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EnvironmentBBC

Climate change: Girl, six, riding scooter to save rainforests

A schoolgirl has been riding her scooter 50 miles (80km) to help save the world's rainforests. Aleesha, six, from Nottingham, is taking part in the challenge over the summer to raise money for deforestation charity, Cool Earth. She has received support from Sir David Attenborough, the prime minister and even...
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Public HealthBBC

Covid: Engelbert Humperdinck calls on fans to pay respects to wife

Engelbert Humperdinck has called on fans, friends and neighbours to pay their respects along the route of his wife's funeral. The Leicester singer's wife Patricia died in February after contracting Covid-19. In a YouTube video, Humperdinck said: "Patricia was a proud Leicester lady, salt-of-the-earth and very much loved." He added...
SocietyBBC

Derbyshire boy set up racist group after spending 'a lot of time online'

A boy set up an extremist right-wing group after spending a "concerning amount of time online" during the first Covid-19 lockdown, a court has heard. The 15-year-old, from south Derbyshire, ran an openly racist channel on an encrypted app from August last year. He admitted terrorism offences, alongside a 16-year-old...
CollegesBBC

Leicester university planning in-person graduations after delay

A university is planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies next year after their summer events moved online for the second year running. The University of Leicester said it had postponed them after consulting students in a survey. A spokesman said the decision, made earlier this year, was reviewed with the...
AnimalsBBC

'Exploitative' Elephant Man dissection to go ahead

People with conditions similar to "Elephant Man" Joseph Merrick have spoken out against an event where a replica of his body will be dissected. The "dinner and dissection" event is being held by Sam Piri, who secured funding for his business on BBC programme Dragons' Den. A petition set up...
RestaurantsBBC

Escobar pub accused of glorifying drug lord's reign of terror

Owners of a South American-themed bar that shares its name with notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar have been urged to rethink their branding. Colombians living in Nottingham said calling the venue Escobar was in poor taste, given the pain and death inflicted by the famous cartel boss. They also...
FacebookBBC

Nottinghamshire Victorian signal box reopens as museum

A man who helped to save a dilapidated Victorian signal box has said it will reopen as a museum this weekend. David Moore, who lives in the former station building in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, is a trustee of a charity set up to save the structure. In November, the charity raised...
TrafficBBC

'Bennerley Viaduct has Facebook followers in Germany'

A Victorian viaduct is to be brought back into use for walkers and cyclists more than 50 years after it closed to trains. The 1,410ft (430m) Bennerley Viaduct, known as the Iron Giant, is the UK's longest structure of its kind and, together with Devon's Meldon Viaduct, is one of only two such viaducts in the country.
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