Monday 10 January 2005

    By Clare Jerrom, Sally Gillen and Amy
    Taylor

    Child abuser may have killed

    A sex offender who simulated the murders of his foster
    daughter’s school friends may have carried out his fantasy in
    reality, police fear.

    Glyn Martin was jailed for 18 years at Hull Crown Court after
    admitting 57 charges including indecent assault, child abduction
    and taking indecent photographs between 1987 and 2003. He used his
    two daughters to lure children to his flat.

    A police spokesperson said there were far more victims out there
    and some may involve far more serious offences.

    Source:- The Times  Saturday 8 January page 4

    Care home comfort at the end of a long stretch

    A nursing home for offenders has opened in a bid to cope with the
    growing number of older inmates in prisons across England and
    Wales.

    The unit at Norwich prison, which can house 15 male prisoners, has
    a registered nurse, healthcare officer and healthcare assistant to
    provide round-the-clock-care.

    Source:- The Times  Saturday 8 January page 35

    First hearing in court for Damilola suspects

    Three teenagers accused of murdering Damilola Taylor in November
    2000 were remanded in custody after they appeared in court for the
    first time yesterday.

    Hassan Jihad and two brothers aged 16 and 17 were arrested on
    Wednesday morning and appeared in Camberwell Green magistrates
    court.

    Source:- The Times  Saturday 8 January page 42

    Bid to kill sons

    A mother admitted trying to kill her three sons by putting a petrol
    lawnmower in her car.

    The boys escaped after their mother sliced two fingers off in the
    mower, Mold Crown Court heard. The woman was remanded in
    custody.

    Source:- The Times  Saturday 8 January page 42

    Mental illness helpline suffers cut in funding

    The government has placed people with mental health problems at
    risk by its decision not to renew funding for a national helpline
    supporting vulnerable people.

    Mental health charity Sane will be forced to close two out of its
    three centres where trained volunteers and counsellors offer
    support and advice to people with mental health problems.

    Source:- Daily Telegraph  Saturday 8 January page 13

    New prescription for mental health: read a good book

    GPs in Devon are to send people with mental health problems to the
    library with a prescription for self-help books.

    Those with symptoms of anxiety, depression or eating disorders will
    be referred to clinics where they will be prescribed books to read
    alongside support sessions with mental health workers.

    Source:- The Observer  Sunday 9 January page 6

    After community support officers comes civilian
    investigators. Is this another example of policing on the
    cheap?

    Civilian staff, who have received as little as three weeks
    training, are to investigate serious crimes such as burglary,
    assault and car crime, under a Home Office plan to improve
    “police effectiveness”.

    The scheme is designed to allow more experienced detectives more
    time solving actual crimes.

    Source:- The Sunday Telegraph  Sunday 9 January page
    6

    More than a million children a year play truant from
    school

    More than a million children play truant every year,
    according to figures obtained by the Independent on Sunday.

    The statistics show a rise in truancy of more than a quarter since
    Labour came to power in 1997.

    Source:- Independent on Sunday  Sunday 9 January page
    16

    Tsunmai leads to shift in asylum policy

    The tsunami disaster has led to a potential change in the
    government asylum policy,  which is to be a major issue in the
    general election.

    Whitehall officials have confirmed that ministers have agreed to a
    request from the United Nations to suspend enforced removals of
    rejected asylum seekers to areas affected by the earthquake.

    Source:- Financial Times Monday 10 January 2005 page
    2

    NHS faces mental health ethnic survey

    The government is introducing ethnic monitoring of all mental
    health patients in England after evidence of persistent racial
    discrimination against black and minority ethnic groups.

    Health minister Rosie Winterton will publish a long-delayed
    response to the inquiry into the death of David “Rocky”
    Bennett, who died in a psychiatric ward in 1998.

    Source:- The Guardian Monday 10 January 2005 page 9

    Fathers winning battle to have custody hearings in
    public

    The secrecy of the family courts system would be stripped away
    under radical overhaul being drawn up by senior judges.

    Hundreds of cases involving children would be opened to the public
    and the media under proposals to go before the House of
    Commons.

    Judges including Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss are working on the
    reforms. It is expected the proposals will be put forward to the
    Constitutional Affairs committee later this month.

