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  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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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.

Man 'facing bankruptcy' over mother's burial

Weather: End to the rain is in sight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Heavy showers will ease this evening, leaving a dry night with some clear spells.

Some mist and fog patches may form through the early hours.


Council prices set to give priority to residents

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Gedling Borough Council said fees were higher for non-residents of the borough to ensure the limited spaces were kept available for residents first.

A council spokesperson said this was "standard practice" for many local authorities.

They asked that Mr Else get in touch with them to discuss arrangements. 

Man facing bankruptcy over burial costs

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A man says he is facing extra costs from a council to bury his mother – because he lives 20ft outside an area boundary.

Steven Else’s mum Barbara died last week at the age of 83 after suffering with dementia.

Steven Else

Mr Else, from Carlton, bought a grave plot for £3,000 when his father Douglas died and said it would have been £1,000 if he had lived in the boundaries of Gedling.

Now he has been landed with an additional bill of £1,500 to reopen the plot to bury his mother – which would have been £552 if he were a Gedling borough resident.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today: 

  • The hospital trust which runs the QMC and City hospitals has lifted its ban on people using e-cigarettes
  • A man from Carlton says he is facing rising costs to bury his mother next to his father because of a council's policy to charge non-residents more
  • Nottinghamshire drew their County Championship match with Middlesex after rain stopped another day of play

Cobden re-signs for Green and Whites

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham centre Joe Cobden has re-signed for next season. 

The 24 year old joined the Green and Whites from Leicester Tigers back in the summer of 2011.

Joe Cobden
Nottingham Rugby

He returned in the last two matches of the season after injury.    

CCTV of man wanted over Nuthall burglary

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police are trying to trace this man who they want to speak to about a burglary in Nuthall where cash and jewellery were stolen.

It happened back in February though so you'll have to cast your memories quite far back.

Nuthall burglary
Nottinghamshire Police

New review showed e-cigs were safer

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Until now all types of vaping or smoking has been banned from the grounds of the Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham City hospital.

But a recent review by Public Health England concluded that e-cigarettes were 95% safer than "traditional" cigarettes, and that they can actually help tackle tobacco smoking.

Its with this in mind the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has decided to allow patients staff and visitors to use e-cigarettes outside its buildings.

Legacy continues for fundraiser Sophie

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Twelve-year-old Sophie Robinson touched a lot of people's hearts when she helped raise £35,000 for the QMC's brain tumour research centre.

Since her death in January her family have continued to raise another £15,000 which has paid for two caravans that will be adapted for children with mobility issues.

Middlesex and Notts draw rain-hit match

BBC Sport

Notts got their second draw of this season as rain stopped play for the final two days.

Rain at Lord's
Mitchell Gunn

Travel: Delays on A60 in Papplewick

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A60 Mansfield Road, Papplewick near the roadworks at the Forest Lane junction.

Hospital trust says e-cigs help people give up tobacco

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The hospital trust that runs the QMC and City Hospital says it has lifted the ban in light of evidence that e-cigarettes can help people give up tobacco.

People will now be able to use e-cigarettes outside hospital buildings, but still not inside.


Dr Stephen Fowlie, medical director at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We have a duty to help our patients and staff make healthy life choices, and can’t ignore the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy."

Hospitals lift e-cigs ban

East Midlands Today

In a big u-turn for Nottingham's hospitals, you are now allowed to smoke your e-cigarette outside their buildings.

The QMC and City hospitals placed a complete ban on people smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes on their grounds, but has now decided not to be quite so strict. 

QMC Smoking

Labour united on EU says Johnson

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

The Labour In For Britain bus has rolled into the University of Nottingham with Alan Johnson and Gloria de Piero.

Mr Johnson has told the uni: "We're perhaps not united on every issue in Labour, but we are on the EU."

Labour In For Britain

Justice Secretary Michael Gove visited Nottingham as he launched the Vote Leave campaign last month.

More than 40 children found skipping school

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Throughout the day 43 children were stopped by the police and community support officers suspected of being truant from school.

Of these children, 23 of them were in Bulwell.


The city council said the children would now be investigated to see if any action needed to be taken.

Cricket called off and match drawn

BBC Nottingham Sport

The rain has returned and the umpires have confirmed that there will be no play at Lord's today. 

This means the match has been drawn. Nottinghamshire take 10 points and Middlesex take nine.

Council cracking down on truants

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The city council and police have started a week-long campaign to clampdown on truancy.

BBC Radio Nottingham went along yesterday to see how the team were looking for children bunking off school.


In just 30 minutes with them, the reporter saw three suspected truants being spoken to.

Your views: Who should take over at Meadow Lane?


On Facebook, we've been looking at the managers in the running to take charge of Notts County.

Fred Wright posted: "Steve Cotterill just the man for me."

