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Nottingham street needs new lease of life, say traders

Shopkeepers on a main road into Nottingham are calling for more council help to give the area a new lease of life Credit: ITV News Central

Shopkeepers on a main road into Nottingham are calling for more council help to give the area a new lease of life.

Traders say empty shops and derelict buildings are putting shoppers off from coming to Alfreton Road, a major arterial route carrying thousands of cars in and out of the city daily.

Around one in six commercial premises lies empty, considerably worse than the East Midlands as a whole which has a shop vacancy rate of nearly one in ten.

Alfreton Road Credit: ITV News Central

A half-demolished office block and two boarded up pubs are among the many eyesores lining the road. A recent study showed the shop vacancy rate in Nottingham city centre had fallen dramatically in the last year, but Alfreton Road lies outside the surveyed area.

Cllr Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs and Regeneration at Nottingham City Council Credit: ITV News Central

Cllr Nick McDonald, who's responsible for jobs and regeneration on the city council, said the authority had only limited resources to help the area, and said private landlords had to play their part in bringing empty shops back into use.

Alfreton Road Credit: ITV News Central

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Concerns grow for missing 19-year-old from Alfreton

19-year-old Joseph Taylor has been missing from Alfreton since April 27th 2014 Credit: Derbyshire Police

Derbyshire Police are appealing for help to find an Alfreton teenager who has been missing for over two months.

19-year-old Joseph Taylor was last seen at home on April 27th earlier this year and his family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Joseph has links with Ripley, but is thought to have travelled to either Ollerton or Mansfield.

He is described as 6ft 6in tall, stocky, with blonde hair and youthful looks.

Search for baby tortoises stolen from garden

Stock photo of tortoises Credit: PA

Police have launched a public appeal after two baby tortoises were stolen from a garden in Alfreton in Derbyshire.

The three-month old Horsefield Tortoises were believed to have been taken from a pen in the garden of a house on West End sometime between 2pm and 2.30pm on Saturday, May 17.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on the 101 number or contact Crimestoppers.

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Man dies following fire in Alfreton

A man has died following a fire in a car repair shop in Alfreton.

The 27 year old man died at the Queens Medical Centre yesterday afternoon.

A fire broke out at a unit on an industrial estate in Lydford Road at around 12.10 yesterday afternoon.

Three men were injured and taken to hospital, two were later released.

40 firefighters tackled the blaze yesterday afternoon.

The road has been re-opened but police remain at the scene.

A joint investigation into the cause of the fire will begin today.

Forty firefighters tackle blaze in Alfreton

Residents living in the Lydford Road area of Alfreton are being urged by police to close their windows and doors as a precaution whilst emergency services tackle a fire.

Forty firefighters are currently at the scene trying to get the fire under control.

The fire, which broke out on an industrial estate at 12.10pm today has caused concern due to the smoke and possible harmful chemicals it may contain.

Lydford Road has been closed whilst firefighters tackle the blaze, the cause is not yet known.