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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 24 November 2016
  2. More news, sport ,travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Thursday's Local Live updates have now finished. We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday.

Weather: Dry and mild night

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Dry but rather cloudy through the evening with clear spells developing overnight. Lows of 4C (39F).   

Nottingham prepares to turn festive

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I'm sure stall-holders won't mind the extra trade as crowds gather for this evening's switch-on event.

Christmas lights switch-on
BBC
Christmas lights
BBC

Christmas lights to be switched on

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Just under an hour until Nottingham's Christmas lights are due to be switched on and there's a big crowd growing in and around Market Square.

Market Square
BBC

Your photos: A good day for fishing?

BBC Weather Watchers

It seems Colwick Country Park has been popular with the anglers today.

Thanks to Phil for the photo

Fishing
Phil

Arson attack at takeaway

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A fire was started deliberately at a pizza takeaway in Sutton-in-Ashfield in the early hours of this morning.

Police said a rag was lit and thrown through a window at the Domino's pizza store in Station Road at 02:08, causing significant smoke damage.

Latest headlines from Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A Clifton man has been found guilty on two charges of having explosive substances at his home
  • A Mansfield road remains closed tonight following a serious crash this morning
  • Nottinghamshire's cricket fixtures for 2017 are being announced after 18:00 tonight

Man had guide to making bombs

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

The charges against Smith, of Summerwood Lane, Clifton, related to a copy of something called the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000, a guide to making bombs based on The Anarchist Cookbook.

Smith bought a second copy of the book from Amazon while awaiting trial, which he said was to use as evidence for his defence.

Nottingham Crown Court
BBC

Smith was charged with an extra offence for doing this, but the jury cleared him of this.

He is due to be sentenced on 16 December.

BreakingClifton man guilty of having explosive substances

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A man who stockpiled explosive substances to "defend the UK from an attack by Isis" has been found guilty of three criminal offences.

Roger Smith was concerned about a attack similar to that on fusilier Lee Rigby in London in 2014, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

Roger Smith
PA

The 46-year-old was found guilty of two counts of having an explosive substance at his home in Clifton.

He was also found guilty of having a document for terrorist purposes.

Travel: Police diverting traffic in Mansfield

Mansfield road remains closed into rush hour

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The A617/Sherwood Way East in Mansfield remains closed into this evening's rush hour after a crash involving two cars and a lorry.

It happened at 11:15. There are not yet any details of injuries.

Mansfield crash
John Mills / Nottinghamshire Fire

Have you seen Christian?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police say they are worried about the safety of 16-year-old Christian Jamieson who has been missing from Beeston since 14:00 on Sunday.

Christian Jamieson
Nottinghamshire Police

Trust chairwoman blogs about hospital plan

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you want to find out more about the hospital plan, chairwoman of the University Hospitals NHS Trust, Louise Scull, has written a blog about it.

In it she says their "hospital services are operating under relentless pressure".

QMC
PA

She adds in her blog: "Demand is rising inexorably year on year. Patients, particularly those admitted in an emergency, are sicker, frailer and older, and stay in hospital for longer....The STP is the solution to the very real financial and demand challenges we face."  

Residents still not home after Newark fire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Some firefighters are still at the block of flats in Newark where there was a fire in the insulation yesterday. 

It's now been put out and the insulation in the building walls are continuing to cool down. 

Newark fire
BBC

The fire service said it was still not yet known when people will be able to return to their homes.  

Hospital plan wants to integrate care more

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

But is this hospital plan realistic at a time of rising hospital demand?

It seems dependent on a raft of new initiatives to better integrate health and social care and warns a lot has to be done in Nottinghamshire as services face a funding gap of more than £600m over the next five years.

hospital beds
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'Over-reliance' on hospitals says plan author

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

The concern is too many patients who are medically fit to leave are in the hospital beds but don't have enough support in the community or at home.

At the moment there are 1,700 beds in the Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital and the plan is to cut more than 200 by 2018.

The controversial proposal is contained in a five year vision for the future of the NHS across Nottinghamshire but one of the authors has told me there is simply an over-reliance on big hospitals .  

Radical plan will get rid of hospital beds

BBC Radio Nottingham

A proposal has been unveiled which would remove more than one in every 10 beds at Nottingham's two hospitals.

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan warns Nottinghamshire faces a funding gap of more than £600m over the next five years and most of the beds earmarked are used by people medically fit to leave -  but don't have enough support at home.

QMC
BBC

As part of the plan, 200 beds would also go from the QMC and City hospitals over the next two years.  

