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Nottingham communities celebrate their diversity - through food

Dumpling making Credit: ITV News Central

People in Hyson Green have been hosting a festival of food and culture this weekend - and meeting their neighbours in the process.

There were handmade dumplings - with an edible message of hope inside - and massive plates of African and Caribbean stews.

Stews Credit: ITV News Central

It's one of the most diverse areas of the city and the organisers hope people have made new friends and broadened their horizons - as well as enjoying a break from all that chocolate!

Homemade bread Credit: ITV News Central


Mother: Quality of life improvement after garden makeover

The mother of a five-year-old girl with an incurable disease says the garden makeover at her house in East Leake in Nottinghamshire will greatly improve her daughter's quality of life.

Barnardo's charity are funding the work which will see the garden levelled out and a paths laid down, so Maddison Sherwood can roam around in her wheelchair.

Lidia Sherwood said before the makeover, the garden was not safe for her daughter.

Charity funds garden makeover for girl in wheelchair

Maddison Sherwood will now be able to enjoy the garden Credit: ITV News Central

A girl with an incurable disease will finally be able to access her family's garden in Nottingham with her wheelchair, thanks to a charity project.

Five-year-old Maddison Sherwood has a condition which affects her muscles and breathing. Barnardo's are funding the construction to level out the ground and lay-down paths

Construction workers have been levelling out the garden Credit: ITV News Central

Body found in River Ouse identified as missing soldier

Tyler Pearson, 18

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Ouse near Skeldergate Bridge yesterday has been identified as missing 18-year-old, Tyler Pearson

The soldier was last seen entering the River Ouse in the early hours of Thursday 3 April 2014.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said:

“My heart goes out to Tyler’s family, and I know the police will offer all the help and support the family need at this very difficult time.

“The recent spate of fatalities highlights the importance of staying safe near York’s rivers, particularly when alcohol has been consumed. Last month’s river safety summit concluded that the priority needs to be on prevention as well as response.

"Work is currently underway with groups across York and families of recent river victims to make some short films to highlight the dangers of the river. In the longer term we will devise a sustained and powerful campaign to help prevent more lives being needlessly cut short.

"In addition to this, I am keen to facilitate vulnerability training, so those working in York’s night-time economy know who they can go to and what they can do to help keep vulnerable people safe."

Breakthrough in search for father missing 36 years

by Peter Bearne

Adele Greenacre was just a baby in arms when her father Derek walked out on her family and never came back.

That was back in 1978 - now, 36 years later, having given him up for dead, she's been given fresh hope of finding him.

After an appeal on social media, Adele from Nottinghamshire has received information showing her father is alive and has been living on the streets. Peter Bearne has the full story.


Mother tells of grief after son stabbed to death

The mother of a 21-year-old man murdered in a fight at a Nottinghamshire play area today told of her devastation at losing her son.

Father-of-one Danny Parekh was stabbed 16 times by Joshua Davey in what police have labelled a "relentless and cowardly" attack, after which Davey tried to flee to Spain.

Danny Parekh
Danny Parekh Credit: Leicestershire Police

Lesa Buckingham said she had been left devastated by his death.

I can’t believe Danny has been taken away from me. I sometimes wake up thinking it can’t possibly have happened, I expect him to come home.

It’s been nearly two years and I am trying to move on and have a fresh start but I will never get over this. I can’t believe he’s gone.

On-the-run killer jailed for life for playground stabbing

A man who escaped to Spain to try to avoid prison for the murder of a 21-year-old in Nottingham has today been jailed for life.

Joshua Davey, also aged 21, of Deptford Crescent, Bulwell, will have to serve a minimum of 21 years for the attack on Danny Parekh, in which he stabbed him 16 times in a playground brawl.

Jailed: Murderer Joshua Davey
Jailed: Murderer Joshua Davey Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

His cousin Liam Gleeson, 17, of Deptford Crescent, was found guilty of assisting an offender and grievous bodily harm but was cleared of both murder and manslaughter. He will be sentenced on June 12.

The victim: Danny Parekh was stabbed 16 times in the attack
The victim: Danny Parekh was stabbed 16 times in the attack Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

The attack happened at a play area off Oakleigh Street, in Old Basford, Nottingham, after a confrontation in which a girl was assaulted.

Mr Parekh was called to the playground, while Gleeson went to collect Davey from nearby - but Davey unexpectedly turned up with a knife.

Julian Davey let his cousin use his passport to escape to Spain
Julian Davey let his cousin use his passport to escape to Spain Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

After the murder, Davey took his cousin Julian Davey’s passport and fled to Spain.

Julian Davey was jailed for 32 months after admitting assisting an offender - despite knowing his cousin had committed a serious assault. He was jailed for 32 months.

Police searching for solider from Nottingham recover body from York river

Police searching for missing soldier Tyler Pearson, from Nottingham, have recovered a body from the River Ouse in York.

North Yorkshire Police were called after to Skeldergate Bridge in the area shortly after 11am this morning.

The identity of the body is unknown at the moment, but the family of the missing teenager have been notified of the discovery.

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