Family Court to investigate “drug dealing” adoptive family

A High Court judge has ordered an investigation into whether a six-year-old living with a pair of convicted drug dealers should be returned to the birth mother, the BBC has reported.

The child was adopted at birth by relatives of the mother’s ex-boyfriend.

However, the child’s adoptive father was recently placed in jail for drugs trafficking offences, prompting the Court to consider the safety of the child.

The Court also heard how two other members of the adoptive family had been failed for drugs-related offences.

The mother, representing herself in Court, told the Judge that she was worried about the lifestyles of her son’s new family and wanted to have him living back with her.

“He’s living with drug dealers. That just can’t be right,” she said.

“I agreed to him living with this family after he was born. I was 16 when I got pregnant and 17 when I gave birth.

“I’ve grown up since then. I can look after him now and I want him back.”

Mr Justice Jackson ordered a Family Court investigation into the boy’s adoptive family, adding that “hard questions” had to be asked to find out whether the child’s welfare was in question.

The case continues.

Sports Direct employment agency files for insolvency

Transline Group, the employment agency which provides staff to Sports Direct, is preparing for insolvency as it continues to struggle to find investment.

The agency said it was suffering from “tighter margins in the recruitment industry”, but would protect its “business, employees and customers”.

It filed its “notice of intention to appoint an administrator” at a court in Leeds, it has been reported. It will give them 10 days to secure financial stability or begin liquidating the company.

The ‘notice of intention to appoint an administrator’ provides creditors with notice that there is a chance or prospect of administration.

In a statement, a Transline spokesperson said: “We are close to securing inward investment that will allow us to drive forward with continued growth and infrastructure development”.

“We expect to hear more regarding potential trading investments imminently.”

In 2015, the group were involved in a Sports Direct scandal after an investigation revealed that its workers were being paid less than the minimum wage and were subject to controversial disciplinary measures.

MPs compared its working practices to those of a “Victorian workhouse”.

The Transline statement said: “[We] have lodged the ‘notice of intention’ to protect the business, our employees and our customers as we complete this process”.

“The welfare of our staff and our relationships with our customers are of paramount importance, and we are continuing our service and operations as normal. We expect to hear more regarding potential trading investments imminently.”

It is important to note that company directors owe certain duties to their company and, if insolvency threatens, to creditors. If a company director breaches his or her insolvency duties, personal liability can result in disqualification, and in extreme cases, criminal prosecution.

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