Wednesday 12 January 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Clare Jerrom and Amy Taylor

    Navy man’s death puts spotlight on child porn
    inquiry

    The apparent suicide of a naval commodore under investigation on
    child pornography allegations has focused attention on a huge
    British police investigation into internet paedophiles, in which 32
    other suspects are believed to have taken their lives.

    The commander of British forces on Gibraltar, Commodore David
    White, who was found dead at his swimming pool at the weekend, was
    an Operation Ore suspect, one of 6,500 Britons allegedly using a US
    child abuse “portal” called Landslide.

    Source:-The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
    10

    Builder’s Asbo

    A judge at Mold Crown Court has issued an antisocial behaviour
    order on a man, banning him from doing building work for five
    years.

    David Flaherty, who took money for jobs but did not complete them,
    was also jailed for three years.

    Source:-The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
    10

    Unions protest over pensions

    Unions are planning a day of protests across the country over
    government plans to raise the retirement age for public sector
    workers from 60 to 65 and make changes to their pension
    schemes.

    Source:-The Times Wednesday 12 January 2005 page 2

    School’s knife scan

    A comprehensive school has brought in metal detectors to screen
    pupils for weapons.

    Tollbar Business and Enterprise College in New Waltham, near
    Grimsby, is believed to be the first school in the country to make
    the move.

    Source:-The Daily Mail Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
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    A century apart: children face poverty trap as deep as
    ever

    To mark the centenary of Dr Barnardo’s death, the charity
    that bears his name commissioned a report on child welfare over the
    past 100 years. The problems have not gone away.

    Source:-The Independent Wednesday 12 January 2005 pages
    12-13

    Bar on Cannings payout attacked

    Michael Mansfield, the criminal QC who won the appeal court ruling
    clearing Angela Cannings of murdering her two baby sons, last night
    criticised the decision by the Home Office not to award Canning
    compensation for her 18 months in prison as
    “extraordinary.” 

    Cannings is to challenge the refusal.

    Source:-The Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
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    More childless adults in poverty

    Poverty among childless adults of working age has grown to record
    levels since Tony Blair came to power in 1997, according to an
    independent analysis of Labour’s performance by the Joseph
    Rowntree Foundation.

    Source:-The Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
    10

    Baby bond scheme launched

    Gordon Brown made a bid for the parent vote yesterday as he
    officially launched the government’s flagship child trust
    funds, which are aimed at giving every youngster a good financial
    start in life.

    Source:-The Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
    11

    Move to end race bias in mental health care

    Ministers committed the government yesterday to a five-year plan to
    halt racial discrimination in NHS mental health services in
    England, which was exposed last year by an inquiry into the death
    of David “Rocky” Bennett.

    Source:-The Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
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    Guiding Light

    Kate Nash, workaholic head of charity Radar on why the disability
    rights struggle is no longer just about activists chaining
    themselves to railings.

    Source:-Society Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
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    Slangsta Rap

    Want to impress some kids with some street talk?

    Source:-Society Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
    8

    Piggy in the middle

    The government’s failure to honour a pledge it made last
    election to provide £200 million threatens to decimate
    community-led children’s play schemes.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
    10

    Crying Shame

    Blighted, poor and beset by antisocial behaviour, it seems
    the perfect location for Shameless, TV’s bleakly comic drama
    of working-class family life. But there is more to Gorton than you
    might think.

    Source:-Society Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
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    The show must go on

    A centre for older people is giving its members a lifeline through
    its essential services and special focus on the arts.
    Best practice – the Castlemilk Pensioners Action Centre in
    Glasgow.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
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    Power surge

    Labour wants to give people more control over services, but what
    will this enthusiasm for public participation mean for local
    councils?

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 12 January 2005 page
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    Scottish news

    Jodi accused’s brother ‘suspected of giving police false
    statement’ 

    The  brother of Luke Mitchell, was suspected by police of
    deliberately providing false information during the inquiry into
    the murder of Jodi Jones, a jury heard yesterday.

    Luke Mitchell is accused of murdering his former girlfriend. But
    his brother Shane Mitchell has admitted giving conflicting
    statements about the day of Jodi’s death, changing the time
    he said he had arrived home from work.

    Initially, he had suggested it was about 3:40pm. Later, he asked
    to make a second statement, and put the time at nearly 5pm.

    Shane Mitchell’s evidence was still in its early stages
    when the trial had to be halted because of illness suffered by a
    juror. It is hoped to resume his testimony today.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 12 January

    Care worker wins £5000 over night duty
    claim

    A care assistant who walked out after she was refused wages for
    when she had to attend to residents during the night has been
    awarded almost £5000 compensation.

    Denise McCole, a care assistant at Glenbank Residential Care
    Home in Fife, was paid a £10 sleepover allowance for sleeping
    on-site between 11pm and 7am.

    She was paid the national minimum wage of £4.50 for her
    time on duty before the residents went to bed and from 7am the
    following morning when she had to assist them.  But she claimed her
    sleeping hours were disturbed by the vulnerable adults who lived at
    the home during the night and she had to get out of bed to deal
    with them.

    An employment tribunal ruled she was entitled to be paid for her
    hours on duty throughout the night whether she was asleep or awake,
    as she was in sole charge of the home.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 11 January

    Social work on Pitcairn

    Social work chiefs are trying to recruit two staff to work on
    Pitcairn Island.

    The British protectorate in the Pacific Ocean has a population of
    just 47.Six islanders were convicted of sex crimes last year.

    Source:- Daily Record  Wednesday 12 January

    Welsh news

    Childcare funding cut by almost two-thirds

    The Welsh Assembly government has cut funding for before-and-after
    school clubs by 60 per cent.

    Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, which run 1,200
    before-and-after school holiday clubs for children, will only get
    £400,000 instead of £1 million funding.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 12 January

    Ron Davies cleared of bullying

    Former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies has been cleared of allegations
    of bullying staff in his role as a director of a small
    race-equality charity.

    While an employment tribunal found that Tariq Sarder, had been
    unfairly sacked from the Valleys Race Equality Council (Valerc) it
    did not support his allegation that he had been bullied by
    Davies.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 12 January

     

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