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Carer jailed for 4 months after autistic man drowns

Majid Akhtar Credit: ITV News Central

A carer who was looking after an autistic man when he drowned in a Nottinghamshire lake has been jailed for 4 months.

Nikki Deaney was responsible for supervising Majid Akhtar, when he was found face-down in Kingsmill Reservoir near Mansfield on the 10th September 2012.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Ms Deaney, who was employed as a Care Assistant by Nottingham City Council, lost sight of the 28-year-old after becoming distracted by her mobile phone.

Phone records showed she spent almost 20 minutes calling & texting people while walking around the reservoir with Mr Akhtar as part of activity trip from Springwood Day Centre.

An inquest two years ago found Majid Akhtar probably fell into the water after suffering an epileptic seizure.

Last month Ms Deaney admitted a breach of duty of care under the Health & Safety At Work Act.

In an impact statement read out on court Mr Akhtar's father said the family had 'suffered physically & emotionally' as a result of Majid's death.


NSPCC comment on Shi-Anne Downer case

Kandyce was sentenced for a minimum of 18 years in prison for murder Shi-Anne Credit: PA

The NSPCC have commented on the Shi-Anne Downer case following evidence that reveals the 18-month-old should never have been in the care of her killer.

No child should have to endure the horrific abuse that Shi-Anne was subjected to during her tragically short life.

It is clear that the process of making Kandyce Downer responsible for Shi-Anne via a Special Guardianship Order was deeply flawed, with a disturbing lack of assessment and scrutiny.

It is vital that the child remains at the heart of all decisions that professionals make. And someone’s motivation for wanting to take responsibility for a child must be rigorously explored, to ensure the child will be safe and brought up in a loving environment.


£3,000 bill after vandals target park

West Park Credit: Erewash Borough Council

A council has appealed to residents and park users for help in tracking down vandals who caused more than £3,000 worth of damage at Long Eaton’s West Park in Derbyshire.

Erewash Borough Council said over last weekend (18 and 19 February), one lamp column was snapped in two and the top half stolen, two trees were broken beyond repair, damage was caused to another light and graffiti sprawled on buildings and signs.

The council is facing a bill of more than £3,000 to repair and replace items and to remove the graffiti.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

To say we are absolutely furious at this latest vandalism would be an understatement.

In fact it is very difficult to find words that adequately describe our anger and frustration at the mindless idiots who have caused this damage which is costing us – and our council tax payers - money.

– Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Mike Wallis


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