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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 Nottinghamshire Police's Crimestoppers co-ordinator Sarah Smithurst has thanked the people of Nottinghamshire for their support in helping to fight crime and change lives in Ghana. Sarah visited the country in February to help set up a second branch of crime reporting scheme Crime Fighters, which is based on Crimestoppers in the UK. Sarah was called upon to give advice and support to introduce the scheme in Ghana, due to her long-standing work with Crimestoppers. Before her latest visit, Sarah appealed to the people of Nottinghamshire and further afield to donate items, such as toys, clothes, equipment and books, that could be given to a school and hospital. She also received donations of decommissioned equipment, such as stab vests and riot shields, from six police forces for donation to the Ghanaian Police Force. Arrangements for the items to be shipped to Ghana were made by National Police Aid Convoys, based at Mansfield. In this video, Sarah says thank you to those that have helped to really make a difference to people's lives in Ghana and presents some footage taken during the trip so people who have supported her appeal can see how their help has had an impact there. Special thanks to Richard Tempest-Mitchell, from Manor School, in Mansfield, who recorded much of the footage. Sarah is planning another trip to Ghana and is already appealing for more items to take with her. If you would like to donate any unwanted items, in good condition, contact Sarah on 0300 300 9999. For more news and appeals from Nottinghamshire Police, visit To find out more about National Police Aid Convoys, visit Follow Nottinghamshire Police on Twitter at Become a fan on Facebook at
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    • nottspolice Nottinghamshire Police has teamed up with Nottingham Trent University's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism to produce a new series of videos and audio reports documenting policing issues and events across the county. Students who are studying Broadcast Journalism are invited into the force to get an insight into the work of Nottinghamshire Police and build relationships with officers and staff across the organisation. The content they record and the resulting news packages, for television and radio, will be added to the students' portfolios to demonstrate the work they have completed as part of their course. The university has agreed that Nottinghamshire Police can publish the students' work on our website and social media channels, including YouTube and AudioBoo. In the first video in the series, Laurence Kennedy and Douglas Easton report on a local Brownie pack's visit to force headquarters and how the girls are learning about the work of the police and valuable lessons about keeping safe. They speak to the 8th Hucknall Brownies' Brown Owl Helen Ridley, who also works for Nottinghamshire Police, and ACC Paul Broadbent, who presented the girls with their well deserved crime prevention badges. To see a video of the visit, produced by the students, visit For more policing news and information visit To find out more about Nottingham Trent University's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism visit Follow Nottinghamshire Police on Twitter at Become a fan on Facebook