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Nottingham clinics dealt with more than 200 FGM cases last year

Health professionals will be present at the FGM conference Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Specialist clinics in Nottingham dealt with more than 200 cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) last year, nine of which involved girls under 18.

Practitioners working in this area believe that this may only be the tip of the iceberg.

Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils, along with partner agencies who have a responsibility for safeguarding children, are supporting a conference taking place today, to focus on the issue of FGM.

The Ending Female Genital Mutilation Together conference will bring together survivors of FGM, local authorities and safeguarding professionals, as well as health professionals, women’s groups and charities to raise greater awareness and how to tackle it.

There is no reason for FGM on any grounds."

"I am keenly aware that there are cultures where this practice is the norm, but we are saying that it is unacceptable to do this to girls and women." “There is a long-held belief that performing female circumcision ensures that women remain chaste, but there is absolutely no basis for that assertion."

"Together, we have a responsibility to protect and safeguard our girls and women.”

– Valentine Nkoyo, conference organiser

FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985 and the practice continues mainly because of a lack of awareness among professionals, fear and embarrassment about talking about the issue, as well as a lack of understanding among practising communities about its impact.

Almost 2000 motorists ticketed for dangerous parking

Cars parked poorly could be a road hazard Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

Almost two thousand motorists in Leicestershire have been ticketed in the last month as part of an effort to tackle unsafe parking.

The drive by Leicestershire County Council is attempting to act against people who park in contravention of parking restrictions, such as double yellow lines - posing a potential road safety hazard.

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The number of motorists ticketed for dangerous parking

The council takes enforcement action against drivers who park in unsafe locations."

“We don’t make a profit on this – the income from fines just about covers the cost of the enforcement work. It is purely about maintaining road safety and the efficient flow of traffic for the benefit of other road users and the economy."

– Peter Osborne, cabinet member for highways

Over the last year, the council raised £735,645 from fines.

However, once the costs of running the enforcement service was taken into account, it made an overall loss of £792.

The council say that if any profit were made through the scheme, it would be used to fund improvements to parking and general traffic management in the county.

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Midlands Memories: 1960's football-transfer talk !

A selection of stories from the ITV News Central archive Credit: ITV News Central

We're opening up our ITV News Central archives and bringing you videos and stories from days gone by.

In the week that this season's football Transfer Deadline Day deals were done right up to the wire, we're opening our Midlands Memories series with a video featuring transfer-talk - from the 1960's !

Ten players at West Bromwich Albion ask for a block transfer from the club. Click below to see the video from 1963, featuring Simon Smith interviewing Don Howe and other players.

Click here for September 2015's latest football transfer deals.

Noisy children are the biggest complaint from pub visitors

The number one complaint from regulars in 2015 has been about badly behaved youngsters. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

Unruly children shouting, screaming and running around are spoiling pub visits it has been revealed.

The number one complaint from regulars in 2015 has been about badly behaved youngsters.

Some pubs seat families together in one room, while others offer well-equipped play areas or free wi-fi.

The Good Pub Guide has revealed that it also throws up a dilemma for landlords, as to how they should deal with unwelcome families.

Why are there undisciplined children who are allowed to run around unchecked, or screaming babies who aren't taken outside to calm down?"

– Pub-goer

My peaceful lunch by the fire with a pint was totally ruined by a child running around whooping and tripping up staff, and when asked to quieten down by the landlord, the poor man faced abuse from over-protective parents."

"Ridiculous."

– Pub-goer

Other statistics in this year's Guide include an 82p difference in the price of a pint in Herefordshire (£3.10) compared with London (£3.92), with the average for the UK of £3.46 - up by 15p on last year.

The Pub of the Year was named as the Horse & Groom in Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire, which has window seats, a wood-burning stove, guest beers and 22 wines, being described as a "special place".

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Multiple vehicles in serious accident on M6 Northbound

Multiple vehicles were involved in the incident Credit: Walsall Fire Service

Firefighters have released photos of a serious multi vehicle incident on the M6 Northbound at Junction 10 A454 / B4464 (Wolverhampton / Walsall). Cutting equipment was used on the scene to assist those involved.

Traffic is now easing and the exit slip road has re-opened.

Picture from the scene of the accident Credit: Walsall Fire Station

Poll: are employees entitled to a smoking break?

Nottinghamshire County Council say the move has been taken to improve the health of employees and reduce time off work. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

Nottinghamshire County Council have announced plans for a ban on employees taking smoking breaks during work time.

We ask do workers have a right to take a break for a cigarette?

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Nottinghamshire County Council: Plans to ban cigarette breaks part of 'duty of care'

Employees could be banned from taking smoking breaks Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nottinghamshire County Council has insisted plans to ban smoking breaks are part of its desire to be a 'supportive employer' and that they have a 'duty of care' to the people that work for them.

Here is their full statement:

“Smoking is still public health’s number one enemy. Nottinghamshire County Council, along with a number of other partners, has signed the Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Tobacco Declaration that commits us to take action against tobacco which in turn improves the health of our staff."

“We are trying to be a supportive employer and have a duty of care to protect the health of our employees as part of a wider remit to take a leading role in promoting better health in Nottinghamshire."

“If you asked 100 smokers if they wanted to give up, 70 of them would want to. With this in mind we want to encourage staff to attend smoking cessation services. If they don’t want to give up smoking they will get withdrawal symptoms at work because of their nicotine addiction."

"We want to support staff by encouraging them to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy at work. The cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy is cheaper than cigarettes so we are not asking staff to spend more money than usual."

“National research suggests that staff who smoke take more time off work to have breaks and have more sick leave through respiratory problems."

“Another reason for encouraging staff to give up smoking is that they become better role models for their children and the children are less likely to start smoking in the first place if their parents are non-smokers.”

– Nottinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health John Tomlinson
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