Shoplifting is having a ‘devastating impact’ on Sheffield businesses – with daily thefts ranging in value from just 10p to £15,000.
As police today released a rogues gallery of 16 wanted shoplifters, The Star can reveal 11 thefts a day are reported from city shops.
The toll represents an increase of 18 per cent in five years, to 4,211 between April 2013 and this March.
A total of 19,642 thefts from shops was reported to South Yorkshire Police in the five years since April 2009.
Teens are being lured into online sex chats by blackmailers who threaten to post their naked images on the internet.
Officers have received reports that youngsters in the North are being caught up in the frightening scam, labelled “sextortion”.
Across the country hundreds of victims are targeted by fraudsters who flirt with them to get them to perform sex acts and then threaten to release the images if they don’t receive money from the victim.
SECRET reports released this week have revealed concerns about social care, information security, health and safety and budget savings at City of York Council.
The Press has obtained 26 internal reports previously not made public, and council bosses have pledged to end similar secrecy in the future.
The papers, obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, cover topics from routine school audits to reviews of services for vulnerable older people, health and safety, and information security, and even the sale of scrap metal from Hazel Court recycling centre.
Now council officials have confirmed that in future, reports like this will be published, with redactions, when they are presented to a council committee.
SURREY County Council has spent almost £30 million in two years maintaining school buildings in the county – and a trio of East Surrey schools were atop last year’s bill.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed the five most expensive schools for the council to maintain in each of the last two financial years.
In the year 2013/14, the council spent £11,276,200 on building-related maintenance for all schools and de Stafford School in Caterham, Reigate Priory School and Merstham Primary School were among the five most expensive.
The most expensive school was King’s College, in Guildford, which cost the council £667,220 in the last financial year.
VIOLENCE, harassment and adults fighting are just some of the incidents police were called to at the town’s surgeries and Warrington Hospital in the past 12 months.
A Warrington Guardian Freedom of Information request found officers had been called 72 times to GP practices across the town in the last three years.
During the same period, Cheshire Police were called to Warrington Hospital on Lovely Lane more than 1,600 times however a large proportion of those calls were due to sudden deaths where the police are alerted to ensure there are no suspicious circumstances.