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A man who grossly exaggerated the effect of his comparatively minor injuries in a bid to defraud the NHS of £837,109 faces a possible jail sentence. The case brought against 33-year-old Sandip Singh Atwal, from Huddersfield, is believed to be the first time a health trust has applied to commit…
Investigators looking into police officers' roles in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal have identified "potential misconduct", according to the police watchdog. The Independent Office for Police Conduct's (IOPC) inquiry into South Yorkshire Police's response to child sexual exploitation (CSE) over more than a decade in Rotherham "has grown significantly…
The family of a "bubbly" and "loving" grandmother say the answer to their desperate search for a stem cell donor to save her life probably lies in the Jewish community. Hilary Levinson, 62, from Leeds, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in September last year and has been told…
A child killer dubbed the Beast of Wombwell died after suffering a heart attack at a secure psychiatric unit, an inquest has heard. Peter Pickering, 80, had been locked up for more than 45 years after killing 14-year-old Shirley Boldy in the Barnsley area of South Yorkshire in 1972. Announcing…
A legal action over payments for "sleep-in" shifts, which could cost the UK care industry billions if judges rule in favour of workers, has reached the Court of Appeal. Leading judges in London will consider two recent conflicting rulings on whether care workers who sleep at their place of work,…
The family of a woman who was killed and partially dismembered by a taxi driver who was suffering from a psychotic illness have said she "might still be alive today" if he had been managed properly. Gemma Simpson's family were responding to the publication of a report into the treatment…
Social workers have changed their minds about allowing a drug addict who regularly tested positive for crack cocaine when pregnant to care for her toddler daughter, a family court judge says. The girl had temporarily been taken from her mother shortly after birth because of concerns about her mother's drug…
Two police officers accused of spying on a woman campaigning about the death in custody of her brother would have been acting on orders from higher-ranking officers, their lawyers have told a hearing. The two officers have not been named and appeared behind screens at a Humberside Police misconduct hearing…
An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people over the age of 70. But the first-line treatments - paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory…
North Yorkshire County Council stopped paying for an elderly woman’s care home after it decided she gave away money to avoid paying the fees, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Following an investigation, the Ombudsman is now asking the council to reassess the woman’s finances and repay…
An adoption agency's advertising claim that it used only "experienced competent assessors" has been banned following a complaint that it received an overall "inadequate" ranking from Ofsted. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found that the New Leaf Adoption agency's website claim, seen in March, was misleading in light of an…
A baby whose father had been found guilty of assaulting a child suffered serious injuries months after council social workers agreed he could be cared for at home, a family court judge heard. The man, who used "violent fantasy and gaming" to manage his emotions, had served a jail term…
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