Thursday 7 October

By Amy Taylor and Clare Jerrom

Racist, 14, subjected family to hate campaign

A 14-year-old boy was named one of the worst racists in Britain
yesterday after he appeared in court charged with 32 incidents of
racism and violence.

Aaron Blinkho’s nine-month hatred campaign was against one
Muslim family. Magistrates in Manchester gave Blinkho an
anti-social behaviour order warning that he would go to prison if
he broke the terms and conditions. These include uttering a racist
word and breaking a 7am to 7pm curfew.

Source:- The Independent, Thursday, October 7, page 21

Immigration poses threat to British values, warns

David Davis warned that “uncontrolled immigration” was
threatening to erode the British values of tolerance at the
Conservative party conference yesterday.

Davis pledged that the Conservatives would heavily cut the number
of people allowed to settle in this country.

Source:- The Independent, Thursday, October 7, page

Porn doctor struck off

A GP who hid a secret camera in a swimming pool changing room to
film children undressing was struck off the medical register by the
General Medical Council sitting in Manchester yesterday. Kevin
O’Sullivan, of Ridings, Derbyshire, was jailed for 12 months
in March.

Source:- The Guardian, Thursday, October 7, page 7

Nanny agencies ‘not checking police

Employment agencies are recruiting nannies without conducting
proper police checks or consulting references, according to a new

Researchers from consumer magazine Which? went undercover  and
found that some agencies were prepared to recommend inexperienced 
and unqualified nannies to families.

Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Thursday, October 7, page

Only three child death reviews lodged

Only three parents convicted of killing their children are going to
have their cases reviewed out of almost 300 cases considered by the

The reviews come after the release of Angela Cannings who was
cleared on appeal last year of murdering her two sons.

Source:- The Times, Thursday, October 7, page 2

Scottish newspapers

Overcrowded jails making crime rate worse, says prison

Overcrowding in Scotland’s jails needs to be dramatically
reduced, according to the chief inspector of prisons, who claims
that the high number of inmates is contributing to crime

Dr Andrew McLellan said overcrowding was the single biggest
obstacle to cutting re-offending rates.

In his annual report, McLellan called on ministers to take action
and added that eradicating the practice of slopping out was

Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 7 October

61 held in crackdown on illegal immigrant labour

A major crackdown on the exploitation of immigrant labour resulted
in 58 illegal workers and three gang masters being arrested

Police and government agencies seized the workers from Russia and
east Europe in the biggest operation of its kind mounted in

Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 7 October

Dramatic increase in child sex abuse

Sex abuse cases in West Lothian have increased by 61 per cent in
nine months according to a report by the Edinburgh and Lothians
child protection committee.

However, the report revealed a 35 per cent drop in Edinburgh cases
over the same period and social work chiefs claimed they were
unable to explain the discrepancy.

Senior officials at West Lothian however have insisted it is not a
matter for concern and is partly due to increased awareness of
child protection issues following the tragedy of Caleb Ness who was
shaken to death by his father.

Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 6 October


Welsh newspapers

Stress and the city

Workers at Swansea council could soon be hypnotised in an attempt
to stop them getting so stressed at work.

The council is loosing more than £16, 000 every working day
due to sickness and absence. A survey found that stress is the
number one reason for workers calling in sick.

Source:- The Western Mail, Thursday, 7 October

Please do more to protect us

Two teachers who faced false allegations of assault said that they
do not think that enough is being done to help staff who are
falsely accused.

Marje Evans and Adrian Wells, who both work in different Welsh
schools, said that even now, five years after they were both
accused, it is still too difficult for teachers to prove their

Source:- The Western Mail, Thursday, 7 October

Swansea has 21 days to avert walk-outs

Workers at Swansea City Council have voted for a series of one-day
strikes that are set to hit vital services.

Unison members at the local authority have decided to strike over
concerns over privatisation of jobs and redundancies.

Source:- The Western Mail, Thursday, 7 October

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