Man who wants to keep puma and lions in Strelley Village reveals how he saved the exotic animals

A man who hopes to keep a puma and two lions in an enclosure in Strelley Village has revealed how he rescued the exotic cats – and loves them as much as his family.
Showjumper Reece Oliver, 28, looks after Rogue, a grey/brown Canadian puma, who is two-and-a-half years old, weighs up to 65 kilos and is knee height.
Mr Oliver, a fully licensed keeper, took on the puma from a rescue centre in Lincolnshire when it was a cub.
In recent months, he has also acquired two African lions, Rocky and Rora, who are seven months old and weigh between 30 and 40 kilos.
He drove to Czech to rescue the lions from a circus in a quarantine van.
An indoor and outdoor enclosure have been built at a farm where he lives, near some stables, where the puma is kept.
However, Mr Oliver did not realise he needed planning permission for the enclosure and is waiting on a decision at a Broxtowe Borough Council meeting on Wednesday night, June 26.
“Basically, in a nutshell we built an enclosure which is 400 sq m..

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The Nottingham edition of Monopoly is really out of date – so what should be on it now?

Does anyone remember when the Nottingham edition of Monopoly came out?
It was quite a thing at the time, as various different city editions of the classic board game began to be produced.
You could get Sherwood Forest on the brown spaces for just £60, the Victoria Centre on the orange spaces (always my favourite) for £200, and Theatre Square and Nottingham Castle on the dark blues for £350 and £400 respectively.
Theatre Square on the Nottingham Monopoly board It was back in 2001 that the edition first came out, however – and a LOT has changed in the city since then.
As the original board below shows, there are a lot of spaces that really aren't relevant today.
* The Lace Market Centre in High Pavement closed in 2005;
* Going Places in Long Row ceased to exist in 2010 when owner Thomas Cook merged with Co-op Travel;
* Trent FM became Capital FM in 2011;
* The Galleries of Justice became the National Justice Museum in 2017;
* Kimberley Brewery is now the proposed site for a..

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Couple who missed holiday flight on Download Festival opening day blame ‘horrendous’ traffic

A Carlton couple who missed a flight to Fuerteventura and lost more than £1,000 have blamed 'horrendous' traffic on the day the gates opened for Download Festival.
Linda McQueen, 68, and husband John, 67, were due to fly from East Midlands Airport at 2.45pm on Wednesday, June 12.
This was on the same day the gates to the campsite opened for the popular rock festival at Donington Park.
The campsite traditionally opens on a Wednesday, before music starts from the following Friday to Sunday.
After setting off from their home at 10.45am, they said they got caught up in congestion on the A453 for about two-and-a-half hours.
Explaining they eventually got to the Ryanair bag drop-in desk at around 2.05pm, they claimed they were told it had closed just minutes before, meaning they couldn't board the flight with their baggage.
Mrs McQueen, a retired carer, told Nottinghamshire Live: “It was just horrendous.
“It should have been two lanes of traffic which was full up, you ..

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Van Morrison announces just six UK dates on 2019 tour – and one of them is in Nottingham

Van Morrison will be coming back to Nottingham at the end of the year.
The 73-year-old, one of the finest singer-songwriters and hardest working live performers of his era, has announced just six dates across the UK this October and December.
And one of them is at the Royal Concert Hall on October 28.
Tickets are priced at £45, £65 and £75 and go on sale on Friday, June 29 at 9am.
To date, Morrison has released 39 albums, his latest You’re Driving Me Crazy last year. 2018 was also the 50th anniversary his classic album Astral Weeks. Since then he's crossed over into the mainstream singles market with hits such as Brown Eyed Girl, Have I Told You Lately, Moondance and Into the Mystic.
The Irishman has picked up a number of major awards in his career including a knighthood, a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, six Grammys, honorary doctorates from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, as well as entry into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
UK TOUR DATES October 2019..

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Nottingham to Birmingham in under an hour part of major rail upgrade for the Midlands

Journey times between Nottingham and Birmingham will be slashed to just 59 minutes as part of a proposed £2 billion programme to transform the Midlands' rail network.
The Midlands Rail Hub project would also result in one additional train per hour between the two cities and a reduction in journey times between Nottingham and Coventry to 63 minutes.
The overall scheme wants to transform connections between the east and west of the region by improving and creating new infrastructure and building more capacity into the network.
Initial plans have now been submitted to government by Midlands Connect, the transport arm of The Midlands Engine, which aims to attract investment into the region.
Sir John Peace, chairman of Midlands Connect, said: “The Midlands Rail Hub is a cost-effective, evidence-led plan to upgrade our Victorian infrastructure to meet the demands of the future.
“These proposals capture the enormous economic potential of the Midlands, with 320,000 new jobs estimated..

