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Southwell Flood Forum welcome government's offer to pay for repairs

An action group formed in Southwell in Nottinghamshire to help residents hit by flash floods has welcomed the government's offer of money to pay for repairs and say an injustice has been put right.

150 homes in the town were flooded when a month's rain fell in an hour in July 2013.

Southwell Flood Forum members Katy Todd, Liz Walker and Rob Jordan Credit: ITV News Central

Southwell Flood Forum was aggrieved when the government announced financial help for victims hit by flooding in 2014, such as those in Somerset.

But today, following pressure from the Forum and Nottinghamshire MPs Robert Jenrick and Mark Spencer, the offer was extended to communities affected last year as well.

Potwell Dyke in Southwell which burst its banks during the flood Credit: ITV News Central

Residents will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000 through the county council.

The town is hoping for further good news next week when the Chancellor is expected to announce a package of flood mitigation measures in his Autumn Statement.


OFSTED: St Edmund Campion Primary in Nottinghamshire 'continues to have serious weaknesses'

Inspectors have told a troubled primary school in Nottinghamshire that it continues to have serious weaknesses and its plan of action to improve is "not fit for purpose".

Ofsted says St Edmund Campion Primary in West Bridgford has not made enough progress since its last inspection.

The headteacher, Dorothy Longley, resigned earlier this month just before she was due to face a disciplinary hearing.

South Nottingham Catholic Academy Trust, which runs the school, says inspectors are due back in the spring when they expect to be "well on the way" to coming out of serious weaknesses.

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'Plebgate' PC: 'Pain' of High Court case 'indescribable'

The police officer at the centre of the Plebgate row has said the "pain" of going through the courts "has been indescribable" after a judge found in his favour over Andrew Mitchell.

Speaking outside the High Court, PC Toby Rowland said he had "huge regret" that "what happened at the gates of Downing Street more than two years ago ended up here".

PC Toby Rowland pointed out he had already been cleared of wrongdoing in the Plebgate incident by four investigations, including a criminal one. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

He said he and his team had tried "everything possible" to avoid court action.

"I am delighted that here again my innocence, integrity and reputation as a police officer has been recognised," he added.

PC Rowland also called for a "line to be drawn" over the incident.

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