House fires rise as free alarms cut
THE number of people killed or injured in house fires is rising — while free smoke alarms dished out to families are cut.
Each fire service fitted an average 10,894 alarms in 2011-12 — down from 12,122 the year before.
Meanwhile, the average number of casualties per area reached 52.8, up from 51.3 the year before and 49.3 in 2009-10.
The shock figures were unearthed by Labour in freedom of information data from 45 fire services in England and Wales.
Emily Ashton | The Sun | July 21st 2012
North East grief-stricken families hit by ‘death tax’
GRIEVING families are the latest victims of severe council budget cuts as funeral costs soar.
Critics have hit out at the rising cost of funerals, which have seen councils almost double the charges imposed on the bereaved over the last five years.
Startling figures, obtained by the Sunday Sun from a Freedom of Information request, revealed that in some areas people have to pay as much as £740 for a burial and £684 for a cremation.
Ruth Lawson | The Sunday Sun | July 22nd 2012
400 cannabis farms found in Bradford in two years
More than 400 cannabis farms have been uncovered in Bradford in just two years, police have revealed.
In a response to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Telegraph & Argus, West Yorkshire Police said in 2011 alone 218 farms were exposed across the Bradford South and Airedale and North Bradford divisions.
From April 2010 to March 2012 a total of 418 cannabis farms were found
Tanya O’Rouke | The Bradford Telegraph and Argus | July 20th 2012
East Lancashire police ‘flexi time’ highest in the county
AROUND 14 per cent of all police officers in East Lancashire work flexible hours including child- friendly hours, it has been revealed.
A total of 134 police officers working in both Eastern and Pennine divisions of Lancashire Constabulary currently have flexible work arrangements in place.
A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Lancashire Telegraph found East Lancashire has the highest rate of flexible working in Lancashire, almost doubling the number of officers working child- friendly hours in neighbouring divisions.
Vanessa Cornwall | The Lancashire Telegraph | July 20th 2012
Kier pool hit by 200 days of closures
Parts of a flagship leisure centre built by Kier Northern in south west Scotland have had to shut for repair work on more than 200 days since it first opened in 2008.
The closures represent nearly one day a week without full services available at the DG One site in Dumfries.
The extent of the shutdowns was revealed in a Freedom of Information request by the BBC.
Grant Prior | Construction Enquirer | July 20th 2012