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Firefighters tackling a tobacco factory fire in Dunkirk

Firefighters are currently putting out a fire at a tobacco factory in Dunkirk.

Fire crews are tackling a blaze at the Imperial Tobacco factory in Dunkirk Credit: ITV News Central

The Imperial Tobacco factory on Thane Road in Nottingham is ablaze, and firefighters are currently at the scene tackling the fire.

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Vigils for Peshawar attack victims held in region

Candles will be lit at Leicester Town Hall this afternoon in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on an army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

One of the classrooms after the attack on the school where 132 children were killed Credit: Rageh Omaar/ITV News

Other vigils will also take place across the region today, including at the cathedral in Birmingham.

A book of condolence will also be opened by Nottingham City Council at their council house.

141 people, mainly children, lost their lives in the attack.

More: Family of Peshawar victims mourns attack

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Council wants money to extend Robin Hood Line

A train on the Robin Hood Line between Nottingham & Worksop Credit: ITV News Central

The cost of part of a proposed extension to Nottinghamshire's Robin Hood Line should be part-funded by the government, according to the county council.

The line currently runs between Worksop and Nottingham. Plans are in place to extend it to Ollerton.

The council's asking for half of the 200 thousand pounds needed for the next phase of the study.

Joe Sargison - Balls to Poverty timeline

Joe Sargison created Balls to Poverty Credit: ITV News Central

From humble beginnings, Joe Sargison's Balls to Poverty charity has grown into an internationally-acclaimed organisation in an extraordinary ten years:

  • 2004 - On a trip to Soweto township in South Africa, Joe gives a football to a group of children playing with a ball of rags. Their excited reaction gives him the idea for Balls to Poverty.
  • 2005 - Joe takes his first group of students from Central College (formerly South Nottingham College) to Cape Town to hand out footballs and kits to youngsters in the townships. It becomes an annual trip every Easter.
  • 2007 - Joe is invited to South Africa House in London for a fundraising event for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Balls to Poverty links up with the Donald Woods Foundation.
  • 2009 - Joe wins ITV Central's Pride of Britain Award for the East Midlands.
  • 2010 - Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne joins Joe on their trip to South Africa for a feature series on Balls to Poverty. The charity begins work in Northern Ireland using sport to bridge the gap between sectarian communities. FifPro, the world professional footballers' union, endorses Balls to Poverty during staging of World Cup in South Africa.
  • 2012 - Central College and Balls to Poverty programme wins the Queen's Anniversary Award. Joe accepts award from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. Balls to Poverty extends its work to slums in Uganda.
  • 2014 - Joe leaves Balls to Poverty to take up role with the FA. In ten years, the charity has taken 300 students out to South Africa, reaching 50,000 African children, and distributing 30,000 footballs and rugby balls.
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