Cherie slams Labour on ‘factory farm’ jails – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2008 in criminal justice, news, prisons by sally

“Cherie Blair has attacked the government’s handling of the criminal justice system by accusing Britain’s jails of failing to protect the public. In an outspoken speech that has drawn a strong rebuttal from the Ministry of Justice, Blair, a judge and QC, said at a human rights seminar that Britain had a ‘factory farm attitude to imprisonment’.”

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The Guardian, 11th May 2008

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Dr Rowan Williams compares Embryo Bill to rape and blackmail – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2008 in embryology, news by sally

“The Archbishop of Canterbury on Sunday drew moral parallels between the creation of embryos for human use and rape and torture.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2008

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Couple who won’t accept homosexuality win right to foster – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2008 in fostering, homosexuality, news by sally

“A couple who were rejected as foster parents after they refused to condone homosexuality have won their battle to apply to be carers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2008

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UK signs up to new global approach in protecting children from sexual abuse – Home Office

Posted May 12th, 2008 in child abuse, children, news, sexual offences by sally

“Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker today (9th May) stepped up the Government’s commitment to the global protection of young people, having signed the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. The signature coincided with the second anniversary of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).”

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Home Office press release, 9th May 2008

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Nottingham tackles Asbo culture with early action – the Independent

Posted May 12th, 2008 in ASBOs, news, young offenders by sally

“It has been called the gun crime capital of the UK and has languished at the bottom of the education league tables, but now Nottingham is transforming its fortunes with a groundbreaking early intervention project to tackle Asbo culture.”

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The Independent, 12th May 2008

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Rapist murderer had right to be housed – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2008 in housing, human rights, news, sexual offences by sally

“A convicted rapist sexually assaulted and murdered a teenage girl after a council was told he could not be evicted because it would breach his human rights.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th May 2008

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Councils consider legal action against building companies – The Times

Posted May 12th, 2008 in competition, news by sally

“Local authorities are looking into the possibility of launching legal action against building companies accused last month of cover-pricing and bid-rigging by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).”

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The Times, 12th May 2008

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‘Over 140,000 caught re-offending within year’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2008 in news, recidivists, statistics by sally

“More than 140,000 criminals are caught re-offending within a year of being freed from jail or sentenced to a community punishment, official figures have disclosed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th May 2008

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MPs set to back new embryo research laws – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2008 in abortion, embryology, news by sally

“MPs will reject demands for tighter controls on abortion but are ready to allow new laws pushing back the boundary of research on human embryos, according to a survey carried out by the Guardian.”

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The Guardian, 12th May 2008

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Rumbled: farmer who hid his illegal castle behind the hay – The Independent

Posted May 12th, 2008 in news, planning by sally

“Mr Fidler, 59, built a mock-Tudor castle, complete with ramparts and cannons, on his farm in Salfords, Surrey in 2000. Because it was on green-belt land and unlikely to get planning permission, he concealed it behind a 40ft stack of hay bales, covered with a blue tarpaulin. He, his wife Linda, 39, and son, Harry, seven, moved in and in August 2006 he removed the hay bales and revealed their castle.”

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The Independent, 10th May 2008

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Pagan convicts allowed magic wands in cells – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Hundreds of Pagan worshippers locked up in British jails have been given the right to take twigs into their cells to use as magic wands.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2008

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Dog starved to death in bedroom – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in animal cruelty, dogs, news by sally

“A woman locked a dog in a bedroom until it died of starvation because she was ‘too knackered’ to care for it.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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Man jailed for stabbing pet puppy – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in animal cruelty, dogs, news, sentencing by sally

“A man has been jailed after stabbing his dog to death and burying him in a shallow grave in his back garden.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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Szmecht case to be investigated – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in domestic violence, news, police by sally

“The way the police dealt with allegations of domestic violence by a woman who was later stabbed and set alight is to be investigated.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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Death crash street racer jailed – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who caused the deaths of three girls while racing another driver down a street has been jailed for 10 years.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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Inspector in ‘abuse’ probe jailed – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in news, police, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A former Hampshire police inspector has been jailed after he admitted mistreating young men in custody.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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Woman who poisoned husband jailed – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in news, poisoning, sentencing, theft by sally

“A conwoman who tried to poison her husband with rat killer and anti-depressant tablets has been jailed by a judge at York Crown Court.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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Father jailed for raping daughter – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in child abuse, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“A man who raped his daughter more than 30 years ago was jailed for 11 years.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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Killer rapist must serve 35 years – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A convicted rapist who murdered a 14-year-old girl in a frenzied attack at her home has been told he must serve at least 35 years in prison.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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Widower loses fight to stay in UK – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in immigration, news by sally

“A Filipino man whose wife died after an injection mix-up during childbirth has lost his fight to stay in the UK.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2008

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