Capital Reports: East Midlands News

26 June 2017, 17:12


Find out what's going on in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester

Cladding From Leicester Tower Blocks Sent Off For Testing 

Cladding from some privatey-owned tower blocks in Leicester have been sent off for testing over concerns for fire safety.

The checks were ordered by the governement after at least 79 people were killed in the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Leicestershire fire service are running a series of drop in advice sessions to reassure residents.

Newarke point

There's one at Newarke Point tonight (pictured above) with more at different tower blocks across the county later this week.

You can see where your closest drop-in session is taking place here.

Meanwhile several landlords still need to send samples to be checked, while councils are being told to speed up their fire safety checks

So far there's been a 100% failure rate with all 60 high-rises tested in England failing the tests.

Police Appeal After Assaults In Derbyshire

Police are searching for two men who were seen fighting in Derbyshire.

It happened after arguments between the pair near the Market Place in Codnor on Sunday, and again on Nottingham Road in Ripley this afternoon.

Officers want anyone who witnesses the assaults to come forward.

Derby County Fan Banned After Fight 

A Derby County fan has been banned from football matches for three years after a fight with Rotherham supporters.

The group fought while catching their trains home in March last year.

Nine men were arrested and charged - a 21 year old from Matlock was given a banning order as well as 180 hours of unpaid work and made to pay £200 in costs.

Two Arrested After Shotgun Found in Nottingham 

Two people have been arrested after a shotgun was recovered from a house in Nottingham

It was found at around 2pm on Friday after police searched an address in Spalding Road in Sneinton.

A 21-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were questioned and released.

The weapon will now be subject to forensic examination.

Police say the activity was part of an ongoing investigation.

Burglars Target Charity Boxes In Nottinghamshire 

Thieves have stolen from charity fund for a Nottinghamshire boy who's fighting cancer.

The break-in happened at the Jimmy Beans Children’s Play and Party Centre on Coxmoor Road in Sutton in Ashfield.

Police say cash was taken from collection boxes for the ‘A Dollar for Dawson’ Appeal - which is raising money for 15-month-old Dawson to get treatment in America for a rare form of liver cancer.

Sergeant Geoff Brown, the officer in the case, said: "Stealing is a despicable crime but to steal from a charity is utterly heartless. There was a considerable amount of money in the collection boxes.

Anyone with any information about the burglary is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101

Film About Murdered Leicestershire Schoolgirl Wins AwardS 

A short film made after the murder of Leicestershire schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood has won another four national awards.

Kayleigh's Love story - highlights the dangers of online grooming and has been shown to tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Leicestershire

The film, which was made by Leicestershire Police, picked up the Platinum award at BAFTA’s Headquarters in London last night.

Nottingham Drugs Gang Targeting Students Jailed 

Eight members of a £500,000 a year drugs gang targeting students in Nottingham have been jailed for more than 70 years between them.

The group ran two drugs hotlines - that supplied cocaine and cannabis - with one taking calls from almost 1,200 different people in a month.

Police uncovered the gang after a rise in violence in 2015 - between rival gangs.

A ninth man will be sentenced at a later date.

Call For Better Police Training To Deal With Hate Crime

Amnesty International want better police training to deal with hate crimes.

The group have written a paper - after research at Leicester Uni - which shows the problem is under reporter and under resourced.

In the month following the Brexit vote there was a 41% rise in hate crimes in England and Wales compared to July 2015.

Two Arrested Over Hate Crime At Mosque

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of a racial hate crime in Nottingham.

Police were called to reports of two men acting suspiciously at a Mosque in Edwards Lane in Sherwood on Sunday morning.

The men, aged, 30 and 27, have been bailed.

Foston Close Death No Longer Suspicious

Police are no longer treating the death of a 17-year-old girl in Mansfield as suspicious.

A 21-year-old man, who was helping officers with their inquiries, has been released.

Police were called to a house in Foston Close yesterday morning, where they found the body of the teenager.