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Sugarlicious by Karen’s amazing cakes

Sugarlicious by Karen's amazing cakesKaren Mitchell and her Frankenstein's monster cake1 of 24Frankenbunny is Karen's pride and joy2 of 2421st birthday cake for a Jack Daniel's fan3 of 24Ice cream or cake?:4 of 24Not everything is scary5 of 24A more traditional design for a golden wedding6 of 24Stephen King's IT was the inspiration for this cake7 of 24Batman and Harley Quinn8 of 24Gruesome and grisly but it's cake9 of 24That's one big Custard Cream10 of 24The dark side of cake11 of 24Call of Duty: Ghosts12 of 24The undead are a speciality13 of 24Songwriter G Tom Mac is tempted to take a bite14 of 24The crane wedding cake which was too big to go out of the door15 of 24When pizza becomes cake16 of 24One for a Queen fan17 of 24Flowers for your granny18 of 24This Freddy Krueger cake will give you nightmares19 of 24The Walking Dead – in cake form20 of 24Wear or eat?21 of 24Not everyone wants flowers22 of 24From skulls to ski slopes23 of 24Karen Mitchell wi..

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Free paddle boarding clean-up event organised by cancer survivor comes to Nottingham this weekend

People in Nottingham will have the opportunity to clean-up the city's waterways and exercise at the same time this weekend.
A free paddle boarding event will take place Sunday, June 30, with participants meeting at the canal opposite Virgin Active on London Road before they begin paddle boarding and removing pieces of plastic.
Those wishing to take part must reserve a place in advance by booking on the Plastic Patrol website into one of the three clean-ups taking place at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm.
Plastic Patrol is a not-for-profit founded in 2016 by Lizzie Carter, who took up paddle boarding as a means of recovery from cancer treatment in 2014.
Through this, Lizzie was able to see first-hand the impact plastic pollution is having in bodies of water and decided to draw attention to this with the Plastic Patrol app – the largest collection of plastic data for UK inland waterways.
Lizzie said: “Paddle boarding changed my life. It helped me to see the sheer volume of plastic ..

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Historic lido re-opens just 50 minutes from Nottingham

A historic lido that first opened in 1934, just a 50 minute drive from Nottingham, has been given a new lease of life.
Matlock Bath's ‘miracle' lido at the New Bath Hotel had been unused for six years but is now once again making a splash.
The lido at the New Bath Hotel in the 1930s The hotel's closure in 2013 looked like calling time on the attraction that had survived the Second World War and the decline in outdoor pools in the 1960s and 1970s.
But 85 years to the day that members of the British Olympic swimming team officially launched England's only outdoor lido fed by thermal spring water, two of the country's most decorated Olympic, Commonwealth and Paralympic athletes took the plunge in front of an audience of invited guests.
Ross Davenport, who won two gold medals in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and represented the country at both the Olympics, World and European championships, was joined by Ryan Taylor, celebrated Paralympian who won g..

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Mental health nurses now work at Nottingham Prison seven days a week after death of prisoner, inquest hears

The deaths of five inmates has led to mental health cover being stepped up at Nottingham Prison.
Suicide awareness training has been improved and mental health staff are trying to attend far more
reviews of troubled prisoners.
The improvements were outlined by Phil Griffiths, head of healthcare, at an inquest into the death of 42-year-old Andrew Brown who was found hanging in his cell on September 12, 2017.
At that time, mental health nurses only worked on weekdays. General nurses dealt with problems out-of-hours but now there will be mental health workers on weekend duty.
During Mr Brown's last stay in the prison, he waited 32 days before getting a mental health check. Mr Griffiths said that a five-day target has now been set but this is not always met. Delays can be up to 12 days.
He said that mental health staff would be more closely involved in the ACCT system, a national programme for reviewing prisoners who may harm themselves.
“We are fully committed to attendi..

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Holidays to Majorca and Menorca cut to under £200 in last-minute sale

Summer weather may be a bit hit and miss in the UK at the moment but there is a way to get some sun on a budget.
Lastminute.com has launched a huge sale on package holidays to Majorca and Menorca and some are as little as £199.
If you are looking for a last minute getaway the deals across mainly July and August are seriously tempting.
All you need to do is book by Sunday 30th June when the sale ends and you could be travelling this summer with extremely low prices.
Here are some deals we thought might just be too good to be true, and you can pick them up now over on the Lastminute.com website.
The majority of the sale's deals tend to be based on London airport departures but there are some instances where you can change the airport departure although this will affect the price.
Top deals in the Balearic Islands sale Three-night Majorca break from £199pp : Stay three nights at the 4* Blue Sea Club Marthas on a bed and breakfast basis. Includes return flights from London Sou..

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