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Councils in England are being urged to check their homelessness procedures are fit for purpose, after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found significant fault with a Northamptonshire district council. The Ombudsman’s advice follows its investigation into a homelessness complaint from a woman in the Kettering area. The woman…
Four street drinkers who savagely killed a vulnerable man in his own home before scattering his mother's ashes over his partially dismembered body have been jailed. David Miller, 56, was attacked with weapons including corkscrews, knives, broken glass, an angle grinder, scissors, a rolling pin, a chisel and a saw.…
Catastrophic injuries inflicted on a five-week-old girl by her parents could have been prevented if signs of earlier abuse, including fractured ribs, had been spotted, a report has said. Baby Isabelle may never regain her sight, will be wheelchair-bound and will have to be fed through a tube for the…
A Northamptonshire mother was separated from her adopted child for almost five years because of faults in a social worker’s assessment, the Local Government Ombudsman has said. The child had significant needs and for a long time the family shared the boy’s care with foster carers. The mother had two…
Three children should be taken from the care of a woman who is facing jail after admitting conspiring to supply around £800,000 worth of amphetamines, a family court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Keehan has concluded that all three youngsters - aged 16, 15 and three - should live with…
A High Court judge says he is gravely concerned about a "vulnerable" 14-year-old boy who has "significant educational needs" and has been missing for a year. Mr Justice Keehan made a public appeal for help finding Moses John - who is at the centre of family court litigation and has…
A senior judge is set to open the doors to a private family court in order enlist the public's help finding a missing teenager, social services bosses say. Mr Justice Keehan, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court, is scheduled to make a public appeal in…
The parents of an autistic teenager who has endured a six-month "jail sentence" in a psychiatric ward have slammed his "inhumane" treatment, calling it an "abuse" of his human rights. Robin Garnett and wife Isabelle (pictured) were speaking ahead of a meeting with health minister Alistair Burt, where they were…
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