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We want to know if you think drink driving penalties are tough enough? Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

From the beginning of December, police forces across England and Wales are launching their annual Christmas Drink and Drug campaign - targeting anyone over the limit.

As police forces in our region join the nation-wide crackdown, road safety charity Brake is calling for tougher punishments for those who break the law.

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Weekend Picks: Illuminating Shakespeare

Illuminating Shakespeare: 26th November - 19th December (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford upon Avon)

The light show will see the Birthplace open up 'like a doll's house' Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Get an glimpse of Shakespeare's early life with the illuminating Shakespeare light show in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre.

Audiences are invited to choose a room to explore, opening the Birthplace up like a doll's house and witness the young William finding words and moments that shaped his future writing.

After the show you’ll be able to walk around the garden and see interactive illuminations based on Shakespeare's works. The light show runs till 19 December.

We’re thrilled to be able to bring back our wonderful tradition of the Birthplace Lightshow this winter. Now in its third year, the light show has delighted thousands of audiences from Stratford and all over the world, and is synonymous with the town’s Christmas festivities.

– Chloe Malendewicz, Birthplace Manager

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Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner: 'Really grateful that the Goddard team has listened to our appeals'

Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, has welcomed today's announcement that claims of historic sexual abuse in the county will be investigated.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping. Credit: ITV News Central

"This is a huge step in the right direction and I’m really grateful that the Goddard team has listened to our appeals for Nottinghamshire to become part of the national inquiry.

"I have met a good many of the survivors and they have impressed upon me the importance of this inquiry and their wish to have the opportunity to tell their story and to have that story heard.

"It is really important for anyone else who believes they may have been a victim of abuse to come forward and report their story.

"I look forward to supporting the Inquiry as it moves to its next phase."

– Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Justice Goddard, the Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), confirmed that the first phase of the Inquiry will investigate failure to protect children in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

The Inquiry’s work will complement Nottinghamshire Police’s ongoing 'complex and challenging' criminal investigations into historic child abuse.

The Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, Chris Eyre, has also welcomed today's announcement.

"Our victims need to be heard. I am confident that the Inquiry will allow them a voice without compromising the ongoing and extremely complex criminal investigations and criminal justice proceedings.

"The Inquiry will enable our partners to show the work they have done to review the care provided to children in the care system, demonstrate how they responded to changes in Government policy."

– Chris Eyre, Chief Constable, Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police currently has two major investigations ongoing into historical abuse in care homes in the city and county. These investigations started in 2010 and so far 263 victims have reported offences.

Weekend Picks: The Great Christmas Show

The Great Christmas Show: 28th November (Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, Nottingham)

There is plenty of festive action on offer Credit: All About Tourism

This weekend Wollaton Hall will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland.

There’ll be a host of food stands around the grounds from a hog roast and gourmet burgers to crepes, churros, fudge and chocolate.

Continuing the festive theme visitors can enjoy masterclasses in gift wrapping, handmade Christmas gifts and celebrity bakers showing you how to bake the perfect seasonal cakes.

Over the weekend, Santa will be joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with a visit from Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

The Great Christmas Show is all about celebrating Christmas and getting into the festive spirit. We have lots going off including a Santa’s Grotto, some of the children’s favourite characters, lots of great food, drink and crafts which will be a perfect Christmas gift for that special someone!

– Andy Whyles, Events Director

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Weekend Picks: Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair: 28th November (Coventry Transport Museum)

There are two big craft fairs in Coventry Credit: Culture Coventry

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Transport Museum are both hosting Christmas craft fairs this weekend in Coventry.

At Coventry Transport Museum children will be able to take a magical sleigh ride experience and travel to Lapland, watching as buildings fly past them on a sleigh pulled by two of Santa’s trusty reindeer.

Visitors at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum can enjoy Christmas shopping, from festive gifts and Christmas decorations to artisan foods and handcrafted jewellery.

We hope our weekend of events at both the Herbert and the Transport Museum will signal the beginning of the festive season for many, and offer a fun introduction to Christmas. With the chance to grab some early gifts, a magical sleigh ride, music, food and drink and a wonderful festive display, we can’t think of a better way to spend a wintery weekend.

– Jessica Pinson, Event and Exhibitions Officer.

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Weekend Picks: Santa Steam Trains

Santa Steam Trains: 28th November - 24th December (Great Central Railway, Loughborough)

Visitors can meet Santa on board the special steam train Credit: Great Central Railway

Hop aboard a steam train this weekend and meet Santa and his helpers as he’s swapped the sleigh for a fun filled train journey.

Visitors will get the chance to ride on board the special Santa steam train, have their photo taken with Santa and even get a present.

From 5 December there’ll be a festive craft market on the platforms so visitors can enjoy a bit of Christmas shopping too. The event runs through right up until Christmas Eve.

Our Santa Specials have always been popular and last year was a record breaker in terms of the number of visitors. “For children wishing to meet the man in the red coat and Mrs Claus, there’s nothing quite as magical as our Santa steam trains.

– Kate Tilley, GCR Marketing Manager


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