Monday 24 January 2005

    By Clare Jerrom, Derren Hayes and Amy
    Taylor

    You’re barred: the no-go zones that will ban
    violent drinkers

    Binge drinkers and people who persistently get drunk will be banned
    from pubs and clubs in designated areas in a package of measures
    designed to tackle alcohol-related disorder.

    The option of “three strikes and you’re banned”
    from all licensed premises is aimed at tackling drunks who cause
    alcohol-related antisocial behaviour.

    Source:- The Times  Saturday 22 January page 9

    Brown says Tories will cut £50bn from public
    services

    Chancellor Gordon Brown will today accuse the Conservative party of
    planning “the biggest cuts in the history of any election
    manifesto”.

    His comments came after the Tories claimed they would cut £50
    billion from public services.

    Source:- Daily Telegraph  Saturday 22 January page 4

    True story of the 12-year-old branded the nation’s
    youngest thug

    The case of 12-year-old Stefan Gilmore who is serving an 18-month
    sentence for robbery and attempted robbery.

    Source:- Independent  Saturday 22 January page 21

    Inmates ‘victims of gladiator games’

    An investigation will be held into claims that prison officers at
    Feltham Young Offender Institution played “gladiator”
    games with young offenders.

    Wardens allegedly placed black and white youths in cells together
    then placed bets as to how long it would be before a fight
    erupted.

    The inquiry into the death of Zahid Mubarek will investigate the
    allegations.

    Source:- The Independent  Saturday 22 January page
    23

    Parents face jail for truant children

    A couple could become Britain’s first pair to be jailed for
    allowing their children to play truant from school.

    The two, who cannot be named, were convicted at Reading
    magistrates’ court after it emerged that one of their
    children had not attended lessons in five months.

    Source:- Independent  Saturday 22 January page 28

    Immigration moves to top of Tory election agenda

    The leader of the Conservative party Michael Howard will today
    place immigration and asylum at the heart of the Tories election
    campaign.

    Howard will call for limits on immigration and quotas for asylum
    seekers.

    Source:- The Sunday Times  Sunday 23 January page 7

    Gangs bring terror and deaths to jails

    Thousands of offenders are being intimidates, beaten and bullied by
    prison gangs, it has emerged.

    The gangs are involved with drug trafficking, illegal gambling and
    assault and some have become so powerful that members make hundreds
    of pounds a week from the prison drug trade.

    The money is put aside for after the prisoners are released or to
    pay for better treatment while inside.

    Source:- The Observer  Sunday 23 January page 7

    Prisons face tough criticism

    The Prison Service is likely to face serious criticism over its
    failure to protect vulnerable female inmates this week as the
    verdict of an inquest into the death of an 18-year-old girl with a
    history of mental health problems is due.

    The inquest into the death of Sarah Campbell has heard how staff at
    Styal prison failed to register concerns about her mental health
    and the systematic use of segregation for vulnerable inmates.

    Source:- The Observer  Sunday 23 January page 6

    Baby death expert ‘failed in his duty’

    A pathologist whose evidence helped to wrongly convict Sally Clark
    for the murder of her two sons will be accused of ‘failing in
    his duty’ as an expert witness.

    Dr Alan Williams will respond to claims at a General Medical
    Council conduct committee that he failed to make available all of
    the medical reports about a post-mortem on one of Clark’s
    babies.

    Source:- The Observer  Sunday 23 January page 10

    Second teenager hanged in cells

    Eighteen-year-old Karl Lewis, who was jailed foe six years in
    October for robbery, has been found hanged in his cell at Stoke
    Heath Young Offender Institution.

    Source:- The Sunday Telegraph Sunday 23 January page
    2

    Homeless rise forces Blair to back down on right to
    buy

    A rise in the number of homeless families has forced Tony Blair to
    scrap an idea that he had hoped would be a symbol of New Labour as
    the party of home ownership.

    Tomorrow John Prescott will unveil his department’s five year
    plan including what the government proposes to do to help those who
    are struggling to become first time home owners.

    His plan will be revealed after Lord Laming launched a blistering
    attack on the government’s housing record and warned that
    with the number of families in temporary accommodation, up to
    300,000 children are having “a terrible start in life”
    and missing out on basic education and medical help.

    Source:- Independent on Sunday  Sunday 23 January page
    6

    How to survive the split

    Family law is a shambles. It turns former lovers into enemies and
    drives children away from parents. So how do people manage to beat
    the odds and the system and stay friends?

    Source:- Independent on Sunday  Sunday 23 January pages
    16-17

    Top schools go soft on drugs

    A shift in drugs policy in Britain’s top schools means most
    pupils are escaping expulsion if they are caught in possession of
    drugs.

    Research into the top 50 schools including Eton and Marlborough
    found only 10 still take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach
    – down from 40 just five years ago.

    Source:- The Mail on Sunday  Sunday 23 January page
    5

    Terror suspects could be declared mentally ill to keep them
    locked up

    Foreign terror suspects detained indefinitely in Britain could be
    sectioned under the Mental Health Act to keep them in jail.

    The House of Lords ruled last month that the detentions were
    discriminatory and disproportionate to the suspects’ alleged
    offences.

    Home secretary Charles Clarke is not bound by the decision but he
    has pledged to respond to the criticism in the next
    fortnight.

    Source:- The Mail on Sunday  Sunday 23 January page
    25

    Labour immigration alarm

    Tough plans to speed up the removal of failed asylum seekers are to
    be pushed through by home secretary Charles Clarke.

