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Summary

  1. Schools warn parents about social media comments
  2. Sports Direct chairman hits back at critics
  3. Consultation starts on leisure centres
  4. Henri Lansbury nominated for player award
  5. Jake Ball called up for England in fourth Test
  6. Updates for Thursday 8 December 2016

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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: Staying mild tonight

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

A cloudy, murky night with hill fog and possibly a little drizzle.

Staying mild with temperatures around 9C (48F).

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Sweet anyone?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Some of the presenters at East Midlands Today and BBC Radio Nottingham have been trying the sweets I told you about earlier.

See how they reacted...

Your photos: Sun goes down at Wollaton Hall

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Wow! One of our regular photo contributors Steve A has sent us this stunning shot of Wollaton Hall at sunset.

Wollaton
Steve A

Police find body in search for missing man

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you earlier this week police had been searching for missing man Brian Parr.

A force spokeswoman has told us this afternoon police investigating Mr Parr's disappearance have found a body near the canal at Castle Boulevard.

Brian Parr
Nottinghamshire Police

Mr Parr, 40, had not been seen since he left his home in The Park area on Friday.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

'Choose the right service' says hospital

Here's some images from the hospital trust to explain where you can go to for medical help instead of A&E at the QMC and King's Mill Hospital.

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Hospital warns about 'busy A&E'

Sweet or sour?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Andy brought a few of these cough sweets back to the office for us to try. 

It included some very sour flavours and a chilli sweet which wasn't to everyone's taste.

sweets
BBC

I must admit I spat mine straight out! 

'No proof cough sweets work'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The 'Mega Sour' sweet is the most popular one made by Barnetts and it's even featured on TV shows like Made in Chelsea and Big Brother.

Sweets
BBC

They also make about 20 different types of cough and cold sweets - although a GP told us today there was no value in such sweets or lozenges as all they do is produce saliva which can ease a sore throat....and a sugar rush!

It's sweet work if you can get it!

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

BBC Radio Nottingham's Andy Whittaker went down to a sweet factory in Radford today.

They've been making sweets in Nottingham since 1894 and it has remained a family-run business in all that time.

sweet factory
BBC

As well as having a lot of fun tasting the sweets, Andy went to find out whether there was any medicinal value in cough or herbal sweets that sell so well at this time of year.

Leader hopes market owners listen to people

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Michael Payne, deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, said they didn't want to reveal what they're prepared to pay for Arnold Market but they hope the owner will sell.

He said: "I would appeal to the owner to see and understand the sense of feeling.

"Businesses have been telling me this is important, local councillors, and the people who live there."

Michael Payne
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Council to start process of buying Arnold Market

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Councillors at Gedling Borough Council have voted to start negotiating with the owner of Arnold Market to buy the site.

The market has seen dwindling numbers in recent years and a 1,600 name petition asking for it to be revived was handed to the council before the meeting earlier.

'Lack of flow' causing hospital problems

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The King's Mill Hospital in Mansfield is also on " Black Alert" today.

BBC East Midlands Today's Rob Sissons said the lack of flow of patients leaving hospital after treatment for various reasons was being felt right through the system to the front of house at A&E.

King's mill hospital
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He said at QMC today it had been busy with 27 patients waiting for beds - but none are available.

QMC back on black alert

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottingham's Queens Medical Centre is back on "Black Alert" after a huge surge in demand at A&E.

Doctors say there was an unusually high number of ambulances arriving there yesterday morning and the knock-on effect today is too many patients waiting for a hospital bed, which are also in short supply.

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Have you seen Sherry?

Police have asked for help to find 19-year-old Sherry Leigh Macleod.

She was last seen on 22 November around midnight in the Woodthorpe area but was not reported missing until Monday.

Sherry Macleod
Nottinghamshire Police

Meeting to decide future of market

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A cabinet meeting has started which could see the Arnold Market area eventually purchased by Gedling Borough Council.

The authority says the market has been failing with little footfall and it wants to start negotiations with the current owner to buy the site and regenerate the market. 

Arnold
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A petition with 1,600 signatures has also been handed to councillors from the Save Arnold Market campaign group.   

Police think wanted man may be in Nottingham

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police have released a photo of this man they want to speak to about a burglary in Ilkeston. They believe he might be in Nottingham.

Daniel Smith, 48, is also wanted on recall to prison.

Daniel Smith
Derbyshire Police

Stags find out third round opponents

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mansfield's fate for the next round of the EFL Trophy has been revealed.

They will play either Walsall or Oldham in the week starting 9 January.

How our MPs voted on Article 50

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Yesterday three Nottinghamshire MPs Chris Leslie, Graham Allen and Ken Clarke voted against triggering Article 50 before April 2017.

