Kidnap, murder and justice in the Algarve

The Guardian, August 14 1993

Rachel Charles was nine years old when she went missing one warm November day in 1990 as she walked home after school, and when her body was found four days later, tucked under a pine tree a couple of miles along the coast, local people who had never even known her were terrified by the needless brutality of it all.

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Portugal shows the world how to deal with drugs

Previously unpublished , June 24 2009

Up and down the United Kingdom, on every working day of the year, harrassed magistrates shuffle the cards which the government has dealt them and hand out community punishments and anti-social behaviour orders and even jail sentences to the endless procession of drug users who stumble before them. It doesn't work.

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