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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.


Severe delays after lorry hits central reservation on A1

Motorists are being warned to expect delays following a single vehicle collision on the A1 south of Claypole this morning.

Police were called just after 7.50am following a report of a heavy goods vehicle having collided with the central reservation.

One lane of the southbound carriageway has been closed while the vehicle is recovered. Police, fire and ambulance crews remain at the scene.

The driver, who is being treated at the scene, is not believed to be seriously injured.

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Thoresby colliery facts as the last coal is mined

nside one of the mine shafts at Thoresby colliery in Nottinghamshire Credit: PA

The government has announced that it will not provide cash to help keep Thoresby colliery in Nottinghamshire open for a further three years.

In light of its closure, here are some facts about Thorseby Coalmine:

  • First all electric mine in the country
  • First mine to have fully mechanised coal production
  • First to have an annual output of one million tonnes
  • By the 1980s it was producing two million tonnes in the 1980s
  • Opened in 1925 by the Bolsolver Colliery Company
  • Thoresby Colliery brass band was formed in 1948, all made up of miners
  • Today only one miner is in the band
  • Thoresby Colliery Cricket and Football clubs still bear the pit's name
  • Thoresby is the last deep mine in the Midlands to close

It comes after UK Coal announced the region's last deep coal mine would close because it was no longer profitable.


Ostrich-like bird on the loose

Police in Worksop are on the lookout for a 6-feet tall ostrich-like bird.

A rhea is a 6ft tall flightless bird native to South America Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Officers were called just after 5pm this evening to a report of the rhea – a 6ft tall flightless bird native to South America – being reported missing from a private collection in Carlton-in-Lindrick.

The bird is understood to have gone missing between 5pm on Monday 22 June and 12pm on Tuesday 23 June 2015.

We are warning local people and particularly those with small children to be on their guard and not to approach the bird, which poses a very real threat to the public due to its size, aggressive nature and the unfamiliar surroundings it could find itself in. Officers are working with the owner to trace the bird as we look to bring his incident to a safe conclusion. If anyone sees this bird, please call 999 immediately, quoting incident number 601 of Tuesday 23 June.

– Inspector Paul Peatfield, Nottinghamshire Police

Father with MND records voice to talk to family when it's gone

A father from North Nottinghamshire, who has a degenerative condition that could affect his speech, is recording his voice so he will still be able to talk to his family.

Andrew Dodsworth, who is 45 has been living with motor neurone disease for eight months. He is hoping that by "banking" his voice he will be able to keep some of his identity. Our correspondent Peter Bearne has been talking to him at his home near Mansfield.

Police watchdog examines search for missing Amber

Police are being investigated over concerns they failed to act thoroughly on reported sightings of the schoolgirl Amber Peat before she was found dead.

It's just under three weeks since the body of 13-year-old Amber was found by officers less than a mile from her home in Mansfield - three days after she went missing.

Amber was found hanged after vanishing from her home following a row with her mother and stepfather. The police watchdog is investigating whether officers missed opportunities to find her. Sally Simpson reports.

Man charged with manslaughter after prisoner's death

A 24-year-old man has been charged with in connection with the death of a man who was assaulted at Ranby Prison on Monday (15 June).

Thomas Axton, 37, of Bracknell, Berkshire, died from his injuries in hospital in Sheffield the following day.

Quinn Colley, of HMP Prison Ranby, Nottinghamshire, was charged with manslaughter on Thursday night. He appeared before Nottingham magistrates on Friday (19 June).

Three other men aged between 22 and 39 are currently on bail pending further enquiries.

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