22th Jan 2012: Police authority 'alarmed' over Coppers show
Link: This is Nottingham - Police Authority Alarmed
Nottingham Police officers have been slammed for their behaviour after appearing on a Channel 4 TV documentary. The programme called Coppers was broadcast on Monday night and followed police officers on patrol in Nottingham.
But the behaviour of some officers has now been criticised and two incidents have been referred to Notts Police's Professional Standards Board.
In one incident a female police officer is seen pulling a 14-year-old girl to the ground, while in the other a man in Exchange Walk is seen being pushed over by a male officer.
Against a background of budget cuts, low morale and rising crime, this acclaimed documentary lifts the lid on what it's really like to police Nottingham, and its increasingly disorderly population. Link to see Episode in question "See the nice people of Nottingham enjoying their lives in the pleasant surroundings and leafy lanes of the Queen of the Midlands!"
22th Jan 2012: Man used 'tree branch' in two shop robberies
Link: Nottingham Today: Raider
Nottingham Police are hunting a man who threatened shop staff with a tree branch before stealing money in two raids.
The first happened just before 9.50pm last Saturday as the Sainsbury's store in Arnold Lane, Gedling, was closing. The suspect threatened staff with the branch - said to be a "large stick" - and demanded money before escaping with cash and cigarettes.
The same man is believed to have struck again around 9.50pm on Wednesday at the Co-operative store in Gedling Road. Staff were again threatened with a branch but the man left empty-handed. No one was injured.
The offender is described as white, in his early 20s and of slim build. He was wearing a Nike hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the side, black trainers and a scarf covering his face.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Carlton CID on 101 ext 811 6635.
"A crime in Nottingham? - surely not?"
23rd Jan 2012: Nottingham fire death: Boy 'beat woman to death with hammer!'
Link: BBC News: Woman beaten to death with hammer
The jury in a Nottingham murder trial has been told a schoolboy beat a woman to death and then set her house on fire to destroy the evidence.
The prosecution said the woman was killed with a hammer, her body padded with paper, covered in petrol and set on fire at her home on 25 April 2010.
The jury also heard the boy eventually admitted the attack but said he lost control after being called a freak.
Neither the schoolboy nor the woman can be identified for legal reasons.
The prosecution said the killing was well researched and a story mapping out the details was found to have been deleted from the boy's computer.
The trial continues.
"Pound to a penny he gets off without being imprisoned - claiming mentally unstable or some such crap!"
24th Jan 2012: Nottingham Prison staff walk out over attacks by inmates
Link: BBC News: Nottingham Prison Staff walk out!
More than 100 prison staff walked out of Nottingham Prison for a protest meeting about a rise in the number of assaults against officers by inmates.
The Prison Officers' Association (POA) union said 10 members at HMP Nottingham had been attacked this month. Police are investigating five serious attacks. The POA is calling for tougher action to deal with the problem. The prison's governor said assaults on staff were taken seriously and there would be zero tolerance at the jail.
Chair leg attack
Joe Simpson, from the POA, said he was "extremely worried about the unprecedented levels of assault against our members". The association said one officer was almost beaten unconscious, while another needed about 12 stitches after being battered over the back of the head with a chair leg. "What we're hoping is that senior management will have a look at the strength of feeling here and come up with some robust risk assessments and safe systems of work to ensure the safety of our members, but also prisoners," Mr Simpson said. "Over 100 staff have come out to voice their opinions and voice their disgust at it.
"We see that as a sign of strength because the members are now saying 'we've had enough of this and we're going to make a stand'." Mr Simpson added that the violence at the prison was getting worse.
"I'm afraid it's like Outside of Nottingham Prison - violence is becoming worse all the time!"
25th Jan 2012: Lee Ashton, ran over special constable a day after prison release!
Link: This is Nottingham
A man who ran over a special constable and broke her leg in three places had only been released from jail the day before.
Lee Ashton, 24, hit Carly Henfrey with a stolen Peugeot car as he tried to escape from police in the early hours of November 13 last year. Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, he was put back behind bars for a total of four years and eight months.
Judge Michael Stokes QC also banned him from driving for six years.
"So another prostpective killer is to be allowed back on the roads - What's the matter with these judges?"
27th Jan 2012: Nottingham Council Leader Charged with Benefit Fraud
Category: Political Fraud - Crime
Link: This is Nottingham - Benefit Fraud Charges
Milan Radulovic, who has been Labour leader of Broxtowe Borough Council since last May, is accused of receiving an overpayment of £45,511 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
A Politician accused of fraud? Never... I don't believe it! (Sniggger)