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Police search for missing 24-year-old from Mansfield

Christine Puhlhofer Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police are asking for the public's help in their search for a 24-year-old woman from Mansfield.

Christine Puhlhofer was last seen at around 11pm on Monday 4 May and she has not been heard from since.

She is described as white, around 5ft tall, of slim build, with dark brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and leopard print leggings.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Mansfield declares itself birthplace of Quaker religion

A new heritage trail will be launched in Mansfield tomorrow as the town declares itself the birthplace of the Quaker religion.

George Fox, the founder of the Quaker religion lived in Mansfield Credit: ITV News Central

Its founder George Fox lived in Mansfield during the 1640s and it is where he started the religion. There are now an estimated 350,000 Quakers worldwide.

There are eight locations in Mansfield with links to the Quaker movement, including the site of the former home of George Fox who founded the Quakers in 1643.

Other buildings still present include the Almhouses, built in 1661 for Quaker families, the Metal Box factory clock tower and St Peter and St Paul's Church, where George Fox recorded having his first 'revelation'.


Police hunt after woman sexually assaulted yesterday

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Mansfield Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted as she walked in Forest Town in Mansfield, in the early hours of Sunday.

At 2.30am, the woman was approached from behind by a man in Main Avenue. She was dragged into an alley and sexually assaulted.

The victim had been out with her friends in the town centre, and she had walked along Bath Lane, Ravensdale Road, Sherwood Hall Road, Clipstone Road West and onto Main Avenue towards Forest Town.

Her attacker - who has an eastern European accent - fled the scene on foot in the direction of Clipstone Road West. He was wearing a short grey coat with reflective strips on his back.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the man or his victim on Sunday morning to come forward with information.

“Thankfully, these kinds of attacks by strangers are rare and we will be thoroughly investigating to help identify the man responsible, as well as continuing to support the victim and increasing our patrols in the area to reassure residents.”

– Temporary Detective Inspector Rich Monk


Funeral of Alvin Stardust to take place in Swansea

The funeral of Mansfield singer Alvin Stardust will be held in Swansea today.

Alvin Stardust will be given his send off in Swansea today Credit: PA

The 72-year-old, who is best remembered for his hit song 'My Coo-Ca-Choo', lost his battle to prostate cancer on 23 October.

His funeral will be held at St Thomas Church, where he married his third wife Julie Paton.

More: Singer and actor Alvin Stardust dies

CCTV: Police look for man after Mansfield assault

Police want to speak to a man in connection with an assault outside a pub in Market Square in Mansfield last month.

Officers have released an image of the person they are looking for, who is described as a 5ft 10in stocky man with short brown hair.

He is believed to be between 25 and 30 years old.

A CCTV image of the man officers are looking for in connection with an assault in Mansfield Credit: Nottinghamshire Police
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Couple made more than £280,000 from parents' murders

A woman and her husband who murdered her elderly parents and buried them in a back garden in Mansfield made £286,285 from their deaths.

Susan and Christopher Edwards shot her parents in the back Credit: ITV Calendar

Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher are serving life sentences after being convicted in June this year of murdering William and Patricia Wycherley in May 1998.

For the next 15 years the Edwards’ misled authorities and relatives into thinking they were still alive.

Wycherley couple were killed and buried in their garden in 1998 Credit: ITV Calendar

The pair had also pleaded guilty to obstructing the Coroner by burying the Wycherleys, as well as the theft of a credit balance.

At a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, the pair were ordered to pay back as much as they could of their accumulated profits.

Following a subsequent financial investigation by Nottinghamshire Police the Edwards’ were found to have stolen £40,579.87 from the Wycherley’s two bank accounts, just days after the murder. They redirected benefit payments, as well as state pensions and private pensions, to a new account in Susan and Patricia’s names and continued to collect over the next 14 years.

Evidence was also obtained to show that credit cards and loan agreements had been taken out in the name of Patricia. They also made nearly £67,000 from the sale of the Wycherleys’ home in 2005.

On arrest Christopher had just £17.16 in his bank accounts. The joint account set up in the name of Susan and Patricia contained £8,797.62. The pair also had £2,939-worth of memorabilia, mostly relating to Frank Sinatra and Gary Cooper in their suitcases when they were arrested off a train from Lille in France.

They will be expected to pay the remaining £274,531.26 as and when they can.

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