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  1. Updates for Thursday 8 September 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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Our live updates have now ended but we'll be back tomorrow with all your news, travel, weather and sport from 08:00.     

Weather: Chance of some overnight rain

There'll be mostly clear skies at first this evening, though the cloud will return towards the early hours of the morning, bringing the chance of occasional rain with it.

There will also be moderate or fresh southwesterly winds.

Minimum temperature of 15C (59F). 

Notts pints 'most expensive in East Mids'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Buying a beer in Nottinghamshire will set you back more than anywhere else in the region, according to the 2017 Good Pub Guide.

At an average of £3.45 a pint, it's 16p more expensive than in Derbyshire - one of the country's cheapest areas.

It's also cheaper in Leicestershire (£3.40) and Lincolnshire (£3.42).

crown beeston

To cheer you all up, I'll buy whoever can name this Nottinghamshire pub a pint*.

*May not actually happen

'Definitely a relief': Hinds on reaching finals

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's the Notts Paralympian reacting to his impressive swim in the 400m freestyle heat (and his new hairdo)...

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Library to close until next summer

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Bad news for Beeston book buffs.

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Newark MP in favour of more grammar schools

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

While speculation that Theresa May wants to create more grammar schools in the UK is rife, one local MP says he would welcome them in his constituency.

The Conservative MP for Newark tweeted...

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Education secretary Justine Greening insisted the government is not "going back to the past".

Gedling park damage appears to be arson - police

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have said the damage to the King George V park in Gedling "appears to be an act of needless vandalism".

They said they're working with Gedling Borough Council to scour CCTV.

playpark gedling
Jamie Ward

Jamie Ward says joining Burton on loan was an easy choice as he realised he would not be a regular at Nottingham Forest.

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Zero hours contracts 'misunderstood'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

That's the view of Scott Knowles, chief executive at East Midlands Chamber.

"Zero hours contracts provide a flexibility that works for both employers and individuals, particularly now that exclusivity clauses have been removed," he said.

"Much of the negativity surrounding zero hours contracts is based on a misunderstanding of the role they play in creating and protecting jobs. They are a vital part of a successful jobs market."

Zero hours contracts graphic

What do you think? Let me know.

Region has highest proportion of zero hours workers

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The number of people on zero hours contracts has risen - according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

They show the East Midlands had the highest proportion of workers without a guarantee of a minimum number of hours between April and June 2016.

The region had 83,000 people on zero hours contracts, making 3.6% of people in employment. 

Man stacking shelves

Playground destroyed in 'suspicious fire'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If it was deliberate, it beggars belief why someone should want to burn a kids' play set down.

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We should have some more pictures of the damage later.  

Care home firm fined £1.5m over resident death

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The manager of a Mansfield care home has been sentenced for safety breaches after a resident with dementia died there in 2012.

George Chicken, 76, died after falling from a fire escape staircase at Rose Court Lodge.

George Chicken

Amanda Dean was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The firm, which ran the care home, Embrace All Ltd, was fined £1.5m at a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court today.

Mansfield by-election

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There's a by-election in the Yeoman Hill ward of Mansfield District Council today.

It's after the death of Labour councillor Lee Probert in June.

Council chief executive, Bev Smith, tweeted...

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Robin on Marian's cancer diagnosis

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's a lovely story but one that's tinged with sadness.

Instead of wedding presents, Robin and Marian -  or rather Tim Pollard and Sally Chappell - have asked for donations towards a relaxing space for Sally, who has incurable breast cancer.

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Tim Pollard

"We both had a bit of a weep and now we are just carrying on anyway," said Tim.

"We were planning on getting married, so that's what we're doing."

Sheriff of Nottingham wishes Robin and Marian well

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The couple from Beeston are getting married later this month in Buxton, where the guests will include the Pied Piper of Hamelin (seriously).

Even Robin Hood's arch enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, has wished the couple well on their big day.

Jackie Morris
Nottingham City Council

Jackie Morris, who holds the ceremonial role, said: "I'm delighted the legendary love story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, better known locally as Tim and Sally, is going to be celebrated on their wedding day.  

Nottingham's official Robin Hood Tim Pollard and Sally Chappell as Maid Marian

Nottingham's official Robin Hood is to marry Maid Marian after they fell in love while playing the famous couple.

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Taxi driver banned for no insurance

Nottingham Post

A taxi driver has been banned from the roads after carrying out 382 trips without insurance.

Sports Direct AGM summary

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

So, to sum up the events from yesterday's annual general meeting (AGM) at the firm's headquarters in Shirebrook...

  • Chairman Keith Hellawell (below) offered to resign but was asked to stay by investors and Mr Ashley
  • Mr Hellawell said he will leave after next year's AGM if investors vote against him
  • A majority of independent shareholders voted against keeping Mr Hellawell as chairman  
  • Mr Ashley asks for "time" to regain the confidence of investors
Keith Hellawell

Ashley: If I fail, I will go

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has said it will be best for him to go if he fails to fix the company.

"In the end if I keep failing and keep failing and keep failing, it'll be best for everybody if I go - but give me some time to see if I can fix the problems first," he said.  

Paralympics: Hynd through to finals

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts swimmer Ollie Hynd has qualified for tonight's final of the S8 400m freestyle!

Ollie Hynd
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Weather: Fresher afternoon

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Some prolonged sunny spells into the afternoon, with just a few patches to end the day. 

Feeling fresher this afternoon  than earlier in the week but still warm in the sunshine.


Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).  

