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Edinburgh police launch search after 150 e-scooters worth £100k stolen

Police Scotland is investigating the high-value theft of e-scooters from a business premises in Loanhead.

Between 7.15pm on Thursday, 10 June, 2021 and 6am on Friday, 11 June 2021, the building on Dryden Road[1] was broken into and between 100-150 boxed e-scooters[2] stolen.

It is believed the theft specifically happened between midnight and around 2am.

The approximate value of the stolen goods[3] is £100,000. At least three different models were stolen, they are:

• Xiaomi pro 2, which are mainly black in colour with a red rim around the front wheel

• SAB tech 9 pro, which are black in colour

• MS65 replicas, some of which are black and some white in colour.

Due to the volume of stolen items detectives believe those involved in the theft arrived in a vehicle and most likely were using a van or lorry to carry out the theft.

Detective Constable John Lumsden from Dalkeith Police Station[4], said: “Initial enquiries have been carried out into this theft and we continue to review CCTV from the premises and those nearby. I’d ask anyone with private or business CCTV covering the area to check their footage and provide any to us as soon as possible.

“Despite this happening overnight, I’d ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in our around the premises in the early hours of Friday morning to report any sightings to officers. Due to the number of stolen goods it is likely that the suspects had to load these into a van or lorry over a period of time.

“I’d ask anyone who has recently been offered an e-scooter, or seen new advertisements online for selling sites matching the above description, to report this to officers so that we can investigate.”

Those with information should report this to Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 0616 of 11 June. An anonymous report can be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

References

  1. ^ Dryden Road (www.edinburghlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ 100-150 boxed e-scooters (www.edinburghlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ stolen goods (www.edinburghlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ Dalkeith Police Station (www.edinburghlive.co.uk)

The mystery of the UK’s missing workers

By Robert Plummer
Business reporter, BBC News

Lockdown easing in the UK

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As the UK economy emerges from the effects of the pandemic, various sectors are reporting shortages of staff.

The lockdown easing has prompted employers to start recruiting. UK job vacancies[1] have hit their highest level since the start of the pandemic.

Yet, puzzlingly, the latest employment figures show one-in-20 people who want a job can’t find one.

Hospitality, for example, is struggling to find staff, and there is a shortage of lorry drivers. Several other sectors face similar problems.

Where have all the workers gone?

In the words of Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade body UKHospitality, the sector has “the wrong workers in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

Kitchen staff

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Students and apprentices, who often work part-time in hospitality, have had their studies disrupted by Covid and are not in their normal place of education. Other workers have moved away from big cities to save money during the pandemic.

But, as the director of the Institute for Employment Studies, Tony Wilson, points out, the hospitality sector has trouble holding on to staff at the best of times.

“This sector has a very high turnover,” he told the BBC. “Nearly half of people change jobs every year. A lot of firms have found people just move on to other things.”

Kate Shoesmith, deputy chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), says there was a shortage of chefs even before the pandemic.

But during lockdown, she says, many people sought out other kinds of work and are reluctant to return to the “quite brutal” culture of long hours and night work.

“They’ve transferred to other sectors where they can work during the day, have proper breaks and more time with their family,” she says.

Is this shortage of workers spreading?

There are indications that the retail sector is also now feeling the pinch.

In the early days of the pandemic, supermarkets and other essential stores were able to recruit workers who had previously been employed by restaurants and pubs. Now there is more competition for those people’s labour.

vacancies

Tamara Hill, employment policy adviser at the British Retail Consortium, says shortages would traditionally have been filled by non-UK workers.

“This shortfall has been impacted by barriers within the UK’s new immigration rules and a restricted apprenticeship levy that does not address the skills that are currently scarce,” she says.

Are some age groups more affected than others?

Young people have been particularly badly hit. “The proportion of young people facing unemployment is higher than in other age groups, because they don’t have the experience and employers might be risk-averse,” says Ms Shoesmith, of the REC.

Graph of unemployment rate for young people compared with all adults

Mr Wilson, of the IES , says more young people in full-time education have stopped trying to hold down a job at the same time – 2.4 million, as opposed to 2.1 million a year ago.

However, he adds that many young people have managed to find more rewarding work during the pandemic: “One-third of young people now in high-skilled work were in medium or low-skilled jobs a year earlier.”

And younger workers are more wary of customer-facing roles than they used to be, says Mr Wilson. “They don’t want to put themselves at risk of catching Covid. They haven’t been vaccinated.”

Are there other sectors particularly under pressure?

According to the REC’s Ms Shoesmith, the haulage industry is suffering from a shortage of drivers. “There were high numbers of people from Romania and Bulgaria undertaking driving jobs,” she told the BBC.

Lorries at a motorway service station

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They stayed in the UK after the Brexit referendum, but started leaving when the pandemic struck. “They have either sourced work in their home countries or they feel it’s not right to return to the UK, either because of Brexit or the pandemic.”

