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Ironing board and ‘shark’ left on South Western Railway trains

Marc Pugh, SWR lost property managerImage copyright South Western Railway
Image caption SWR’s Michael Pugh said 10,021 items had been recovered since 21 August

An inflatable shark and an ironing board were among more than 10,000 items left on trains during South Western Railway’s (SWR) first six weeks.

The rail operator, which took over from South West Trains in August, has revealed the extent of lost property to encourage passengers to check their belongings before leaving their seats.

A barrister’s wig, false teeth and a leather chair were also found, it said.

The company said the belongings were sent for storage at Waterloo.

All non-perishable items are kept by SWR for three months.

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Image caption A row of jackets at Waterloo’s storage office

Michael Pugh, SWR’s lost property manager, said 10,021 items had been recovered since 21 August.

He said the items most frequently left behind were umbrellas, coats, keys, railcards, glasses, phones, laptops, shopping bags, wallets and purses.

“Our staff from across the network work hard to ensure passengers are reunited with their belongings,” he added.


Stratford acid attack suspect, 15, released on bail

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Image caption One man said a victim ran into a Burger King to “wash acid off his face

A 15-year-old boy has been released on bail following an acid attack in east London that left six people injured.

Six people were injured in what police described as an “altercation” between two groups of males at the Stratford Centre, east London, on Saturday night.

Ambulance crews treated six males at the scene for their injuries, and three of them were taken to hospital.

The Met said the boy, held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, had been bailed until late October.

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Media captionFootage of police and other emergency services around Stratford has been shared on social media

Those reported injured were believed to be in a number of different locations, sparking initial fears that people had been sprayed at random.

However the Met Police said those injured were connected to the initial attack.

Ch Supt Ade Adelekan said: “I would like to be very clear concerning this incident.

“What initially may have been perceived as a number of random attacks has, on closer inspection, been found to be one incident involving two groups of males.”

No-one suffered life-threatening or life-changing injuries.

Labour to offer some women earlier retirement option

Pensions protest
Image caption Changes to women’s retirement age sparked widespread protests

Labour would allow hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s to retire at 64 on a reduced state pension, rather than wait until 66.

Government changes to the retirement age have been “chaotic”, shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams will tell Labour’s conference later.

Many women who expected to retire at 60 must now work several years longer before receiving a state pension.

Ms Abrahams will say her plan would mean pension security for thousands.

Her change would benefit women born between 1954 and 1960.

“This will ensure that those who have suffered the consequences of this government’s chaotic mismanagement of the state pension age have the security they need,” she will tell the party’s conference in Brighton.

“We will continue to work with these women to get justice.”

Many women were caught by surprise when the timetable for moving to a later retirement age was accelerated in 2011.

The Waspi – Women Against State Pension Inequality – campaign is pushing for a transitional “bridging pension” to help women whose retirement plans have been thrown into disarray.

Labour has already promised to extend pension credit to the women affected.

In its manifesto for the June general election, the party said it was “exploring options for further transitional protections to ensure that all these women have security and dignity in older age”.

Precise financial details were not immediately available, but Ms Abrahams will say the scheme would be “cost-neutral in the long term”.

Ms Abrahams will also call for a pause in the roll-out of universal credit, to allay fears that claimants will be plunged into poverty as it is extended across the country over the next 12 months.

She argues that there is evidence of “deepening poverty” as more welfare claimants are transferred to universal credit, which replaces a range of older benefits.

She will cite reports that one in four claims are not paid within six weeks, leading to increased debt and mounting rent arrears.

Six spectators injured in North Yorkshire motorbike race crashes

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Image caption The bikers crashed on the same hairpin bend during a road race at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough

Two people have been seriously injured and 10 others, including spectators, have been hurt in a motorbike race in North Yorkshire.

Racing has been called off at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough, which has been compared to a miniature TT track.

Six people were hurt when a bike ploughed into the crowd at 10:45 BST.

A further six people were injured in the second crash at about 13:45 and two of the casualties were flown to hospital.

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One of the motorcyclists was treated at the scene.

‘Reluctantly’ cancelled meet

Organisers of the 2017 Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup race said the first crash happened on a hairpin bend and involved one rider and three spectators.

The second crash took place in the same spot in an area known as mountside hairpin.

In a statement, race officials said: “Today we have had two serious incidents involving a number of spectators.”

