Tuesday 8 February 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Derren Hayes and Amy Taylor

    Paedophile freed

    A convicted paedophile who hoarded more than a million digital
    images of child abuse was freed yesterday.

    John Harrison, from Denton, in Manchester, was jailed for two and a
    half years, but was freed after lawyers found that he had served
    sufficient time while on remand. He was sentenced at Minshull
    Street Crown Court.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 8 February 2005 page 4

    School staff defy appeal panel over teacher assault

    Teachers at a school in Hampshire are defying orders from an
    independent appeal panel that they must teach a 15-year-old boy who
    has been expelled for assaulting a member of staff. Staff at Hurst
    Community College, in Tadley, claim that their safety is at risk
    after the panel of appeal overruled the school and said that the
    teenager should be allowed back.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 8 February 2005 page 6

    We’re doing God’s work – and John
    Prescott’s

    A former stockbroker turned fundamentalist pastor has ended
    homelessness in Southport. Would his scheme work nationwide?

    Pete Cunningham, minister of the Assemblies of God church, has
    housed 300 people through his company.

    Source:- The Times T2 Tuesday 8 February 2005 page
    4-5

    Who cares for the carers?

    It’s a carer’s worst nightmare – what happens
    when they fall ill or are called away?

    Source:- The Times T2  Tuesday 8 February 2005 pages
    10-11

    The disability standard-bearer

    John Knight’s life experiences provide an almost tailor-made
    qualification to champion the rights of disabled people.

    Source:- The Times Public Agenda Tuesday 8 February 2005
    page 5

    Children: victims of party politics

    Children are getting caught up in a political battle as Labour and
    the Conservatives each strive to show how tough they are on
    asylum.

    Source:- The Times Public Agenda Tuesday 8 February 2005
    page 6

    Prescott’s housing plan ‘lacks
    vision’

    Source:- The Times Public Agenda Tuesday 8 February 2005
    page 7

    Labour’s migration squeeze targets unskilled

    The government is to close the door on low-skilled migrants from
    the developing world who come to Britain legally under existing
    work permit schemes, Charles Clarke announced yesterday.

    The measure is part of Labour’s five-year plan for
    immigration and asylum, which includes a “points
    system” for new migrants that critics fear will lead to a
    “two-tier guest-worker” labour force.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 8 February 2005 page 1

    Cell conditions ‘gross’ for 20 per cent

    More than one in five prison inmates is kept in conditions that are
    “nothing short of gross,” the head of the prison and
    probation service said yesterday.

    Martin Narey was testifying before the public inquiry into the
    murder of teenage prisoner Zahid Mubarek.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 8 February 2005 page 8

    Howard revives ‘prison works’ message

    Michael Howard revived his ‘prison works’ message of
    the 90s as he launched the Tories’ hardline sentencing
    policies yesterday.

    The proposals, which include mandatory minimum terms for burglars
    and drug dealers convicted for a third time, would lengthen time
    served by about a fifth and add 14,000 offenders to a prison
    population already near its historical peak.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 8 February 2005 page
    11

    The mother suing the CSA in case that could cost
    £300m

    A mother of three is suing the Child Support Agency for
    miscalculating maintenance payments owed by her former
    husband.

    Alison Davies is the first parent to challenge the agency through
    the courts for negligence and lost income.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 8 February 2005 page
    24

    Scottish newspapers

    Immigration U-turn rocks McConnell’s bid to attract ‘fresh talent’
    into Scotland

    The UK government’s aim to reduce the number of immigrants
    allowed to stay in the country will hamper the Scottish
    executive’s plans to attract more immigrants to boost the
    economy and meet the fall in population.

    The first minister has championed a series of initiatives to help
    attract new, skilled migrants to Scotland.

    Source:- The Scotsman Tuesday 8th February

    Stop bidding war over immigration

    Labour have been accused of starting an immigration ‘bidding war’
    with the Tories to win votes.

    Scottish National Party MPs and human rights groups said the
    government’s plans to cut immigration were unpleasant.

    Source:- Daily Record Tuesday 8th February

    Welsh newspapers

    ‘Cardiff prison mad me a smack-head’

    The introduction of a drug-testing regime at Cardiff prison nine
    years ago has increased the drug abuse problem amongst prisoners,
    it was claimed today.

    An ex-prisoner from West Wales said that the mandatory drug-testing
    is causing prisoners to move away from cannabis and towards heroin
    because they are less likely to get caught.

    The claims are made in tonight’s S4C current affairs
    programme Y Byd ar Bedwar.

    Source:- Western Mail February 8 Tuesday

    Depression theory over stabbing

    A man who stabbed his partner to death may have had severe
    depression at the time due to his marriage breaking up, Cardiff
    Crown Court heard yesterday.

    Paul Viner stabbed himself in the stomach after attacking Donna
    Brough.

    Consultant psychiatrist Philip Huckle told the court that
    Viner’s self-injury was a “major suicide
    attempt”.

    Viner denies murder and wounding with intent but has pleaded guilty
    to unlawful wounding.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 8 February

    Call to cap council bills

    A pensioner yesterday called on the public to oppose council tax
    rises.

    Brian Williams, 72, carried out an open-air protest meeting in
    Cardiff to encourage people to stand up to proposed increases of at
    least 6.4 per cent.

    He was one of one hundred people invited onto a citizens’
    forum by Cardiff Council to give their views on three options for
    council tax rises.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 8 February

     

     

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