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Sherwood MP nominates cat for 'Purr Minister'

Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, has posted a video of his cat online, as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home launch their first online election poll to crown Westminster's cat of the year.

The Nottingham politician's cat is called 'Parsnip' and the furry feline is up against other moggies nominated by MP's and Lords in Westminster.

To be crowned 'Pur Minister' of cats, the contestants have provided a 50-word manifesto - or 'manifursto' as it is being called - setting out why they think their pet is the best candidate.

Battersea's head of Cattery, Lindsey Quinlan, said of the competition:

"We're really excited about our Westminster top cat competition and hope MP's have great fun entering their cat and the cat-loving public enjoy choosing their 'Purr Minister'"

Council leader cites 'robust' concerns over hospital care

A parish council leader has said concerns over standards of care at Newark Hospital prompted a letter calling for it to split from Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust.

Ian Harrison, chairman of Muskham Parish Council, said he and other local leaders had "increasing and really robust concerns" over the level of clinical care at the hospital's current trust.

A letter was sent to the trust by the Newark Healthcare Consultative Group - representing Newark Town Councils and six parish councils in the region - calling for the hospital to be affiliated with Nottingham University Hospitals instead.

Calls for Newark Hospital to join Nottingham trust

Council leaders in Nottinghamshire have called for Newark Hospital to break away from its current trust and switch to Nottingham University Hospital instead.

According to a letter seen by the Newark Advertiser, the Newark Healthcare Consultative Group - representing Newark Town Councils and six parish councils in the region - leaders have concerns over Sherwood Forest Hospitals' performance.

The letter is also said to highlight the better transport links to Nottingham and discusses a "lack of strategyy" for Newark.

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Evacuation of Nottingham road following explosion

Environmental Protection Units arrived to assess the situation Credit: ITV News Central

Fire services have today evacuated a road in Nottingham following a small explosion after two chemicals were mixed accidentally.

The incident happened today (April 9) on Mansfield Road, Sherwood, inside a Boots Chemist.

A fire officer said that two chemicals were being mixed together in the store, they reacted, heated up and there was a small explosion.

The store and vicinity has been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The road was evacuated as a precautionary measure Credit: ITV News Central
The area hosed down by fire crews Credit: ITV News Central


Sherwood man held over murder

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the murder of Malakai McKenzie in Sherwood.

He was detained by officers on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

19 year-old McKenzie died in hospital on April 21 after being shot outside The Hubb public house in Sherwood.

Three men have been charged with his murder - Cameron Cashin, 20, Ijah Lavelle-Moore, 20, and Malcolm Vaughan Francis, 18, all from the Basford area of Nottingham.

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