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Pudding Pantry set to open in Nottingham's Trinity Square

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:00
SWEET-toothed customers will be catered for at a new city centre desserts-based artisan coffee shop. The Pudding Pantry, located in previously unoccupied units in Trinity Square, will officially open on Monday, April 28, following a soft launch this week. Owner and managing director Anthony Quinn, a former restaurant and bar manager at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel,worked with head chef Georgina Mak to set up the business. They've spent a total of £95,000 on their new venture, after receiving a £20,000 start-up loan from First Enterprise Business Agency (FEBA) and a £40,000 loan from Nat West Bank towards their costs. Anthony, 27, from Ilkeston, said: "It is a big investment but we were confident in our skills, and confident that we could really make it work. "We've had to overcome some hurdles. Funding was a big hurdle, as was negotiating the lease and the building work. "We also spent around three months writing our business plan and making sure that it was perfect. "But the most challenging aspect has been getting funding and support, and convincing people that we can make it a success in a time when lending was still very difficult. "Once we got the first loan there was a snowball affect and it did all eventually come through. "Finding the right premises was also very challenging but we all fell in love with our unit because it has a lot of potential. "We did do a lot of research to make sure we got the building right – around 750 students live above the unit, 1,000 people work near-by at E-On, so there's a lot of resources to tap in to." Anthony added: "There's a cluster of independent coffee shops in Hockley and the Lace Market but we are the only one in this area, which is good." Georgina, 30, of New Basford, said: "We are a desserts based business. So people who have a sweet tooth can come in for a treat. "Pancakes will be available all day and we're doing restaurant style desserts. "The idea is that we're making as much as we can from scratch, on site every day. "We're also keen to source ingredients locally, and we'll change the menu to keep it seasonal. "We will also sell a variety of basked produce – we're making our own breads." The new business has eight employees, including assistant chef Amy Fish, 29, of Forest Fields. She said: "This is something that I've dreamed about doing for a long time. It's come at a good point in my career." Assistant manager Frank Simecek, 28, from Beeston, is responsible for perfecting the shop's selection of artisan coffees. He said: "It's all down to the machinery, good beans and training. I take a lot of pride in the coffee." Neil Millington, loan fund manager at Hyson Green based FEBA, which provides Government start-up loans to help businesses across the East Midlands launch, said: "The Pudding Pantry is a unique proposition. "I think it's a nice addition that will sit well in Nottingham city centre. "There appears to be movement on all fronts in finance. "We find more often now – particularly since the start of the year – that banks will fund part of a deal, rather than 100 per cent. "If the banks now have a more open minded approach and are lending again it's something that should be welcomed." The new business also received a £10,000 grant from Nottingham City Council though its vacant shop grant scheme. Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs and Growth, said: "The City Council helped The Pudding Pantry to do the works necessary to enable them to trade from the shop units with financial assistance through its Vacant Shops Grant Scheme. "The scheme enabled the Pudding Pantry to combine the premises into a single shop and carry out final works to what was essentially a shell. "The two units had been unoccupied since they were built in 2008, the interior walls were still breeze block and there was no water or electricity in the premises which made it very difficult to let them. "It's great to see that the Scheme has helped this business, as it has helped many others, and in doing so brought a building back into use. "The Pudding Pantry was also supported by EnterpriseLoans East Midlands, managed by First Enterprise Business Agency."

