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  1. Updates for Wednesday 31 August 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Dave Wade

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That's the end of today's Local Live updates. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather at 08:00 on Thursday.

Weather: Clear skies

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Staying dry and bright into the evening. 

Remaining dry overnight with light winds and clear skies. 


It will be a cooler night with temperatures falling to a minimum of 10C (50F).

Watch: New bridge built over railway line

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Network Rail replaced a bridge over the Robin Hood line in Hucknall over the weekend...

Certainly looks easier in fast forward!

City centre 'violent, dangerous, druggy place'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

One person who agrees with the uSwitch survey that said Nottingham was one of the worst places in the UK to raise a family is Janice Thomas who got in touch via email...

Let us know your thoughts.  

Adam Murray

Mansfield manager Adam Murray tells players to "stay out of tackles" during Tuesday's defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy.

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CCTV: Man pulls gun during street robbery

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Watch the moment a man pulls out what appears to be a gun to threaten a man in Bulwell.

The man later steals the contents of the victim's wallet, police said.

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The firearm was also used to assault another man, causing minor injuries.

The footage is from CCTV cameras outside the Londis store in Highbury Road at about 00:15 on Saturday 30 July.

Travel: M1 lanes reopen

BBC Travel

There are still queues between junctions 24A and 25 northbound because of the earlier accident but all lanes have been reopened.

Congestion is back to junction 23.

Stags boss: EFL Trophy 'a pain in backside'

BBC Nottingham Sport

Mansfield Town may be forced into the transfer market after losing Jamie McGuire (pictured) and Kyle Howkins to injury during their 2-0 EFL Trophy defeat by Doncaster. 

Manager Adam Murray described the competition as a "pain in the backside".

Jamie McGuire
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M1 crash: Lanes 'to reopen at 17:00'

Transfer deadline day: Forest sign Porto striker

BBC Nottingham Sport

Travel: Long tailbacks on M1

BBC Travel

Here's the view from one of the cameras above the M1 close to Sawley Marina right now.

Two lanes have been closed because of an accident on the northbound stretch between junctions 24A and 25.

M1 traffic
Highways England

Travel: M1 lanes closed for 'incident'

Transfer deadline day: Walker to Stevenage

BBC Nottingham Sport

Forest striker Tyler Walker joins Stevenage on loan for the rest of the season.

Tyler Walker

Your pictures: Canal bowls, anyone?

BBC Weather Watchers

The water at Eastwood Lock looking like a bowling green today...

eastwood lock
Steve A

Weather Watcher Steve A says duckweed is taking over the Erewash Canal.

Forest Rec sex assault claim 'false'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An allegation of a sexual assault on the Forest Rec in Nottingham earlier this month was false, Nottinghamshire Police has said.

The force said it carried out an in-depth investigation into the alleged attack in the early hours of 20 August.

The woman who reported it "has been spoken with and dealt with appropriately", the force said on its website.

Hales: Special day for cricket

No East Mids towns in family top 10

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There aren't any East Midlands towns in the top 10 areas to raise a family - the number one spot is Hertfordshire.

However down the bottom of the table, we're joined by Leicester at number 137.

Tashema Jackson, from uSwitch, which produced the survey, said: "For many consumers, the prospect of increased uncertainty in the run-up to Brexit may be a turning point, leading us to re-evaluate both how we manage our household budgets and how we provide stability for our families in the future."

Nottingham 'sixth worst place for families'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottingham is one of the worst places in the UK to raise a family, according to a new survey.

The city ranked 133 out of 138 local authority areas in a survey by uSwitch.


The results were based on things like employment, primary schools, access to GPs and council tax - all considered important to family life.  

Do you agree...? Let us know via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Travel: A608 lane closed

BBC Travel

One lane of the A608 Mansfield Road is closed in both directions in Underwood between junction 27 of the M1 and Sandhill Road because of barrier repairs.

Travel: M1 lane closed

BBC Travel

One lane of the M1 southbound is closed between junctions 29 and 28 because of a broken down vehicle.

Everard 'affectionate' to club, city and people

BBC Nottingham Sport

Here's what Matt Everard had to say about his new role:

"Nottingham as a club means a lot to me and I want it to be as successful as possible. 

"I came on loan here when I was 17 and being a local lad I am very affectionate towards the club, city and people."

Matt Everard
Nottingham Rugby

Rugby: Everard named captain

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Rugby have announced that back rower Matt Everard is the club’s new captain.

The 25 year-old former Wasps and Leicester Tigers forward made his Nottingham debut for the club as an 18-year-old loanee, back in February 2010.

He joined the club full-time in 2014.

Matt Everard
Nottingham Rugby

Spate of VW thefts

West Bridgford Wire

Overnight on Saturday 27 August into Sunday 28 August, three VW vehicles were attacked in Ruddington and the centre consoles and entertainment systems were stolen from them.

'Show us what Brexit looks like'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Prime Minister Theresa May is chairing the first meeting of her cabinet since the summer break as she looks to set the course for guiding Britain out of the European Union. 

Ms Soubry told BBC Radio Nottingham this morning it's vital that the government works to maintain the strongest possible trade links with the EU:  

brexit talks

"Knowing Theresa May they will be coming out with all sorts of positive things, they will give us an idea of what the timetable is going to look like and also progress that's been made," she said.