Mansfield accident: Two cars and lorry involved

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The accident on the A617/Sherwood Way East in Mansfield involves two cars and a lorry.

Police say they were called just after 11:15 this morning and the road will stay shut for several hours

A birthday present with a difference

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Now if you're wondering why people are getting into glass jars today, Beth is a big fan of the Circus of Horrors.

Last month, she was given a 21st birthday present by her mum to get up on the stage in front of a crowd, and squeeze into the 2ft pickling jar.

Watch: It's as simple as that!

Beth makes it look so easy. 

Even 5ft 2in BBC weather presenter Alex Hamilton mastered it.

Could you get into a glass jar?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This woman, Beth Longmate from Retford, looks like she's considering getting into that glass jar.

In fact she can easily fit in and will be performing the stunt when the the Circus of Horrors rolls into the town later today.

Glass jar
BBC

MP says candidate was frightened off by abuse

Major crash in Mansfield

Weather update: Feeling chilly out there

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Staying dry this afternoon with variable amounts of scattered cloud and some sunny intervals where the cloud thins and breaks.

Still feeling chilly with highs of 8C (46F).

weather
BBC

Chuggers hurting business, say traders

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

One of the traders, Pat Cook, who is behind the petition in Beeston, said customers had told her they often walked around the town to avoid "chuggers" outside the shops.

She said: "It is affecting business because customers walk around to get out the way because they are fed up of being stopped everyday.

Chuggers
BBC

Charities fined for breaking chugging rules

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Chuggers are charity workers who mainly work on commission asking people to sign up to a direct debit scheme for regular donations. 

Four years ago Nottingham City Council imposed a strict new policy on 'chugging' in the city centre which means anyone who breaks the rules can be fined.  

Traders call for chugger crackdown

BBC Radio Nottingham

Businesses in Beeston say they want charity reps - often called 'charity muggers or chuggers' - to be banned from the town centre.

They claim shoppers are being put off and have raised a petition asking for the borough council to limit the number allowed in the town.

Beeston
Google

 The authority told us it's aware of the issue and will look to make restrictions next year.  

Travel: Emergency services still at Southwell Road crash

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Motorists told to avoid area after crash

Severe accident: A617 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC Travel

A617 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between A6117 Adamsway and A6191 Southwell Road West affecting A60 Nottingham Road.

A617 Nottinghamshire - A617 Sherwood Way South in Mansfield closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A6117 Adamsway junction and the A6191 Southwell Road West junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic. Congestion to the A60 Nottingham Road junction.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

RSPCA investigates death of dumped horse

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you yesterday about a young horse that died after being found dumped with fly-tipped rubbish in Shirebrook, near Mansfield.

The RSPCA is investigating where the horse came from and has asked people to get in touch if they know anything about who is responsible.

Dumped horse
Nick Charity / Mansfield Chad

Inspector Deborah Scotcher, said: "This poor little pony was dumped among the rubbish by the side of the road without a second glance.

“He was collapsed and clearly very badly injured....and must have been very frightened."

Singing fireman back on duty

It was back to work as usual for singing Nottinghamshire fireman Andy Quinn yesterday after his moment of fame on the Michael McIntyre show at the weekend.

But not before he came and had a chat with us at BBC Nottingham.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Residents in Newark have still not been allowed back home after a flat fire yesterday
  • Nottingham's Christmas lights are being switched on tonight in Market Square
  • Forest are waiting to hear about the fitness of several players ahead of tomorrow's game against Barnsley

Lights switch-on: Tram info here

Athletes to be star of the show

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This year's lights are being switched on by Mansfield Paralympians Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw.

The switch-on takes place at 18:30.

Charlotte and Ollie
Getty Images

Lights switch-on: Trams to stop for event

Here's a reminder for pedestrians ahead of tonight's switch-on.

There will be a one-way system in force for pedestrians and the trams will also stop for a time in Market Square after 18:00 to allow people to stand on the tram tracks and watch the show.

View more on twitter

Nottingham lights up for Christmas

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Christmas officially arrives in Nottingham tonight as the festive lights are switched on.

Yours truly will be there later as Market Square is lit up and fireworks are let off from the council house roof.

Christmas lights
PA

Watch: Dangerous items at East Midlands Airport

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

More than 17,000 "unsafe" items have been seized and destroyed at East Midlands Airport in the past year.

Cheap electrical goods - like battery chargers and hair straighteners  - are among the items that have been confiscated by trading standards officers.