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Inquiry into historic abuse at Nottinghamshire children's homes

Nottinghamshire Police has confirmed an inquiry is underway to investigate a number of allegations of historic abuse affecting ten former children's homes or residential premises in the County of Nottinghamshire.

The Operation Xeres team is investigating a small number of complaints of historic physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse reported by people who were in care for a variety of reasons, but who are now adults.

The inquiry is looking at allegations dating between 1940 and the 1990s at Skegby Hall, the former Whatton Young Offenders Institution, Repton Lodge in Worksop, Laybrook in Mansfield, Berry Hill Open Air School in Mansfield, The Ridge in Mansfield, Amberdale in Stapleford, Ashley House in Worksop, South Collingham Hall, and Cauldwell House in Southwell.

None of the allegations relate to the premises' current use.

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Woman missing in Mansfield

Police concerned for the welfare of a 55-year-old woman from Mansfield have appealed for the public’s assistance in finding her.

Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Diane Renshaw was reported missing earlier this evening and officers are particularly concerned for her well-being.

Officers searching for Diane believe she took the bus from Mansfield to Nottingham earlier today.

Mansfield's B&Q shuts its doors after 26 years

B&Q has announced that it is closing its store in Mansfield town centre after 26 years in business.

The lease on the building has expired and will not be renewed Credit: Press Association

35 jobs will be lost when the DIY retailer shuts its doors for the last time on Baums Lane on Saturday 6th June.

Officials have said that the lease on the building has expired and will not be renewed.

The firm’s nearby stores on the Old Mill Industrial Estate at Mansfield Woodhouse and Mansfield Road, Sutton will remain open.

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Chesterfield FC fan charged with Facebook racism over 1985 Bradford fire disaster

A 45-year old football fan has been charged with posting offensive remarks on Facebook after allegedly making comments about the 1985 Bradford City fire disaster.

he remarks were posted following Chesterfield's 1-0 home defeat to Bradford in December Credit: Press Association

Chesterfield supporter Mark Randall will appear in court next month.

He was arrested on suspicion of causing harassment, alarm or distress by words or writing.

Randall, from The Vale in Pleasley, near Mansfield, was charged after an inquiry into comments posted to a League One fans' page.

A police spokesman said the remarks were posted following Chesterfield's 1-0 home defeat to Bradford in December.

A total of 56 fans lost their lives and hundreds of others were injured after a stand caught fire at Bradford's Valley Parade stadium during a match against Lincoln City on May 11 1985.

Prolific shoplifter picked the 'wrong town'

A prolific shoplifter has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to the theft of more than £800 of items – his latest in a string of over 175 offences.

Prolific shoplifter Howard Lawrence Credit: Nottinghamshire police

But according to Nottinghamshire police, 56-year-old Howard Lawrence "picked the wrong town" when he struck in Mansfield.

Officers who arrested him for theft from a River Island store there also discovered Lawrence’s car nearby containing more stolen goods, despite him refusing to tell officers the location of the vehicle.

Sergeant Colin Kirkup from Nottinghamshire Police said: “Howard Lawrence has a horrendous history of offending, amounting to almost 80 convictions taking in 175 offences nationwide over the past 40 years. On this occasion, he picked the wrong town and thanks to the fast actions of affected businesses and agencies in Mansfield town centre, he has found himself facing prison for a substantial amount of time.”

Extra patrols to stop "car cruise"

There will be police patrols in Mansfield this evening to stop a so-called "car cruise".

The events often see drivers race or show off their vehicles on public roads.

Officers will be around Jubilee Way South, where the gathering is reported to take place. The car park there is private property.

We would encourage those people to change their minds about turning up at the car park tonight, we will be present to enforce antisocial behaviour laws.

– Inspector Sam Wilson, Nottinghamshire Police
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