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CPS reacts to Operation Jasmine review

The review urged the CPS to look again at prosecuting Dr Prana Das, the owner of two of the care homes.

His trial was ended in 2013 after he suffered head injuries in an attack.

The review is critical of 'mistakes and errors of judgement'

"Specialist lawyers now deal with all these cases from the outset – although this would not have altered the outcome in this case as a 2013 review of the decisions taken in relation to Operation Jasmine, conducted by an experienced lawyer from Special Crime Division, found they were correct and reflected the available evidence and a proper application of the law" said a CPS spokesperson.

"The CPS is bound by the Code for Crown Prosecutors and if there is insufficient evidence to prove the case it cannot be charged and tried before a jury. In this case, we explained to the report that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction" they added.


Meningitis: What are the symptoms?

Two new meningitis vaccines will be introduced in Wales from September.

A vaccine for meningitis B will be made available for all babies from September, while students under the age of 25 will be offered a vaccine for meningitis ACWY from August.

The new vaccines will be introduced in August Credit: PA

Meningitis is highly infectious - but its symptoms are often difficult to spot.

They include:

  • A high fever, with cold hands and feet
  • Babies may seem agitated and not want to be picked up
  • Drowsiness
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Pale, blotchy skin, and a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it

The symptoms can appear in any order, and some may not appear at all.

For more information, visit the Meningitis Research Foundation website.


New meningitis vaccines to be introduced

New vaccines to protect against different forms of meningitis will be introduced in Wales at the end of the summer, the Health Minister has announced.

Around 1,200 people - mainly babies and children - get meningitis B each year in the UK. Credit: PA

The vaccination will be given in three doses at the age of two, four and 12 months, with all babies in Wales who are aged two months when the vaccine is introduced being eligible for the jab.

Around 1,200 people - mainly babies and children - get meningitis B each year in the UK and around one in 10 die from the infection. There were nine cases in Wales in the first five months of 2015.

In response to an increase in the number of cases of meningitis in the UK a new meningitis ACWY vaccine will be introduced in Wales, replacing the existing meningitis C jab, which is given to teenagers and people starting university.

From August, the vaccine will be offered to all students under 25 who are attending university for the first time this autumn.

"I'm pleased to announce we will make the new MenB and MenACWY vaccines available in Wales. Wales is one of the first countries in the world to introduce a nation-wide MenB vaccination programme to help tackle the effects of this disease, which can be devastating for children and their families. I'm sure the introduction of this vaccine as part of the routine childhood vaccination programme in Wales will offer families extra peace of mind. I am very pleased to be able to approve the introduction of the MenACWY vaccine, which will protect teenagers against a number of forms of this disease, ensuring young people are protected at such an important time in their lives."

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

As previously announced, the meningitis B vaccine will be introduced to the routine childhood vaccination programme in Wales.

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