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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 January 2017
  2. NHS boss Peter Homa to retire later this year
  3. Cash for Hector the Shar-Pei's operation raised
  4. Police investigate after heron shot dead
  5. Bird flu fear swans died over Christmas period
  6. Uncertainty over Notts County and Forest sales
  7. News, sport, travel and weather resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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EFL Cup: Stags play Oldham

BBC Nottingham Sport

Mansfield Town face League One Oldham Athletic tonight in the last 16 of the EFL Trophy. 

Bird flu restrictions make for 'grumpy' hens

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

As reports of a potential bird flu outbreak comes to Clumber Park, a free-range chicken farm is coping keeping its birds indoors. 

If the post-mortem tests on the swans reveal that the H5N8 strain of the virus caused their deaths, it'll be the first case in Nottinghamshire.


At Trinity Farm in Cossall they've built two large enclosures big enough so their hens can still be classed as free range. 

Daniel Winter says the birds are feeling "grumpy" in their new home.

Crowds turn out for Bramcote funeral of Indian WW2 vet

Nottingham Post

More than 100 people lined the streets to bid farewell to one of the last Indian Army veterans who fought alongside the British in the Second World War.

Darius Henderson

Former Gillingham, Watford and Millwall striker Darius Henderson joins National League Eastleigh from Mansfield Town.

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Weather: Wind warning

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Yellow warning for wind across Nottinghamshire from the early hours till 11:00 tomorrow.

There could be gusts of 60-75mph.

Weather: Chance of odd shower

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Increasingly cloudy skies to end the day today and, although most will stay dry, there’s the small chance of an odd shower for some. 

Gentle to moderate westerly winds and highs of 9C (48F).


Health visitor jobs threat 'receding'

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

The Unite union has said the threat to axe up to 60 health visitor jobs across Nottinghamshire "appears to be receding". 

A meeting's been held with the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust about the delivery of a new model of working but the organisation said it'll be monitoring the situation "very closely" over the weeks and months ahead.

New role for UKIP MEP

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

UKIP has named East Midlands MEP Margot Parker as "spokesman" for Women & Equalities...

Margot Parker
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Crash death man 'a doting son'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The family, who Nottinghamshire Police said were "utterly bereft", added that Mr Harris was a "very caring and doting son".

"Since his father died three years ago, he had greatly supported and helped his mother," they said.

The statement also said the software engineer was an animal lover, a great outdoors enthusiast who had travelled the world.

Tributes to Christmas Eve crash death man

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have released a statement from the family of a man who died after being hit by a lorry on the A57 in Nottinghamshire on Christmas Eve.

Dave Harris, 33, from Ragnall, died after he was struck at about 03:40 in Dunham-on-Trent.

Dave Harris
Nottinghamshire Police

His mum Anne Harris and fiance Alex Postolowsky said he was "popular, adored, selfless, kind and generous".

"He was open-minded, hard-working and a tolerant individual who had a thirst for knowledge, particularly on world affairs," they said.  

Bus Pass Elvis reflects on decades in politics

The Daily Politics

Big revelation from Clifton's Bus Pass Elvis in this interview: "I've been shot by an airgun in the back."

We'll be sad to see him go.

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Pensioner left 'extremely upset and distressed'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Call 101 if you have information.

The two men ran from her home leaving her extremely upset and distressed. Whilst shaken at the time she is now being comforted by her family. The men had collected some of her items in her living room but left them behind in their rush to leave."

Det Con John WilsonNottinghamshire Police

Purse stolen from sleeping woman, 95

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Just awful - a 95-year-old woman woke to find two men in her bedroom searching her drawers and cupboards.

It happened at about 05:00 last Wednesday in Birding Street, Mansfield, police said.

They took her cream-coloured purse containing about £100.

Birding street

Police confirm heron death

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police confirmed it had received a report that a bird had been shot this morning between 07:30 and 08:00.

A spokeswoman said officers will be making enquiries. 

Paul Wilde

John said it was an "upsetting" thing to see.

"Believe it or not, I am happy with legal shooting but this, when you're walking down the high street and a heron drops beside you, it's disturbing and gives legal shooting a bad name," he said.

'Illegal to shoot a heron'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

John retrieved the bird's body and confronted the man and has since reported what happened to the police and the RSPB.

"It's illegal to shoot a heron," he explained. "You can get a special licence like in a fishery, but all birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Game birds come in a separate category."

Heron shot and tossed in river

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Nottingham's gardening expert, John Stirland, called this morning to report a shocking wildlife crime he witnessed.

A man appeared to shoot a heron dead and throw its body in the River Devon in Muston, just over the Leicestershire border, early this morning, he said.

