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Investigation underway into Retford fatal flat fire

An investigation is underway to find out what caused a fire in a block of flats which left one person dead.

It is believed the blaze started around 4.30pm in Cobwell Road in Retford yesterday Friday November 21, 2014.

The building was evacuated as firefighters battled to extinguish the fire. Officers are now working to find alternative accommodation for the residents affected.

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VIDEO: Forty activists released after blocking coal train

40 protesters detained by police after they stopped and climbed on a coal train in Nottinghamshire have been released.

The Greenpeace activists blocked the 400-metre freight train on sidings leading to Cottam power station for ten hours yesterday after flagging it down using the stopping signals.

A life-size polar bear puppet was used to stop the train from moving.

British Transport Police have confirmed they arrested 3 activists and spoke with 37 others.

A life-size polar bear puppet was used to stop the train from moving. Credit: Greenpeace UK

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Investigation after Greenpeace activists occupy coal train

Investigations will begin today into how a group of climate change protestors managed to stop a freight train loaded with coal.

50 Greenpeace activists managed to stop and occupy the coal train Credit: Greenpeace UK

50 Greenpeace activists boarded the train yesterday as it was heading to Cottam Power Station near Retford.

They stopped the train for eight hours before being detained by police.

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Activists on freight train 'detained by the police'

A group of climate change activists, who seized a freight train carrying 1,500 tonnes of coal in Nottinghamshire, have been detained by police, according to Greenpeace UK on twitter.

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Freight train illegally seized by Greenpeace activists

Fifty Greenpeace activists have stopped and occupied a freight train delivering 1,500 tonnes of coal to Nottinghamshire's Cottam power station.

A freight train has been seized by Greenpeace activists Credit: Greenpeace UK

We were called to a crossing at Westbrecks Lane in South Leverton, Retford at 2.45pm following reports of a number of protestors, believed to be from Greenpeace, halting the progress of a coal train.

Officers are currently responding to the incident together with colleagues from Nottinghamshire Police.

– Spokesperson, British Transport Police
The train was heading for Nottinghamshire's Cottam power station Credit: Greenpeace UK

French energy giant EDF, which operates Cottam and West Burton A coal-fired power station and West Burton B gas-fired power plant in Nottinghamshire, said: "EDF Energy can confirm that individuals have boarded a freight train carrying coal to Cottam power station in Nottinghamshire.

"The safety of our employees and the public is our priority and we are currently working with British Transport Police to ensure everyone involved is safe and out of harm.

"We operate a diverse mix of electricity generation and produce more low-carbon electricity than any other generator in Britain from our nuclear power stations and wind farms."

Meanwhile DB Schenker Rail UK confirmed that one of their trains has been brought to a stand by a number of protesters on the Cottam branch line near Retford. The train was travelling from Humber International Terminal to Cottam Power Station carrying 1,500 tonnes of coal.

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Life-size polar bear stops coal train in its tracks

Greenpeace activists have used a life-size polar bear puppet to stop a Nottinghamshire coal train in its tracks Credit: Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists have used a life-size polar bear puppet to stop a coal train heading for Nottinghamshire's Cottam power station.

The charity says the "highly realistic, life-size, moving polar bear puppet - previously used in National Theatre productions - has just walked up to the front of the locomotive, where it’s now stopping the train from moving."

The animal is intended to symbolise the global movement to save the Arctic from climate change, which is mainly driven by coal.

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IN PICTURES: Greenpeace activists halt coal train

Concern for missing Kevin

Kevin Tissington Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police are concerned about a man who has gone missing from Retford.

Kevin John Tissington was last seen by a family member in Worton Street, yesterday afternoon.

The 49-year-old is white, 5ft 5ins tall, of heavy build and bald.

When last seen he was wearing a dark top with the word ‘Grumpy’ on the front and dark combat-style trousers. He was carrying a large rucksack and had his arm in a sling as a result of a shoulder complaint.

Mr Tissington has an interest in trains and is known to enjoy visiting the Quarries area in Sutton-cum-Lound.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police.

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