Child, 4, ‘was beaten to death at family home’

Child, 4, ‘was beaten to death at family home’
A four-year-old girl died after suffering sustained and systematic abuse that left her with injuries similar to those of a victim of a serious traffic accident, a court was told.
Sharon Wright, 23, and her boyfriend, Peter MacKenzie-Seaton, 22, went on trial yesterday accused of murdering Ms Wright’s daughter, Leticia, at their home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The case continues.
Source:- The Times, Friday 13 July 2007, page 9

Teacher wins appeal
A teaching assistant who dropped an autistic seven-year-old pupil into a swimming pool fully clothed when he refused to change into his trunks had her conviction for assault overturned.
Source:- The Times, Friday 13 July 2007, page 9
Cameron cash for marriage plan ‘is a mistake’
Tax breaks for married couples risk undermining David Cameron’s efforts to modernise the Tories, senior Conservatives are saying.
Source:- The Times Friday 13 July page 9 
Obese girl taken into care because of her weight
An eight-year-old girl has been taken from her parents and put into care because she is seriously overweight. It is the first time Cumbria County Council has removed a child from parents because of obesity.
Source:- The Times, Friday 13 July 2007, page 29
Mental health care concern
Many mental health wards are at best counter-therapeutic and at worst unsafe, an editorial in The Lancet says today.
Source:- The Times, Friday 13 July 2007, page 31
Child jail gets new head amid unease over use of restraint
A quarter of young offenders at Oakhill privately run child jail have been moved out and a new director appointed after official concern at the rise in the use by staff of restraint on violent teenagers.
Source:- The Guardian, Friday 13 July 2007, page 10
Britain ‘must stop deportations to Congo’
Demonstrations across Britain today will demand that all deportations to the Democratic Republic of the Congo are suspended because of reports that people forced to return face persecution and brutality.
Source:- The Independent, Friday 13 July 2007, page 6
Banned from the sea
A woman has been banned from going into the sea around the British coastline after trying to drown herself more than 50 times.
Source:- Daily Mail, Friday 13 July 2007, page 25

Immigrants are better citizens than the British
Immigrants are “better citizens” than those born in Britain, migration expert Keith Best, head of the Immigration Advisory Service, said yesterday.
Source:- Daily Mail, Friday 13 July 2007, page 29

Comedy actor ‘groomed and sexually abused teenage girl’
Chris Langham, the comic actor, groomed and sexually abused a teenage girl who he met while playing a part in Les Miserable in London, a court heard yesterday.
The actor took the girl on a number of dates and to a five-star hotel for sex the court heard on the first day of his trial in Maidstone.
The abuse is alleged to have taken place over a three-year period.
Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Friday, July 13, page 5

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