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  1. Updates for Monday 9 January 2017
  2. Bird flu tests after swans found dead in Clumber Park
  3. Sherwood Forest anti-fracking petitions attract 200,000 signatures
  4. Mansfield woman's mystery bruise face illness
  5. DH Lawrence 'repulsive village' letter up for auction
  6. New owners set to take over Notts County and Forest
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from Local Live today.

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Weather: Light showers tomorrow afternoon

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

 A breezy night with variable cloud and a few light spots of rain and drizzle. 

Lows of 4C (39F).


A windy day on Tuesday - variable cloud at first with a few brighter spells however turning increasingly dull, cloudy and drizzly with a few light showers later in the afternoon.

Highs of 9C (48F).

Siblings school petition to be discussed

Nottingham Post

Councillors are set to discuss a 4,500-name petition calling for out-of-catchment pupils to be allowed to attend the same schools as their siblings.

Cyclist hurt in Blidworth hit-and-run

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A cyclist was left with minor injuries after being knocked off his bike in a hit-and-run in Blidworth on New Year's Eve.

Police said the 20-year-old was hit by a black vehicle in Belle View Lane between 21:30 and 22:50.

Fire at former pit

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Fire crews have been called to a derelict building at the Thorseby Colliery site. 

They needed one jet to extinguish the fire, which the service says was due to excess oil on machinery.  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • The bodies of 12 swans found dead in Clumber Park are being tested for bird flu
  • British Red Cross have helped out at A&E in Nottingham, it's been confirmed
  • An offensive sign, which has appeared in Rainworth after plans for a travellers site were revealed, is being taken down

Travel: Fire delays Beeston buses

BBC Travel

Defra confirm Clumber bird flu tests

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The carcasses of 12 dead swans discovered in Clumber Park are currently being tested for bird flu, the government's confirmed.

They should know in the next few days whether the birds died from the H5N8 strain of the disease, which has killed nine swans down in Dorset.

John Beres

There have been confirmed cases in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, Defra said, but this would be the first outbreak of the disease in Nottinghamshire.

Travel: City lane closure causing delays

BBC Travel

The lane is due to be closed for six weeks...

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Council to act over offensive 'gypsy door' sign

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

This offensive sign, which appeared in Rainworth over the weekend, is being taken down by the local council.


It appeared in the village after plans for a new travellers site off Churchfield Drive were revealed.

A spokeswoman for Mansfield District Council said they've had no reports about the offensive sign, which appears to be painted on a door and tied to a lamppost. However, the authority will be sending staff out to take it down.

East Midlands weather update: Isolated showers

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

The theme of this week is breezy conditions and it'll be turning colder towards the end of the week. 

However, unlike most of the north, we don’t have any weather warnings (as of yet) and the cold air coming to us towards the end of the week is not related to the cold currently being felt in Europe.


For the rest of the afternoon, it will be dry and bright with a few isolated showers. 

Busiest ever hour at QMC A&E

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The pressure on Nottingham's A&E since New Year has continued... the QMC was on black alert last week for the third time this winter.

"Black" is the highest state for alert and shows a health and social care system under huge strain. 

Last Monday, the hospital had their busiest ever hour - with 180 patients presenting at A&E in just one hour. That's one patient every 20 seconds, on average.


Red Cross volunteers provided ambulances

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's the first time in years that the British Red Cross has been deployed in this way.  

Volunteers provided refreshments for ambulance staff and patients at Queen's Medical Centre, it's been confirmed. 

The charity's ambulances were also used to take some patients home. 

Red Cross
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Red Cross volunteers support Nottingham A&E

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

You might have seen the controversial comments made by the British Red Cross this weekend, describing the "humanitarian crisis" in the NHS.

Well it's now been revealed that the charity has been called in by East Midlands Ambulance Service to help them cope with huge frontline pressures this winter. 

Volunteers supported staff and patients at A&E units at Nottingham on New Year's Day. The charity also helped at emergency units in Leicester, Lincoln, Kettering and Northampton.     

EMAS ambulance

Travel: A1 congestion

BBC Travel

There's more traffic than usual on the A1 northbound in Newark between Balderton and Coddington.

Travel: A60 delays

BBC Travel

There's currently heavier than usual traffic on the A60 Mansfield Road in Ravensheard around the Blidworth Waye junction.

Would-be distraction burglar fled after challenge

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Police have issued a warning after a man walked into a house in Long Eaton claiming he was there to check the meter.

After being challenged, however, the man turned and left. The incident took place between 13:00 and 14:00 on Thursday.

The man has been described as white, aged about 55, of medium build and about 6ft tall. He had short, curly grey hair, was clean shaven, and was described as having "yellowed front teeth". 

College street

Clumber Park bird flu fears after swans found dead

Retford Times

Twelve swans have been found dead at Clumber Park prompting bird flu concerns.

Ian Thornhill

Missing teenager found

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Angel Callaghan, 15, who was reported missing by Nottinghamshire Police earlier has been found safe and well.

