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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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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: Cloudy and damp tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and damp night with further patchy rain or drizzle.

However, this rain will ease by dawn and it will be a milder night than of late due to the cloud cover.


Minimum temperature 9C (48F).

Forest release three players

BBC Nottingham Sport

Kelvin Wilson, Robert Tesche and Chris Burke have all been released by Nottingham Forest.

Andy Reid is said to be "in negotiations with the club to prolong his stay" at the Reds.

Firefighters to offer training to volunteer fire crews

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The fire engines going to Croatia are no longer used by our fire and rescue service and will head off on their 1,200 mile journey tomorrow.

Once there watch manager Kevin Ruane said they would also be giving the fire crews there, largely made up of volunteers, some advanced training.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

  • A former Nottinghamshire detective will have to wait longer to find out whether he can return to work after he was sacked following a false conviction for rape
  • An Arnold school which was closed today because of a "strong smell" says it will be open as usual tomorrow
  • Oldham deny they have received any approaches for John Sheridan despite reports he was going to be appointed as Notts County boss 

Homes hit by power cut caused by firearm

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Western Power Distribution says a firearm being fired at their substation in New Balderton near Newark caused power cuts last Wednesday, and two others this week.

It affected homes in Bingham, Hawton, Caythorpe, Sibthorpe and Bottesford.

A spokeswoman from Nottinghamshire Police said they were investigating how the damage was caused and who was responsible.

Engines donated to Croatia

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

These two fire engines are heading off to Croatia tomorrow. 

They're being donated by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to a small rural community that doesn't get funding to tackle their local fires.

Fire engines

Watch manager Kevin Ruane will be one of those who will be driving the vehicles over.

"The community in Croatia don't get the same amount of funding (because they are rural) so these machines will be used for another 20 years in saving lives."

Ilkeston pub and nightclub building goes under hammer

Nottingham Post

The Old Wine Vaults in Ilkeston, which has been empty for several years after its licence was revoked in the late 2000s, has gone up for auction.

Arnold school reopens after smell issue

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Killisick Junior School in Arnold which was closed today because of a "strong smell" has told parents it will be open again tomorrow.

A statement from the school on their website said: "This morning there was a very strong smell that was associated with blocked drains, a similar smell was reported by Pinewood staff and parents. 

"This has been fully investigated and rectified."

New Forest kit revealed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The new Forest home kit for next season has been revealed today.

What do you think?

Nottingham Forest home season kit
Nottingham Forest

Wait expected to continue for sacked detective

Simon Hare

BBC East Midlands Today

Last year a police appeal tribunal ruled Trevor Gray's case should not be reheard but his legal team are arguing that decision was unlawful and a judicial review into the matter is being held in Birmingham today.

The hearing is expected to last the rest of the day but the judge has warned he may not give his ruling until a later date.

Cricket: Another 128 needed for a win

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts 177-5 with Samit Patel 46* and Dan Christian 1*. 

A further 128 are needed for Nottinghamshire to win in the final session.

Former police detective in court to return to work

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Trevor Gray, a former Nottinghamshire Police detective who was wrongly convicted of rape, has been back in court today to try and overturn a decision by the force to sack him.

Despite serving 14 months in prison before his conviction was quashed, Mr Gray has still not returned to work.

Trevor Gray

Police expected to open A52 'shortly'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The A52 is still closed in Bottesford, Leicestershire, but police say the road is "expected to open shortly". 

Speaker tells MPs to follow Ken's lead

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's how you calm down a noisy House of Commons.

Over to you Mr Speaker...

Motorcyclist dies after A52 crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's been confirmed that a motorcyclist has died after the collision on the A52 this morning.

Leicestershire Police, who are investigating, said the man had died at the scene.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and is currently in police custody.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Be more like Ken Clarke said PMQs Speaker

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

At Prime Minister's Questions earlier there was a bit of calming down as the speaker urged MPs to be like Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke 'always sitting calm and in a statesmanlike manner'.

Several people called emergency services over A52 crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

East Midlands Ambulance Service says it was called to the crash just after 08:30 this morning when they received several 999 calls.

The air ambulance was also called out.

Oldham deny Sheridan Notts County move

BBC Sport

It looks like there's some confusion over whether John Sheridan will take over at Notts County.

We've been telling you that 51-year-old Sheridan was expected to be appointed at the new Magpies boss in the next few days.

But now Oldham say they have not received an approach for him.

A52 remains closed after serious crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This is the scene of the crash on the A52 between a car and a motorcycle.

The section of road is closed between the A46 at Saxondale, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, and the A1 at Barrowby, near Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

A52 crash

Police are advising drivers to avoid the area.

