FOI Friday: School places, child exploitation, serial criminals and council home waits

How likely are you to get your child into a school? < Teesside Gazette Hundreds of schoolchildren in Middlesbrough are missing out on a place at their school of preference. Figures from a Freedom of Information request show that while places are in high demand, non of the town’s secondary schools were able to caterContinue reading “FOI Friday: School places, child exploitation, serial criminals and council home waits”

Is a newspaper’s print front page actually one of its most powerful tools for online too?

Strange as it may sound, I’m increasingly thinking that perhaps the most powerful tool in a newspaper’s push into digital is actually the printed front page. A number of things have led me to this conclusion, but I really got thinking about this while listening to Five Live on Tuesday morning. There was a debateContinue reading “Is a newspaper’s print front page actually one of its most powerful tools for online too?”

FOI Friday: Prostitutes wanting to work in schools, hunger on the rise, counselling on the underground and 11-year-old drug runners

Prostitutes applying for jobs in schools (or reasons criminal checks failed) < Nottingham Post PROSTITUTES, shoplifters and even someone who assaulted a child have applied for jobs in schools in Nottinghamshire over the past three years. Other crimes committed by those wanting to work with children include assaulting a police officer, growing cannabis and raciallyContinue reading “FOI Friday: Prostitutes wanting to work in schools, hunger on the rise, counselling on the underground and 11-year-old drug runners”

FOI Friday: The cost of murder, shoplifting hotspots, firefighter complaints and the return of wrong fuel in cop cars

The cost of Murder – Birmingham Mail West Mercia Police spend fortune in bid to track down killers and see justice done A Midland police force has spent more than £2.5 million on just FIVE murder investigations in the last five years. The cases were the most expensive investigated by West Mercia Police, according toContinue reading “FOI Friday: The cost of murder, shoplifting hotspots, firefighter complaints and the return of wrong fuel in cop cars”

The 12 days of Local Pressmasness: Five festively themed thefts

  A Christmas tradition almost as old as, well, newspapers themselves: Crimes which usually make nibs suddenly become something much more important when there is a Christmas angle. I’ll do ‘Christmas wrecked by’ in the next couple of days, but today, we’ll focus on strange festive things stolen, some of which make you ask ‘why’Continue reading “The 12 days of Local Pressmasness: Five festively themed thefts”

The 12 days of Local Pressmasness: Fortunate festive parents

  You find out you’re pregnant. You’re very excited. You find out the due date. It’s near Christmas. “Oooh, it could be a Christmas baby,” you think, while the organised amongst you start planning when to have it’s pretend birthday so the two aren’t too close together. Fast forward to December 25. Hours of painfulContinue reading “The 12 days of Local Pressmasness: Fortunate festive parents”

FOI Friday: Hospital parking, strange police phone calls, cheating students and criminals applying to work in schools

Toilet seats and compensation < < < Birmingham Mail A WORKER sued Birmingham City Council and won £1,750 after a toilet seat collapsed causing him injuries, it has emerged. The man was one of 274 successful claims in the last five years leaving taxpayers with a bill of almost £5 million. Trips, exposure to deadly asbestosContinue reading “FOI Friday: Hospital parking, strange police phone calls, cheating students and criminals applying to work in schools”