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Summary

  1. Nottingham mum prepares Christmas dinner for 150 people
  2. Men cleared of raping woman they met in Nottingham club
  3. St Ann's food bank sees donations double
  4. Cricketer James Taylor says heart surgery has saved his life again
  5. Forest striker Britt Assombalonga fit for Boxing Day
  6. Updates for Friday 23 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 on Wednesday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Staying breezy with a few showers tonight

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Rain will clear tonight, with one or two showers following behind Storm Barbara, but these will fizzle out to leave a mostly dry night with clear skies.

Towards the end of the night cloud will increase in the west with occasional showers. Staying breezy with lows of 4C (39F).    

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Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Police want to speak to a Forest fan who was caught on CCTV throwing a smoke bomb during the Derby County clash
  • Two men have died in a slurry accident at a farm near the Nottinghamshire border
  • The start of Nottingham Panthers v Dundee Stars will be late because the Scottish team has been delayed by bad weather and traffic chaos

Police ask for thoughts on armed police patrols

Mixed response to patrols

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you yesterday that armed police would patrol crowded areas in Nottinghamshire until 3 January in light of the recent attacks in Berlin and Turkey.

If you missed it, you can have a read here.

Nottingham market
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Residents send gifts to homeless youngesters

BBC Radio Nottingham

Young homeless people in Lady Bay are getting Christmas presents from their neighbours today.

The Transitions South Project, which provides temporary accommodation for 16-21-year-olds, was unpopular with some residents when it opened in Trent Boulevard in August, but the community has had a change of heart and today sent out 'Secret Santa' gifts to them.

Lady Bay plans
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Hospital gets funding for project

BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottingham University Hospitals has been awarded £10,000 of government funding for a project which looks into why stillbirths occur.

It is one of 25 successful projects to get a chunk of the £250,00 funding that was being offered.

Nottingham QMC
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The project is part of a drive to improve safety on maternity wards across the country and reduce the number of deaths by 2030.   

CCTV released after smoke bomb thrown at Derby v Forest

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Derbyshire Police have released CCTV footage and stills of a man they want to speak to about a red smoke bomb that was thrown at Derby County's clash against Nottingham Forest.

It was thrown shortly after the Rams scored the second goal in their 3-0 win, the force said.

No other fans shown in the clip are believed to be part of the investigation.

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Weather Watchers: East Midlands Airport

BBC Weather Watchers

As Storm Barbara (no, not my mother after several brussel sprouts) heads towards Derby, here's marks landscape's picture of a windsock at East Midlands Airport, showing the "strong winds".

Stay safe out there, folks. 

Windsock
marks landscape

Get some cocktail inspiration for Christmas

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

You might have the food sorted for Christmas Day but what about the drinks? 

Rueben Clark, from Nottingham bar Hockley Arts Club, has been in the BBC Nottingham studios putting together some Christmas cocktails, including this Stollen Sour. 

Reuben Clark
BBC

Other cocktails on the bar's menu include Three Wise Men, which is a Christmassy take on an Old Fashioned and a Fairy Tale In New York, based on the classic New Yorker cocktail.

Travel: Roads still busy with Christmas shoppers

BBC Travel

The last minute Christmas dash means there's still a lot of traffic out there

Maybe leave a bit of extra time for your journey, particularly if you're travelling through the city centre, Arnold, Mansfield or Bulwell.

Panthers start could be late

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you're heading to the National Ice Centre tonight to watch the Nottingham Panthers play Dundee Star, there could be a delay to face off.

A statement from The Panthers said bad weather and travel disruption in Scotland had delayed their opponents en route to Nottingham.

Storm is heading our way

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Well Storm Barbara is well on her way! 

She's heading towards Derby and will continue to march south east.

As the storm passes, the winds will strengthen a little more before easing off once the rain clears.

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Newapaper reports men were 'trapped in tank'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The farm accident happened in Normanton, which is on the border of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

The Leicester Mercury has reported the men were trapped in a tank and the fire service had tried to cut them free.

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Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Shop staff threatened in knife-point robbery

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Money and a purse were taken from a convenience store in Stapleford during a knife-point robbery last night.

Police said two men with their faces covered threatened staff at the Best One store in Central Avenue, and one was carrying a knife.

It happened just before 21:00.

England's Broad agrees new Notts deal

BBC Sport

Here's more on the story of Stuart Broad signing a new three-year deal.

The 30-year-old fast bowler has been at Notts since 2008 but has only made 22 first-class appearances for Notts because of his England commitments.

Stuart Broad
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Have you seen Terence?

Police say they're worried about the safety of 52-year-old Terence Thompson who was reported missing from Kirkby-in-Ashfield on Monday.

Officers said he had his dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier called Lucky, with him.

Terence Thompson
Nottinghamshire Police

Police yet to determine cause of death

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The men are aged 35 and 19.

