Friday 7 January 2005

    By Clare Jerrom, Maria Ahmed, Amy Taylor and Derren
    Hayes

    Three charged with Damilola murder

    Three teenagers have been charged with murdering Damilola Taylor
    more than four years ago.

    Hassan Jihad, 19, and his two brothers aged 16 and 17 were charged
    last night with stabbing the 10-year-old to death on an estate in
    Peckham south London.

    The move follows new DNA techniques which have given detectives
    fresh leads.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 7 January page 2

    Migrants’ jobs for ex-prisoners

    Thousands of ex-offenders should be doing the low-skilled jobs that
    are currently being carried out by economic migrants from Eastern
    Europe, according to a parliamentary report.

    The Home Affairs Select Committee thinks former prisoners could
    work in horticultural, hotel and catering industries following
    training in jails to reduce the UK’s reliance on migrant
    workers.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 7 January page 24

    Grandparents access rights

    Grandparents would have easier access to their children following a
    family split under Conservative proposals.

    A Tory government would introduce an automatic right for
    grandparents to apply for contact with grandchildren through the
    courts, shadow minister for the family Theresa May said.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 7 January page 26

    Reprieve for young yobs

    Police powers to fine children as young as 10-years-old for
    antisocial behaviour has been delayed by at least a month because
    the Home Office has not issued the necessary documents.

    Police minister Hazel Blears announced at Christmas that a year
    long pilot would begin last week. But the majority of the seven
    police forces involved told The Times yesterday they had not been
    able to start issuing fines because they were waiting for the Home
    Office to send through tickets that would be issued to
    offenders.

    Source:- The Times  Friday 7 January page 26

    Kelly lectures parents in drive for discipline

    Ruth Kelly used her first speech as education secretary to tell
    parents to ensure their children behave in class.

    Kelly said parents have responsibilities to ensure their children
    understand that bad behaviour is ‘not an option’.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Friday 7 January page 17

    Adoption by Miliband ‘was not
    fast-tracked’

    An adoption application by David Miliband was not fast-tracked,
    Ruth Kelly insisted last night.

    Releasing the results of a government investigation, the new
    education secretary said she was satisfied the former schools
    minister had not received preferential treatment.

    Source:- Daly Mail  Friday 7 January page 21

    What Jackson did to me at Neverland, by cancer boy of
    12

    Details of the sex abuse allegations against Michael Jackson
    emerged last night.

    The information about the allegations against the pop singer were
    revealed on The Smoking Gun, an internet site which specialises in
    obtaining legal documents from court files and through
    America’s Freedom of Information Act.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Friday 7 January page 33

    Drink-driver, 13, did 70mph in stolen car

    A 13-year-old from Salford became one of the youngest drink-drivers
    in the UK to be given a four-month custodial sentence yesterday
    after driving a stolen car at 70mph without lights in a 30mph
    residential areas.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 7 January 2005 page 10

    Boy worried over GCSE exams is found hanged at home

    A 15-year-old boy from Norfolk hanged himself at home less than a
    week before returning to school. An inquest has been opened into
    the death of Jason Harper in Norwich.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Friday 7 January 2005 page
    8

    Scottish newspapers

    Home Office rapped over plan to slash spending on asylum
    seekers

    The Home Office plans to cut spending on asylum seekers by
    almost half to meet Whitehall efficiency targets.

    The proposal to cut its £1 billion asylum spending by
    £450 million next year is included in technical documents
    submitted to the Treasury.

    Source:- The Scotsman Friday 7 January

    OAP hurt in care home accident

    North Lanarkshire Council has launched an investigation into an
    accident at Dunbeth Lodge care home in Coatbridge where an older
    women was badly burnt.

    A sink came away from a wall, pouring hot water over the unnamed
    resident who had to be rushed to hospital.

    Source:- The Daily Record Friday 7 January

    Perv in porn storm freed

    A man whose lawyer claimed last month that child pornography was
    a victimless crime has avoided jail.

    Richard Trehearn, who admitted storing 400 pictures of young
    children on his computer, was given three years probation and 240
    hours community service.

    Source:- The Daily Record Friday 7 January


    Welsh newspapers

    Schools ‘in danger of damaging family
    life’

    The extra services provided by schools are contributing to some
    parents abandoning their responsibility for their children, Geraint
    Davies, secretary of NASUWT Cymru, said yesterday.

    Davies said that too many parents felt that once their child went
    through the school gates they were no longer their responsibility
    and that services such as before and after school clubs were
    fuelling this.

    He was speaking in response to the first speech by the new
    education secretary Ruth Kelly in which the minister called for
    parents to take responsibility for their children’s behaviour
    in schools.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 7 January page 16

     

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