Police officer guilty of stealing drugs

Former West Yorkshire detective Nick McFadden has been found guilty of stealing drugs from a police lockup and selling them in Leeds.

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School to teach English as foreign language to all pupils

A secondary school, where more than three-quarters of its pupils do not have English as their mother tongue, plans to teach English as a foreign language to all of its students.

The City of Leeds School teaches 300 children from 55 different countries but says its new approach will also apply to those whose first language is English.

Headteacher Ms Sale said pupils will receive one extra 50-minute English lesson each week. The school hopes the extra tutition will "boost their fundamental English skills and improve their basic spelling and grammar."

File Photo: A Leeds school will start teaching all pupils English as a second language in a bid to boost GCSE results.
File Photo: A Leeds school will start teaching all pupils English as a second language in a bid to boost GCSE results. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Ms Sale said many of her pupils struggled to read and write even in their native language.

Ms Sale told the paper: "Many of our pupils are not only new to English but they are not even literate in their own language. In some cases we are the first people to put a pen in their hand."

The move is a strategy aimed at reversing the school’s GCSE results which saw only 26% of pupils achieving the crucial five A* to C grades last year.

The school plans to introduce the lessons to all pupils later in the year.

Mother of stillborn describes 'horrendous' treatment

A woman whose baby's death was "completely avoidable" has described her "horrendous" experience at St James's Hospital in Leeds.

Read: Hospital criticised for failures over baby's death

Deborah Horner's baby Abbie was delivered stillborn in 2011, after a series of blunders by midwives and nurses resulted in her brain being starved of oxygen. Mrs Horner said her whole life has changed since the devastation of her daughter's death.

The hospital should have taken special care as Mrs Horner was over forty at the time of her pregnancy.

The midwife in charge of Mrs Horner's care was referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and given a 12-month suspension order, lawyers said. She has now retired.

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Hospital criticised for failures over baby's death

The lawyer for the parents of a baby who was stillborn at St James's Hospital in Leeds said an internal investigation into the death revealed a catalogue of failures, including:

  • The foetal heart rate (CTG) was misinterpreted
  • There was inadequate and inaccurate record keeping
  • There was a failure to keep mother and baby the focus of the care
  • And a failure to act within trust guidance

Read: Baby's death 'completely avoidable'

Family 'yet to receive apology for baby's death'

The mother of Abbie Horner, who was born stillborn following a series of blunders made by nurses at St James's Hospital in Leeds, said she has still not received an apology from the hospital, despite the trust's admission.

Deborah Horner said she could not understand how badly the family have been treated, and spoke of how the hospital's actions have made her grief and shock worse.

To this day we are still shocked and appalled by what we went through and the tragic loss of our daughter Abbie. To know that our baby would have been born healthy had it not been for the failures to report her abnormal heartbeat is incredibly difficult to come to terms with.

Everyone makes mistakes but there are lives at stake and my baby deserved the best possible care but, sadly, both she and I were failed.

My family have not even received an apology despite the trust's admission. This is just shocking and has left us very angry.

Nothing will ever bring our daughter back but if they can apologise and prove that lessons have been learnt and shared across the NHS then hopefully we can start to put this horrendous ordeal behind us and try and re-build our lives.

Read: Baby's death 'completely avoidable'

Baby's death 'completely avoidable'

A couple whose baby was delivered still born have described their "horrendous ordeal" after a hospital admitted they were responsible for the series of blunders that led to her death.

Deborah and Richard Horner's daughter Abbie was delivered stillborn on August 17, 2011 following an emergency caesarean section.

An investigation found that her death was caused by a catalogue of errors and poor communication by midwives which led to her brain being starved of oxygen, their lawyer said.

The family received an undisclosed settlement after the NHS trust which runs St James's Hospital in Leeds.

Landmark prosecution sees bong seller convicted

The prosecution is the first of its kind in the UK. Credit: SWNS

A shop owner has been convicted of selling items he knew would be used for drug taking in a landmark prosecution.

Hassan Abbas, 33, ran the Fantasia shop in Leeds which sold bongs, plastic bags and grinders all decorated with cannabis leaf designs.

While the items themselves are not illegal, a prosecutor argued that staff knew the products would be used for taking marijuana.

Abbas was found guilty of supplying articles used to administer or prepare controlled drugs. He was fined £800.

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Family tribute to 'lively' mother of 4 killed in dog attack

Emma Bennett was a "lively person who had a great sense of fun ."
Emma Bennett was a "lively person who had a great sense of fun ." Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The family of Emma Bennett, who died after being attacked by two dogs in a house in Leeds, have paid tribute to the mother of four.

Her family said: “We are all very deeply upset at Emma’s death, not just because she has been taken from us so suddenly but because of the horrific circumstances and the fact she was on her own at the time she was injured.

“Emma was a mother of four and although she had had some issues in her life she loved her children. She was a lively person who had a great sense of fun but she was also strong-headed and had her own opinions.

“She was the eldest of four children and had two brothers and a sister. They were at her bedside in hospital along with her mother and grandparents when she passed away."

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Man arrested after dog attack

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act following the death of a woman in Leeds.

It follows the death of Emma Bennett who was taken to hospital critically ill after receiving serious dog bite injuries in an incident at her home in Dawlish Avenue.

"Early indications are that the two dogs seized from the address are American pit bull terriers although tests are still ongoing to establish their exact make up. Dogs of this type are subject to restrictions under the Dangerous Dogs Act and our enquiries are focused on this aspect.

"We are continuing to appeal for anyone with information about the incident or the dogs involved in it to contact the investigation team."

– Det Supt Simon Beldon West Yorkshire Police

Two dogs seized after fatal dog attack in Leeds

After a 27-year-old woman was attacked by dogs at a house in Leeds, she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment but later died as a result of her injuries.

Police officers Officers responded to reports that a woman was "in distress" at the address in Dawlish Avenue.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "One dog which got loose from the property was contained by officers in Back Dawlish Road and recovered. Another was safely removed from the address a short time later."

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