0 Have your say Blackpool is a burglary hotspot – and some victims say it’s down to a lack of police officers patrolling the streets. An average of three home raids every day were recorded by resort police last year, with official statistics showing that nine out of every 1,000 people were targeted. The overall crime rate also rocketed by almost 20 per cent and is now almost double the national average, with police solving fewer than one in 20 burglaries and robberies here. Labour MP for Blackpool South, Gordon Marsden, said the crime figures were “worse than I had anticipated” and blamed years of government cuts for the alarming hike, saying the town gets no extra cash to cope with the millions of tourists. He also accused Whitehall of failing to properly reimburse Lancashire Police the £5.9m cost of manning Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Little Plumpton and said officers are “spread thinly on the ground dealing with … [Read more...] about Are police cuts the reason behind Blackpool’s rise in burglaries?
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Introduction 1. Mr Speaker, this is my fifteenth budget address as a Member of this Parliament. 2. It is my seventh budget address as Chief Minister. 3. And in delivering it, Mr Speaker, I am already facing my fourth leader of the Opposition! 4. Mr Speaker, as part of my address on this second reading of the Appropriation Bill, I have the honour to present the estimates of Government’s revenue and expenditure for the year ending 31st March 2019. 5. I also have the honour to present the out-turn for Government’s revenue and expenditure for the year ended 31st March 2018, which was the sixth full financial year of a Socialist Liberal Government since we took office in December 2011. 6. Mr Speaker, this address comes twenty four months after the decision of the British people in referendum to leave the European Union. 7. In that respect, Mr Speaker, and given that it is now increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on the 29th of … [Read more...] about Chief Minister budget speech
Following on from the hugely popular Sentinel 100 list of the most influential local people, The Sentinel Hot 100 businesses supplement has been published this week. Companies were chosen for a number of reasons - because of their current performance, a great innovation, their importance to the local economy, or perhaps what a firm or its management and staff put back into local communities. We are proud to showcase the companies - just as we're proud of the people, teams, organisations and firms we feature in the Our Heroes Awards, Stoke-on-Trent Sports Awards and Sentinel Business Awards. So, in alphabetical order, here are our Sentinel Hot 100 businesses.... Addmaster (UK) Ltd Location: Stafford Founded: 2000 Number of employees: 10 What they do: Addmaster is Europe’s leading supplier of technically innovative additives for the plastics, textile, paper, paints and coatings industries. It provides additive masterbatches, liquid or powder dispersions for any application … [Read more...] about Who’s who in our Sentinel Hot 100 businesses
The public relations blitz that has seen Saudi Arabia garner headlines this year culminates Sunday, when women take the wheel for the first time. But a draconian guardianship system remains. The notorious system that places the legal and personal affairs of women in the hands of the men in their lives -- the only people qualified to make decisions on their behalf -- continues to thrive in a kingdom carefully crafting a new image. One year ago this month, Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed heir to the most powerful throne in the Middle East, setting in motion a record number of policy changes in a very, very short time. But the reforms only chip at the surface of a system, and society, that many say has far to go. - 'Hypocrisy' - Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, in place for decades, stipulates that women need the permission of their closest male relative -- father, husband, brother, son -- to enroll in classes, renew their passports and leave either the country or jail. Women … [Read more...] about In Saudi Arabia, men still drive gender policy
Football legend “King” Kenny Dalglish has become Sir Kenny as he leads more than 1,000 people receiving gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The former Liverpool striker and manager, 67, is knighted for services to football, charity and the City of Liverpool. Also honoured are screen stars Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley, ex-University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne and rapper Ms Dynamite. The list is full of hundreds of unsung heroes, from counsellors and a Holocaust survivor to Britain's longest-serving poppy seller. But there are also fatcat bosses of Royal Mail and Network Rail whose gongs are likely to prompt accusations of rewards for failure. Here is the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List in full. Honours in numbers In total, 1,057 people have received an award. Of the total number recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year, 210 have been made an OBE, 392 an MBE, and 318 awarded a BEM. There are always rows over gongs for cronies and … [Read more...] about Queen’s Birthday Honours full list for 2018