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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Son addicted to heroin

Dear Virginia, I have discovered that my son is a heroin addict. I can't tell you how upset I am. He has agreed to try to get clean in the New Year, but we can't afford private rehab, and no NHS places are available. I have given him money for drugs because he says that otherwise he'll steal to pay for them. My world has been torn apart. I want to help him, but how? Yours sincerely, Marjorie

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Scientologist jailed for selling bogus stress cures

A FORMER official of the Church of Scientology was jailed for six months yesterday after a French court found him guilty of defrauding disciples with bogus and expensive treatments for stress.

Letter: French `Inquisition'

Sir: The witchhunt against Scientologists currently perpetrated by certain elements in France has many of the hallmarks, if not the violent finality, of past Inquisitions ("Scientologists `penetrated French state' ", 21 September).

Travolta flies out to dodge trial questions

THE ACTOR and scientologist John Travolta has cut short a visit to Paris apparently because he feared he might be called to give evidence in the trial of seven French members of the Church of Scientology in Marseilles.

Scientologists `penetrated French state'

THE MONEY-HUNGRY practices of the Church of Scientology are expected to be laid bare at a trial that opened in Marseilles yesterday amid an atmosphere of near-paranoia over the sect's penetration of the French state and judicial system.

Poetic Licence: The Vicar Recruitment Rap

The Church Of Scientology is launching Britain's first national TV campaign promoting a religion. Not to be outdone, the Church of England has picked a 38-year-old female vicar to front their own pounds 20,000 campaign to recruit more young people to the priesthood.

Law: Going 10 rounds with Goliath

When Bonnie Woods called the Church of Scientology a `bogus religion', they sued. But how do you take on a church? By Ian Thomas

Woman accused of hate campaign wins damages from Scientologists

THE CHURCH of Scientology agreed to pay pounds 55,000 in damages yesterday to a former member it had accused of being a "hate campaigner", ending six years of claim and counter-claim that the woman said mirrored the trials of Job.

Law: The barrister who is game for anything

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Right of Reply: L Ron Hubbard

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