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Victims of injustice launch support group; BRITAIN.

A MOTHER wrongly convicted of killing two of her babies says she is incensed that the British courts are still convicting innocent people of harming their children.

Angela Cannings, who spent 18 months in prison before her life sentence was quashed, launched a foundation yesterday to support other families who suffered miscarriages of justice.

The Angela Cannings Foundation was launched by the Justice for Families lobby group, which is calling on the Government to reformthe way medical experts are used in court.

The inauguration began with a minute's silence for Sally Clark of Cheshire, who was cleared by the Court of Appeal in 2003 of killing her two sons after spending three years in prison, but who died less than two weeks ago.

Mrs Cannings, originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire, said that while in prison she felt as if she was the only person in the country who had gone through her ordeal, and wanted to help other people wronged by the justice system.

She was joined at the launch by other parents who have suffered miscarriages of justice.

She said the foundation would provide financial support to low income families who could not afford to appeal against their sentences.

"Also, most importantly, we will give them the emotional backing that they need," she said.

Also at yesterday's launch were Ian and Angela Gay from Worcestershire, who were eventually cleared of poisoning a three-year-old boy they hoped to adopt.

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Three mothers wrongly accused of killing their children (from left) Angela Gay, Angela Canning, and Marianne Williams, stand outside Parliament as they launch the Angela Cannings Foundation
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 29, 2007
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