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Judge blocks social workers' plan to remove children because of a single text message
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"Mum has gone nuts, she tried to stab me with a knife" was the text message that a 12-year old boy sent to his friend. Consequently, social workers planned to remove the woman's 4 children. Judge Keith Wilding, however, halted this as the social workers were unable to produce a copy of the text message, following an anonymous tip-off.
Wilding ruled that "we are entirely reliant, it seems, on what the caller to the police said when this was reported a few hours after the incident took place. I can find no direct evidence that anyone in this case who may have seen the actual text sent by A has set it down accurately."
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