“In view of the seriousness of these incidents and our requirements to call on outside assistance to help with this treatment, we have reluctantly taken the advice of everyone concerned and have decided to cancel the rest of the meeting.

“We sincerely apologise to you all for taking this decision and hope you will understand our difficulties in this unprecedented situation.”

A sponsor has also reported another motorcyclist was badly injured during the race on Saturday, making three crashes in total on the circuit this weekend.

England v West Indies: Moeen Ali hits 53-ball century in Bristol win

Moeen smashes six to reach brilliant century
Third Royal London one-day international, Bristol
England 369-9 (50 overs): Moeen 102 (57), Root 84 (79)
West Indies 245 (39.1 overs): Gayle 94 (78), Plunkett 5-52
England won by 124 runs; lead five-match series 2-0

Moeen Ali hit an exhilarating 53-ball century in England‘s 124-run win over West Indies in the third one-day international in Bristol.

At one stage, Moeen took 61 runs from 14 deliveries to reach the second-fastest ODI ton by an England batsman.

Joe Root earlier made 84 and Ben Stokes 73 in the hosts’ 369-9.

Chris Gayle threatened to lead West Indies to a remarkable run-chase, but after he was run out for 94, the tourists subsided to 245 all out.

The efforts of Moeen and Gayle, coupled with short straight boundaries at both ends of the ground, saw the rope cleared 28 times, a record for an ODI in the UK.

The contest was in the balance when England were pegged back to 217-6, but Moeen shared 117 with Chris Woakes in 88 balls.

That led England to score from which they would take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, which can be won at The Oval on Wednesday.

That game begins at 12:30 BST, with England naming their squad for the Ashes tour of Australia at 10:00.

Marvellous Moeen makes his mark

Moeen has enjoyed a stellar summer, making 361 runs and taking 30 wickets in the Tests against South Africa and West Indies, but this performance was his most devastating.

Arriving as England lost three wickets for 11 runs, the left-hander was forced into circumspection and had 39 from the first 39 deliveries he faced.

What followed was an awesome display of hitting, the ball constantly landing in the crowd as the West Indies bowlers allowed Moeen to target the on side – seven of his eight maximums went over the leg-side fence.

Moeen took only 12 deliveries to move from 50 to 100 – an ODI record – and, at one point, hit six sixes in eight balls.

He was dropped on 87 by Gayle at point and brought up his third ODI century with consecutive maximums – the 53 balls second only to Jos Buttler’s 46-ball hundred against Pakistan in 2015 in terms of fastest centuries by England batsmen.

Moeen eventually skied a return catch to off-spinner Ashley Nurse, his efforts helping England take 93 runs from the final six overs.

Stokes and Root lay the platform

Golden duck for captain Morgan

Moeen seemed unlikely to get the chance to launch such an assault when Root and Stokes were effortlessly adding 132 for the third wicket.

They also guided England from a position of peril – the hosts were 74-3 after Eoin Morgan edged his first ball behind to continue a poor run of form that has seen him manage only 22 runs in his past nine innings in T20 and 50-over cricket.

Root clipped through mid-wicket and guided behind point, while Stokes targeted mid-on and played sweeps of all kinds against the spinners.

They exposed an error in the Windies’ team selection. A green surface and short boundaries left the leg-spin of Devendra Bishoo looking unnecessary and saw captain Jason Holder turn to the part-time medium-pace of Rovman Powell.

Although Powell made the breakthrough as Stokes sliced to deep cover to begin West Indies’ fightback, then came Moeen’s brilliance.

Gayle threatens to do the improbable

Windies blow as Gayle run out for 94

West Indies’ best hope of pulling off a stunning chase was Gayle, playing in only his second ODI since the 2015 World Cup.

For a while, it seemed possible, with the left-hander smearing the ball behind point, heaving to mid-wicket and chipping Moeen’s off-spin for three successive straight sixes.

But, as he closed in on a century, his lackadaisical attitude to running between the wickets was his undoing as he failed to beat Adil Rashid’s direct-hit from mid-wicket.

By that time, pace bowler Liam Plunkett already had both Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels caught behind, the latter given out on a review despite little evidence to overturn the on-field not-out decision.

Plunkett later had Jason Mohammed caught at deep square leg, Bishoo slice to point and Holder held at long-off for figures of 5-52, his first five-wicket haul in an ODI.

