Thursday 2 September 2004

    By Shirley Kumar, Clare Jerrom and Alex
    Dobson

    British Council sacks Muslim row officer

    The British Council has dismissed its press officer Harry Cummins
    for writing a series of articles for the Sunday Telegraph that were
    deemed offensive to Islam.

    Cummins wrote the articles in July under the pseudonym Will Cummins
    criticising politicians and church leader’s the dialogue with
    the Muslim faith.

    Source:- The Financial Times Thursday 2 September 2004
    page 4

    Police hold ‘child abuse’ Briton

    A former Royal Navy reservist is wanted for trial in India over
    allegations of child abuse against young boys he housed in shelters
    for the homeless.

    Duncan Grant raised money for his Anchorage shelters through talks
    at British schools and churches. He denies the allegations.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 2 September 2004
    page 4

    NSPCC ‘still waiting’ for Climbié
    reforms

    Procedures in NHS hospitals for assessing whether children
    have died as a result of child abuse by their parents or carers is
    still chaotic, warned the NSPCC.

    The charity said reforms promised following the death of Victoria
    Climbié more than four years ago had still not
    materialised.

    Source:- The Guardian Thursday 2 September 2004 page
    6

    Teenage gang members jailed for violence ‘beyond
    belief’

    Five members of a gang calling themselves the Stratford Crew were
    jailed for five years by Middlesex crown court.

    The group, including four juveniles, were part of the 50-strong
    gang. They attacked travellers on London’s underground trains
    and buses. The judge chose to name the juveniles aged 16 and 17
    years, including youth cricket team captain Dennis Barrette of
    Ilford.

    Source:- The Times Thursday 2 September 2004 page 5

    Eye in the sky tracks child sex offenders

    Home secretary David Blunkett is set to announce new satellite
    pilot schemes that will track paedophiles and domestic violence
    perpetrators today.

    Trials will involve 120 sex offenders, wife beaters, and prolific
    juvenile and adult offenders in the pilot schemes due to take place
    in Manchester, West Midlands and Hampshire.

    Source:- The Times Thursday 2 September 2004 page 9

    Breakthrough in battle to beat cot deaths as scientists
    find link to problems in womb

    Scientists have found a link between babies which have had problems
    in the womb and cot death.

    The study of birth records in Scotland shows mothers who had a
    placenta defect were up to three times more likely to have a baby
    that later suffered cot death.

    Source:- The Independent Thursday 2 September 2004 page
    18

    GP clinic for asylum seekers is scrapped

    A family clinic has been closed because not enough
    immigrants signed up to attend.

    The surgery in Derby became a practice dedicated solely to asylum
    seekers two years ago.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Thursday 2 September 2004 page
    23

    Travellers trash their own £500,000 campsite

    A gypsy camp in Tintinhull, near Yeovil, Somerset, transformed by a
    £500,000 government grant, has been destroyed by 100 Irish
    travellers who went on a spree of vandalism and theft.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Thursday 2 September 2004 page
    26

    Scottish newspapers

    Stepfather killed baby ‘in moment of madness’

    A man was yesterday convicted of murdering his baby stepson in a
    “moment of madness” at the High Court in Forfar.

    Mohammad Ullah was found guilty of the murder of eight-month-old
    Kyle Mutch in January this year.

    A senior pathologist had told the court that the massive internal
    injuries sustained by the child were the worst he had seen in 25
    years of practice.

    Ullah had blamed the child’s grandmother, Marlane Low, for
    killing Kyle. Karen Mutch, the child’s mother, said she was
    certain the wrong person had been convicted.

    Low had denied that she had anything to do with her
    grandson’s death.
    Ullah faces life imprisonment and will be sentenced at the High
    Court in Glasgow later this month.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 2 September

    Benefit team warns of claims challenge

    Welfare benefits officers in the Borders have warned that revised
    claims processes are threatening to hamper the region’s
    anti-poverty strategy.

    It has been estimated that at least £15 million a year in
    benefits is not reaching the Borders households entitled to income
    support, tax credit and other payments. Almost 2,000 workers may
    not be claiming family tax credits worth more than £8
    million.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 22 September

    £500 fine for the owner of capital’s first
    cannabis café

    The owner of Scotland’s first cannabis café has been
    fined £500 after admitting allowing the drug to be smoked on
    the premises.

    Paul Stewart yesterday admitted permitting cannabis to be smoked in
    the Purple Haze Café in Edinburgh earlier this year on the day
    cannabis was reclassified from a Class B to a Class C drug.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 2 September

    City prison’s back to work project hailed by
    Jamieson

    Justice minister Cathy Jamieson praised a pioneering project which
    aims to cut re-offending by helping former prisoners into jobs as a
    “win-win” scheme.

    The Employability service at Saughton prison in Edinburgh, which
    was launched in December, has helped more than 40 prisoners move
    towards employment, work placements or further education.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 1 September

    Child abuse teenager is spared jail

    A teenage boy who molested little girls and took indecent pictures
    of them has been spared jail.

    Scott Kelly molested two sisters aged four and five and
    photographed them in various states of undress.

    Kelly admitted two indecency offences and making indecent photos of
    children and a judge at the High Court in Edinburgh ordered the
    18-year-old be placed on probation for three years.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 1 September

    Inmates at open prison bullied into buying drugs, study
    claims

    Drug dealers bullied inmates at an open prison into buying drugs
    they did not want, according to a prison visiting committee
    yesterday.

    The report from the Noranside prison visiting committee describes a
    culture of bullying, high-level drug debt and absconding among
    inmates.

    Source:- The Herald  Thursday 2 September

    Welsh newspapers

    My family has hope at last

    In a two-page feature, a mother tells how her son who suffered with
    attention deficit hyperactivity disorder almost drove her to the
    brink of suicide.

    Michelle Gingell said she struggled to cope with her son’s
    behavioural problems for the first 10 years of his life until he
    was prescribed the controversial drug, Ritalin.

    She describes how the drug has changed both her and her son
    Ryan’s lives for the better.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Wednesday 1 September pages
    20-21

    OAPs’ cybercafe takes the worldwide (digestive)
    biscuit

    A small room in a west Wales residential home for older people has
    been voted one of the world’s top 10 internet cafes.

    JJ’s internet café at the Ty Waunarlwydd home near
    Swansea made the top 10 in a worldwide poll by leading internet
    service provider Yahoo.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 2 September page 8

     

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