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A social worker has been criticised by a family court judge after council bosses asked him to rule that four children should be taken from the care of their parents. Judge Keith Wilding has decided that the youngsters should not go into care. He said the social worker had made…
A convicted child murderer has been told he will die in prison by a judge who described his "20-year campaign of rape and sexual assaults against children and women, fuelled by a sadistic desire to inflict pain for sexual gratification".John Taylor, 62, was serving a life sentence with a minimum…
A former Ireland and Ulster rugby player trying to recoup his legal fees after being acquitted of rape has offered no evidence to support his claims of financial hardship, a court has heard.A prosecution barrister said lawyers for Stuart Olding, 25, had been given "ample opportunity" to detail the extent…
Offenders convicted of crimes involving violence or knives will generally no longer be able to serve part of their sentence at home on an electronic tag curfew.Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf announced the change in a statement at Holyrood on reviews of the curfew commissioned following the murder of father-of-three Craig…
A woman who travelled outside Northern Ireland for an abortion after being told her unborn child could not survive after birth has won the right to challenge the region's laws on terminations.Sarah Ewart has been granted leave to judicially review the current prohibition on abortions in cases of fatal fetal…
A woman who was fatally crushed by a rising car park shutter door after she grabbed hold of it died by misadventure after sensors did not stop the door from opening, an inquest concluded.Social worker Heidi Chalkley, 40, asked her friend: "Have you ever held onto it as it goes…
An "opportunistic and predatory" sex offender who attacked a fellow resident at a care home was able to enter bedrooms "night or day" despite requiring 24/7 supervision, a court heard.Hillgreen Care Limited knew the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, needed constant one-on-one supervision to protect vulnerable residents…
A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a midwife in a bout of "intense rage" after having a "long-standing affair" with her, a court heard.The body of 28-year-old Samantha Eastwood was discovered in a shallow grave in a rural area near Caverswall, Staffordshire, in August, wrapped in a duvet, with…
Serial stalkers and domestic abusers should be placed on a new national register and monitored under the same arrangements as rapists and paedophiles, according to a Commons report.MPs backed calls for a strengthened regime to ensure greater protection for victims who live in fear of their tormentors.The Commons Home Affairs…
Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for an "urgent review" of the evidence around the legalisation of cannabis.Lord Hogan-Howe, who has always supported tough laws on cannabis, investigated the issue for Channel 4's Dispatches programme, to be shown on Monday.He said if he was home secretary he would…
Huddersfield has joined a long list of English towns and cities where the same grim story has emerged of the sexual exploitation of teenage girls on a shocking scale.The stories of the victims in the Huddersfield prosecution are almost identical to those told in Rochdale, Rotherham, Newcastle, Oxford, Aylesbury, Telford…
Social services bosses at a London council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.Judge Kate Purkiss has criticised managers at Barking and Dagenham Council (pictured) for their failure to monitor the care the teenager…
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