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A children's charity has welcomed consultation on reforming the law on sexual offences in Northern Ireland. Criminal Justice Minister David Hanson announced a three-month consultation period and said he wanted to provide "modern, robust legislation." It could mean tough new laws on rape and other sexual offences next year.
Wednesday, 5 Jul, 2006

20,000 Reasons to Change The Law

Criminal Justice Minister David Hanson today vowed to take account of the views of thousands of Ulster people demanding an end to the controversial 50% remission for dangerous sex offenders. Petitions signed by over 20,000 Belfast Telegraph readers, concerned that serious sex offenders and violent criminals are walking free after…
Friday, 23 Jun, 2006

Sexual Crime Figures Soar

Five people are victims of sexual crime each day in the North of Ireland, Daily Ireland can reveal. PSNI figures show that between April 2005 and March 2006 1,711 people claimed to be victims of sexual crime. A staggering 356 people – almost one every day – claimed they were…
Thursday, 24 Jul, 2008

Care Home Abuse Claim Is Probed

A member of staff has been suspended at a care home in Eglinton over the alleged abuse of a resident. Southern Cross Healthcare, which operates Longfield Care Centre, said the claim was acted on immediately.