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Labour councillor suspended over 'Israel social media posts'

Nottingham Council House, where council offices used to be located Credit: PA

Labour has suspended a councillor over social media posts, including a suggestion Israel should be relocated to the United States.

Nottingham City councillor Ilyas Aziz was suspended on Monday pending an investigation in the latest row over alleged anti-Semitic comments to hit the party.

Among Facebook posts appearing on Mr Aziz's account was one highlighted on the Guido Fawkes website.

It read: "Jews and Muslims lived together in the Middle East, in peace pre 1948. Perhaps it would have been wiser to create Israel in America it's big enough. They could relocate even now".

The move comes after Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday insisted the party is "united" in opposing anti-Semitism.

His comments came in the wake of a turbulent week which saw both MP Naz Shah and former London mayor Ken Livingstone suspended.

A Labour spokeswoman said: "Ilyas Aziz has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation."


Appeal for 15-year-old girl missing from Nottingham

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 15-year-old girl who is missing from Nottingham.

Ella Thompson Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Ella Thompson was last seen in Arnold on Thursday.

She is white, 5ft 2ins tall and of a slim build. She has long, straight brown hair and was wearing a blackleather look jacket with a fur hood, black jeans and black Nike trainers. She is carrying a pinkbeige and black handbag.

Ella has links with the Strelley and Carlton areas of Nottingham.

If you see Ella or you have information as to her whereabouts contact police on 101 quoting incident 301 of 29 April 2016.

Helen Logins given suspended sentence over computer misuse

Helen Logins Credit: ITV News Central

Helen Logins has been given a custodial sentence of 12 months - suspended for 18 months.

She was also ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid community service.

She was accused of accessing the files of those accusing her husband Andris Logins of abuse.

He was jailed over abuse which was carried out while employed at the former Beechwood children's home in Nottingham.

Andris Logins Credit: ITV News Central

In a statement, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Alan Rhodes, said:

On behalf of this Council, I welcome this lengthy custodial sentence for a man who blatantly betrayed his position of trust with vulnerable children.

I applaud the victims in this case for their bravery, courage and persistence in helping to bring Logins to justice.

The outcome in this case is proof that victims will be listened to and believed.

The abuse of children in any era is totally unacceptable.

– Councillor Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council


Hi-de-Hi! star Barry Howard dies aged 78

Barry Howard (right) with his Hi-de-Hi! co-stars Paul Shane and Ruth Madoc. Credit: PA

Hi-de-Hi! star Barry Howard has died aged 78.

The actor, who is originally from Nottingham, was best known for playing Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in the BBC comedy.

Howard had been suffering from blood cancer and had been ill for some time, his agent said.

The actor starred as the camp dance instructor in the summer camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi from 1980 to 1986.

He later had a guest role as Oliver Barnes in the Doctor Who Christmas special in 2009.

A statement from his friend and agent Sharry Clark said:

The much loved actor Barry Howard, best known for his exquisitely supercilious Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, the champion ballroom dancer in BBC's hugely popular Hi-de-Hi, passed away today aged 78.

– Sharry Clark, agent

More pictures from the scene of Lenton fire

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service have advised residents to keep doors and windows closed.

Fire service at the scene of the fire. Credit: ITV News Central/ Peter Bearne

Emergency services are still present in the area and have confirmed the fire is under control.

Travel delays are likely in the area. Credit: ITV News Central/ Peter Bearne

Road closures in place due to large factory fire in Nottingham

Four fire engines are dealing with a large factory fire in Lenton in Nottingham.

Travel delays are likely in the area. Credit: Ben Carr
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