Friday 11 March 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Clare Jerrom and Amy

    Nurse jailed for raping patient

    A nurse who was cleared by a hospital inquiry of indecently
    assaulting two patients but then went on to rape a third was jailed
    for 10 years yesterday.

    Josiah Oladele obtained his job in a psychiatric ward of St
    Thomas’ Hospital, south London, despite having previous
    convictions for violence and dishonesty.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Friday 11 March 2005 page

    Elderly are being left to struggle with chip and pin, say

    Credit card companies and banks are not doing enough vulnerable
    customers struggling with chip and pin, charities claim

    Consumer groups and charities for older and disabled people say the
    numbers of people unable to cope with the new system may be much
    higher than first thought. New research published in the British
    Medical Journal has shown that even the mildest cognitive
    impairment can make it difficult to recall personal identity

    Source: – The Daily Telegraph Friday 11 March 2005 page

    Daughter wins right to sue over ‘sex

    A young woman who says her father “ruined her life” by
    raping and sexually abusing her when she was a child has won the
    right to sue him for compensation.

    The woman, in her 20’s and from Bristol, says her father
    regularly abused her father regularly abused her from the age of 11
    and raped her when she was 15.

    At the Court of Appeal in London, judges heard that the woman
    – referred to in court only as “B” – still lived
    in fear of harassment and meeting her father by chance.

    Source: – The Daily Telegraph Friday 11 March 2005 page

    Suicide rate is the lowest for 30 years

    Suicide rates in Britain are at their lowest level for 30 years
    despite the soaring divorce rate, but a high proportion of them
    take place in seaside towns.

    There were 5,755 adult suicides in Britain in 2003, said the Office
    for National Statistics – the lowest total since 1973.

    Source: – The Daily Telegraph Friday 11 March 2005 page

    Language study for all primary pupils planned

    Every primary school pupil could have the chance to learn a foreign
    language at school as part of a £115 million government
    package to be unveiled today.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 11 March 2005 page 6

    Line drawn at pencil cases

    Pencil cases have been banned from St Anne’s primary school
    in Denton, Manchester, to stop pupils using them to smuggle in

    The ruling follows an incident in which a nine-year-old boy was
    injured by a letter opener during “boisterous play”
    with another child.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 11 March 2005 page 8

    Teenagers who killed friend with scythes get life

    Three teenagers were jailed for life at Sheffield crown court
    yesterday, for butchering a friend with two large farming scythes
    after a quarrel on a camping trip.

    The trio, including a girl aged 15 at the time, stole the murder
    weapons from a country churchyard.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 11 March 2005 page 13

    Half of serious injury patients receive inappropriate

    Thousands of patients with head or spinal injuries are transferred
    out of specialist units too early or treated in the wrong type of
    hospital ward, the Department of Health admitted.

    More than half the 7,000 people needing surgery for traumatic or
    serious injury in England each year receive inappropriate care,
    according to the NHS service framework for people with long-term
    health conditions.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 11 March 2005 page 13

    Prison cells and care homes escape Scotland’s smoking

    Psychiatric and care homes, oil rigs and prison cells will be
    exempt from Scotland’s proposed public smoking ban, ministers
    have revealed.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 11 March 2005 page 13

    Terror suspect freed after three years

    An Algerian national, held as a terror suspect without trial for
    three years under anti-terrorism laws was freed last night of
    strict bail conditions.

    Another eight Muslim held in similar conditions are likely to be
    released today.

    Source:- Financial Times Friday 11 March 2005 page 4

    Travellers’ great eviction loophole

    Travellers can defy attempts to evict them from illegal sites if
    they claim they are ill or their car or caravan has broken

    The loopholes emerged in guidance for local authorities from the

    Source:- Daily Mail Friday 11 March 2005 page 10

    Under 18s face ban on buying knives

    The age limit for buying knives and replica guns will be raised
    from 16 to 18 and habitual drunks will be banned from town centres,
    under new government plans.

    Mandatory drug testing will also be introduced for everyone
    arrested in 100 high-crime areas.

    Source:- Daily Mail Friday 11 March 2005 page 19

    Scottish news

    Prisoners to have choice of smoking in their cells

    Prisoners will be given the choice as to whether they want to smoke
    in their cells, it emerged yesterday.

    One of the areas not covered by the smoking ban – which is expected
    to be in place by next spring – is prisons and inmates will be able
    to choose if they want smoking or non-smoking rooms.

    Older people and the terminally ill will also be able to smoke in
    their own rooms in residential homes and hospices.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 11 March

    SNP proposes to bring down cost of nursery education

    The SNP yesterday unveiled plans that parents would only have to
    pay for 30 per cent of pre-school childcare costs.

    The party said it would give the money directly to nursery
    education providers to help them keep their charges down.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 11 March

    Demo set for women’s jail

    The Socialist Women’s Network is organising a demonstration
    outside Cornton Vale prison near Stirling this weekend to campaign
    against women with mental health problems and addictions being
    locked up.

    Source:- Evening News  Thursday 10 March

    MSPs call for tougher laws on internet
    ‘grooming’ by paedophiles

    Ministers were yesterday urged to tighten new legislation designed
    to curb internet paedophiles.

    Holyrood’s Justice 2 committee endorsed the general
    principles in the protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual
    Offences (Scotland) Bill but said it did not go far enough.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 11 March

    Family deportation on hold after schools organise

    The deportation of an asylum seeking family was put on hold
    yesterday when pupils at a secondary school in Glasgow

    Home Office officials took Sadush and Tade Murselaj and their three
    children from their home on Sunday after their asylum application
    was rejected.

    Hundreds of children at Drumchapel High School signed a pledge to
    support the family and the Home Office agreed to review the case
    after the petition was passed to the department.

    Source:- The Herald  Friday 11 March

    Welsh newspapers

    School bans mobile after bullying by text

    A school in Wales has banned its pupils from taking mobile phones
    to school because of bullying by text messages.

    Sue Gruffydd, assistant head-teacher at Duffryn High School in
    Newport, said that the text bullying was a big problem at the
    school because it was difficult to prove.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 11 March


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