Notts cricketer Reg Simpson remembered at service

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:00
In a church just a few hundred yards from the ground he loved, Reg Simpson was fondly remembered at a memorial service. Players past and present turned out to pay their respects to the former Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club captain. Today's service was held in St Giles Church in West Bridgford, a stone's throw from Trent Bridge, where he spent the majority of his playing career. Mr Simpson died last November at the age of 93. He was the oldest-surviving Notts and England cricketer. Club chairman Peter Wright told the congregation of his memories of Mr Simpson. He said: "I knew him all my life. I first watched him bat at Trent Bridge at a very early age, probably six or seven. "He will be remembered as a very graceful and brilliant batsman who has left his mark on Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club." The 45-minute service at the packed church was attended by former players, including Notts hero Derek Randall. Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke was there, as was Nottingham's Lord Mayor Councillor Merlita Bryan. Giles Clarke, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was also there. Most of the current Nottinghamshire squad sat together, paying their respects. Among them were current captain Chris Read, all-rounder Samit Patel and England Twenty 20 starlet Alex Hales. Mr Read said: "I think that it is right that we come here to remember Reg. "A lot of the younger players didn't know him that well. But I recall speaking to him a few times in my early days. "He used to like to come to watch us and would always be around to give you advice. He was a really nice guy." Mr Patel added: "I met him a few times. He had a bubbly personality." Mr Simpson was born in Sherwood Rise in 1920 and went to Nottingham High School. His Nottinghamshire debut came in 1940 against the RAF, who he would go on to serve with during the Second World War. After going to America to complete flying training in Arizona, he flew extensively in Asia. When he was not in the air, he played cricket across the sub-continent for the RAF. After the war, he went on to play in 27 Test matches for England. During his county cricket career, he played 495 first-class games for Nottinghamshire, making 30,546 runs at an average of 38.32. He captained the team 249 times between 1951 and 1961. Mr Simpson became a member of club's committee in 1961, serving on it until 1998, and went on to become a director at bat-maker Gunn and Moore. In his later years, he was still a regular visitor to Trent Bridge, most recently during England's 14-run win over Australia in the Ashes Test series last July. He had been in ill-health for several years. Do you have memories of Reg Simpson? E-mail

Pub launches in Gedling following £300,000 Castle Rock facelift

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:00
PUB-goers have eagerly celebrated the £300,000 re-launch of a former private member's club. The reopening Willowbrook pub in Gedling took place last night with over 200 guests invited including Nottingham's official Robin Hood, Tim Pollard. As well as a hearty selection of 14 real ales and ciders on tap the whole pub has been refurbished with a new bar, kitchen area, and a formal dining room. The club is one of the oldest in the county, built around 80 years ago. The refurbishment has retained much of the building's art deco style with artwork, light fittings and a stained glass window installed to keep in with the times. Opening on St George's Day, the owners made the occasion extra special with a selection of English canapes including fish and chips, sausage and mash and beef and horseradish. It is now the 20th Castle Rock pub in the country, as the trend for real ale continues to grow. The pub has been in the process of being refitted since it was taken over by Nottingham's Castle Rock Brewery in December. General manager Pete Hopewell explained that when they arrived the place was in a sad state. He said: "At the beginning it was very, very quiet. "It made membership free in the end to attract more people but it didn't seem to work. "When we moved in there were a few negative comments that everything would be changed but we wanted to keep it a community pub." Despite the facelift, the pub continues to serve as a local hub for its long-time regulars such as the local golf society, card and domino players. For Pete, getting to know the community was at the heart of making the new Willowbrook a hit. He said: "I think customers thought the new owners were going to come in but never be seen "I've made a point of making friendships with the regulars, I think that's made the transition easier. "It's been fun along the way especially being a Derby supporter." Tim Pollard (aka Robin Hood) has helped with the launch of other Castle Rock pubs, attending the opening of the Willowbrook with full man-in-tights regalia. He said: "The pubs all are very inviting. "It's not just their beers, all the people there are all friendly and get you try to ales from all around the country. Castle Rock's managing director Colin Wilde said they were excited about the Willowbrook's future. He said: "Overall the main excitement comes from the customers enthusiasm over what we've done. "Our customers during the building asked us to stay open to see the changes happening on a day by day basis. "They have been a massive part of the refit and their smiling faces and anticipation has been the driving force behind this." Which Notts buildings could do with a lick of paint? Email

VIDEO: Peregrine Falcons chicks hatch at Nottingham Trent University

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:52
High on a windy ledge above Nottingham, three tiny Peregrine Falcon chicks are taking their first glimpses of the world. And wildlife fans can watch a live stream of all the action as it unfolds. Viewers to the stream, which broadcasts from the top of the Newton building at Nottingham Trent University, saw three chicks hatch on Wednesday under the watchful eye of their parents. The ledge has been home to the breeding pair of peregrine falcons for the last decade. There is a webcam pointing at the nest all year round, recording 24 hours a day. Watch the live stream here Watch some video highlights so far here: Read more:

