Friday 9th of July

Met officers given misconduct notices over disappearance of Richard Okorogheye 

  • Two Metropolitan police officers have been given misconduct notices over potential failings in the disappearance of teenager Richard Okorogheye. 
  • The student, 19, went missing after leaving his home in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on 22 March. 
  • His body was discovered in a lake 20 miles away in Epping Forest, Essex, just over a week later. 
  • The officers may have failed to pass on “new and relevant information” to staff making missing person assessments, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said, after investigating.
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Most teachers had GCSE grade evidence gaps 

  • A majority of teachers say at least some of their students lacked sufficient evidence for their GCSE or A-level grade this year. 
  • In a Tes survey of over 2,800 grading teachers, only just over a quarter (26 per cent) reported that none of their students lacked sufficient evidence to get a grade this year. 
  • But 70 per cent reported that some of their students did lack enough evidence for a teacher-assessed grade, with 41 per cent saying this affected 1 to 9 per cent of their students. 
  • The issue appeared to affect a minority of students in most cases, with just 5 per cent of respondents reporting that over 50 per cent of their students lacked evidence for their grades.
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Man found guilty of possession of child sex abuse material 

  • A man from Staffordshire was found with hundreds of “sickening and grotesque” images of babies being violently abused and cases of bestiality. 
  • The offender, who has served in the Armed Forces and is a trained industrial chemist, had child sex abuse imagery on his devices.  
  • His internet history also found he had searched for indecent images of children online. 
  • The offender was given a suspended prison sentence after he was caught with 143 category A images, which contain the worst kind of sexual abuse, 201 category B images and 504 category C, as well as two category A videos and three extreme pornographic images.  
  • His crimes were committed between July 2015, and February 2017.
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Covid: Children’s extremely low risk confirmed by study 

  • The overall risk of children becoming severely ill or dying from Covid is extremely low, a new analysis of Covid infection data confirms. 
  • Data from the first 12 months of the pandemic in England shows 25 under-18s died from Covid. 
  • Those living with multiple chronic illnesses and neuro-disabilities were most at risk, though the overall risk remained low. 
  • The conclusions are being considered by the UK’s vaccine advisory group. 
  • Currently, under-18s are not routinely offered Covid vaccines, even if they have other underlying health conditions that put them at risk.
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