Picture of the Day

A delightful walk up from the Lake towards Savill Gardens

Quote of the Day

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
--Bertold Brecht

Link of the Day

St Jude's Players
Full details on the website (www.stjudesplayers.org) for your local amateur dramatics group based in the Social hall at Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, U.K.

Online Petitions



17 = child or adult? [https://www.change.org/petitions/home-office-ukhomeoffice-change-the-law-so-17-year-olds-are-treated-as-children-in-custody-4joe]

17 child or adultIf the law was different our son Joe would still be alive. 

Joe was our only son. Last August he was arrested after failing a breath test. He was just seventeen and made a bad decision to drive home after a party. Two days later Joe took his own life. We found him at home with the police charge sheet at his feet. That was the first we knew about the arrest.

Because Joe was seventeen he was treated as an adult at the police station so the police didn't call us. The trauma of the situation led Joe to take his life. 

We don't think any teenager should have to go through that alone, so we've started a petition on Change.org calling on the Government to change the law to ensure seventeen-year-olds are treated as children upon arrest.

If arrested, seventeen-year-olds are treated as adults while in custody -- but if they go to court they are rightly treated as children. This is an anomaly of British law and needs to be fixed. If we had been told about Joe's arrest we could have supported him and let him know that you can get through things like this. 

Unfortunately Joe is not the only seventeen-year-old to have taken his own life after being arrested. For someone of any age being held in a police station is a traumatic experience but especially so for young people without the support of an adult.

Right now a judge is considering whether to recommend the Government changes the law but the Government is contesting the case, arguing it's expensive to change. We believe if enough people sign our petition we can convince MPs that protecting our children and fixing this anomaly is worth it.  

Please help by signing our petition calling on the Government to change the law.

Thank you,
Nick and Jane Lawton




Becoming a registered user

You can now gain access to extra services by becoming a registered user - click on the Logon/register to create a userID. Some services will only be available to registered users.


WHO WE ARE

The prime purpose of the Sunningdale community website is a gateway to information on the local area in order to promote the interests of the residents of Sunningdale in all aspects of their lives. It is also for visitors to the area, prospective visitors and prospective residents.

A secondary aim is to help users of the Internet find their way around local information efficiently without having to spend lots of time wading through large search results from the search engines.

GET IN TOUCH

Sunningdale.
For inquiries and advertising please send us an email using the contact form below.
Contact Form: Click here to send your inquiries.
Privacy Policy
Disclaimer
Who is it for?
Guestbook

WHERE TO FIND US

Sunningdale, Surrey, England