Thursday 30 September 2004

By Shirley Kumar, Clare Jerrom and Amy Taylor

As Charlotte clings to life, a judge must decide if she should be
left to die

Debbie Wyatt, the mother of a sick baby has been forced to wait for
a High Court judge to decide whether her baby Charlotte should live
or die.

The 11-month-old baby was born three months prematurely and has
spent all her life in St Mary’s hospital in Portsmouth.

Source:- The Times Thursday 30 September 2004 page 4

Evangelist dismisses child-trafficking charges as a

Self-styled Archbishop Gilbert Deya is fighting possible
extradition to Kenya over allegations of child trafficking.

Deya, based in London, who says he was ordained by the United
Evangelical Church of Kenya, denies the child trafficking

He said he helped the infertile women conceive miracle babies
through the power of prayer.

Source:- The Independent Thursday 30 September 2004 page

Blunkett offers criminals ‘weekend jails’

Home secretary David Blunkett announced plans to allow criminals to
serve part-time sentences as part of Labour’s law-and-order
platform at the general election.

Blunkett also promised extra cash for prison places, compulsory
fostering sessions for unruly teenagers and powers to name and
shame youngsters who breach antisocial behaviour orders.

Source:- The Independent, Thursday 30 September 2004, page

Child-care plan ‘as ambitious as NHS’

Education secretary Charles Clarke claimed Labour plans for
universal child care were as ambitious as the creation of the
National Health Service.

Speaking at the Labour conference in Brighton, Clarke said Labour
would create a system of high-quality flexible, affordable child
care for under fives if it won the election.

Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 30 September 2004
page 6

Bullying inquiry after girl found dead

Police are investigating whether a 14-year-old girl committed
suicide because she was being bullied.

Amy Tipton was found unconscious at her home in Kidderminster,
Worcestershire, after a suspected drug overdose.

Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 30 September 2004
page 10

Boy, 3, vanishes near Heathrow

Police are investigating the disappearance of a three-year-old
African boy after his father tried to leave the country without

Rossi Mutuvovo went missing from a hotel used to house asylum
seekers in Hounslow in August.

Officers have contacted detectives in the squad investigating the
suspected ritual murder in London of an African boy whose torso was
found in the Thames in 2001.

Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 30 September 2004
page 14

Murder victim ‘had no police support’

A woman shot dead by her husband did not receive adequate
protection from the police even after she told them she thought he
was going to kill her he relatives have claimed.

Julie Pemberton’s family allege that the police did not offer
her enough support despite her suffering abuse from her husband
Alan for years.

Source:- The Guardian Thursday September 30 page 4

Gypsy families win human rights battle

Three gypsy families have won a human rights victory in the court
of appeal.

The gypsies, who were backed by John Prescott, got a High Court
ruling overturned that denied them the right to set up a site in
Chichester, West Sussex.

Source:- The Guardian Thursday September 30 page 8

Scottish newspapers

Cocaine abuse doubles in just five years

Cocaine use among Scottish people has doubled in the past five
years, according to a study published yesterday.

While the proportion of people addicted to heroin has fallen, four
times as many children under-15 have reported drugs problems
– an increase from 53 to 204.

A total of 917 cocaine users had treatment to battle their
addiction in the last year, according to the Scottish Drug Misuse

Source:- The Herald  Thursday 30 September

Prisoners row firm came last in ranking

Reliance security was ranked last on technical abilities, including
security and prisoner care, before being awarded the £126
million prisoner escort contract, it emerged yesterday.

Of the three firms tendering for the work, Reliance was officially
rated third on technical issues, but won the contract after
submitting the cheapest bid.

The company lost a number of prisoners in the first weeks of its

Source:- The Herald  Thursday 30 September

New mobile service ‘key to keeping children

A mobile phone service which pinpoints a child’s location has
been hailed as a useful way to protect youngsters from

The KidsOK service uses mobile phone masts to trace the whereabouts
of a child. Adults will be able to see the location of their child
to within a kilometre on a street map sent to their phones.

Source:-Evening News Wednesday 29 September

Welsh newspapers

Mum accused of trying to kill three children

A mother accused of trying to kill her three children on moor land
appeared in court yesterday.

The woman, who cannot be named, is alleged to have carried out the
attacks near Llyn Brenig on Denbigh Moors on May 12.

Denbighshire Magistrates transferred the case to Mold Crown Court
where her case will be heard in late October.

Source:- The Western Mail Thursday, September 30 page

Pupils stand up for school

Pupils at the school where a girl who is believed to have committed
suicide due to bullying attended have spoken out arguing that the
school does not have a bullying problem.

The statement from the student council at Cefn Saeson comprehensive
school in Neath South Wales, was prompted after the school received
bad press.

However, the parents of the dead girl, Laura Rhodes, said that the
claim was incorrect and that the situation at the school could only
improve once the authorities admitted that there was a

Source:- The Western Mail Thursday September 30 page

Labour apologise over leaflet

Labour apologised for a leaflet that criticised the Liberal
Democrats for backing a site for travellers and gypsies

The leaflet was distributed in the Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn wards in
Cardiff during the run up to the June’s local

An inquiry set up by the Welsh Labour Executive found that party
officers outside the ward didn’t know about the leaflet
before it was distributed.

Source:- IC Wales Thursday 30 September


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