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Dangers of 'cooling off' in open waters

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As temperatures soar, the Royal Life Saving Society is asking people not to risk their lives by cooling off in the region's rivers and dams.

The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer's tragedies when many people lost their lives in open water.

Figures released from the National Water Safety Forum earlier this month revealed that the peak summer months of July and August witnessed the most deaths in 2014. Figures show the age group with the highest number of fatalities (27) in 2014 were men aged between 20 and 24. Meanwhile, 0 to 19-year-olds accounted for 11 per cent of deaths (38), of which more than half were teenagers aged 15 to 19 (21).

Potash plans approved in narrow vote

A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.

It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.


Tributes for Tunisia victim John Stollery

As those injured in the Tunisian massacre continue to arrive home, another victim of the horror has been named as a retired social worker from North Nottinghamshire.

John Stollery had worked for his county council - and was dedicated to helping children in care. He is the 4th victim to be named from our region - at least 30 Britons were killed in terror attack in the resort of Sousse last Friday. All those who lost their lives in the terror attack are expected to be repatriated by tomorrow. Helen Steel reports.

Tributes paid to Gainsborough woman killed in terror attack by former school

Further tributes have been paid to a woman from Gainsborough who died in the Tunisian terror attacks.

Carly Lovett Credit: Twitter

24-year-old Carly Lovett was with her fiance in Sousse when the gunman opened fire on the beach.

Neil Allan The Deputy Headteacher of her former school Queen Elizabeth's High said the school were devastated after losing such a fondly remembered pupil:

Ian Knowles from West Lindsey District Council also paid tribute:


Council pay tribute to John Stollery

Nottinghamshire council have paid tribute to John Stollery, who is the latest victim of the Tunisian terror attacks to be named.

John Stollery Credit: Nottinghamshire Council

We are all immensely saddened by the tragic death of John Stollery, who was a much loved and respected member of staff. As a dedicated social worker, he had a passion to help others that was apparent to everyone that he met. Our thoughts are with John’s family and all those affected by this terrible tragedy, including others from Notts. John will be missed greatly.

– Anthony May, chief executive of Notts County Council

Newark social worker latest victim of Tunisia terror attacks

A 58-year-old social worker from North Nottinghamshire is the latest victim of the Tunisian terrorist attacks to be named.

Nottinghamshire County Council Credit: John Stollery

John Stollery from Newark worked at Nottinghamshire County Council for the past 33 years and for the last 16 years was dedicated to working with children in care.

He was on holiday with his wife Cheryl and their son.

His wife Cheryl paid an emotional tribute to him. She said:

The family has asked that their privacy is respected at this time and that they are given time to come to terms with their loss.

John was special, he made a difference and gave his best to others. We, his family, are proud of him and deeply saddened that he was taken from us in such a horrific and tragic way. We still had a long life to life with plans and dreams for our future together.” We love and miss him terribly and nothing will ever be the same again. He was a super husband and my best friend and a devoted dad to our son.” He will remain in our hearts and in our memory forever.” Our thoughts are with others who have gone through this mindless act of terrorism. We believe we all need to learn from what has happened and how it devastates individual and family life, so as to prevent it from happening to others. We’d like to thank Thomson Holidays, the Foreign Office and the staff at the Imperial Marhaba for their support and kindness following John’s death. Special thanks also to Nottinghamshire Police and our close friends.

– John Stollery's wife Cheryl
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