Nottingham singer Indiana makes it into the top 10

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:28
LOCAL singer Indiana has proven she's a force to be reckoned with after her single Solo Dancing jumped into the UK's official top 10. It was revealed on Wednesday via the midweek chart update that the 27-year-old's new release went straight into the number nine slot. Tweeting after the news was heard on the radio, the star posted - "Solo Dancing is number nine on the midweek chart! Thanks to all who got me there!" The singer first came to the music industry's attention last year with debut single Mess Around, followed by popular release Smoking Gun. She has since performed at venues including Glastonbury Festival and Nottingham's own Splendour. This is as well as being a firm favourite of well-known Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. Speaking previously to the Post, Indiana said: "So much has happened. I want to say I never dreamt I'd get this far... or some other corny line, but the truth is, as soon as I realised this was what I wanted to do, I dreamt big." The single Solo Dancing can be downloaded now from all major music retailers and her debut album is expected later in the year.

Man jailed for his part in pensioner gang robbery

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:23
ROBBER Michael Severn has been jailed for his part in a gang who burst into a house and beat up a 68-year-old man. Severn was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday, after he entered a guilty plea to having a role in the terrifying raid. It was his idea to go to the house with pals after he was told the victim had been investigated by Nottinghamshire Police for an offence but not charged. The group effectively took the law into their own hands, attacking the pensioner as he answered the door at his sister-in-law's home in Mansfield. One gang member pushed him backwards and punched in his left eye. He was sent tumbling to the floor where he was kicked to his back and arms. The man's sister-in-law, who was in bed upstairs, came to the rescue when she heard him shout "call police"! Aged 71, the woman was in a panic, shocked and too afraid to go downstairs, where the gang launched the attack on her brother-in-law. Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, said the man had liver and kidney problems and was in great pain. "He had a bloody nose, a sore and bruised eye and cheek and right arm where he was kicked," she said. "He was discharged from hospital with soft tissue injuries." The gang fled with the sister-in-law's purse, credit cards and some cigarettes. Severn, 22, of Hermitage Road, Bridlington, was captured in January after police tracked one of the stolen cards to a top-up credit on his mobile phone. Severn pleaded guilty to robbery at a plea and directions hearing, and asked Recorder Shaun Smith QC, who had the case listed in his court, to sentence him. The judge told him: "You were part of a gang and equally responsible for what happened there," he said. Severn claimed he was told to go to the address last December with his friends. The intention had been to assault the pensioner, who was supposed to have committed an offence not disclosed in court. When Severn arrived at the address, one of his pals pushed him into the house. "He was fearful about what was going to happen and he managed to squirm his way back outside, and remained there whilst violence was used," explained Justin Atkinson, mitigating. "You know, fortunately, the victim suffered only relatively minor injuries." And he said the offence was "out of character" for Severn, who has convictions for shoplifting, battery and burglary. For the latest crime news, click here.

Three men charged after eight phones were stolen during Freshers' Week

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:23
Three men have been charged after eight phones were stolen during a student night in Nottingham. The thefts happened during Freshers' Week at Nottingham Trent University's Student Union, in Shakespeare Street, in the early hours of Monday, September 23. Tonylson Patrocinio, 23, of Hockley Farm Road in Leicester, as well as Olajuwon Williams, 23, and Owen Karumazondo, 20, both of Gadd Street in Nottingham, have been charged with eight theft offences. They have been bailed to appear before Nottingham magistrates on Monday, May 12. Nottinghamshire Police has issued the following information to keep your phone safe: Record its IMEI number, insure your handset and record it on a property register such as Immobilise. Install a tracking app so that if your phone is lost or stolen you may be able to track it. Activate a locking mechanism on your keypad. When you are out and about, especially if you are in a crowded pub or club, keep your phone close in a fastened pocket or bag and be vigilant against potential thieves. Report a lost or stolen phone as soon as possible to police on 101.

St Ann's shooting: 18-year-old man to appear in court

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:17
An 18-year-old man is due to appear in court charged in connection with a shooting in St Ann's. Police officers were called to an area known locally as Donkey Hill at about 3.50pm on Tuesday, April 8, following reports of a firearm being discharged and a dispute between a group of people. Santinne Traynor, of Brindley Road, Nottingham, has been charged with affray and possession of a class B drug. He has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at magistrates' court on Wednesday afternoon.

