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Roads closed due to Nottingham factory fire

A number of roads are closed in Nottingham following a large fire at a factory in Basford.

Nottinghamshire Police are urging drivers to avoid the area, with Nottingham Road, Westbury Road and Lortas Road.

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Major factory fire in Basford will mean traffic disruption, so pls avoid the area around Nottingham Rd, Westbury Rd and Lortas Rd

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Nottm Rd, Westbury Rd, Lortas Road road closed as Sherwood Works factory on fire. Pls avoid the area, smoke reducing visibility

Police also said staff at a nearby supermarket had to be evacuated from the building as a precaution.

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Staff at Sainsbury's, Nottm Rd, Basford evacuated as precaution after nearby factory fire at #Sherwood Works. Rds closed bus routes affected

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40 firefighters tackle large factory fire in Nottingham

A view of the fire at Basford
A view of the fire at Basford Credit: Twitter/@ClaireLEJohnson

At it's height, 40 firefighters tackled a large factory fire in Nottingham in the early hours of this morning.

The blaze was at the Sherwood Works factory on Lortas Road in Basford. The fire service were called shortly after 1am.

The blaze has caused a number of roads in the are to close
The blaze has caused a number of roads in the are to close Credit: Twitter/@ClaireLEJohnson

‘Budget cuts mean we have to think the unthinkable’

Senior council leaders in Derbyshire say severe budget cuts have meant they have had to “think the unthinkable” when finding services to cut to save cash.

The county council has to slash £157 million from budgets over the next four years - and some services for disabled children are now under threat.

The council says that if approved, the cuts would save £485,000 a year
The council says that if approved, the cuts would save £485,000 a year Credit: PA

Children’s services chief, Councillor Kevin Gillott, said:

The unrelenting budget cuts that are being forced on us by the Government mean we have to cut our spending on services by more than a third.

I don't want to be in a position of having to consider making these cuts but we have been left with no choice.

I realise the impact these proposals will have on Derbyshire families with disabled children - many of whom have been receiving this support for years.

But we simply don't have the money to provide everything we'd like to and we're being forced in to a position where we have to put money where it is most needed.

– Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council

He said no decision would be made until after a public consultation, which would be held in Autumn if agreed by council next week.

If all the changes went ahead it would save an estimated £485,000 a year.

Birthday party as shopping centre turns 40

Salsa dancing, magicians, and cake are among just some of the activities on offer today as the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch turns 40.

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch was opened 40 years ago
The Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch was opened 40 years ago Credit: Google Maps

A street party-style celebration will be held at the centre to mark the occasion.

Line dancing, Latin and ballroom dancing, tea and live music will also be on offer - with the Mayor of Redditch helping to cut a birthday cake at 11am.

Threat to services for disabled children in budget cuts

Around £485,000 will be slashed from services for disabled children in Derbyshire under new cost-cutting plans by the county council.

The authority has to cut £157 million over the next four years - and services currently on offer to families without the need for an assessment are among those in the firing line.

Derbyshire County Council says it needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018
Derbyshire County Council says it needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018 Credit: ITV News Central

The council will meet on Tuesday (August 5) to vote on whether to go ahead with a public consultation over the plans in the Autumn.

If approved, residents will be asked for their views on the future Aiming High Derbyshire Offer, which provides for respite care and short breaks for families with disabled children. It is under threat from budget cuts as it is not a legal requirement to provide the service.

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40 firefighters tackling major blaze in Nottingham

Around 40 firefighters have been tackling a major blaze at a factory unit in Nottingham overnight.

It happened at Sherwood Works on Lortas Road in Basford.

The fire is now under control and investigations are due to be carried out later.

A number of nearby roads remain closed.

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Eight crews are dealing with a fire on Lortas Road, #Nottingham, strong smell of smoke in the area. Please close doors & windows.

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Major factory fire in Basford will mean traffic disruption, so pls avoid the area around Nottingham Rd, Westbury Rd and Lortas Rd

Breaking: Fire service tackling 'large, severe fire' in Northfield

12 fire crews are in attendance
12 fire crews are in attendance Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

West Midlands Fire Service are currently tackling a 'large, serious fire' in Northfield, South Birmingham.

ITV News Central understands crews from 12 fire engines are fighting the fire at a four-storey, empty property at Manor Farm Park on Bristol Road South.

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