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Published Tue 4 Dec 2012
Issue No. 2332

Disabled man is left behind

Wheelchair user Geoff Meeghan was left on the second floor with his carer when an Atos centre was evacuated for a fire alarm.

He was there for a work capability assessment. Geoff had been told someone would come to help him, but they never did.


Under arrest at ten years old

Police in England and Wales arrest an average of six children aged 10 and 11 every day.

Figures from the Howard League for Penal Reform show that police arrested 209,450 children last year. More than 2,000 were of primary school age.


Woman killed in storm is named

The 21 year old homeless woman who was killed after a tree fell on the tent she was living in in Exeter has been named as Michelle Conroy.

Friends were said to be “devastated”. Three other people died in the extreme weather last month.


Cops cleared in racism trial

Two police officers have been cleared of racism charges by a magistrate. The trial heard how PC Kevin Hughes told a workmate, “Black people haven’t evolved, they live in mud huts in Africa.”

PC David Hair, who works in the same unit in Newham, east London, was also cleared. There was no jury.


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Tue 4 Dec 2012, 18:15 GMT
Issue No. 2332
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