Friday 03 September 2004

    By Shirley Kumar and Clare Jerrom

    Satellite technology to track repeat offenders

    The Home Office launched a pilot project using satellite technology
    to track repeat offenders.

    The technology will sound an alarm if, for example a paedophile
    approaches a school.

    The 12 month project will involve tagging 120 prolific burglars,
    paedophiles and juvenile offenders at the cost of £3m.

    Source:- The Financial Times, Friday 3 September 2004,
    page 3

    Preacher sought for ‘child
    trafficking’

    Kenyan police have requested an international arrest warrant for
    preacher Gilbert Deya in connection with his role in a suspected
    international child trafficking ring.

    Nairobi CID has applied to begin extradition proceedings against
    Deya who is based in London.

    Source:- The Independent, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    18

    Girl of three left in filth for two years despite her
    father’s pleas

    Manchester council was ordered to pay compensation to a father and
    his three year old daughter, after social services closed a file
    despite repeated claims over the welfare of the child.

    Social workers ignored claims the child was being sexually abused
    and was living in filthy conditions believing the father was
    motivated by a custody battle. A local government ombudsman heavily
    criticised the council for gross errors.

    Source:- The Independent, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    23

    Newman turns his cool hand to playing the clown

    Paul Newman dressed as a clown made a surprise guest appearance at
    Zippo Circus in London to entertain 300 sick and disabled
    children.

    The children were connected to organisations helped by sales of
    Newman’s own products.

    Source:- The Independent, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    25

    Euthanasia group may have helped 22 Britons die

    A Swiss euthanasia group has helped 22 Britons get round the UK ban
    on euthanasia in the last two years, reveals Lesley Close, whose
    brother suffered from motor neurone disease and was the fifth
    Briton to be helped.

    Dignitas based in Zurich has 557 members in the UK.

    Source:- The Guardian, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    2

    Lib Dems driven by radical NHS plan

    Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy is pushing for a break up
    of the NHS and funding health through social insurance as opposed
    to general taxation.

    The ideas are contained in a book, the Orange Part, co-edited by
    the party’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, David
    Laws.

    Source:- The Guardian, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    6

    Bigger asylum centre rejected

    Cherwell district council has refused an application to expand and
    modernise Campsfield House in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, causing an
    embarrassing defeat to the Home Office.

    Campsfield House, a male-only asylum centre, was originally
    earmarked for closure, but reprieved following a fire in
    Yarl’s Wood centre in Bedford.

    Source:- The Guardian, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    7

    Terror laws target wrong suspects, says study

    Most people convicted under terror laws in the last three years are
    non Muslim, despite the fact those arrested were Muslim, said a
    report by the Institution of Race Relations.

    The report examines all arrests made after September 11.

    Source:- The Guardian, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    8

    Olympic attacker on sex charges

    An Irish priest who leapt on an Olympic marathon runner appeared in
    court in London yesterday charged with child indecency.

    Cornelius Neil Horan of Kerry, Ireland, denies two counts of child
    indecency charges.

    Source:- The Guardian, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    15

    Woman, 95, can live out life in own home after
    daughter’s court victory

    Wandsworth council has been overruled by an Appeal Court in its
    attempts to place a 95-year-old woman in a care home.

    The council has been ordered to review the case to allow a woman to
    remain in her self-contained flat with the help of carers.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Friday 3 September 2004,
    page 12

    Abuse deaths are going undetected, says child
    charity

    The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    (NSPCC) has urged the government to introduce a national system for
    collating information on child abuse to prevent it going
    undetected.

    The charity said GPs were often reluctant to allege maltreatment,
    in its report.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Friday 3 September 2004,
    page 14

    Husband ‘killed wife who queried losses on
    shares’

    A husband bludgeoned his wife, Maureen Pearson, to death after she
    discovered he had lost all their savings on the stock market.

    The couple from Poole, Dorset had just celebrated their silver
    anniversary. The trial continues.

    Source:- The Times, Friday 3 September 2004, page 7

    Detainees moved

    Asylum seekers from Cardiff prison have been moved to Colnbrooke
    immigration detention centre near Heathrow.

    The move has been welcomed by refugee groups. Seven men were moved
    at the weekend.

    Source:- The Times, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    13.

    Was knife killer of royal park cyclist a mental
    patient?

    Detectives investigating the stabbing of a cyclist in Richmond Park
    believe the killer was a former mental health patient with a
    history of psychiatric illness.

    It is not yet clear whether he was a care in the community
    patient.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, Friday 3 September 2004, page
    17

    Scottish newspapers

    Calming the neighbours

    A scheme aimed at using mediation specialists to solve disputes
    among antisocial neighbours is to be rolled out across
    Aberdeenshire.

    The aim of the free community mediation service is to use the
    skills and expertise of trained negotiators to heal disputes
    involving neighbours and communities before situations get out of
    hand.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 3 September

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