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Vet warns cat owners after rise in pellet gun shootings

A vet in Worksop in Nottinghamshire is warning pet owners that someone is targeting local cats with air gun pellets.

Two have been wounded in the last month. That's on top of 30 air gun attacks on pets so far in the region this year alone.

Meanwhile, the RSPCA says it's around this time of year that it sees an increase in air gun attacks on pets.

Last year, there were more than 100 reported incidents across the East Midlands. Nottinghamshire had the most at 38. followed by 23 in Derbyshire.

Northamptonshire had the fewest reported incidents. Nick Smith reports.

Vet warns cat owners after spate of shootings

A veterinary nurse from Worksop in Nottinghamshire is warning pet owners to be on their guard, after two cats were shot with pellet guns in Kilton.

This is one of the cats that needed medical treatment after being badly wounded in an attack earlier this week. The incidents, which happened on two separate occasions, have been reported to Nottinghamshire Police.

Here vet Suzhy Winfield explains what owners need to look out for.


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Man admits killing parents in 'frenzied' knife attack

A man has admitted killing his own parents in a "frenzied, prolonged" knife attack.

Leszek Dantes and his wife Malgorzata Dantes Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Kamil Dantes, 29, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his parents, Leszek Dantes and his wife Malgorzata Dantes on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The 54-year-olds’ bodies were discovered at around 6am on Monday 21 April 2014 in the upstairs front bedroom of the family home in Hardwick Road East in Worksop.

The Dantes each had around thirty stab wounds.

Mrs Dantes was Mr Dantes' full time carer, after the 54-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour and became reliant on a wheelchair.

In recent years relatives had noticed changes in Kamil’s behaviour, with him becoming more and more negative towards them. This appeared to be aggravated by reported use of steroids and cannabis.

He was detained under the Mental Health Act for two weeks in 2011 after reporting to police that his parents were dead.

Since then he had been on medication and closely monitored.

Inspectors say the couple could not have predicted what their son might do.

Kamil subjected his parents to a frenzied, prolonged attack on that April morning without any provocation. Caught unaware, they had no time to fight back and certainly his father, who struggled to walk, had no means of escape. They trusted him, they supported him and this is how he repaid them. This incident has understandably taken its toll on their relatives, some of whom remain in Worksop. They asked that their privacy be respected to allow them the space and time to process what has happened to their family and find a way to continue on with their lives without them.

– Detective Chief Inspector Leigh Sanders


Fire at Annesley Hall 'under control'

The fire is thought to have started at around 5.30 this morning. Credit: ITV News Central

Crews from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue tackling a blaze at the Grade II listed Annesley Hall say the fire is now under control.

Up to 30 firefighters were on the scene at the peak, after crews were called at around 5.30 am.

They are expected to continue dampening down until tomorrow morning.

Firefighters tackle blaze at Annesley Hall

Up to 30 firefighters were tackling a blaze at the Grade II listed Annesley Hall in Nottinghamshire which started around 5.30am this morning.

The building was derelict and empty at the time but had been undergoing renovation work.

Crews are expected to be on the scene until tomorrow.

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