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Mum says TV show saved her son

Stephen Drew, with Christina Sadler and her son Tom Roberts. Credit: ITV News

A mother who dubbed her 12-year-old son Britain’s naughtiest schoolboy said today he had turned his life around after appearing on Channel 4 show Mr Drew’s School For Boys.

Tom Roberts, from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, has suffered with behavioural problems since he was 16 months old - and would even try to climb out of his cot and out of windows.

His mother Christina Sadler, 45, said she tried everything to discipline her child before he was permanently expelled from school.

She then signed Tom up to Educating Essex star Mr Drew's residential summer school, which aims to improve the lives of troubled boys.


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Man arrested over offensive James Bulger tweets

A man has been arrested for allegedly sending offensive tweets about murdered toddler James Bulger.

Sussex detectives arrested a 62-year old man in Bexhill on Thursday 22 May, on suspicion of sending offensive Twitter messages, contrary to the Malicious Communications Act 1993.

He was interviewed and bailed until 28 August while enquiries continue.

Officers are co-ordinating their enquiries with Merseyside Police as the Twitter messages were initially reported to that force, but the investigation in Bexhill is being carried out by Sussex Police.

Man arrested after police officer 'knifed' in supermarket

An man has been charged after a police officer was slashed with a knife at supermarket in Ellesmere Port.

Asda store in Market Place, Ellesmere port evacuated following the incident Credit: Twitter: @rachel_zan

Shoppers were forced to evacuate the Asda store in Market Place yesterday after reports that a man with a large knife was throwing wine bottles.

Asda store in Market Place, Ellesmere port evacuated following the incident Credit: Twitter: @rachel_zan

A police officer received a deep cut to his hand while a member of shop staff was taken to hospital after reportedly getting glass in their eye.

A 59-year-old man was charged with wounding, common assault, affray and criminal damage. He is due before Chester Magistrates Court later today.

Council reassures residents over Syrian weapons waste

Cheshire West Council has reassured residents of their safety after it was revealed a firm in Ellesmere Port is to destroy chemicals from Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.

Veolia environmental services will incinerate 150 tonnes of the chemicals known as "B Precursors".

In a statement the authority insisted the waste was not weapons and did not include explosives.

It said the destruction was not due until the end of February and it would be seeking approval from health protection experts before going ahead

Council statement on Syrian chemicals at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire West and Chester Council has released a statement following the announcement that Syrian chemicals will be destroyed at a plant in Ellesmere Port.

The council says the chemicals are not weapons, and contain no explosives.

Councillor Lynn Riley said:

“We have asked Veolia whether we can have a list of such chemicals for disposal so that we can independently have those reviewed by Health Protection England to satisfy ourselves that the materials will provide no increased risk to the public.

“I understand that any treatment of such chemicals will not take place until the end of February which will provide us sufficient time, once aware of the materials themselves, to seek the expert observations of independent Health Protection Specialists.”

– Councillor Lynn Riley
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