COURTS: A senior Tory MP’s half-brother, who carried out hundreds of sexual assaults on young boys, was jailed for 13 years yesterday.
Former teacher Charles Napier, 67, who is related to Maldon MP John Whittingdale, had admitted a string of historic offences.
Southwark Crown Court heard that Napier had conducted a “campaign of abuse” at the school where he worked in the late ’60s and early ’70s, grooming and abusing 21 victims as young as eight on scores of occasions.
SAFETY: Massive failings by construction firms are continuing to put workers’ lives at risk, industry union Ucatt warned yesterday.
A survey of Ucatt members found that 21 per cent of respondents did not believe their employer took health and safety seriously.
Eleven per cent believed their workplace had become more dangerous in the last 12 months and 55 per cent said there had been no improvement over the same period.
POLICE: Five officers are under criminal investigation following the death of a man in the back of a police van earlier this year, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said yesterday.
Duncan Tomlin was restrained and placed in the van shortly before midnight on July 26, after police were called to a disturbance in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
He died in hospital on July 29.
INDUSTRIAL: London Waterloo station cleaners announced New Year strikes today after a total breakdown in industrial relations with bosses.
Interserve contract cleaners are fighting victimisation and dismissal, ignorance of employment rights and failure to follow agreed procedures, underpayment of wages and bullying of staff, union RMT claims.
They will make three two-hour stoppages from 5am-7pm on January 6 and January 12.