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A breakdown of GCSE results by English region

Official figures have revealed how the English regions fared in terms of their GCSE results this year.

London achieved the highest percentage of A* and A grades in England. Credit: JCQ
  • North-east England saw the biggest year-on-year rise in the number of candidates receiving grade C or above.
  • East Midlands and south-east England were the only two regions to show a fall in the number of candidates receiving grade C or above.
  • London showed the biggest rise in candidates getting A* or A
  • South-east England showed the greatest fall.
Improvements at grade A*-A and A*-C by English region 2014-2015 Credit: JCQ


Summer drink and drug drive campaign nets 99 drivers

Summer campaign

Humberside Police say this summer's drink and drug drive campaign resulted in 99 motorists being classed as positive - or refusing or failing to provide a sample.

During the campaign 387 breath tests were carried out following collisions on the roads of Humberside and a further 1599 were carried out on drivers who were stopped by police officers.

Officers say they are pleased with the number of tip-offs from people suspecting someone of drink driving.

Humberside Police Casualty Reduction Officer Barry Gardner; "We asked that anyone who suspected someone of drink driving through the period of the campaign, to call us. I was pleased with the result of this appeal and this intelligence-led approach helped us act on the information we receive."

Sensory play centre opens in Dewsbury

A mother from Dewsbury has 'achieved her dream' and opened a walk in multi-sensory play centre for children and adults including those with disabilities.

Credit: ITV News

Linda Holmes who's adult son is disabled, set up 'Sensory World' in the town centre. Believed to be the first of its kind in the region, 1,500 people have used the centre since opening it opened in April; a third of the users are people with special needs.

My dream was to try and help other parents that are going through the same things as I have, so they can bring their children and play and anybody can use the centre.

We have adults coming here with learning difficulties and it just makes me happy everyday when I see another face coming through and another face smiling when they go out.

– Linda Holmes


High Court rejects Lincoln libraries challenge

Library campaigners in Lincoln, 2013

An appeal to the High Court for a judicial review into Lincolnshire County Council’s plan to cut the number of libraries from 45 to 15 has failed.

After a week long hearing, a High Court judge dismissed the legal challenge on all grounds.

"We're delighted with the judge's decision.

"However, it's disappointing that at least £350,000 has had to be wasted defending plans that are clearly best for taxpayers, best for library users and best for local communities.

"The delays caused by the legal action have also led to Lincolnshire Co-op withdrawing its bid for Boultham Library, meaning this site is now likely to close.

"Hopefully, the campaigners will now see their actions are only having a negative effect on services, and they are doing anything but save Lincolnshire libraries.

"Now we have cleared this hurdle, we can concentrate on putting the new-look service in place – something that will ensure the future of local libraries.

"We're working closely with local groups to get the new community hubs up-and-running, and have a few that are ready to go-live in the next few weeks, the rest will then follow over the summer months in a phased approach. Everything should be in place by the end of September. "I'm sure these new facilities will be of real benefit to their local community."

– Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, Lincolnshire County Council

Under the plans, the council will continue to provide 15 major libraries, along with online services and specialist support for those unable to reach their nearest library because of, for instance, disability, age or ill health.

These will be complemented by around 30 community hubs, including library services, developed in partnership with local community groups who will also be given over £5,000 per year towards their running costs and access to a one-off grant of up to £15,000 for changes to buildings or equipment.

In addition, the authority is undertaking a competitive procurement to seek an external organisation to potentially deliver library services on its behalf, including the support for the community hubs. This follows an approach by Greenwich Leisure Limited, a not-for-profit organisation interested in running local libraries.

Because of the work involved in a competitive procurement, it is likely to take until the end of 2015 before a final decision is reached on who will run the service.

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