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A registered childminder found guilty of seriously assaulting two baby girls in her care has been jailed for 16 years. Anouska Coleman, 37, was convicted of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent following an earlier trial at Basildon Crown Court. She was sentenced at the same court on…
A former house master at a top private school has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing four of his pupils. Peter Webb (pictured) would sneak into dormitories to fondle the schoolboys while they slept at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex. The children would wake to find…
A police force has faced criticism for social media posts that appeared to support domestic abuse victims staying with their partners. Essex Police posted a case study on Facebook about "Sheila", a 65-year-old woman in an abusive relationship. "She knew that the abuse in her relationship was wrong but also…
The "social epidemic" of loneliness needs to be tackled by a combination of government intervention and "every single one of us" playing our part, according to the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox. Kim Leadbeater was speaking after a commission set up by Mrs Cox before her death recommended that…
More than 200,000 original decisions on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been changed since April 2015, according to analysis of Government figures. Those unhappy with a PIP decision must first go through a mandatory reconsideration, in which the Department for Work and Pensions reviews the decision. Following that, a claimant…
The UK needs a government-led national strategy to combat loneliness, according to a commission set up by MP Jo Cox before she was murdered. The final report of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission notes that nine million adults in the UK are often or always lonely and that loneliness is…
Homeless families are routinely being housed in damp or infested temporary accommodation for weeks on end, a report into local councils has found. Too many people are being left in situations which are "simply unacceptable in modern society", the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman said. Many local councils still…
A charity has described homelessness figures as "nothing short of a tragedy" after an official report showed the numbers in England have increased. The number of households in temporary accommodation has surged by 65% since 2010. Local authorities accepted 15,290 households as being statutorily homeless between July 1 and September…
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