FOI Friday: Prisoner complaints, police redundancies, thefts from bars, dangerous dogs and ‘kebab crimes’

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‘Kebab crimes’ in Scarborough < Scarborough News

There’s a saying that a pint and a fight are the ingredients to a great British night out, but an investigation has unearthed the shocking crimes committed in Scarborough’s pizza shops and curry houses by rowdy revellers after they’ve sank one too many.

Scarborough’s ‘kebab crimes’ include bloody beatings, callous charity box thefts and staff being racially abused.

And in one incident, a woman was attacked with a doner kebab.

Our probe found out that 19 crimes were committed in takeaways, restaurants and chippys over the past 12 months.
CCTV and a heavy late-night police presence have helped officers nab the majority of offenders, but North Yorkshire Police have now revealed details of the takeaway offenders still on the loose.

Hospitals out-sourcing to private companies to cut waiting lists < Chronicle Live

A North NHS hospital has handed over more than £2.6million to private companies to help provide medical cover as it struggles to meet waiting time targets.

Consultants specialising in endoscopy work are being shipped in from around the country to cover shifts at Sunderland Royal Hospital due to the shortage.

The Sunday Sun can reveal that between January 2013 and January 2014, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust paid £1,353,544 to private companies to help provide cover needed. The following year they handed over £1,294,950.

Dangerous dog seizures < Wolverhampton Express and Star

The number of dangerous dogs seized by police is on the increase as hundreds of attacks are reported every year, new figures show.

More than 200 dogs were seized by West Mercia Police in three years, resulting in more than 100 being destroyed.

Meanwhile, in Staffordshire, 18 dangerous dogs were destroyed in Staffordshire between 2013 and 2015 after dozens were seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

And dogs being stolen < Shropshire Star

Police received reports of nine dog thefts in 2010, 20 in 2011, nine again in 2012, 22 in 2013 – the most in any one year, 14 last year and five in the first five months of this year.

In several cases more than one dog was stolen – with seven lurchers being taken from Shrewsbury in one case in 2013 – so there were 50 crimes reported in total.

How much do football clubs pay for policing? < Coventry Telegraph

Coventry City Football Club paid police just £45,700 to cover their games last season – less than any other club in the West Midlands.

Figures released following a freedom of information act request show West Midlands Police received more than £1million from the region’s six premiership or football league clubs last season.

Walsall and the Sky Blues were the only two sides to pay out less than £200,000, with the Saddlers paying £54,500 to the West Midlands force – just under £10,000 more than Coventry City.

Drugs found on campus < Mancunian Matters

Nearly 20% more students were caught with drugs in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Halls of Residence this year compared to last, according to new statistics.

The result of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that 132 students were cautioned with formal disciplinary action due to drug related incidents in the academic year 2013/14, while 157 students were cautioned in 2014/15.

Across the University’s Manchester and Cheshire campuses, a total of 4,781 rooms exist in their Halls of Residence, meaning that just over one in 30 students were punished.

Thefts from bars and nightclubs < Harrogate Advertiser

Almost 300 incidents of thefts from bars and nightclubs in Harrogate have been reported to North Yorkshire Police over the last five years.

Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request show there were 287 reported thefts from The Viper Rooms, The Moko Lounge, The Blues Cafe Bar and Rehab.

However, despite the high number of reports since January 2011, figures revealed that just six people have been convicted of theft, with 23 people arrested by police.

School attendance orders < Plymouth Herald

SIX home-educated children were virtually invisible to the council for a year while their parents refused to meet with officers about their education.

The results of a Freedom of Information request revealed that over a 12-month period, the families of six home-educated children were not visited by council officers and evidence of their education was not provided.

The council records families who continually refuse to co-operate as a potential safeguarding concern.

The parents of one of those six children were forced to send their child to school because they were not providing a good enough education.

Although parents do not have to follow the national curriculum, home education must be ‘efficient’ and ‘suitable’ to a child’s ability and needs.

Councils can serve a school attendance order under the Education Act 1996 which requires the parents to register their child at a school named on the order and is seen as a last resort.

Prisoner complaints < Shropshire Star

HMP Featherstone in Staffordshire, which houses around 700 category C prisoners, had 1,500 complaints last year which works out at four a day .

More than 200 of the complaints have been released under the Freedom of Information Act.

One prisoner complained of not being given access to his Xbox360 game console, while another was upset that his prison cell was cold.

The cost of police redundancies < The York Press

MORE than £1.5 million in redundancy payments have been paid out by North Yorkshire Police in the past five years.
Since 2010, 175 members of police staff have been made redundant, though no warranted officers have been required to leave the force.

Figures obtained by The Press under the Freedom Of Information Act show a total of £1,501,734.80 has been paid out in redundancy in the last five years, an average of £300,346.96 each year, or £822 a day.

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