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FOI: Council splashed out on private event for Paralympians

Mansfield District Council has been criticised after splashing out more than half its entertainment budget on an award ceremony for local Paralympians. Champion swimmers Ollie Hynds and Charlotte Henshaw, who both picked up medals at Rio 2016, were awarded the Freedom of Mansfield award at a special event at the Civic Quarter, where supporters and councillors were treated to food and sparkling wine to honour the swimmers, and their coach Glenn Smith. The event marked the achievements of local paralympians Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw, and their coach Glenn Smith.…

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Sexual assault more common in schools than bike theft

Sexual offences outnumber bike thefts as crime in Mansfield schools is revealed Playgrounds and classrooms are supposed to be a “sanctuary” for our children and young people, with their safety guaranteed no matter what’s going on outside. But a new investigation by the Chad reveals how sexual exploitation and other offences have become more common in our schools – second only to incidents of violence. Cases range from teenagers experiencing pressure and unwanted sexual advances in a relationship context, to teachers reporting young children for harmful sexual behaviour – and…

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50p parking charge will make Mecca for bikers ‘a ghost town’

At least 2,000 motorcyclists from around the country have vowed to descend on Matlock Bath against council plans which they say are pushing bikers out of the village. They warn that proposed parking charges which emerged days ago will ‘kill’ trade, as the thousands of motorcyclists who travel through the village each year are a major tourist attraction, and proposed plans will drive them out for good. • 2,400 Bikers signed up for rideout, hoping to thwart parking plans • ‘Mecca for Bikers’ could disappear altogether There is even a…

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Heroic Oak stopped a nazi bomb in its tracks and saved this Notts village

A hero of the Second World War is celebrated this week, 75 years after taking the brunt of a Nazi bomb and saving scores of lives. But unlike any other hero to be marked for their efforts in WW2, this one is an oak tree. The school was devastated in the blast, but luckily no-one was killed. On December 15, 1940, German forces dropped a parachute bomb over Duckmanton. The bomb was believed to be intended for Staveley Works but drifted over to Duckmanton. If it had hit its target…

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The Secret Foodbank

Matlock’s Jigsaw Foodbank are unlike most others – to give their clients some dignity they deliver, and because their clients are scared of what the neighbours might think, they have to do it in secret. Each week, a pair of angels in a white van make umpteen deliveries to families in need – they fly under the radar, and you can’t simply apply for their service, you have to be referred by an agency. In a region suffering from rural poverty and isolation due to the Dales’s geography, the need…

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