The police are now investigating a further 58 unexplained deaths involving GHB and young men. I think there is a real possibility that Port killed more people and I would urge anyone who thinks they may have some relevant information, no matter how small, to come forward.
The impact of rape lasts long after the physical event has taken place. Women who have been raped are more likely to commit suicide and are prone to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can include flashbacks, severe anxiety, recurring nightmares and depression. Allowing a rapist to have access to a child born out of a rape only enhances the trauma and forces the victim to relive that fear and anxiety on a regular basis.
As we spent time with the families of these murderers, one thing was clear: their lives had appeared normal up until the point they killed someone, with no warning signs of what was to come. Unlike men, most women who kill have no history of criminality. Their crimes seemed like aberrations, moments of madness.
You also tweeted, and subsequently deleted, this, "@murdo27 what's wrong with taking some responsibility?" So I thought I'd ask you a few questions in return, all in the name and spirit of playing "Devil's advocate" of course...
I have seen first-hand how empowering restorative justice can be in giving the victim a voice and the chance to ask questions and helping address the harm caused. Restorative justice is not a soft option and does not lead to offenders escaping punishment.
Life being what it is, you sort of know the ending. Sooner or later, you're going to die. Sorry for giving anything away, but you are. One day the scr...
The Tory government is breaking one if its key manifesto pledges and is completely failing to increase support for victims of crime. Parliament is currently deliberating the Policing and Crime Bill. Colleagues in both the Lords and the Commons have put forward a series of amendments which would increase the rights of victims and make the public sector more responsive to their needs. The government rejected them all.
In the UK, human rights are often seen as an international issue - one enacted in dusty prisons in foreign lands - rather than one that affects us closer to home. However, it can be argued that older people in the UK are one significant part of the population that routinely has its human rights denied...
Prisoners riot and protest for the same reason anyone else does: because they are not being heard. In the past two months riots have swept through five prisons, inmates have sawed their way out of their cells to escape and one prisoner has been stabbed to death.
On Monday, as the Charlie Taylor report into youth justice was published, I was pleased to visit Hillside Secure Children's Home in Neath in Wales. Hillside is an example of a small, well-run home with excellent staff that provides a welcoming, productive environment which helps children turn around their lives.
Pet thefts are on the rise and campaigners rightly call for tougher sentencing - but people have the power to prevent this heartbreaking crime too.....
Alex Chalk, MP submitted a Private Members Bill to Parliament and this week the House of Lords approved it. The Government was defeated on Monday as peers passed a Policing and Crime Bill amendment, which was tabled by Labour's Baroness Royall and supported by crossbenchers, Tories and Liberal Democrats. This is a great step forward.
While we are buying presents and planning family Christmas holidays, for most of us, our minds couldn't be further away from those who are suffering or who find themselves in troubled situations. That includes all of those people who will be spending these holidays behind bars.
In truth, there were lines we weren't allowed to cross, not so much because The Star had any particular moral compass or even because the powers-that-be were afraid of getting sued. It was more a matter of sales: there were certain stories people simply didn't want to read.
Bolder, more comprehensive policies and a greater sense of urgency are needed. The government needs to bring forward plans that will address demand on the system, retain the staff recruited and that ultimately will allow prisons to better serve society.
A prison regime should be built around a normal life... This is far from the reality of life in prison and there has rightly been deep public concern at reports of deaths, murders, violent attacks on prisoners and staff and the bloodbath resulting from self-injury.