Leicestershire Police said post mortem examinations would be carried out to determine their cause of death.

Two men die in farm slurry accident

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two men have died in an accident involving slurry on a farm near Bottesford, close to the Nottinghamshire border.

It happened yesterday and the Health and Safety Executive said it was believed to involve a delivery of slurry to the site.

Normanton
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Many fake electrical items are 'unsafe'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Paul Gretton from Nottingham Trading Standards said many of the counterfeit goods could break easily and fall apart.

"At the worst," he said "it could kill them as some of these electrical items are untested and we believe many of them will be unsafe."

Paul Gretton
BBC

Watch out for fake goods

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Most of you will have done all your Christmas shopping by now, but if you still have a few things to buy, then be careful you're not buying a fake.

Trading Standards officers have seized more than 450 elctrical items and clothing from a Facebook seller in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Fake goods
BBC

Mum's heartbreak at son's cancer battle

Nottingham Post

A Keyworth mum has spoken to the Nottingham Post about her heartbreak over her teenage son's battle with a rare and aggressive cancer for most of this year.

Cricketer admits he has been 'very lucky'

BBC Sport

Looking back on the last year, cricketer James Taylor admits he has been "very, very lucky".

He told the BBC all he wanted in his career was to play for England but "it was all taken away" from him when he was forced to retire, aged just 26.

James Taylor
James Taylor

Taylor: 'It made me realise I'm not invincible'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's that James Taylor interview with BBC East Midlands Today in full. 

The cricketer has had an extraordinary year and said he realised he was not invincible after the discovery of his heart condition.

Travel: Roads busy with shoppers

BBC Travel

Shoppers are also causing delays around High Road in Bulwell, the High Street in Arnold and Nottingham Road in Mansfield.

Cricket: New deal for Broad

BBC Nottingham Sport

Stuart Broad has signed a new three year contract with Nottinghamshire.

Stuart Broad
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Academy manager leaves Notts

BBC Nottingham Sport

There's been a departure at Meadow Lane.

Academy manager and former caretaker manager Mick Halsall has left the club.

Mick Halsall
Andy Stokes

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Two men have been cleared of raping a woman they met at a Nottingham nightclub
  • A Nottingham mum is preparing to feed more than 150 people on Christmas Day after she put out an appeal for lonely people to join her for dinner
  • Nottingham Panthers kick off a busy festive period with their home game against Dundee Stars tonight

Good luck Mo

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

What a great woman!

We'll try and catch up with Mo next week to see how the dinner went.

Mum wants dinner goers to feel loved

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mo's Christmas dinner came about after she wanted to offer somewhere for people to go if they were facing Christmas Day alone.

"I work in mental health so I have met a lot of people that get lonely in the festive period and I thought it'd be a great idea to invite five to 10 people to my house," said the mum-of-two.

Mo Fayose
BBC

"I want them to go away feeling happy and that somebody showed them love."

Twelve turkeys and sacks of potatoes on shopping list

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

After so many people got in touch, the dinner has outgrown her house and Mo has moved it into two community halls.

She has also been contacted by 30 volunteers who are helping her to get everything ready.

Mo Fayose
BBC

Today she told BBC Radio Nottingham she had loads on her shopping list including 12 turkeys, gammon, three big sacks of potatoes and kilos of brussel sprouts.

Busy few days for Christmas hostess

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's going to be a busy few days for Mo Fayose who is preparing Christmas dinner for almost 150 people on Sunday.

The mental health nurse from Basford, Nottingham put out an appeal online to host dinner at her house for anyone who was going to alone on Christmas Day - and she was taken aback with the response she got.

Mp Fayose
BBC

Woman hurt in Beeston bus crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

An elderly bus passenger is in a serious condition in hospital after she suffered a head injury when the bus was involved in a crash yesterday.

It collided with a car at the junction of Dennis Avenue and Central Avenue in Beeston at about 13:00 and police have asked witnesses to come forward

Busy week for Panthers

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

The Nottingham Panthers kick off a busy festive fixture list this evening with a home game against Dundee Stars. 

The Panthers still have five matches before the year is out with face off tonight at 19:30.

Ice Arena
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To me, to you ...

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Chuckle Brothers are celebrating their 50th Pantomime season and are spending it in Nottingham as they appear in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal.

Shop apologises after 'rogue batch' of calendars

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Smiggle, which has a shop in the Victoria Centre, has apologised and said a small number of customers had found faulty products in their Advent calendars because of a "rogue batch".

They said Ms Hatton had been offered a full refund.

East Midlands roadworks to stop over Christmas

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Now, quickly returning to travel as it's probably going to be an issue for you at some stage today...

More than 30 miles of roadworks in the East Midlands will be completed or suspended for the Christmas getaway.

Highways England will begin this process this morning until 3 January. Meanwhile, East Midlands Trains services will stop running earlier than normal on Christmas Eve. 

Roadworks
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