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Issue No. 1973

Robin Goodenough case goes to trial

The trial of three police officers charged with the manslaughter of Oxford man Robin Goodenough opened at the Old Bailey on Monday 3 October.

PCs Robin Shane, Paul Summerville and John Shatford deny the manslaughter charges. Robin Goodenough died in September 2003 as he was being arrested by the officers.

The prosecution team told the court how Robin Goodenough was stopped by police while driving a car through Oxford. The officers were said to have violently pulled him out of the car and punched him in the face, the court heard.

Robin Goodenough was handcuffed and seated by the roadside, bleeding and with some of his teeth knocked out. Within ten minutes he had a heart attack and died.

The case continues.

We kept the park for the people

Protest has beaten back threats to some of Cardiff’s most important green spaces.

Around 150 people attended a demonstration last Saturday against proposals of the local Lib Dem council to build an ice rink and other facilities on parkland in the centre of Cardiff.

The council has now withdrawn the plan.

The central parklands include “the richest urban park for trees in the world” (according to Dr Owen Johnston of the Tree Register). They are the only urban parklands in Britain in which all three of our native woodpecker species can be found, and are a habitat for diverse wildlife. They are of local, national and international importance.

Des Mannay

Swansea protest as jobs go east

Around 50 people attended a rally on the steps of the South Wales Evening Post in Swansea on Friday of last week.

More than 70 van drivers and printers have lost their jobs as a result of the decision to print the paper in England.

These cuts are just the thin end of a very thick wedge. Northcliffe, which owns the paper, is set to make £25 million of cuts across the group—despite profits of £100 million last year.

The protest attracted support from members of the Unison, Amicus and T&G unions in the area.

Brum airport strike on runway

The Amicus union is preparing to ballot for strikes at Birmingham International airport over the sacking of two members. Amicus represents more than 200 security, fire and maintenance staff. A strike could close the airport.

The union said three allegations made against its two members are completely without foundation and is demanding immediate reinstatement.

Amicus says that covert surveillance techniques used at the airport breached data protection and human rights legislation and failed to substantiate the airport’s claims of wrongdoing by the two men.

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Sat 22 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1973
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