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Labour lose Sleaford but gain Horsehay & Lightmoor (Telford & Wrekin) from Conservative.

Labour gain Horsehay & Lightmoor (Telford & Wrekin) from Conservative but media silent.



Labour GAIN Horsehay & Lightmoor (Telford & Wrekin) from Conservative. — Britain Elects (@britainelects) December 8, 2016

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Bah-Humbug Homeless people face fines of £100 for accepting food

Homeless people in South Tyneside could be fined £100 if they accept food and drink from passing strangers. Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) in parts of the borough ban people from drinking in designated streets in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

But the rules also means people face a fixed penalty fine or being ordered from the area if they make “verbal, non-verbal or written requests for money, donations, or goods.” Warning notices now appear on lampposts in areas which fall within the terms of an order. Last week figures by housing charity Shelter showed South Tyenside was the homeless capital of the North East - with one in every 531 residents being without a home. Father Chris Fuller, of St Hilda’s Church, in Market Place, South Shields, works with the borough’s homeless and is worried the order may cause suffering especially over the winter months.

Council bosses say no fines have yet been issued and “tackling homelessness is a core priority” but Father Chris said: “I…

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