Friday 11 February 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Clare Jerrom and Amy

    Migrant women forced into cheap sex trade

    Police claim there has been a surge in rough, unprotected sex as
    east European prostitutes in London live in fear of violent

    Source:- The Guardian Friday February 11 2005 page

    Howard calls for elected officials to run police

    American-style elected commissioners would take charge of
    Britain’s police forces under proposals to increase the
    accountability of chief constables published by Michael Howard

    Source:- The Independent Friday 11 February 2005 page

    Inmate was put at risk “wilfully”

    Prison officer Julie Goodman denied deliberately putting an Asian
    inmate in a cell with a violent white racist.

    The inquiry into Zahid Mubarek’s death at Feltham Young
    Offender Institution in January 2000 was told yesterday that
    Goodman had been warned Robert Stewart was “violent and
    dangerous” and there were spaces for him in other

    She denies this. The hearing continues.

    Source:- The Times Friday 11 February 2005 page 24

    It’s promises, promises as Blair starts hard sell for
    third term

    Tackling anti-social behaviour and drugs and making affordable
    childcare available to all will be among the policies on a Labour
    election pledge card, expected to be launched by Tony Blair

    The card will include six pledges, up from the five pledges made in
    the last campaign, with the inclusion of a commitment on
    immigration and identity cards.

    Source:- The Times Friday February 11 2005 page 26

    Safe haven plan

    Safe havens providing advice and medical care to domestic violence
    victims are planned by the police.

    Murders involving domestic violence have fallen from 47 to 23 in
    the current financial year as officers receive training in an early
    warning programme.

    Source:- The Times  Friday February 11 2005 page 35

    Council opts for bonds to refinance debt

    Birmingham Council is planning to enter the long-term bond market
    to refinance £215 million of debt.

    The UK bond market fell out of favour with local authorities as a
    way of raising money during the 1980s but last April the government
    gave councils more freedom to manage their finances.

    Source:- Financial Times Friday February 11 2005 page

    Prescott stands firm on pension talks

    Plans to raise the retirement age of council workers to 65 will go
    ahead despite talks with unions, a spokesperson for John Prescott

    A possible strike over the issue by hundreds of thousands of
    council workers has been pencilled in for March 23.

    Source:- Financial Times Friday February 11 2005 page

    Ministers aim to expand capacity in NHS

    The government is planning to increase capacity in the NHS to make
    hospitals less busy and give patients more choice, Health Secretary
    John Reid said yesterday.

    The extra capacity would come from more investment in NHS hospitals
    and more non-emergency operations bought in from the private

    Source:- Financial Times Friday February 11 2005 page

    Minister owns up on school standards

    Schools Standards Minister Stephen Twigg said Labour had been
    “too slow” in introducing education reforms and said
    London families face a “lack of real choice”.

    Source:- Daily Mail Friday February 11 2005 page 39

    Scottish newspapers

    Slopping-out prisoners ‘to sue for £100m’

    Tens of millions of pounds in damages could be paid out to
    prisoners and former inmates following a landmark ruling yesterday
    on the practice of slopping-out in jails.

    Three judges decided to throw out an appeal by the Scottish
    executive which ministers had hoped would prevent a mass of legal
    challenges against them.

    Following the judgement, anybody who has, or previously had, no
    access to a proper in-cell toilet facilities while in custody has
    the potential to sue the executive under the European Convention on
    Human Rights.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 11 February

    Pub numbers blamed for violent crime rise

    The growing number of pubs in the Capital were blamed for a sharp
    rise in violent crime.

    More than 200 incidents were reported in the last six months of
    2004 – a 60 per cent rise from the previous period.

    Source:- Evening News  Thursday 10 February

    Adverts call on Scots to tackle racism

    Scots were today urged to speak out against racist language and
    behaviour as a £750,000 advertising campaign was

    The campaign will involve television, cinema and radio
    advertisements, as well as posters on buses.

    Source:- Evening News  Thursday 10 February

    Fiscal given care home death report

    A report has been given to the procurator fiscal by police
    investigating the death of a 92-year-old woman in a city nursing

    The fiscal will now determine whether any charges should be brought
    against members of staff or the owners of Ashley Court Nursing Home
    in Morningside.

    Source:- Evening News  Thursday 10 February

    Welsh newspapers

    Assembly’s £40m pensions headache

    It will cost at least £40 million to plug a gap in the Welsh
    Development Agency’s pension fund it has emerged.

    The Welsh Assembly Government is set to abolish the WDA in spring
    2006 as part of a cull of a number of quangos. New pensions
    arrangements will have to be created for the quango’s staff
    when they transfer over to the assembly.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 11 February 

    Government defeated over public services watchdog

    The government was defeated in the Lords when an amendment to
    increase the power of the proposed public services ombudsman for
    Wales was passed.

    Peers voted the Tory amendment through by 91 to 86 votes during the
    report stage of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 10 February



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