NEWS REVIEW 2011: Part one

MIRACLE BABY -- parents Katie Taylor and Matt Smith with daughter Madeline (March)
MIRACLE BABY -- parents Katie Taylor and Matt Smith with daughter Madeline (March)

A LOOK back at the headlines that made the news in the first half of 2011.

JANUARY

ASHFIELD FEELS PINCH — services in Hucknall are in the firing line as Ashfield District Council’s funding from central government is slashed by 23% — the maximum possible.

BLAST ROCKS HOMES IN TOWN CENTRE — residents are evacuated after a major explosion that destroys an electricity sub-station at the junction of Station Road and Bolsover Street in Hucknall.

FOOTBALL BOY HIT BY HEART ATTACK — teenage footballer Glyn Raven, of Bulwell, is recovering in hospital after narrowly surviving a shock heart-attack.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS! — plans to re-open the iconic Byron Cinema in Hucknall finally fail after months of empty promises.

FAREWELL PARTY FOR OUR DENIS — the Dispatch bids farewell to chief reporter Denis Robinson who retires after 57 years in the newsroom.

FEBRUARY

SHOPPING PRECINCT FOR TOWN CENTRE — plans to build a futuristic, £30 million shopping precinct in the heart of Hucknall as part of town-centre regeneration plans are unearthed by the Dispatch.

THE BEAST OF BULWELL — alarming figures reveal that Bulwell is one of the worst crime hotspots in the country.

TESCO IN BABY OVERDOSE STORM — Hucknall’s flagship Tesco store is accused of putting a child’s life at risk by giving out an incorrect spoon with medication.

FILM STABBING RE-ENACTED IN MAN’S BEDROOM — a court hears how a 20-year-old repeatedly stabbed a 15-year-old after they watched an attack in the violent DVD ‘Shank’.

MY TERROR IN BAHRAIN — former Dispatch district woman Suzanne Wilkins speaks exclusively to the Dispatch from the Persian island of Bahrain, which is engulfed by violent political protests.

MARCH

OUR TINY MIRACLE — “awesome” medics save the life of ‘miracle’ baby Madeline Smith, from Hucknall, who is born 12 weeks premature and weighs just 1lb 6oz.

EARTHQUAKE HORROR FOR COUPLE — former Hucknall couple Mick and Helen Braithwaite flee their home after a deadly earthquake rips through Christchurch in New Zealand where they now live.

FURY OVER 999 ‘SNUB’ — a Hucknall couple hit out at the emergency services amid claims they were refused an ambulance for their blood-soaked daughter after she suffered a fall at home.

‘PATHETIC’ — Nottingham City Council rubberstamps a controversial proposal to close Newstead Abbey, the Dispatch district’s top tourist attraction, to public and visitors for most of the year.

WOMAN’S HUSBAND KILLED SIX YEARS AFTER SON’S CRASH DEATH — a Hucknall family is hit by tragedy after a father, Graham Outram-Goss (60), is killed in a road accident just a few hundred yards from the scene of his stepson’s death in a crash in 2005.

SHAMELESS — Bulwell man Sanchez Williams (27) is jailed for life for brutally beating his partner to death in front of their two-year-old toddler daughter.

APRIL

HUCKNALL’S FORGOTTEN HEROES — the Dispatch reveals that the names of 100 soldiers from Hucknall who died in the First World War are missing from the town’s war memorial.

BABY ASHES HEARTACHE — a grieving Hucknall couple are left heartbroken by a refusal to let them lay their dead baby’s ashes to rest at a picturesque church.

MUM’S SEX ATTACK PLEA — a distraught mum makes an emotional plea for help in finding the sex-attacker who abducted and assaulted her eight-year-old daughter in Bulwell.

CRIME? WHAT CRIME? — astonishing new figures show that crime in Hucknall is at its lowest level for 30 years. Officers are also solving one in every three offences reported to them.

FURIOUS FAMILY QUIZ CARERS AFTER HORROR FALL — the family of an 81-year-old Bulwell grandma are demanding answers after the frail pensioner suffered severe injuries in a fall while being looked after by two carers.

VAT TRAP — fears mount that Hucknall Town Football Club could collapse amid a shock bill of more than £75,000 owed to the taxman.

MAY

INCHES FROM DEATH — in an exclusive interview, teenage soldier Callum Urquhart, from Hucknall, tells how he is lucky to be alive after being gunned down on the front line in Afghanistan.

‘HAVE A HEART’ — families from Hucknall are backing a campaign to protect a closure-threatened hospital heart-unit that saved the lives of their children.

TEENAGER KILLED IN LATE-NIGHT SMASH — 18-year-old Kyle Dooley, of Top Valley, dies as a car comes off the road and smashes into bales of hay on Forest Lane in Papplewick.

SCHOOLS HIT £100M JACKPOT — schools in Hucknall are celebrating news that their run-down buildings will be overhauled as part of a £100 million cash-injection announced by Notts County Council.

‘ANGEL’ FROM HELL — a court hears how a cold-hearted hospital- worker from Hucknall, Corena Briley (42), stole money from dying cancer-patients.

JUNE

BULLIED TRUANT IN CAR SMASH SPREE — the parents of a 14-year-old Bulwell boy are ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation after the teenager went on a car-vandalism rampage while playing truant from school.

PLANE CRASH DRAMA — a pilot is lucky to be alive after his aircraft suffers a mid-air engine failure and smashes into the turf at Hucknall Airfield.

RANDOM EYE-TEST SAVES THE LIFE OF MUM WITH CANCER — Hucknall mum-of-four Sarah Beeston (39) says that a visit to Specsavers saved her life after an examination revealed she had a rare form of eye cancer.

GOAL OF THE SEASON — Hucknall Town Football Club are on the verge of safety as they near a deal to settle their crippling VAT bill.

RESCUE PARTY — the much-anticipated Party In The Park concert in Hucknall, with singer Chesney Hawkes as the headline act, is saved at the 11th hour after a licensing mix-up threatened to force the cancellation of the fundraising extravaganza.

WOMAN (84) WITH CANCER IS ROBBED — burglars break into the home of a pensioner suffering from cancer and knock her to the ground before stealing cash and sentimental jewellery.