Ken Clarke
PA

Council puts out A&E appeal

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Public consultation into the closure of leisure centres in Mansfield and Ashfield gets under way
  • A microbrewery in Basford starts production of the Shipstones beer in Nottingham again after years away
  • Forest's Henri Lansbury has been nominated for the November Player of the Month

Beer back in production in Basford

BBC Radio Nottingham

In the 70s Shippo's, as it was known, was renowned for its distinctive - and not always favourable taste.

But the name was still remembered when it was relaunched in 2013 and sales since then have soared. 

Shipstones
BBC

Now the owners have found a micro brewery in Basford which is just close to the original Star Brewery. 

And the first batch of beer is in production, with the Fox and Crown pub in Basford becoming Shipstone's new tap bar.  

Shipstones beer is back home

BBC Radio Nottingham

One of Nottingham's most famous exports is being made in the city once again. 

The Shipstones beer brand was revived in 2013 - but up until now it's been made in Leicestershire. 

It's good to have it back home!

beer
BBC

'No option' to keep centre open says councillor

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Councillor Andrew Tristram from Mansfield District Council said it was no longer an option to keep the Meden Sports Centre open.

He said the building was more than 50 years old and they were spending more each year on repairs and keeping it in a good condition.

He added that the council would take the results from the consultation seriously.

Paralympic athlete joins leisure centre campaign

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mansfield Paralympic swimmer Charlotte Henshaw backed the campaign to save the leisure centres last week.

She said it would be a shame for the area to lose leisure facilities and for future generations to miss out.

Charlotte Henshaw
BBC

Have your say on leisure centre closure

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Last week people told us they were unhappy about plans to close five leisure centres by Mansfield District Council which said they were becoming too expensive to run.

Hundreds of people have signed petitions against the closures, which includes the Meden Sports Centre in Warsop.

Meden Sports Centre
Google

The council has now started an eight-week consultation on the future of the centres which it says will consider the impact of closing them.  

Sports Direct's recent scandals

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct has suffered from a number of scandals in recent months.

Since the uproar over its treatment of staff began, a delegation of MPs claimed an attempt was made to record them in a private discussion while on a visit to the firm's Shirebrook warehouse.

Most recently an investigation into the company's accounts was launched.

Several senior employees have also left the company. Dave Forsey stepped down as chief executive and was replaced by Mr Ashley.

Sports Direct base
BBC

Missing pair found safe

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you yesterday that police were trying to find two missing people - 16-year-old Chandler Pax Wilson and 46-year-old Marzena Falba.

The force said they have both been found safe and well.

Firm still aims to be "Selfridges" of sports retail

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct said it was continuing in its efforts to become the "Selfridges" of sports retail.

"Our UK sports retail business continues to be the engine of Sports Direct, but our results have been affected by the significant deterioration in exchange rates, and our assessment of our risk relating to our stock levels and European stores performance," said Mr Ashley.

Mike Ashley
PA

Sports Direct sees sharp fall in profits

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Sports Direct has reported a big drop in half-year profits after being hit by the fall in the pound.

The Shirebrook-based retailer, which has been heavily criticised for the treatment of some of its workers, said reported pre-tax profits fell 25% to £140.2m. 

Chief executive and founder Mike Ashley said the past six months has been "tough for our people and performance".

Sports Direct
PA

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Southwell schools have sent a letter to parents asking them not to talk about the school, staff or its policies on social media
  • Sports Direct, based in Shirebrook, near Mansfield, has seen a big drop in its half-year profits and founder Mike Ashley says it has been a "tough" six months
  • Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball is in England's team for the fourth Test against India today

Cricket: Call-up for Ball

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball is in the England team for the fourth Test against India, replacing his county team-mate Stuart Broad who’s still injured.

It’s only Ball’s second Test match after making his debut against Pakistan in July.

Jake Ball
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Parents shouldn't vent on public forums, says former head

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sally Bates, a former headteacher in Nottinghamshire, told BBC Radio Nottingham parents should talk to staff at the school if they have any issues or email them, rather than taking to public forums.

social media
BBC

She said: "Schools don't want to have large public issues going on.

"They're not trying to gag anything, and parents will talk to each other, but these are very public forums. There are ways of doing things and avenues to go down that are more productive."

Social media warning could 'inflame' situation says expert

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Whether they're feeling angry or concerned about an issue in the schools, the nine schools in Southwell, which include Lowes Wong Farnsfield and the Minster School have asked parents and carers not to vent their anger or gossip on social media.

social media
BBC

Kate Tyler from Nottingham media company Shake Social, trains schools on how to use social media and thinks a letter like this can "inflame the situation" instead and "doesn't always have the desired effect".

Travel: Lane re-opened on M1

BBC Travel

All lanes have now reopened on the M1 northbound after an earlier accident., but traffic is still slow.

Schools warn parents about social media posts

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

First this morning, several schools in the Southwell area have sparked controversy by asking parents not to discuss classroom issues on social media.

Headteachers from the Minster Family of Schools say some comments are "negative and aggressive " and have warned in a letter to parents that "necessary action" will be taken if they're deemed inaccurate or abusive about members of staff.