FOI Friday: Jollies in Cannes, guilty police, empty homes, naughty soldiers and road rage incidents

So does a trip to MIPIM pay off? < Brixton Buzz

£20,000 was taken by Lambeth Council from four property developers to help fund the trip to Cannes by four council employees. A Freedom of Information Request shows that although “conversations took place” at MIPIM World back in March, no actual deals were reached following the local authority jolly.

Which must have been disappointing for all involved…

MIPIM World is the international property fair for corporate developers. It is the Cannes Film Festival equivalent for folk who believe in gentrification. Lambeth Council wanted a piece of the action, but understandably felt slightly nervous about spending £20,000 of local authority money on a trip to the South of France.

Police found guilty of crimes in last five years < Belfast Live

Forty-six police officers in Northern Ireland have been found guilty of committing crimes in the past five years.

According to figures released to Belfast Live by PSNI, the law-keepers have turned lawbreakers by committing a variety of crimes including tampering with a motor vehicle and death by dangerous driving.

Empty homes <Mirfield Reporter

Shocking figures from Kirklees Council show more than 5,000 private and council-owned homes are currently unoccupied.

In figures obtained by the Reporter Series, the council said 4,306 homes in Kirklees were empty and unfurnished, while a further 774 were empty and furnished.

Guilty at court martial < WalesOnline

Troops in the Royal Welsh have been found guilty at court martial for drug possession, desertion and battery in the past two and a half years, figures from the MoD reveal.

Bosses say the action taken shows “the military justice system is effective” and that aid soldiers caught breaking the law would be dealt with.

According to exclusive records obtained under freedom of information laws, a private in the former 2nd Battallion, Royal Welsh was given 12 months detention and dismissed after being convicted of possessing and of supplying a controlled drug, as well as six counts of offering to supply a controlled drug.

Students turn to counsellors < York Vision

Record numbers of students are now accessing counselling services on campus, a York Vision investigation can reveal.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show one in nine students accessed the Open Door Team throughout the last academic year – the highest since the service came into existence in 2007.

One in four students who spoke to the services did so for anxiety, depression or stress-related issues. Eating disorders saw 30 students attend, while self-harm and drug or alcohol-related issues saw 20 and 15 students attend respectively.

Bed blocking in hospitals < Burton Mail

DELAYS in discharging patients has cost Burton’s Queen’s Hospital more than £2 million over four years, it has been revealed.

Following a Freedom of Information request by the Mail, Burton’s Queen’s Hospital has revealed the estimated cost in delaying the discharge of its patients, which the hospital is due to a lack of individualised packages of care for patients on discharge being agreed.

In 2012, 291 patients have had delayed discharges from the hospital, while that increased to 397 in 2013 and 549 last year.

Restaurants and takeaway businesses increase < Huddersfield Examiner

The number of new restaurants and takeaways in Kirklees has risen by nearly a fifth.

And that’s good news for people who like to dine out, increasing the choice available.

There were 62 new restaurants, cafes or other caterers registered in the Kirklees Council area in 2014/15, up 20.4% from 53 in 2013/14.

Figures are based on a Freedom of Information Request for food premises registering with the councils, so they can be inspected as part of the food hygiene requirements.

Arrests for possessing indecent images of children < This is Local London

In the past five years 14 people have been arrested in the borough on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

Surrey Police confirmed, following a Freedom of Information request, between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2014, only four people had been charged for this offence.

Crimes committed at railway stations < Wolverhampton Express and Star

People were brutally assaulted, threatened with firearms and racially abused as violence flared at stations.

Police were called to scores of incidents next to the railway tracks in 2013 and 2014. Of the incidents reported to the police, 38 happened at Wolverhampton train station.

These included two vicious attacks where actual bodily harm was inflicted. One victim was a 41-year-old man who was attacked in September last year.

Waiting more than 30 minutes for an ambulance < North Devon Journal

MORE than 15,000 ambulance patients in the South West had to wait half an hour to be transferred into hospital, figures have revealed.

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information Act request.

The latest handover figures were released after a Freedom of Information Act request.

3,000 council days lost to suspensions < Liverpool Echo

Suspensions at Halton Council have led to nearly 3,000 days being racked up by employees waiting to learn their fate.

A Freedom Of Information request by the Weekly News to Halton Council has revealed that 38 cases over the last four municipal years led to council employees missing 2,953 days – just over eight years – at work.

The figures said there were 24 cases during 2011-12, which dropped to six, three, and five in the following three years respectively.

Road rage incidents < Scunthorpe Telegraph

ISSUING death threats and attacking drivers are just some of the road rage incidents recorded by Lincolnshire Police.

Furious motorists have also punched and spat at others and in one case a driver reportedly left his vehicle, punched a window and kicked a rear panel before demanding £1,000 or the owners’ keys – claiming they would not leave until they got what they wanted.

Another motorist was racially abused, while one stunned victim was kicked in the groin.


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