Mobile unit was not used enough says NHS

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

NHS England said the contract value of the mobile dentist unit for the last year was £580,000 but it was being "under utilised". 

The unit was used to visit health centres, schools and nurseries in areas with the lowest up take for dental care and also visited traveller sites, homeless charities and prostitute outreach workers.


Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Scrapping dentist unit is 'bad decision' says MP

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottingham North MP, Graham Allen, spoke to BBC Radio Nottingham this morning and said getting rid of the dentist unit was "a bad decision".

He said the number of children in his constituency with tooth decay was "frightening" and it was something everyone needed to work to address.

MP Graham Allen

Mr Allen said that while the unit had great facilities, more needed to be done on the ground to promote it and encourage people to use it.

Inspection to come at Lord's

BBC Nottingham Sport

There will be an inspection about the prospects of play at Lord’s at 13:30.

We'll keep you posted on what the umpires decide.

Weather: Showers to continue

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The showery theme continues with rain on and off throughout the afternoon.

Some heavier downpours are possible with thunder also a risk. Highs of 18C (64F).


Who's favourite to take Magpies job?

BBC Nottingham Sport

As Notts County look for a new manager we've taken a look at the favourite five with bookmakers to take on the vacant role.

They include Paul Hurst at 1/4, Paul Cox at 13/2 and Malky Mackay at 8/1

Head to our Facebook page to see the full video

Men due in court next month over football fight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The men, aged between 19 and 27, are alleged to have played a part in a huge fight at The Major Oak pub in Pelham Street, Nottingham on 19 March.

They were all arrested at addresses in Nottingham and Derbyshire and will appear before magistrates on 9 June.

The Major Oak

Want to star in a Nottingham tourist film?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A Nottingham filmmaker is putting together a short tourist film and is looking for extras to take part.

He will be filming at locations around the city including the Galleries of Justice and Wollaton Hall on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Galleries of Justice

Anyone who wants to take part can email

Men charged over football fight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you yesterday about 17 Forest and Notts fans who had been arrested over a mass brawl that happened in the city centre in March.

Police have now charged all 17 of the men. 

Football arrests
Nottinghamshire Police

The force said an 18th man - an 18-year-old who was arrested later on Tuesday - was bailed pending further enquiries.  

Children registered with own dentists

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

NHS England said it was scrapping Nottingham's dentist unit because there were enough NHS dentists available for people to access.

The unit would visit schools, nurseries and community groups in areas where dental health was known to be bad.

Parents at Glenbrook Primary School where the unit visited said their children used it but many are also registered with their own dentists.

Covers are on at Lord's

We spoke too soon. The start to play has been delayed because of rain

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Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A mobile dentist unit in Nottnigham is being scrapped this summer because it is no longer cost effective, according to NHS England
  • Two men are being hunted by police after a 21-year-old was stabbed in his car in Radford last night
  • Rain has just stopped play on day four of the County Championship at Lord's between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire

Poor light at Lord's

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

Plans are still continuing to start on time at 11:00 at Lord's but light is not great and will have to improve considerably. 


Cricket: How would computer selection work?

BBC Sport

Earlier this week, BBC Sport gave a more detailed explanation of how the computer selection will work and spoke to England team director, Andrew Strauss, about it.

Dentist unit to be scrapped

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you've ever used Nottingham's mobile dentist unit, then this summer will be the last time you see it.

The unit was launched in 2013 to help tackle the city's poor dental health - after it was found more than 35% of five-year-olds had some form of tooth decay.


But now NHS England, which commissioned the bus, says poor uptake of the service meant it didn't represent good value for money.

Patel supports computer selection

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel has welcomed news of a new 'North v South' one-day series which will feature players picked by a computer programme.

The first series will take place in Abu Dhabi next March with five players in each team being picked on stats alone, using the Most Valued Player ratings formula, rather than the hunch of a selector. 

Samit Patel
Getty Images

Patel, whose MVP stats are better than anyone's, said: "Gearing up to the 2019 World Cup, which I want to play in, it's a massive incentive that if you play well then you'll have a chance to show your worth."  

Blood and glass all over pavement

Nottingham Post

Witnesses to the Ilkeston Road stabbing told the Nottingham Post they saw a lot of blood and shattered glass on the pavement outside the off-licence following the assault.

Cricket: Play due to start at 11:00

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

The final day of Nottinghamshire's County Championship match against Middlesex at Lord's should get under way at 11:00 - although more rain is forecast - with a draw looking likely.

There was no play at all yesterday with Middlesex remaining on 203-3, in reply to the Nottinghamshire total of 354. 

Travel: Traffic lights fail in city centre

BBC Travel

There's more traffic lights that aren't working this morning. Lights have also failed at the junction of Talbot Street and Clarendon Street in Nottingham.