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The families of two schoolboys with special educational needs are seeking to legally challenge the Government over its SEND funding policy. They say the current Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy has a created a "national crisis" and are calling on Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Chancellor Philip Hammond…
Two people have gone on trial accused of murdering a woman who has allegedly not been seen for more than 18 years. Margaret Fleming (pictured) was reported missing in October 2016 from her home in Inverkip, Inverclyde, but it is claimed she has not been seen since December 1999. Edward…
A family doctor has gone on trial accused of sexual offences against 20 women. Dr Manish Shah, 48, is accused of assaulting female patients at his surgery in Romford, Greater London. He is charged with 75 sexual offences against 20 complainants, who will give evidence during a four-month trial at…
Recorded sexual crime was up 13% last year, following new legislation outlawing acts such as circulating intimate photographs. Sexual crimes increased from 11,092 in 2016/17 to 12,487 in 2017/18 – the highest level seen since 1971. The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act came into force in July last…
A man accused of using social media to name the woman at the centre of a rape trial involving two rugby stars stayed away from court as his case was raised before a judge for the first time. Former Ireland and Ulster players Paddy Jackson, 26, and Stuart Olding, 25,…
A care home nurse told a court that she thought a male visitor was joking when he told her: "I just killed my nan." Antony Jennings, 33, killed his 94-year-old grandmother Ruby Wilson by slitting her throat at the dementia unit of her care home in Buckhurst Hill in Essex…
A prisoner who had been threatened by other inmates and was found hanging in his cell died by misadventure, an inquest jury has concluded. Matthew Gray, 31, was found by prison officers at HMP Norwich (pictured) on March 20 2017 and died in hospital two days later, a hearing in…
Serious failings in the management of domestic abusers living in the community are laid bare in a major new report. Inspectors found contact with offenders was too infrequent, leaving many to "drift" through their supervision without being challenged over their "predilection" for violence. Staff often underestimated the level of harm…
Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judge Thomas Greensmith said social services staff had investigated after a two-month-old girl suffered a broken collarbone and doctors suggested that she…
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has denied changing its approach to rape prosecutions to improve conviction rates. The Guardian newspaper reported that advice to take a proportion of "weak cases out of the system" was set out in training seminars by two senior figures in the CPS. The CPS said…
Prosecutors have described the low levels of convictions against young men who are tried for rape as "a challenge for the entire criminal justice system" after figures showed that a third are found guilty. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said rape allegations which were tried at court only led to…
The start of an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal which left at least 2,400 people dead is a day few thought they would never see, a solicitor representing hundreds of victims said. It will consider the treatment of thousands of people in the 1970s and 1980s who were given…
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