Thanks if you shared our appeals.

Cricket: Lumb leads Sydney Sixers to win

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire opener Michael Lumb hit 31 in his first appearance for the Sydney Sixers at this year’s Big Bash.

The 36-year-old’s runs helped his side to a six-wicket win against the Melbourne Renegades. 

Michael Lumb

East Midlands weather update: Drier later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain will gradually clear away this afternoon, leaving some drier and brighter conditions for a time. It will be breezy with highs of 9C (48F).


Surveys 'do not include fracking'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Ineos said it was "exploring the viability" of shale gas across the country and its seismic imaging surveys "do not include fracking in any form." 

'Leave Sherwood Forest alone'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Lorna Greenwood, from 38 Degrees, said people were "demanding that Sherwood Forest - home to rare wildlife and ancient trees - be left alone". 

The government gave Ineos licences to explore for shale gas on a million acres of land across the UK.

As part of this, the company wants to carry out seismic imaging surveys at Sherwood Forest and other locations.

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Sherwood Forest anti-fracking petitions signed by 200k

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

You'll have no doubt seen the story over the weekend about a protest against plans to survey Sherwood Forest for shale gas.

Chemicals firm Ineos wants to scan land under the ancient forest to see if there's a potential for fracking.

Campaign groups 38 Degrees and Friends of the Earth have started petitions that call on the Forestry Commission to keep Ineos out of the forest. Since Friday, more than 200,000 signatures have been gathered.

sherwood forest protest

Have you seen Angel?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have put out an appeal to find a 15-year-old girl who went missing about 23:00 last night in New Ollerton.

Angel Callaghan, who has links to Grimsby, was last seen wearing a brown and cream striped top with black leggings.

Angel Callaghan
Nottinghamshire Police

Tennis: Rae in Fed Cup team

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham tennis player Jocelyn Rae has been included in the GB Fed Cup team.

She'll be appearing alongside Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Laura Robson.

Jocelyn Rae
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Women's FA Cup: Lady Pies to face Derby

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Forest Ladies have been drawn away to Derby County Ladies in the third round of the Women's FA Cup.

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Pair depart Magpies after loans expire

BBC Nottingham Sport

Confirmation from Notts County of two loan departures...

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'Obscene' Lawrence book banned in 1929

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here is Sean Bean and Joely Richardson in a BBC adaptation of one of Lawrence's novels, Lady Chatterley's Lover.

sean bean joely richardson lady chatterley

The book was banned in Britain in 1929 on the grounds it was "obscene".  

But a clause in the Obscene Publications Act allowed publishers to escape conviction if they could show a work had literary merit.  

After a sensational trial in 1960 the prosecution failed to make the case that it was obscene and within a year it had outsold the Bible, shifting two million copies.

Alan Smith

Caretaker boss Alan Smith says there is light at the end of the tunnel for Notts County, despite a 10th straight defeat.

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Lawrence letter expected to fetch £1,200

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Lawrence, who wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow, was inquiring about cottages to let in the Pangbourne area.

A spokesman for auction house Lyon and Turnbull said the author had been in a "peevish mood" at the time the note was written.

He'd been living in relative poverty two years after he was forced to leave his Cornish home following claims he and his German wife had been signalling to enemy submarines.

The letter's expected to sell for £1,200 on Wednesday.  

Lyon & Turnbull

DH Lawrence letter: 'Pangbourne is repulsive'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's fair to say DH Lawrence - arguably Nottinghamshire's most famous author - wasn't shy of using a few controversial words.

The Eastwood-born author is in the news today for the way he described a Berkshire village back in 1919.

DH Lawrence

In a letter, being auctioned in Edinburgh this week, he described Pangbourne as repulsive and smelly.

"Women use scent on their clothes, and petrol plus river plus pavement... I suffer by the nose," he wrote.

Ben Osborn

Midfielder Ben Osborn says he was "embarrassed" by Nottingham Forest's FA Cup third-round defeat at Wigan.

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Man hit by train at Tuxford

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

British Transport Police has said a man was hit by a train at Tuxford West Junction about 08:40 this morning.

"We attended, alongside colleagues from the ambulance service, but the person was sadly declared dead at the scene," a statement on their website said.

It's not believed to be suspicious and officers are trying to contact the man’s next of kin.

A spokesman for BTP just told me they've handed the lines back to Network Rail a couple of minutes ago so services should start to get back to normal.

Your pictures: Notts sunsets

BBC Weather Watchers

There was a lovely end to the weekend as the sun made a brief appearance just before it set yesterday.

Milton, north Nottinghamshire...




And Misterton


Compensation available after East Coast delays

Train delays: Retford lines open

Trains moving southbound

Stuart Thomas

Head of BBC East Midlands

First train south in more than an hour and a half has just left Newark (I'm on it). 

No movement northbound yet at all. Disruption likely for several hours.