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An electrical engineer has been jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 29 years in prison for murdering his wife and 11-year-old stepdaughter in an episode of "wanton savagery".Christopher Boon, 28, stabbed wife Laura Mortimer and her daughter Ella Dalby multiple times in the kitchen of their home…
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is launching a month-long pilot communications programme to promote jobs in the adult social care sector. The pilot starts October 31st and is taking place in Gloucestershire and Tyne and Wear. This will test and identify the optimal marketing channels in different…
A woman is running the length of the British Isles to raise money for a hospice care charity. Faith Addison will run 1,500 miles from Shetland to Penzance in Cornwall - the equivalent of over 57 marathons - in 42 days. She begins the challenge on August 26. "This will…
A police force has been fined £80,000 after an officer sent a bulk email identifying victims of non-recent child abuse. The email was sent to 56 recipients by an officer from Gloucestershire Police who was investigating allegations of abuse against multiple complainants. The Information Commissioner's Office said the unnamed officer,…
A father who killed his three-month-old son by shaking him and submerging him in water has been jailed for 10 years. Alistair Walker, 28, blamed paramedics for the fatal injuries he inflicted on his son, Ah'Kiell Walker, at home in Gloucester in July 2016. He still maintains his innocence despite…
The parents of a three-month-old baby boy who died after being shaken and submerged in water have been convicted in relation to his death.Alistair Walker, 27, blamed paramedics for the fatal injuries he inflicted on his son, Ah'Kiell Walker, at home in Gloucester in July 2016.He was convicted of manslaughter…
A three-month-old baby boy may have been shaken and immersed in water by his parents - causing fatal injuries, a court has heard. Ah'Kiell Walker was cold and soaking wet when paramedics arrived at his family home in Archdeacon Street in Gloucester on July 30 in 2016. Medics were unable…
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 council has been criticised for erecting posters that make passers-by "suspicious of homeless people". The poster, by Gloucester City Council, states: "Are you really helping homeless people? "In some cases, the people you see sleeping rough are not homeless. They are in accommodation, receiving support and benefits. "Think before…
New bosses at a council children's services department which was criticised by inspectors face an enormous task, a family court judge has said. Ofsted rated Gloucestershire County Council's children's services department "inadequate" in June. Local family court judge Stephen Wildblood says it is important that new interim managers get "every…
Failure to take action on stalking could lead to an escalation in violence and potentially death, a study of more than 350 homicides suggests. The results of a six-month study claim there is a strong correlation between some key stalking behaviours and homicides. Criminologists found that stalking was present in…
The University of Gloucestershire has been given the green light to offer a new nursing degree from September 2017, after the course was approved, subject to conditions, by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This new course aims to tackle nursing shortages both locally and nationally by offering a three-year undergraduate…
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