Ms Shoesmith says there is an estimated shortfall of 30,000 large goods vehicle drivers in the UK.

What about overseas workers in general?

It does seem to be the case that many EU nationals who worked in the UK have returned home. According to Ms Nicholls, of UKHospitality, 1.3 million foreign workers left the UK during the pandemic.

“That’s taken out a large part of the economy, and that has a knock-on effect on the economy as a whole,” she says.

Warehouse

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However, Mr Wilson, of the IES, argues this has more to do with Covid than Brexit.

“With these quarantine arrangements, many people who have rights to work here are not taking them up. If you’re in Spain or Poland, you’re not coming to the UK to take up jobs,” he says.

But he cautions that international job search websites such as Adzuna have seen a “massive collapse” in the number of foreign workers seeking jobs in the UK.

“There is an acute problem in some industries right now, but in the long term, it could become chronic because of Brexit,” he adds.

Other factors affecting the labour market

The government’s furlough scheme has helped millions of people stay in jobs. But there are unintended consequences says the REC’s Ms Shoesmith.

“With government support still in place until the end of September, the danger is that if people come off furlough and there is another lockdown, they can’t go back on to it. You have to start again,” she says.

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As a result, some people who are being approached about job opportunities are reluctant to come off furlough to take them, she says.

Xiaowei Xu, senior research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, reckons the impact might go deeper.

“If the pandemic does lead to a structural change in the economy, with less demand for the High Street and more for e-commerce, then furlough might be delaying that shift,” said Ms Xu.

What else do we know about the long-term implications?

Mr Wilson, of the IES, reckons that in future, businesses will need to pay more attention to how they recruit, train and treat staff.

“When firms say, ‘We can’t get the staff,’ they mean, ‘We can’t get the experienced staff,'” he says.

But with unemployment still at 1.7 million, there is a “big labour pool” of people who could take up those jobs, he adds.

That means accepting staff who are less experienced and training them, as well as offering more support to those with health conditions or caring responsibilities.

“It’s not necessarily about pay, it’s about offering better terms,” he adds. “Employers haven’t had to do that for a decade.”

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Baby who drowned with family on journey to UK found washed up 600 miles away

The body of a 15-month-old boy who drowned alongside his family as they sought to enter the UK in search for a better life has washed up some 600 miles away.

Artin Iran-Nejad had been spotted on the shore in the south-west of Norway several months ago, but it wasn’t until Monday that police were able to confirm who the body was.

The tragic tot died alongside his parents Rasoul Iran-Nejad and Shiva Mohammad Panahi, as well as his his three siblings, when the boat that was supposed to get them to the UK capsized on October 27, 2020.

His family had sold their house before leaving Iran and paid £14,000 to get on to the boat, with a further £8,200 supposed to be due when they arrived safely in the UK.

Artin’s body was found near Karmøy on New Year’s Day, and arrangements are now being made for his body to be returned to his family in Iran.

Rasoul Iran-Nejad, 35, with his missing son, Artin,
Rasoul Iran-Nejad, 35, with his son, Artin before their tragic death (Image: Copyright unknown)

The family had reportedly boarded the ferry from northern France after being smuggled from Turkey and then Italy.
A French official said a total of 19 migrants were found in the water when the boat capsized, the Guardian reports.[1]

But the Iranian-Kurdish human rights organisation Hengaw said there were 28 on board, suggesting there are still nine people unaccounted for.

The BBC reported Nihayat, the second aunt of Artin,[2] was the first relative Norwegian Police were able to contact.

“I’m both happy and sad,” she told the broadcaster on Monday. “Happy that Artin’s remains were eventually found, and sad that he left us for good.”

A police handout photo shows clothes belonging to. Artin
A police handout photo shows clothes belonging to Artin (Image: via REUTERS)

While texts seen by the BBC and believed to have been sent by Artin’s mother expose her concerns at embarking on the perilous sea journey, but she said: “We have no choice”.

Another text reads: “If we want to go with a lorry we might need more money that we don’t have.”

At the time Home Secretary Priti Patel described the deaths as the “ultimate tragedy” and one that could’ve been avoided.

But more than a year on, she is facing legal action by Kent County Council which claims it is facing extreme pressure on its services to deal with unaccompanied child migrants.

And as local child services warn they are at a breaking point for the second time in less than a year, more migrant children wrapped in lifejackets have been arriving in Dover after crossing the English Channel on Monday.

A young boy with bare feet was seen being helped ashore after making the perilous 21-mile journey across the water.

Artin with parents and siblings
Artin and his parents and three siblings died when the boat that was supposed to get them to the UK capsized (Image: PA)

Kent County Council has served a formal letter before action to the Home Office as it said it may no longer be able to accept new unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC)[3] within days.

