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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

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Man admits killing parents in 'frenzied' knife attack

A man has admitted killing his own parents in a "frenzied, prolonged" knife attack.

Leszek Dantes and his wife Malgorzata Dantes Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Kamil Dantes, 29, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his parents, Leszek Dantes and his wife Malgorzata Dantes on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The 54-year-olds’ bodies were discovered at around 6am on Monday 21 April 2014 in the upstairs front bedroom of the family home in Hardwick Road East in Worksop.

The Dantes each had around thirty stab wounds.

Mrs Dantes was Mr Dantes' full time carer, after the 54-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour and became reliant on a wheelchair.

In recent years relatives had noticed changes in Kamil’s behaviour, with him becoming more and more negative towards them. This appeared to be aggravated by reported use of steroids and cannabis.

He was detained under the Mental Health Act for two weeks in 2011 after reporting to police that his parents were dead.

Since then he had been on medication and closely monitored.

Inspectors say the couple could not have predicted what their son might do.

Kamil subjected his parents to a frenzied, prolonged attack on that April morning without any provocation. Caught unaware, they had no time to fight back and certainly his father, who struggled to walk, had no means of escape. They trusted him, they supported him and this is how he repaid them. This incident has understandably taken its toll on their relatives, some of whom remain in Worksop. They asked that their privacy be respected to allow them the space and time to process what has happened to their family and find a way to continue on with their lives without them.

– Detective Chief Inspector Leigh Sanders

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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.

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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