Tag: Medway Council

Oct 16

Father freed after rooftop protest

Eugene Lukjanenko celebrates winning his rooftop protest battle outside Chatham Magistrates Court. But his fight to have Medway return his son continues.

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Jun 11

Southampton heads adoption lottery

Southampton City Council heads the adoption lottery

Research into adoption and care rates has revealed a postcode lottery.  Children in some areas in England are 12 times more likely to be removed and adopted by child protection units. The BBC and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism sent Freedom of Information Act enquiries to all English local authorities.  Half provided full responses.  The …

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May 17

Father in care case faces protest charge

Maidstone Magistrates Court heard this case of a father involved in a rooftop protest at Medway Council.

A father fighting for the return of his son appeared in court today on a charge of aggravated trespass. Occupied porch roof Maidstone magistrates heard Eugene Lukjanenko occupied the porch roof at Medway Council’s offices in Gun Wharf, Chatham, on 5th September 2017. But whether his trespass was ‘aggravated’ was the question.  Only if it …

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Sep 11

Medway Council’s Emotional Abuse

Sara Root was taken to court for contempt by Medway Council

A mother who says her two youngest children were wrongly taken into care by Medway Council was given a six-month suspended prison sentence at the end of last month by Judge Richard Polden Sara Root told Christian Voice her children were taken seven years ago for ‘emotional abuse’. District Judge Graham Green made a judgment …

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Jul 19

Medway dispute Mother guilty of ‘contempt’

Maidstone County Court

A mother in dispute with social services was found guilty yesterday of contempt of court.  The case has not yet concluded so we shall refer to her as ‘SR’. Sitting at Maidstone County Court, in open court, Judge Richard Polden held ‘SR’ had  breached an injunction forbidding her from naming her children and reporting on …

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Jul 13

Medway Council took children because home ‘untidy’

Councillor Alan Jarrett, leader of Medway Council

A local authority took two children into care because a house was ‘untidy’, a mother has told Christian Voice. And now, seven years later, Medway Council are trying to send the mother to prison for speaking out about her case.  This is despite both children now being over eighteen.  Care proceedings end at eighteen. Medway …

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Jun 20

Judge finds father in contempt of court again

Canterbury Civil Court heard the case of contempt of court against Uegene Lukjanenko

A father in dispute with Medway Council narrowly escaped jail for contempt of court in Canterbury County Court last week for the second time in six months. Eugene Lukjanenko was charged with five breaches of an order made on 30th September 2015. The Order prohibited him from naming employees or ex-employees of the Council online. …

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Jun 13

Tories promise family courts reform

This protest at Edward Timpson's home in May, led to a manifesto commitment on reform of the family courts

The Conservative Party promised reform of the family courts in their manifesto following a rooftop protest. It is of course open to argument whether the manifesto commitment was a response to the protest at the home of Edward Timpson.  Mr Timpson was Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families in the previous government.  It follows he …

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Jan 18

Family Court Restrictions: father ‘in contempt’

The defendant before a similar case in January

A father fighting a local authority in the family court narrowly escaped jail for contempt of court yesterday. We may only identify him as ‘EL’ and his fourteen-year-old son as ‘J’ on instruction from Judge Richard Scarratt, pursuant to rules designed to protect the secrecy of the family courts. [At the time of writiing, we …

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Jan 17

Father fighting Medway Council faces jail for contempt

Melanie Gill, inventor of 'Inherited Holocaust Trauma'

Medway Council is asking a court to jail a father for contempt of court after he posted a picture of his in-care son online. Medway Council took son into care Canterbury Family Court heard the father, a concert pianist, had breached an order made by Mrs Justice Theis in 2015 banning him, or anyone, from …

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