News round up: Police to get access to child protection database

Child protection database ‘will be used to prosecute young people’

A flagship database intended to protect every child in the country will be used by police to hunt for evidence of crime in a “shocking” extension of its original purpose, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

ContactPoint will include the names, ages and addresses of all 11 million under-18s in England as well as information on their parents, GPs, schools and support services such as social workers.

Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph

Convicts could go free 20 days early as jails hit bursting point

A controversial early-release scheme may be extended as jails approach bursting point.

By last Friday night, the number locked up in England and Wales had risen to 83,670 – 50 more than the maximum capacity.

Some are having to be held in police stations or court buildings.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

Tories say Labour neglects teenage health

The Conservatives yesterday charged the Labour government with creating a “teenage timebomb”, presiding over a deterioration of teenage health that has seen the number of young people admitted to hospital annually rise by 23% since 2000.

Using government statistics, the Tories issued a dossier showing that on six counts teenage health had got “steadily worse” since 2000, with the deterioration even more marked among early teens.

Rehearsing the party’s central theme that the fabric of British society needs fundamental reform, the shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley, said the figures were a “sad indictment of our broken society”.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Wales: Mother attacks payout offer for abducted child

The mother of a girl kidnapped at the age of three and assaulted twice before a terrifying 100mph attempt to escape police has condemned a £9,000 compensation offer to the child as “the final insult”.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

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