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Ostrich-like bird on the loose

Police in Worksop are on the lookout for a 6-feet tall ostrich-like bird.

A rhea is a 6ft tall flightless bird native to South America Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Officers were called just after 5pm this evening to a report of the rhea – a 6ft tall flightless bird native to South America – being reported missing from a private collection in Carlton-in-Lindrick.

The bird is understood to have gone missing between 5pm on Monday 22 June and 12pm on Tuesday 23 June 2015.

We are warning local people and particularly those with small children to be on their guard and not to approach the bird, which poses a very real threat to the public due to its size, aggressive nature and the unfamiliar surroundings it could find itself in. Officers are working with the owner to trace the bird as we look to bring his incident to a safe conclusion. If anyone sees this bird, please call 999 immediately, quoting incident number 601 of Tuesday 23 June.

– Inspector Paul Peatfield, Nottinghamshire Police


Father with MND records voice to talk to family when it's gone

A father from North Nottinghamshire, who has a degenerative condition that could affect his speech, is recording his voice so he will still be able to talk to his family.

Andrew Dodsworth, who is 45 has been living with motor neurone disease for eight months. He is hoping that by "banking" his voice he will be able to keep some of his identity. Our correspondent Peter Bearne has been talking to him at his home near Mansfield.

Police watchdog examines search for missing Amber

Police are being investigated over concerns they failed to act thoroughly on reported sightings of the schoolgirl Amber Peat before she was found dead.

It's just under three weeks since the body of 13-year-old Amber was found by officers less than a mile from her home in Mansfield - three days after she went missing.

Amber was found hanged after vanishing from her home following a row with her mother and stepfather. The police watchdog is investigating whether officers missed opportunities to find her. Sally Simpson reports.

Man charged with manslaughter after prisoner's death

A 24-year-old man has been charged with in connection with the death of a man who was assaulted at Ranby Prison on Monday (15 June).

Thomas Axton, 37, of Bracknell, Berkshire, died from his injuries in hospital in Sheffield the following day.

Quinn Colley, of HMP Prison Ranby, Nottinghamshire, was charged with manslaughter on Thursday night. He appeared before Nottingham magistrates on Friday (19 June).

Three other men aged between 22 and 39 are currently on bail pending further enquiries.

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.

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.

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