Merge could create new school in Radcliffe-on-Trent

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:00
The merger of an infant and junior school will make the transition between key stages easier for children - a head teacher has claimed. Steve Arnold, who became the head teacher of both schools in Radcliffe-on-Trent as part of their trial 'collaboration project' in September 2013, said the amalgamation would be a positive move for the children and community. Plans to close Radcliffe-on-Trent Community Infant and Nursery and Radcliffe-on-Trent Community Junior School to create a single village primary school were put out for consultation on Tuesday April 23 by Nottinghamshire County Council. The new school, which may be rebranded as Radcliffe-on-Trent Primary School, would still operate at the two existing sites at Bingham Road and Cropwell Road. Mr Arnold told the Post that he understood some parents concerns that it may seem like the school was being run by a part-time head teacher. He said: "It's not so much a worry but a frustration that I will be in school every day unless I am at a meeting or something but parents won't necessarily see me, that doesn't mean I am a part-time head teacher just that I will be splitting my time between the two sites. "If I won the Euro Millions I would love to build a new single site school because it is what the village needs but the funding just isn't there at the moment." He added: "At the moment we have two leadership teams effectively working on one key stage but the amalgamation will mean it is only one team and one governing body which will make the transition from classes a lot smoother for the children." Parents and carers were given letters yesterday detailing the proposal however, Mr Arnold said the initial feedback had been positive. He said: "In February half term we as how parents would feel about the collaboration of the schools and around 70 percent were in favour, and at that time they didn't have all the information." If the plans are given the green light the new primary school would open in September 2015 with all pupils attending the Radcliffe-on-Trent schools at the time of the proposed closure in July 2015 guaranteed one of the 525 places. Speaking to parents outside the school yesterday afternoon 23/04 the response to the proposal was mixed. Anne Smith, 63, who has two grandchildren at the schools said: "It seems a very sensible solution. It'll make a family, community of education under one umbrella. There's only one choice in the village anyway." However, mum-of-two Vanessa Hodgkinson, 47, disagreed, she said: "I can't understand how they've come to this conclusion. The head teacher's never on site." A report from the county council said that the proposal was only at a formative stage and that no formal decision had yet been made. The consultation will close on Friday June 13 this year with a report sent to the county council the following day. Parents, carers, staff and community members have been invited to consultations at the junior school on Tuesday May 6 from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. Jonathan Smith, Area Officer for Rushcliffe, said that the authority was aware that rising pupil numbers in the Radcliffe on Trent area in the coming years due to additional housing developments would mean that more places would be needed for under 11s. He said: "We are looking at a holistic solution for the needs of the village which would mean we would be in a good position to advise on how and where to expand when additional places were needed." What do you think of the proposed merger? Get in touch:

Nottingham to hold European Arts and Theatre Festival

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:00
Artists from across the continent will converge on Nottingham when an arts festival kicks off next month. The Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival is being held for the second time and will see dance and theatrical performances as well as art exhibitions at venues across the city. There will also be entertainment and activities for children. The event was officially launched at the Broadway Cinema in Hockley on Wednesday with a short film showing what will be on offer. Giles Croft, artistic director at the Nottingham Playhouse, said they hope to make the event biennial. He said: "We had our first event in 2011 and this is a development from that. We want to have another in 2016 and then one every two years. "It is a great thing for Nottingham. We will be having performers and artists from across Europe. "We hope it will allow people in the city to realise how prominent Nottingham is when it comes to the arts." The festival, running from May 23 to June 1, will include more than 40 events, performers and exhibitors from 20 different countries. It will start with the showing of the Mass Bolero, a huge recreation of the iconic Torvill and Dean routine which has been filmed throughout the city. Venues include the Broadway, the Nottingham Contemporary gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre Royal and the Royal Concert Hall. Other events will include the UK premiere of Magnificat, a play by acclaimed Polish artist Marta Gornika. Shona Powell, director of the Lakeside Arts Centre, said: "We are very excited about being one of the partners for this collaboration. "Many of the events on offer will be free to the public so it is a fantastic opportunity for people in the city to get involved and enjoy it." At the centre, in Highfields Park, there will be performances at the amphitheatre as well as comedy routines. Organisers have also expressed a desire to take the festival to the people, with some events being held at the Chase Neighbourhood Centre in St Ann's and performances in cafes around the city. There will also be children's activities, including interactive games for children at Stonebridge City Farm. Stephanie Sirr, chief executive of the Playhouse, said: "The previous event in 2011 was fantastic and we are really looking forward to this one. "We realised in 2011 that people in Nottingham like things that are a bit out there. So there will be a wide variety of events and activities on offer." For more information and tickets call the box office on 0115 941 9419. What do you think about the Nottingham art scene? E-mail

