Tuesday 4 January 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Amy Taylor and Derren Hayes

    Thugs who say ‘sorry’ re-offend

    Making criminals say sorry to their victims does nothing to cut
    crime, according to a Home Office report. 

    A study of 37,000 cases of ‘restorative justice’ found
    there was ‘insufficient’ evidence that it was more
    effective than traditional cautioning.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 4 January 2005 page

    Anti-bullying alliance ‘bullies members’

    A high-profile government drive to tackle bullying has come under
    fire amid claims by a leading anti-bullying charity that it has
    been told to sign a gagging clause to be part of the scheme.
    Critics, including MPs, have accused the Anti-Bullying Alliance
    (ABA), an umbrella group of more than 50 voluntary, private and
    professional organisations backed by £570,000 government
    funding, of using bullying tactics itself in trying to suppress
    criticism. The ABA rejected the claims.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 6

    Girl’s death ‘may be drug-related’

    A teenage girl’s sudden death after a New Year’s Eve
    party may have been drug-related, police said yesterday.

    Lisa Marie Gardner was taken ill soon after midnight at a
    friend’s house after a night out in Plymouth town

    Police said they were not ruling out the possibility that the
    17-year-old took illegal drugs, possibly ecstasy.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 7

    Man held on Amy killing freed

    Police hunting the killer of a 14-year-old pregnant schoolgirl
    found murdered in a Shropshire churchyard on December 27 have
    released a man from custody after questioning.

    Amy Williams was last seen on Boxing Day after leaving a family
    party. Results of tests to determine whether she was sexually
    assaulted are due this week.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 7

    Asylum seekers unite to fight racial abuse

    Women involved in support project in Manchester tell stories of
    harassment and how they cope while awaiting visa applications

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 12

    Doctors fear alcohol epidemic

    An epidemic of alcohol-related problems is afflicting Britain,
    according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The college gave
    warning yesterday that excessive drinking is the cause of major
    problems relating to violence and illness.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 4 January 2005 page 14

    Clampdown on fine defaulters

    Offenders who fail to pay fines will face the prospect of having
    their cars clamped and their wages docked or being put on a credit
    blacklist, under a new range of sanctions announced yesterday.
    Magistrates’ courts will also be given access to the police
    national computer to help them track down fine defaulters with
    criminal records.

    Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 4 January 2005 page

    Scottish newspapers

    Making criminals apologise fails to cut re-offending

    Restorative justice, when criminals meet their victims to
    apologise, has failed to cut reoffending rates, a Home Office study
    has revealed.

    The programme, which was pioneered by Thames Valley Police, has
    been championed by the Scottish executive.

    Source:- The Scotsman Tuesday 4 January

    Ministers warned over cost of charity law

    Some of Scotland’s charities and national arts bodies are
    campaigning to change a new bill that would end their charitable
    status and cost them millions of pounds.

    They say vital development projects will have to be scrapped
    because private donors will not give to them unless they
    their charity.

    Source:- The Herald Tuesday 4 January.

    Satellites to track pervs

    A satellite device is being used to track paedophiles in tests
    by the government.

    The system is designed to alert authorities when an offender enters
    a high-risk area, such as one containing a school. If successful,
    the pilot scheme could be extended from the 12 test subjects to all
    of the UK’s 25,000 registered sex offenders.

    Source:- The Daily Record Tuesday 4 January.

    Welsh newspapers

    Teachers criticise drug testing in school

    Teaching unions in Wales have criticised the introduction of random
    drug testing in a state school in Kent.

    Pupils at the Abbey School in Faversham, Kent, will be faced with
    the testing when they return from their Christmas holiday.

    Anti-drugs campaigners in Wales also condemned the plans.

    Source:-Western Mail Tuesday 4 January


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