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Storytelling Express sets off

A campaign to get more dads reading to their kids is being launched today with a special train service between Leeds and Nottingham.

Catherine Vase reading on the Storytelling Express

Children's author Catherine Vase is performing a reading from classic children's books during the journey to inspire commuters to pick up storytelling duties when they get home.

One in three parents questioned in Leeds use funny voices and noises to make the story more fun and half of them ask advice from parents, grandparents, teachers and friends.

The survey was commissioned by the Independent reading and writing charity, Booktrust which interestingly saw that younger parents across the UK were less likely to read bedtime stories.

Of parents aged 16-24, 28 per cent voted reading a bedtime story to their pre-school child as their favourite part of their day compared to 42 per cent of parents aged 55 or more.

Police investigating sightings of missing girl in Mansfield

Police are investigating reports that a missing schoolgirl may have been spotted in Mansfield.

Gypsy has been missing since Saturday

Gypsy Brown was last seen by her mum at around 3pm on Saturday.

She left her Selston home with a packed bag claiming to be staying over a friend’s house that night.

When the 15-year-old did not return home the next day, and it became clear she had not stayed with her friend, the alarm was raised.

Officers are making enquiries into two unconfirmed sightings of Gypsy in Mansfield and Nottingham.

Gypsy is around 5ft 3ins tall with long black hair and was last seen wearing a pink hooded sweater, a blue body warmer with a fur hood and black trousers. She may also have a gold handbag with her.

Gypsy, who is believed to have little money on her, has links to Mansfield and Heanor.


Rail service between Skegness and Nottingham gets back to normal

Rail services linking Skegness with Nottingham have started getting back to normal.

Nottingham station has undergone a £100 million revamp, with buses replacing trains over the last month. It re-opened yesterday but today officials will see how staff and commuters cope with the changes as people return to work following the Bank Holiday.

Network Rail area manager Justin Page says they've have thousands of people working on the project.

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Concerns about breast cancer treatment at Nottinghamshire hospital

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A report out today says that processes to ensure quality care at King's Mill hospital were not robust enough and there was poor communication between medical staff and Trust directors.

In October last year, the Care Quality Commission was called in to investigate concerns that breast cancer patients weren't given the most appropriate treatment because of incorrect test results.

During CQC's inspection patients did praise the care and treatment they had received.


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IDS: 'This is about fairness in the system'

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that housing benefit changes that have been introduced today are about "fairness".

In response to criticisms of the so-called 'bedroom tax', he said: "The reality is this is about getting our housing benefit back into order".

"This is about fairness. It's about fairness to those who pay vast sums of money in taxation to see that people living in subsidised accommodation who often don't use the bedrooms they've got, while others in overcrowded accommodation.... they can't get the accommodation they need.

"This is a nonsense problem that was created by the last government who didn't build enough housing and didn't manage the housing stock properly".

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Man bailed over Brodie inquiry

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A 34-year old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of James Brodie has been bailed.

James Brodie, who was 19, is believed to have gone missing shortly after jeweller Marian Bates was shot dead during a robbery at the Time Centre, Arnold, in September 2003.

Last week searches at Maize Farm, in East Heckington, Lincolnshire, resulted in a number of samples being sent off for further scientific tests.

Dean Betton, 32, of Raleigh Street, Radford, has been charged with James Brodie’s murder.

A 31-year-old man, who was also arrested on suspicion of James Brodie’s murder, was released on bail, pending further enquiries.

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Man charged over James Brodie murder

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Police have charged a man with the murder of James Brodie.

Dean Betton, 32, of Raleigh Street, Radford is due to appear before Lincoln magistrates tomorrow (Sat).

A 31-year-old man, who was also arrested on suspicion of Brodie’s murder, has been released on bail.

James Brodie, who was 19, is believed to have gone missing in September 2003. He has not made any contact with family or friends in more than nine years.

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Local men arrested for the murder of James Brodie

Two men have been arrested over the murder of James Brodie – the man wanted by police over the shooting of a jeweller in Nottingham.

The men – one from Nottinghamshire, the other Derbyshire – were arrested at separate addresses this morning and are now being questioned at Grantham police station.

Specialist officers have arrived at Maize Farm in East Heckington, Lincolnshire, where they're carrying out an in-depth search into the whereabouts of James Brodie.

Underground imagery equipment, Cadaver dogs – who search for human remains, and forensic archaeologists have now joined the search.

It's expected that an excavation may take place in the next few days.

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