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  1. Updates for Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Sandish Shoker

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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.

Weather: Staying dry this evening

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It's remaining dry this evening and overnight. 

Cloud will gradually increase and with an easterly breeze, it will be a frost-free night with lows of 6C (43F).


latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

Holt 'can't wait' for second round match

BBC Sport

Nottingham's Michael Holt says making the last 16 of the World Championship for the second time is reward for his staying power.  

The 37-year-old potter had not gone beyond the opening round in six attempts since his Crucible debut in 2005.  

Michal Holt
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He'll play Mark Williams in the second round tomorrow and said he "can't wait".

Royal fans have a drink for the Queen

Geeta Pendse

Arts reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Spotted these ladies earlier celebrating the Queen's birthday in style in Nottingham city centre.

Ladies enjoying prossecco outside Vino bar

Residents want council to find better sites for housing

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Residents against plans to build 750 homes in Sutton-in-Ashfield are meeting at 16:00 on Searby Road for their protest.

The houses have been proposed as part of Ashfield District Council's local plan to provide enough houses for the future.

Councillor Steve Carroll, who organised the protest, said: "No-ones against them building houses, but we want them to find better sites and want the council to work with residents and listen to them."

Pupils learn facts about the Queen

Pupils at St Peter's C of E Primary School in East Bridgford have been learning all kinds of facts on HRH and told BBC East Midlands Today's Anne Davies about some of the things they've learnt,

Williams talks about Forest's injured players

BBC Nottingham Sport

We've also been with Paul Williams at Forest this afternoon.

He said Jamie Ward and Michael Mancienne were being monitored on a daily basis after their injuries.

Paul Williams

'Lack of insight' saw closure of practice

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Vicki Wells from the CQC said they had to take action and close St Mary's Medical Centre because there was an "extreme risk to patients". 

She said the decision was not made lightly and were confident they had taken the right steps.

St Mary's Medical Centre notice to patients

Speaking to the BBC, Ms Wells said: "There was a lack of insight and understanding into how a practice should be run and must run to be able to protect patients."

Travel: Roadworks in Carrington set to cause delays

Residents protest against housing plans in Sutton

Klara Lethbridge

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

Residents say they'll be out in force protesting against plans to build new homes on land prone to flooding in Sutton in Ashfield.

The district council is considering land near Searby, Newark and Kirkby Folly Roads for 750 properties. 

But many locals have objected to these plans and have been protesting in the area this afternoon. 

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Your views: Health issues connected to smoking cannabis

Football: Cooper reacts to criticism of players

BBC Nottingham Sport

The Notts manager says he agrees with some of the things former manager Martin Allen said after their loss against Barnet on Tuesday.

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Your photos: Spring has sprung

BBC Weather Watchers

One of our Weather Watchers has captured these lovely colours in Eakring, Nottinghamshire this afternoon

Eakring countryside

Surgery to stay closed until next month

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Janet Williamson, deputy chief inspector of general practice and dentistry in the CQC’s central region, said: "Although patients told us they were treated with dignity and compassion, we also found that care and treatment was not always delivered in line with best practice."

St Mary's Medical Centre has had its registration suspended until May but the CQC says it will carry out more inspections before it's allowed to re-open.    

Travel: A1 now full open again

Your views: 'Legalise it'


The cannabis story has been getting you talking on our Facebook page.

Mark Hammans wrote: "If people genuinely need it for pain relief a form of it should be available on prescription. Other than that should stay banned."

While Nigel Millband thinks it should be made legal and said: "£10= chill=pain relieve=less drain on nhs. £10= alcohol=fights=police=drain on nhs. Its a no brainier. Legalise it."

Queen's tiny birthday wish on corgi hair

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you briefly yesterday about the Queen's birthday message that has been etched onto a tiny Corgi hair.

Queen's birthday message on corgi hair
University of Nottingham/Getty Images

Scientists at the University of Nottingham used an electron microscope to write the message by projecting a beam of ions onto the hair's surface and removing the top layer to allow it to be etched.  

Queen's birthday message on corgi hair

Queen's tiny birthday wish on corgi hair

A team of university scientists etch a microscopic birthday message for the Queen - on the hair of a corgi.

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CQC said it had to 'take action' and close unsafe surgery

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

In the report, the CQC said systems weren't in place to safeguard children or adults, and levels of staffing were unsafe at St Mary's Medical Centre.

In one case, a patient who was diagnosed with cancer hadn't had their notes written up following a visit at home. 

St MAry's Medical Centre Top Valley

The CQC says it felt it had to take action to close the surgery or patients' lives would be "at risk of harm". 

Your views: Cannabis users 'technically criminals'


Splitting the divide between those who think cannabis should be legalised, there are some of you who are against it.

John Reed wrote on our Facebook page: "Technically you are a criminal.......and if you need to get high or drunk to have a good time then you probably need therapy...... if coca cola was introduced today it would be for adults only..."

