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Police in 'voluntary referral' to IPCC over Amber Peat investigation

Nottinghamshire Police says it has voluntarily referred itself to the IPCC in relation to its handling of the Amber Peat case.

We made a voluntary referral to the IPCC and will fully support their investigation. Referrals like this are part of standard procedure for cases with such high public interest, we do this to ensure transparency.

– Nottinghamshire Police

Police watchdog launches Amber Peat investigation

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into Nottinghamshire Police's response to the disappearance of tragic Mansfield teenager Amber Peat.

It is believed the force voluntarily requested that a review is carried out by the watchdog.

Amber, 13, went missing from her home in Mansfield earlier this month. Her body was found after a four-day search. Test revealed the cause of death as hanging.

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Death knell for Kellingley and Thoresby pits

More than 200 staff at Kellingley Colliery are being sent their redundancy letters today, and Thoresby Colliery will cease production at the beginning of July, it has been revealed.

Chris Kitchen, the General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said: "Under the UK Coal closure plan that the Government is helping us fund, Thoresby will cease production at the end of June beginning of July. Then the shafts will be filled in and another one bites the dust."

Reports back in March said the pit would close by the end of the year.

However, Mr Kitchen added that the initial date to end production which was July 10 is now July 3 because the workers are a week ahead of themselves.

Kellingley Colliery is about six months behind Thoresby.

Today UK Coal will send out letters to 205 miners putting them on notice of redundancy.

There are 500 miners at Kellingley. The remainder will leave when the pit closes in about six months.

Police: Man in hit-and-run lucky to survive with minor injuries

Detectives investigating a hit and run incident in Mansfield, in which a man was knocked to the ground, say he is lucky not to be injured more seriously.

The victim escaped with minor injuries and bruising after a car mounted the pavement and struck him.

Officers believe the driver may have been involved in an altercation with a group of people outside a nearby pub shortly before incident.

Phil Brewster reports:

Man arrested over offensive Amber Peat Facebook post

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication following the publication of an offensive Facebook post.

The man, who lives in the London area, is accused of making the post on social media during the inquiry to find missing school girl Amber Peat.

The man was arrested by the Metropolitan Police and is currently in custody.

Amber Peat inquest adjourned for further tests

An inquest into the death of a 13-year-old schoolgirl from Mansfield has heard her injuries are consistent with hanging.

An inquest into Amber's death opened today

Amber Peat's body was discovered last week after a four-day search. She had gone missing after a family row over chores.

The inquest was adjourned to a later date for further tests to be carried out.

A vigil in the town on Monday raised £955 to go towards her funeral costs.

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Mansfield unites in vigil for Amber Peat

Candlelit walk takes place for Amber

A candlelit walk is being held tonight to raise money for the funeral of Amber Peat.

The 13 year-old from Mansfield went missing from her home 9 days ago. Her body was discovered 3 days later. An inquest into her death is due to be opened on Wednesday.

As the community in Mansfield struggles to come to terms with what has happened a charity has urged young people and parents to ask for help. Rajiv Popat reports.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit the website.

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