Travel: Huntingdon Street delays

Another Notts Paralympian in action today

University of Nottingham Sport tweets...

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Your pictures: Colourful sunrises

BBC Weather Watchers

We weren't the only ones that spotted the stunning sunrise over Nottinghamshire this morning...

Here's Bunny:


And Kimberley...

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Councillor rapped for 'poor attendance'

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

The ruling Labour group on Ashfield District Council has removed the whip from former leader, Cllr Chris Baron, for three months because of poor attendance.

chris baron
Ashfield District Council

Ashley: 'I've been to the casino'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mr Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United Football Club, walked into his own PR nightmare in a moment that BBC reporter Joe Miller described as an attempt at a "perfectly orchestrated piece of corporate theatre".

The Sports Direct founder was showing reporters the firm's routine search procedure - and proceeded to whip out a wad of £50 notes from his pockets. 

"I've been to the casino," he quipped. 

Maybe it was the Moussa Sissoko money still burning in his pocket?  

Corbyn attacks 'contemptuous' Sports Direct

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Even the usually diplomatic Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has had a pop at Sports Direct and Mike Ashley at a campaign rally in Nottingham.

"I had a bit of a chuckle to myself when I was watching the born-again socialist of Mike Ashley on the television last night, saying that he had learnt lessons from what happened in Shirebrook," he said. 

Jeremy Corbyn

"Shirebrook and Sports Direct are a symptom of a malaise in our society in the way in which we have a lack of respect for people doing vital and important jobs, who are underpaid, under-represented and treated with contempt."  

Smith doubts Corbyn's green credentials

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Corbyn was in town to champion his plan to introduce 1,000 publically owned local energy providers - like Nottingham's Robin Hood energy - with a focus on renewables.

owen smith

His Labour leadership rival, Owen Smith, said that by failing to campaign effectively for Britain to remain in the EU, Mr Corbyn had put vital environmental protections at further risk.

"It's impossible for Jeremy Corbyn to speak with credibility on environmental policy," a spokesman for Mr Smith said.

"He has called for the reintroduction of deeply damaging open-cast coal mining and only had one meeting with his shadow environment team in nine months as leader."

Camera flashes aplenty as Corbyn takes stage

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

As you'd expect there was a bit of a media scrum when he stood up to speak...


Merger work 'taking longer than expected'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The chief executive of both trusts, Peter Homa, said he "remains committed" to the merger.

Here's what he had to say about the reasons behind the delay:

We aimed to complete the merger before the busy winter period when our hospitals are most pressured. However, despite our best efforts and the hard work of very many colleagues, it has not been possible to do so, as some of the work required to create the merged organisation is taking longer than expected (including the legal aspects)."

Peter HomaChief executive, NUH and SFH

Hospital trusts merger delayed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Remember the planned merger between two of Nottinghamshire's NHS trusts?

Well it's unlikely to happen until next year, they've said.

kings mill

Sherwood Forest Trust, which was placed in special measures for a second time in October last year, is to be taken over by Nottingham's hospital trust.

Armed police arrest three Nottingham men

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Three men from Nottingham have been arrested after an allegation of assault at a property in Grantham.

Lincolnshire Police said firearms officers were deployed to locate people last night.

grantham station

The men, who were arrested at the town's railway station, are currently in custody.

Rumours on social media that shots had been fired were not true, police said.

Notts' Hales runs not enough for England

BBC Nottingham Sport

At Old Trafford, Notts batsman Alex Hales top scored with 37 but England made just 135 and were well beaten by Pakistan in the sole Twenty20 match. 

alex hales
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Cricket: Notts evenly poised against Middlesex

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire will resume on 24-0 in their second innings this morning at Trent Bridge - a lead of 18 over Middlesex with the match evenly poised at the halfway stage. 

Notts will be relegated if they lose.

john simpson bowled out
Getty Images

Here's Middlesex wicketkeeper John Simpson being bowled out for 27 by Brett Hutton.

Rapper a family man at heart

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's James, his girlfriend Sarah and their little girl, Amira.

James and Sarah

The pair had their baby despite both having cerebral palsy and concern from doctors.

"I was prepared to do it because I felt as though all a child needs is love."

Tea is Bestival rapper's secret to success

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's an interview with James.

Safe to say he's pretty excited about performing this weekend.

Always time for a cuppa, though.  

Cerebral palsy rapper on way to Bestival

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Great news for rapper James Ellis, from Nottingham.

You might remember we told you he was raising money so he could take up Bestival on their invitation to perform there.

James Ellis

The 25-year-old, whose stage name is Truth AMW, suffers from cerebral palsy and would have struggled to pay for his transport to the Isle of Wight this weekend.

Well he's managed it and he'll be performing on the second biggest stage, alongside acts like Sean Paul and Major Lazer.

Notts' first Paralympic hopeful

BBC Nottingham Sport

Ollie Hynd will try to win Nottinghamshire's first Paralympic gold medal tonight.

Ollie Hynd
Getty Images

He swims in the 400m freestyle S8 category, with his heat at around 13:45 this afternoon, UK time, and the final later tonight.

Corbyn 'admires Nottingham'

Jeremy Corbyn posed for a few selfies at the back of the makeshift stage on the Forest Rec.

BBC Radio Nottingham's political reporter Pete Saull managed to steal a few words.

corbyn saull

"I'm delighted to be here in Nottingham, I've been here many times," he said.

"I admire the trams, I admire the municipal buses, I admire Robin Hood energy and I admire the cricket ground."