    The move follows signs that the Conservative party plans to make
    immigration central to the forthcoming campaign.

    Source:- The Guardian  Monday 24 January page 1

    Protests against decision to deport schoolgirl

    Counselling for pupils is being organised by a head-teacher at a
    school in Portsmouth because the school-children are so distressed
    by plans to deport a Kurdish asylum seeker.

    Children will be offered reassurance following the detention of
    Lorin Sulaiman who joined Mayfield school a year ago unable to
    speak any English. She has since been placed in the gifted and
    talented register.

    The Home Office has rejected appeals for the 15-year-old and her
    family to remain in Britain.

    Source:- The Guardian  Monday 24 January page 4

    Police want more on-spot fines

    The Association of Chief Police Officers is drawing up plans to
    punish a wider range of minor offences with on-the-spot
    fines.

    They also want people given three fines to automatically receive an
    antisocial behaviour order.

    Source:- Daily Telegraph  Monday 24 January page 2

    Prescott aims to halve numbers in temporary homes

    A plan to cut the numbers of people living in temporary
    accommodation by half by 2010 will be set out by the government
    today.

    Source:- Daily Telegraph  Monday 24 January page 2

    NHS ‘bias’ against mentally ill linked to high
    death rate

    An inquiry into the high death rate among people with mental health
    problems treated on the NHS is to investigate allegations that they
    are subject to institutionalised discrimination.

    The inquiry will look at why people with learning difficulties and
    mental health problems receive worse care from the NHS.

    Source:- Independent  Monday 24 January page 14

    Scottish newspapers

    Church blocks sex education

    The Catholic Church has said headteachers will be able to block
    family planning workers from entering classrooms.

    A spokesperson for the Church said it was ‘relaxed’
    about a strategy that would not force faith schools to do anything
    contrary to their ethos.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday Sunday 23rd January

    Overhaul of social work after Miss X

    Education and young people’s minister Peter Peacock defends
    social workers in the aftermath of the report into the ‘Miss
    X’ scandal, and explains why the profession will need to
    adapt to a changing society. Also, analysis into the wider impact
    of the case.

    Source:- Sunday Herald Sunday 23rd January

    Sex clinics in rural schools plan revealed

    Sexual health clinics offering contraception and morning-after
    pills to pupils could be set up in rural schools.

    The Sexual Health Strategy – a blueprint for the future of
    Scotland’s sex education – is to back moves to give
    youngsters greater access to clinics where they can obtain condoms
    and emergency contraception.

    Source:- The Scotsman Monday 24th January

    Number of at home dads doubles

    They have revealed that the number of house husbands in Scotland
    has doubled since the turn of the millennium, to more than
    20,000.

    The news comes as separate figures from the GMB trade union show
    that women workers now outnumber men in half of Britain’s local
    authorities.

    Source:- The Herald Monday 24th January

    Migrant workers targeted

    Aberdeen Council is advertising job vacancies in new EU
    countries to meet a skills shortage, but it has led to fears it
    will lead to a drop in public sector wages.

    Unions say the migrant workers will be ‘cheap labour’ and
    question whether they are really necessary.

    Source:- The Daily Record Monday 24th January

    Secure unit staff

    More than 100 residential care workers are needed for new young
    offenders’ secure units in Airdrie, Lanarkshire and Bishopton,
    Renfrewshire. The units will house children aged from 12 to 16.

    Source:- The Daily Record Monday 24th January

    Welsh newspapers

    Job with care inspectorate a nightmare, tribunal
    told

    An ex-inspector with the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales said
    that the job had been a nightmare an employment tribunal in Cardiff
    yesterday.

    Maryse Newnham’s barrister heavily criticised the way CSIW
    treated his client.

    Newnham, alleges that the CSIW failed to provide her with proper
    training and supervision for the job and that she was
    constructively dismissed by the body.

    Source:- Western Mail Saturday 22 January

    Father jailed for hammer attack on paedophile

    A father was jailed for three-and-a-half-years for attacking a
    convicted paedophile with a hammer in a layby.

    Malcom Taylor followed paedophile Ray Longstaffe in his car along a
    country road and then flashed him to pull over and carried out the
    attack.

    Source:- Western Mail Saturday 22 January

    Deputy head assaulted pupils

    The deputy head teacher of a special needs school pleaded guilty to
    nine charges of common assault against her pupils yesterday at Mold
    Crown Court.

    Beryl Thompson received 160 hours of community services. She
    admitted holding one child’s head underwater and smearing
    spaghetti on two other children’s faces.

    Source:- Western Mail Saturday 22 January

    Tug of love baby back with mum

    A Welsh nurse will be reunited with her six-month-old baby tomorrow
    after her estranged husband took the girl into hiding.

    Stephen Jelicich took Catlin while the couple were visting his
    family in New Zealand and Dianne was forced to return to Wales
    without her.

    The couple split up during the trip and Dianne Jelicich had been
    granted custody of the baby who was born in Wales.

    Source:- Wales on Sunday Sunday 23 January

    Patients may face return to postcode drug era

    Postcode lottery drug prescription could become a reality in Wales
    once again experts have warned.

    Wales is shortly due to pull out of the National Institute for
    Clinical Excellence (Nice) appraisal system which determines which
    new drugs will be available on the NHS.

    Source:- Western Mail Monday 24 January

     

     

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