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  1. Updates for 4 December
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Dave Wade

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for Local Live this week. Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Windy night ahead

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It is expected to be a largely dry, but cloudy night. It will be windy, with gales and severe gales likely over high ground and lows of 9C (48F).

  3. Travel: Routes trouble-free

    BBC Travel

    Some good news - the roads arelooking clearacross the county this rush hour.

  4. Labour MP behind DH Lawrence centre campaign

    Eric Simpson

    BBC News Online

    I've been looking at the campaign to keep the DH Lawrence Centre open.

    Vying to keep it from closure is Labour MP for Ashfield Gloria de Piero - she's meeting with Broxtowe Borough Council tonight. 

    Glenda Jackson

    A host of stars including former Labour MP Glenda Jackson (pictured), who won an Oscar in 1970 for a film adaptation of Women in Love, Ilkeston-born Robert Lindsay and Nottingham's Billy Ivory have signed a letter calling for it to stay open.

    Under the money-saving plans, the centre would merge with the Birthplace Museum.

  5. 'Shame on' tree vandals


    You've been having your say on Facebook about Beeston's very own "leaning tower" - its wonky Christmas tree.

    Jackie Harwood wrote: "Such a shame that vandals have to spoil this tradition for everyone else. Shame on those who vandalised the stand."

    Beeston tree, tower of pisa
  6. Wonky tree to be replaced on Monday

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Here's the official word from Broxtowe Borough Council on Beeston's replacement tree:

    Quote Message: We have managed to secure a new tree, which will be installed on Monday after the weather has passed. In the mean time, visitors to Beeston can still enjoy the Christmas tree at Broadgate Park and the other decorations throughout the town centre." from Broxtowe Borough Council
    Broxtowe Borough Council
  7. Boy steals handbag from woman, 91

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Christmas shopping this weekend? Keep an eye on your handbag.

    Police have said a 91-year-old woman had her purse snatched in West Bridgford yesterday by a boy aged "around 10 years old".

    He apparently asked her for money to get to his mother's house and when she got her purse out, he grabbed it and ran off.

  8. Beeston Christmas saved after replacement tree found

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    It's a Christmas miracle - PA is reporting a new tree to replace Beeston's wonky one will be put up on Monday...

    View more on twitter
  9. White Christmas in Nottingham: What's the betting?

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    So will it snow at Christmas in Nottingham?

    Bookmakers Coral have given odds of 5-1 for a white Christmas in the city.

    Snow in Nottingham
  10. Beeston gets its own leaning tower

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    So a little while ago there were plans to twin Beeston with Tuscany...

    Well, we just realised the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is in the very same Italian region!

    Here's a comparison of their leans - we reckon the angles are pretty similar.

    Beeston tree vs Leaning Tower of Pisa
  11. Forest: Oliveira's Christmas wishlist

    BBC Sport

    "Dear Santa, I'd like Forest to be promoted and to play for Portugal in Euro 16."

    Striker Nelson Oliveira, who's on loan from Portuguese side Benefica, has been talking about his Christmas wishlist.

    Nelson Oliveira
  12. Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories in the Nottingham newsroom today:

  13. Weather: Watch out for Storm Desmond

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    There's still a yellow warning for wind as southwesterly gales are expected to affect the region this evening and into Saturday, gusting up to 50-60mph. 

    The low pressure system behind the warning has just been named Storm Desmond. 


    But before his arrival, we're looking at a cloudy afternoon with some brighter spells here and there, growing increasingly windy over the course of the afternoon. 

    Highs of 11C (52F).

  14. Tree wonkiness caused by theft of supports

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    More now on Beeston's wonky Christmas tree that's being taken down today.

    Broxtowe Borough Council says someone has removed its supports twice, which, following the recent strong winds, has resulted in its rather pronounced lean.

    Beeston tree

    Adam Guest, 20, from nearby Chilwell, said it looks "a bit tragic" 

    "I've seen people look up at it and they're practically laughing at it because it's so slanted," he said.

  15. Wonky tree to be axed

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Council cuts now - but not the sort you're expecting....

    Beeston's Christmas tree leans "more than the tower in Pisa" so it's facing the chop.

    Beeston wonky Christmas tree

    The 35ft fir is being removed today "with a heavy heart", the council said.

    The authority said it was finding it "very difficult" to find a replacement before Christmas.

  16. 'No decisions made' over teenage mums school

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A specialist school for teenage mums in Nottingham costs too much and is no longer needed because the number of teen pregnancies in the city is continuing to fall, the city council says.

    However a petition against the closure has been signed by 1,200 people.

    teenage mum

    Figures show there are 38 pregnancies per 1,000 among 15 to 17 year olds.

    Pat Fielding, from Nottingham City Council, said whatever's decided following a public consultation, the council will ensure "there's equitable access for all teenage girls who need to continue their education".

