Injection spiking: How likely is it?
By Imran Rahman-Jones and Lindsay Brown Recent stories of women being spiked by injection on nights out have caused worry among students and politicians. Several UK police forces are investigating possible cases, and the home secretary has asked for an urgent update on the scale of the problem. Experts say it’s unlikely to be happening on a…
Home secretary wants police update on spiking by needles
By Imran Rahman-Jones and Marie Jackson Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked police forces for an update following a number of cases of women reporting being spiked by needles in nightclubs. Police chiefs have also been tasked by the Commons Home Affairs Committee to urgently assess the scale of the problem around the country. One…
Covid: What will mask makers do now?
While the easing of restrictions is great news for many small businesses, it means one group of people – those who have made and sold face masks in the past year – have to look for a new way to make money. Lockdown came with a new swell of community spirit and many people turned…
Ms Marvel on TV: A ‘bold move for Marvel to diversify their characters’
Canadian newcomer Iman Vellani will play the superhero Ms Marvel in an upcoming Disney+ series, reports say. Deadline reported the news, adding the character will feature in future Marvel Cinematic Universe films too. Ms Marvel is the alter-ego of Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan, who idolises other superheroes such as Captain Marvel. Read the full article on BBC…
#DontRemoveYoutubeCCs: Community captions ‘benefit everyone’
Charities are calling for YouTube to reconsider getting rid of a tool that helps people with hearing loss watch videos. Community captions – when users upload subtitles to other people’s videos – are being removed from the platform. The British Deaf Association and Action on Hearing Loss say YouTube should engage with the deaf community…
Racism in football: FA ‘has to be proactive and modernise’
The FA “has to modernise itself” to be “fit for purpose for the 21st century,” says the chairman of its inclusion advisory board. Paul Elliott says the organisation was “reactive” in the past when it came to dealing with racism complaints, but will now be “proactive”. “It can get better,” he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.…
Know Your Place: Local areas ranked for under-26s
For the past few months, BBC Newsbeat and the BBC Data Visualisation unit have been working on a big project called Know Your Place. Its main aim is to let under-26s know what their local area is like for things such as rent prices, going out and mental health services. Users can also select their…
Police poster tells people giving money to the homeless helps them buy drugs
A poster telling people not to give change to rough sleepers has sparked a debate on how people treat them. It’s after a housing campaigner posted a picture of a poster online which said: “You will be helping them to buy the drugs that could kill them.” Read the full story at BBC Newsbeat.
Modern slavery: Nail salons ‘using trafficked individuals’
There’s a warning that workers in your local nail bar could be victims of human trafficking. It’s not as simple as saying that all cheap nail bars exploit their staff, so it’s important to be able to recognise those that do. Read the full article on BBC Newsbeat.
Why music venue closures ‘make all of our lives poorer’
“They can be some of the best shows. You have everyone packed in… It’s often the most intimate and standout experience on a tour.” That’s how artist Isaac Gracie describes playing small venues around the UK – and it’s a feeling many in the audience recognise too. But the UK is at risk of losing…
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By Lindsay Brown, Woody Morris and Imran Rahman-Jones