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A foster carer who sued her former agency over allegations that prevented her from working has accepted substantial damages at the High Court. Francine West brought proceedings for defamation, malicious falsehood and breach of the Data Protection Act against 24Seven Fostering Services. Her solicitor, Dominic Garner, told Judge Richard Parkes…
Grandparents, not council bosses, should have responsibility for two boys who have been at the centre of Family Court litigation, appeal judges have ruled. A Family Court judge had decided that the boys, aged five and two, should be taken from the care of their mother and live with their…
A suicide awareness drive is being launched in the Grenfell Tower neighbourhood amid mounting concern about the disaster's psychological fallout. Kensington and Chelsea Council is spearheading the Ok Not To Feel Ok campaign alongside health agencies and charities, in an effort to encourage people to speak about mental health. Figures…
Two teenage moped riders have each been jailed for more than 20 years after stabbing a charity youth worker to death during a violent robbery spree. Nathan Gilmaney, 19, and Troy Thomas, 18, tried to rob as many people as possible, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake on…
Two teenagers have been jailed over the fatal stabbing of a youth worker who confronted a group of drug dealers outside his home. Omid Saidy (pictured) was knifed in the neck after he chased two teenagers from outside his house near Parsons Green, south-west London. The 20-year-old had gone after…
The Grenfell Tower fire is bringing stressful past life events flooding back to people, and those not directly affected by the tragedy should not feel ashamed to seek help. Emma Kennedy, manager of the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL's) Grenfell outreach team, said she suspected there was…
Virtual reality is being used to reach traumatised families struggling a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in what is believed to be a UK first. Outreach workers at the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL) have been standing amid the market stalls of Portobello Road with VR…
Grenfell Tower survivors were let down and their trauma worsened by the efforts of the local authority to rehouse them, a report claims. North Kensington Law Centre, which has provided legal advice to around 250 households from Grenfell Tower and the surrounding area, said the performance of the local council…
A new saliva test that can identify men at high risk of prostate cancer is undergoing pilot trials at GP practices in London. Scientists will assess whether advice or preventative treatment can reduce cases of the disease among those men who are singled out. The groundbreaking study follows research linking…
Forty-five people were evacuated from wards at a north London hospital on Sunday night after a fire broke out. Almost 60 firefighters and eight fire engines rushed to Chase Farm Hospital on The Ridgeway in Enfield at just after 10.10pm. They discovered a blaze on the ground floor of the…
A crown court judge accused of illegally accessing the digital file of a case in which her daughter was a witness has had the charge against her dropped. Judge Karen Holt, 55, browsed documents relating to jailed music teacher Cecil McCready, who was then facing trial at Guildford Crown Court…
A senior barrister who was reprimanded for making "offensive" remarks about a teenage sex abuse victim has lost a High Court bid to clear his name. Howard Godfrey QC said the 16-year-old girl, who had been plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted, was "not unaccustomed" to drinking and was "not…
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