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  1. Updates from Nottinghamshire for Tuesday 15 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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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: Staying cloudy into the evening

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter, East Midlands Today

    There may be some late brightness this evening but the skies will stay cloudy for the rest of the day.


    The cloud will thicken up again overnight and there will eventually be some light drizzly rain pushing in towards the end of the night.

    Lows of 4C (39F).

  3. Sports Direct: 'Disappointed' by committee decision

    Caroline Lowbridge

    BBC News Online

    Sports Direct has responded to the announcement that a committee of MPs has decided to formally summon Mike Ashley to give evidence to them over the treatment of workers.

    Mr Ashley had invited the MPs to visit the firm's premises in Shirebrook instead, but the MPs still want him to come to Westminster.

    Sports Direct

    A spokesman for Sports Direct said: “We are extremely disappointed that the committee has apparently chosen to turn down Mike Ashley's invitation to visit Shirebrook to see things with their own eyes.

    “We will be responding to the committee in due course."

  4. Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Here are your final headlines for today: 

  5. Guildhall work will be 'expensive and messy'

    Rebecca Dickson

    Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Councillor Graham Chapman says developing the Guildhall will be an "expensive and messy" job because much of its original features are "untouchable".

    He said he was keen to see a 4* hotel on the site because it was important for Nottingham to have more to offer people who come to the city for business.

  6. Transformation of Guildhall site moves on

    Rebecca Dickson

    Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    A £110m project to transform the site of the historic Guildhall in Nottingham has taken a step forward as the council prepares to choose a preferred bidder.

    The Grade II listed building on Burton Street could be turned into a 4* star hotel but the plans are not definite yet.


    Deputy leader of the city council, Graham Chapman, says they still need to sell the site on and want to know what developers can offer. 

  7. Summer closure for timber firm

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    We've now heard redundancies at Masons Timber Products will start next month, with the Nottingham base expected to close in June.

  8. Child sex abuse trial hears defendant was picked by alleged victims

    Jeremy Ball

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

    A sex abuse trial has heard today that three different accusers picked out a former social worker, at a police identification parade.

    Andris Logins has denied a string of rapes and sexual assaults against children in care in Nottingham, more than 30 years ago. 

    Andris Logins

    Mr Logins told the police that former residents at the Beechwood Home were describing a different carer but a jury at Nottingham Crown Court has been told that one alleged victim "broke down", after officers showed him a picture of Mr Logins.  

  9. Firm regrets impact of move on staff and local economy

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    The Archwood group, which owns Masons Timber Products in Colwick, said it "regrets" the job losses that will be made as a result of moving its operations to its other bases in Wales and Shropshire.

    A company spokesman said: “We naturally regret the impact on the employees affected and any consequences for the local economy. 

    "However, in a fiercely competitive DIY and home improvement market, it is essential that we offer customers the best quality and service levels from dedicated centres of excellence and these centres have to be the focus for our future investment."

  10. Bingham boy looking for stem cell donor

    Josh Humberstone loved sport and playing football until he was diagnosed with Evans Syndrome in October.

    The condition means he has no platelets (blood cells that help heal wounds and prevent bleeding) so he bruises easily and can suffer internal bleeding if he cuts himself.

    Josh Humberstone and sister Eva

    There's no cure for Evans Syndrome but doctors hope a stem cell transplant could help them control his condition in future, but there are few donors in the UK.

  11. Timber firm to leave Nottingham

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    We've heard this afternoon that 58 people are being made redundant at a timber firm in Nottingham.

    Masons Timber in Colwick, which is owned by the Archwood Group, says it is "restructuring" its manufacturing and distribution operations in Nottingham and "consolidating" its operations at its bases in Oswestry, Shropshire and Chirk, Wales.

    The group says it is consulting with staff and unions but has not confirmed when the closure will happen.

  12. Family hopeful of European search for donor

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Josh Humberstone, 11, from Barnstone near Bingham, pictured here with his family, has a rare blood disorder called Evans Syndrome.

    There are only a handful of cases in the UK but Jack now needs help to find a stem cell donor and the search has gone Europe-wide.

    Josh Humberstone and his family

    BBC Radio Nottingham spoke to his mum Katie Wagstaff earlier who said they had set up a charity wish list for her son because his condition is so rare it is often not considered by other wish granting charities. 

  13. Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

  14. Are you signed up for Sport Relief?

    Every year brave celebrities take on epic challenges to raise money for Sport Relief. 

    You don't have to go that far, but you can still walk, run or cycle yourself #proud during the 2016 Sport Relief Games from 18-20 March. 

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    Video caption: Sign up for the 2016 Sport Relief Games

    Find out what's involved on our special page or visit Sport Relief website here.

  15. Sports Direct boss ordered to face MPs

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Mike Ashley, previously declined an invitation to appear before the business select committee to give evidence about the treatment of his workers.

    Now the committee has warned him that he could be in contempt of Parliament if he ignores the summons to attend in June.

    Mike Ashley

    Sports Direct boss ordered to face MPs

    Mike Ashley

    MPs decide to issue a formal summons ordering Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley to give evidence to them about the treatment of his workers.

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  16. Your views: Trojan buses are 'pointless and expensive venture'


    Matt Blick has been on Facebook to tell us his thoughts about the Trojan buses we've been talking about.

    He wrote: "I fail to understand what this is going to achieve. I was hit by a brick thrown through the window of the 3B as it passed Bestwood Estate a couple of years ago.

    "The kids sit in the trees and wait for the buses going up Hucknall Rd - the driver said it happened all the time. By the time anyone could give chase they'd be long gone. Don't know what the answer is but this seems a pointless, empty and expensive venture."

  17. Comedian's management accuses council of 'vendetta'

    Neil Heath

    BBC News Online

    Roy "Chubby" Brown's manager says the comedian will happily play at the venue if the council reverses its decision to ban him.

    Steve Lloyd said in a statement: "We do shows for the fans not for the council. This is purely a vendetta against Roy as they have not banned other comics from the venue."

    Roy "Chubby" Brown

    Mr Lloyd added: "They booked the show last November and it took them till now to cancel it.

    "The fans were so disappointed and you feel awful because it's out of your hands."

    Calls to overturn Roy 'Chubby' Brown ban

    Roy 'Chubby' Brown

    Hundreds of people call for a council to lift a ban on the comedian Roy "Chubby" Brown appearing at one of its venues.

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