Cruise firm gives 'gesture of goodwill' after outbreak

BBC Radio Nottingham

In a statement, a representative from Fred Olsen said they had given compensation measures to any guests affected by the outbreak and also "agreed a further gesture of goodwill in recognition of any loss of enjoyment and amenities to guests."  

The firm said it has undertaken extensive sanitisation and cleaning of the ship.

Fred Olsen cruise ship
Fred Olsen

Cruise couple describe Norovirus quaratine

BBC Radio Nottingham

A Nottinghamshire couple are urging a cruise company to do more to compensate passengers caught up in a Norovirus outbreak on one of its ships.

Gillian Frith and Peter Downing were on the Fred Olsen Balmoral cruise liner to Bermuda, when their dream holiday turned into a disaster. 

Gillian Firth and Peter Downing

Gillian became ill along with hundreds of other passengers and they had to be quarantined on board for three days - but they've said the compensation didn't go far enough.  

Notts County 'set to appoint' Sheridan

BBC Sport

John Sheridan was linked to Notts County in January before Jamie Fullarton was appointed but he moved to Oldham instead.

John Sheridan
Pete Norton

The 51-year-old previously worked with the Magpies chief executive Jason Turner, who was appointed in March, at their former club Newport County.  

Drink changes colour of cancer cells

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nurosurgeon Stuart Smith, from the University of Nottingham, says a pink drink they are using to help treat patients, changes the colour of cancer cells, making it easier for surgeons to remove them.

"There's an immediate benefit for patients," he said.

"By using these techniques we are able to identify areas or tumour that might not have been visible to the naked eye so we are able to remove a greater proportion of the tumour, which is beneficial for patients and prolongs survival."

Surgeons using 'pink drink' to detect tumours

Grace Nathan

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

I've been down to visit researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham.

They're getting funding from the Brain Tumour charity to help carry out research.

Stuart Smith

Neurosurgeon Stuart Smith has already been using a "pink drink" in his operations, which involves patients drinking the liquid about six hours before an operation to make the cancerous cells easier to identify.

Cricket: Declaration from Hants

BBC Nottingham Sport

Hampshire have declared on 233-9, so Nottinghamshire will need 305 in 86 overs to win.

New signing for Nottingham Rugby

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Rugby have signed Tom Holmes from Championship rivals Rotherham Titans, where he also captained the South Yorkshire side.

The 6'5" lock could be seen as a shrewd replacement for last season’s Nottingham captain Dan Montagu, who has announced he will not be returning for the new season.

Tom Holmes
Rotherham Titans

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • An Arnold junior school has been closed today because of a "strong smell" which the school said could have been caused by a drainage issue
  • A serious crash between a car and a motorbike has closed a large part of the A52 this morning
  • Notts County are set to appoint Oldham boss John Sheridan as their new manager in the coming days

Travel: Large part of A52 closed

Highways England has tweeted a picture of the a map to show the area closed on the A52 this morning.

It's expected to stay closed into early afternoon.

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Your views: New Magpies boss is 'another dinosaur'


Some of you have been giving your thoughts on the news that Notts County are expected to appoint John Sheridan in the coming days.

On our Facebook page, Richard Thornton, wrote: "Another dinosaur. This is why Notts County are in the mess they are. A chairman with no vision for the future and continuing to employ all the has beens."

undefinedKarl Bainbridge said: "So he's gonna cost a lot more as he's under contract at Oldham. Trew must have money to burn."

City to take on Nottingham's parking tax

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottingham was the first city in the UK to bring in a Workplace Parking Levy four years ago, where firms with 10 spaces or more pay £375 a year for each space, and now Cambridge is considering doing the same. 

Council leaders and businesses have put forward an eight point plan to tackle congestion in the university city, with the levy being one of the options.

Nottingham Workplace Parking Levy

In Nottingham, the money generated has helped pay for the tram extension, as well as other public transport projects like electric buses and if adopted in Cambridge, the tax could generate £11m a year.  

New website documents John Players history

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

new website dedicated to recording the history of the tobacco industry in Nottingham was launched at the John Players talk yesterday.  

Daniel O'Neill who's behind it said there was a big change in attitudes towards smoking and health in the 1950s.

John Players talk

Mr O'Neill said it was "really interesting" to see how the way the company advertised its products also changed over the years.  

Travel: A52 to stay closed 'for some time'

Ball's England call-up will benefit others, says coach

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire's bowling coach Andy Pick believes Jake Ball's call up to the England squad will benefit other young players at Trent Bridge.

Pick said: “We can hold Jake up as a prime example of somebody who has worked really hard and got his reward, and it also means they get a bit more opportunity because the overs that Jake would be bowling will go to someone else.”