Hundreds gather in Nottingham for St George's Day parade

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:11
MORE than 1,000 people packed out the streets of Nottingham to celebrate St George's day. England's patron saint and Robin Hood led the crowd into the city, with flags flying from the Forest Recreation Ground to the Old Market Square. Trucks packed with eager supporters, all decked head to toe in white and red clothing, played out patriotic anthems. Cars honked their horns and shoppers stopped to cheer as the annual parade snaked from Mansfield Road and into the centre of town. Organised by the Royal Society of St George, Radford branch, it was one of the largest celebrations in the country with supporters travelling to Nottingham especially for the big day. brightcove.createExperiences(); Those taking part in the parade left Forest Rec Builder Ian Neville, 47, from Walsall said it got better every year. He said: "It's a fantastic event, it's one of the biggest in the country. "It's one of the places you have to go to. Whoever helped organise this has done their city proud." The festivities continued in Old Market Square with traditional folk songs and Morris dancers to liven the mood. Nottingham's official Robin Hood, Tim Pollard, who was striding proudly at the front of the parade, said St George's Day was one of the best events of the year. He said: "It's great, it's a really nice atmosphere, a lovely day and more and more people are celebrating St George's Day. "I really enjoy the parade, seeing everyone in the streets waving. "People ought to be proud." Send your photos and videos from the celebrations to

St George's Day: Nottingham to get the flags out for day of pride and celebration

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:43

KNIGHTS on horseback will ride through the city centre today as Nottingham celebrates St George's Day.

A parade will set out from The Forest recreation ground and performers in medieval-style garb will make their way to the Old Market Square.

Meanwhile, the bells will chime in celebration of the day at more than 25 Notts churches.

The parade, which will arrive in the square from 12.30pm, will feature marching bands and St George himself riding through the streets.

There will also be morris dancing and traditional English folk songs performed throughout the afternoon.

The parade had been organised by the Radford branch of the Royal Society of St George, whose members have helped organise parades in the city centre for several years.

Phil Harwood, secretary of the branch, is urging people to line the streets along the route and help make the day a real cause for celebration.

He said: "We wanted to do something for the city, for the people of Nottingham and for the East Midlands.

"It's great seeing everyone on the day coming together and having a great time. Seeing the parade and seeing all the people around you enjoying themselves is fantastic."

Throughout Notts, church bells will toll to mark St George's Day, which is the traditionally accepted date of the patron saint's death in AD303.

Churches in Barton-in-Fabis, Bingham, Bulwell, Bunny, Clarborough, Clifton, East Leake, Farnsfield, Granby, Gedling, Greasley, Holme Pierrepont, Keyworth, North Collingham, Papplewick, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Thurgaton, Thrumptom, Watton, Wollaton, Woodborough and Winthorpe are taking part.

Peter Haywood, of St Mary's, in Clifton, said that St George should be honoured with the same reverence as St Patrick or St David. He said: "I think it's important. We don't do enough for our patron saint.

"I think we ought to have a bank holiday and street parties, make it a social get-together where we meet our neighbours."

St George's Day has been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years. A survey in 2013 found that nearly three-quarters of British people wanted St George's Day to become a national bank holiday.

On Saturday, around 1,000 Scouts paraded through Nottingham city centre in their own annual tribute ahead of today's events.