Holder was the last man to fall, the 124-run margin England’s second-largest against West Indies in one-day cricket.

More families step forward to foster children after Council marketing campaign

THERE has been a “surge” in interest in fostering in Bradford since a major scheme to market fostering to new families.

Bradford Council has recently increased the money it spends on marketing fostering in a bid to boost the falling numbers of families putting themselves forward to care for a child.

A recent review of the service warned it could start to collapse within two years, unless urgent action is taken, with the recruitment of carers was “declining at an excessive rate.”

The review was ordered after a cut to foster carers’ allowances earlier this year sparked widespread anger.

It said that while the cuts had created anger among carers, “it is still the case that Bradford pays significantly more in combined fees and allowances than adjacent local authorities.”

The review suggested that more foster carers were needed and marketing for the service needed to be “reinvigorated.”

On Wednesday the Council’s Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee will hear that the increased marketing has had a major impact on numbers of potential foster families.

A report into the Fostering service by Jim Hopkinson Deputy Director (Children’s Social Care) says: “Since the fostering Review, a £100,000 transformation fund has been provided to the fostering service to reinvigorate the marketing of the service. Prior to this, the service had a budget of £10,000 per year.

“A full time Recruitment and Marketing Officer is now working within the service and has taken full responsibility for stage one of the fostering processes up to a fostering assessment commencing. This change and published information about fostering rates has seen a surge of interest in Fostering in Bradford.”

The council recently installed advertising boards across the district calling for people to “do something incredible” and become foster carers.

A council spokesman said: “The annual target for this year is 100 new fostering households including a mainstream target of 25 . This mainstream target is four times the services’ performance in 2016/17.

“In 2015-16, the fostering service received 158 initial enquiries in the first 6 months. In the first six months of the current financial year, it has received 202 – an increase of 28 per cent on the number of initial enquiries.

“In terms of recruiting mainstream foster carers we have already exceeded our 2016/17 performance less than six months into 2017/18.”

Councillor Val Slater, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “Fostering can be an immensely rewarding step for carers to take and we’re keen to make our Fostering Service in Bradford as good as it can be. The review has given us a clear focus on how we can achieve this and we’re well underway with the improvements we want to make.”

However, the report it says the service faces upcoming financial strains, adding: “Budget pressures continue to present challenges as the service is expected to achieve a reduction of £50k in 2018-19.”

The committee will meet in City Hall at 4.30pm.

LATEST PICTURES: St George’s Hall will stage ‘much wider range of shows’ after restoration

Bradford’s St George’s Hall will be able to stage a “much wider range of shows” once work to improve the venue’s stage and seating is complete, contractors have stated.

The changes are part of Bradford Council’s £8.5m renovation and modernisation of the much-loved theatre, which began in June.

In the hall’s main auditorium, planning consent was granted to improve both sightlines and legroom for guests, and last month, contractors said the stage had been removed alongside hundreds of seats to be set aside and refurbished before being reset in a different layout.

Although the venue’s capacity will be reduced as a result of the re-design, Bradford Council hopes to sell out more events due to the improved experience for customers.

Giving an update on the latest work, Christophe Hamard, senior project manager at the Council said: “We are trying to do two sets of improvements. The first one relates to the stages. The stages are being changed completely over the next six months. Rather than having one big stage we will have one split into two sections. The main stage will be half of the existing one, but in front of the main stage will be an adjustable stage which can either added to the new stage or retracted from it.

“This will enable theatre services to have a much wider range of shows available at this venue.

“The second element we are trying to work on is from a customer’s perspective, ensuring that the seating arrangement and seats are comfortable to ensure that they have an enjoyable experience. We are refurbishing all the seats and reviewing the seating layout to make sure that once you are in as a paying customer you get a better experience.”

The building is currently encased in scaffolding to allow for a full replacement of the Grade II-listed building’s ageing roof. Contractors from Henry Boot will also begin work on restoring the sandstone exterior of the Lockwood and Mawson-designed building towards the end of the year.

Work is expected to be finished towards the end of next year, with Bradford Theatres stating they hope to stage shows in the autumn even if some external work is still ongoing.

Three teens jailed over drug dealer shooting in ambush

TWO Bradford men have been given extended jail sentences for their part in the shooting of a drug dealer who survived being hit in the chest.

