Part of the A1 has been closed in North Nottinghamshire as police deal with a crash which has left a motorcyclist with potentially life-changing injuries. The crash between a motorbike and a lorry happened shortly after 7pm today, October 16. The motorcyclist has been taken to hospital. The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A620 and the A57, between Retford and Worksop, is closed. Nottinghamshire Police are on the scene and Highways England described the crash as 'serious'. They tweeted at around 7.30pm: "Please take care on approach and consider alternative routes where possible". It is not expected to clear until around 9.30 this evening, October 16. We will bring you the latest below. To receive one WhatsApp message a day with the main headlines, as well as breaking news alerts, text NEWS to 07790 586202. Then add the number to your phone contacts book as 'Nottingham Post'. Your phone number won't be shared with other members of the group. Key Events Police update … [Read more...] about Motorcyclist taken to hospital and part of A1 closed due to ‘serious’ crash
GCSEs are a tense time for students across the UK, but Plymouth pupils can now breathe a sigh of relief looking at their impressive results. Devonport High School for Girls came out on top as the best performing school in Plymouth based on this year's results, with Devonport High School for Boys just behind. Attainment 8 is an average score across eight subjects taken at GCSE, which will include English, maths and a range of other subjects – the higher, the better. Across Plymouth, the average attainment 8 score was 43.9, while it was 46.4 for pupils across all state-funded schools in England. Devonport High School for Girls got 71.3 points points per pupil on this measure in the 2018 GCSEs, according to figures released today by the Department for Education - the highest in Plymouth. It was also the school where pupils made the most progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4, based on Progress 8 scores. The school's Progress 8 score was 0.57, which was well above average … [Read more...] about How did your child’s school rank in the GCSE league tables?
One of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe returns to Ilkeston this week. The 766th edition of the Ilkeston Charter Fair, held in Market Place, Ilkeston, starts tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17, and will run until Saturday, October 20. The traditional event takes place every October, when a vast fairground filled with colour, lights and action fills the town centre. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure is looking forward to the event. He said: “This historic event brings thousands of visitors into the town every year to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and to experience the thrills on offer. “We are always proud to welcome the Charter Fair and look forward to the town centre being transformed into a colourful scene full of rides and music. “Both young and old can enjoy all the fun of our celebrated street fair.” So, here at Derbyshire Live we have put together a definitive guide to Ilkeston Charter … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about this year’s Ilkeston Charter Fair
A woman is warning dog owners to be vigilant after a man tried to steal her little sister’s dog in broad daylight while it was playing at Howden Park in Livingston. Alana Douglas said her sister and seven-month-old springer spaniel Cooper were playing with a tennis ball at the West Lothian park when a man sprinted up behind them and snatched Cooper. The attempted theft of the young dog occurred on Wednesday October 10, just under a week after three cocker spaniels were stolen from Almondell Country Park in Broxburn on October 4. Alana said: “My sister was throwing the ball and the guy was coming towards them. She found it very bizarre because it was very warm but the guy had his hoodie up so she got a weird feeling so they moved on to a different part of the park and started throwing the ball again. “Then the guy sprinted from behind them and grabbed the dog by the harness. My sister was screaming after the guy but he wouldn’t let go.” Read more: … [Read more...] about Woman’s warning as man tries to snatch pet dog in broad daylight at park
Following a weekend of severe flooding with communities north of Neath particularly bearing the brunt in the county, Neath Port Talbot Council leader Rob Jones answers our questions. Q. Why did the flood defences fail so badly? RJ: The flood defences in Neath Port Talbot actually held – it was the volume of water over a short period of time that caused the flooding. The drains couldn’t cope with the volume of water. When you get a deluge like this the debris gets carried along with the volume of water. The drains were perfectly clear prior to the onslaught. It was all the leaves and branches which then caused the sewage and waste water systems to fill up. I even heard reports of sewage and waste water actually coming up through the pipework of individual properties. As I understand it the River Neath didn’t burst its banks. Q. How can we stop this happening again? I don’t know how we can combat an act of God. Sandbags are not very effective at preventing … [Read more...] about Neath Port Talbot council leader answers questions after severe flooding