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Disparity in dementia diagnosis across Northern Ireland

17 JUNE 2014

BY NIALL MCCRACKEN

Figures mapping out where people have been diagnosed with dementia throughout Northern Ireland have identified gaps where many may be going untreated.

Our analysis of government data drawn from every GP practice in Northern Ireland shows there is a wide variation in the number of people diagnosed with dementia.

The figures reveal that across Northern Ireland as a whole 16 patients per 1,000 aged 45 or over are listed by their GP as having some form of dementia.

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Budget breakdown for all Northern Ireland schools

21 MARCH 2014

BY KATHRYN TORNEY A full breakdown of the budget allocated to all Northern Ireland schools for this incoming academic year can be revealed by The Detail today.

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Education Minister John O'Dowd answers our questions

21 MARCH 2014

BY KATHRYN TORNEY We asked John O'Dowd some key questions about the new funding scheme - including what checks are made on schools' spending. This was his response.

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Children of prisoners: the forgotten victims of crime

18 MARCH 2014

BY KATHRYN TORNEY ALMOST 5,000 children visited Northern Ireland’s prisons during 2013, according to new figures released to The Detail.

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Maghaberry Prison

Monthly breakdown of visits

18 MARCH 2014

BY KATHRYN TORNEY A monthly breakdown of the adult and child visits to each prison site in Northern Ireland during 2013.

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Suicide kills as many as the Troubles

10 FEBRUARY 2014

ALMOST as many people have died from suicide in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement as were killed during the entire Troubles.

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Dramatic increase in newcomer pupils attending NI's schools

03 FEBRUARY 2014

THE 2011 census revealed that 32,400 people living in Northern Ireland belonged to ethnic minority groups - an upward trend which has developed since the end of large scale violence. This equates to 1.8% of our total population.

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2013 GCSE AND A-LEVEL RESULTS FOR ALL SCHOOLS

16 JANUARY 2014

By Kathryn Torney Forty percent of Northern Ireland’s post-primary schools have failed to meet a key exam result target set for schools in England, The Detail can reveal.

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Grammar school table

16 JANUARY 2014

BY KATHRYN TORNEY This table provides a breakdown of the GCSE and A-Level results achieved by each grammar school, ranked by A-Level achievement.

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These St Catherine’s College pupils all achieved between 8 and 12 A / A* GCSE grades in 2013

Non-grammar school tables

16 JANUARY 2014

BY KATHRYN TORNEY These tables provide a breakdown of the GCSE results achieved by each non-grammar. The schools are grouped by free school meals category and ranked by GCSE achievement.

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Murder, rape, kidnap and assault: A year of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland

20 NOVEMBER 2013

By Kathryn Torney We have carried out an in depth analysis of the 27,190 incidents of domestic violence recorded by the PSNI during the 2012/13 financial year. These include murder, violent assault, abduction of children, incidents with multiple victims.

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"PSNI needs to develop a more consistent approach in investigation and support for victims"

Providing safe houses for those in danger

20 NOVEMBER 2013

BY KATHRYN TORNEY During the 2012/13 financial year, 855 households across Northern Ireland applied for social housing because they were homeless or threatened with homelessness as a result of domestic violence.

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"The PSNI is committed to protecting people from abuse"

The PSNI responds to our questions

20 NOVEMBER 2013

The PSNI responds to our questions.

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Four times as many RoI students avail of cross border education

31 OCTOBER 2013

OVER four times as many post primary pupils in the Republic of Ireland avail of cross border education in comparison to their counterparts in Northern Ireland, The Detail can reveal.

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The winners and losers under school funding reform proposals

17 OCTOBER 2013

BY KATHRYN TORNEY OVER 62% of Northern Ireland’s schools would lose money from their annual budgets if controversial Department of Education plans to reform the common funding scheme are given the go ahead.

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How an unpaid £5 fine can still land you in jail

15 OCTOBER 2013

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Thousands of people in Northern Ireland have been jailed for for failing to pay fines for crimes which include begging, failing to wear a seatbelt, dangerous cycling, dropping litter and not having a TV licence.

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Northern Ireland is UK region hardest hit by welfare reform

03 OCTOBER 2013

NORTHERN Ireland will be the region of the UK to suffer the greatest financial loss under planned welfare reform, according to a new report launched in Belfast today.

