Monday 21st May 2012
Topic: Crime - Appeal - Robbery
Headline "Police seek robbery attempt witnesses"
Source: Nottingham Police Site
Extract: Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery at a post office in Bestwood Park.
It happened at Elmbridge Post Office, in Beckhampton Road, at about 9.45am yesterday (Wednesday 22 August).
A man entered the premises, demanded cash, and threatened an employee with what is believed to be a firearm.
The shop assistant raised the alarm and the suspect ran off empty handed. No one was injured in the incident.
The offender was white, of heavy build, and had his face covered. He was wearing a grey tracksuit top and ran off in the direction of Pedmore Valley.
Detectives want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw the suspect fleeing the scene.
Officers are particularly keen to trace a woman who was walking a springer spaniel in Pedmore Valley at the time. The offender bumped into the woman as he made his escape.
Anyone with information is asked to call DS Rob Wells on 101, extension 802 4686, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Comment: That's handy... just around the corner from me dentist... guess where I've got to go to next week apart from the Clinic, the GP and the Hospital... yes the dentist!
Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Topic: Crime - Alcoholism
Headline "Action over alcohol prices in Nottingham won't stop the big drinkers knocking back strong booze!"
Source: Nottingham Post
Extract: As Nottingham searches for solutions to its alcohol problems, Chris Breese and Emily Winsor asked problem drinkers what they drink - and if price is the problem.
This is what a Post survey of several city centre shops showed yesterday.
Our test came the day after city health experts called for minimum pricing on drink to curb the city's addiction to strong booze. They say cheap strong booze including cider is often fuelling the addiction of the city's worst alcoholics.
But problem drinkers claim any national minimum price per unit law would make little difference.
Alastair Wilson, who has drunk heavily for 10 years, said how much money he has affects how much he buys, but for alcoholics with serious problems, where there's the will there's the way.
The 26-year-old, of Aspley, said: "People will just find the money to get it anyway.
"If someone wants to drink like they are an alcoholic it won't stop them, they'll just go out robbing.
"I will drink anything really - cider because it gets you a bit ratted. I'm trying to drink less but the environment I'm in - I've lost my grandad, my uncle, my auntie's partner, recently - has made me go off the rails. I drink every day - how much depends on the money."
He says he is going to see his doctor about his drinking and will buy alcohol from shops and supermarkets.
He added: "I don't think there is anything they can do with the law to make people drink less."
Although he admits to believing he is an alcoholic, he says he is against street drinking in the city centre. He added: "I do it because it chills me out and makes me forget about my problems."
Peter Briggs, 28, who lives in London Road, says he drinks about seven litres of 7.5 per cent alcohol cider a day and has tried to stop.
He said: "A minimum price will bring crime up because some alcoholics are going to go out and want to drink anyway."
He says he ended up drinking at this level after lapsing into drinking every day and admits he is an alcoholic.
More at the link.
Comment:I suppose it will create more crime as alcoholics will get more desperate for their pleasure?
Wednesday 22nd August
Topic: Crime - Sabotage
Headline "Labour MP John Mann fears car trouble was sabotage"
Source: BBC News
Extract: A Labour MP fears he may have been the victim of an attempt on his life after the wheel nuts on his car were removed.
John Mann drove 200 miles from London to his Nottinghamshire constituency before discovering one of his car's wheels had almost fallen off.
The Bassetlaw MP said it was probably the work of a thief but he was not ruling out a more sinister motive. He felt lucky to have survived, he added.
He said the Metropolitan Police were investigating the incident.
Mr Mann told the BBC: "It may well have been the work of a thief who was interrupted. But I find it strange that the hub caps were put back on, meaning I couldn't tell that anything was wrong
Comments: Now if it had happened to Cameron, Osborne or Hague... I might agree!
Thursday 24th May 2012
Topic: NHS - Webcam use
Headline "Webcams used for Nottingham stroke patients"
Source: BBC News
Extract: Webcams are being used to diagnose stroke patients out-of-hours at a Nottingham hospital.
Medical experts use video technology on remote laptops to examine patients brought into Nottingham's City Hospital and decide whether clot-busting medication needs to be given.
Consultant Dr Ganesh Subramanian said: "This technology is making a real difference to the way we provide cover out-of-hours.
"In the past, the consultant on call would have to drive in to the hospital and that would waste precious time."
Comment: Good idea methinks.
Friday 25th May 2012
"Nott's News in Brief"
* Wollaton: A pub has raised more than £2,300 for charity. The Wheelhouse, in Russell Drive, raised the money for Help the Heroes through a number of fundraising events including a sponsored head shave, raffle, car boot sale and family fun days.
* Worksop: A Notts police officer who is alleged to have had sex while on duty has appeared in court.
PC Simon Jones appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday charged with abuse of duty.
The offence is alleged to have taken place while the officer was serving with Notts Police in March.
The 32-year-old, who was based at Worksop police station, has been suspended from duty, a force spokeswoman said.
* Amanda Andrzejewski was find £25 with costs for failing to comply with requirements to inform the DHSS of her change in circumstances when her husband joined her and her five children after she mad e made her original claim and had been given a four bedroom home in Carrington. She over-claimed by £35,000.
Comment:I think I know her kids!
Saturday 26th May 2012
Topic: Armed Forces Day
Headline "Armed Forces Day 2013 to be held in Nottingham"
Source: BBC News
Extract: Nottingham has been chosen as the host city for next year's Armed Forces Day.
The flagship event, to honour service personnel from the past and present, will be held in the city on 29 June.
The celebration first took place in 2009 and this year's event, in Plymouth, was attended by the prime minister and the Earl of Wessex.
Nottingham City Council said it had already started planning its event, which will be backed up by celebrations across the UK.
Comment: Great stuff!
Sunday 27th May 2012
Topic: Crime - Burglary - Charity
Headline "Cancer centre at Nottingham hospital burgled"
Source: BBC News
Extract: Burglars have broken into a Nottingham charity cancer care centre and stolen computers.
The Maggie's centre at Nottingham City Hospital, which began taking in patients a year ago, was targeted overnight on Thursday.
Four computers in an office area were taken but users have been assured no personal details were lost.
Staff said they felt "disgusted" and "violated" but insisted the centre's work would continue.
The £3m centre was the focus of a major public fundraising campaign.
It was officially opened by designer Paul Smith in November 2011 but was taking patients from August.
Kate Martin, cancer support specialist, said: "We encourage people to view the centre as a home from home and it is a bit like having your own home broken into really.
"So we are feeling really violated and disgusted at what has happened."
Comment:The untermensch who did this will no doubt get away with it... and even if caught, they will laugh at the pitiable sentence they will get. I'm fuming!