Officers have told Capital they aren't looking for anyone else in connection to what happened and their thoughts remain with the family and close friends of the girl.

New Parks Death

Detectives investigating the death of a man in New Parks in Leicester want to know if anyone visited his house in his last few weeks.

60-year-old Peter West was found dead in Glazebrook Road on Tuesday, police are treating his death as suspicious.

A 35-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man who were originally arrested on suspicion of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body, have since been re-arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. They remain in police custody.

Three Arrested In Child Circumcision Investigation

Capital's been told three people have been arrested on suspicion of circumcising a boy in Nottinghamshire.

Police say it's thought to have happened four years ago.

A 61-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

A 44-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

They have all been released pending further investigation.

Two Arrested Over Mail Thefts In Nottingham

Police say homes in part of Nottingham, with external mail boxes on either the house or gate, have been targeted by fraudsters.

Nottinghamshire Police say offenders have stolen personal details of people with external mail boxes and made fraudlent applications for credit cards. They have then intercepted the deliveries by filling the mail box with newspapers. This means that when the post is delivered, it sits on top of the newspapers allowing the mail to be easily retrieved by the criminals who are thought to have been following Royal Mail staff as they conduct deliveries.

Two men, aged 48 and 33, were arrested and bailed on suspicion of stealing mail on Tuesday 20 June.

Highcross in Leicester Evacuated

Capital's been told Leicester's Highcross centre was evacuated because of a fire alarm being set off.

People were tweeting this afternoon there'd been a security alert around 

The shopping centre says it takes customer safety very seriously.

East Mids Top Unis

All but one univesrsity in the East Midlands got the highest award in the first major assessment of teaching standards.

Nearly three quarters which entered the Teaching Excellence Framework didn't get a gold rating.

:: De Montfort University - Gold

:: University of Derby - Gold

:: The University of Leicester - Silver

:: Leicester College - Gold

:: University of Lincoln - Gold

:: Lincoln College - Silver

:: Loughborough College - Silver

:: Loughborough University - Gold

:: The University of Nottingham - Gold

:: Nottingham Trent University - Gold

Man and Woman Charged With Death of Boy At Leicestershire Water Park

Officers investigating the death of a 5 year-old boy at a waterpark in Leicestershire have charged a man and woman with his death.

Charlie Dunn drowned at Bosworth Water Park near Hinckley on July 23 2016.

28 year-old Lynsey Dunn and 36 year-old Paul Smith from Caledonian, Glascote Heath, Tamworth are accused of manslaughter by gross negligence.

The pair have also been charged with other child neglect offences alleged to have taken place between April 2012 and July 2016. 

In addition, Smith has been charged with two counts of witness intimidation, alleged to have taken place in March 2017 and June 2017, one count of threats to damage or destroy property by fire in June 2017, and eight driving offences which are alleged to have taken place in January and June 2017.

They are both due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 5 July.

Ex Notts Fireman Warns Cities Here May Not Cope With Grenfell Type Disaster

A former firefighter in Nottinghamshire has told Capital he's worried whether services outside of London would be able to cope with a Grenfell Tower-type fire if one happened elsewhere.

Many services have deals with neighbouring ones to help out with big incidents.

The Fire Brigades Union says there are 10,000 fewer fire officers across the UK now than there were in 2010 - when the Conservatives were elected.

Dave Green from there wants to ensure there are no more cuts to the service.

Man Found Injured In Nottingham Was Stabbed

Capital's been told a 19 year old man found badly hurt in his car in Nottingham had been stabbed in the stomach.

Ambulance crews found him in Chippenham Road, Bestwood, on Monday night (19 June).

He's recovering at the Queens Medical Centre.

Mans Dies At Leicestershire Quarry

An investigation's on after a man's died after being injured in Mountsorrel quarry in Leicestershire.

Police were called there early this morning.

Capital's been told Health and Safety Executive officers are investigating.

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