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Police hope to identify body found in caravan one year ago

It is one year since the body of a man was found in a caravan near Beckingham on the Nottinghamshire-Lincolnshire border.

Police still do not know who he was. He had no distinguishing marks on his body and no wallet or phone on him. Tests revealed he had been dead for more than six weeks before being found.

Police are now hoping this forensic artist's impression of how he may have looked will help them identify him.

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They say the man was no older than 50, around 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, of medium to slim build and had collar-length dark wavy hair. His ethnicity is unclear.

His body was discovered by a member of the public in a static caravan on a building site off Gringley Road.

Caravan where body was found

We are basically no closer to finding out who he is and how he died. Officers do not suspect foul play but they are keen to find out his identity in the hope of reuniting him with his family - wherever they may be.

– Spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police

Police release picture of mystery man found dead a year ago

Police have released a picture of an unidentified man who was found dead in a caravan on the Nottinghamshire-Lincolnshire border almost a year ago.

Officers believe this is what he may have looked like. The man, thought to be no older than 50, was found in Beckingham on March the 13th last year. A post-mortem examination found he died up to six months before the discovery of his body.

Savile was a 'frequent' visitor to Rampton Hospital, say reports

Jimmy Savile had frequent access to high security Rampton Hospital during the 1970s and 1980s, according to the new reports.

He is said to have behaved inappropriately on four occasions, including moving his hand to one person's "nether region" and tickling his hand.

Savile went on trips to Scarborough by bus and train with patients and staff from the Nottinghamshire hospital in 1971 and 1972, investigators found, but there was no evidence about whether his presence was appropriate so they would not speculate on the issue.

Savile was a "'frequent" visitor to the hospital estate in the early 1970s, and entered the secure area on a number of occasions.<

The report said: "One current member of staff told us that, as a student nurse, he was in the recreation hall, within the secure area of the hospital, at a patient disco in the early 1970s. This was a supervised event at which JS (Savile) was present. This current member of staff went on to say that JS jumped from the stage, took his hand and kissed it. This member of staff reported that he was highly embarrassed by this unwanted action."

One person interviewed claimed to have seen Savile inside the hospital twice in a two-week period in either 1985 or 1986. "Whilst this person did not see JS with hospital security keys, he did not see him being supervised either."

Investigators said they received consistent reports that Savile generally visited the hospital estate in a motor home.

They found a photograph from about 1970 of Savile in the motor home at the hospital entrance building with eight children and two staff close by.

"One person we interviewed said that JS would drive around the hospital estate in his motor home whilst sounding a distinctive horn and that children would gather and follow behind. This person disclosed to us that JS beckoned him into a staff house, sat him on his knee and was sexually inappropriate by moving his hand to the individual's 'nether region' and also tickled his hand."


Police say missing woman may have been taken in by a ‘good samaritan’

A missing woman from Nottingham may have been taken in by a good samaritan, police say.

Police say Gloris Smith may also be using a different name Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A fresh appeal has been launched for Gloris Smith who went missing in October last year.

Officers believe she was in Nottingham city centre in December last year.

As well as Nottinghamshire, Gloris also has had previous links to the South Yorkshire and Portsmouth areas.

She is described as black, about 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build, with black hair. Police say she may also be using a different name.

Mansfield's B&Q shuts its doors after 26 years

B&Q has announced that it is closing its store in Mansfield town centre after 26 years in business.

The lease on the building has expired and will not be renewed Credit: Press Association

35 jobs will be lost when the DIY retailer shuts its doors for the last time on Baums Lane on Saturday 6th June.

Officials have said that the lease on the building has expired and will not be renewed.

The firm’s nearby stores on the Old Mill Industrial Estate at Mansfield Woodhouse and Mansfield Road, Sutton will remain open.

Public asked to vote for landmark tree to win European award

People are being asked to vote for a landmark tree in our region to be awarded the title of European Tree of the year.

The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest

The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest is known for being the base of Robin Hood and his Men. It is thought to be around 1000 years old and is 33 feet in circumference. There is only one week left to vote, with the Major Oak currently behind entries from Hungary and Estonia.

Prolific shoplifter picked the 'wrong town'

A prolific shoplifter has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to the theft of more than £800 of items – his latest in a string of over 175 offences.

Prolific shoplifter Howard Lawrence Credit: Nottinghamshire police

But according to Nottinghamshire police, 56-year-old Howard Lawrence "picked the wrong town" when he struck in Mansfield.

Officers who arrested him for theft from a River Island store there also discovered Lawrence’s car nearby containing more stolen goods, despite him refusing to tell officers the location of the vehicle.

Sergeant Colin Kirkup from Nottinghamshire Police said: “Howard Lawrence has a horrendous history of offending, amounting to almost 80 convictions taking in 175 offences nationwide over the past 40 years. On this occasion, he picked the wrong town and thanks to the fast actions of affected businesses and agencies in Mansfield town centre, he has found himself facing prison for a substantial amount of time.”

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