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Couple on trial over parents' death

Susan and Christopher Edwards are charged with killing her parents William and Patricia Wycherley between the 1st and 5th May 1998.

Last October their remains were found buried in the back garden of their home on Blenheim Close at Forest Town in Mansfield.

A post-mortem revealed they had been shot.

Susan Edwards has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Patricia Wycherley. But both she and her husband Christopher Edwards deny murder.

The couple previously admitted to burying the Wycherley's in the back garden and obstructing the coroner in the execution of his duty.

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Big Lunch to encourage people to save food

A Big Lunch is being held at King George V Park in Mansfield today. The organisers of the event are trying to show how much food the average family wastes a year.

People cooking at last year's Big Lunch Credit: ITV News Central

The feed the 1,000 challenge will aim to feed most people visiting the park on the average amount of money a family wastes a year - £700. Across the UK the average amount of money spent on food that ends up in landfill is around £12 billion.

Crackdown on illegal tattooists in Mansfield

Legitimate tattooists are all registered with the Council
Legitimate tattooists are all registered with the Council Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mansfield District Council are asking people to be on the look out for illegal tattooists, known as Scratchers.

There have been numerous complaints from licensed tattooists who have reported they have noticed an increase in the number of scratchers working illegally.

Illegal tattooists do not conform to the high safety standards required, with one unlicensed tattooist wrongly believing that printer ink was safe to use. Printer ink contains high levels of metals and could lead to blood poisoning and infection.

Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council, Cllr Mick Barton said:

We are stepping up our efforts to track down illegal operators. Under the Tattoo of Minors Act, it is illegal to tattoo someone under the age of 18.

Young people are particularly at risk and we would like both schools and individuals to come forward if they are aware of any illegal practices, so we can investigate.

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CCTV footage released of man who threatened shop staff

Police have released CCTV footage of a man who tried to rob an off licence in Mansfield.

A man went into Patel's in Park Road, armed with what police believe to have been a gun. It happened at around 9:00pm on Saturday 8 February.

No one was injured. Staff in the shop were threatened but the man left the scene empty handed.

The man is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build, and wore grey jogging bottoms, a grey or black hooded jumper and a padded sleeveless jacket. He also wore a scarf over his face.

DC Joanne Leason said: “Although this man’s face is covered, someone might recognise what he’s wearing, his mannerisms or even how he walks. This was a terrifying ordeal for the person who was threatened so if anyone has any information please let us know.”

Mansfield's Paralympic swimming champion Sam Hynd announces his retirement

Sam Hynd won gold in the S8 400m Freestyle at Beijing 2008
Sam Hynd won gold in the S8 400m Freestyle at Beijing 2008 Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Mansfield's Paralympic champion Sam Hynd has announced his plans to retire from swimming.

Hynd won a gold and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and also picked up a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics.

His gold in the S8 400m Freestyle at Beijing 2008 saw him break the world record - which still stands today.

On his retirement, the 22 year-old said:

"I just felt it was time for a change and a new challenge in my life. I have been competing internationally for almost ten years and I knew I needed a new focus.

“I have loved swimming. It has been my life for so long and brought me so much. I have great friends and I have travelled the world and I have some memories that I will never forget.

“Winning gold in Beijing will be something that will stay with me forever."

Sam Hynd and Liz Johnson during the Team GB Olympic Parade in London
Sam Hynd and Liz Johnson during the Team GB Olympic Parade in London Credit: Glenn Copus/Evening Standard/PA Wire
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