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Nottinghamshire police respond to HMIC report

"This inspection took place a few months ago and we are already much further ahead in our preparations to meet future financial difficulties. Although some of the findings were fair at the time they were written, we reject the notion that we've been slow to implement change. The challenges we face are significant and require careful consideration. We've been determined not to make any rash decisions that we later regret."

"Importantly, we have a balanced budget this year, indications show that will remain the case next year and we are achieving our savings. Let me be clear - it's tough out there, but we are not in a precarious financial position. HMIC is aware fully aware of our position and the progress that has been made since this inspection."

– Commissioner, Paddy Tipping

Nottinghamshire police told to improve budget cuts

Nottinghamshire police force has been told it urgently needs to improve the way it copes with budget cuts. The offical body which is revewing police spending - as part of government cutbacks - says all other forces across the region are making good progress in reducing their outgoings. The force says it now has a new plan in place.

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Nottinghamshire police have been told to improve Credit: PA

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Police release names of three dead in A1 crash

The names of the three people who died in a crash on the A1 at Ranby in North Nottinghamshire have been released by police. Leroy Carrington, 68, and Sheila Carrington, 58, from Tyne and Wear died when their car was in collision with another vehicle yesterday morning Sunday July 20. Roderick Franks, 58, from Hertfordshire was the passenger in the other car. He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Police appeal over 'tarpaulin' left at scene of triple fatal crash

The A1 southbound in north Nottinghamshire remains closed this lunchtime after a head on collision between two cars last night left three people dead.

The accident happened near the five ways roundabout to the south of Worksop. It is understood one car came through the central reservation and collided head on with a car travelling south. A fourth person was uninjured. Ged Hazlewood from Nottinghamshire police has made a specific appeal for help.

Three dead in A1 crash in North Nottinghamshire

Three people have been killed following a serious crash on the A1 at Ranby in Nottinghamshire last night. Emergency services were called at around 11.20 pm following reports that a number of cars had been involved in an accident. The southbound carriageway is closed between junction 34 and 57 at Blyth and is expected to stay shut most of the morning. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Cannabis plants found in Worksop house

Up to a quarter of a million pounds worth of cannabis has been seized from a house in Mansfield.

400 plants found in house in Worksop Credit: Nottinghamshire police

The Cannabis Dismantling Team from Nottinghamshire Police, acting on a tip off from the public, raided a house in Stella Street. Around 400 plants, estimated to be worth about £240,000, have been recovered from the top floor of the detached building.

Sergeant Jim Wells said: “This call has come in to us not long after we supported the Crimestoppers ‘Scratch and Sniff’ campaign in June, during which time cards were sent out to the public to provide an example of what cannabis plants smell like.

“I hope the find is illustrative of the faith people have in us to investigate their concerns and, wherever possible, act on this information by seizing illegal drugs and making arrests.

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Rolf Harris artwork to be removed from drain cover

A drain cover created in memory of a visit made by disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris is to be destroyed today.

The drain cover created from Harris' drawing
The drain cover created from Harris' drawing

Mr Harris visited East Drayton in 1979 and villagers made a stencil from a drawing he did there and had it transferred on to a new drain cover.

The parish council now say it is inappropriate after he was convicted of 12 indecent assaults.

The drain cover created from Harris' drawing
The drain cover created from Harris' drawing

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Anger as 94-year-old left in gutter for 3 hour 30 minute ambulance wait

A 94 year old woman who had to lie injured on the pavement for more than three hours waiting for an ambulance, says the experience was "dreadful". Janet Rogers, from North Nottinghamshire, had fallen from her mobility scooter. East Midlands Ambulance Service has now apologised

In his report Peter Bearne talks to Janet, her daughter Jane and Richard Henderson from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Coalfields blighted by deprivation

Researchers in Sheffield have found that former mining communities are still struggling a quarter of a century after the collapse of the industry.

Former coal mining communities still struggle with unemployment, ill health and deprivation Credit: Press Association

A report, commissioned by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and carried out by Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, identified unemployment, ill health and deprivation as the key issue

  • The employment rate in the largest UK coalfields is between 2% and 7% lower than the average for England and Wales.

  • There are only 50 jobs for every 100 adults of working age in the coalfields which is significantly lower than the national average of 67.

  • The business stock and business formation rates in the coalfields are significantly lower than the rest of the country.
  • 11.7% of people living in the coalfields report long-term health problems compared to 8.6% nationally.

  • 8.4% of adults of working age in the coalfields claim incapacity benefit, which is 2.2% higher than the national average.

  • 14% of adults in the coalfields are out-of-work on benefits, which is 4% higher than the national average.

  • 43% of all neighbourhoods in the coalfields fall into the most deprived 30% in the country.

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