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Condolence books placed for John Stollery tributes following Tunisia attack

The coffin of John Stollery is taken from the RAF C-17 carrying the bodies of eight British nationals killed in the Tunisia terror attack at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Condolence books have been placed in Nottinghamshire County Council locations, so tributes can be left for John Stollery.

The 58-year-old social worker was killed in the Tunisia terror attack.

It is hard to summarise what kind of person John was, he was a dedicated social worker and was known to fight hard for the children and young people he supported.

"Many of his young people recognised how hard he worked for them and knew that they could rely and depend upon him at any time.

– Tributes from colleagues of John, Jayne taylor, Owen Pout and Robert Blackburn

He was my social worker and the best one around. John made me realise that my dreams could become reality. For that, I am truly grateful.

– 13-year-old Paige who John helped

John had worked at Nottinghamshire County Council for the past 33 years and for the last 16 years, was dedicated to working with children in care.


Staffordshire boy taken to hospital with leg still impaled on iron railing

The West Midlands Air Ambulance service Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A teenage boy impaled his leg on an eight-feet high wrought iron railing in Staffordshire.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cumberland Road, Staffordshire, shortly before 1.40pm on Saturday 4 July.

Everyone worked really well and really carefully together to help the boy who was trapped for half an hour. It was important not to make the injury any worse and therefore the railing had to remain in the boy’s right leg.

“First, a section of that railing that was cut in order for the boy to be brought down. Then a bit more had to be cut off so it could all fit into the air ambulance for the flight to hospital.

“The boy was given pain relief and oxygen and was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Midlands fails to keep up with rate of economic growth in London

The Midlands fails to keep up with the economic growth rate of London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The East Midlands is creating jobs at half the speed of the capital according to the TUC.

Job growth in London was at 11.5% between 2010 and 2014 and economic growth was 14.5%, in comparison to the East Midlands which was 8%.

London is also creating jobs at three times the speed of the West Midlands.

The TUC is calling for more balance in economic growth across the country, with the Government saying that it's supporting a five hundred million pound regeneration programme in Birmingham.

The West Midlands has experienced an increase of 130,000 in employment since 2010.

Union officials say a better economic plan is needed to balance growth across the UK.


Girls told: Don't wear skirts, it distracts male teachers

A school in Stoke on-Trent has banned pupils from wearing skirts because they are 'distracting male teachers and pupils'.

Trentham High School has introduced a strict dress code Credit: Newsteam

Trentham High School has ordered all students to wear the same style of 'business-like' trousers to stop pupils coming to lessons in clothing that 'barely covers their bottoms'.

Headmistress Dr Rowena Blencowe said she has been forced to introduce the new rules because staff have started spending more time telling pupils to roll down their skirts than teaching.

Now it's just a constant nag. Girls are coming in with skirts that just cover their bottoms - it's totally inappropriate.

Girls with the right length skirts are just rolling them up. We tell them in form period to roll them down, but by first break they're back up again.

It's not pleasant for male members of staff and students either, the girls have to walk up stairs and sit down and it's a complete distraction.

After a while it stops being a uniform issue and starts becoming a safeguarding issue.

– Dr Rowena Blencowe, Headmistress

Final decision due on home plans near Kedleston Hall

A controversial application for up to 400 homes on the edge of Allestree in Derby has been recommended for refusal by council planners.

Kedleston Hall itself is owned by the National Trust Credit: ITV News

Their main concern was the harm it would do to the setting of Grade I listed Kedleston Hall.

The news will delight campaigners battling against the plans for the site off Kedleston Road. Today the council will make its final decision.

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