Peter Bearne

Education correspondent, ITV Central

Peter Bearne has been ITV Central's education correspondent since 2009, having joined the programme from local radio in 2000. The only broadcast news education correspondent in the Midlands, he's a three-time gold award winner at the ITV News Awards and has twice been nominated at the CIPR Education Journalism Awards.

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Headteacher pays tribute to 'outstanding' pupil Owen Jenkins

A twelve year old boy who died trying to rescue two girls from the River Trent near Nottingham had just broken several records at his school's sports day.

Owen Jenkins' body was pulled from the water on Monday night after a major search operation at Beeston Marina. His family from Beeston Rylands say he had gone into the water to help two girls who had got into trouble, and have described him as a "hero".

Owen was a Year 7 pupil at the Chilwell School. His headteacher Ian Brierly has revealed that he broke a number of school records at their sports day last week. His achievements had even been celebrated in assembly.

Mr Brierly says he'll also be talking to Owen's classmates about ways of honouring his memory at the school.

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Replica Anglo-Saxon house destroyed in "suspicious" fire

Staff from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust at the scene of the blaze Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

Volunteers who've painstakingly constructed a replica Anglo-Saxon house in Nottinghamshire have been left devastated after it was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

The wooden hut known as a Grubenhaus was found burnt to the ground at Skylarks Nature Reserve close to the Holme Pierrepont Country Park near Nottingham.

The blaze has left volunteers who built the hut devastated Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne
The reserve is owned by Notts Wildlife Trust Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

The building was designed to match the archaeological remains of a wooden structure previously unearthed at the site. The team of volunteers built it by hand using traditional methods dating back nine hundred years. They had been working on the project for eighteen months.

Volunteers working on the replica hut Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

Police are investigating the fire. The Trust say they won't be beaten by the vandals and will continue the project undeterred.

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Burst water pipe repairs expected to finish by Tuesday

The broken pipe has now been repaired and the road is being reinstated Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

Severn Trent Water say a road closed after a water mains burst in Derby should re-open next Tuesday.

Mansfield Road in Chester Green has been shut since the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 10-inch pipe fractured, sending a jet of water into the air, flooding nearby homes.

Leigh Gregory's home was one of those most badly damaged. He, his wife and three children were trapped in an upstairs room for six hours when water started cascading into the house. They're currently staying in a local hotel and hope to move into temporary accommodation next week. But it could be months before they can move back into their home.

Leigh Gregory's children's bedroom which suffered serious damage Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne
Broken glass and debris left after the jet of water crashed against the house Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

Businesses have also been affected by the road closure. The landlord at the Coach and Horses pub, which looks out onto the scene of the mains burst, says it's been very quiet, even on Wednesday night when it would normally have been full for the Germany-England football match.

Severn Trent is pledging to compensate businesses who have suffered a loss of takings. The company has also laid on a free shuttle bus to help residents get in and out of Chester Green, after normal services were disrupted.

Free shuttle bus laid on by Severn Trent Water for Chester Green residents Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne
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