    Source:- The Times Monday 1o January 2005 page 6

    Scottish newspapers

    ‘Little comparison’ between Jodi and Black Dahlia
    case

    The deaths of Jodi Jones and a Holywood starlet had only
    “superficial” similarities, a jury heard
    yesterday.

    The High Court in Edinburgh had heard that Jodi’s former
    boyfriend Luke Mitchell, who is accused of murdering the
    schoolgirl, was a fan of Marilyn Manson. The rock singer published
    on his website a series of watercolours he had painted depicting
    the murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947, known as the Black Dahlia
    killing.

    Donald Findlay QC said there was “little or no comparison
    whatever” between the two murders.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Saturday 8 January

    Sectarian talks

    Jack McConnell met with Celtic and Rangers fans yesterday to
    discuss sectarianism before the Old Firm clash tomorrow.

    The meeting emerged in the run-up to an anti-sectarianism summit to
    be held next month involving the clubs, church leaders and local
    authorities.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Saturday 8 January

    Pleas for condoms

    A condom crisis kept Scotland’s health service busy over the
    festive season.

    Officials revealed a ‘surprising’ number of callers who
    asked the emergency service for help when they had run out.

    Source:- Daily Record  Saturday 8 January

    Court bans angry dads’ bridge demo

    The operators of the Forth Bridge have taken out a court order
    against fathers’ rights activists to try and stop them
    protesting on the landmark.

    An interim interdict was granted against Fathers 4 Justice at the
    Court of Session yesterday after the campaigners threatened to
    scale the bridge.

    Source:- Evening News  Saturday 8 January

    Kirk planning £2m revamp for homeless drop-in
    centre

    A drop-in centre for homeless people is set for a major re-vamp
    under £2 million plans announced today.

    Kirk chiefs plan to refurbish Greyfriars Kirkhouse.

    Source:- Evening News  Saturday 8 January

    Nurseries cash tour

    Two nursery workers are planning to carry out a walking tour of
    Edinburgh nurseries in a bid to raise money for the Children First
    charity.

    Andrew Jardine and Claire McKinley, who work at the Port Hamilton
    nursery, will tackle the 18.6 mile round trip of Careshare
    nurseries.

    Source:- Evening News  Saturday 8 January

    Drug addicted US troops sent to Scotland for help

    The US military is to use a Scottish hospital as a base to treat
    drug and alcohol addicted troops who have fought in Iraq.

    Up to 40 addicted servicemen and women will be sent to Castle Craig
    rehabilitation clinic to undergo intensive treatment each
    year.

    Source:- Sunday Herald  Sunday 9 January

    Young shoplifters to face victims

    Children as young as eight years old may be forced to face the shop
    keepers they have stolen from as part of a new youth justice
    scheme.

    Edinburgh’s children’s reporter administration will be
    able to recommend that young offenders with increasing patterns of
    shoplifting meet retailer to discuss the repercussions of their
    crime, from April this year.

    Source:- Sunday Herald  Sunday 9 January

    Youth crime policy flagship in trouble

    The number of persistent young offenders has risen sharply,
    according to a leaked draft report.

    Almost 1,000 children were reported for committing 10 or more
    offences in 12 months, which was a rise of five per cent on the
    previous year.

    The Scottish executive aims to cut the number of persistent young
    offenders by 10 per cent.

    Source:- The Herald  Monday 10 January

    Welsh newspapers

    Welsh job row

    A row has blown up over the decision not to make speaking Welsh a
    requirement of the position of director of education at
    Carmarthenshire Council.

    Around 200 people went to a meeting on Friday night to protest
    about the decision and a small campaign group is planning to mount
    a legal challenge.

    The council said that the post was first advertised as requiring a
    Welsh speaker but that it was forced to change this after only
    receiving five applications.

    Source:- Wales on Sunday Sunday 9 January

    I miss Luke terribly but now I want to keep his spirit
    alive

    The mother of a baby who died from Edwards’ Syndrome is
    planning to set up a support group for other families affected by
    the rare chromosome condition.

    Ruth Winston-Jones’ terminally ill 10-month-old son Luke died
    last year when life saving treatment was withheld from him after a
    decision by the High Court.

    Source:- Wales on Sunday Sunday 9 January

     

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