Sarah's law

Sarah's law

Top policeman hails move to Scotland-wide 'Sarah's Law'

PLANS to roll out a scheme giving concerned parents the right to know if a sex offender has access to their children have been welcomed by one of Scotland's top police officers.

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Details of sex offenders may be posted on internet

DETAILS of some high-risk sex offenders could be published on the internet to alert parents, Cathy Jamieson announced yesterday.

Officers against release of sex offender details

INFORMING people of sex offenders living in their neighbourhoods would make it harder for police to monitor them and also give communities a false sense of security, MSPs were told today.

Apology letters 'signed by child killers' left at graves

LETTERS saying "sorry" and reportedly signed by child killers Ian Huntley and Roy Whiting have been left at their victims' graves.

Mother calls for 'Mark's Law'

THE mother of a murdered schoolboy is to ask the Scottish Parliament for a new law which would see parents notified if a sex offender is living in their area, it emerged yesterday.

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Parents of murdered Sarah Payne split up

THE parents of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne have separated, blaming the difficulties of coping with the horrific ordeal, it emerged last night.

Sarah's killer refuses to talk

THE family of Sarah Payne were left disappointed today after her killer refused to answer questions about her final hours.

Killer to serve 50 years

ROY Whiting, who killed Sara Payne, eight, will stay in prison for at least 50 years, the government announced last night as the Law Lords prepared to hand down a judgment today on the right of Home Secretaries to dictate how long murderers should spend in jail before qualifying for parole. David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, has ruled that Whiting, 43, must serve 50 years before being eligible for parole.

Sarah Payne killer must serve 50 years in jail

SARAH Payne’s killer, who was jailed for life for the murder, will be forced to serve a minimum of 50 years behind bars, the government has announced.

Paynes argue for Sarah’s law

THE parents of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne met with David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, yesterday to put forward their plans to let parents have controlled access to the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Whiting judge defends ‘too lenient’ sentence

A JUDGE who sentenced child killer Roy Whiting to four years in jail in 1995 for sexually assaulting a young girl yesterday said: "I’ve no regrets."

Government softens stance on paedophile lists

THE government yesterday gave the strongest hint so far that it is softening its stance on the publication of information about convicted paedophiles - but stopped short of introducing a Sarah’s Law.

Government turns down name - and - shame

THE government last night continued to resist calls to give the public access to a paedophiles’ register, as the killer of eight-year-old Sarah Payne began a life sentence.

Crimes against children

AFTER Roy Whiting was found guilty this week of kidnapping and murdering Sarah Payne, the jury heard that he had previously been jailed for abducting and molesting a nine-year-old girl in 1995. Whiting became the latest addition to a horrifying list of serial paedophile criminals in Britain.

Imagine marrying the man you love ... and waking up with a paedophile

Kate’s voice sounds very young. It is shaky and quiet, but, overall, it is the youthfulness of her tone that is striking. As with so many people, the quickest way to sum up Kate’s position is through her relation to others. Mother-of-two is one such phrase. Former partner of a paedophile is another.

Making Scotland safer

JIM Wallace yesterday ruled out introducing a "Sarah’s law" in Scotland, claiming it would be counter-productive and risk driving sex offenders underground.

'Every parent's nightmare come true'

THE mother of schoolgirl Sarah Payne broke down in court yesterday after the paedophile who murdered her daughter 18 months ago was sent to prison for the rest of his natural life.

Laws not lawlessness

EVEN as the killer of her much-loved daughter was being led away to a life behind bars, Sara Payne found the courage to continue her fight to prevent known paedophiles re-offending.

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