Tuesday 10 August 2004

    By Clare Jerrom, Amy Taylor and Alex Dobson

    Howard
    will give heads total power over school thugs

    Michael Howard will today propose to give stronger powers to
    governors and teachers to expel violent pupils.

    Howard, who will make the pledges in a keynote speech in
    Middlesbrough, is expected to pay particular attention to the role
    fathers play in raising families.

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 10 August 10 page 2

    Death of 14-year-old boy reignites concern over suicides in
    custody

    A 14-year-old boy was found hanged at a detention centre
    yesterday.

    Adam Rickwood, who was on remand at Hassockfield Secure Training
    Centre in County Durham, is the youngest ever prisoner to die in
    custody.

    He was due to have a bail application heard today. He had never
    been in custody before.

    Source:- The Independent Tuesday 10 August page 4

    How racists forced this man to shut up shop

    A storekeeper who has suffered up to 4,000 race attacks in 13 years
    has finally had enough. Ian Herbert visits the Ryelands estate in
    Lancaster to investigate the story of Mal Hussain

    Source:- The Independent Tuesday 10 August page 12

    Foreign-sounding passengers stopped on tube

    The mayor of London has accused immigration officials of harassing
    black people after it became clear that they have been stopping
    tube passengers speaking non-European languages.

    Immigration campaigners and the Liberal Democrats have slammed the
    practice as potentially racist

    Home Office guidelines prevent police from stopping people due to
    their accent or appearance.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 10 August page 5

    Travellers’ champion hands back her MBE

    A pensioner, who spent years travelling the country providing
    healthcare to the traveller community, has given back her MBE in
    protest at the government’s failure to halt rising
    discrimination against gypsies.

    Kit Sampson was given the MBE 14 years ago, but decided to give it
    back due to the government’s continued failure to reintroduce
    a legal duty for councils to provide official sites for
    gypsies.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 10 August page 9

     

    Scottish
    newspapers

    Random drug checks net drivers

    One in 20 motorists stopped in one of Britain’s first random
    roadside drug tests was found to have taken substances that could
    have affected their driving.

    Eleven per cent of those tested during the checks in Glasgow were
    found to have smaller traces of drugs in their bodies, an
    international conference in the city was told yesterday.

    The substances detected included ecstasy, cannabis and
    codeine.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 10 August

    Home schooling on rise

    More parents are choosing to teach their children at home,
    campaigners claimed yesterday.

    Fears over bullying, classroom indiscipline, falling teaching
    standards and a lack of support for special needs children were
    blamed for the trend.

    Scottish executive figures show that 500 children are receiving
    education at home, although ministers acknowledge the real total
    could be higher.

    A spokesperson for the Schoolhouse Home Education Association said
    the organisation now received around 100 inquiries a month compared
    to around a handful per month in 1996 when the body was set
    up.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 10 August

    Sheriff slams ‘sport’ race attacks

    A sheriff who jailed six teenagers for an unprovoked attack on a
    group of Iranian men has criticised attacks on asylum seekers
    claiming they are now being “committed for
    sport”.

    Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC said the incidents had become
    “utterly endemic” as he jailed the group for a total of
    eight and a half years at Glasgow Sheriff Court for the vicious and
    unprovoked attack in Glasgow last August.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 10 August

    Welsh newspapers

    Flexible solution to caring crisis

    Problems with childcare are causing difficulties for working
    parents and adding to a pensions time-bomb, experts have
    warned.

    An investigation of the problem is to be launched by the Wales
    Commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Dr Neil
    Wooding.

    The commission is to use its formal statutory powers to investigate
    the issues that prevent many parents and carers taking up
    employment opportunities because of difficulties with
    childcare.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 10 August page 1

    Parc falls in prison performance ranks

    Wales’ only privately-run prison is the worst performing of
    its kind in the country, according to a new report.

    The report into HMP Parc in Bridgend highlighted a number of
    concerns and said that by the end of February this year, the prison
    had fallen to number 132 on the Prison Service’s performance
    standard weighted scorecard.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 10 August page 5

     

     

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