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Summary

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

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By Sandish Shoker

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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: Another cold night ahead

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Remaining dry overnight with clear spells at first allowing the temperatures to fall.

There will again be a frost in rural areas and a minimum of -2C (28F) in those areas. Down to 4C (39F) everywhere else

weather
BBC

Travel: Four vehicle crash causing major delays

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It looks like the crash on the A60 Mansfield Road involved four vehicles.

Nottingham Travelwise has tweeted that two cars have been moved but the other two are still "awaiting recovery".

The road has been reduced to one lane in the mean time.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Plans for a merger between two of our hospital trusts have been scrapped
  • A light and poetry installation outside Nottingham railway station is launched tonight
  • Lee Hughes has been talking about his first year at Notts County ahead of the club's induction into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame

It's not looking good on the roads...

Traffic backing up in city centre

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The accident on the A60 Mansfield Road, just before the Woodborough Road junction, is causing major delays around the city centre.

Tailbacks are going back to Tollhouse Hill.

Travel: Accident on A60 Mansfield Road causing delays

Lee Hughes recalls time at Notts

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County are preparing to be inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame tomorrow and Lee Hughes has been talking about his first year with the Magpies.

He was back at Meadow Lane this week to help launch a new book about the club called 'One Flew Over the Magpies Nest'.

Lee Hughes
BBC

Trust boss hinted at scrapping of merger

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Just two days ago Peter Homa, chief executive of NUH who was at the helm of the merger, hinted to BBC Radio Nottingham that the plans would be scrapped.  

You can see the full statement from Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) Trust here.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, which runs the Kings Mill and Newark hospitals, was placed in special measures two years ago over concerns about death rates and standards of care.

MP reacts to hospital merger collapse

Project marks literature festival

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's more from the council on the Station Street illumination.

The lights are to be switched on tonight to also coincide with the city's Festival of Literature, which runs next week.

Words will light up when trams pass above

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The words are going to be projected onto the underside of the Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge and the artist behind the project, Jo Fairfax, says the two lines of poetry will mirror the tram tracks above and will light up and pulse when a tram goes overhead.

I suppose the wall could do with brightening up!

bridge
Google

Poems to light up city wall

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Line of Light installation launches tonight and has been commissioned to celebrate Nottingham's City of Literature status.

The project includes short poems from the likes of Lord Byron, DH Lawrence, Jake Bugg and more than 100 Nottinghamshire residents.

light installation
Jo Fairfax

New look for Station Street

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

From tonight a wall outside Nottingham railway station will look a bit different.

Words from famous writers, local writers or songwriters are going to be projected onto the wall in Station Street as part of a new installation.

railway station
Jo Fairfax

Your photos: Morning mist in Wollaton

BBC Weather Watchers

There was a lovely layer of mist on the ground in Nottinghamshire this morning, thanks to the frosty start to the day.

Wollaton Wanderer caught this photo during a walk around Wollaton Park this morning.

Wollaton
Wollaton Wanderer

'Operational challenges' scupper merger plan

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The two trusts said they would continue to work in partnership but merger plans had been abandoned.

In a joint statement, they said: "The main reason for this decision is the requirement for each organisation to focus on operational challenges.

Kings Mill Hospital
Google

"For NUH, this is improving 4-hour performance for emergency patients and addressing its financial challenges, whilst SFH will focus on continuing to embed and build on the significant improvements delivered over the past year."  

BreakingHospital trust merger plan shelved

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've just been informed plans for a merger between two of our hospital trusts have been scrapped.

Sherwood Forest and Nottingham University Hospitals said the proposal was dropped as each needs to focus on making improvements in different areas.

Witnesses sought after A46 crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after the crash on the A46 in Newark last night. 

Senior investigating officer, Det Sgt Gerard Hazelwood, said: "A car which may have some knowledge of what happened left the scene, heading along the A46 in the direction away from Lincoln."

He asked for the driver of this car, and anyone else with information, to call them.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A Nottingham girl has picked up a national bravery award after she suffered 86% burns in an accident as a toddler
  • A woman is in a critical condition following a crash on the A46 in Newark last night
  • Forest's Dani Pinillos was back in action last night with the Under 23s after 10 months recovering from a knee injury

What's the law on dog attacks?

BBC Radio Nottingham

We asked Nottinghamshire Police for figures on dog-on-dog attacks and dog-on-person attacks but they couldn't provide them. 

Trevor Cooper, a solicitor who specialises in dog law, said getting a result in such attacks can be tricky. 

Charlie
BBC

He said: "If a dog makes a person fear injury or does injure them, it is a criminal offence under the Dangerous Dog Act.

"But if it's a dog-on-dog attack it doesn't fall under the act unless the victim dog is an assistance dog."

Police investigate dog attack

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Valerie told BBC Radio Nottingham this morning she had to undergo operations on both hands and lost part of a finger trying to save her dog Charlie.

She has so far spent more than £740 on vets bills and Charlie is likely to need more operations too.

Nottinghamshire Police are now investigating but Valerie said she hopes anyone with information on the dog and the owner will come forward.

Woman injured saving dog from attack

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A woman has spoken of the moment she had to save her dog from an attack by another dog and lost a part of her finger in the process.

Valerie Simpson spent two days in hospital after her three-year-old Westie, Charlie was attacked on Thursday in Bulwell.

Dog attack
BBC

She said the dog who attacked hers, who was called Kilo and wasn't on a lead, went for Charlie's throat.

She said she thought her dog was going to die but Kilo's owner did nothing to intervene and didn't leave her contact details.