Travel: A1 accident causing delays

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A1 northbound as the road is blocked because of an accident involving two lorries.

The road is blocked between the Twyford Lane junction in Elkesley and Apleyhead in Hardwick Village. Congestion is going back to Markham.

Force cuts police officers in Rushcliffe

Newark Advertiser

It's been revealed there are no longer going to be dedicated police officers for Bingham, Radcliffe, East Bridgford, Thornton and surrounding villages. They will instead be replaced with a team of two officers to cover the whole area.

Campaigner says cannabis can be used to help relieve pain

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

One of those who took part in the rally was Reece, who said he'd been smoking every day since he was 11 years old, and had still managed to leave school with more than five A-A* GCSEs.

Cannabis rally in Old Market Square

Another campaigner told BBC Radio Nottingham's Pip Watts her sister had a chronic disease where regular pain relief medication left her "unable to function" so she had been smoking marijuana to help her.

Weather: Staying dry and bright this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's dry, bright and sunny with a some cloud building on an otherwise bright afternoon.

Highs of 15C (59F)


CQC reveals reason for closing surgery

BBC Radio Nottingham

The Care Quality Commission has revealed that patients at a doctors' surgery in Nottingham were "at risk".

The St Mary's Medical Centre in Top Valley was closed suddenly two months ago following an inspection by the CQC, which meant 1,100 patients had to go elsewhere.

In their report, inspectors said they found the surgery was "inadequate", "unsafe" and not providing "well-led services".

Rally organiser 'just wants to smoke a joint' on a Friday night

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Organiser of yesterday's cannabis rally told BBC Radio Nottingham's Pip Watts: "You can go out on a Friday night, get as drunk as you want, throw up in a gutter and have a fight,

"When I have a joint the chances are I'm going to watch a cartoon and eat summat. I'm not going to hurt anybody so I don't see why I should be cautioned."

Rally calls for cannabis to be legal

Pip Watts

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

If you walked past Old Market Square last night you might have seen about 100 people there holding a rally calling for cannabis to be legalised by the government.

Many were carrying placards while openly smoking the drug.

Cannabis rally Old Market Square

Cannabis is an illegal Class B drug, which can carry a jail sentence if you are caught with it. 

Organiser of the protest Joe Robinson told me the law needs changing.

Ball 'lively' after Lions tour - Read

BBC Sport

Jake Ball has made a "lively" return after a winter playing for England Lions, says Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read.

Read told the BBC that Ball has got "fitter and stronger" and "is in fantastic form with the ball."

Jake Ball in action for Nottinghamshire
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Jake Ball in action for Nottinghamshire

Ball 'lively' after Lions tour - Read

Jake Ball has made a "lively" return after a winter playing for England Lions, says Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read.

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Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A rally was held in Nottingham city centre last night calling for cannabis to be legalised by the government
  • Beacons are to be lit across Nottinghamshire tonight to mark the Queen's 90th birthday
  • Snooker: Michael Holt is back home in Nottingham for a few days to chill out before his next match against former world champion Mark Williams

Businessman hosts dinner for Queen

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire businessman and chairman of the Standard Chartered, Sir John Peace, is hosting a dinner at Nottingham Castle tonight to mark the Queen's birthday.

Sir John Peace

Having met the Queen on several occasions, he said: "She's quite an amazing lady. 

"The knowledge, the experience, the wisdom. She's quite unique."

Holt back home to 'chill out' and 'forget'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Michael Holt is back home in Nottingham after his shock win over former world champion Neil Robertson.

He said: "Sometimes you can get too wrapped up in the ceremony of it all so I came home and just chilled try and forget about it all."

Michael Holt
Getty Images

Holt now faces two times world champion Mark Williams in the next round.

Praise for the Queen

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Giving their praise for the Queen, one of the residents at Lark Hill Retirement Village in Clifton, who turned 90 this year, said: "She's done a wonderful job. I hope she does have a long and happy life and I hope I do as well."

Another resident said: "I hope she carries on because I think she deserves it. I don't think anyone could have done it any better."

'Age is just a number' say retirement village residents

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

BBC Radio Nottingham's Grace Nathan has been out to meet six residents at Lark Hill Retirement Village in Clifton who all turn 90 this year.

Francis Richards told her: "I feel fine. The secret is plenty of eating what you like, and liking what you eat."

Larkhill residents

Mary Mack said: "I don't feel 90. I feel about 70, I should think.

"Age is just a number."

Travel: Accident on Clifton Boulevard causing delays

Cricket: Nottinghamshire has players to step into Taylor's shoes

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire's cricket captain Chirs Read believes the club has the players to step up to replace James Taylor who's been forced to retire due to a heart condition.

Read told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It's devastating for James and it's a hard loss for the club. They're big shoes to fill but we've got players capable of taking on that challenge."