FOI Friday: Bouncing babies, sex offence tickings off and pensioners on drugs

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Some very bouncing babies < Huddersfield Examiner

Hundreds of Huddersfield’s bouncing babies are tipping the scales more than 2lbs above the national average.

Figures reveal about 100 babies per year are born at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust weighing in excess of 9lb 9oz.

The national averages are 7lb 8oz for a boy and 7lb 4oz for a girl.

Hospital records show that from 2012 to 2014 there were 314 newborns recorded as weighing 9lb 9oz or more.

Sex offences which just result in a telling off < Whitby Gazette

Police are letting paedophiles and sex offenders escape without a criminal record – meaning they could still work with children.

That’s the finding of a Yorkshire Regional Newspapers investigation which has revealed Community Resolution Disposals (CRD), designed to punish minor, first time offenders, have been handed out to people who had admitted possessing child porn or committing a sexual assault.

Angry campaigners fear that it could allow potentially dangerous sex offenders to “slip under the net” – and that North Yorkshire Police are letting serious offenders “off the hook”

Do councils divvy up regeneration cash fairly? < StaffsLive

Two of Stoke-on-Trent’s six towns didn’t receive a penny towards regeneration from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, shocking statistics have revealed.

Figures revealed under Freedom of Information show Fenton and Tunstall received nothing in 2014, while Hanley scooped £25m including £23m on it’s controversial new civic centre.

Longton, the second largest commercial centre in the Potteries, received just £18,000 of council investment in 2014.

And Burslem and Stoke combined received less than £2m last year for public realm work and investment into the Spode Factory.

Pensioners on drugs < Ilford Recorder

The Swinging Sixties generation are behind a rise in the number of pensioners being hospitalised for recreational drug use, according to experts.

This is more than the London average of 13 and more than Havering’s 15 and Barking and Dagenham’s 14. Newham also had 17 admissions for every 100,000 people.

Nationally, there was a 13.7 pc increase, from 12,240 in 2012/13 to 13,920 – and a 76.7 per cent increase over 10 years from 7,880.

In the past two years, 12 people aged 60 and over have been taken to King George Hospital in Ilford for opiates, cocaine or cannabis poisoning.

Among them were an opiate user aged 85-89 and another patient, aged between 80-84, who was in for cocaine use.

The increase on the eight admissions in 2011/2012 and the same figure in 2009/2010 was revealed after a Freedom of Information request to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals (BHRUT) NHS Trust.

And children on drugs too < Get West London

Almost 3,500 children have been treated for substance misuse in London in a year, according to the latest figures.

The breakdown shows that out of the 3,448 under 18s who received treatment, 15 were under the age of 12, 70 were 12-13 and 190 were 13-14.

Three-quarters of these youngsters were treated for cannabis abuse, and just over a fifth for alcohol abuse.

Figures came from a Freedom of Information request to Public Health England, which is responsible for the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse

Things ambulance crews lose < Bedfordshire on Sunday

An under-fire ambulance service have lost equipment worth more than £215,000 in the past two years – including a vomit bowl.

The East of England Ambulance Service has said the problem of losing items is a “significant problem” to the trust.

Between 2012 and 2014, the trust say they have lost 30 special laptops costing £2,500 each and 10 defibrillators worth a staggering £90,000.

Removing pests from schools (the animal kind) < Daily Post

Rats, mice and fleas are among the revolting pests that have had to be eradicated from schools in Flintshire and Wrexham.

A Freedom of Information request by the Daily Post revealed that pest controllers have been called to at least 293 incidents across the two counties since 2011.

Dealing with the unwelcome guests and infestations has cost both councils a total of more than £20,000.

Children getting shotgun licences < KentOnline

A child as young as eight has been issued a shotgun licence in Kent, it has been revealed.

The youngster, who was granted the certificate by Kent Police, is among the youngest in the country to have legal access to a shotgun.

The shock figures came to light after a freedom of information request by Sky News to forces in England and Wales.

Race hate crimes on the rise < Manchester Evening News

Police are dealing with a race-fuelled hate crime every THREE HOURS in Greater Manchester.

Hate crime figures obtained by the M.E.N through the Freedom of Information Act show around 5,300 racial attacks have been reported since April 2013.

The rate of incidents is also gathering pace, with a 14 per cent rise from 2013/14 to 2014/15.

Race hate attacks made up the majority of the region’s 6,378 hate crimes over the period, but there were also hundreds of reported incidents were victims were targeted over their disability, sexuality or religion.

The gifts council officers turn down < Scunthorpe Telegraph

Well employees of North Lincolnshire Council would, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

Under the law since April 2012, council workers have to declare any offers of gifts or hospitality they have received from the public – and whether they were accepted.

Under the FOI, the Scunthorpe Telegraph learned last year 14 gifts were offered – and 12, including the invite to Blundell Park, were turned down.


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