Judge Guy Kearl QC described Hasnain Khan and Owais Ashfaq as dangerous young men when he sentenced them, along with a third man Ahmed Mohammed, from Manchester, at Leeds Crown Court today for the pre-meditated attack on Aftab Khan on February 1 this year.

He was shot in his car in front of his horrified girlfriend after being lured to Cemetery Road, Dewsbury for a drug deal.

The trio were also sentenced for other offences the same night when they threatened motorists at gunpoint to steal a replacement getaway car after their vehicle was damaged as Mr Khan escaped.

Khan, 19, of Carrington Street, Barkerend, Bradford, and Mohammed, 18, of Bowling Green Lane, Longsight, Manchester, were each sentenced to 15 years in custody with an extended five years on licence.

They were both acquitted of attempting to murder Mr Khan but found guilty by a jury of causing him grievous bodily harm with intent, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, attempted robbery of a couple in a car and robbery of another motorist.

Judge Kearl said he was satisfied Khan was organising “and pulling the strings” of those involved while from the description of the shooter it was Mohammed, who had travelled across the Pennines, who actually fired the gun.

Owais Ashfaq, 18 of Gladstone Street, Barkerend, was sentenced to 17 years in custody with five years extended licence.

He was convicted of the same offences by the jury but also admitted an attempted robbery on July 11 last year at the Costcutter off-licence in Barkerend Lane, the possession of an imitation firearm on the same date and possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply on another date.

The judge said it was Ashfaq who had earlier met up with Mr Khan and bought some cannabis from him in a test run. He was then directed to a dark cul-de-sac later that evening so Ashfaq could buy some more once there he saw a Volkswagen Golf which had four men inside.

Having lowered his window to hand cannabis over to Ashfaq he said he had to go back to the car for his money and it was then that the car was surrounded by others and a six foot man in a balaclava fired a sawn-off shotgun into the side of Mr Khan’s chest.

He was able to drive off but collided with the Golf leaving its bumper hanging off. He made it to his uncle’s and was taken to hospital where he had surgery to removed pellets and wadding from his chest. He said he felt lucky to be alive.

The court heard the damaged Golf was driven to Staincliffe Road where the attackers decided they needed a replacement getaway vehicle. They pulled up behind Ben Li Shen and his wife Amy who had just closed their take-away food shop as they stopped at lights in Dewsbury Gate Road junction with Halifax Road.

Two men from the Golf threatened them at gunpoint and tried to open doors without success. The terrified couple managed to drive off and alert the police.

But another motorist John Buchan was spotted in his Peugeot car waiting for his wife in Goose Hill, Heckmondwike. When Mr Buchan got out suspicious about the Golf occupants he was forced to his knees at gunpoint, made to hand over his keys and wallet and his car was driven off. It was later damaged by fire.

Judge Kearl said those victims must have been terrified for their lives, even more so had they known the group had already shot someone.

Hasnain Khan later checked into a hotel in Bradford where he washed himself with petrol to destroy any gunshot residue. His counsel Sam Green QC suggested he was easily led astray by others.

Judge Kearl said in the Costcutter attempted robbery three men had entered, Ashfaq with an imitation gun and another with an axe handle, but they fled empty-handed when the shopkeeper fought with them leaving him with a back injury and not able to work for five weeks.

Peter Birkett QC, for Ashfaq, said a report indicated he was “young, poorly educated and easily led without real appreciation of the harm and fear the offences would cause in others”.

The court heard Mohammed told a probation officer he had been “trying to make a name for himself”.

After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Sue Jenkinson, who led the West Yorkshire Police investigation into the shooting, said: “We are pleased to see these men behind bars today for quite outrageous displays of violence in our communities. 

“It is no exaggeration to say their 24-year-old victim could easily have been killed and we are pleased the court has reflected the seriousness of how authorities take the discharge of firearms in its sentencing. 

“This sentencing should make it clear that those who are involved in such serious offences will spend a significant amount of time behind bars.” 

She added: “The force now has a specialist Firearms Prevent Team which investigates gun crime and I would urge anyone who has information about the possession of firearms in West Yorkshire can contact them on 101. 

“Reports can also be made in complete anonymity to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.” 

Lewis Hamilton wins in Singapore after Ferrari crash

Lewis Hamilton drove a masterful race to win the Singapore Grand Prix and take a stranglehold on the title as rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out.

