Welcome to the NAG's 'News Desk'. Here you will find:

NATIONAL & Other ... news on a range of topics from around the country (and sometimes from overseas) such as planning, housing and communities, most of which have bearing on HMOs and the issues affecting our neighbourhoods.

NOTTINGHAM ... news, again on a similar range of topics, most often relating to HMOs, but this time from the City of Nottingham and its neighbouring boroughs.

NEIGHBOURHOOD ... news, which is very much about what is happening locally in the streets and neighbourhoods where NAG members live.

Latest National & Other News

Vice-Chancellors Express Unhappiness That Government Fails to Provide Update for Campus Re-openings:

Chris Havergal, writing in THES on Monday 5 April, reported that updated guidance published after the government briefing has left existing arrangements for return of students unchanged. and that Vice-Chancellors have expressed their disappointment that a date for face-to-face teaching of students on all courses has not yet been announced.

South Yorkshire Police Hand Out £34,000 in Fines At Sheffield Student Party

BBC News, Sheffield & South Yorkshire, reported on Saturday 6 February 2021 that South Yorkshire Police broke up a student party at Randmoor Student Village in Sheffield attended by more than 150, having been called to the site by university security staff in the early hours of Thursday 4 February 2021.

Government Plans Phased Return of Students from 8 March

On Friday 5 February 2021, Richard Adams and Rachel Hall reported in the Higher Education section of the Guardian that the Secretary of State for Education is planning to begin a phased return of students to English universities from 8 March 2021.

Manchester University Clampdown on Hall Parties

Rebecca Day, writing in the Manchester Evening News on Thursday 4 February 2021, reported that Manchester University is warning students that they risk being removed from their accommodation following a 'series of parties in halls'.

Coronavirus Rules: Durham City Residents Complain About Students' Return

On Friday 15 January 2021, Kali Lindsay, writing in the Chronicle Live reported that Durham Parish Council had received numerous complaints about the number of students returning to the city. Police have been asked to increase patrols over fears returning students are breaching coronavirus rules.

Snowball Fight in Hyde Park, Leeds Ends Up with Covid Fines For Organisers

BBC News reported that a snowball fight attended by hundreds on 14 January 2021 in Hyde Park, Leeds, resulted in West Yorkshire Police fining two men who organised it £10,000 each. One of them had been fined previously for breaching coronavirus restrictions on mixing households.

Some Party-Goers Travel 200 Miles to Student Event in Birmingham

BBC News reported on Sunday 24 January 2021 that Birmingham police broke up a student party to which party-goers had travelled from, amongst others, Newcastle, Nottingham and London. On Friday night West Midlands Police issued 58 £200 fines for Covid-19 locked breaches, and five £1000 fines.

Latest Nottingham News

Nottingham City Council Clamps Down on 'Dangerous' or 'Poor' Rented Properties

Writing on Sunday 2 May 2021, Matt Jarram, Senior Digital Reporter & Crime Correspondent of the Nottingham Post, reported that Nottingham City Council has sent out more than 3,000 letters and legal notices, including 61 formal written warnings to landlords who are failing to provide decent homes in the city,

Coronavirus: Nottingham Vaccine Uptake 'Disappointing'

Nottingham Post Digital News Correspondent, Joseph Locker, writing on Saturday 10 April 2021, reported that public health officials say that Nottingham has one of the lowest vaccine uptakes with only the London boroughs, the Forest of Dean and Luton having lower vaccination rates in the over-50's age group. Infection rates in Nottinghamshire still slightly higher than the England average.

"A Total Embarrassment for Nottingham": Behaviour of City's Students on First Day of Rule of Six

Matt Jarram, Nottingham Post Senior Digital Reporter & Crime Correspondent posted two articles on Tuesday 30 March 2021 reporting on the reactions of local residents and the Leader of Nottingham City Council and the Assistant Chief Constable to the behaviour witnessed in The Arboretum on the first day of the easing of lockdown restrictions. Amongst further information, and views, a later report by Olimpia Zagnat (Community Reporter) and Matt Jarram provided an update from Nottinghamshire Police.

Latest Neighbourhood News

'Managing the 'Rule of Six': Nottinghamshire Police Police & Crime Commissioner Admits 'We Can't Police This'

On Thursday 1 April 2021, Matt Jarram, Nottingham Post Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent, wrote that, after the first week of lockdown restrictions easing, and problems with crowds flocking to Lenton Recreation Ground, The Arboretum and the Forest Recreation Ground, Nottinghamshire's Police & Crime Commissioner has raised doubts about whether the Police have the capacity to enforce the 'rule of six'.

Arboretum Park Yet Again Scene of Covid Rule-Breaking Behaviour

On Tuesday 30 March 2021, under the headline "Covid: 'Madness' as hundreds descend on Nottingham park", BBC News on-line reported on the previous day's scenes in The Arboretum of large crowds brawling and drinking and ignoring Covid safety advice.

Nottingham University Students Caught on Camera Running Across Rooftops

On Friday 26 March 2021 the Nottingham Post's Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent, Matt Jarram, reported that local residents in Lenton had filmed Nottingham University students running across rooftops and doing handstands on Thursday 25 March.