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Restrictions are being eased gradually across the four nations of the UK (Victoria Jones/PA)
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State of the nations: How lockdown is being eased across the UK

Measures are being eased on different dates across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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NHS catch-up plan and job guarantee among key pledges in Labour manifesto

The party in Scotland has put the recovery from the pandemic at the heart of its plans.
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Children’s warning a ‘turning point’ in abusive relationship, says TV presenter

Ruth Dodsworth was subjected to a nine-year campaign of controlling behaviour, harassment and stalking during her marriage to Jonathan Wignall.
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Children’s Commissioner calls out ‘child abuse’ in recent Northern Ireland unrest

Koulla Yiasouma said children were being coerced into participating by adults, and that this could amount to child abuse.
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UK and security partners urge more action from tech giants on child sex abuse

Home Secretary Priti Patel has called on platforms to ‘lead by example’ in fighting online child sexual abuse content.
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Assembly set to be recalled as 41 officers injured in loyalist violence

In the latest night of disorder violence flared in Ballymena, Londonderry, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey.
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Proposal for Stormont Assembly to be recalled over loyalist violence

Naomi Long of the Alliance Party has called for MLAs to debate a motion condemning the recent attacks on police officers.
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Police attacked during another night of violence in Northern Ireland

Further unrest swept across parts of Carrickfergus and Londonderry on Monday night, with petrol bombs and other missiles thrown at officers.
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PSNI appeals to community leaders to end violence, but prepared for more unrest

PSNI Chief Superintendent Davy Beck said there is an “opportunity” to stop violence after repeated incidents in Belfast and Derry.
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Children as young as 12 involved in new night of violence in Northern Ireland

The PSNI said ‘senseless and reckless criminal behaviour’ began in the Waterside area of Derry.
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Children could be vaccinated to prevent disruption to education – JCVI expert

The University of Oxford is currently carrying out a clinical trial on children to test the safety and efficacy of its vaccine in younger age groups.
Crime

Police use thermal drone to bust illegal rave under M6 bridge

‘Full pack of Carling here Stu’ said one officer as she rifled through the post-rave debris

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Children’s commissioner: Abuse should never be dismissed as ‘boys being boys’

Dame Rachel de Souza warned that many children are ‘harassed from a young age’ – including on their way to school, in class and on the playground.
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Number of children eligible for free school meals surged during the pandemic

More than one in four pupils in the north east of England now qualify for free school meals, figures show.
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In Pictures: Sun-seekers enjoy sizzling spring weather

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged those heading out to ‘proceed with caution’ as England’s lockdown restrictions ease.
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London

‘Rape culture’ claims from top schools ‘must be shared with police’

Claims of rape, sexual abuse and misogyny have been made by pupils at several independent schools

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Boy, 11, marks a whole year of camping in his garden for charity

Max Woosey started his adventure on March 28 last year to raise money for a hospice which looked after a family friend, Rick Abbott.
Crime

Abuse warning as girl, 6, posts ‘inappropriate’ picture of herself

Police arrested more than 30 suspected paedophiles in dawn raids earlier this month

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Children tricked into abusing other youngsters in ‘disturbing new trend’

The Internet Watch Foundation said adults pose as children and suggest a game or dare activity via live video streaming.
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What the papers say – March 24

The papers on Wednesday cover the lives lost in the past year as Britain reflected on the anniversary of the first national lockdown.
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