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Steve Fothergill and Christina Beatty from Sheffield Hallam University

"Northern Ireland's most deprived areas face the largest losses"

03 OCTOBER 2013

Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, explain why Northern Ireland will be hit harder by welfare reform than any other part of the UK.

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What are the welfare reform plans?

03 OCTOBER 2013

A brief outline of the welfare reform plans

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10 years of organ donation in Northern Ireland

28 AUGUST 2013

By Kathryn Torney. We report on a decade of organ transplants in NI and who the potential organ donors of the future are currently living here.

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How our school leavers fare - by school and by postcode

08 AUGUST 2013

By Kathryn Torney. As thousands of pupils await news of their A-Level results next week, The Detail can reveal the wide variation in the qualifications achieved and next steps taken by Northern Ireland’s school leavers.

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Health trusts record 30,000 assaults over four years

07 AUGUST 2013

NORTHERN Ireland's health trusts recorded over 30,000 incidents of physical assault on staff, patients and members of the public at Northern Ireland’s care settings over the past four years.

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The devastating five year death toll on Northern Ireland's farms

01 AUGUST 2013

FALLS, slurry fumes, animal attacks and equipment accidents have claimed the lives of 40 people on Northern Ireland’s farms in the last five and a half years. We map the data.

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Our school admissions interactive map

Supply and demand for places: check out your local schools

28 JUNE 2013

BY KATHRYN TORNEY GAINING entry to some of Northern Ireland’s perceived elite grammar schools is not as tough as some might expect, according to new figures obtained by The Detail.

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Thousands of people attend our A&E departments every year with self-harm injuries

Northern Ireland's shocking hospital records of self-harm

07 MAY 2013

THE mental anguish facing thousands of people across Northern Ireland can be seen in new figures obtained by The Detail which show that our hospital emergency departments dealt with 2,830 episodes of self-harm.

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We do not know which patients were given a Card Before You Leave appointment

Self-harm: what the Public Health Agency says we can’t be told

07 MAY 2013

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Self-harm cases: what the Public Health Agency says we can’t be told.

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Fire crews attended 51,669 emergency incidents during 2011 and 2012
Fire crews attended 51,669 emergency incidents during 2011 and 2012

How quickly did the fire service respond to emergencies where you live?

03 APRIL 2013

BY KATHRYN TORNEY AN investigation by The Detail has uncovered a disturbing variation in fire and rescue service response times across Northern Ireland.

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A "cut off" was applied to the response time figures

Why did the Fire Service provide incomplete data?

03 APRIL 2013

BY KATHRYN TORNEY AN account of our quest to secure the missing response times data...

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PSNI-officer

Speedy justice: who benefits?

07 FEBRUARY 2013

SUBSTANTIAL new police powers to decide on the spot who can avoid a criminal record and going to court for minor offences have been rolled out here virtually unnoticed and major disparities in how it's being applied are already showing up.

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How "discretion" has been used for crime here

07 FEBRUARY 2013

SEXUAL assaults, fraud and drug-related incidents are among some of the offences that discretionary disposals have been used for over the past three years.

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How bad is the picture for Northern Ireland?
How bad is the picture for Northern Ireland?

Court repossessions three times higher in Northern Ireland than the Republic

15 JANUARY 2013

FIGURES obtained by The Detail reveal that nearly three times as many property owners in Northern Ireland faced repossession through the courts than those in the Republic of Ireland between 2008 and 2011.

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The rate of repossessions where you live

15 JANUARY 2013

IN data requested from the Northern Ireland Courts Service, we obtained a geographical breakdown of the number of Final Possession Orders across Northern Ireland from 2005-11.

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Benefit fraud in Northern Ireland: what the data shows

10 JANUARY 2013

BY KATHRYN TORNEY THE Detail can today reveal the full cost of benefit fraud in Northern Ireland - including striking disparities in punishments for people found guilty of illegal claims in our courts.

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The Northern Ireland Census: Religion and identity mapped

11 DECEMBER 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The Detail has compiled interactive maps to visualise some of the key results from the 2011 Northern Ireland Census.

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So what's the political future?

11 DECEMBER 2012

While political unionism in Northern Ireland is in thrall to a row over the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall, new census figures reveal the Protestant proportion of the population has dropped below the symbolic 50% mark for the first time.

