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HOME SECRETARY KICKS UP A STORM OVER SARAH'S LAW
John Reid the new Home Secretary has indicated that he is keen to see information on the whereabouts of child sex offenders made available in some form for the protection of children. This move has angered many including top police officers who fear vigilantism however Sarah's mum and her co-campaigners including the News of the World are delighted.
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ON THE RUN
UK. 44 year old William Knowles, who has a history of child sex abuse has disappeared from a bail hostel in Manchester. Knowles, known for targeting vulnerable mothers in his attempts to gain access to their children is thought to have travelled into Heywood or North Manchester.
YET ANOTHER DODGY SOLICITOR
NORTHERN IRELAND. A solicitor has pleaded guilty to money laundering at a Liverpool Court. Brian Dougan from County Armagh admitted using his firm's business account to handle money from a money laundering scam. he also helped Thomas McCague, also from County Armagh, to buy 11 properties with the proceeds from the crime.
WORKER DEAD AFTER PROTEST
INDIA. A textile worker demonstrating for higher wages has been killed following clashes between protesters and police near Dhaka in Bangladesh. It is reported that the police opened fire on the workers, who earn as little as $20 a month. At least 50 people have been injured and two factories were set alight.
GUANTANAMO BAY INMATES ATTACK GUARDS
CUBA. According to a US official, inmates at the detention centre at Cuba attacked guards with weapons made from fans and light fittings. The detainees, who are held without trial or charge, staged a suicide attempt before attacking. The incident coincides with calls from the UN committee against torture for the prisoners to be released or to have access to a judicial system.
NEW CHILD PROTECTION SCHEME TRIALLED IN SCOTLAND
UK. All newborns and five hundred existing children in the Highlands are to have computer files created for them. The files, which can be accessed by teachers, police and social workers will be used to identify patterns of abuse. The files will remain "live" until the children reach sixteen.
FIRST PERSON ACCUSED OF BREACHING ASBO
NORTHERN IRELAND. The first person to be accused of breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) has appeared in a Belfast court. The fifteen year old boy, who can't be named for legal reasons was arrested after consuming alcohol in breach of his ASBO conditions. He was released on bail.
MEN REFUSE TO PAY FOR CHILDREN THEY DIDN'T WANT
USA. Men's rights activists in the US are to argue in court that fathers should not have any obligation to pay money towards maintaining a child that they did not want. They say that men should have the same rights as women when it comes to dealing with unwanted pregnancies. Women's and children's groups have criticised the planned legal challenge.
POLICE TOLD SHOOT TO KILL
UK. Senior Officers have said that the strategy to shoot suspected terrorists in the head does not need to be changed. The review, which comes after Brazilian Jean De Menezes was shot 7 times in the head after the London bombings of July 2005. They admit however, that the public should have been informed of the policy.
UK. Store cards that charge 25%
interest or more in the UK will have to tell their customers that cheaper
credit can be found elsewhere. The Competition Commission has introduced
the measure to help prevent store card holders being overcharged. The
Commission estimates that store card users are being overcharged by at
least £55m a year.
RIGHT TO ABORTION? NO WAY SAYS US STATE
USA. South Dakota has passed a bill into law which means that it is now a crime for Doctors to perform abortions. The only exceptions will be if the mother's life is at risk, but not in cases of incest or rape. Doctors could face five years in prison and a £5,000 fine if they break the new law which could take effect as early as 1 July.
UNITED NATION SEX ABUSERS
AFRICA. 295 complaints of sexual abuse were made against United Nation troops in Africa last year. Head of Peace keeping operations, Jean-Marie Guehenno stated "Allegations being lodged against UN peacekeeping personnel remain high and unacceptably so."
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