News round-up: Shannon Matthews, child drinking

We’ll publish Shannon Matthews care report in full, pledge Tories

The Conservatives pledged last night that an incoming Tory government would publish the full report into social workers’ disastrous dealings with the family of Shannon Matthews, the kidnapped schoolgirl who was drugged and held captive for 25 days by an accomplice of her mother.

Read more in The Times.

Study shows 50% rise in likelihood of England’s poorest teenagers going to university since mid-90s

Teenagers from the poorest homes in England are 50% more likely to go to university than they were 15 years ago, according to a study that will be welcomed by the government after other recent reports found that Britain had become a more unequal nation.

The government-commissioned Hills report, published yesterday, showed inequality is greater than it was in 1980.

Read more in The Guardian.

Mum confesses: I’ve killed my children

A mother walked into a police station yesterday and told cops: “I’ve killed my children.”

Fiona Donnison, 43, then led officers to her car, where the bodies of her son Harry, three, and daughter Elise, two, were found wrapped in black plastic bin liners in two separate sports bags in the boot.

Read more in The Sun.

Children drinking more than adult safe levels, official figures show

Children in the north of the country drink and smoke more than those in the south, data from the NHS Information Centre has found.

In particular, girls aged between 11 and 15 in the Midlands and the North are drinking more than the recommended limits for adult women.

Read morei n The Telegraph.

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