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Summary

  1. Updates for 16 December
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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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 at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Dry tonight with clear spells possible

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter, East Midlands Today

    It will stay dry overnight, although there could be some clear spells, but it will be mild with lows of 10C (50F).  

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow will start dry and bright, and there'll be some sunshine first thing before cloud thickens up bringing some showery rain in the afternoon, with highs of 14C (57F).  

  3. Sahara dust could reach Nottingham

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC News Online

    It sounds bizarre but over the next few days there could be a chance of seeing a Saharan dust cloud in Nottingham.

    The Met Office said the dust has "been lifted from its source in west Africa by strong winds and is being blown northwards as it is caught up in the weather systems heading towards the UK".    

  4. A record breaking month could be in store

    BBC Weather

    If December maintains this level of warmth, it will officially be the warmest December on record.

  5. Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

  6. Sheehan hoping to stay on at Notts

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Notts County defender Alan Sheehan says he is hoping to stay at Meadow Lane beyond the end of his current loan spell. 

    The Irishman is on loan from Bradford City and has two games remaining before his time is up.

    Alan Sheehan
  7. Weather: Staying mild into tomorrow too

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter, East Midlands Today

    It's staying mild tonight and into tomorrow. 

    It will be dry and bright for the morning but will turn cloudy and damp into the afternoon. Highs of 14C (57F).  

  8. Extra staff brought in to deal with demand

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    We've been getting an insight into how the Royal Mail sorting office in Beeston works.

    Today alone they're expecting to see 2.5m letters and 500,000 parcels pass through their doors.

    Royal Mail

    And bosses say they have taken on an extra 300 staff over the Christmas period to deal with the large amount of post.

  9. Two designs proposed for new children's playground

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC News Online

    The work that's being planned at the Radford Recreation Ground will see the playground replaced with a new one.

    The plans include replacing old equipment, refurbishing what is left and "providing a better play area for children of all age ranges".

    Radford Recreation Ground

    This is one of the proposed designs that has been put forward.

  10. Lawrence wants to match last year's success for Panthers

    BBC Sport

    Nottingham Panthers forward Chris Lawrence says he is excited to be playing for coach Corey Neilson again .

    Lawrence told BBC Radio Nottingham he was happy with last year's season wants to duplicate the same success.

  11. £75,000 revamp for Radford Recreation Ground

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC News Online

    A popular park in Radford, off Ilkeston Road, is undergoing a transformation in the new year.

    The scheme will cost the council £75,000.

    Radford Recreation Ground

    Nottingham City Council say they want people to look at the two shortlisted designs and let them know which one they prefer before 30 December.

  12. Blacksmith 'devastated' over anvil theft

    Neil Heath

    BBC News Online

    The anvil has been with Roy Green throughout his 50 years as a blacksmith.

    It sat in his garden as a reminder of those years in which he made the weather vanes on Buckingham Palace and the gates of a Saudi billionaire’s mansion.

    Lewis & Grundy clock

    His stepdaughter Helen told me one of his first jobs as a blacksmith was to help build the famous Lewis & Grundy clock in Victoria Street.

    Really hope the anvil is found as Mr Green is devastated.

  13. Anvil stolen from retired blacksmith's home

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    It would have been tricky to lift a 300kg (661lb) anvil without anyone noticing.

    But on Monday someone did just that.

    Anvil

    The anvil (similar to the one above) was stolen from outside former blacksmith Roy Green's house in Gotham. He said it would have taken "two strong men" to lift it.