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GCSE AND A-LEVEL RESULTS FOR ALL NI'S SCHOOLS

28 NOVEMBER 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The results achieved by every grammar and secondary school in Northern Ireland in this summer’s GCSE and A-Level exams can be revealed today.

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Based on data provided by Department of Education

Grammar schools' exam results

28 NOVEMBER 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The 2012 GCSE and A-Level results for Northern Ireland's grammar schools.

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Non-grammars with FSM of 50% or more. Data source: DENI

Non-grammars' 2012 exam results

28 NOVEMBER 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The 2012 GCSE results for Northern Ireland's non-grammar schools.

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Segregation in our schools

23 NOVEMBER 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Almost half of Northern Ireland’s schoolchildren are being taught in schools where 95% or more of the pupils are of the same religion.

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"Abandoned pledges and broken promises"

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Integrated Education Fund chief executive Tina Merron gives her view on the religious make up of Northern Ireland's schools.

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Cancer diagnosis and death in Northern Ireland by postcode

01 NOVEMBER 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY More than 100,900 people across Northern Ireland were diagnosed with cancer between 2001 and 2010 and 38,139 people died from the disease.

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Cancer by postcode

Cancer by postcode

01 NOVEMBER 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Cancer by postcode: how many people were diagnosed with cancer where you live?

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Societies most vulnerable more at risk?
Societies most vulnerable more at risk?

Are society's most vulnerable more at risk?

05 SEPTEMBER 2012

BY NIALL McCRACKEN AND NIAMH McMURRAY New figures obtained by The Detail show that the number of referrals to health trusts about potential risks to vulnerable adults and children here have increased dramatically in recent years.

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The DoJ is consulting on firearms licensing laws

Who owns Northern Ireland's 153,000 legally held guns?

23 AUGUST 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Almost 60,000 members of the public in Northern Ireland own over 146,000 firearms with the remaining 7,018 legally held guns belonging to serving police and prison officers.

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Northern Ireland invests less than 10p per person per day in the ambulance service

Ambulance turnaround times increasing under new A&E regime

29 JUNE 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The average turnaround time for ambulances transporting people with potentially life-threatening conditions to our hospitals has increased by 12% since the closure of Belfast City Hospital’s A&E department, The Detail can reveal.

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Some pupils failed to achieve five GCSEs at grades A*-G

Exam results in Northern Ireland: does religion matter?

18 JUNE 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY New figures which break down pupils’ exam achievements by their religion show a wide variation in performance in some council areas of Northern Ireland.

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More than 21,000 pupils had poor attendance in the last school year

More than 21,000 pupils with poor school attendance record

27 MAY 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY More than 21,000 pupils at schools in Northern Ireland had a serious problem with their attendance during the last academic year, The Detail can reveal.

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Primary schools with highest percentage of pupils with less than 85% attendance

What the principals said

27 MAY 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY What school principals think of the pupil attendance figures.

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Detailed figures broken down by council area

22 APRIL 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Detailed figures on child maintenance arrears for each Northern Ireland council area.

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Millions of pounds is owed to children

Parents fail to pay maintenance for a quarter of children

22 APRIL 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Parents living in Northern Ireland owe over £87m in child maintenance to the government agency tasked with collecting and distributing the payments, The Detail can reveal.

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Total arrears broken down by council. Private arrangements not included.

The battle to get the figures

22 APRIL 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY It took almost three months of emails, meetings and phone calls to obtain a detailed breakdown of Northern Ireland’s child maintenance arrears.

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Parking tickets in Northern Ireland: the full cost to you

04 APRIL 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY More than 125,800 parking tickets were issued in towns and cities across Northern Ireland in 2011. The Detail has compiled an interactive map which shows the number of tickets issued in each town and the most ticketed street/car park.

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A traffic warden at work
A traffic warden at work

Contested clearway on our most ticketed road

04 APRIL 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Belfast's Lisburn Road was the most ticketed street or road in all of Northern Ireland - exemplifying the tensions between traffic management and providing access to local businesses.

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TICKETS ISSUED IN EACH TOWN

04 APRIL 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Table showing the parking tickets issued in each Northern Ireland town in 2011.