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Travel: A611 crash

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on A611 Hucknall Road near the Top Valley Way junction because of an accident.

Park remains open after swan deaths

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

As a precautionary measure, National Trust rangers informed government scientists, who removed the swan carcasses this week. A post-mortem examination is currently being carried out. Clumber Park will remain open to visitors as usual. Public Health England advises that the risks to public health from the H5N8 virus are very low."

National Trust spokesman

Bird flu fear swans died over Christmas

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I told you about the bodies of 12 swans found in Clumber Park that have been sent off for testing over bird flu fears.

Today the National Trust, which owns the park, have told me the swans were discovered near the lake on Christmas Eve. 

Ian Rushton

Hector settling in to new home

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Hector, who was found in Bradford, was in danger of being put down when was taken in by Halfway Home.

Mrs Hosegood said Hector is doing very well after his operation and settling in well in his new home.

"His eyes are now open, he can blink - the whole attitude of Hector changed," she said.

"To see him play and actually pick a toy up... huge thanks to everyone who donated towards Hector."


'Saggy dog tail' has happy ending

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Some great news now. Remember poor Hector the Shar-Pei?

Well, the £1,500 he needed to remove his floppy folds of skin that were threatening his sight has been raised!

And he's not only getting a facelift, he's also got a new home, according to Val Hosegood, from Halfway Home Dog Rescue in Collingham.

Your pictures: Miserable motorway

BBC Weather Watchers

A grey day, illustrated perfectly by this photo from the M1 bridge between Trowell services and junction 26 this morning.

Steve A

Travel: A1 lane closed

BBC Travel

One lane of the A1 northbound is closed between the A614 and the M18 because of a broken down vehicle.

Medical director also retiring

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's also been announced that NUH's medical director, Dr Steven Fowlie, is to retire in May.

stephen fowlie

An NUH spokesman said recruitment for Peter and Stephen's successors will start "in the near future". 

"We are confident that NUH will attract exceptionally experienced and talented successors to Peter and Stephen," a statement on the trust's website said.

NHS boss 'to spend time with family'

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It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve NUH as Chief Executive for 10 years and the NHS for 27 years as a chief executive. I will always treasure the long-lasting friendships and relationships developed with patients, relatives, staff and partners, as well as the accomplishments and challenges experienced during my career. My passion for work has so often resulted in time being deflected away from my family. Retirement enables me to address this.”

Peter HomaNottingham University Hospitals Trust chief executive

M1: All lanes reopen

BBC Travel

City council car slapped with fine

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Oops! Looks like someone from Nottingham City Council may have a fine to pay.


The car was parked on double yellow lines this morning on Station Street, just yards from Loxley House.

Nottingham Forest sale 'on track'

Natalie Jackson

BBC East Midlands sports editor

For Forest fans asking about the takeover, I understand "there is no snag and it is on track." 

Both sides are working hard to get the deal done as soon as possible.

Travel: A52 crash

BBC Travel

An accident is partially blocking the A52 inbound at the Gamston Island.

Picture: M1 misery

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Bad luck if you're caught in this

Here's the view from junction 23A after an overturned vehicle has closed the M1 northbound at junction 24.

Highways England

Travel: M1 northbound closed

BBC Travel

Retirement news amid A&E black alert

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The news about Mr Homa's retirement has come as health bosses at the trust said today they had no choice but to declare a second black alert in the space of a week. 

There's been further huge demand at Queen's Medical Centre's A&E department, prompting staff to urge patients not to attend unless it's a genuine emergency.

BreakingConfirmed: NHS chief exec Peter Homa to retire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottingham NHS chief executive Peter Homa will retire later this year, the trust has confirmed.

Mr Homa, who's chief executive of Nottingham's two main hospitals, has been in charge of the trust for a decade.

peter homa

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has said it'll release more details later this morning.

Nottingham NHS boss Peter Homa 'stepping down'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

That's according to the Health Service Journal...

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Travel: M1 overturned vehicle

BBC Travel

Watch: Woman hits bus passenger with metal dog chain

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

This shocking footage shows a woman on bus in Bobbers Mill grabbing a female passenger by the throat before hitting her in the face with a metal dog chain wrapped around her fist.

It happened on the number 77 bus in Alfreton Road, near the Gregory Boulevard junction on 16 November, police said. 

The passenger suffered a cut above her left eyebrow. Police are looking for anyone who recognises the woman to get in touch.

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Weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Here's how it's looking today...

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Top stories this morning:

  • The QMC's A&E department is on black alert for the second time in a week
  • Notts County sale held up by £1m loan
  • And there are some doubts over the sale of Nottingham Forest