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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 A Special Constable with more than 40 years service for Nottinghamshire Police has been honoured with a Chief Constable’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ambulance paramedic Alan Marwood became a volunteer officer in August 1970. Two years later he won the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for bravery for helping arrest armed robbers who fired shots at him and a colleague. In a career stretching over four decades Alan has been personally responsible for saving the lives of six people including a two-year-old boy. And despite his stressful day job, he has patrolled on average 50 hours a month as a Special. He was nominated for the award by Sgt Phil Anelay, who said: “Alan’s professional skills and motivation have inspired both junior and senior officers alike. He has tutored other Special Constables and has imparted his invaluable experience to other young officers in service. “Alan’s determination and commitment are displayed in an arrest record comparable to that of a regular officer and the impeccable standard of his written work. “He is an outstanding Special Constable with the skills, attributes and positive attitude reflected in his invaluable service to Nottinghamshire Police. He has inspired many other officers to remain in the service and take advantage of all that the organisation has to offer.” Chief Constable Julia Hodson said: “Alan’s dedication and service to policing is nothing short of astonishing. Our job would be made a lot harder without the unswerving commitment from Special Officers. Alan Marwood is a terrific example of that and he should act as an inspiration to both Specials and regular officers alike.”
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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 www.nottinghamshire.police.uk To find out more about National Police Aid Convoys, visit www.npac.org.uk Follow Nottinghamshire Police on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nottspolice Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nottspolice