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Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

Letter: Children with three sets of grandparents

Sir: Barbara Muir (Letters, 19 July) makes the point that a child born to a lesbian couple by donated sperm is deprived 'of the love and influences of its paternal grandparents'. What is so special about paternal grandparents? The child would have two lots of grandparents, and that is what matters. It might even have three lots if the couple were on good terms with the donor.

Letter: Rights and wrongs of buying babies

Sir: I am appalled by your leading article 'Bureaucracy makes a case for buying babies' (15 July). As the article itself says, the case currently in the news relates to a couple allegedly buying a baby from her parents. How does this equate with the neglected orphans in primitive orphanages that you use as justification? Where is your evidence for the 'benign meeting of supply and demand'? Can you be sure of the good intentions of all those wou1d-be adopters who avoid bureaucracy which aims to check that they are indeed both benign and likely to be adequate as parents of someone else's child?

Health Update: Alert as plants poison children

THE NATIONAL Poisons Unit at Guy's Hospital, London, is worried about an increase in children being accidentally poisoned by plants. The unit gets more than 700 emergency calls a year, most involving small children ingesting poisonous leaves. The unit and the Royal Horticultural Society are asking garden centres to label potentially hazardous plants.

Child's plunge

Kevin Sandy, three, suffered facial injuries after falling from a fourth- floor flat in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Unsafe code

The Green Cross Code is out of date and fails to protect children from danger on roads, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has warned.

Nannies are back in the nursery: Correction

The address of The Nanny Agency is 29, Cranbourne Road, N10 and not as stated yesterday.

Caithness will

The Countess of Caithness, who killed herself in January, left her pounds 90,000 estate to her two children, Alexander, Lord Berriedale, 13, and Lady Iona, 15.

Child agency row

Campaign groups for lone parents have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister threatening to withdraw support for the Child Support Agency if changes are made to help absent fathers. The National Council for One Parent Families and Gingerbread claim any alterations to calculations of maintenence is calculated must be balanced by some benefit to the lone parent.

Dead-baby tests

An estimated 40 stillborn and newly deceased babies were cremated during the Cold War as part of an experiment to measure the amount of Strontium-90 in their bodies, the Energy Department said, AFP reports from Washington.

Letter: The good fortune to have a single child

Sir: To correct the impression given by Angela Neustatter's interview with me ('Lost children and lost mothers', 22 April) about my novel Lost Children, I do not think my 'deprivation' as the mother of only one child is 'tragic'. I think I am very lucky to have a healthy child that I love; many don't.

Toddler suffocated

A toddler died when his pushchair overturned and he was strangled by its harness strap, an inquest was told. Henry Robbins, 23 months, of Knowle, West Midlands, died accidentally after being left alone asleep and probably over-balancing the chair by trying to stand up.

More women delaying babies

So many women are delaying having babies, more women in there thirties are having babies than women in their early twenties, the Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys disclosed.

Health Update: Test's failure

SERIOUS hearing problems among small children are being missed by screening procedures, research published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood shows. It found the distraction hearing test, offered to children between seven and 10 months, identified children with minor hearing difficulties but not those with more severe problems.

Baby abducted

Police were investigating the abduction of a 10-week-old baby boy from a council-run children's home in Plymouth, Devon, after he was found in a field with slight head injuries.

Child assault case

A MAN will appear in court later this month charged with indecently assaulting a six-year-old girl at the country home of Esther Rantzen. Robert Gillings, 62, was remanded on bail.
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