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Inquiry into historic abuse at Nottinghamshire children's homes

Nottinghamshire Police has confirmed an inquiry is underway to investigate a number of allegations of historic abuse affecting ten former children's homes or residential premises in the County of Nottinghamshire.

The Operation Xeres team is investigating a small number of complaints of historic physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse reported by people who were in care for a variety of reasons, but who are now adults.

The inquiry is looking at allegations dating between 1940 and the 1990s at Skegby Hall, the former Whatton Young Offenders Institution, Repton Lodge in Worksop, Laybrook in Mansfield, Berry Hill Open Air School in Mansfield, The Ridge in Mansfield, Amberdale in Stapleford, Ashley House in Worksop, South Collingham Hall, and Cauldwell House in Southwell.

None of the allegations relate to the premises' current use.

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Forces Support transform garden of soldier's mother

A charity is transforming the garden of a mother whose son was killed in Afghanistan.

19-year-old Gavin Elliott was fighting insurgents in Helmand Province in 2009 when he died.

Now, the charity Forces Support is helping his mum Jayne makeover her garden at her home in North Anston near Worksop.

When complete it will have a special area where Gavin can be remembered:

Garden in memory of fallen soldier

A charity is transforming the garden of a mother whose son was killed in Afghanistan. Nineteen-year-old Gavin Elliott was fighting insurgents in Helmand Province in 2009 when he died.

Now the charity Forces Support is helping his mum, Jayne, makeover her garden at her home in North Anston near Worksop. When complete it will have a special area where Gavin can be remembered, as Martin Fisher reports.

Forces Support charity lends helping hand to soldiers' families

A charity is helping to transform the garden of a mother whose son was killed while fighting in Afghanistan.

Private Gavin Elliott was fighting insurgents in Helmand Province in 2009 when he died aged 19. Now the charity Forces Support is helping his mum Jayne makeover her garden at her home in North Anston near Worksop.

When complete it will have a special area where Gavin can be remembered by all Jayne's family:

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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.

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.”

Helipad appeal backed by sister of crashed man

The sister of a man from Barnsley who was critically hurt in a car crash is throwing her weight behind a campaign to raise money for a new helipad at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital. Andrew Chesterton was airlifted from his wrecked car and his sister Suzanne has joined the appeal for better facilities to speed up the transfer to A&E. James Webster reports:

A&E Doctor: Current helipad makes patient transfers more complex

An A&E consultant at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital says a new helipad there would make patient transfers in from major traumatic events less complex. Dr. Stuart Reid is helping with the fundraising appeal, aiming to raise the last £500,000 needed to build a new, closer helipad:

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