"And what Brexit looks like, that's what we need from these Brexiteers now."

Up to 'Three Brexiteers' now - Soubry

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Former business minister and Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry says it's now up to "The Three Brexiteers" to deliver the best deal for the British people.

"Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis - these are the people that have to show us the progress they have made, what Brexit is beginning to look like, what successes, difficulties or failures they have had," she said.

Anna Soubry

Ms Soubry, who was a Remain campaigner, said she did not accept the British people had voted for a cut in immigration or curbs on the right of EU citizens to live and work in the UK and more debate was needed.

Travel: Lights out in Basford

Brexit 'won't stop air zone plan'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There had been some speculation plans for the zone had been shelved in the wake of the Brexit vote in June. 

But the government's told Nottingham City Council it intends to go ahead with the zones anyway. 

car exhaust
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Vehicles could be charged to enter city

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Driving in Nottingham can, at times, be a bit of a nightmare but did you ever stop to think about how polluted all those vehicles are making the air?

Well the city's one of five that could be introducing a clean air zone in response to EU rules around nitrogen dioxide emissions. 


It's likely to mean taxis, coaches, lorries and some buses would be charged for driving in the city centre.  

Maid Marian wants cancer resting room as wedding gift

Nottingham Post

Nottingham's Robin Hood and Maid Marian will tie the knot next month but the couple - who have proudly represented the city through thick and thin - have not asked for wedding gifts.

robin hood maid marian

Instead, an appeal has been launched for donations towards the £5,000 cost of creating a relaxing place for Maid Marian, real name Dr Sally Chappell, who has incurable breast cancer.  

Fraud couple 'have lost their reputation'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Ibrahim was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, while Mrs Yasin was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.

The £97,000 was seized by the HMRC and confiscation proceedings are under way to recover the proceeds of their crimes.


Stuart Taylor, from HMRC, said: “Mohammed was a respected restaurant owner but went to great lengths to steal the VAT that should have been paid over to HMRC to help fund vital public services.

"At the same time Ruksana claimed to be a single parent, living alone, in order to get her hands on a five-figure sum she wasn’t entitled to.

“The couple committed fraud to fund a lifestyle beyond their legitimate income but now they have lost their reputation."

'You let greed intervene in your life' - judge

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Rukhsana Kuhsar Yasin, who worked at New College Nottingham as a support worker, claimed she was living as a single parent working more than 16 hours a week and often inflating her childcare costs, to claim £53,000 in tax credits she wasn't entitled to.

The judge at Nottingham Crown Court told her: “You too allowed greed to intervene in your life.”

Rukhsana Kuhsar Yasin

Restaurant owner 'incompetent' and 'dishonest'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Ibrahim told HMRC inspectors that most customers paid by card but when he was asked for the till code, he said he didn’t know it. 

When inspectors returned a couple of days later, they found the till memory had been wiped and had to get details of bank accounts to work out how much had been paid by customers.

Some £97,000 in cash was found at the couple's home in Melbury Road, Woodthorpe, which has now been seized.


Judge, Stuart Rafferty, told Mr Ibrahim: “Here was a business that had real prospects of succeeding, but it all came to nothing because of your incompetence and, let it be said, your dishonesty.”

VAT fraud restaurant owner: 'We're making no excuses'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

More now on yesterday's sentencing of a Nottingham restaurant owner and his wife for tax fraud.

Mohammed Ibrahim, who ran Chutney in Maid Marian Way, evaded around £150,000 in VAT and his wife Rukhsana Yasin fraudulently claimed more than £53,000 in working tax credits.

Mohammed Ibrahim

Mr Ibrahim said outside court: "We'd like to thank the HMRC for being co-operative in helping us

"There's always a reason why taxes haven't been paid but we're making no excuses."

Two new signings for Forest

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Forest have signed two players and more could be set to arrive on deadline-day. 

The Reds have signed Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol (pictured) on a two-year-contract and striker Nicolao Dumitru has joined on a season-long loan from Napoli.

Mustapha Carayol
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Pool to close for season on Sunday

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The city council has apologised for the closure of the paddling pool.

The last time it happened was six weeks ago at the start of the summer holidays because of a leak.

It also closed two years ago during a May heatwave.

paddling pool

It closes until next year on Sunday.

Notts battle relegation

BBC Nottingham Sport

Meanwhile Nottinghamshire continue their fight against relegation from the County Championship today.

They're away at Durham...

Cricket: Hales hits record ODI score

BBC Nottingham Sport

Just in case you missed this yesterday... Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales hit a record 171 for England in their world record 444-3 at Trent Bridge as they hammered Pakistan by 169 runs.

It's the highest ever one-day score for an Englishman.

Alex Hales
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Pool open for last day of summer hols

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Many disappointed families flocked to the Embankment yesterday especially to take a dip in the water.

Temperatures soared to around 24C - ideal conditions for a dip.


It looks like today's almost as hot so if you want to get down there, you'd better hurry - there's only a day until the kids go back to school!  

Embankment paddling pool to reopen

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Some good news to start the day this morning - the paddling pool at Nottingham's Victoria Embankment should reopen this afternoon after being closed temporarily yesterday for a second time this summer. 

The city council said the drainage system had become blocked but is hopeful the problem can be fixed by lunchtime today. 

Embankment paddling pool

Weather for the East Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

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