News round-up:- Doncaster case; Mum has child snatched

Brothers stopped attack on boys because their ‘arms were aching’

Two brothers aged 10 and 11 who subjected a pair of boys to a long ordeal of torture, beating and sexual assault told police they had only stopped hitting their victims because their “arms were aching”, a court heard today.

Although the boys eventually admitted much of what they had done in the brutal attack, which happened on waste ground near Edlington, south Yorkshire, they showed no apparent remorse, Sheffield crown was told.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Judge is refused care authorities’ report in Edlington torture case

Care authorities have refused to allow a High Court judge to read a confidential report into their handling of two young brothers who sadistically tortured two children and left them for dead.

The report, prompted by an horrific attack on two children aged 9 and 11 in Edlington, near Doncaster, is said to reveal numerous failings by care professionals who dealt with the brothers and their violent family over years.

Read more on this story in The Times

Edlington attacker ‘watched porn films and smoked cannabis aged nine’

Over the next two years he carried out a series of assaults on adults and children, which culminated in the 90-minute attack, conducted with his brother, on two other boys.

The pair, aged 10 and 11 at the time, had a “toxic” home life, as two of seven brothers in a household with a history of domestic violence. At the age of nine, the older of the two was smoking 10 cigarettes a day, drinking vodka and using cannabis grown on his father’s allotment.

Read more on this story in the Daily Telegraph

Mother ‘not clever enough to  raise child’ has baby snatched by social workers after running away to Ireland to give birth

A couple who fled to Ireland after social workers threatened to remove their baby at birth have had the newborn snatched after all.

Kerry Robertson, 17, who has mild learning difficulties, and Mark McDougall, 25, went on the run after British social services said she was not clever enough to raise a child.

Read more on this story in the Daily Mail

Moral dilemma of mercy killing: Was this mother right to end her son’s life?

Should mum Frances Inglis have been jailed for life for murder after killing her brain-damaged son with a heroin overdose?

Inglis believed that killing Tom, 22, was an act of mercy that would free him from a “living hell” of permanent disability.

Both sides of the mercy killing debate are heartfelt and deeply emotive..

Read more on this story in the Daily Mirror

Beach paedo legs it

THE child rapist allowed to live in a seaside resort despite being banned from beaches has fled after being exposed by The Sun.

Thousands of angry parents joined protest groups demanding David Payne, 64, leave town.

Read more on this story in The Sun

Kids see mum sniff 12 gas cans a day

A PATHETIC mother has admitted sniffing 12 cans of lighter fuel A DAY in front of her distraught children.

Jobless Sindy also inhaled solvents and downed ten cans of Stella lager a day for 20 YEARS.

Read more on this story in The Sun

David Cameron warns of ‘social recession’ to match economic one

David Cameron will warn today that Britain is in a “social recession” even deeper than its economic one as he steps up pre-election campaigning.

And the Tory leader will point to the torture of two young boys by two other boys as an extreme symptom of what he dubs Labour’s “moral failure” as he launches a raft of social policies.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

David Cameron condemns Labour’s ‘moral failure’

David Cameron will attack Labour’s “moral failure” today as he attempts to put his portrayal of Britain as a broken society at the heart of the election battleground.

On a day expected to be dominated by the sentencing of the young brothers in the horrific Edlington torture case, Mr Cameron will say that the country is stuck in a social recession.

Read more on this story in The Times

Promises to spare NHS and schools from cuts ‘insane’ says audit chief

The looming public spending cuts will be more profound than any experienced in modern times, the head of the spending watchdog warned as he labelled political promises to protect schools and hospitals “insane”.

Steve Bundred told MPs on the Commons public administration committee that the cuts required to reduce the nation’s deficit would be worse than those in the 1970s and 1990s, and urged politicians to “be honest” about their tax and spending plans.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Scottish committee to investigate legalising assisted suicide

A cross-party committee at the Scottish parliament is to investigate legalising assisted suicide after an MSP succeeded in tabling a bill to allow doctors to end the lives of terminally-ill patients.

The committee may visit the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, where more than 100 Britons have already killed themselves, and call evidence from other European and north American states where assisted suicide is already legal as part of their inquiry.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

MSP Margo MacDonald sets out proposals to legalise assisted suicide

Terminally ill or severely disabled patients as young as 16 will be able to seek help to end their lives in Scotland under proposals to make the country the first in the UK to legalise assisted suicide.

Margo MacDonald, the independent MSP, today unveiled a Bill that she hopes will allow those whose lives have become intolerable a dignified death at home.

Read more on this story in The Times

Old people leave hospital malnourished

The number of patients leaving hospital with malnutrition has rocketed to record levels over the past year, according to figures released by the NHS.

Those affected are primarily the elderly, many of whom are already in a frail condition when admitted for treatment. Failure to ensure that they eat properly while in hospital and to improve the nutritional quality of health service meals have been blamed.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Prostitute wife ‘killed after row’

A man told a jury today that he heard somebody apparently being strangled in a flat where a neighbour is accused of murdering his prostitute wife.

Byron Williams, 30, described a violent hour-long dispute during which aspiring model Kirsty Grabham, 24, was allegedly murdered.

Read more on this story in The Independent

The end of innocence: Inside Britain’s child prisons

Paul Vallely: As the Edlington ‘torture boys’ face sentencing for horrifying violence, can secure children’s homes ever offer redemption?

Read more on this story in The Independent

When is it right to take the law into our own hands?

One committed a violent attack on a burglar. The other was guilty of the mercy killing of her brain-damaged son. One is free. The other starting a nine-year sentence. Paul Vallely examines the issues raised by their contrasting treatment.

Read more on this story in The Independent

Ed Balls accused of wooing the anti-immigrant vote

Ed Balls has been accused of wooing the anti-immigrant vote in his new constituency as he fights to remain an MP in the face of a resurgent Conservative Party and one of the highest BNP memberships in the country.

The Tories have made defeating the Schools Secretary a priority, hoping for an upset similar to the ousting of Michael Portillo in 1997 on a 17.4 per cent swing to Labour.

Read more on this story in The Times

Schools to screen film about homophobic bullying

A film on homophobic bullying is to be screened in all UK secondary schools next month.

The film – the first of its kind to be sent to all schools – will try to stop pupils using the word “gay” in a derogatory way.

Read more on this story in The Guardian





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