NEWS REVIEW 2012: August to December

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


ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK — friends rescue a former Dispatch district woman after she is stranded in New York.

MAN MAULED IN DOG HORROR — a team of police officers show ‘exceptional bravery’ when they rescue a man attacked by his dog in his own home.

MUM STOLE FROM KIDS’ FOOTY CLUB — the treasurer of a junior football club in Hucknall pleads guilty to stealing £11,000 which would have been used to buy new kits.

PRISON FOR ABBEY METAL THIEF — a man is jailed for stealing thousands of pounds worth of lead from Newstead Abbey.

ROAD TO ‘MAYHEM’ — a Hucknall councillor voices concerns that the town’s proposed inner bypass could lead to a town centre ‘rat run’.

AXE ATTACK TERROR — a former soldier from Hucknall is jailed for a terrifying axe attack on his partner while she was holding their baby daughter.

BOY (15) CHARGED WITH MURDER — a teenager becomes the latest to be charged in connection with the murder of a Bulwell dad.


HUCKNALL’S FUTURE? — residents are urged to have their say on plans to build 900 new houses and create hundreds of jobs on part of Hucknall’s Rolls-Royce site.

MISSING SKUNK KICKS UP A STINK FOR OWNER — a Hucknall man is reunited with his pet skunk after it went missing from his home.

SAFETY BATTLE TAKEN TO TOP — campaigners calling for road-safety improvements after the deaths of two Hucknall teenagers in separate accidents make an appeal to Parliament.

TOWN DELIVERS FOR KIDS HIT BY TRAGEDY — a trust fund for two Hucknall children whose mum died during a holiday in Turkey receives a major boost after a charity fundraiser.

LOTTERY LOSERS — new figures reveal that Hucknall and other parts of Ashfield are missing out on millions of pounds worth of National Lottery funding.

HISTORIC CLUBS AT RISK IN SPRAWLING HOUSING PLANS — the futures of the Merlin Flying Club and Hucknall Air Training Corps are at risk amid plans for 900 new homes at the Rolls-Royce site.


COP KILLER CAGED AGAIN — a man jailed for killing a police officer in Bulwell is caged again less than three months after being released early.

BORIS’S OLYMPIC ZIPWIRE MADE IN BULWELL — the zipwire from which London Mayor Boris Johnson was left dangling during the Olympics was made in the Dispatch district, it is revealed.

THEFT-HIT KIDS GET THEIR KIT — businesses back a Hucknall junior football club.

FIND THIS MAN — the manhunt continues as police bid to find a prolific Hucknall burglar who has been on the run from prison for more than three months.

£1 MILLION CANNABIS FACTORY — two teenagers are charged after police discover drug plants with a street value of up to £1 million in a factory in Hucknall.

ASDA DEVELOPMENT TO GENERATE 600 MUCH-NEEDED JOBS — supermarket giant Asda reveal plans for a huge grocery and home-shopping centre in Bulwell.

SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE — the Dispatch reveals a £6 million plan to replace one of Hucknall’s historic schools.


HURRICANE HELL — a Hucknall family are stranded in New York as Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on the eastern United States.

TOWN MANAGER MARSHALL QUITS — Hucknall Town manager Brett Marshall leaves the club amid claims his position has been undermined.

FORGOTTEN HEROES HONOURED — a plaque featuring the names of 100 Hucknall heroes who died during World War One is unveiled as part of a poignant Remembrance Sunday service.

‘MOST WANTED’ CAGED — a prolific Hucknall burglar is caught and sent back to prison after more than three months on the run from jail.

FIGHTING FESTIVE THIEVES — Hucknall police reveal their plans to tackle criminals who see cars, shops and people’s homes as an easy target in the run-up to Christmas.

TEENAGER GIRL KILLED BY TRAM — a 13-year-old girl is killed in an accident on a notorious tram and train level crossing between Hucknall and Bulwell.


‘A GIRL IN A MILLION’ — the family of a Bulwell teenager killed in a tragic accident on Hucknall and Bulwell’s tram line pay a glowing tribute to her.

SANTA BABY! HUCKNALL WELCOMES CHRISTMAS — a four-page special as thousands usher in the festive season at Hucknall Christmas Carnival.

MEDAL MADNESS — a brave Hucknall war veteran is prevented by government from receiving a medal from Russia.

CHAIRMAN AND MANAGERS QUIT HUCKNALL TOWN — the future of Hucknall Town is in doubt after another crisis off the field engulfs the club.

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE — a Hucknall mum gives a festive thankyou for support from the town for a fundraising initiative to help her terminally-ill toddler son.

TOWN FACES CRUCIAL 2013 — major regeneration projects will be the focus of the New Year as Hucknall looks to the future.