Tuesday 11th January 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Derren Hayes and Amy Taylor

    Mother wrongly jailed over baby deaths is refused
    payout

    A mother who was wrongly jailed for killing two of her babies
    has been refused compensation.

    Angela Cannings spent 18 months in prison, but was cleared after
    medical evidence against her was discredited.

    She was separated from her surviving child for four years, but the
    Home Office has decided she does not qualify for a payout.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday January 11 2005 page
    5

    Cheaper than coffee

    A line of cocaine costs less than a cappuccino in some parts of
    the country, it emerged yesterday.

    A survey by the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit found that a gram,
    of the drug could be bought for as little as £39. The survey
    found that there are 156,000 regular heroin users in the UK, plus
    102,000 crack addicts and 76,000 Ecstasy users.

    A separate study by Liverpool John Moores University claimed that
    drug use among schoolchildren has almost doubled under Labour.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday January 11 2005 page
    29

    Plea to reduced child inmates follows a spate of
    suicides

    Young offenders at serious risk of harming themselves are being
    locked up even though they are too vulnerable for life behind bars,
    the head of the Youth Justice Board admitted yesterday.

    Rod Morgan, head of the YJB, appealed to the courts to jail fewer
    youngsters and called for extra resources for children with mental
    health problems following a spate of suicides in custody over
    recent years.

    Source:- The Independent Tuesday January 11 2005 page
    4

    Addiction breakers

    ‘Intervention therapy’ shows families how to force
    addicts to confront their own destructive behaviour. It’s
    tough, even heartbreaking, but it works.

    Source:- The Independent Review Tuesday January 11 2005
    pages 8-9

    Inside the orange room – how pupils are tested on
    drugs

    Report on drug-testing in schools.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday January 11 2005 page
    3

    24-hour drinking will create urban savages, says
    judge

    A judge attacked government plans to introduce 24-hour drinking
    yesterday, saying it turned young people into “urban
    savages” and town centres into “revolting and dangerous
    places” at night.

    Judge Charles Harris, QC, said the scheme, which could be
    introduced this year under new licensing legislation, was helping
    to create a climate of violence and fear.

    Source- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday January 11 2005
    page 9

    Prisons plan fear

    The chief inspector of prisons has said that Tony Blair’s
    plan for a single criminal justice inspectorate threatens to
    sideline inspections of the 139 jails in England and Wales.

    Anne Owers fears that the plan to merge five inspectorates will
    undermine the “robust” nature of prison
    inspections.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday January 11 2005 page 2

    ASBO pigs review

    The Crown Prosecution Service is to review the case of a farmer
    given an antisocial behaviour orders because of his unruly
    pigs.

    Brian Hagan appeared before Cromer magistrates in a hearing to
    decide whether to extend the ASBO. The case was delayed until the
    end of criminal proceedings on January 26.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday January 11 2005 page 4

    Super cop targets teen drinkers

    Under-age drinking must be tackled if police want to curb rising
    levels of alcohol-related violence, a “super cop”
    recruited to help but Britain’s crime rate said
    yesterday.

    Paul Evans, the former Boston police chief leading the fight to
    clean up drunken violence, said that too many licensees were still
    prepared to sell drinks to young people with no questions
    asked.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday January 11 2005 page 22

    Scottish newspapers

    Youth crime blitz fails to halt rise

    The numbers of young people that commit offences has risen
    despite a push by police to tackle the problem, new figures
    reveal.

    Source:- The Scotsman Tuesday 11 January

    Tags boost to Reliance

    Security firm Reliance are to have their electronic tagging
    contract extended by a year in a deal worth up to £8.2million.
    Their duties with convicted adult offenders will be widened to
    include people on bail and a pilot scheme for under-16s.

    Source:- The Daily Record Tuesday 11 January

    Welsh newspapers

    Did Blair have hand in Hutt sacking?

    Rumours were circulating last night that Welsh Health Minister
    Jane was sacked after pressure from Tony Blair as the general
    election gets closer.

    First minister Rhodri Morgan announced that Aberavon AM Dr Brian
    Gibbons would replace Hutt yesterday.

    Hutt had constantly been under attack for the long waiting list
    figures in Wales. She has been made business minister.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 11 January

    Sex pictures doctor can work again

    A consultant radiologist who was found with over 1,500
    paedophile pictures on his computer is allowed to take up
    employment again.

    The images were found on Charles Bartlett’s computer in
    December 2002 and he was later convicted of 12 counts of making
    indecent photos of children and five counts of having indecent
    photographs of children.

    He received a three-year community rehabilitation order and was put
    on the sex offenders register. In April 2004 Barlett, who worked at
    the West Wales General Hospital Carmarthen, was suspended from the
    medical register for nine months but he has now reappeared before
    the General Medical Council and is allowed to practice once
    more.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 11 January

    Worker accuses charity led by Ron Davies of unfair
    dismissal

    A former staff member has accused a charity headed by former
    Welsh secretary Ron Davis of unfair dismissal.

    Tariq Sarder, who was employed by Valleys Race Equality Council,
    a small charity in Pontypridd, which Davies leads, has taken his
    case to an employment tribunal.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 11 January

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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