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Life-size polar bear stops coal train in its tracks

Greenpeace activists have used a life-size polar bear puppet to stop a Nottinghamshire coal train in its tracks Credit: Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists have used a life-size polar bear puppet to stop a coal train heading for Nottinghamshire's Cottam power station.

The charity says the "highly realistic, life-size, moving polar bear puppet - previously used in National Theatre productions - has just walked up to the front of the locomotive, where it’s now stopping the train from moving."

The animal is intended to symbolise the global movement to save the Arctic from climate change, which is mainly driven by coal.

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IN PICTURES: Greenpeace activists halt coal train


Concern for missing Kevin

Kevin Tissington Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police are concerned about a man who has gone missing from Retford.

Kevin John Tissington was last seen by a family member in Worton Street, yesterday afternoon.

The 49-year-old is white, 5ft 5ins tall, of heavy build and bald.

When last seen he was wearing a dark top with the word ‘Grumpy’ on the front and dark combat-style trousers. He was carrying a large rucksack and had his arm in a sling as a result of a shoulder complaint.

Mr Tissington has an interest in trains and is known to enjoy visiting the Quarries area in Sutton-cum-Lound.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police.

Search for Retford mum and children continues in Ireland after partner found

Missing Rosemarie Senior Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police are continuing to search for Rosemarie Senior and her two young children after partner Sidney Winson has been found.

The search was launched last Friday amid concerns for the welfare of the 24-year-old mother, her 27-year-old partner, three-year-old daughter Nora and two-year-old son James.

The family were last seen in Chancery Lane, Retford at about noon and initial investigations indicated the family had travelled to Ireland.

Last night Mr Winson was found safe and well in Cannock, West Midlands, having returned from Ireland.

The search now continues for Rosemarie and her children. Police believe they could be in Dublin and would like to make contact with them to ensure they are safe and well.

Police believe missing family may have headed to Ireland

Nora Lisa Ward and James Dean Docherty. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

The search for a family from Retford who have gone missing has extended to Ireland.

A search was mounted yesterday for 24-year-old mum Rosemarie Senior, her 27-year-old partner Sidney Winson, and Rosemarie's children, three-year-old Nora Lisa Ward and two-year-old James Dean Docherty.

Rosemarie Senior Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

The family were last seen in Chancery Lane, Retford at about noon.

Initial investigations have led the force to believe the family may be in Ireland or on their way to the country.

Police would like to make contact with them to ensure they are safe and well.

Sidney Winson Credit: Nottinghamshire Police


Police considering course of action after death of Nottinghamshire soldier

Surrey Police says it is considering what action to take

A report has found there is a case to answer for misconduct after a soldier from Nottinghamshire was knocked down and killed by a police car in Surrey.

Surrey Police have received their own copy of the IPCC report into Joshua Brown's death and are considering what action to take.

A force spokesman said: "Surrey Police has recently received the IPCC report into the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision on the A31 Hog's Back on 1 December 2012.

"The force still awaits a copy of the IPCC investigation file upon which the report is based. Once this is received it will be reviewed by officers from the Professional Standards Department to determine the most appropriate course of action."

Mother hopes son's death will lead to improvements in police driving

Sam Eadington says she's glad there is a case to answer for misconduct

The mother of a young soldier from Nottinghamshire who was knocked down and killed by a police car says she is relieved a report has found there is a case to answer for misconduct.

Joshua Brown was 21 when he was struck on the A31 Hog's Back in Surrey in December 2012. It was in the early hours of the morning. The patrol car was travelling at 82 miles an hour in thick fog and the officer at the wheel was not using his siren or flashing blue lights.

Joshua's mother, Sam Eadington, who lives in Ordsall near Retford, has been given the findings of an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The watchdog says there is a case to answer for misconduct and has passed on its recommendations to Surrey Police.

Mrs Eadington hopes the tragedy will lead to improved training for police officers when driving at night or in poor weather conditions.

An inquest into her son's death is expected to take place later this year.

Trust apologises for communication failure before man's death

A health trust has apologised for communications failings in the handling of a man with depression who took his own life before mental health professionals could help him. A coroner heard how an urgent referral about Alvan Brown from Retford was faxed to the wrong number and ignored for five days.

Hours before it was received by the right team Mr. Brown had hanged himself.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare offers its sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Alvan Brown. We agree that on two occasions communication between services could have been better, but accept that this may not have affected the sad outcome for Mr. Brown.

We welcome the Coroner’s comments about the steps we have already taken to improve systems that would have flagged up Mr. Brown’s contact with more than one of our services. Dr. Chris Packham, Associate Medical Director for the Trust, gave extensive evidence to the Coroner about the improvements we have implemented and will continue to develop on improving this aspect of our care. This will be of small comfort to Mr. Brown’s family but will improve communications in the future.

– Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Father killed himself after pleas for help were ignored

Alvan's daughter Kelly, Alvan and his wife Valerie

The family of a man with a history of depression who took his own life are considering suing the NHS after hearing his urgent treatment was delayed by communications errors within the health system.

Alvan Brown from Retford died in April last year having contacted health professionals 10 times in the previous two months - but no staff realised just how desperate he was.

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