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Holme Lock open day cancelled after leak discovered

An open day at the under-repair Holme Lock off the River Trent has been cancelled as hole has been discovered in the lock floor.

The event was due to be held on Sunday, but with water leaking through the hole organisers have ruled it is no longer safe to let members of the public inside.

The open day is due to be rescheduled when a solution is found.


Response officer braves River Trent to rescue elderly woman

A Sneinton beat manager and a Meadows response officer braved the waters of the River Trent to rescue an elderly woman.

When the Force control room received a call of a body floating in the water at Colwick Marina, City response teams were dispatched.

On 2 July the captain of a cruiser at the marina had reported seeing the body and thought the woman was dead.

A life ring was thrown out to her but when she didn't respond officers feared the worst.

PC Mat Mitchell had already waded into the water to try and recover the body when a boat went past.

I shouted to the bloke in the boat and he pulled me on board to get nearer to the body. Her head was slightly submerged and she really did look dead. Then, in one of the most bizarre experiences of my career, she opened her eyes.

She had the most piercing blue eyes – it was so bizarre. I stripped off and jumped in the water, she was about 20 metres away, and swam her back to the bank.

– PC Mat Mitchell

As he got nearer PC Katie Eustace, from the Meadows, waded in to help bring the body to shore.

The woman in her 70s was conscious and breathing and taken to Queen's Medical Centre.

She had been floating in the river for about an hour but was surprisingly well despite the ordeal.

– PC Eustace, of the Meadows

It's certainly not everyday you go wading into the water. I'd like to say it was like a scene from Baywatch but it was actually very cold and I'm not quite as chiselled as David Hasselhoff.

We were preparing for the worst so it was so nice that this had a happy ending.

– PC Mat Mitchell