  17. Rugby: Green and Whites take on Yorks

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Nottingham Rugby take on third place Yorkshire Carnegie in the Championship tonight at Lady Bay. 

    The Green and Whites have won four of their last five matches.

  18. BreakingArrest over murder of prisoner, 80

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Some news just in - a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder at HMP Nottingham.

    It follows the death of an 80-year-old prisoner yesterday.

    HMP Nottingham

    Police were called to the prison at about 16:30 following reports of a serious assault there. The victim was pronounced dead at 17:00.

    A post-mortem examination is due to take place today.

  19. 'Crazy' to close DH Lawrence Centre: Billy Ivory

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Shutting the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre would be like closing Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, according to writer Billy Ivory. 

    He's one of a host of celebrities, including Robert Lindsay and Glenda Jackson, who have signed a letter ahead of a meeting today to discuss the local council's plans to close it and combine it with the Birthplace Museum in the town.

    Billy Ivory

    "Its just crazy to shut anything that's got a connection with [DH Lawrence] because he's such a special figure, not just in English literature, but in world literature," said Ivory, from Nottingham, who's famous for writing Made In Dagenham.

    "It would be like saying, let's shut Anne Hathway's cottage and combine it with the RSC theatre."

  20. BreakingTwo die in A46 crash

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A man and a woman died in a crash on the A46 last night, police have said.

    It happened at about 22:35 on the southbound carriageway, south of the A606 island and involved a BMW and a van. 

    The man and woman were both in the BMW. The driver of the van was taken to QMC with injuries not believed to be serious or life-threatening.

    The road was closed until 07:30 this morning.

  21. School for teen mums consultation extended

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    More now on the consultation on whether to close a Nottingham unit for pregnant schoolgirls to save money.

    It's been extended until Monday but about 1,200 people have signed a petition against its closure.

    pregnant teen

    Pupil, Ellie, who's 14 and pregnant, said the centre had given her hope.

    "I've got confidence now to sit there and work and say, I think that's right, I've done that right whereas before I would say I can't do it - I'm not giving up because I've got to work for my child too," she said.

  22. Cinema for Beeston?

    Nottingham Post

    Another step has been taken forward in Beeston as plans worth up to £30m for a revamped square won praise from councillors - and plans for a cinema top a list of ideas to revitalise the area.

  23. DH Lawrence Centre has 'tenuous' link to writer, says council leader

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    As stars of the screen prepare to try to convince Broxtowe Borough Council it's made the wrong decision over the closure of the DH Lawrence Centre in Eastwood, the council leader said it's "down to money".

    Richard Jackson said the council needed to save £3.5m over the next three years and closing Durban House would save £100,000 a year.

    DH Lawrence Centre

    But he said they were amalgamating the exhibitions and artefacts from the centre, where Lawrence used to collect his miner father's wages, with the Birthplace Museum in the town.

    "When people come to Eastwood they want to see something with a real link rather than the tenuous link of Durban House," he said.

  24. DH Lawrence Centre: Big names come out in support

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A meeting's being held in Eastwood later today in support of the DH Lawrence Centre.

    Robert Lindsay

    Broxtowe Borough Council wants to close the centre in March to save money.

    But big names like Ilkeston-born actor Robert Lindsay (pictured), Oscar-winning actress Glenda Jackson and Nottingham screenwriter Billy Ivory have spoken out against the closure ahead of a meeting to discuss the plans tonight.

  25. Travel: M1 lane reopened

    BBC Travel

    A lane that was closed because of a vehicle fire at junction 26 earlier has now re-opened and traffic seems to be flowing fine.

  26. Panthers head to Belfast

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    The Nottingham Panthers are in Belfast tonight for the first time this season as they play the first of two away games against the Giants. 

    Logan MacMillan is targeting a return to the side after a full week of training. 

    Corey Neilson's side currently lead the Elite League by two points.

  27. Pregnant teens school consultation due to end

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    We told you earlier this week about a consultation on whether to close a unit for pregnant teenagers in Nottingham

    The Beckhampton Centre in Edwards Lane costs too much and the girls should be taught in local schools instead, the city council has said.

    More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to keep the unit open.

  28. Travel: Kirkby accident

    BBC Travel

    An accident has blocked Kingsway in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, causing heavy traffic in both directions at the St John's Avenue junction.

  29. Weather: Very windy later

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    There's a yellow warning for wind today - southwesterly gales are expected to affect the region this evening and into Saturday – we could see gusts of 50-60mph. 

    Trees could be brought down and travel disruption is likely.


    Back to this morning: A cloudy start to the day with some brighter spells throughout the morning. Growing increasingly windy with more cloud building over the course of the afternoon. 

    Highs of 11C (52F).

  30. Good morning: Join us for today’s live news coverage

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Hello! A glance at the calendar tells me there are just THREE WEEKS until Christmas Day. If you're anything like me, it's time to panic...

    There are a few issues on Nottinghamshire's roads this morning so stay tuned.

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