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Violence has soared at an inner-city jail fuelled by a flood of so-called "legal highs", an inspection report found. There was an average of 32 assaults on prisoners and staff at HMP Leeds every month, watchdogs revealed, with around one in ten resulting in serious injury. HM Inspectorate of Prisons…
Eight care home staff, including the owner and the cleaner, have gone on trial accused of deliberately neglecting an elderly and vulnerable man who was left to live in conditions of "abject squalor and filth", a court has heard. Highdell Nursing Home in Idle, Bradford, was described at Bradford Crown…
Ten men who committed sexual offences against a teenage girl in Rochdale have been given jail sentences of up to 25 years. The complainant walked into a police station shortly after widespread media coverage of the 2012 convictions at Liverpool Crown Court of a number of Asian defendants for grooming…
A researcher at the University of Huddersfield is recreating rape trials – with the participation of professional lawyers and actors – in order to discover if low conviction rates are the result of bias among jurors. The findings could make a case for jury vetting, overturning centuries of tradition in…
Cafcass has launched Parenting Plan and Family Meetings: a free support service for separated parents in Greater Manchester, Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire to assist families to agree arrangements for their children away from court. Here we take a look at one of the initial pilots which was a pre-cursor…
The chief of South Yorkshire Police is to step down following criticism that handling of child sexual exploitation cases by his force was "inadequate". Chief Constable David Crompton is to retire in November after 31 years in policing, the force said. It comes after a report, commissioned in the wake…
Direct Government intervention with South Yorkshire Police is needed to improve the force's performance when dealing with the sexual abuse of children, the Lords heard. Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven expressed concern at the way exploitation cases had been treated in the police area during Lords question time. "Will the…
A new research project led by Professor Elizabeth Hughes (pictured) from the University of Huddersfield will explore the connection between poor sexual health of people with serious mental illness. The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme has awarded £600K for the project, in which Professor Hughes…
A group of 12 men who sexually exploited a vulnerable teenage schoolgirl for their own "selfish, sexual gratification" have received jail sentences of up to 20 years. Eleven of the men were jailed at Bradford Crown Court after being convicted of raping the girl in Keighley, West Yorkshire, when she…
When family difficulties mean that children are at risk of abuse or neglect and face being taken into care or becoming candidates for adoption, how can their fathers be brought back into the equation? Instead of being marginalised, might they be part of a solution? A conference at the University…
Everybody has a life story. These are rich and varied and can be used to communicate who we are to the people around us. People with dementia sometimes need help to communicate their histories and identities, and 'life story work' might provide a way for them to do this more…
A council has said it is "unable to determine the exact circumstances" of how a grandmother suffered terrible injuries which her family believe were the result of multiple rat bites. Pamela Hudson, 75, was rushed to hospital from her council sheltered accommodation in York with injuries to her face, body…
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