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A part-time fitness instructor who murdered his adopted baby daughter was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who managed to convince his husband and the authorities that he was a "model citizen and parent", a family court judge has said. Matthew Scully-Hicks passed the rigorous adoption process with "flying colours" and…
A senior family court judge says the case of a baby girl murdered two weeks after being formally adopted is as serious as any he has dealt with. Mr Justice Moor says the death of 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks gives rise to issues of significant public interest. Elsie was murdered by…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has been commissioned by Welsh Government to undertake a large scale evaluation of outcomes for looked after children including: A comparison of intended and actual placement outcomes for all children who came into care over a one year period A…
Two shops in Cardiff city centre are using breathalysers on customers who want to buy alcohol in a bid to clamp down on boozy anti-social behaviour. The Spar stores, in Queen Street and St Mary Street, are employing the devices as part of an effort to curb street drinkers and…
The birth family of Elsie Scully-Hicks have said she would "still be alive today" if she had not been removed from their care by social services. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison for murdering Elsie just two weeks…
A man who murdered his daughter two weeks after formally adopting her has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, received a life sentence for violently shaking 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks (pictured) and striking her head at their home in Llandaff, Cardiff, in May 2016. He described…
Former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant has died just days after being sacked from his role and suspended from the Labour Party over allegations about his personal conduct. A family statement said his relatives were "devastated beyond words" at the loss of "the glue that bound us together". Labour leader…
Adopting a child is a "stringent and rigorous" process - with Matthew and Craig Scully-Hicks undergoing months of training, assessment and meetings. Elsie was taken into care after her birth in November 2014, with the couple registering interest in becoming adopters days later. They were visited in January 2015 by…
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