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Toddler Poppi Worthington was sexually abused before her death, a coroner has ruled. The "fit and active" 13-month-old was in an "unsafe" sleeping environment and suffered injuries to her bottom caused by penetration, Cumbria's senior coroner David Roberts said. Mr Roberts gave his conclusions on Monday following a three-week inquest…
Violence against women could become significantly less visible in police-recorded crime figures when a new counting method comes into effect, warn researchers at Lancaster University. Plans for Home Office Counting Rules to count coercive and controlling behaviour as ‘non-injurious violent crime’ capped at one crime per victim – even though…
Former football coach Barry Bennell carried out the "systematic and persistent" sexual abuse of young boys, including assaulting two youth footballers in the changing rooms at Crewe Alexandra's ground, a court has heard. The 63-year-old, who worked as a youth coach in Cheshire, Derbyshire and Manchester from the late 1970s…
A woman who suffered the "unimaginable trauma" of seeing two children die when they were babies must have an 18-month-old daughter taken from her care and placed for adoption even though she has caused the youngster no harm, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Alan Booth said the toddler's…
The mother of Poppi Worthington frantically urged her dying daughter: "Come on baby, come on Poppi ... keep going" as she spoke to a 999 call handler. The harrowing emergency call was played at the second inquest into the sudden death of the 13-month-old toddler - who collapsed at her…
A High Court judge has raised concern after being told that social services staff could not find a unit which could take an "extremely aggressive" 15-year-old girl who he said should be in secure accommodation. Mr Justice Hayden has described the girl, who is in the care of a Greater…
Labour has suspended former minister Ivan Lewis following a complaint about his conduct. The Bury South MP is under investigation by party officials because of the allegation. A spokeswoman said: "The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously. Ivan Lewis is currently suspended from the Labour Party…
Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs. The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Professor of Clinical Research in the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, has received £168,554…
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