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Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner will today visit a project which sees young volunteers cleaning up local 'grot spots'.
The Aspley Communities Taking Control Programme works with young people aged between 19 and 23 who are unemployed and at risk of becoming involved in antisocial behaviour.
They work together to clean up untidy areas in their community by mending fences, painting, and tidying up gardens. The young people can nominate themselves to take part or they can be nominated by their parents.
Organisers say the project is designed to prevent crime and give volunteers work experience.
Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has invested £10,000 in the scheme.
"This project is not only helping to combat crime in the local area but is also giving young people the valuable skills they need to secure employment.
"By building self-esteem and giving young people a focus, as well as pride in their work, we are helping them to build a better life path for themselves - one that doesn't involve breaking the law.
"The scheme is already delivering positive outcomes for the young participants involved I'm very pleased to offer my support to enable project leaders to help more individuals."
The Aspley Partnership, which runs the programme, says that 87 per cent of participants in the last four courses have gone on to find employment. The project offers young people job interview classes and funds suits for real interviews.
"Young people are often at the receiving end of negative stereotyping, particularly where antisocial behaviour and disorder are concerned.
"This project challenges these views by allowing residents to see youngsters working hard to clean-up their neighbourhoods and making a positive contribution to the community."
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The MP for Sherwood Mark Spencer says Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield has made 'massive progress'.
It's after the trust which runs it was placed in special measures in 2013 by the Care Quality Commission.
The health watchdog is due to visit the trust again later this year.
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An investigation has been launched into how a seven-year-old girl was injured when a gun was fired at Nottinghamshire Police's headquarters.
Three police officers - two firearms officers and a dog handler - have been served with gross misconduct notices
The Independent Police Complaints Commission wants to find out why live firearms were used as part of a demonstration at the public event for children and their families.
It also wants to discover if officers tried to cover up what happened.
The child suffered a minor injury to her mouth when a cartridge from a police gun ricocheted off the ground.
Investigators want to know who - if anyone - authorised the use of guns during the tour on October 30. It will also look into whether the force has protocols to ensure public safety, and whether those were breached.
The IPCC will examine how officers reacted after the girl was hurt, and whether negligence had been reported in relation to firearms within the past six months.
Investigators have spoken to the child's family and looked at CCTV footage from that day.
“I am extremely concerned about the discharge of a police gun at an event attended by members of the public.
"The public must have confidence that police officers who carry guns do so with highest standards of care and professionalism – and that the policies and procedures that govern their work are rigorously adhered to at all times.”
A man who died after a fight in Nottingham city centre has been named as 19 year old Joshua Bradley. He was from Bulwell. He was killed after a fight in Thurland Street just before 4 am on Sunday morning.
Four men, aged 28, 24, and two 22-year-olds, are in police custody held on suspicion of murder.
A 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray and a 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on bail.
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Seven people have been arrested after a man died in a fight in Nottingham city centre.
It happened at 4am yesterday morning in Thurland Street. Cordons are still in place there, at the junction with Clinton Street, Pelham Street and Clumber Street. They are likely to stay in place until tomorrow.
“There are now seven people in custody but we believe there may have been others involved in the fight, some of whom we may not yet have traced.
"We need to speak to all those who were involved, anyone who witnessed the fight, or who has any information.”