OUT IN THE COLD: On the street with the young men who sleep rough every night

The level of homelessness in Mansfield may be putting rough sleepers in danger as a war over territory results in violence. In a new investigation by the Chad we reveal that homelessness is not only much higher than stated by local authorities, but Mansfield attracts rough sleepers from other areas. Andy Warne, pictured, is one of a number of homeless people coming from other areas in search of help. Inconsistency in homelessness prevention services around the country may be driving rough sleepers to migrate in search of sympathetic councils, and…

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Exclusive FOI Investigation 

INVESTIGATION: Councils spend £10m to silence child sex claims

English councils have shelled out millions to settle historic child sex claims from victims who were abused when they were in the care of the state. Authorities have cumulatively racked up a legal bill of over £10 million to settle claims from victims of child sexual exploitation who were abused while living in children’s homes. The figures are revealed in a series of Freedom of Information requests to all English councils, which revealed the councils who have paid most – and others who are subject to huge police investigations and…

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Environment Exclusive Investigation 

DIRTY 30: The top super-polluters who fill our air with deadly toxins

A quarter of the UK’s poisonous nitrogen oxides emissions are pumped out of only thirty industrial sources, new research has found – many of which are consolidated around low-income areas in the north and southwest of England. As the government faces extreme pressure to rewrite clean air policies and reduce levels of harmful gas emissions on our roads, new analysis has revealed that a staggering proportion of the UK’s pollution comes from a comparatively tiny number of industrial sites. A quantitate study of DEFRA’s census of industrial sites has shown…

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FOI Investigation Politics 

Notts hospital’s PFI debt just grew to £2bn

Bosses at King’s Mill Hospital has been slammed for ‘failing to renegotiate’ its crippling PFI contract as our investigation finds the bill is continuing to rise. The area’s main medical centre has come under fire for the impact of the debt paid to its builders over a 38-year period, and a doctor at the hospital says the stifling financial arrangement continues to put lives at risk. Hospital bosses signed a deal with Swedish construction firm Skanska in 2005, taking on huge debt as part of the private finance initiative, to…

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Health Investigation 

Midwives’ role in baby death to be probed by hospital

A Notts mum has told of her anguish after losing her baby girl in childbirth, and her calls for a probe have led hospital bosses to investigate what went wrong. Mum Aga West said she has felt ‘empty’ ever since her baby, Nicole, died in the operating theatre after a 20-hour ordeal. The pair were able to spend a few days with their baby after it died in the operating theatre, and now have only one photo to remember her by. The 31-year-old was rushed to King’s Mill hospital on…

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