SINGLE MUMS v THE STATE: The Staffordshire tentacles stretch far and wide.

Top horror story in the last week or so has been the British mum Lianne Smith, charged with murdering her two kids in Spain. The alleged infanticide followed the arrest of her husband Martin in Barcelona after he was accused of child sex offences.

Lianne, who lived in Lichfield, Staffs, put the blame for her situation on the authorities in the UK with this chilling statement – the content of which will be all-too-familiar to nby and Slog regulars:

“Social services in Staffordshire and their policy of ‘forced adoptions’ are to blame for this. If we were dealing with the police and court system I would still be here for Martin.”