NEWS REVIEW 2012: March to July

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A focus on the stories that made the Dispatch headlines in 2012.

MARCH

DRUNK BOY (15) LUCKY TO BE ALIVE — volunteer street pastors come to the rescue of a drunken Hucknall teenager who is found unconscious in the town centre.

FOUR ARRESTED AFTER MAN KILLED IN CRASH — four people are arrested after a 22-year-old man is killed in a smash on the blackspot Annesley bypass.

MY HOSPITAL HELL — a Hucknall grandad lambasts his ‘nightmare stay in hospital, making an official complaint about sub-standard care and poor cleanliness.

CRACKING COCAINE PAIN — pubs in Hucknall are praised for playing a key role in tackling cocaine abuse after town-centre boozers are found to be largely clear of the drug.

BUS HERO IN TRAGEDY RESCUE — a Hucknall dad steps in to rescue teenage netball players after the driver of their coach collapses while driving along the M1.

MUMS IN ROAD RAGE FLARE-UP — a court hears how a mum attacked another woman with a baseball bat in a violent clash outsde Hucknall’s National Primary School.

APRIL

‘MY LINK TO BOY KILLER’ — a well-known Hucknall man was the boyfriend of a mum who was bludgeoned to death by her own 14-year-old son.

SHAMED UDM BOSS CHEATED PIT CHARITY — the disgraced former head of a mining union is found guilty by a court of stealing £150,000 from a charity that ran a home for sick and elderly pitmen.

INJURED BOY (12) IN 999 FIASCO — a distressed young footballer from Hucknall has to wait almost two hours for an ambulance after he snaps his arm during a match.

TRADE SECRETS — a business leader reveals that Hucknall is surviving the recession better than most towns and that the future of its town centre looks bright.

FINAL DEATH-KNELL IS SOUNDED FOR WIGWAM — a grandma’s fight to block housing for a Hucknall playing-fields site is finally stopped in its tracks.

OP SNUB FOR CANCER MAN — a well-known Hucknall man reveals how his life is in limbo after the three-time cancellation of a life-altering operation.

MAY

INCHES FROM DEATH — a tiny five-year-old girl is inches from being crushed by a car amid familiar traffic chaos outside a Hucknall school.

LYTTLE QUITS YELLOWS — High-profile Hucknall Town boss Des Lyttle drops a bombshell by resigning from the Yellows hotseat after just seven months in charge.

LET’S JOIN IN — a rallying call is issued to Hucknall residents to get involved in a summer of celebration with the Byron Festival capitalising on the feelgood factor surrounding the upcoming London Olympics.

REUNITED WITH MY DAD BY THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW — a Hucknall father is reunited with his father after DNA-test results on the prime-time TV show.

JESSIE J SINGS THE PRAISES OF HUCKNALL FASHION DESIGNER — chart-topping singer Jessie J gives a Hucknall designer a boost by sporting her designs in a magazine feature.

DOWN THE DRAIN — Hucknall misses out on the chance to land £100,000 worth of regeneration cash because it could not enter a bid on time

JUNE

BOMBS IN BATHROOM —a convicted armed robber from Bulwell is jailed for 15 years for storing a deadly explosive in the bathroom of his flat.

PLEASE HELP — a Hucknall mum makes an appeal to the kind-hearted residents of Hucknall to back a fundraising bid in the name of her terminally-ill toddler son.

QUEEN’S DIMAOND JUBILEE — the Dispatch features an 11-page special on how the district celebrated the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

HEARTLESS — a frail 80-year-old woman is pinned down as callous thieves break into her home and steal jewellery from around her neck.

OP JINX STRIKES AGAIN — a well-known Hucknall man who is battling cancer has a life-changing operation cancelled for a fifth time.

GIRL (6) IN ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT DRAMA — a popular six-year-old Hucknall girl suffers a broken thigh bone in a shocking and dramatic road accident.

SPARED JAIL FOR RAPE OF ‘INFATUATED’ GIRL (12) — a court hears how a Hucknall man was ‘misled’ over the age of a young girl.

JULY

SCHOOL PALS MOURN PUPIL (15) — a Hucknall school is in mourning after the death of a much-loved 15-year-old pupil in a road -accident tragedy in Papplewick.

SCAM CLAIMED MUM WAS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN SPAIN — an e-mail scam bids to earn cash by claiming a Hucknall mum was robbed in Madrid at gunpoint.

MURDERED ON KIDS’ PARK — a Bulwell dad-of-one is stabbed to death on a children’s playground on the outskirts of the town.

HEART ATTACK! — enraged parents of Hucknall children whose lives have been saved by a specialist heart unit are backing a fight to save it from closure.

LET’S SAVE KIDS’ LIVES — a campaign is launched to tackle road safety on Hucknall’s Washdyke Lane before a youngster is killed in an accident.

MURDER OF BULWELL DAD: SUSPECT IS ARRESTED IN SPAIN — a 20-year-old man is picked up in Malaga in connection with the murder of a dad-of-one on a children’s playground.