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    • nottspolice The mother of an eight-year-old girl who was abducted and assaulted by a man in Bulwell has made an emotional appeal for information. The woman has appealed directly to witnesses or anyone with information to come forward to help find the man who attacked her daughter. “In my heart I believe that someone out there knows what happened - I think they are just afraid to say who it is,” said the woman, who must remain anonymous to protect her daughter’s identity. The girl was playing outside in Commercial Road at around 6.30pm on Tuesday 23 November 2010 when she was approached by a man, who was in his late teens or early twenties. He led her away walking along Abercarn Close, Rock Street and Aldgate Close, to a secluded area in Pulley Park, where he carried out a serious assault. The girl was able to get away from her attacker and raised the alarm. She suffered severe bruising and is still struggling to come to terms with what happened. “She had really bad bruising and was sore for weeks on end. She wouldn’t let anybody go near her. The bruising has gone now but she is still not the same person she used to be,” said the mum. “She is still very upset, very moody and is not the happy-go-lucky child we once knew. Our lives have been turned upside down and we are not a normal, happy family anymore. “She is paranoid when she goes out to play and doesn’t go far. She’s not getting on in school either. “There are days when she’s okay but then there are days when she is snapping all the time. She’s shouting and slamming doors – I think it’s hit her really bad.” The woman added that following the attack, her daughter has difficulty trusting others. “She doesn’t trust anybody, particularly men. When she has a PE lesson in school, she goes into the toilets to get dressed away from the other children.” The mum said that she is also struggling to come to terms with what happened to her daughter. “It makes it worse that he’s still out there. When the children go out, I’m constantly worrying. Because I don’t know who the man is, I think he could approach my children again – I’m constantly on 24 hour watch. “In the day I try to cope as best I can but it’s at night-time that it hits me the most when I’m on my own – I’m constantly checking the doors are locked. “My children are afraid to go outside and I’m constantly ringing them asking where they are and what they are doing. I’m paranoid that something is going to happen to them.” She added that identifying the person responsible for the attack on her daughter would help her family deal with what happened. “I wish someone would go to the police and say something to help my daughter. I ask people to please come forward and give the information, no matter how little or large. “Finding the person who did this would mean we could relax knowing he’s not out there hurting somebody else. We could get on with our lives and start being a family again.” The victim told police officers that her attacker was white, under 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, and in either his late teens or early twenties. She said he was wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms. The girl was wearing black jacket and pink trousers. Anyone with information should the dedicated incident room at St Ann’s Police Station on 0115 8445017 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To see the CCTV of people the police want to speak to visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk or www.youtube.com/nottinghampolice
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    • nottspolice A veteran BBC broadcaster has admitted making up claims he had killed his seriously ill partner. Ray Gosling, 71, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today accused of wasting police time, after stating during a pre-recorded BBC TV interview he had smothered a former lover who was dying of Aids. The force was duty bound to investigate the allegations and an in-depth inquiry began. After pleading guilty to wasting police time, Gosling was handed a 90-day prison sentence, suspended for one year, a 12-month supervision order and ordered to pay £200 costs. Detective Chief Inspector Kate Meynell, who led the investigation, said: “Since Gosling’s claims in February we have invested more than 1800 hours of police time following up enquiries and tracing people who were previously associated with Gosling. In full consultation with the CPS, a decision was made to bring Gosling before the court for wasting police time. “Aside from the cost of more than £45,000 to the taxpayer for this investigation, our main concern has been the emotional turmoil these allegations have brought to families of those who have lost loved ones, who could have been the alleged victim. ”We have had to contact a number of these families to interview them and discuss the death of their relative, raking up painful memories and causing significant upset. It has been a traumatic experience for them, caused unnecessarily by Gosling’s false claims. “Bringing someone before the court for wasting police time does not happen very often, but it is a serious offence that impacts on the public, the police and those affected directly by the enquiries carried out. "Wasting £45,000 on a false claim at a time when the public sector is facing severe budget cuts is something that we can ill afford to do. This case should serve as a warning that we will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who makes allegations that are proven to be untrue.” Senior lawyer Simon Clements, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: “As a result of Mr Gosling’s confession on television, the police clearly had grounds to suspect him of murder, a crime of unique gravity. They also had a corresponding duty to investigate the deaths of those associated with him. “The investigation has involved a total of 32 members of police and support staff looking into Mr Gosling’s false report. Friends and relatives of those whose loved ones died many years ago in desperately sad circumstances have been caused considerable distress by Mr Gosling’s false claim and the consequent investigation. “After nearly six months of extensive enquiries, Nottinghamshire Police established that there was sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of proving that Mr Gosling’s confession was false. The CPS can confirm that other than a retracted confession, there is no evidence to suggest that Mr Gosling killed anyone. “Our decision to charge Mr Gosling with wasting police time was clearly justified, and by his guilty plea today Mr Gosling is now taking responsibility for the consequences of his actions.”
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    • nottspolice Our police horses see the farrier every six weeks to have their shoes replaced. They get a lot of wear and tear, especially when the horses are patrolling the streets. Here, our youngest member of the Mounted Section, Silver Arrow, has new shoes fitted. When performed correctly, shoeing causes no pain to a horse. First, the farrier removes the old shoe using pincers before trimming the hoof wall with nippers. This is similar to you or me having our fingernails cut. A hoof knife is then used to trim and clean the sole and frog of the hoof. The farrier then puts the new shoes in a forge where the steel becomes red hot and can then be shaped and customised to the horse's foot using a hammer and anvil. The shoes are then held against the horse's hoof to make sure they fit properly - this is called hot-shoeing and makes for a better fit. The hot shoes are then placed in water to cook them off before being nailed on. The nails are driven into the hoof wall. The farrier cuts off the sharp points and uses a clincher to bend the rest of the nail so it is almost flush with the hoof wall. The farrier then uses a rasp, which is a large file, to smooth the edge where it meets the shoe and eliminate any sharp edges. The hooves are then given a final rub down and it's job done. Follow Silver Arrow on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/npsilverarrow Watch a video of Silver Arrow having his shoes changed at http://www.youtube.com/nottinghampolice See more photos of Silver Arrow having his shoes fitted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nottspolice Visit our website at http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk