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  1. Updates for Thursday 7 July 2016
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Weather: Chance of showers

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

There is the small chance of a light shower creeping in this evening but most will stay dry but fairly cloudy for the rest of the day. 

Staying dry for most of the night, too, with some clear spells but there is the risk of some heavy rain pushing in very briefly into the early hours of the morning. 


It will be a muggy night with a minimum of 12C (54F).  

Cricket: Read in T20 squad

BBC Nottingham Sport

Keeper Chris Read is back from injury and included in the Notts squad for tomorrow's T20 Blast match at Northants.

Chris Read
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Ex-council flats line coffers of private landlords

Mansfield Chad

Figures reveal almost half of all state-owned flats sold under the right-to-buy scheme in Ashfield and Mansfield have ended up in the private rented market.

Glenfield heart surgery decision 'will affect whole region'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The decision to stop children's heart surgery at Leicester's Glenfield hospital will impact on the whole East Midlands, according to a professor of paediatric cardiac surgery at a children's hospital in New York . 

Until last year Giles Peek was based at Glenfield Hospital as head of service at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre.


He says: "I think this is going to be almost a death now for paediatric service in the whole of the East Midlands. 

"The services at Glenfield support specialist paediatric services at the [Leicester] Royal Infirmary and in all hospitals in the East Midlands."

Lawnmower engine found in sewer

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If you're having an early dinner, maybe don't click play on this just yet...

Severn Trent say the sewer network gets blocked up because people are flushing away what they shouldn't - like wet wipes and nappies. 

So, they've started a campaign to educate the public. Sarah Teale was in Burton Joyce with workers earlier today.

Market Square assault: 'Someone must recognise these men'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Det Insp Amy Styles-Jones, from Nottinghamshire Police, said the victim's injury is "extremely serious".

assault suspect
Nottinghamshire Police

"The image we are releasing today is quite clear and we believe there will be someone who recognises these two men," she said.

"We know there were others present at the time of this assault and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, knows anything about it or who recognises the men pictured, to please get in touch."

Market Square assault: Police release CCTV images

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police want to speak to two men in connection with an assault near Nottingham's Old Market Square last night.

They have also released more details about what happened.

suspect in assualt
Nottinghamshire Police

The victim - a 24-year-old man - was punched in the head by a man in three-quarter length trousers and no top just outside the Five Guys restaurant in Long Row at about 22:45.

He remains in hospital with what police are calling "potentially life-altering" injuries.

HS2 plans move step closer

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

HS2. Remember that?

Well plans to build the high speed rail line, which is set to call at Toton, have moved a step closer.

An agreement's been reached on where a station will be built in South Yorkshire. 


It's believed the government could now publish a formal route as early as this year.  

On the lookout for owl number 1,000

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Meet barn owl chick number 999!

The Rushcliffe Barn Owl Project started in 2000 and any day now they will be ringing chick 1,000.

Howard Broughton is pictured here with 999. He said it shouldn't be long before they reach their milestone.

Howard Broughton and chick 999
Rushcliffe Barn Owl Project

The project has successfully increased the number of barn owls in Rushcliffe.

Mess in Iraq 'US's fault, not UK's'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Aljeburim went on to say thousands of Iraqis, like him, are studying in the UK today, paid for by the current Iraqi government.

"The bad situation in Iraq now is not Blair's fault, it's America's fault, because they left Iraq messed up and left it to be ruled by thieves and terrorists," he said.

"They installed a sectarian government who are bad and terrible, but not at bad as Saddam Hussein."


Sir John Chilcot's inquiry into the 2003 war, which was strongly critical of Mr Blair's government and UK military chiefs, has dominated today's news.  

Nottingham Iraqi: 'Blair should be honoured'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Our colleagues at BBC World have been speaking to Iraqis about how they feel following the Chilcot Report, published yesterday.

Tariq Aljeburim was a 21-year-old student in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Now he's studying for a Phd here in Nottingham and thinks Tony Blair should "be honoured" for his decision to go to war 13 years ago.

Tariq Aljeburim
Tariq Aljeburim

"For those people who are blaming Blair, have they forgotten that Saddam once killed thousands of Shia Muslims in one week in 1991?" he said.

Travel: Clifton A52 delays

BBC Travel

There's heavier than usual traffic on the A52 Clifton Boulevard westbound between Nottingham Knight and Silverdale islands.

Gardening 'should be on NHS'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Rachael, who we told you about earlier, is even calling for gardening to be prescribed on the NHS and for hospitals to have gardens for patients to work in.

Rachael Whittaker
Rachael Whittaker

She said: "Gardening is the most forward-looking hobby - everything you do is about looking forward, nurturing things, making things grow keeping things healthy

"It almost comes back up through your skin and makes you feel like you're healthy and it can give you some real energy."

City centre assault: Cordon remains in place

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A cordon is still in place after an assault on a man in Nottingham last night.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident in Long Row, in which a man was seriously injured, to contact them.

old mkt sq

Travel: M1 lanes reopen

'Gardening helped my cancer recovery'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Now here's a lovely story...

A woman from Nottingham says her love of gardening has helped her to get back on track after being diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Rachael Whittaker from Wollaton has since set up her own gardening business.

Rachael Whittaker
Rachael Whittaker

She says although it's no replacement for conventional treatment it can give a huge boost.  

Cricket: Three Notts players in England side

BBC Nottingham Sport

Jake Ball, Stuart Broad and Alex Hales have all been named in the England squad for the first Test against Pakistan.

Stuart Broad
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Have you seen missing teen?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Rehanna Boughalem, 15, from Daybrook has not been seen since 18:50 on Tuesday.

Police say they're concerned for her welfare and want people to get in touch if they know where she is.

Rehann Boughalem
Nottinghamshire Police

She was last seen wearing a cropped green/khaki top, black jeans and a black jacket with brown tan shoes, and gold hooped earrings.

She might be in the city centre, Radford or St Ann's, police said.

City MP's fears over education post-Brexit

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Many of Nottingham South MP Lillian Greenwood's constituents are students at Nottingham University who voted overwhelmingly to remain.

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Travel: M1 spillage update

Handful of post Brexit hate crimes in Retford

Retford Times

Retford police have been informed of a small number of hate incidents in the town following the EU referendum.

Show of support for Imogen 'overwhelming'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

About 30,000 messages of support have been left in support of Mrs Skirving on Facebook, Mr Huskinson said.

He said it was "overwhelming" and has really helped the family deal with her death.

Langar Hall Facebook post
Langar Hall / Facebook

"It’s unbelievable; it makes our hairs stand up on the back of our necks," he said.

“I look back on it and I think Imogen has had such a fantastic life in the people she’s met and the way she enjoyed life.”

Sports Direct profits hurt by negative publicity

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Sports Direct has posted a 15% drop in annual profit, blaming negative publicity about its working practices and tough conditions on the high street.

The company, based near Mansfield, said current political uncertainty after Brexit was likely to be affecting consumer confidence.

Sports Direct
Getty Images

The retailer was savagely criticised for the way it treated its staff, including paying below minimum wage.

Boss Mike Ashley appeared before MPs to answer their concerns.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are today's top stories for Nottinghamshire:

  • Nottingham secondary academy trust is one of lowest performing in country
  • Crowdfunding bid launched to pay for a popular Nottingham busker's new teeth
  • Cricket: Jake Ball hoping for England call-up

Cricket: Ball awaits Test squad announcement

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

The England squad will be announced today for the first Test against Pakistan next week and Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball is hoping to be included. 

Ball was in the squad for the three Tests against Sri Lanka but never played. 

Jake Ball
Getty Images

However, he may get a chance to make his debut this time as Jimmy Anderson is struggling with injury. 

Ball said: "It would be very special. If it comes around this time it will be extra special for it be at Lord's."

Imogen Skirving body to return

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The body of the Langar Hall owner Imogen Skirving who died after being hit by a car in Menorca last week is to be repatriated today, her family has said.

Imogen Skirving

Her nephew William Huskinson said Imogen's daughter Louise, who was also injured, has now been discharged from hospital.

“It’s the mental scarring that’s really causing her anger and hate. [She's] just started to be able to walk but has a lot of swelling around her feet and ankles, but she is healing," he said.

He added that Louise's friend Maggie Hall has a broken right leg and collarbone, head injuries and has lost vision in her left eye. She's still being treated on the Spanish island.

Travel: M1 spillage update

Travel: More M1 problems

This is between junctions 29 and 29a...

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The earlier problems on the southbound side have cleared.

Man seriously injured in city centre assault

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Noticed the police cordon in place in the Old Market Square in Nottingham this morning?

This is why - a man in his 30s suffered a serious head injury in Long Row last night.

Police said were called to a report of an assault about 22:45.

The victim remains at the QMC this morning.

Crowdfunding teeth appeal 'mindblowing'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's what Mogs has had to say about the crowdfunding appeal.

"Humbled, it's really good of them to do it," he said.

"The kindness of strangers and friends... It's mindblowing."


Mogs: 'Half of city knows who he is'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Luckily help is at hand for Mogs as friends have got a plan to find the brass (sorry) to get him tooting again.

Crispin Oakes, who's started the crowdfunding bid, said: "Half of Nottingham knows who he is, I can't see why we shouldn't be able to do it."

"Playing music is his life."

Travel: M1 lane closed

BBC Travel

There's a lane shut southbound between junctions 29 and 28 because of a broken down vehicle.

Mogs 'worried' about having to hang up sax

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If you've ever been shopping in Nottingham, you'll probably have heard Mogs's jazzy tones along Clumber Street or Lister Gate

"My teeth are moving around like crazy, especially at the front," he said, meaning he can't blow the saxophone without it causing him a lot of pain.

Mogs Morgan

A dentist has told him he needs four implants which will set him back £3,000 to 4,000 each.

He says he's "worried" that'll be it for his busking days.

£16k appeal to save busker's teeth

Pip Watts

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Some news with "sax appeal" now, as plans get under way to help one of Nottingham's buskers buy a new set of teeth. 

Mogs Morgan, 65, will have to stop playing his saxophone after 33 years busking because his lower teeth are falling out.

Mogs Morgan

His friends are now starting a crowd-funding appeal to pay the £16,000 dentistry bill.  

Figures based on comparison with local authorities

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The figures produced by the think tank show how the multi-academy trusts with at least five schools compare with the local authority.

They are based on how much pupils have improved, rather than exam results.

Nottignham Academy

Many academies operate as standalone schools, so these are not included in the rankings, which compare multi-academy trusts.  

Roy Perry, chairman of the Local Government Association's children and young people board, said: "Councils have long been highlighting the fact that school structures are not a magic bullet to improve education, and what really matters is outstanding teaching and strong leadership."

City academy trust among worst in country

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

First this morning, Nottingham has the the third worst performing secondary academy trust in the country.

The news comes after researchers found academy trusts are no better than local authorities at raising schools standards.


The Local Government Association said it showed academies were no "magic bullet" for improving schools.

The Education Policy Institute think tank has produced a league table of academy trusts and councils in England, with Nottingham placing 172nd out of 174.

Weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Here's how it's looking today...

Travel: A52 roadworks

BBC Travel

Those roadworks at Elton on the A52 are causing delays again this morning.