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  1. Updates for Friday 11 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Nottinghamshire have finished for the day but we'll be back on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Turning cold tonight with frost possible

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Staying dry and mainly clear during the evening with winds dying down. 

    This will allow it to become cold with a slight frost forming for a time before cloud thickens again by the end of the night. Lows of 4C (39F)

  3. Title will help city improve literacy for young people

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    For chairman of the UNESCO bid, getting Nottingham recognised as a City of Literature is the culmination of a year of hard work.

    David Belbin said as a result the Festival of Words in the city would be bigger, along with the Poetry Festival and they would keep on the Dawn of the Unread events.

    David Belbin

    He said the title would allow them to work with other cities around the world on creative projects and bring money into the city to allow them to improve literacy for young people.

  4. What does a UNESCO City of Literature mean?

    UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

    The organisation has a network of what it calls Creative Cities around the world in fields such as music, art and film - as well as literature.


    As part of its bid Nottingham said it wanted to make the most of its connection to literary greats from the region such as Lord Byron and DH lawrence, as well as improving literacy among adults and young people.

  5. Streaker 'should make donation to charity'

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    One of the women, who was at an anti-violence rally through which drunken Peter Baker ran in October, says she's welcomed his prosecution.


    Chloe Cheeseman, from anti-domestic violence charity Equation, said: "This was a woman-only event celebrating women's self-organised actions against violence, and Mr Barker interrupted a powerful speech by a local woman in a grossly offensive way," 

    She called for him to make a donation to any from a list of local charities, including Nottingham Women’s Centre, Rape Crisis, Women’s Aid Integrated Services, or Equation.

  6. Police step up efforts to tackle knife crime

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    After the sentencing of Jonathan Jones yesterday police say they are keen to reduce knife crime in the city.

    The force says the number of knife crimes in the city has fallen over recent years, from 721 between 1 January and 31 October 2008 to 531 over the same period this year. 

    knife crime

    Det Ch Insp Leona Scurr said the new team tackling knife crime would be carrying out stop and search inspections to prevent them being brought into pubs and clubs.

  7. CT scanner to help speed up diagnosis of sick pets

    German Shepherd Jack is one of the first patients to use a new HD CT scanner for pets that's been installed at a Nottinghamshire veterinary centre.

    It cost £250,000 and the East Midlands Referrals centre in Hucknall says it is the first of its kind in the country.

    CT scanner

    With the machine, vets will be able to get 3D scans of animals, speeding up the diagnosis process and their potential treatment.  

  8. Streaker: Actions of a 'silly, drunk man'

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Peter Barker, the man who has been fined today for streaking through Nottingham's Old Market Square, did so in front of a rally of about 100 women and "children as young as eight".

    Nottingham Magistrates Court heard that when the police officer caught up with the 45-year-old, who'd been drinking all day, he said it was "only a laugh".

    Peter Baker

    However his defence barrister said today that he regretted the incident as soon as he sobered up, describing his actions as those of "a silly, drunk man".

    Mark Kennedy, prosecuting, said: "He was not aware of the demonstration... and regretted the bad timing of his decision," Mr Kennedy said.

  9. Defender looking for more goals

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Forest defender Matt Mills has scored four goals this season - and two of those were just last weekend.

    But he's told us he wants to get more.

    Matt Mills
  10. New knife crime unit for police

    Kevin Stanley

    Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Police are setting up a new dedicated team in Nottingham to tackle knife crime. 

    Officers say they will be stepping up their efforts to catch those carrying weapons after a rise in the number of incidents involving knives.   

    They said convictions would be supported by criminal behaviour orders in a bid to stop re-offending.

  11. 'Marvellous' result for city

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Other cities to join Nottingham on the UNESCO list of City of Literature are Baghdad (Iraq), Lviv (Ukraine) and Montevideo (Uruguay).

    Chair of Nottingham's bid, David Belbin, said it was a "marvellous" result for the city and "shows the world" the heritage and creative writing on offer from Nottingham. 


    The team said they would release more details on Monday of what they plan to do now the city has this title.

  12. Injured man didn't notice escalator step was missing

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    The man who lost his big toe in the escalator accident three years ago had been on his way to work when it happened. 

    Michael Reddington said the lighting in the area was poor and he didn't notice that the riser (or front part) of the step he was on was missing or defective.

    The management at the West End Arcade in Angel Row admitted the charges against them in October and will appear at crown court on Monday for sentencing.

  13. Demo streaker appears in court

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    I've been down at Nottingham Magistrates' Court this morning where a man who streaked in front of a women's anti-violence rally has been sentenced.

    Peter Barker, from Beeston, had been drinking for eight hours when he stripped off in Market Square, on 24 October and ran into the middle of a Reclaim the Night demonstration.

    Streaker Nottingham

    The 45-year-old admitted committing a public nuisance by indecently exposing himself at an earlier hearing.

    He’s now been fined £325 and must undertake 80 hours of unpaid work.