Kent has nearly double the number of unaccompanied children in care the Government says is safe to have, the council said.

The council announced last August it had reached its capacity despite efforts to work with the Home Office and other local authorities.

Meanwhile, MPs on Monday heard the Home Secretary’s decision on whether she would appeal against the High Court ruling on Napier Barracks was “imminent”.

Six asylum seekers previously housed in the former Army barracks in Kent won a legal challenge against the Government last week after a judge ruled their accommodation was inadequate.

Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft said the department was studying the judgment “carefully” and “will work out what it means for our ongoing use of the barracks”.

Restaurateurs raid colleges amid staff crisis

Omar Allibhoy did something brave this weekend: he opened a restaurant. It was not just that the new branch of his Tapas Revolution chain flung open its doors in Brighton after the deepest recession in 300 years. Also testing the Spanish entrepreneur’s nerve was the search for the 25 chefs and waiting staff needed in the weeks running up to the launch.

“Nobody wants to be hired,” said Allibhoy, 37, who is still seven workers short at his latest restaurant, which serves sharing dishes, paella and wine. Hiring was so difficult, Allibhoy had to drag his two sons, aged 2 and 7, into work last week as he carried out intensive last-minute training to bring raw recruits up to scratch.

His problem is a snapshot

Puttur: Overtaking attempt blocked – Gang which beat up lorry driver held

Daijiworld Media Network – Puttur (SP)

Puttur, Jun 4: A three-member gang seated in a car, which assaulted the driver of a lorry allegedly for blocking their attempt to overtake the lorry at Mani Peraje on national highway 75, was arrested. The police personnel of Puttur station caught hold of the gang members who were fleeing in a car at Kemmayi, Puttur.

The arrested persons happen to be Mohammed Arafat (35) from Ullal Kotepura, U K Nasir (36) from Kotepura, and Muhammed Asif (48) from Mangaluru Someshwar Kumpala. They had attacked the lorry driver with a liquor bottle for not giving them enough room to overtake and fled in a car towards Uppinangady.

Uppinangady police tried to stop the gang near Nekkilady but they drove into the barricades and moved towards Puttur.

Under the instructions of deputy commissioner of police, Gana P Kumar, Puttur town station sub-inspector Jamburaj led a team at Kemmayi. The three accused were arrested. It was found that all of them had consumed some intoxicating substance. One of the police staff who got injured during the operation was treated in a hospital.’

Separate first information reports against the accused were filed in Puttur and Uppinangady police stations.

Dakshina Kannada district superintendent of police, Rishikesh Sonawane, said that when the Puttur police tried to arrest the accused at Kemmayi, the accused entered into verbal friction with the police, attacked the policemen, and obstructed them from discharging duties. One of the accused escaped in the process and a search for him has been launched, he added.

  

May 29 – On this day in Cambridgeshire history

Each weekend, Mike Petty and I look at the archives of the Cambridge News and recount some of the stories that occurred on this day in history.


Boxer sets his sights on light-welterweight title

1976

Dave “Boy” Green in June 1977. Mirrorpix.

Dave “Boy” Green, seen in the Fens as a reincarnation of their living legend, Eric “Golden Boy” Boon seeks the British title at the Royal Albert Hall.

His ferocious fists have left a trail of 15 beaten bodies on his way to the title fight against Joey Singleton.

It is fighter against boxer, the punches of the slugger from the country against the wits of the artful dodger from the city.

When the bell goes he will storm forward like a runaway thresher throwing out punches from all angles, punches launched from awesome shoulders with murderous momentum – ten stone of terror on the rampage.

He first put on gloves then years ago when he went to the local amateur boxing club in Chatteris.


Read Mike Petty’s Cambridgeshire Scrapbook[1] to search for other stories.


Cars to be powered by fuel cells within ten years

1965

Mr F T Bacon demonstrating his invention called the ‘hydrox fuel cell’. August 24, 1959. Mirrorpix.

Fuel cells may soon provide power for motor cars.

The cells, which were developed by Mr Bacon of Great Shelford, have an ability to produce electric current.

I remember that, at the original demonstration in Cambridge, the cell was shown operating a fork lift truck.

Now the Chrysler Corporation say they may take the place of conventional car power units within the next ten years.

The immediate goal is to produce a cell which will use a simple hydrocarbon fuel such as petrol mixed with air in place of dangerous gases.


The Shadows entertain crowds at Regal Cinema

1961

Cliff Richard and The Shadows backstage at The Regal on November 10, 1959.

The Shadows, an instrumental group which has developed an individual style of its own, entertained fans at the Regal Cinema.

The group has an elaborate arrangement of electronic and amplifying equipment that produces a sound that has become so effective, novel and unusual.

The group, which, until a short while ago, were responsible for most of the backings in Cliff Richard records, played many of their popular numbers including ‘Frightened City’.

