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  1. Updates for Wednesday 23 November 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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  2. Weather: Some sunshine tomorrow afternoon

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A dry and cloudy night with lows of 6C (43F).


    A cloudy start to Thursday but some brighter weather developing as the cloud thins allowing for some sunny spells in the afternoon. 

    Breezy and feeling cold even though the temperatures will reach 9C (48F).

  3. Prosecution: 'We are not at war'

    Caroline Lowbridge

    BBC News Online

    In the prosecution closing speech, Michelle Heeley said Mr Smith had no lawful excuse to have the gun powder, no innocent excuse to have the chemicals, and no reasonable excuse to have the Anarchy Cookbook. 

    "Ladies and gentlemen, we are not at war," she told jurors. 

    "We are not under attack. This is not America. We do not have the right to bear arms."

    nottignham crown court

    The jury has been sent home for the night but will continue deliberations tomorrow.

  4. Defendant has 'genuine interest' in explosives

    Caroline Lowbridge

    BBC News Online

    The jury has been sent out to deliberate its verdicts at Nottingham Crown Court.

    In the defence closing speech, Roger Smith's barrister, Serena Gates, said: "The reality is that Roger Smith has a genuine interest in playing around with gun powder and making fires and flames and things, and there's nothing wrong with that."

    She accepted Mr Smith made comments about "immigrants coming into this country", but said his views did not make him a criminal.

    "Not everyone shares Donald Trump's views in America but that doesn't make him a criminal," she said.

  5. What are the charges?

    Caroline Lowbridge

    BBC News Online

    Roger Smith denies two charges of having an explosive substance, including gunpowder, sulphuric acid, nitric acid, peroxide and acetone. 

    He also denies two charges of having a document or record for terrorist purposes, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000, namely the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000, an updated version of the Anarchist Cookbook (pictured).

    anarchists cookbook

    However, the prosecution told jurors there was no allegation Mr Smith was a terrorist or that he was going to personally commit a terror act. 

    He has not been charged with any offences in relation to weapons found at his home, which included knives and bows and arrows.

  6. Explosives accused 'a bit eccentric'

    Caroline Lowbridge

    BBC News Online

    A man accused of stockpiling explosive substances to "defend the UK from an attack by Isis" is not an "Islamophobic madman", according to his defence.

    Roger Smith claims he had the substances for lawful purposes, such as cleaning and science experiments.

    Roger Smith

    His barrister said he was "a bit eccentric" and hoarded items such as these at his Nottingham home.

    Mr Smith, 46, denies having explosive substances and having a document or record for terrorist purposes.

  7. Beeston shotgun raid: More pictures

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Police said the shotgun-wielding raider made off with cash.

    They said he was described as looking like a construction worker and had a Nottingham accent.

  8. Armed robber tied up shopkeeper

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    Police have issued an appeal after an armed robbery in Beeston earlier this month.

    The shopkeeper at Timpsons, in High Road, was tied up and threatened with a shotgun in the raid at about 17:00 on 5 November.


    The suspect, who police described as "dual heritage" and in his 40s, was wearing a hi-vis yellow jacket zipped up to his chin with his hood up.

    The gun was descibed as an old, double barrelled shotgun.

  9. Horse left to die by fly-tippers

    Mansfield Chad

    "Evil" criminals have dumped the body of a suffering horse with fly-tipped waste, leaving it to die in the night.

    dead horse

    Warning, the story contains graphic images.

  10. Multi-million pound package for Midlands

    Ambitious plans to make the Midlands a powerful engine for growth took another step forward today, as the Chancellor announced a multi-million pound package for the local economy, in his Autumn Statement.

    Autmn statement

    In a significant boost to fuel the economy and create new jobs, the Midlands will receive £392m in the latest round of Local Growth Fund deals.  

  11. Extra person rescued from Newark blaze

    Lisa Teanby

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Eight people have been led to safety following the fire at a Newark block of flats, according to the fire service.

    Previously they said seven people had been rescued.

    The fire is ongoing.

  12. Second winding up order for club in a year

    Colin Fray

    BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

    Notts County were last subject to a winding up order in March.

    It was dismissed at the High Court in May.

  13. No word from club

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Notts County are making no comment on the winding up order.

  14. Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    • Seven people and a dog rescued from Newark blaze
    • £20m for new military rehab centre in Notts confirmed in Autumn Statement
    • Notts County subject to winding up order
  15. Magpies subject to winding up order

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Notts County are the subject of a winding up petition from HM Revenue and Customs.

    The case is due to be heard on 19 December.

    notts county
  16. Autumn Statement: Cash for Notts military rehab centre

    Peter Saull

    BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

    £20m for the new defence and rehabilitation centre at Stanford Hall in Nottinghamshire.

    Stanford Hall