7th Nottingham Cub Scout leader Elaine Eley said: "It went very well and everyone got into the spirit of it. We should all celebrate this day. It's an important part of our heritage." It was one of several events happening across the county to mark the occasion. Church bells rang out at over 20 churches throughout the county. The Willowbrook pub in Gedling, which also opened today, served a host of St George's day treats with a host of English treats and delicacies. General manager Pete Hopwell said: "We did our best to get St George's flag cocktail sticks but couldn't find any sadly. "I think we should celebrate it more, we ought to be more patriotic." However, the city centre parade was by far the most prominent. Supporters of all ages from toddlers to the elderly came out to show their colours. Although lively chanting echoed through the streets, the spirit was jovial and friendly throughout. Builder Stewart Dabell, 55, of Gotham took the day off especially so he could join the parade. He said: "I just wanted to come and see what's happening. "It's been great, I love all of it, the atmosphere is fantastic." Bartender Pam Staples, 40, of Southwold Drive, Radford brought her two English bulldogs, Maddie and George, dressed up in St George crosses. She said: "We come here every year, I've been going for the past eight years. "We're all English, and I think we ought to celebrate. They have a great time too." Floor layer Tony Trendowicz, 51, from Bridgford said people should no longer be ashamed to embrace their English heritage. He said: "I'm half Polish and my dad fought in the Battle of Britain. "We wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for people like him. It takes a lot of people to make this country great and everyone should be included. "I'm proud to be English."

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The end for blood transfusions? The Nottinghamshire invention that 'cleans' blood

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:44
PIONEERING technology developed by a Nottinghamshire company has been used to help a religious patient have a life-changing operation. Julie Penoyer cannot accept transfusions due to her Jehovah's Witness beliefs, so doctors used Hemosep – a blood-recycling device which collects blood spilt during an operation, filters it and returns it to the patient – during her treatment. The 50-year-old underwent complex open heart surgery to repair damage to one of the main blood vessels in her heart and would have faced a difficult choice between compromising her religious beliefs or facing a significant loss of blood. Her op was part of the machine's first ever UK trials at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and she said she had found it difficult to breathe, talk or exercise before it. "Pretty much as soon as I woke up I noticed the difference," she added. "Two weeks after I was home I was eating normally again. People tell me they can't believe I've recently had heart surgery." Mrs Penoyer has now made a full recovery following the surgery, which would normally have required transfusions of up to seven units of blood. Mrs Penoyer's husband, Eric, said: "Her recovery has been amazing. I like the simplicity of the Hemosep machine. It's a huge advancement and because it is simple to use, would be of great use in other areas of the world." Hemosep was developed by Kirkby in Ashfield-based Brightwake Ltd in collaboration with Professor Terry Gourlay of Strathclyde University. And the company's heritage in Nottingham's Lace Market helped in development as a key part of the equipment is filters with microscopic meshes. The filters make Hemosep the only machine in the world capable of salvaging tiny platelets which help blood to clot. Returning these cells to the body lowers the risk of bleeding after an operation. The company is aiming for the equipment to be available for all patients though as it could avoid post-operative complications, reduce reliance on blood banks and potentially save the NHS £10 million a year, according to estimates. The technology could also cut down adverse reactions to blood transfusions. Brightwake's managing director Steve Cotton said: "We send our very best wishes to Mrs Penoyer. Her case shows why we believe Hemosep offers huge opportunities for surgical teams and their patients, all over the world. "We are extremely proud of Hemosep and excited by its potential to help people whose particular religious beliefs mean that they cannot receive donated blood, even if they experience severe blood loss." The technology's benefits have been welcomed by clinicians at Nottingham University Hospitals. The Trust's deputy chief perfusionist in cardiac surgery John Campbell said: "It's an extremely useful tool. By using it in this extreme case we have identified other potential areas where it could be used, such as obstetrics and major trauma. "When donated blood is transfused, the body has to work to clean it and there is no immediate way of knowing the quality of the red cells or any potential side effects. If it's your own blood there are none of those issues. Patients who have transfusions are reported to have a longer stay in intensive care, compared to those who don't." Have you been involved in healthcare using exciting new technology? E-mail us:

Nottingham power cut affects thousands of homes and businesses

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:43
A power cut in Nottingham city centre on Wednesday morning affected more than 4,300 homes and businesses. Western Power Distribution confirmed that the power cut affected various areas of the city centre but was restored within half an hour, at 12.45pm. A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said that some of the traffic signals in the Castle Boulevard area had been affected by the power cut, but that the issue was quickly resolved without incident.

