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Nottingham's Sharman wins silver in 110m hurdles

William Sharman running in the heat earlier today
William Sharman running in the heat earlier today Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Nottingham sprinter, William Sharman, narrowly missed out on gold in the men's 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He came second to Jamaica's Andrew Riley, after a slight mistake at the 8th hurdle cost him some time.

Man who died in attack in Nottinghamshire identified

Richard Rovetto from Arnold suffered serious injuries after he was attacked in Nottinghamshire
Richard Rovetto from Arnold suffered serious injuries after he was attacked in Nottinghamshire Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A man who died after an assault in Top Valley in Nottinghamshire has been identified.

Richard Rovetto from Arnold suffered serious injuries after he was attacked in Bestwood Park Drive in the early hours of Sunday.

The 29-year-old was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre where he later died.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter and is due before magistrates later.

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University of Nottingham student missing since last Thursday

Tom Nixon
Tom Nixon Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a University of Nottingham student who has been missing since last Thursday.

Tom Nixon, aged 20, was last seen in the Elmsthorpe Avenue area of Lenton at around 1:00am.

He is white, about 6ft tall and has dark hair, which is possibly shaved. He also wears glasses.

Passport workers strike over ongoing backlog crisis

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.
Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.

They have taken the action in a bid to end staffing shortages which have caused an ongoing backlog crisis, with holiday-goers left waiting for their renewed passports.

It could affect holiday plans for families across the Midlands.

A new recruitment drive is underway but many of the posts being advertised are not permanent jobs and are only likely to replace 8% of staff needed. The Passport Office has cut hundreds of staff since 2010 but the agency only agreed to meet the union to seriously discuss jobs after recent media and political scrutiny.

– Public and Commercial Services union

BATMAN: How is Nottingham linked to caped crusader?

Christian Bale stars as Batman in the film Batman begins
Christian Bale stars as Batman in the film Batman begins Credit: PA

A mysterious caped crusader who dresses as Batman has been spotted hanging from bus stops and landmarks in broad daylight around Nottingham city centre.

It may seem random but Nottingham is in fact linked to the famous caped crusader.

Find out what links the City has to Batman:

Here he is hanging from a phone box in Nottingham's Market Square.
Here he is hanging from a phone box in Nottingham's Market Square. Credit: SWNS
  • Batman writers have acknowledged the connection to the Nottinghamshire village Gotham. They say it inspired author Washington Irving and led to the nickname “Gothamers” who live in the city.
  • Gotham was only first referred to in The Batman Chronicles #6, before that is was known as an unnamed metropolis.

We could call it 'Gotham' after a village in England where, according to common belief, all are bereft of their wits.”

– Batman Villain
  • In the comic books a scheming villain reveals why the city should be named Gotham: "We could call it 'Gotham' after a village in England where, according to common belief, all are bereft of their wits”.
  • People in Gotham were known as 'mad' because the legend goes they pretended to be to stop King John using their roads, as madness was believed to be contagious.
  • Filming for Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises took place at Wollaton Hall, which was used as Wayne Manor.

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School pupils write book to help Childline campaign

Cash raised from the book will help fund Childline Campaign
Cash raised from the book will help fund Childline Campaign Credit: ITV News Central

School children from Lambley in Nottinghamshire have helped write a book containing their tips aimed at making children feel more confident.

Making friends and exam stress are some of the issues covered.

Money raised from the book will go towards a national anti-bullying campaign by Childline.

Delays warning as big summer getaway begins

Drivers are being warned of a busy time on the roads as the summer getaway begins.

Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway
Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway Credit: PA

The roads are expected to be up to 25 per cent busier than normal on Saturdays throughout the summer, with the M6 between Coventry and Wolverhampton, the M1 through Leicestershire and the A52 through Derbyshire expected to be particularly congested.

Drivers are urged to leave early to allow for delays.

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