Jez Hemming, local democracy reporter Council bosses have been forced to issue public toilet staff with body-worn cameras after they were the targets of a spate of threatening and abusive incidents. The jaw-dropping admission, from Denbighshire’s head of highways and environmental services Tony Ward, comes after increasing incidents of racial abuse, threats, intimidation and even assault against staff.
Here's where to get a walk-in Covid vaccine in Stourbridge EFFORTS to get Covid-19 vaccines out to people in their own communities continues this weekend and coming week across Dudley with a host of walk-in clinics open for appointment free jabs. Across Dudley, 402,855 vaccinations have been given out in total (219,419 first dose and 183,436 second dose vaccines), with 69.5 per cent of the borough's population now fully vaccinated.
A new £26 million pumping station is set to be built at Islington near King’s Lynn as part of the government’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Investment Plan. The Water Management Alliance and King’s Lynn Internal Drainage Board is working with the Environment Agency on the facility, which it says will protect 2,000 homes and businesses.
An independent school in Terrington St Clement has applied for planning permission for an additional two-storey building. Westfield House School, in Sutton Road, is a specialist independent school for children with SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) needs. The school currently has 42 pupils aged from 10 to 18 years old, and the new building would house the primary aged pupils and allow the school to increase capacity by eight, planning documents state.
A revised proposal for a controversial Gaywood homes plan is to be discussed on Tuesday. If agreed by West Norfolk Council’s cabinet, the fresh Parkway development proposal will go to full council in September. If approved, a new planning application could be submitted for a decision in February and work could start on the borough council scheme next summer.
Two jailed for neglect as children lived among ammunition TWO people from near Whitchurch have been jailed for neglect after children were found living around live ammunition and mould. The pair, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were sentenced to a minimum of 10 weeks in prison by District Judge Gwyn Jones at Mold Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon.
Norfolk Police has launched its annual awareness campaign urging “slow down and save lives”. The week-long campaign, ending next Sunday, has seen increased road checks and enforcement. Officers have been speaking to drivers about the dangers and consequences of speeding. In Norfolk, speeding was a contributing factor in 41 out of 239 collisions where someone was killed or seriously injured within the past year, a police spokesman said.
A free online summer school is being held for 16 to 25-year-olds who are interested in starting their own business. The five-week course runs each Thursday from August 5 to September 2, from 10am to 2pm. It will cover the basics of starting a business. The final session will give participants the chance to pitch a business idea to a panel, with the best pitch winning a £50 Amazon voucher.
Officers from King’s Lynn’s Police Investigation Centre (PIC) will be embarking on a 101-mile cycle ride to raise money for their colleague’s wife who has stage four cancer. The group of three from Custody Team Four will cycle from Great Yarmouth Pier to King’s Lynn PIC on August 17 to raise money for Rachel Dixon, wife of their colleague Andrew Dixon.
The latest business survey of members of the Chemical Industries Association shows a fourth successive quarter of strong results. 94% of businesses reported that total sales had stayed the same or actually increased in the second quarter of the year, compared to Q1. The industry, often referred to as the leading exporter, saw a jump in global exports, with 47% of companies increasing their level of exports, 91% seeing continuous or increased levels to the EU, whilst all companies said their rest of the world exports were continuing at the same level or even increasing.
PlanBee releases Olympic-themed activities to keep children in the Highlands entertained while learning
This year has taken its toll on parents’ and children’s physical and mental health, and everyone is longing for a bit of rest and relaxation. However, the six-week school break can leave children’s learning brains a little too relaxed. Taking inspiration from the Tokyo Olympics, former primary school teacher Abby Milnes, from the teaching platform PlanBee, has put together a series of useful learning activities to keep the kids’ brains sharp.
Warm weather tips from Northumberland County Council ADVICE for staying 'safe and hydrated' in hot weather has been issued after Brits were warned that 40-degree heat could arrive on these shores in future. Trends point towards increasingly extreme temperatures in the UK which, scientists have said, could eventually exceed the 38.7C recorded at Cambridge in 2019.
THE country’s emergency services are urging people to only use the 999 system in a genuine emergency as demand on the number continues to be high. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said that up to Saturday there had been more than 100,000 calls to the emergency line every day for over a month, placing significant pressure on control rooms.
Waltham Forest pupils 'two months behind' after lockdown Waltham Forest headteachers say children have “lost the skill of using a pen” and “forgotten how to be kind to each other” during lockdown. Last month, Waltham Forest Council published a report on how schools are coping with “lost” learning due to Covid-19, based on interviews with 49 of the borough’s headteachers.
SMALL businesses in Wokingham have a strong appetite for finance despite struggling throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to the British Business Bank (BBB). An Ipsos MORI survey commissioned by the BBB said that small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the South East reported high demand as they begin to recover and grow.
A SMARTPHONE is a lifeline not a luxury for people living in poverty. That’s the concern of Claire Oughton, from Citizens Advice Wokingham, who has seen soaring phone bills due to the need for hand-held tech. Ms Oughton, who has been with the organisation for 11 years, said society has become dependent on smartphones in order to function, which is increasingly causing problems for clients.
Concerns over threat to wildlife by housing in Dorset ‘Summer time and the living is easy’ - anyway for wildlife - at least at present. I sit at the bottom of my garden at dusk every evening and enjoy the wildlife. Bats in Wool including the rare Barbastelle come out at promptly at 9:30pm to fly under the trees and across my meadow (a Local Nature Reserve) catching moths and other night flying insects.
THE COST of insulation in homes has been heavily reduced for eligible residents, thanks to a council scheme. Last October, it launched Help to Heat initiative, providing access free, or low cost, home insulation. It has already seen more than 700 properties benefit, with over 850 cavity wall and loft insulation solutions installed in these homes.
HONEST MOTHERHOOD: With Angela Garwood I had my first solo day out since pre-lockdown times on Saturday. Eleven dreamy child-free hours. It was the longest I’d ever left Leo, and I’d been anxious about it on and off for weeks, for no real concrete reason.
Retail sales continued to grow at a rate well above the long-run average in the year to July, while orders grew at the fastest pace since December 2010, according to the CBI’s latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey. Retailers viewed sales as average for the time of year.