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The father of an autistic teenager who died after being prescribed antipsychotic medication has blamed the drug for his death and said his son would still be alive if "arrogant" doctors had listened to them. Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, who also suffered from epilepsy and learning difficulties, died…
A family of five were forced to spend three years living in a single hotel room while their local council failed to help them find permanent accommodation, a watchdog said. Bristol City Council did not treat the family's housing and homelessness applications properly, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman…
A psychologist asked to provide an expert assessment of the father of a toddler at the centre of family court litigation wrote to a judge to apologise for giving "very poor quality" evidence. She told Judge Richard Howell that she had been ill on the day she appeared in court.…
A report by Bristol Safeguarding Children Board has found the murder of Becky Watts could not have been predicted or prevented. The 33-page review detailed how Becky's mother Tanya Watts and father Darren Galsworthy separated when she was born and she spent her early life living with her mother. Her…
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) have today (15 March) published the report of a review commissioned following the tragic murder of Becky Watts by her step-brother who, along with his then partner, were convicted of murder and manslaughter respectively and sentenced in November 2015. The report considers the involvement of…
Becky Watts reported feeling "scared" of being abducted to social workers more than three years before she was murdered in a sexually motivated kidnap plot, a report has revealed. The 16-year-old was attacked in her bedroom by her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 31, after he hatched a plot to abduct her…
The trial of a father accused of causing or allowing his six-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation has collapsed after a judge ruled that the defendant had no case to answer. Judge Julian Lambert directed a jury of seven women and five men to find the 29-year-old taxi driver,…
A taxi driver allegedly told a passenger that his daughter had been the victim of female genital mutilation (FGM), saying that it was done "so women don't feel sexy all the time". The father, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies a charge of cruelty on a child under…
A man who watched a live-stream of a four-year-old girl being sexually abused has been jailed for three years. Matthew Abbott, 34, of Coombe Dale, Bristol, logged into a chatroom dedicated to sharing images of child abuse. The supermarket worker watched as a man streamed video of himself abusing the…
The Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has today (28 Sept) published a Serious Case Review in the case of Melissa Mathieson, an 18 year old woman who was murdered in 2014 by a 19 year old man. Both young adults were placed in an independent care home in Bristol by their…
The murder of a teenage girl by a fellow care home resident fascinated by necrophilia could have been prevented, an inquiry has found. Melissa Mathieson, 18, was strangled by Jason Conroy in 2014 at Alexandra House in Bristol, a home supporting people with autistic spectrum disorder. Conroy, who once tried…
A family court judge has raised concern about the lack of support offered to a woman with a low IQ who suffered "extreme abuse". Judge Stephen Wildblood said the woman, who was in her mid-20s and had an IQ of 66, had not been offered "therapeutic support" although there had…
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