Thursday 25 November 2004

By Shirley Kumar, Maria Ahmed, Amy Taylor and Derren

Keep sex killers in jail, pleads victim’s

Two Englishmen convicted nearly 30 years ago as Ireland’s
first serial sex killers have asked the Dublin government to free

A plea for parole by John Shaw and Geoffrey Evans has divided
the country, and the family of Mary Duffy, one of their victims,
has warned that it will lead to a campaign to back their

Source:- The Times, Thursday 25 November 2004, page

Huntley: I killed Jessica as she phoned for

Ian Huntley has admitted murdering Jessica Chapman as she
frantically tried to call for help on her mobile phone, it was
claimed last night.

He also confessed lying during the trial, according to a
newspaper report.

Source:- The Times, Thursday 25 November 2004, page

Woman under siege by growing traveller’s site,
hears inquiry.

A woman told a planning inquiry how she was driven from her land
by travellers.

Joanna Gordon Clark, 62, said that she had felt under siege at
Smithy Fen, Cambridgeshire, as a traveller’s site at
Cottenham grew.

The inquiry into traveller’s appeals to expand the site
ends tomorrow.

Source:- The Times, Thursday 25 November 2004, page

Psychiatric patient accused of attempted murders

A missing psychiatric patient who tried last year to kill two
women by pushing them on to live London Underground rails, gave
himself up by walking into a medium secure unit in north

Police had been searching for Christopher Studders, 40, for two

Source:- The Times, Thursday 25 November 2004, page

Court backs mother who handcuffed son

A mother who handcuffed her ten-year-old son to a kitchen table
to curb his bad behaviour has walked free from court after a judge
described her as “a decent young woman”.

The mother, 29, from Norfolk, who cannot be named for legal
reasons, admitted cruelty by cuffing him as a “last

Source:- The Times, Thursday 25 November 2004, page

Second boy denied he killed Jodi

A second teenager yesterday denied he was involved in the death
of schoolgirl Jodi Jones.

Gordon Dickie, 17, was quizzed at the murder trial of Luke
Mitchell, Jodi’s boyfriend at the time of her death.

Source:- Daily Record, Thursday 25 November 2004, page

Homeless charity leads housing initiative

Homeless charity Shelter is joining forces with housebuilders
and the CBI employer’s organisation to campaign for more

Shelter said it was aligning with business because it believed
the Barker report on housing, commissioned by the government, was
the best way of tackling chronic housing shortages.

Source:- The Financial Times, Thursday 25 November
2004, page 3

Just say no to avoid sex infections, young

The Health Protection Agency said young people should be
encouraged to steer clear of sex altogether as one of the options
for protecting themselves against the epidemic of sexually
transmitted infections sweeping the UK.

Figures from the HPA released in its annual report yesterday
showed young women are disproportionately affected by infections
such as Chlamydia.

Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 25 November 2004

Babies and jobs: no easy choices

Women trying to juggle work and childcare are suffering from
“role strain,” according to the National Family and
Parenting Institute.

The institute offers a snap shot of family life today and charts
how families and parents’ roles have changed since 1994.

Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 25 November 2004

Half of jailed drug addicts drop out of

The Home Office has admitted almost half of prisoners addicted
to drugs fail to complete rehabilitation courses designed to help
them kick the habit.

Eight out of 10 arrivals at some inner-city jails have a serious
drug habit.

The drop out rate emerged as prime minister Tony Blair and home
secretary David Blunkett prepared to launch an initiative today on
tackling drugs.

Source:- The Independent, Thursday 25 November 2004

Scottish newspapers

Council workers accused of trading illegal drugs by
internal email

Three council workers have been arrested over allegations they
were using internal email at the social work and housing office in
Clydebank to sell drugs to each other.

Colleagues got suspicious and alerted the police – the three
have been suspended by West Dunbartonshire Council.

Source:- Daily Record, Thursday 25 November 2004

Quarter of HIV-infected Britons may not know they have

About 14,000 people are unaware they have HIV, a quarter of
those infected in the UK, said the Health Protection Agency.

New figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there
were 6,606 new HIV infections diagnosed in the UK during 2003, but
this is expected to rise to 7,000 once all the data is

This compares with 6,017 new cases in 2002 and 2,835 in

In 1994, 31 per cent of new cases involved heterosexuals, but
last year that had almost doubled to 58 per cent.

Source:- The Scotsman, Thursday 25 November 2004

Medical advice line under pressure

NHS 24, Scotland’s round the clock out-of-hours medical
phoneline is struggling to cope with demand at peak periods,
prompting fears that lives could be lost, said union leaders.

Last weekend callers, some of whom had urgent inquiries, had to
wait up to four hours to access medical staff, said public service
union Unison.

It said a shortage of fully qualified and trained nursing staff,
coupled with an underestimate of the calls NHS 24 would receive,
had caused delays.

Source:- The Herald, Thursday 25 November 2004

Welsh newspapers

Court bans fathers’ gala night demo

A new international arts venue in Cardiff has taken out a court
injunction to prevent Fathers 4 Justice carrying out any protests
during its opening celebrations.

The Wales Millennium Centre is due to open tomorrow and events
will culminate on Sunday when the Queen will attend a royal

The High Court injunction says Jason Hatch, who climbed up
Buckingham Palace dressed as Batman in September, was seen outside
the centre with another protester last weekend.

Source:- Western Mail, Thursday 25 November 2004

Welsh Assembly care for special needs children should be

Many children’s special educational needs are being
diagnosed too late causing them to miss out on support, a Welsh
Assembly Government report admitted yesterday.

The Education and Lifelong Learning Committee’s policy
review of Special Educational Needs makes recommendations which aim
to tackle the issue over the next five to 10 years.

Source:- Western Mail, Thursday 25 November 2004

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