Missing Bogdan Nawrocki: Police launch murder inquiry

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:11
Police investigating the disappearance of a 22-year-old man have launched a murder inquiry. Polish born Bogdan Nawrocki, who was living in Radford, was last seen on Sunday, January 5. Despite a large scale search operation and numerous media appeals he has not been seen since. Following forensic evidence discovered in a property in Radford detectives have launched a murder investigation today. Four men have been arrested on suspicion of murder. The men, who are aged between 27 and 46 remain in police custody pending further investigation. House to house enquiries and searches for Bogdan's body will be taking place in Radford today and police are asking anyone with information to get in touch. DCI Tony Heydon, who is leading the investigation, said: "I had to tell Bogdan's sister that I believe he has been murdered. Whilst she is being supported by officers this is clearly a devastating blow to her. I urge anyone with information about where Bogdan is to call us in absolute confidence. If you know anything now is the time to come forward." Anyone with any information should contact the incident room on 0115 844 6913. A dedicated line manned by Polish-speaking officers has also been set up. That number is 07785573415.

Jail for gang behind high-spec car theft plot

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:45
Three men who stole cars from across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire have been jailed for more than 24 years in total. Grant Johnson, Dane Shaw and Karl Morley targeted a string of homes during an eight-month crime spree in 2012. Detectives from Nottinghamshire Police began an investigation following a report of a burglary in Sutton-in-Ashfield in April that year. While the occupants were in bed, suspects forced their way into the house and snatched car keys before stealing a red Volkswagen Golf parked outside. The next month, in a similar burglary, an Audi TT was taken from outside a home in Mansfield. Homes in Worksop, Mansfield Woodhouse, Ollerton, Rainworth and Harworth were targeted in the months that followed. After liaising with officers in Derbyshire it transpired that detectives in Chesterfield were investigating a similar spate of offences. Working together, officers from both forces began a two-year investigation, piecing together evidence, gathering intelligence and trawling mobile phone records in order to build a case against Johnson, Shaw and Morley. Johnson, 28, formerly of Waltheof Road, Sheffield, Shaw, 25, formerly of Paddock Crescent, Sheffield, and Morley, 25, formerly of Spinkhill Road, Sheffield, were all charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and theft, between March 1 2012 and November 10 2012 in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. They also faced an additional charge of conspiracy to commit theft of motor vehicles between the same dates. The trio pleaded guilty to both offences at an earlier hearing in March and appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday, April 16 where Morley was sentenced to nine years, Shaw eight years and Johnson seven and a half years. A total of 47 incidents were linked to Johnson, Shaw and Morley, in which cars, including Audis, Volkswagens, Mazdas, BMWs and a Porsche, were taken with 23 offences happening in Nottinghamshire with 15 of those resulting in vehicles being stolen. For the latest crime news, click here.

Man charged after 33.4 grams of crack cocaine found in wheelie bin

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:06
Police have charged a man with possession with intent to supply class A drugs after crack cocaine was found in a wheelie bin. Peter Shaw, 22, of Norwood Road, Radford, has been bailed to appear before Nottingham Magistrates' Court on May 15. The arrest comes after officers recovered 33.4 grams of crack cocaine from a wheelie bin on July 19 2013.