Supporting acts included the Brook Brothers and the Red Price Group while Dave Allen the compere kept up a quick-fire routine of off-the-cuff humour.


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Barber who has shaved clients since he was nine

1934

Prziborsky’s hairdressers.

One of the best-known Cambridge hairdressers, Alexander Joseph Priziborsky, was born in Cambridge 54 years ago.

It was his father who founded the hairdressing establishment in Round Church Street about 1856 and, on his death in 1905, his son took it over.

He shaved his first customer when nine years old and built up a first class reputation, the majority of his customers coming from outside the town.


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Beekeepers belittle ‘backward’ handmade hives

1931

Engraving of a beehive made of rush or straw coils and covered with straw thatch. Universal History Archive/Universal Images/Getty.

Mr Harry Semark, of Willingham still constructs the old-fashioned straw hives which are universally condemned by modern beekeepers and now seldom seen even in the ‘backward’ villages.

Yet he exports them to America and the remote Antipodes.

In a recent book, there is a photograph of a lorry stacked sky-high with Willingham skeps. It is a coiled straw basket, woven by hand with strips of osier. The basket can be moulded to any shape.

Straw in his hands is like clay to the potter.


Men on the battlefield, women on the cornfield

1918

Land Army girls in Ely.

A demonstration was given by members of the Women’s Land Army in Cambridge attracted a great deal of attention and should result in large numbers of girls filling the gaps left in the ranks of agricultural workers.

About 200 assembled on Parker’s Piece and went in procession through the town with a banner saying ‘men on the battlefield, women on the cornfield’.

Agriculture had been almost denuded of its workmen and now 30,000 more were to be called up.

We looked to the women of Cambridgeshire to come forward and take the places of the men who had been called upon to go out to help in France.

It was absolutely necessary to grow more food here to release more shipping to carry our allies, the Americans, as well as munitions and other supplies for the men in France.

It was also necessary to grow more in order we might be self-supporting and not be hindered in any peace negotiations by the fear of starvation at home.

The land was crying for labour to save the crops. The women of Italy were doing splendid work, the women in France were doing their utmost working in fields where shells were screaming over their heads.

The women of England are not to be behind those of our allies. The eastern counties have come forward to the tune of 900 women who were chiefly engaged in baling hay.


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Inspecting town’s main manufacturing company

1914

Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company welcomed visitors to its workshops, test room, drawing office and stores.

Visitors were shown the manufacture and operation of the various instruments made. Many are of great commercial value.

The extension is the fourth addition since the works were moved from Panton Street to Chesterton Road.

It is the chief of the few manufacturing concerns in Cambridge and now employs 180 hands.


Noted pilot lost in English Channel feared dead

1914

Gustav Hamel and Eleanor T. Davis cross the channel in a Blériot monoplane on April 02, 1912. M. Rol.

All hope has now been abandoned of again seeing Mr. Gustav Hamel, the famous aviator, alive.

Mr. Hamel, after his brilliant display of flying and looping at Cambridge on Thursday last, departed for Paris with the intention of bringing back a new Morane-Saulnier monoplane, driven by a 160mph Gnome motor with which he intended to compete in the aerial derby round London on Saturday.

Owing to the weather conditions, the race was postponed, but Mr. Hamel was not aware of this, and he started from Villacoublay at half past four o’clock on Saturday morning, and landed at Le Crotoy, near Lille, about an hour later.

He was afterwards reported as having landed at Hardelot and later at Boulogne.

He is said to have left Boulogne at half past one o’clock, and afterwards to have been seen at Calais, but after that all traces of his flight have been lost.

The weather in the Channel on Saturday was extremely unfavourable for flying.

Search was made in the Channel and the North Sea by ships, but on Tuesday all hope was given up.


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Two die in remarkable ptomaine poisoning case

1908

A remarkable case of wholesale poisoning has occurred at Murrow where 17 people belonging to four families have been affected.

Two of them have succumbed.

Mrs Boston, a bricklayer’s wife, bought a quantity of pig’s bones and pig’s head to make brawn or pork cheese. She gave some to the other families.

Medical men attribute the illness to ptomaine poisoning.


Villagers rendered destitute after disastrous fire

1908

The little village of Meldreth was the scene of a disastrous fire; five cottages and two bakehouses were absolutely destroyed, and several poor inhabitants have been rendered destitute as well as homeless, for their belongings were devoured by the flames.

The havoc was complete and the site, about 700 yards from Meldreth station, is now marked by heaps of debris.

Remains of carts, whole sides of pork and a load of flour are amongst the ashes.


References

  1. ^ Cambridgeshire Scrapbook (archive.org)
  2. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  3. ^ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com)
  4. ^ Fenland History on Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ Memory Lane (www.memorylane.co.uk)