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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 7 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

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: Showers will die out to leave a dry night

    A few showers still possible to end the day but these will mostly die out to leave a dry night with some clear spells and lighter winds. Min 5C (41F).

    weather
  3. Watch: Man hurt in blast at former petrol station

    A man suffered burns in a small explosion earlier this afternoon at a former petrol station in Long Eaton.

    The man in his 40s had been working at the site.

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    Video caption: A man suffered burns in a small explosion at a former petrol station in Long Eaton
  4. Men's tennis to leave Nottingham

    BBC Sport

    The men's tennis Open in Nottingham is to end this year with the tournament returning to Eastbourne from 2017.

    Nottingham will now hold a women's event - the Aegon Open - alongside a $100,000 (£70,000) ATP Challenger Tour event.  

    Nottingham ATP Open
  5. Good news for Beeston biscuit fans

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Good news for Beeston bingo hall...full production has resumed at the McVitie's biscuit factory in Carlisle after it was flooded in December.

    Players at Mecca Bingo were left disappointed when the usual tea and biscuits were stopped because of the national shortage of biscuits following the floods.

    ginger nut biscuits
  6. Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Here are your final headlines for today:

  7. Facebook waterpark event pages removed

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Earlier this week we told you about warnings that a Facebook waterpark event for Nottingham could be a scam.

    Now, Facebook says it has removed the Summer Safari Waterpark events for "violating community standards".

    Summer Safari Waterparks scam

    Nottingham had been one of 30 cities in the UK earmarked for one of the events but councils had said they had not received any applications to host the event.

  8. Williams: 'Final word is down to me'

    BBC Sport

    Forest head coach Paul Williams has confirmed to the media this afternoon that he is not resigning and says owner Al-Hasawi is not picking the team.

    Paul Williams

    Rubbishing talks about the chairman interfering, he said: "Maybe the results haven't gone the way we would have liked, but it's been totally down to me. As staff we all discuss players and teams and how we will set up. But the final word is always down to me."

  9. 'No-one is going to stop me' says fundraiser

    BBC Radio Nottingham

    It took Mr Eaton from Worksop almost two years to learn to walk again but one day he decided to run the London Marathon and since then has ran several more. 

    "But it always meant another operation, near enough every time I did another race," he said.

    Tony Eaton

    As he prepares for his 37th operation next week he says he won't run again but is now concentrating on cycling.

    "I'm going to keep going for as long as I can, no-ones going to stop me," he said.

  10. Has EMAS changed its mind on merger?

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    It's a different story from the West Midlands on the possible ambulance service merger.

    A spokesman from West Midlands Ambulance Service says the latest statement from EMAS is a "change of tack from them".

    He said: "I certainly think what they [EMAS] have said today is a very different story from what they have said before."

    "If they want to talk to us, the door is always open."

  11. Your views: Might be cheaper to change cars than fix potholes

    Facebook

    Some of you have been commenting on our post on Facebook about the potholes.

    Penny Martin Poynton, wrote: "Woohoo at least some might get sorted !!!! :-) "

    Kevin Plumtree, said: "The state of some of the roads it would be cheaper to upgrade all cars to Rally grade suspension."

  12. Marathon man was told he'd never walk again

    Verity Cowley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    In 1979 Tony Eaton from Worksop was told he would never walk again after the car he was in was hit by a lorry driver who was over the drink-drive limit and had fallen asleep at the wheel.    

    Tony Eaton

    He defied all odds and 36 operations later he has now been recognised by the prime minister for raising over £70,000 for charities by running marathons and doing bike rides.   

    He's been in the studio with me today talking about his injuries after the accident and how he overcame them.

  13. How much is our county getting?

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    In Nottinghamshire £839,000 has been given by the government to repair 15,830 potholes across the county.

    In Nottingham, the council is getting £117,000 to fix 2,208 potholes.

    potholes repairs
  14. Williams dismisses owner interference claims

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Paul Williams who is in charge at Forest until the end of the season says he has picked the team for the past four games. 

    He dismissed reports from a newspaper that said he had been poised to leave the club over interference from owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi.

    Paul Williams

    You can watch more of what he said on our Facebook page.

  15. Councils get cash to fix potholes

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    They're every driver's worst nightmare, and now the government is giving millions to councils across the country to fix potholes. 

    potholes pictures

    Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he had announced the fund because he knew "how important well-maintained roads are to people".

  16. 'Not a merger', ambulance service says

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    We've been telling you today about a possible merger between East Midlands Ambulance Service and the West Midlands.

    Now EMAS are telling us they are only "having discussions" to "explore opportunities to strengthen our leadership arrangements".

    EMAS service

    In a statement, EMAS chairwoman Pauline Tagg, said: "This will allow us to support the existing team to deliver improved performance, quality and better manage our resources; not a merger with another trust."

    She said one of the options they were looking at was for the chief executive at West Midlands Ambulance Service to work with them in a support role.

  17. Man suffers burns in Long Eaton blast

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    A man thought to be in his 40s suffered burns in a small explosion at a derelict petrol station in Long Eaton.

    Police say he's been taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment.  

    Emergency services were called to the site on Tamworth Road shortly before 12:30 today.

    Tamworth Road was closed for a short time but is now open.

  18. No truth in Libertines pub rumour

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Sorry Libertines fans, you might have got a little excited earlier when we told you there were rumours Pete Doherty and Carl Barat were opening a pub in Nottingham.

    But I've had it confirmed from their PR people that it's not true.

    Shame.

    Pete Doherty and Carl Barat
  19. Your views: 'Can't see this helping'

    Facebook

    You have been giving your views on the ambulance service merger, on our Facebook page.

    Alan Cassidy-Bishop wrote: "I can't see this helping get more ground staff and remove the need for expensive sub-contractors. A merger might reduce the number of senior execs (which is why they're not happy) but, if that's the aim, why doesn't EMAS re-examine who does what behind their desk and just reduce the numbers of executives anyway?"

    Ian Lacey said: "Werent they talking about breaking EMAS up altogether not long ago and going back to Derbyshire,Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire as response times were so bad?"  

  20. Blast victim taken to hospital

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Police say they were alerted by the ambulance service to an explosion at a derelict petrol station in Long Eaton this afternoon.

    A man who was working on the Tamworth Road site was injured in the blast and taken to hospital.

    The Health and Safety Executive has been informed, police confirmed.