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  1. Updates for Thursday 17 November 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from Local Live today.

    Join us again tomorrow.

  2. Weather: Showers overnight

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    The showers will continue tonight with some clear spells. It will be cold with a patchy frost possible in rural spots and lows of 1C (34F).

  3. Your pictures: Worksop rainbow

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Looks lovely, despite the rain.

  4. Meden Vale 'tornado' wreaks havoc

    Mansfield Chad

    A tornado left a trail of destruction, wrecking chimneys and sending roof tiles flying "like sheets of paper" in a Nottinghamshire village.

  5. Paralympians 'honoured' to turn lights on

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what the two special guests have had to say about the honour of switching on the lights from the Council House balcony...

    Ollie Hynd said: "We’re truly proud to be from such a great sporting county and city, so switching on the Nottingham Christmas lights is a huge honour."

    Charlotte Henshaw said: "We can’t wait to go out into Nottingham and share our success in Rio with everyone, it will be a great night!"

    xmas lights
  6. Golf: Westwood leads DP World Tour

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Nottinghamshire golfer Lee Westwood has a one shot lead at the European Tour's season-ending Tour Championship in Dubai. 

    He's six under par after an opening round 66. 

    lee westwood
  7. Trams suspended during lights switch-on

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    During the Christmas lights switch-on there'll be various driving restrictions around the Market Square and pedestrians will only be able to enter the Winter Wonderland through one entrance on Long Row near Debenhams. 

    There'll be a limited capacity in the Winter Wonderland area this year due to the event's increasing popularity.

    Here's a handy map...

    lights map

    Stewards will also control the area around the Brian Clough statue, shutting off access once it's full.

    Trams won't run through the Square from 17:00 to 19:00.

  8. Paralympic stars to turn on Christmas lights

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    They made Notts and Team GB proud and now Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw are switching on Nottingham's Christmas lights on Thursday next week.

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    Entertainment kicks off at 17:30 in the Market Square, with the big switch-on taking place at the very precise time of 18:31

    And there'll be a brass band by the Brian Clough statue and fireworks from the roof of the Council House.

  9. Goodness gracious Ed Balls on fire

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what Ed Balls had to say about his grand Strictly entrance in Blackpool on Saturday night.

    He also responds to accusations he's in it just to further his political career...

    Video content

    Video caption: Goodness gracious Ed Balls on fire

    (It's also a chance to watch his Gangnam Style dance again...)

  10. Staples to be renamed

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Get your office supplies from Staples in the Lady Bay Retail Park?

    Well pretty soon it'll have a different name - the US owner of the brand has sold the UK arm to British-based Hilco.

    Hilco said it was planning to phase out Staples-branded shops over the coming months.

  11. Man sought over umbrella attack

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Do you recognise this man?

    Police want to speak to him after a man hit another man on the head with an umbrella (you heard).

    It happened at about 03:45 on Sunday 9 October outside the Hop Merchant Pub in Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham.

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    umbrella attack
  12. Forest: Pre-Ipswich game presser

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    We were with Philippe Montanier earlier ahead of the trip to Ipswich... 

    Michael Mancienne is fit again, while Dani Pinillos could travel to Portman Road.

    Traore faces several weeks out, Hobbs has picked up a slight injury. Bendtner and Vaughan close to returning to full training.


    Montanier has confirmed that no payment is owed to Hull if Jack Hobbs plays for Forest. He says this is a rumour that's untrue.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Nottinghamshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe accident, between J27 for A608 Hucknall and J26 for A610 Nottingham.

    M1 Nottinghamshire - Three lanes blocked on M1 southbound between J27, A608 (Hucknall) and J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  14. Trees down in Retford

    Retford Times

    Two trees have come tumbling down near Retford after a fifteen minute spell where strong winds and torrential rain and hail battered the area.

    tree down
  15. Watch: Sleaford Mods perform live

    BBC 6 Music

    Nottingham's finest perform in BBC 6 Music's Live Room.

    And no swearing!

  16. Mansfield police employee charged with data offence

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Police said that a member of staff has been charged under the Data Protection Act in an unconnected inquiry.

    Keith Robson, an intelligence analyst based at Holmes House in Mansfield, is alleged to have recklessly disclosed personal data.

    The 58-year-old is also accused of stealing a computer belonging to the force and will appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on 15 December.

    He has been suspended from work.