News round up: Fiona Pilkington bullies ‘still causing problems’

Family behind Fiona Pilkington bullying ‘still causing problems’

The ringleaders of a gang of children that terrorised a mother who killed herself and her disabled daughter continue to be a menace in the area, a jury heard yesterday.

The children, who have virtually no parental control, are said to remain the root cause of antisocial behaviour on the street where they tormented Fiona Pilkington and her severely disabled daughter, Francecca, for almost ten years.

Read more on this story in The Times

Study finds no evidence of autism surge in children

Autism is as common among adults as it is among children, a study has found, dispelling fears of a link between the MMR vaccine and the condition.

A study of rates of autism spectrum disorder among adults suggests that one in every 100 people over the age of 18 has the condition — broadly the same as that cited for children.

Read more on this story in The Times

Families may face assisted suicide charges, says DPP Keir Starmer

New legal guidelines will also mean that criminal action against family or friends would be more likely if the person who killed themselves was under 18, suffered from a mental illness or had a learning difficulty.

Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, wants to create a more “workable model” for the 1961 Suicide Act treats those who aid suicide, after a request from the Law Lords earlier this summer.

Read more on this story in the Daily Telegraph

British paedophiles escape justice

In a special investigation, we found more than a quarter of child abusers are let off with a caution by cops.

The shock figures emerged in responses by 33 police forces to Freedom of Information demands by The Sun.

Read more on this story in the Sun

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