Hamilton, who started fifth after struggling in qualifying, was leading by the first corner after Vettel collided with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the start.

It could be a defining moment in the championship. Vettel was expected to re-take the lead on a track on which Ferrari had an advantage over Mercedes. Instead, Hamilton heads into the final six races of the season with a 28-point advantage.

Hamilton did so after one of his most impressive drives. Mercedes went into the race thinking about damage limitation, team boss Toto Wolff talking about the best possible result being to limit the loss of points to Vettel.

But he managed to avoid the chaos on the run to the first corner and slotted into the lead ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian would have been expected to challenge Hamilton, Red Bull having had a clear pace advantage over Mercedes all weekend.

But Hamilton began reeling off fastest laps, and he remained serene through a madcap race that started wet, was dry for almost half its distance, featured three safety cars as a result of a series of incidents and ran to only 58 of its scheduled 61 laps because of the two-hour time limit.

That’s the first time Ferrari have retired both cars on the first lap, ever

A crucial misjudgement?

The first safety car came almost immediately. Despite heavy rain falling and a wet track, the race started competitively rather than behind a safety car.

Verstappen, starting second, made a better start than Vettel did from pole, but both were out-done by Raikkonen, who moved to the inside and was soon edging ahead of the Red Bull.

Not knowing his team-mate was there, Vettel veered aggressively across the track to defend from Verstappen, leaving the Dutchman nowhere to go.

Verstappen tried to edge left to avoid Vettel, but he and Raikkonen touched, the Finn spun and collected his team-mate.

Raikkonen slid sideways down the track and hit Verstappen broadside at the first corner, the two careering into Fernando Alonso Alonso’s McLaren, which was briefly up to third place behind Hamilton and Ricciardo as he took his usual outside line at the first corner.

Alonso goes flying – an innocent victim in the first-corner madness

Alonso’s car was launched, and spun in mid-air, damaging his floor and side-pod and leading to his retirement after a few slow laps.

Vettel, who was in scintillating form in taking pole on Saturday, tried to continue, but his car was badly damaged, its front wing missing and fluid leaking from the rear.

This caught him out as he accelerated out of Turn Three, and he spun into the wall after losing grip on his car’s own fluids at Turn Four. He tried to continue but was told to retire before getting halfway around the first lap.

Reaction to the incident

All three men were called to the stewards to explain the incident and it is not yet clear whether any action will be taken.

Vettel said: “I didn’t see that much. I saw Max and then the next thing I see is Max and Kimi hitting me somewhere. It doesn’t change much. Obviously we are not in the race and can’t show the pace we have.”

Verstappen said: “I think mainly Sebastian started squeezing me. Maybe he did not see Kimi on the left but that is not an excuse. He shouldn’t take those risks.

“Lewis is leading the race and the three of us are out. I don’t think it was a racing incident. Three cars were taken out and I was in the middle not doing anything wrong. We will see what happens.”

Raikkonen said: “I don’t know, there is always different views and I could not do anything to avoid it.”

The race takes place at night under floodlights…
Floodlights which need to be extremely bright

A let down for Red Bull

The result will be a disappointment for Red Bull, Ricciardo having said before the race that he was confident of winning.

Instead, he found that whatever he threw at Hamilton, the Mercedes driver was able to more than answer and he had to settle for second.

Mercedes benefited doubly from the chaos at the start – Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who struggled for pace all weekend, finished third, strengthening the team’s stranglehold on the constructors’ championship.

There was some succour for Red Bull, their junior driver Carlos Sainz drove an excellent race to take fourth for Toro Rosso after being ninth on the first lap, moving ahead of Force India‘s Sergio Perez, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Force India‘s Esteban Ocon, who were all ahead of him on the first lap.

Sainz did benefit, however, from the retirement of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, who was running fourth when he hit reliability trouble on lap 38.

Sainz’s team-mate Daniil Kvyat was the cause of the second safety car when he crashed on lap 11 at Turn Seven, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson triggering the third when he spun out of Turn 12 and ended up facing the wrong way on the narrow Anderson Bridge.

Perez took fifth, Palmer the best result of his F1 career in sixth and Vandoorne seventh.

Singapore slick: that’s 60 career wins for Hamilton now

What they said

Race-winner Hamilton: “I want to congratulate my team, they did a fantastic job. We struggled yesterday and we had no idea what would happen today. We were fortunate with what happened with the Ferraris at the beginning but I could not be happier.

