Tuesday 3 August 2004

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

    Sion Jenkins is bailed after six years in jail

    Sion Jenkins, the former teacher who spent six years in jail for
    the murder of his foster daughter, Billie-Jo, was granted bail
    yesterday pending a retrial.

    Jenkins was freed on bail after his conviction was deemed unsafe by
    the Old Bailey.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 3 August page 5

    Bus driver killed girl passenger who refused sex

    A bus driver was sentenced to a minimum 12-years imprisonment at
    Plymouth Crown Court for strangling a teenager to death because she
    refused to have sex with him.

    Lee Holbrook admitted killing 18-year-old Alicia Eborne.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 3 August page 8

    Phone ‘showed Soham officer lied’

    A Soham detective accused of downloading images of porn was found
    to be lying about his alibi, mobile phone records show.

    DC Brian Stevens told police he was staying with a friend, 100
    miles from the police convalescence home where he was supposed to
    have downloaded the images.

    However, records show he used his phone in around the home the same
    night.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 3 August page 8

    We can have any child in the world in this house,
    except our son’

    Emma and Martin did what any parent would do when thy found a lump
    on their baby’s head: they took him to their GP, who sent
    them to the local hospital. Doctors called social services and the
    little boy was taken into care and his adoption has now been
    arranged.

    Cassandra Jardine speaks to the parents about their nightmare
    – and hears how a closed and seemingly inflexible system
    might be reformed.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 3 August page
    14

    Immigration managers bullied black colleague

    A black woman working in the Home Office Immigration and
    Nationality Directorate (IND) has won her claim of racial
    discrimination.

    The employment tribunal unanimously ruled that the Home Office
    discriminated against Davaline McKenzie after hearing senior
    officials failed to investigate two-years of bullying and
    harassment.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 3 August page 6

    NHS reforms a prescription for disaster, says
    academic

    Reforms made to the NHS would be as disastrous as rail
    privatisation, warned Professor Allyson Pollock of University
    College London.

    Unless the government has a change of heart, it will drastically
    undermine healthcare provision, she revealed in her book due out
    next week.

    Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 3 August  page
    4

    NHS to cut down on standards red tape

    A large part of paperwork generated from maintaining standards
    within the NHS has been scrapped, reducing the workload for NHS
    staff.

    The Controls Assurance regime covering 22 standards such as
    purchasing, supply and transport management is to be axed.

    Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 3 August page 4

    Gypsies mustn’t suffer, says judge

    Romanies have flouted planning regulations and brought fear to a
    village…yet a court rules moving them on would cause them too
    much hardship

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 3 August page 10

    Travellers given £90,000 to talk to each other

    A team of travellers are to be paid £90,000 of
    taxpayers’ money to ask other travellers living in a
    Cambridgeshire village where they would like to live.

    The people of Cottenham are unhappy about the measures. They have
    fought for 18 months to stop travellers settling permanently on
    land next to them.

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 3 August  page 10

    Mired in corruption

    This man exposed an immigration scandal. He got his cards this
    week. Here, he talks frankly to the Mail

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 3 August page 13

    Drinking a bigger crisis than drugs say school heads

    Drinking is a bigger problem amongst school pupils than drugs
    according to school heads in new research.

    A survey of 120 secondary school heads carried out by the BBC Six
    O’Clock News found that 42 per cent of heads rated alcohol
    the biggest menace – far higher than those who saw drugs as more of
    a problem.

    Only 15 per cent said neither was an issue.

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 3 August page 14

    The lottery where you pick the good causes

    A new type of national lottery will give players the chance to
    choose which charities benefit from their tickets.

    The Chariotlottery, due to be launched in October, will be
    internet-based. The City businessmen behind it believe it will
    attract people disillusioned with the way National Lottery money is
    given out to good causes.

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 3 August page 18

    Scottish newspapers

    Reliance given added duties

    Troubled security firm Reliance Custodial Services is set to take
    on additional prison escort and court custody duties.

    The firm will take over work in Argyll and Bute, Dunbartonshire and
    Ayrshire from tomorrow.

    There have been 21 mistaken releases from Scottish courts since
    Reliance took over escort duties at some courts in April this
    year.

    Five errors are still under investigation and the firm admits
    responsibility for seven of the remaining 16.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 3 August

    Scotland’s Homeless World Cup team wins praise

    Scotland’s Homeless World Cup football squad returned from
    the competition yesterday after finishing fourth.

    The new Homeless World Cup champions are Italy who defeated Austria
    4-0 in the final at Gothenburg on Sunday evening.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 3 August

    Inmates lose fight to stop slopping-out

    Seven prisoners lost a legal bid to prevent them having to
    “slop out” of their cells at Edinburgh’s Saughton
    prison.

    The group wanted the court to grant them orders guaranteeing access
    to proper toilets because slopping-out was
    “degrading”.

    But Lord Carloway said he would refuse to grant the interim orders
    at this stage in proceedings. The prisoners could still win
    pay-outs as the courts have still got to rule on their claims for
    compensation.

    Source:- Evening News  Monday 2 August

    Whistle-blowers to get job protection

    Contracts between Edinburgh Council and charities are to include
    whistle-blowing procedures in future in a bid to protect staff who
    try to expose wrongdoing.

    The move follows a battle between a homeless charity and two senior
    employees who have been suspended for the past six months after
    making allegations of “financial mismanagement”.

    The Four Square charity has since had the allegations quashed by an
    auditor brought in by charity chiefs.

    In a confidential paper, the recommendation to add new rules to any
    deals with voluntary sector organisations was agreed by the
    council’s executive committee this week.

    Source:- Evening News  Monday 2 August

    Welsh newspapers

    Revealed: English patients jump Welsh NHS
    queues

    People in Wales are losing out to English patients jumping
    queues and receiving treatment in Welsh hospitals.

    There are calls for an inquiry after a woman from Norfolk
    received immediate orthopaedic treatment at the Caerphilly District
    Miners Hospital, while Welsh patients were forced to wait in
    line.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 3 August page 1

    Courts hit by access demos

    Family court proceedings in Wales were disrupted yesterday
    during a series of protests by campaigners who want to see fathers
    have equal access to children following divorce or
    separation.

    Campaigners from the pressure group Fathers4Justice took part in a
    UK-wide demonstration outside family courts and the offices of
    Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory Service.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 3 August page 2

    Hutt hopes extra cash will put an end to dental
    queues

    Welsh assembly health minister, Jane Hutt said she never wants
    to see people queuing for a dentist again in Wales and she has
    announced funding for nine more dental training places in
    Wales.

    Those areas that are currently suffering most difficulty with
    patients registering with an NHS dentist will share a £510,000
    sticking plaster to increase access.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 3 August page 9

     

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