risk that individuals pose to themselves.

    Source:- Sunday Herald  Sunday 1 August

    Axing Asian crime unit ‘paved way for huge
    fraud’

    An investigation into what is thought to be the biggest fraud in
    Scottish history could have been prevented had a unit created to
    tackle Asian gangs not been disbanded over fears that it could be
    seen as persecuting ethnic minorities.

    Strathclyde police are investigating a massive financial fraud
    believed to involve tens of millions of pounds and at least three
    major Asian crime gangs from the south side of Glasgow.

    Strathclyde’s unit dedicated to Asian crime was disbanded
    last October over fears among senior officers that the nature of
    the investigation was not politically correct.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Monday 2 August

    More cash plea for fight against drug addiction in
    North-east

    Doctors have slammed the Scottish executive for failing to provide
    enough money to fight the drugs crisis in a addict-ridden area of
    Scotland.

    Despite new money to combat drug misuse in Aberdeen, Fraserburgh
    and Peterhead, local GPs have accused the executive of creating a
    national divide by focussing on the central belt at the expense of
    smaller communities in the north east where the impact of drugs is
    often felt harder.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Monday 2 August

    Demonstrators call for closure of Dungavel

    A protest against the “moral obscenity and fatal
    policy” of detaining asylum seekers was held by campaigners
    outside Dungavel detention centre yesterday.

    Politicians, trade unionists and refugee action groups called for
    the centre in Lanarkshire to be shut.

    A one-minute silence was also held for a 22-year-old asylum seeker
    who died recently at the centre.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Monday 22 August

    Reliance installs webcams

    Reliance security firm have installed webcams at courts, it emerged
    yesterday.

    There have been 21 mistaken releases from Scottish courts in recent
    months. Reliance accepts responsibility for seven out of 16 and the
    remaining five are still under investigation.

    It is hoped the webcams, which will take a digital photograph of
    every prisoner as they enter the building, will help keep track of
    prisoners.

    Source:-  The Scotsman  Monday 22 August

    Welsh newspapers

    Charity tops grants record

    Children in Need has broken the record for distributing grants to
    help disadvantaged children and young people.

    The charity said it would be awarding more than £1 million in
    grants after a new round of applications, bringing the total for
    2004 to £2,327,729.

    Source:- Western Mail Monday 2 August page 7

    Bridging the poverty gap

    A feature looking at the gap between rich and poor in
    Swansea.

    A report from the charity, Save the Children, carried out less than
    two years ago found that 81.2 per cent of children on the run-down
    Townhill estate were living in poverty. But gradually the troubled
    estate is beginning to show signs of regeneration.

    Source:- Western Mail Monday 2 August page 10

     

     

     

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