“I capitalised on the incident. Who would know what would happen? Daniel put up a really good fight today. I hoped I would get to race Sebastian at the beginning. Of course it is better the way it is.”

Ricciardo: “We didn’t have the Friday pace, little disappointed to miss out on a win but I am still grateful with another podium.

“I watched the chaos unfold in front of me. It was probably good that I had a bad start. It looked like three tried to go into one. I don’t know whose fault it was.”

Bottas: “The car was working better than expected and I was just waiting for opportunities. I struggled in the wet but in the dry it was pretty good. There are still plenty of races to come and plenty of opportunities. Sebastian Vettel is my next target.”

More to follow

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Children as young as six self-harming in Welsh schools

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Children as young as six have been recorded as self-harming in Welsh schools, a Freedom of Information request by BBC Wales has found.

One council said self-harm referrals to social services by their schools had risen six-fold in three years.

The National Education Union (NEU) has urged the Welsh Government to introduce wellbeing officers into schools.

The government said its education and health ministers had been in talks and would make an announcement “shortly”.

Only three of Wales’ 22 councils provided responses to the request about the number of incidents within local authority schools.

Pembrokeshire council said there were 48 incidents in its schools in 2016/17 – up from eight in 2014/15 – with the youngest pupil aged six. All 48 pupils were referred to social services.

Schools in the Merthyr council area made 22 self-harm referrals to social services last year – the youngest aged 11 – down from 54 in 2015-16.

And schools in Gwynedd made 150 referrals to social services last year – down from 195 in 2014/15 – but that was referrals for all concerns, not just self-harm.

Meanwhile, figures from the NSPCC for young people hospitalised because of self-harm in Wales has risen by 41% in three years – up 350 to 1,193 in 2015/16.

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The NEU said some schools had dedicated wellbeing teams while others gave the responsibility to a teacher.

“Having a more standardised approach ensuring additional funding is put into schools to employ people specifically trained for wellbeing could certainly be looked at,” Owen Hathway, Wales policy officer at NEU Cymru, said.

Wales is the only UK country where schools have a legal requirement to make counselling available for children older than year six, but the children’s commissioner for Wales said that was now “not enough”.

“That has been a big step forward,” Prof Sally Holland said.

“But what we are hearing from schools is that is not enough. We probably need therapists in schools with a range of different skills and support.”

Advice if you think a young person is, or considering, self-harming:

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Media captionHollie Thomas from Barnardos Cymru, encourages young people to find “coping strategies”
  • Listen and show empathy and understanding
  • Talk it over to try and discover their self-harm triggers
  • Build their confidence and show that they can trust you
  • Help them find new ways to cope

Source: NSPCC


She added: “I don’t think teachers can be expected to undertake the mental health work in schools, there are experts who can come into schools to do that with the necessary expertise and training.

“Schools need better and more direct access to mental health services so teachers have someone they can pick up the phone to or speak to in school to get the expert help they need.”

The NSPCC said self-harm takes “many forms” such as cutting, burning, scratching, poisoning and overdosing – and in Wales volunteers undertook 1,366 counselling sessions last year.

The NEU said pupils could “slip through the net” without in-school mental health specialists.

“It is extremely tough for teachers,” said Mr Hathway.

“They are adept at picking up warning signs but there’s always areas where they are not trained specifically and don’t have the expertise.

“Ultimately they didn’t train to go into social services, it’s an aspect of the role that has developed over time, and teaching staff have an obligation and are judged around academic outcomes.”

The Welsh Government is drafting plans for a reform of education and mental health, but Prof Holland has written to Health Secretary Vaughan Gething and Education Secretary Kirsty Williams as she said the programmes “are not working closely enough together”.

“Both are trying to work hard on how we make schools nurturing places to prevent mental ill health,” she said.

“We need health and education experts, youth and social workers and the voluntary sector to be working together with young children and their families.

“We need to assist children who are starting to show signs like self-harm so it doesn’t become a mental health emergency.

“We have the expertise and willingness in Wales but we need those programmes to join up.”

The Welsh Government said its Talk to Me 2 strategy supported young people “known to be most vulnerable to suicide and self-harm”.

“The education secretary and health secretary have been considering how emotional resilience and mental health can be strengthened in school settings and we’ll be making a significant announcement shortly,” a spokesman said.