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  1. Updates for Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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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: Damp and mild night ahead

The rain and drizzle is heading our way making it a damp evening.

This will clear by midnight though leaving a dry and mild night with clear spells with minimum temperatures at just 13C (55F).


Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Hundreds of untested drugs have been seized by Nottinghamshire trading standards officers in the last year
  • Production ends tonight at the Imperial Tobacco factory in Lenton, marking the end of a 140-year industry in Nottingham
  • Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read has extended his contract until the end of next season

Travel: Accident on A52

BBC Travel

An accident on the A52 Brian Clough Way eastbound is causing tailbacks this afternoon. Recovery work is taking place.

Sale and use of 'new drugs' banned in Mansfield

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

In June Mansfield District Council is introducing a Public Space Protection Order which means the use and sale of 'new drugs' such as psychoactive substances (NPSs) and 'legal highs' will be banned in Mansfield. 

Man jailed over machete and drugs posession

A man who was found in a Nottingham street with a machete and two wraps of heroin has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Police said Luke Bradshaw, 25, from Bulwell caught the eye of officers when he was acting suspiciously before getting a taxi in Spruce Gardens, Nottingham. 

Luke Bradshaw
Nottinghamshire Police

When police later searched his house they also found a stun gun.

New laws criminalise 'legal highs'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

From 26 May new laws come into force that will criminalise the production, distribution, sale and supply of psychoactive substances or 'legal highs' as they are commonly known.

From then, offenders could face up to seven years in prison. 

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of the county council's community safety committee said: "We are concerned that people are putting their lives at risk by consuming these untested chemicals that unscrupulous traders continue to sell.”

Travel: Delays on M1

BBC Travel

If you're heading out of Nottinghamshire northbound on the M1, beware there are some long delays this afternoon between J28 and J29.

Traffic is queueing back to J27 (A608 Hucknall).

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • The county council's trading standards team say they have seized more than 900 untested drugs in the last year
  • Permission has been granted for hundreds of homes to built on the former Gedling Colliery site
  • Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales is still in action for England and has reached 71-not out - his Test best 

Hundreds of untested 'legal highs' seized

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

These are just some of the psychoactive substances (NPSs) or "legal highs" seized by Nottinghamshire County Council's trading standards last year.

In total, officers seized more than 900 untested drugs.

Legal Highs
Nottinghamshire County Council

With names like "Go-Caine", "Herbal Haze" and "Atomic Bomb" they sound quite friendly, but the council says they have been associated with seizures, kidney damage and even death.

Captain Read extends Notts contract

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read has signed a one-year deal which keeps him at the club until the end of the 2017 season.

The 37-year-old says he's "not thinking about retirement yet".

Chris Read
Getty Images

Production ends tonight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The last cigarettes will roll off the production line at the Imperial Tobacco factory in Lenton at about 23:30 tonight with the final boxes expected to be packaged by midnight.

Imperial Tobacco

Houses plan includes school and health centre

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The houses at a part of the former Gedling colliery site will link existing residential areas along Arnold Lane to the Gedling Country Park.

Plans for the 33 hectare site also include a new primary school, health centre and shops.

Gedling Colliery
Friends of Gedling Country Park

Hales reaches his best for England

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales has reached a Test best with 65-not out against Sri Lanka.

England 147-5

Alex Hales

Record crowds expected for T20 start

BBC Nottingham Sport

Trent Bridge is expecting a crowd in excess of 10,000 for tomorrow's Notts Outlaws Twenty20 match against the Birmingham Bears.

New homes plan for Gedling pit

BBC Radio Nottingham

More than 1,000 new homes are set to be built on part of the former Gedling pit site after planning permission was granted for the first phase of development.

The Chase Farm site, which backs onto Gedling Country Park, has long been earmarked for development and now there will be 506 new homes built there, with 500 more to follow at a later stage.

Developers Keepmoat are also pledging £18m for a new road linking Burton Joyce with Mapperley Top and there will be a park and ride - ready for a possible future tram extension. 

Ball could miss out playing tomorrow too

BBC Nottingham Sport

Despite his omission from the England side today, we understand Jake Ball won't play for Notts in the opening T20 Blast match tomorrow night either.

Jake Ball

Pubs saved from demolition or closure

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nine city pubs have been given special protection to stop people from changing their use or demolishing them, after they were nominated by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)

They join 18 others already on the list and are: 

  • The Pheasant Inn, Radford
  • The March Hare, Sneinton
  • The Old Angel, Hockley
  • The Horseshoe Inn, Bulwell
  • The Horse and Groom, Hyson Green
  • Trent Navigation Inn, Lady Bay
  • The Plough, Radford
  • The Rose and Crown, Lenton
  • Three Wheatsheaves, Lenton

T20 Blast set for biggest year yet

BBC Sport

The domestic cricket scene is set to burst into life as the glitz and glamour of the T20 Blast gets under way tomorrow.

Among some of the big names and international stars to look out for during the tournament is Nottinghamshire's Dan Christian.

Dan Christian
Getty Images

The Australian all-rounder was brought in to captain the side during the T20 Blast after James Taylor's early retirement. 

Mavis 'never thought she'd meet anyone special'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This couple have pulled at the heartstrings of everyone in this office today. 

Mavis told BBC Radio Nottingham she never thought she would meet anyone else special after her husband Ivan died.

"God works in mysterious ways," she said.

