North Norfolk District Council has defended its publicity attempts after it emerged that it collected more than £3,600 in its pay-and-display machines during a “free parking” weekend.
The Conservative-run council, which has pledged to donate the sum to local foodbanks, has been criticised by the North Norfolk Labour Party which said motorists had been confused over the Christmas weekend and the sum collected made a mockery of the scheme.
Hundreds of people in Doncaster are claiming disability benefits because they drink too much alcohol.
A total of 240 people in the borough claimed one of several forms of disability benefit – and cited alcohol misuse as the main reason, according to Government figures.
The figures represent one claimant in 61 in the borough.
The revelation comes after it was revealed that one man had been given extra cash by Doncaster Council to help pay for his drinking.
Figures released under Freedom of Information laws reveal the scale of the controversial Police Scotland policy in the area.
During 2014 a total of 68 children aged 12 and under were stopped and searched by officers.
Ten were girls and 58 were boys, including the nine-year-old — the youngest person in the area to be searched.
A further 2,190 13 to 16-year-olds were also searched by officers last year.
Police officers used their stop and search powers on a 10 year old, new figures reveal.
A Freedom of information request by the Chronicle & Echo has revealed that a 10 year old and two 11 year olds were stopped on separate occasions in 2013 and 2014, all on suspicion of having stolen goods.
Thirteen Hyndburn councillors have failed to pay their council tax on time, it has emerged.
A Freedom of Information request revealed that 13 members of the council have failed to pay their bills on time at some point over the last five years.
The members have not been identified, nor is it known if they are still serving councillors.
Demands have been made for those involved to be ‘named and shamed’. However, the council has said it cannot release further details due to “data protection”.
Children as young as eight have been caught armed with deadly weapons on Staffordshire’s streets.
Forty-two children under 16 have been charged with possession of offensive weapons in the last three years – with six cases found on school premises.
The shocking figures, revealed by Staffordshire Police in a Freedom of Information request, also show Newcastle-under-Lyme had the highest number of cases, with five.
Northamptonshire Police said there was no lower limit on the age of stopping and searching children.