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Towns A-Z: Ahoghill - Bangor

TICKETS PER STREET: AHOGHILL - BANGOR

04 APRIL 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The parking tickets issued in every street: Ahoghill - Bangor

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Queuing on the Lisburn Road

TICKETS PER STREET: BELFAST

04 APRIL 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The parking tickets issued in every street in Belfast.

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Towns A-Z: Bushmills - Dunmurry

TICKETS PER STREET: BUSHMILLS - DUNMURRY

04 APRIL 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The parking tickets issued in every street: Bushmills - Dunmurry

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Towns A-Z: Enniskillen - Lurgan

TICKETS PER STREET: ENNISKILLEN - LURGAN

04 APRIL 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The parking tickets issued in every street: Enniskillen - Lurgan

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Towns A-Z: Maghera - Warrenpoint

TICKETS PER STREET: MAGHERA - WARRENPOINT

04 APRIL 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The parking tickets issued in every street: Maghera - Warrenpoint

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Areas with most tickets

STREETS/ ROADS/ CAR PARKS WITH MOST TICKETS

04 APRIL 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The streets/roads/car parks in Northern Ireland with the most parking tickets issued in 2011.

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Top reasons for tickets

TOP 10 REASONS PARKING TICKETS WERE ISSUED

04 APRIL 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The top 10 reasons parking tickets were issued in Northern Ireland in 2011.

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HOW QUICKLY DID HELP ARRIVE WHERE YOU LIVE?

11 MARCH 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Where you live in Northern Ireland makes a massive difference to ambulance response times in life threatening situations, it can be revealed today. We analysed 215,349 emergency calls made to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

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An ambulance waiting to clear a hospital is not available for other 999 calls

Ambulance Service is "working with limited resources"

11 MARCH 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said that response times are influenced by the key constraints of availability of funding and managing and dealing with population density.

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The longest waits

11 MARCH 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY In rare cases among the tens of thousands of 999 calls, some people had to wait over an hour for an ambulance or rapid response vehicle to arrive. We list some of the longest recorded waits....

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Some students struggle to achieve five good GCSEs
Some students struggle to achieve five good GCSEs

Exam results show a third of our schools are "failing"

05 FEBRUARY 2012 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY More than a third of Northern Ireland’s post-primary schools would be rated as “failing” under exam performance criterion set by the coalition government for schools in England, The Detail can reveal.

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The 77 schools with less than 35% of their pupils achieving five or more GCSE grades A* to C, including English and Maths

05 FEBRUARY 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The 77 schools with less than 35% of their pupils achieving five or more GCSE grades A* to C, including English and Maths.

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All schools

GCSE and A-Level result data for every post-primary school

05 FEBRUARY 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The GCSE and A-Level result data for every post-primary school in Northern Ireland.

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Grammar schools

Grammar schools' GCSE and A-Level results

05 FEBRUARY 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The GCSE and A-Level results for every Northern Ireland grammar school.

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Non-grammar schools' GCSE results

05 FEBRUARY 2012

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The GCSE results for every non-grammar school in Northern Ireland.

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Fine defaulting can result in a prison sentence

Thousands imprisoned every year for minor crimes

15 DECEMBER 2011 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Thousands of people in Northern Ireland have been sent to jail for not paying fines for minor crimes including not having a light on their bicycle, dropping litter and fishing without a licence.

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Youths rioting in Ardoyne
Youths rioting in Ardoyne

Serious concerns raised as children criminalised at 10

08 MAY 2011 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Almost 100 children aged between 10 and 12-years-old were convicted of crimes in Northern Ireland over a five year period, The Detail can reveal today.

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Young killers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables

The case which changed the face of youth justice

08 MAY 2011 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY Criminologist Professor Phil Scraton explains how the public outcry which followed the murder of toddler James Bulger in 1993 by two 10-year-olds led to major changes in the youth justice system.

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Hydebank Wood is located in the outskirts of South Belfast
Hydebank Wood is located in the outskirts of South Belfast

The view of young offenders

08 MAY 2011 – KATHRYN TORNEY

BY KATHRYN TORNEY The Detail has spoken to two young men in their 20s from Belfast – who asked not to be identified - about their experiences of living in care and being in custody. Our second film tells their stories.

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