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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.”

Extra patrols to stop "car cruise"

There will be police patrols in Mansfield this evening to stop a so-called "car cruise".

The events often see drivers race or show off their vehicles on public roads.

Officers will be around Jubilee Way South, where the gathering is reported to take place. The car park there is private property.

We would encourage those people to change their minds about turning up at the car park tonight, we will be present to enforce antisocial behaviour laws.

– Inspector Sam Wilson, Nottinghamshire Police

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Race against time to save collieries

The owners of Thorseby and Hatfield collieries are facing a race against time to save what is left of the coal industry.

Thoresby Colliery Credit: ITV Yorkshire

UK Coal has confirmed that it will submit a bid to the government later this week for £300 million of state aid to rescue Thoresby Colliery in North Nottinghamshire from closure, along with Kellingley in North Yorkshire.

Hatfield Colliery, which is owned by its employees, is also preparing to seek a taxpayer bailout. But the appeal for funds must be approved by the Coalition before the general election in May.

Read: Talks to secure funding for mines

Concern for missing Worksop man

Have you seen Mark Cutts? Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A search is being carried out by police in Worksop after a local man went missing.

28-year-old Mark Cutts was last heard from the early hours of today. Officers say they concerned for his welfare and state of mind.

The police helicopter has been out this morning, but he was not found.

Mark is described as white and around 6'1" tall. His hair is shaved , but he has a beard and also wears glasses. He is believed to be wearing a dark jumper, coat and jeans.

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PC acquitted over misconduct in public office offences

A serving police officer has been found not guilty of seven counts of misconduct in a public office.

Chris Young, who is 47, was most recently based as a response officer at Hucknall, in Nottinghamshire, but had previously worked at Worksop. He was acquitted following a three-week trial at Derby Crown Court.

It related to seven separate and unconnected allegations of a sexual nature between 2003 and 2012. A police spokesperson said:

“In conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, a case was put before a jury who today have found PC Chris Young not guilty of misconduct in a public office. The verdict is a matter for the jury on which it would be inappropriate to comment. The internal conduct process in respect of the allegations against PC Young is yet to be concluded.”

Mansfield caretaker boss wants vacant manager's job

Mansfield Town have revealed that the club's current caretaker boss, Adam Murray has applied to become the Stags' next manager.

Mansfield Town have revealed that the club's current caretaker boss, Adam Murray has applied to become the Stags' next manager. Credit: Press Association

The board say the interview process has finished and they will "leave no stone unturned before making a final decision".

The short listed candidates were interviewed at length by the club's chairman [John Radford] and board of directors yesterday. The board will now reconvene over the forthcoming days and will leave no stone unturned before making a final decision on the managerial appointment. Following recent speculation, the club can confirm that caretaker manager Adam Murray has applied for the job and was interviewed as part of the process.

– Mansfield Town

Man fined for dropping cigarette butt

An Alfreton man has been fined six hundred pounds after dropping a cigarette end out of the taxi that he was driving.

The man was fined for dropping a cigarette butt Credit: PA

37-year-old Jonathan Dawson from South Normanton was spotted by a Council Neighbourhood Warden. He has also been told to pay costs to the council after the case went to court.

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