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Murdered toddler 'became invisible to the authorities'

Two-year-old Keanu Williams became "invisible" to the authorities while being subjected to months of cruelty, a damning report has found.

The Serious Case Review into the toddler's murder concluded that the professionals involved in his care failed to meet even basic standards of good practice.

A police image illustrating some of the 37 injuries identified on the body of Keanu Williams.
A police image illustrating some of the 37 injuries identified on the body of Keanu Williams. Credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board's independent report said child protection workers in various agencies "collectively failed" to prevent Keanu's death.

Read: Toddler had 37 separate injuries when he died


NCB respond to toddler death serious case review

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) have responded to the serious case review into the death of two-year-old Keanu Williams who was beaten to death by his mother in 2011.

This case starkly demonstrates the unintended consequences of recent reforms to child protection; an overly bureaucratic process; lack of individual responsibility; increasingly complex organisational relationships and responsibilities; and no one advocating in the interests of the child.

It is particularly worrying that the review found that no conversations were held with Keanu to find out what he was feeling.

No child at risk should ever be only seen and not heard. We urgently need to review how best to support children within the child protection system - especially the very young ones - to ensure their voices are listened to at every opportunity.

– Dr Hilary Emery, Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau



'Opportunity after opportunity to intervene was missed'

The Serious Case Review into Keanu Williams' death found the toddler died "because people missed opportunity after opportunity to intervene, and do something decisive to ensure he was safe and properly cared for."

Keanu Williams was two years old when he was beaten to death by his mother.
Keanu Williams was two years old when he was beaten to death by his mother. Credit: West Midlands Police

The review, which was undertaken by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB), stated that although some staff "did their best" for the two-year-old boy, others "did not comply with required practice, processes and procedures."

"Those staff have already been held to account for this by individual agencies," Jane Held, chairwoman of the BSCB said.


Murdered toddler 'failed by every agency'

A Serious Case Review into the death of a two-year-old boy who was beaten to death by his mother has found Keanu Williams died "because there was failure across every agency to see, hear and respond to him in the context of what he was experiencing at any one point in time."

Keanu Williams was two years old when he was beaten to death. Credit: Handout

Rebecca Shuttleworth, 25, is serving life in prison with a minimum term of 18 years for beating her son Keanu to death.

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Man from Torquay jailed for hate crimes

Man from Torquay jailed for hate crimes Credit: ITV News West Country

One man's been jailed and another given a suspended prison sentence for hate crimes.

Tobias Ruth, 19 from Torquay was charged under the Terrorism Act for sending threatening messages to Islamic organisations. He also caused criminal damage to the town's Islamic Centre.

Earlier this year, properties were evacuated near the home of his accomplice, John Roddy, 20. Police found material by the Norwegian mass-killer, Anders Breivik along with an Al-Qaeda training manual.

Roddy joined Ruth spraying racist grafitti around Torbay 72 times. Ruth was jailed for 33 months; Roddy's 23-month sentence was suspended.


Ceremony to celebrate waterfront makeover in Torquay

Improvements to Princess Promenade in Torquay Credit: ITV News West Country

The Mayor of Torbay is due to unveil a plaque to mark the completion of a waterfront project in Torquay, costing nearly £3 million.

The first phase was to rebuild part of the Princess Promenade and the second involved redeveloping the historic seaside platform known as the Banjo.

Stairs have also been added to improve access.

The official opening ceremony will take place at 5.30pm.

Torbay Mayor welcomes £20 million development plans

The Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver, has welcomed a £20 million package of proposals to redevelop Torquay's seafront, saying the council couldn't afford to do the work itself.

I am impressed by the group's proposals for the Pavilion. [...] The Pavilion needs several million pounds spent on its refurbishment, which we as a council simply cannot afford. We would also face ongoing maintenance liabilities that come with a listed building of this nature.The hotel development would safeguard the future of this important listed building, whilst at the same time creating much needed employment and economic activity for the Bay. The proposals for cafes and shops would bring new vitality to the area fronting the inner harbour.

– George Oliver, Mayor of Torbay

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£20 million development proposed for Torquay seafront

Looking through a telescope on the seafront at Torquay, Devon. Credit: PA

A £20 million planning application has been submitted to Torquay Council to redevelop the town's pavilion and build a luxury hotel and 45 apartments nearby.

The seafront plans, from developers Nicolas James Group, include a 60-bedroom luxury hotel and spa over the marina car park. New cafes and shops would front the inner harbour, with 45 apartments above.

It is proposed that the restored pavilion will include the hotel reception, cafe, restaurant, spa and function rooms. If planning permission were granted, work would start in early 2014.

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