Fiskerton level crossing fixed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

East Midlands Trains says the level crossing at Fiskerton is now working again.

Station Road was blocked in both directions this morning after the new automatic barriers failed.

City's first cycle cafe opens its doors

West Bridgford Wire

Ever fancied taking your bike into a cafe or getting a coffee while your bike is repaired?

Well you can from this weekend as Nottingham's first dedicated cycle cafe opens in Lady Bay.

Chemical scare school was advised not to inform public

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've now had a statement from the Nottingham Academy on yesterday's controlled explosion at the school. 

Lead principal, Ged Rae, said they contacted police after being advised there was a "risk of it causing a small explosion or fire if it [the chemical] was dropped."

Nottingham Academy
BBC

He said CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Equipment) advised them not to release information to the public "in case it raised unnecessary alarm or concern".  

Dad's 'hell' over missing daughter

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's now been two weeks since Melanie Wilson went missing from her home in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Putting out an emotional plea for her to come home, her dad, David Wilson, said: "I’d imagine hell is similar to what I and family and friends are going through. We’re all heartbroken."

Melanie Wilson
Nottinghamshire Police

He said he last saw her on 17 October, two days before she went missing, and she "seemed her usual self".

He said the last contact he had from her was a text saying "I love you dad" on 19 October, 20 minutes before she was last seen at her house. 

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A bomb disposal team were called to a Nottingham school yesterday over fears of an 'unstable' chemical
  • The father of a man who has been missing for two weeks has made a heartfelt plea for her to return home
  • Forest's Dani Pinillos played his first match last night after 10 months recovering from a knee injury

Mum was told to 'expect the worst' after accident

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Tilly suffered 86% scald burns and had to have a leg amputated after the accident when she was 15-months-old.

Since then she has had about 500 operations and mum, Emma Sawford, says: "It has been hard in the past few years seeing her go through so much pain."

Emma and Tilly
Sawford family

Emma and Tilly went to Downing Street yesterday and met Prime Minister Theresa May.

Thousands watch Great Britain play in Nottingham

Chris Egerton

BBC Nottingham Sport

Were you one of the thousands who were at the Nottingham Ice Centre last night to see Great Britain's ice hockey team play against Norway?

Great Britain lost 2-1 in front of a 2,500 crowd and the side included Panthers defenceman Stevie Lee.

The two teams meet again tonight in Cardiff.

Nottingham girl handed bravery award

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

You might have watched the Pride of Britain Awards on telly last night and saw nine-year-old Tilly Sawford pick up the Child of Courage award.

The Nottingham schoolgirl was given just a 5% chance of survival when she was severely scalded in a hot bath as a toddler.

Tilly Sawford
PA / Daily Mirror

BBC News Online has more on her story.

Woman 'critical' after crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police have now told us a bit more about the injuries of the people involved in the A46 crash last night.

A spokesman said a female passenger in the car received life-threatening injuries. She remains in hospital in a critical condition.

The male driver of the car also suffered injuries but they aren't thought to be life-threatening.

The lorry driver was not injured.

Road blocked after railway gates fail

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The new automatic railway gates at Fiskerton have failed - blocking the road between Fiskerton and Southwell.

Buses are having to be diverted and train passengers can't even cross the tracks.

The new gates replaced the signalman operated gates a fortnight ago. 

Fiskerton
BBC
Fiskerton
BBC

School chemical can be dangerous if allowed to dry

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Dr David Kinnison, a chemistry safety advisor from the University of Southampton, has been telling us more about the chemical found at Nottingham Academy.

He said it was a testing agent that was typically used by A-Level students for testing materials and should be kept wet.

He said: "Used properly it is perfectly safe... It can be unsafe if it's allowed to dry out."

Lansbury not thinking about new contract

Chris Egerton

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury says he's put thoughts about a new contract to the back of his mind.

The midfielder is out of contract next summer and talks about a new deal started several weeks ago but he says he's not worried about it for now.

Henri Lansbury
Getty Images

Meanwhile, Dani Pinillos completed 45 minutes with the Under 23s last night against Sheffield Wednesday - It's his first match since December following a knee injury.

School expected to make statement later

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

BBC Radio Nottingham's Hayley Compton has been down to the Nottingham Academy and spoke to one of the residents nearby who was annoyed they had not been informed about what was happening.

"It could have been anything," she said. "I thought it was a bomb!"

The school is expected to make a statement later but said the chemical had been removed and letters would go out to parents today.

Chemical checks after change in guidance

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Checks are being carried out in schools and colleges for a substance that's often used in chemistry lessons, but could become explosive if not stored correctly.

This follows a change in government guidelines for the chemical, known as 2,4-DNP - It's been used in schools for years!

Chemistry
Thinkstock

At least six schools, in recent days, have called in bomb disposal experts - including Nottingham Academy

Schools have been advised to contact the police to organise safe disposal of the chemical.

Chemical taken away by police

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police were called to the school at 16:00 yesterday and there were no students there at the time.

The school says the substance was taken away by the bomb squad but a controlled explosion wasn't carried out.

Bomb squad called to school over 'unstable' chemical

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The bomb disposal squad was called to Nottingham Academy's Greenwood Road site in Bakersfield yesterday afternoon after reports of a "potentially unstable substance" being found in chemistry labs there.

It's something that's been happening in schools across the country following advice from the government's advisory science service.

Nottingham Academy
Google

Travel: A46 reopens after crash

BBC Travel

The A46 has now reopened in both directions but traffic remains heavy. 

It had been closed for police to investigate and clean up the road after a crash between a lorry and a car last night.