Review: Dial M for Murder, Theatre Royal

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:03
Frederick Knott's Dial M For Murder is rightly regarded as one of the finest thrillers ever crafted, a classic will-he-get-away-with-it. And it's an unashamed fifties fest. The play comes complete with frocks, raincoats, latchkeys – in fifties thrillers they're never simply called "keys" – moustaches, short telephone numbers – and even shorter police response times. When Tony Wendice rings the plod to report that a dead burglar with a pair of scissors sticking out of his back is cluttering up the flat the reply is "We'll be there in two minutes Sir". It's done on a ravishing red set, complete with a chunky red telephone and more than a hint of the film noir about it. And, for no very good reason, perhaps to suggest passage of time, it revolves – this is actually the same production that came to the Royal in 2009, also directed by Lucy Bailey but with a new cast. Acting is good or better; no-one over-does that period accent. Kelly Hotten's Sheila Wendice, looking wonderful throughout – a flared dark purple number is especially fetching along with the heels and the blonde hair– is suitably anguished and troubled right from the start. Hubby Tony, the villain of the evening, is played tastefully and credibly by Daniel Betts. Boyfriend Max – no self-respecting thriller is complete without a man called Max – is done as an earnest Scotsman instead of an American, by Philip Cairns. The fact that he just happens to be a thriller writer is a crucial touch. Captain Lesgate (Robert Perkins) is a cad and a bounder; it's obvious from his pencil moustache as well as the indirect way he's trying to off-load an American motor. Turns out that at boarding school he even got the caretaker wrongly punished for petty pilfering. The most engaging performance of the evening is undoubtedly that of Christopher Timothy as Inspector Hubbard. He's working class right enough; he sounds a bit like Dixon of Dock Green promoted into the CID. But he wears a three-piece suit, carries his raincoat over his arm instead of wearing it indoors, and has more brains than the rest of them put together. He looks past police retirement age but you can't have everything. The production has its faults: in dramatic terms it's arguable that the stabbing scene goes on too long, though it's realistic; certainly the final moment is over-elongated. But on the whole this is an entertaining package.

Review: Blood Red Shoes, Bodega

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:58
"Guitarmaggedon", bought together a mixed Bodega crowd of old enough to be your dad, (or granddad), punks and music savvy, head-banging, moshing teens last night to see three of the tightest two-piece bands in the world. Slaves' story-telling and relentless barrage of noise, in, Nervous Energy and Girl Fight, flowed into the heavy riffs of Australian duo, DZ Deathrays, in, Cops Capacity and Gebbie Street before headliners, Blood Red Shoes owned the night. Although BRS' guitarist/vocalist, Laura, recently stated: "Nottingham has always been a hard place for us to play live", the duo needn't have worried about their return. Hushed anticipation from a sold-out crowd awaited them on the opening night of their headline UK tour. Flashing strobes matched opener, Welcome Home, before a build-up of swirling guitar riffs and pulsing drum beats on older hits, I Wish I Was Someone Better, Don't Ask, Heartsink and Light It Up. Laura attracted, a "stranger in the dark's" attention early on, after an older fan leant in to kiss her hand. Later, drummer/vocalist, Steve, seemed surprised by Nottingham's Tuesday energy, asking: "Is it Friday right now?" He later clarifies whether the far corner of the audience can "taste the stage." Tracks from their latest "self-engineered", fourth, eponymous album sound as brutal and infectious as the last with their angry punk edge. Everything All At Once, An Animal and The Perfect Mess, (one man crowd-surf included) prove they are at the top of their game and should be heading to Rock City imminently.

Review: Alan Johnson, Nottingham Playhouse

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:23
There's a quote from the Sunday Times on the front cover of Alan Johnson's book, This Boy, upon which his talk at the Playhouse was based, which simply says: "Deeply moving and unforgettable." His talk perhaps doesn't quite reach those heights, but the 63-year-old Labour MP is an extremely likeable and engaging speaker, whose lack of self-pity when discussing his past and honest answers to probing questions in the second half of the evening were wonderfully refreshing. Johnson, who held several cabinet posts during Labour's last administration, went against the trend of his peers by not talking about his time in office in his book; instead, it ends when he's just 18 years of age. His tale is an increasingly familiar one to many – his book was a bestseller – but that doesn't diminish its impact. Raised in Notting Hill in the 1950s by his mother, he and his older sister were left to fend for themselves when she sadly died aged 42, at 13 and 15 respectively. In post-war London Notting Hill was arguably the poorest area of the capital, and Johnson describes in the book just how poverty stricken he and his family were. His sister managed to secure her and her younger brother a council house after their mother's death, and Johnson went on to be a semi-professional rock star, but then, aged 20, with three children of his own to support, he became a postman. From there he went on to become a trade union official, which started his involvement in politics. The audience laughed when Johnson was asked if the country will ever have another Prime Minister who's had a proper job, but sadly, his path looks increasingly unlikely to be one trodden even by future cabinet members. If we never do see the likes of Johnson again, then let's hope that his "deeply moving and unforgettable" tale really will never be forgotten – and celebrate the fact that he's still in Parliament while we can.