FOI Friday: Criminals applying to be taxi drivers, citizenship test failures and common names for crooks

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Would be taxi drivers and their criminal convictions < Lincolnshire Live

Sex offenders who have assaulted children in the past have applied to become taxi drivers in Lincolnshire, new data has revealed.

Figures from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) show that those who applied to become cabbies between 2012/13 and 2015/16 included people with a combined total of 18 convictions for indecent assault, including 12 on children aged under 16.

A total of 869 applications from across the area between 2012/13 and 2015/16 were revealed to have previous convictions, out of 4,238 applications, with a total of 5,596 previous convictions, according to exclusive figures revealed following a Freedom of Information request.

Citizenship test pass rates < Manchester Evening News

More than half of the people taking the British citizenship test in Oldham failed last year – one of the highest proportions in the country.

Exclusive figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws show a total of 552 people took the test in Oldham in 2016. Of those, 330 – or 60% – failed.

The most common first names for criminals <  Yorkshire Post

The most common first names of criminals in West Yorkshire have been revealed by police. Men or boys named Daniel were linked to 632 local crimes last year, making it the most common criminal name across the county.

Which countries do hospital staff come from? < DevonLive

New figures have revealed a Devon hospital relies on 98 staff from the EU, which some fear could lead to a staffing crisis as the Brexit process continues.

So far no deal has been made with the EU regarding the fate of EU nationals living and working in the UK. Many health commentators are concerned about the number of NHS jobs filled by workers from the EU.

A Freedom of Information Request to Northern Devon Healthcare Trust was made by Liberal Democrat general election candidate for Torridge and West Devon, David Chalmers.

Why children get excluded from school < Eastbourne Herald

The number of pupils expelled or suspended from Eastbourne schools has been revealed in a Freedom of Information request.

And while St Catherine’s College has the worst record this year among local secondary schools for sending students home because of their bad behaviour, the school says it is because of its zero tolerance approach introduced last September.

Students at the school were either suspended or expelled this academic year for offences including drug and alcohol related issues, racist abuse, carrying weapons and attacking teachers.

The total of occasions where students were told to keep away from the school included 26 cases of physical assaults on other students, five of attacking staff members, and 35 cases of either verbally abusing staff or showing defiance to teachers.

Dodgy websites viewed by council employees < Liverpool Echo

Porn, gambling, and illegal streaming services are just some of the sites public servants have tried to access on Liverpool City council computers.

Records seen by the ECHO showed all the banned websites people have attempted to reach using the council’s wifi in the last six months.

Electroconvulsive therapy in hospitals < EADT

Almost 300 people in Suffolk have been given electroconvulsive therapy to treat a mental health problem since 2012, new figures reveal.

The controversial procedure, also known as ECT, involves sending an electrical current through the brain to trigger a seizure lasting between 20 and 50 seconds in a bid to relieve the symptoms of a psychological disorder.

The figures, released by NSFT following a Freedom of Information request, show that between 2012 and April 2017, 187 patients received ECT at the Woodlands unit in Ipswich; while between 2013 and May 2017, 105 patients were given the treatment at Wedgwood House in Bury St Edmunds.

Sex attacks on trains < Surrey Mirror

In the space of ten months there were more than 80 reports of sex attacks on Southern Rail trains.

Figures released by British Transport Police (BTP) after a Freedom of Information request (FOI) reveal between the start of May 2016 and end of March this year there were 83 reports of sexual assault – including rape, exposure and voyeurism – made to police.

The youngest person to contact officers was a 10-year-old boy who reported a sexual offence with no penetration.

Dog thefts on the rise < ChronicleLive

Criminals are stealing almost 80 dogs a year in the North East for breeding and fighting, new figures have revealed.

Police statistics show that there were 79 dog-nappings across Durham and Northumbria forces last year – with 50 dogs taken in Northumbria and 29 in Durham.

3/4 of Dorset crimes never sold < Dorset Echo

More than three quarters of crimes reported to police in Dorset last year are unsolved.

Information obtained by the Echo through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request reveal that 32,161 out of 41,672 crimes reported across the county in the year 2015/16 remain ‘unsolved’, meaning no one has been charged or prosecuted, a total of 77 per cent.

Dorset’s police and crime commissioner has said officers are “buckling under the pressure” and is calling for more resources.

Attacks on police < Sheffield Star

The number of officers being assaulted or wounded attempting to make arrests across South Yorkshire has nearly doubled over the last five years.

Last year, 256 injuries were reported by officers who had been assaulted or involved in a violent struggle trying to detain a suspect. In 2013, that figure was 129.

The statistics, obtained through a Freedom of Information request by The Star, show one officer was seriously injured last year and six more required at least seven days off work after being attacked or wounded making arrests.
Teachers injured while breaking up fights between pupils are claiming tens of thousands of pounds each in compensation – and behaviour experts say schools must do more to ensure staff are kept safe.

Teachers and assistants who intervened in fights, were attacked or had things thrown at them claimed 15 per cent of the compensation costs paid out by councils over the past three years, a Freedom of Information response to Schools Week has shown, amounting to £1.29 million.

Amongst these claims was a teacher who had their eye gouged out by a pupil in south-west London.

In total, £8.6 million was spent covering injuries to staff in schools between 2014 and 2017.

The most expensive category of claim was slips, trips and falls, which came to £2.9 million worth of claims – 34 per cent.

Ambulance call outs to the same address < ITV

An ambulance was called to one Birmingham city centre address almost five hundred times in just one year.

And new figures have revealed a patient was taken to hospital 89 times from the unnamed Edgbaston property by West Midlands Ambulance staff.

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