Hundreds of schoolchildren in Middlesbrough are missing out on a place at their school of preference.
Figures from a Freedom of Information request show that while places are in high demand, non of the town’s secondary schools were able to cater to every single applicant who requested a place at their school of choice.
Macmillan Academy, on Stockton Road, was by far the most popular school of choice, with 1030 applications for 220 places.
But, less than half the number of children, 44.4%, who put it down as their first choice, got to go to the academy.
The Observer submitted a freedom of information request asking Slough Borough Council how many children this year had been referred, or became known, to the council amid concerns that they are, or at some stage have been, at risk of sexual exploitation.
The youngest child referred was 13 years and nine months old. The figures also showed at least 23 children have been identified in previous years.
More details of the suspected exploitation could not be provided because it would have taken too long to search through records, the council said.
Nearly 1,000 crimes have been committed by the top 50 worst in Rossendale, the Free Press can reveal.
The most habitual yob is a 37-year-old man from Bacup who has committed 87 offences – including 74 thefts from vehicles – and has been charged 20 times.
Also making the top 10 list of shame is a 19-year-old man from Rossendale who has already committed 40 offences including 18 thefts from vehicles and has been charged by police 13 times.
Campaigners and MPs have branded the figures ‘appalling’ and said the system of justice is ‘not working’, calling on the courts to impose harsher sentences for repeat offenders.
Figures released by Lancashire Police under a Freedom of Information request show that 972 offences have been committed in the Valley by the top 50 offenders.