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The head of a traveller family who helped to run a modern day slavery ring has been jailed for 10 years and nine months. Martin Rooney, aged 57, was among 11 gang members convicted of involvement in offences which included the keeping of one man in "truly shocking" conditions for…
Members of a traveller family have been convicted of running a modern slavery ring which kept one of its captives in "truly shocking" conditions for decades. Vulnerable people were forced to work for the Rooney clan for little or no wages, while their pay-masters lived a life of lavish luxury.…
A new imaging system has been developed that could help doctors pinpoint and treat cancer more accurately using cutting-edge proton therapy. Three dimensional computerised tomography (CT) images were created using protons - the "hearts" of atoms - rather than X-rays. Proton therapy uses beams of the sub-atomic particles to destroy…
A 50-year-old woman whose son has been taken into local authority care was arrested and held in custody for 30 hours after failing to hand over his passport. Social services bosses feared that Sarah Calver might track down the youngster, who is in foster care pending a family court judge's…
Owning a pet dog reduces stress and significantly improves functioning in families who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), new research has shown. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, and funded by the US-based Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, also…
An Ofsted report which allegedly criticised a nursery for failing to teach children about cultural diversity has been withdrawn, the watchdog has said. Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Chestnut House, Market Rasen, had reportedly received feedback that it was not providing enough opportunities for its children to "learn about…
An outbreak of highly drug resistant gonorrhoea has been detected in the north of England, triggering a national alert. Fifteen cases have been detected by Public Health England (PHE) so far, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said. Reports to PHE's sexually transmitted bacteria reference unit (STBRU) of…
North East Lincolnshire Council has been heavily criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) after social workers arbitrarily removed a young baby from her mother’s care and handed the child over to her father. The mother complained to the LGO that social workers removed her baby and in the process…
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