Barometer

Is knife crime rising everywhere?

9 March 2019

9:00 AM

9 March 2019

9:00 AM

Trolley dollies

Virgin Atlantic dropped its requirement for air hostesses to wear make-up at work. What was required of the first air hostesses?
— United Airlines introduced hostesses in 1930 on its multi-leg flights from California to Wyoming. They had to be registered nurses, aged 25 or under, weigh no more than 8st 2lb and be no taller than 5ft 4in.
— The first UK airline to introduce hostesses was Air Despatch in 1936. They were expected not only to be able to cook and mix cocktails but also to be able to type letters for businessmen on the flight.

On a knife edge

Is knife crime rising everywhere?

Offences per 100,000 population 2016/17 – 2017/18
London
137 – 167
Yorkshire, Humberside
64 – 79
West Midlands
65 – 72
North-West
51 – 59
East Midlands
48 – 57
East
49 – 46
North-East
38 – 39
South-East
30 – 37
Wales
29 – 37
South-West
31 – 31

 

Hotter than average


A new record temperature for February of 21.2°C was set at Kew. What are the records for the other months and when were they set? (Measurements from 1868 onwards.)

January
18.3 (1958/1971/2003)
March
25.6 (1968)
April
29.4 (1949)
May
32.8 (1922/1944)
June
35.6 (1957/1976)
July
36.7 (2015)
August
38.5 (2003)
September
35.6 (2006)
October
29.9 (2011)

November
22.4 (2015)
December
18.3 (1948)

Source: Met Office

Where the wealth isn’t

The government announced a £1.6 billion ‘Stronger Towns’ fund to help some of Britain’s poorest areas. What are the poorest ten districts in Britain (in terms of median weekly earnings for full-time employees)? Remarkably, the poorest district is in East Sussex, only two are in the north of England and none are in Scotland.

Rother (Bexhill on Sea)
£426.50
Newark and Sherwood
£437.40
Boston
£439.60

Mendip
£440.40
West Devon
£444.30
Rossendale (Lancashire)
£445.10
Anglesey
£446.90

Source: ONS

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