Friday 9 September 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Sally Gillen and Amy

    Third suicide at offenders’ centre

    An inquiry is being carried out into the third teenage suicide at a
    young offenders’ institution in less than three months.

    Stuart Smith, 18, who had been serving a five year sentence for a
    sex offence was found hanged at the institution in Reading.

    Source:- The Independent Friday 9 September 2005 page

    “Cover-up” over rich and poor health gap

    Doctors have accused the government of covering up the true scale
    of the health gap between rich and poor in the UK.

    Writing in the British Medical Journal they say the government
    reformulated targets in its latest report on health

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 9 September 2005 page

    Knife killing marks rise in violence at Jobcentres

    A catalogue of assaults, including a fatal stabbing, are revealed
    in a confidential report sent to the Department for Work and

    The report covers nearly 100 incidents including threats from
    claimants carrying axes, knives, scissors and screwdrivers.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 9 September 2005 page

    When she got to government she was a breath of fresh

    Profile of director of anti social behaviour taskforce Louise

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 9 September 2005 page

    Flop CSA faces axe

    The Child Support Agency may have to be scrapped, the government
    admitted yesterday. Social security minister Lord Hunt said
    responsibility for collecting money from absent parents could be
    handed to the Inland Revenue.

    Source:- Daily Mirror Friday 9 September 2005 page

    My girl would be alive without suicide websites

    A mother whose 17-year-old daughter hanged herself has blamed
    websites which glorify suicide for her death.

    Source:- Daily Mirror Friday 9 September 2005 page 10

    Germaine Greer accuses actresses of mocking

    Germaine Greer made a stinging attack on some of Britain’s
    leading actresses for taking parts in which they viciously
    caricatured older people.

    Source:- The Times Friday 9 September 2005 page 5

    Family wins payout over disastrous care of

    A council that detained a young man with Down’s syndrome
    in a psychiatric unit for eight months after a series of errors has
    been ordered to pay his family £35,000 in compensation.

    An ombudsman’s report found that Jonathan Devlin’s
    local authority, Southend-on-Sea council in Essex, had tried to
    save money by forcing him to live in a home where carers could not
    cope with his needs, despite opposition from his parents and social

    Source:- The Times Friday 9 September 2005 page 20

    Why teenagers start to act like Kevin – their
    brains are being rewired

    Changes in the brain at puberty can cause the breakdown of
    relationships with parents, experiments have shown.

    The Institute of Child Health in London found that, at puberty, the
    ability to recognise the expressions on people’s faces
    suddenly dips. In particular, sadness and anger – two
    emotions commonly felt by parents of teenage children – often
    go unnoticed.

    Source:- The Times Friday 9 September 2005 page 35

    ‘Gang feud’ led to shooting of girl,

    A gang feud in Nottingham led to the killing of an innocent
    schoolgirl, Birmingham Crown Court heard yesterday.

    Danielle Beccan, 14, from St Ann’s, was shot in the stomach
    as she walked home from Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair with
    friends in the early hours of October 9 last year.

    Source:- The Times Friday 9 September 2005 page 36

    Bully blitz battered

    School bullying is getting worse despite a nationwide crackdown,
    a charity said last night. Childline received 33,000 calls in the
    last year – 2,000 up on the previous 12 months.

    Source:- The Sun Friday 9 September 2005 page 2

    ‘Sex act’ on girl, 5

    Two boys aged 12 and 13 have appeared in court charged with
    forcing a girl of five to perform a sex act on them. The alleged
    incident was listed in a police dossier objecting to the Moby Dick
    in Dagenham, east London, being allowed to open longer.

    Source:- The Sun Friday 9 September 2005 page 18

    Race riot at school

    Police were called at the old school of two of the July 7
    bombers after a riot broke out between Asian and white pupils. An
    18-year-old has been arrested after the incident at Matthew Murray
    high school in west Yorkshire.

    Source:- The Sun Friday 9 September 2005 page 18

    Schoolteacher faces jail

    A schoolteacher faces jail after admitting filming schoolgirls
    undressing in PE lessons.

    Roger Toll, who worked in Hereford, also had indecent pictures of
    children off the internet at his home in Bishopstone, near
    Hereford, Worcester Crown Court heard. Toll, 54, admitted making
    indecent images. Judge Andrew Geddes said Toll would “almost
    certainly” be sent to prison. Sentencing was adjourned for

    Source:- The Sun Friday 9 September 2005 page 21

    Scottish news

    Rory’s murder linked to fight for Mark’s

    A mother said yesterday that Rory Blackhall’s death showed
    almost nothing had changed in the year since the murder of her
    eight-year-old son by a known paedophile.

    Margaret Anne Cummings is lobbying the Scottish executive for
    changes in the law, which would mean parents would informed if a
    sex offender was living in their community.

    She said Rory’s death was a “kick in the
    teeth” to those who campaigned for reforms.

    Her son Mark was killed by Stuart Leggate, an offender who lived
    in the same Glasgow block.

    Cummings said since Mark’s death in June 2004 nothing
    significant has changed in the way agencies such as social
    services, police and housing authorities dealt with offenders.

    Source:- The Herald Friday 9 September

    Police find tot’s mum

    Police have traced the mother of a dead baby found in a pond.
    The 16.year-old, who has a two-year-old, was examined and found to
    be healthy. A woman has been arrested in connection with the
    baby’s death.

    Source:- Daily Record  Friday 9 September 2005

    Welsh news

    Not enough play for children today

    Children spend so much time following the national curriculum they
    don’t have time to play, according to new research.

    The study, published by the Economic and Social Research Council,
    says that children learn to make friends as well as use their
    imagination through playing.

    It also calls for more outdoor play spaces to be created in

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 9 September

    Many families now ‘non-traditional’

    Family make up in Wales has changed dramatically over recent years,
    new research has revealed.

    The Marketing to Families report found that around five million
    British parents now live in a non-traditional family set-up and
    that more than one in three parents care for children who were not
    their own.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 9 September


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