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Seven men have denied child cruelty and indecent assault offences dating back to the 1980s at a children's home. The charges relate to allegations of abuse of youngsters at Wisteria Lodge in Coventry between 1981 and 1997. Philip Barnett, 64, Russell Garner, 58, Pat Duignan, 59, David Saunders, 64 and…
A disabled man who complained a High Court judge acted unlawfully when giving medics permission to take him from home to hospital and authorising the use of force has lost a legal fight. Aamir Mazhar, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, said an order made by Mr Justice Mostyn, who is…
Eight men have been charged in connection with allegations of historical abuse at a former children's home. The charges all relate to allegations of abuse of youngsters at Wisteria Lodge in Coventry in the West Midlands between 1981 and 1997. The home, which used to stand in Earlsdon Avenue South,…
Social workers are being urged to contribute their experiences of practising in an age of austerity for a new study. The research by University of Wolverhampton and supported by BASW aims to gain a deeper understanding of how reduced funding has impacted on the work of front line practitioners. Similar…
Around 750 private patients treated by disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson will receive compensation from a new £37 million fund. Spire Healthcare, which runs private hospitals in the West Midlands where Paterson worked, will contribute £27.2 million to the fund. A further £10 million will be provided by Paterson's insurers…
A former Liberal Democrat MP has revealed he was a suspect into a two-year investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage girl. John Hemming, who represented Birmingham Yardley, issued a statement on his blog after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to drop the case against three people.…
An NHS hospital nurse who supplied drugs to a pensioner has been jailed for what a judge called "despicable" crimes. Sarah Papachristophorou (pictured) admitted supplying substances to the 77-year-old victim and stealing up to £1,000 from the man. The 47-year-old was sacked from her job at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital…
There were multiple "missed opportunities" in the handover care of a man treated for "delusional" behaviour and at the centre of a fatal flat stabbing. Melvin James had to be subdued by armed police using stun grenades and Tasers a month after being discharged from hospital. He was allowed to…
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