FOI Friday: Food thefts, fights at weddings, the impact of Jimmy Savile, noise abatement notices and the 15-year-old with over 12 speeding points


4,000 crimes involving food theft in Dundee < Dundee Evening Telegraph

Nearly 4,000 crimes involving food and drink theft have been recorded in Dundee over the last five years.

Figures released through Freedom of Information legislation revealed that there were 3,979 unique cases of stolen food and drink between April 2009 and April 2014 in the city.

An incredible 958 — or almost a quarter — of the crimes involved alcohol being stolen.

The next most common items nicked were meat and confectionery, with 869 and 389 crimes respectively.

Fights and crimes at weddings <Torquay Herald Express

POLICE in Devon and Cornwall were called to tackle violence at SIXTEEN weddings and wakes last year after fighting broke out between guests.

They were called to wakes and weddings in Newton Abbot, Totnes and South Brent among other places.

The most serious incident in Devon and Cornwall happened in Exeter where one person was charged with “wounding with intent” after a fight at a wake.

At another funeral in Barnstaple, two people were arrested and one charged with “assault occasioning actual bodily harm”.

Arrests were also made at a wake in Newton Abbot and a wedding in Totnes although no charges were brought.

Noise abatement notices target the strangest places < Manchester Evening News

A Conservative club and two supermarkets were among 1,000 premises served with noise orders telling them to keep it down.

Little Lever Conservative Club, where regulars go for a game of bowls or bingo, was served a noise abatement notice by Bolton Council last year.

The club, which prides itself on its “fabulous bowling green” and “regular bingo nights”, landed itself in trouble last year for being too loud.

Meanwhile, Manchester council issued an order to Sainsbury’s supermarket, on Whitworth Street, and Salford council issued another to Morrisons, on Trafford Road, after neighbours complained about the noise.

Nearly 1,000 noise abatement notices have been served by Greater Manchester’s councils over the last three years.

When social media goes wrong for the police < Manchester Evening News

Today the M.E.N. can reveal the shameful catalogue of social media posts which led to police officers being carpeted by bosses.

New figures show that more than 40 Greater Manchester Police officers and staff have been disciplined over their use of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in the last five years.

GMP has won awards for they way it uses social media to connect with the public.

Overnight discharges from hospital <

Almost 250 new mums were discharged from hospital in the middle of the night by Teesside hospital trusts in a year, reports claim.

Concerns have been raised over the release from hospital between 11pm and 6am of women who have given birth.

Details released under Freedom of Information laws indicated 129 women were released during the night during 2013/14 by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital. A further 117 were released by North Tees and Hartlepool.

Councils releasing the wrong data < Eastern Daily Press

Personal information about some of the most vulnerable people in the region has been lost, misused or mistakenly shared because of a string of blunders at local councils, new statistics have shown.

The catalogue of mistakes included a document containing confidential information about a Norfolk child in care being found in a street, while details of vulnerable elderly people in care in Cambridgeshire had to be retrieved from a bin.

A number of investigations are still underway at Norfolk County Council after “sensitive” information was “released inappropriately”, while Cambridgeshire County Council accidentally sent letters meant for a psychologist to the parents of the person the letters were about.

The impact of Jimmy Savile < Dorking Advertiser

INVESTIGATIONS into the Jimmy Savile abuse case could be behind a dramatic rise in the number of serious sexual offences reported in Mole Valley in the last three years.

Figures from Surrey Police show 23 serious sexual offences were reported in the district between April 2011 and April 2012. In 2013/14, that number stood at 51 – a 122 per cent increase.

The category of crimes defined as serious sexual offences includes rape, as well as assault by penetration.

The number of other sexual offences reported in Mole Valley fell from 17 in 2011/12, to 9 in 2013/14.

However, this still meant the total number rose by 50 per cent in that time, from 40 to 60.

Surrey Police spokeswoman Dawn Groom said the figures, obtained by the Advertiser under the Freedom of Information Act, did not necessarily relate to offences committed in the last year, and could include historic incidents reported because of the highly publicised Operation Yewtree.

Laser pens and aeroplanes < Glasgow Evening Times

Incidents of beams directed into cockpits as planes come in to land at Glasgow Airport have soared to record levels, the Evening Times can reveal.

Almost 300 incidents were reported at the city airport in the past five years.

More than 50,000 passengers were on board the flights targeted by laser pens, which hugely increases the risk of a crash.

Firing a strong light at pilots can temporarily blind them and can affect them for several minutes afterwards, potentially causing them to lose control of the aircraft.

In 2013, there were 88 incidents recorded, according to statistics released to the Evening Times under Freedom of Information legislation. Four years ago there were just 14 reports at Glasgow Airport.

Who has the most speeding points? <

A 15-year-old boy chalked up an astonishing 18 driving penalty points – despite not even being old enough to have passed his test.

The youngster, from Sittingbourne, amassed the huge number for six offences of driving without a licence or insurance.

But tough rules for new motorists in their first two years mean he could have been banned after getting just six points.

15% chance of burglaries being solved < Lancashire Telegraph

FEWER burglaries were solved by police last year, despite a fall in the number of break-ins, new figures reveal.

More than 85 per cent of offenders in East Lancashire escaped justice in 2013, up from 82 per cent the year before, statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act show.


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