News round up: Suicide couple leap carrying dead son

Suicide couple leap carrying dead son

A grieving couple plunged to their deaths at Beachy Head clutching a rucksack containing the body of their five-year-old boy after he died of meningitis, it emerged today.

Neil and Kazumi Puttick drove to the beauty spot in East Sussex a day or two after their son Samuel died at home in Wiltshire. They are thought to have leapt together with two rucksacks, one holding the body, the other filled with some of the child’s favourite cuddly toys and a model tractor.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Jon Robin on the Caring Support social care initiative

Caring Support is an initiative that aims to be a new model homecare service for older and disabled people in Croydon, south London. “We are a co-operative of three groups: the people who need care in the community, personal carers and unpaid carers”, says its manager, Sheila Kelly. “It’s an example of the community working together to our mutual advantage. We’re looking after each other.”

Read more on this story in Society Guardian

Therapist Derek Gale struck off over ‘unlimited love’ suggestion

An arts therapist who fell asleep during sessions with patients, swore at them and suggested that one take advantage of “unlimited sex” has been struck off.

Derek Gale, 59, of Loughton, Essex, also smoked cannabis in front of patients, and wrote to one signing himself “Daddy”.

Read more on this story in The Times

Show mercy to families taking loved ones to die at Dignitas, says former DPP

A former Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday said there was no public interest in prosecuting those who help their terminally ill relatives to die.

But Sir Ken Macdonald also warned of the dangers in legalising assisted suicide.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

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