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Funeral of Tunisia victim John Stollery to take place

The funeral of a retired social worker who was killed in last month's Tunisia terror attack will take place later today.

Credit: Nottinghamshire Council

John Stollery from the Newark area worked at Nottinghamshire County Council for 33 years.

He was among 30 Britons killed when a gunman opened fire on a beach in Sousse.

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Widow speaks out following the sentencing of motorists who caused fatal crash

Craig Cooke, a former soldier, had been heading home to see his family for Christmas. Credit: ITV Central News

Melissa Cooke has spoken out following the sentencing of two Nottinghamshire motorists who caused the crash in which her husband, Craig Cooke, was killed.

"Craig and I had plans and dreams, all of which were destroyed in that split second. We wanted to be that old couple that you see walking down the road hand in hand. We can't now do any of this because of them.

"I still cry everyday, as I think about him all the time. However, I have to face every morning with a smile for the sake of (our daughter) Codie, but inside I just want to scream. Codie is the only reason I'm still breathing.

"I have lost him forever, because of them. The closest I can now get to sitting next to Craig is to sit on the wooden bench by his grave."

– Melissa Cooke


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'Boy racer' pair put behind bars for killing father in head-on crash

The two men from Nottinghamshire are behind bars Credit: ITV Central News

Two men from Nottinghamshire are behind bars after what a judge called "one of the worse cases of dangerous driving he'd ever seen".

George Allen and Callum Leach from Newark admitted causing the death of father Craig Cooke when his car was hit head-on in Becon Hill in December 2013.

Leach (21) was jailed for nine years while Allen (19) received nine years in a youth detention centre. Both pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Craig Cooke (25), from North Tyneside was killed when his Xsara Picasso people carrier was hit by Allen's Ford Fiesta, which was travelling in the opposite direction, as he drove home to spend Christmas with his family on December 23, 2013.

Police officer charged with possession of unlicensed shotgun

A serving police officer has been charged with the possession of an unlicensed shotgun.

PC Richard Pocock, who was based at Newark, was arrested last month.

Earlier today, the 30-year-old was charged with possessing a shotgun without a certificate between January 2014 and February 2015.

He has been suspended from duty and is bailed to appear at Nottingham magistrates’ court on 14 May.

Mobile app to help understand Newark's civil war past

A mobile app to guide people around Newark's civil war history is being launched tonight.

Around 400 people are expected at this evening's premiere at the Palace Theatre. Credit: Press Association

It's part of a £6m project to tell the 17th Century story of how King and Parliament clashed in the nation's deadliest war.

Around 400 people are expected at this evening's premiere at the Palace Theatre.

Rail service suspended after level crossing accident

Rail services between Newark and Lincoln Central have been suspended following an accident on a a level crossing at Collingham.

It is affecting East Midlands Trains between Newark North Gate and Lincoln Central. Emergency services were called to the scene this lunchtime to find a car had left the road and was on the railway line.

They managed to remove the vehicle and the driver, a man, was airlifted to hospital. His condition is not yet known.


Police 'concerned for the safety' of missing 24-year-old

Police are concerned for the safety of a 24-year-old woman who has been missing for a week.

Have you seen missing Alesha? Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Alesha Star, who was previously known as Natasha Higgins, was last seen in Newark on Tuesday 18 November. She left to visit South Yorkshire but was due to return the following day. She has not been seen or heard from since. She has links to both Sheffield and Doncaster.

Alesha is a described as white, around 5ft 2ins tall and of slim build. She was last seen wearing black trousers, a grey hooded jacket, a white sweatshirt and a multi-coloured striped top.

Concern grows for missing Newark cyclist

Police are appealing for help in their search for missing cyclist David Anthony Smith. The 66-year-old was last seen at his home in Newark at about 3pm on September 2nd and is believed to have set off on a bike ride shortly after.

Officers say it is out of character for the keen cyclist to go missing and his family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Mr Smith is about 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short grey hair and rides a dark coloured mountain bike.

David Anthony Smith Credit: Nottinghamshire police
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