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A man who watched a live-stream of a four-year-old girl being sexually abused has been jailed for three years. Matthew Abbott, 34, of Coombe Dale, Bristol, logged into a chatroom dedicated to sharing images of child abuse. The supermarket worker watched as a man streamed video of himself abusing the…
The Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has today (28 Sept) published a Serious Case Review in the case of Melissa Mathieson, an 18 year old woman who was murdered in 2014 by a 19 year old man. Both young adults were placed in an independent care home in Bristol by their…
The murder of a teenage girl by a fellow care home resident fascinated by necrophilia could have been prevented, an inquiry has found. Melissa Mathieson, 18, was strangled by Jason Conroy in 2014 at Alexandra House in Bristol, a home supporting people with autistic spectrum disorder. Conroy, who once tried…
A family court judge has raised concern about the lack of support offered to a woman with a low IQ who suffered "extreme abuse". Judge Stephen Wildblood said the woman, who was in her mid-20s and had an IQ of 66, had not been offered "therapeutic support" although there had…
A scholarship scheme for refugees and asylum seekers will run for a second year following a successful pilot, the University of Bristol has announced. Introduced last year, the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme offers support towards the cost of full or part-time undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Its aim is to enhance opportunities…
Thirteen directors, managers and staff at two care homes have been convicted of imprisoning disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, it can be reported. An abusive culture developed in which vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by managers…
A social worker who sold the address of an adopted child to her birth mother to pay for a holiday to the Dominican Republic has walked free from court. Androulla Farr, 50, contacted the "vulnerable" mother and offered to hand over details of her young daughter's adopted family in exchange…
A social worker edited notes made about a mother-of-two embroiled in family court litigation with the intention of "bolstering" a council's case, a judge has concluded. Linda Fraser, a consultant social worker who was working on the woman's case for Bristol City Council, had been dishonest and shown a "willingness…
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