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Tributes paid to 'lovely' Alvin Stardust

People have been leaving their tributes to Alvin Stardust on Twitter, including radio DJ Tony Blackburn:

Radio 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell said he "did the attitude consummately":

Former member of Blue, Antony Costa, remembers acting alongside him in the stage show Boogie Nights.

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust dies

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.

Stardust was set to release a new album, entitled 'Alvin, at the beginning of next month.

Writing on his official website he had said of the record:

I am extremely delighted to announce that my new album is now finished and will be released at the beginning of November by Conehead Records. "Alvin" is a new and exciting departure for me and I'm immensly proud of the finished product

– Alvin Stardust


Mansfield's Jones out for the long term

Mansfield Town defender Luke Jones is unlikely to play this season after suffering an Achilles injury in training.

The summer signing had been pencilled in for a comeback from tendonitis in the next couple of weeks, having recently started doing some light jogging.

But the club confirmed he now faces a spell on the sidelines of between ‘four to six months’.

Mansfield family join protest in bid for justice in Crete death case

The son of a woman from Mansfield who died on a Greek holiday island will take part in a protest in London today.

Michael Porter believes his mother was murdered Credit: ITV

Michael Porter's mother Jean Hanlon died on Crete in 2009. He will travel through the capital on an open top bus alongside other families who have lost loved ones abroad and say they have never got justice.

Jean Hanlon's body was found in the sea off Crete Credit: Family picture

Michael believes his mother was murdered and has been looking for answers ever since her body was found in the sea three days after she went missing.

A murder inquiry was opened by the Greek authorities. But the case was closed in 2012.

Police appeal after attempted assault on teenage girl

Police are appealing for information after a man attempted to assault a 17-year-old girl as she walked along Bath Lane in Mansfield.

The suspect tried to drag her into Carr Bank Memorial Park but she managed to free herself and called for help. She was shaken but not injured.

Officers believe a man riding a bike in the area at the time saw the incident and challenged the attacker, who is described as chunky and was wearing a white scarf, black hooded top and black trousers.

A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Man jailed over 'one-punch' death of friend in Mansfield

A man who punched a friend after a stag do in Mansfield has today been jailed for his manslaughter.

Scott Humphrey sentenced to four years and four months Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Scott Humphrey, 26, got into an argument with Richard Rovetto, after returning in a taxi from the celebration in Mansfield, in July.

Richard, a father of one, was punched and fell to the floor, sustaining a serious head injury. He later died at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

Humphrey pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 18 August, and has today been sentenced to four years and four months.

Over the last few years we have seen incidents where violent acts have resulted in serious injury or like this case, where someone has lost their life from something that happened in a minute or less.

Humphrey has devastated the lives of Richard’s family and he has also changed his own life forever by what he has done. By striking out and causing Richard to fall and hit his head, the tragic consequences of that night have affected many people.

– DCI Rob Griffin


Nottinghamshire police referred to police watchdog

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been called in to investigate the care of a man who suffered facial injuries whilst in custody at Mansfield police station.

Nottinghamshire Police have referred a complaint from the man's family to the IPCC. He had been arrested in Mansfield in July and taken to the custody suite. He was then found to have self-inflicted facial injuries that have left him blind in one eye.

Couple made more than £280,000 from parents' murders

A woman and her husband who murdered her elderly parents and buried them in a back garden in Mansfield made £286,285 from their deaths.

Susan and Christopher Edwards shot her parents in the back Credit: ITV Calendar

Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher are serving life sentences after being convicted in June this year of murdering William and Patricia Wycherley in May 1998.

For the next 15 years the Edwards’ misled authorities and relatives into thinking they were still alive.

Wycherley couple were killed and buried in their garden in 1998 Credit: ITV Calendar

The pair had also pleaded guilty to obstructing the Coroner by burying the Wycherleys, as well as the theft of a credit balance.

At a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, the pair were ordered to pay back as much as they could of their accumulated profits.

Following a subsequent financial investigation by Nottinghamshire Police the Edwards’ were found to have stolen £40,579.87 from the Wycherley’s two bank accounts, just days after the murder. They redirected benefit payments, as well as state pensions and private pensions, to a new account in Susan and Patricia’s names and continued to collect over the next 14 years.

Evidence was also obtained to show that credit cards and loan agreements had been taken out in the name of Patricia. They also made nearly £67,000 from the sale of the Wycherleys’ home in 2005.

On arrest Christopher had just £17.16 in his bank accounts. The joint account set up in the name of Susan and Patricia contained £8,797.62. The pair also had £2,939-worth of memorabilia, mostly relating to Frank Sinatra and Gary Cooper in their suitcases when they were arrested off a train from Lille in France.

They will be expected to pay the remaining £274,531.26 as and when they can.

Pedestrian dies after collision

A 31-year-old woman injured in a collision in Mansfield at the weekend has died.

It happened at about 4.30am on Saturday 2 August 2014, when a yellow Citroen D3 was in collision with two people in Haddon Road, near the junction with the A60.

The woman was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre with critical injuries, but later died.

A 28-year-old man was also treated for minor injuries.

A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, arrested in connection with the incident, remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Nottinghamshire Police have asked for any witnesses to contact them.

Police release man and woman arrested over Mansfield crash

A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman arrested in connection with a crash which left a pedestrian in hospital, have been released in bail pending further enquiries.

The accident happened at 4.30pm on Saturday August 2, 2014 in Haddon Road near its junction with the A60 in Mansfield.

A yellow Citroen D3 is reported to have been involved in the crash with a man and a woman. The car did not stop at the scene.

The 28-year-old man was treated for minor injuries, but the 31-year-old woman remains in hospital in a critical condition.

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