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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.

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

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


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.

Police believe missing family may have headed to Ireland

Nora Lisa Ward and James Dean Docherty. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

The search for a family from Retford who have gone missing has extended to Ireland.

A search was mounted yesterday for 24-year-old mum Rosemarie Senior, her 27-year-old partner Sidney Winson, and Rosemarie's children, three-year-old Nora Lisa Ward and two-year-old James Dean Docherty.

Rosemarie Senior Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

The family were last seen in Chancery Lane, Retford at about noon.

Initial investigations have led the force to believe the family may be in Ireland or on their way to the country.

Police would like to make contact with them to ensure they are safe and well.

Sidney Winson Credit: Nottinghamshire Police


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Fire crews deal with litres of acid spilt in warehouse

Fire crews have been dealing with an acid spill at a warehouse in Nottinghamshire overnight.

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue service tweeted at 22:44 on Wednesday that 25 litres of acid were involved at the business in the Ashfield District.

Chemical suits, absorbent granules & protective mats were used to tackle the spill/ There are no reports of any injuries.

Teenage boys missing for more than a week

Niall Smith and Dilan Forster-Doyle Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Two teenage boys from Newark have been missing for over a week.

Niall Smith, 15, and Dilan Forster-Doyle, 16, were last seen in Newark on the afteroon of 27 April. They were supposed to be picked up from the town that evening but failed to turned up.

The teenagers may be in the Manchester area as Niall was seen in the city on the day he went missing.

Officers and their families are keen to know they are safe and well.

Niall is white, about 5ft 3ins tall, of medium build and has dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey cap, a blue jacket and grey jogging bottoms.

Dilan is white, about 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build and has brown hair. He was wearing a sports cap, grey tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and a jacket.

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