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Conservative Party Conference gets underway

Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Conservative Party's Autumn conference gets underway in Birmingham today.

Motorists are being warned to allow extra time if they are travelling into the city centre because of road restrictions from this morning on Broad Street, Cambridge Street and Bridge Street.

Around 14,000 delegates are expected at the four day event which is being hosted at the ICC. It is set to benefit the city's economy by up to £17 million pounds.

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Road restrictions in place for Tory party conference

A series of road closures will hit Birmingham city centre as the annual Conservative party conference begins on Sunday.

Prime Minister David Cameron will be among those speaking at the conference Credit: PA

The following restrictions will be in place:

  • Sunday (September 28) from 5am: Full restrictions, Broad Street, Cambridge Street implemented (Bridge Street closed from September 24)
  • Thursday (October 2) from 5am: Broad Street and Bridge Street fully clear and reopened. Cambridge Street reopens with localised width restrictions
  • Thursday (October 2) 8pm to Friday (October 3) 5am: Cambridge Street (Brindley Drive to Kingston Row) no vehicle except access for residents to Civic Close. Cambridge Street clear and reopens
  • Note: waiting will not be permitted in any part of Bridge Street between 8pm September 24 and October 1.

Memorial service for missing Bogdan Nawrocki

A memorial service is to be held in memory of Polish-born Bogdan Nawrocki who is missing from his home in Nottinghamshire.

Bogdan Nawrocki disappeared from his home in Radford in Nottingham in January. Credit: ITV News Central

The 22-year-old vanished from his home in Radford in January and since then there were wide scale searches and appeals.

Following forensic evidence in April detectives launched a murder inquiry.

Robert Marcinkiewicz-Szukowski, 27, of Rossington Road in Sneinton, was charged with Bogdan’s murder earlier this year.

This service is for those who knew and loved Bogdan to come together to remember him. Without his body Bogdan’s family have been denied a funeral and a chance to say their goodbyes. I echo the messages of the Police that if anyone knows anything about this tragic murder they should come forward and share that information.

– Reverend Canon Krzysztof Kawczynski

Funding for UK Coal to close mining business in Nottinghamshire

UK Coal has confirmed it's secured funding to close its deep mining business.

A £4 million loan has been granted by the Government, as well as other agencies, to safely close Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire and Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire.

This is a day of very mixed emotions, but it was critical that we managed to avoid insolvency and the immediate collapse of the business. We are very grateful for the support we have been given and this deal does not prevent fresh investment in the company, even at this late stage.

– Andrew Mackintosh, Communications Director

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Green Party back activists who blocked Nottingham coal train

Nottingham Green Party has backed calls by Greenpeace after they blocked a coal train in Nottingham.

Greenpeace activists managed to stop and occupy the coal train Credit: Greenpeace UK

The Greenpeace activists blocked the 400-metre freight train on sidings leading to Cottam power station for ten hours earlier this week after flagging it down using the stopping signals.

A life-size polar bear puppet was used to stop the train from moving.

British Transport Police have confirmed they arrested 3 protesters and spoke with 37 others.

Climate change is a serious issue but the politicians from other parties aren’t giving it the attention it deserves. It is already having a real impact on people all over the world. The climate march has shown global solidarity for those affected and hope for a future that’s just, sustainable and allows everyone to live in prosperity. Polluting coal power can’t be part of that future, but we absolutely must support mining communities through that change.”

– Adam McGregor, Chair of Nottingham Green Party
A life-size polar bear puppet was used to stop the train from moving. Credit: Greenpeace UK

Tickets to watch Carl Froch's Freeman of the City

Tickets are now available to see boxing champion Carl Froch be awarded the Freeman of the City in Nottingham.

Carl Froch in action against George Groves Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There are only a limited number of tickets available though.

You can get them by calling the Royal Concert Hall box office on 0115 989 5555 or collecting them in person at the Booking Office on Theatre Square.

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