Latest headlines from Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • The last cigarettes are being made at the Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham today
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council has apologised after it told residents to give travellers in West Bridgford a "wide berth"
  • Dan Christian has been tipped as one of the stars to watch in this year's T20 Blast tournament which begins tomorrow

Travellers move on from West Bridgford site

The travellers that set up camp at Collington Common left the area yesterday.

Rushcliffe Borough Council said it was now working with cleaning teams to restore the site to its original condition.

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Curling brought couple together

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Peter and Mavis went for dinner last night at Peter's daughter's house.

They told Pip Watts from BBC Radio Nottingham they first set eyes on each other when the church organised a curling tournament.

After a few dates and some holidays together, the pair say they are now "official" and spreading their happiness among everyone they meet.

It's never too late for romance

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Next we have a lovely story of people in their 80s and 90s who found love through their church in West Bridgford.

Peter, 92, and Mavis, 84, met last year after they'd both been bereaved and lost their respective wife and husband.

Peter and Mavis

Majority are 'decent people' says travellers' association

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The travellers moved onto the grassland area, known as Collington Common, over the weekend and told the council they intended to stay for a week.

Another group with six caravans has also set up camp this week just off Waterway Street West in The Meadows.

Collington Common

Vicki Botton, chair of East Nottinghamshire Travellers' Association, says the advice from Rushcliffe Borough Council was offensive.

"We are not aliens," she said. "Regardless of whether the sight of them offends some of the public or not, the majority of them are decent people."

Car on fire closes M1 lanes

Firefighters had been tackling a car fire on the hard shoulder of the M1 northbound between J26 (A610) and J27 (A608 Hucknall) 

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Council removes 'wide berth' statement

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ruschliffe Borough Council is in trouble after it told people to give travellers on Collington Common in West Bridgford a "wide berth" earlier this week.

The group of about 10 families set up camp on the site near Asda on Sunday evening.

The council has now removed the statement from its website and said it just wanted to clarify that officials were working with the travellers and that people should respect the encampment and not intervene.

City council slams 'ill-advised' police revamp

We've been telling you this week about plans to for the city and county police divisions to merge into one single division.

Now, the city council leader has spoken out and labelled the move "arrogant" and "ill-advised".

Nottinghamshire Police

 Jon Collins says he thinks the decision could lead to a return to higher crime rates.  

Worker recalls 'happy times' working at Imperial

BBC Radio Nottingham

Janet May Dangerfield, who worked at the Horizon factory after moving there from the Radford factory in the 1970s, said the building was "absolutely stunning". 

Talking about her time working at the factory, she said she always remembered an ultra modern zebra print settee that was in the reception area and the almond slices they made in the restaurant.

"I had happy times there," she said. "I just always thought the factory would be there."

Edwards wants to create 'feel good factor' at Notts

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Notts County defender and coach Mike Edwards is hosting a Notts v Nottingham Forest Legends match on Sunday at Meadow Lane, as part of a community day.

Steve Hodge and Des Walker are among those in the Forest team, while Kevin Pilkington and Mark Draper will play for Notts. 

Mike Edwards

Notts currently don't have a manager, the club is up for sale and they're under a transfer embargo but Edwards hopes his game will create a feel good factor at the club. 

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I know there's a bit of 'not knowing' at the moment but I know that people behind the scenes are pushing to get clarity on the whole situation."  

Difficult future for workers says union

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Chris Needham, regional officer for the GMB union, said the closure of Imperial Tobacco was "significant" for the city.

He said a major motivation for production to be moved to East Germany and Poland was because workers there were paid a lot less.

Chris Needham

He said: "It has been a way of life for these people for a very long time and it is hard to contemplate the future for them."

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • It is the last day of production for the Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council has apologised after it told residents in West Bridgford to give travellers a "wide berth" earlier this week
  • The pressure is on for Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales to perform in England's first Test against Sri Lanka

Hoax calls risking lives

Newark Advertiser

Almost 150 hoax calls from people living in the Newark and Sherwood area have been made to East Midlands Ambulance Service in the last three years, according to figures obtained by the Newark Advertiser.

Your views: 'Sad it's all ending'

Factory made billions of cigarettes

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

At its height, the Horizon factory in Thane Road produced 50bn cigarettes a year.

In 2014 when its closure was announced, it was producing just 17bn a year.

cigarettes Imperial Tobacco

Nobody from Imperial Tobacco has spoken to the BBC today but six years ago, when the Workplace Parking Levy was introduced, Roger Speakman from the firm said they were not making a profit as making cigarettes was expensive and they could be made cheaper elsewhere.

Weather: We might see some sun later

Here's Lucy with a full rundown of today's weather:

Your photos: Sunrise over Misterton

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher Buster9 was up early to catch this beautiful sunrise over Misterton.

Misterton sunrise

Staff to help with 'winding down'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There are still about 70 people who work at the Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham and they will stay on the Lenton site for another 18 months, as part of the "winding down process".

In 2014 when the closure was announced, there were 540 people working there.

Important test for Hales

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

There's an important few weeks ahead for Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales, according to the BBC's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

Hales is in the England team for the first Test against Sri Lanka which begins this morning at Headingley.

But after disappointing in South Africa, Hales need to impress this summer.

Alex Hales

Agnew thinks Hales has this series to establish himself.

He said: "He's a very fine one-day cricketer but the problem is that he tends to bat in the same way in Test cricket."  

Travel: Delays in Lenton