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Bleach attack teen to be sentenced

A teenager is set to be sentenced for throwing bleach in the face of a model.

Rebecca Morris, 18, from Hull, has admitted throwing bleach at Victoria Smith in August 2014 which temporarily blinded the victim and left her scared that she might never see again.

Miss Smith, who was 17 at the time of the attack, has a history of depression and self-harm, attempted to commit suicide two months later.

Prosecutor Stephen Welch told Hull Crown Court there had been "ill-feeling" between the pair, who were both students at Hull College, and Miss Smith had made a complaint to the college about Morris.

Morris shouted: "There's your shot of bleach instead of your shot of vodka. That's for getting me kicked out of college" as she threw the bleach at Miss Smith whom she had followed from a house party in Hull.

Miss Smith attended hospital, where she was given eye drops. Her hair turned green and she suffered burns to her scalp.

The court heard the victim's hair began to fall out and she now wears a wig after shaving her head.

She was saved from more serious harm by the quick actions of her friend who washed her eyes with a cola drink.

Miss Smith, who goes by the modelling name of Toria Melody, feels unable to model any more because she has lost her "confidence and self-esteem" and stopped going to college because she is "frightened and scared" of being bullied, Mr Welch said.

He said she has stopped going out and feels like a "prisoner in her own room".

Miss Smith went to Hull Royal Infirmary on October 21 last year after taking an overdose.

Morris, who has one previous conviction for common assault, has admitted throwing a corrosive liquid with the intent to burn, maim, disfigure or disable or do some grievous bodily harm.


Chip pan fires put dampener on National Chip Week

Chip pan fires in Bradford and Leeds have put a dampener on National Chip Week - with the county's fire chiefs concerned their warnings are not getting through.

In the last three years West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with 345 chip pan fires - one of which resulted in a fatality. Furthermore, 84 people were left with injuries requiring hospital treatment and a further 69 people were injured but did not need to go to hospital.

Fire chiefs have now released a video showing what happens if people try to extinguish a chip pan fire with water.

Teenagers in Lincolnshire and Hull 'missing out on opportunities'

Half of secondary schools in North East Lincolnshire and nearly 40% in Hull are not offering triple science. Research has found that teenagers may be missing out on the opportunity to go to a top university and gain a good job because of limited exam options in their area.

Often, it is young people from poor areas who are most likely to miss out, according to researchers.

They suggested that schools in deprived communities are denying pupils the chance to take subjects that are considered difficult in order to boost their standing in annual league tables.

The research was conducted by the Open Public Services Network (OPSN) at the RSA think-tank, based on an analysis of 2013 exam results.

In some parts of Britain, opportunities are restricted because all the schools within a neighbourhood have decided not to offer more challenging subjects. We can see that the curriculum taught to children in poorer parts of Britain is significantly different to that taught in wealthier areas. This would be of little concern if these differences reflected the needs and choices of pupils and families. Our worry is that instead they reflect decisions made by schools and are based on calculations as to how schools can appear better on league tables by encouraging children to avoid taking on more challenging subjects. The evidence suggests that in areas where most children are expected to do less well in exams, the educational opportunities for all children are being restricted.

– Roger Taylor, OPSN chair


TV stars back maths improvement scheme

Two of TV's brainiest stars are in Headingley today as guests of honour at a conference aimed at improving standards of maths in schools. Countdown's Rachel Riley and quiz expert Mark Labbett from The Chase will be put through their paces at the event, which will also be attended by around 500 primary and secondary school teachers. It has been organised by Trinity Academy, which is one of the members of the White Rose Maths Hub, a government-funded scheme which works to improve maths standards in schools in Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford.

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