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  1. Updates for Wednesday 18 January 2017
  2. Notts has one of highest rates of illegal dog fighting
  3. Dan Evans beats world number seven at Australian Open
  4. Pizza Factory owners deny union claims job losses 'down to Brexit'
  5. Notts MPs ask Brexit questions at PMQs
  6. Terror trial latest: Man watched Islamic State videos 'to learn about propaganda'
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Dave Wade

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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 overcast tonight

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Little change this evening and overnight with overcast skies and a little drizzle in places. 

Patchy mist forming and remaining mild with lows of 7C (45F).


Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A man has been taken to hospital after being hit by a tram in The Meadows
  • A Nottingham man has been jailed for 15 years for the sexual abuse of a young girl
  • The final day of the season in League Two will have a late kick-off in order for a game to be televised

Police said it was 'most traumatic' case

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Det Con Sue Hough from Derbyshire Constabulary who investigated the case said the sexual abuse of the young girl was the most "traumatic" case she had investigated.

She said: "It was the most horrific catalogue of sexual abuse I have had to investigate on a child but it is rewarding to know we got a good result at the end of it."

DC Sue Hough

Girl 'didn't understand severity of abuse'

Lucy Vladev

BBC Radio Derby

Today the court heard how Matthew Salmon carried out multiple sexual assaults, from kissing to the repeated rape of the girl over a two year period.

The abuse started when she was just eight-years-old.

Judge Dickinson QC said she had suffered the "full spectrum of sexual abuse" and that given her age she clearly couldn't have understood how serious it was.

Nottingham Crown Court

Travel: Delays continue on tram service

Late kick-off for final day of the season

BBC Nottingham Sport

Some very advance warning on this one...

Football League confirms that the final games of the season in League Two will kick-off at 17:30.

The move is because TV will show one of the matches live and the others have to kick off at the same time on the final day - Saturday 6 May.

Man taken to hospital after being hit by a tram

Nottingham Post

Here's some details of that accident in The Meadows earlier.

A man has been taken to hospital after he was hit by a tram on Queen's Walk at about 15:00. His injuries are not thought to be serious.

Travel: Traffic delays in city centre

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on Lower Parliament Street where it meets London Road in the city centre because of roadworks.

Girl told teachers at NSPCC event

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Some more details now on Matthew Salmon who was been jailed today for sexually abusing a young girl.

Police were alerted after the girl attended an NSPCC "Stay Safe, Speak Out" workshop at her school and told her headteacher.

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Emma Grishin from the NSPCC in Nottinghamshire said it took courage for the girl to speak out.

"It takes a great deal of courage for anyone to speak out about abuse nevermind when they are a child, so it is an incredibly brave thing for her to do."

Your photos: Cloudy over Clipstone

BBC Weather Watchers

This view hasn't changed much all day and it's been very cloudy and misty over Clipstone.


Man jailed for sexual assault of young girl

Lucy Vladev

BBC East Midlands Today

I've been at Nottingham Crown Court this afternoon where Matthew Salmon from St Ann's has just been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the sexual abuse of a girl.

He will serve an extra year on licence after that.

What is social eating?

Good luck!

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Good luck Kay! 

She's off to present the breakfast show at BBC Radio York and I'm sure she'll do a great job.

Goodbye from Kay

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

My last day at BBC East Midlands Today and my last weather forecast ... suffice to say there'll be tears on air.


Cafe visit is 'therapy' for regular

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

Howard Mills is a regular at the Crocus Cafe.

He was a professional musician before poor health took its toll.

He’s now recovering well from Hepatitis C and told me: “I come in here and play the piano and it’s my therapy”.

Howard Mills

Travel: Emergency services at scene of accident

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

NET says emergency services are at the scene of the accident between the Nottingham Railway Station and Queen's Walk in the Meadows.

They hope the service will be up and running again soon.

We'll keep you posted.

Cafes help people feel part of community

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

At these cafes people also have the option of paying a little extra cash for their food, to help provide a meal for another customer who can't afford to pay.

They can also be vital in helping people with mental disabilities to become part of their community.

Crocus Cafe

It's this type of "social eating" that the council is supporting and says it hopes to see more cafes like this open in 2017.

Council aims to support more community cafes

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

I've been down to the Crocus Cafe in Lenton - Nottingham's oldest community cafe.

It's a not-for-profit cafe and uses surplus foods from supermarkets that would otherwise be thrown away.

Crocus Cafe

There are currently 20 similar cafes or "super kitchens" like this in the county and now Nottingham City Council says it wants to have one in every area by the end of the year.

Change of writer

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Dave has gone off to work on something so I'm taking over on Local Live for the rest of the afternoon.

Thanks for joining us! 

PMQs: Clarke asks for debate before 2019

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Rushcliffe's Ken Clarke has followed his Nottinghamshire neighbour Anna Soubry at PMQs by asking if there'll be a chance for MPs to vote approval for policies before negotiations are completed.

On reply, Theresa May said debates are already looking at the issues. 

As to voting on the deal, MPs can't vote on a deal unless we know what it is.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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'Bird whisperer' feeds crow for two years

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

She's also got a crow "friend" that she's been feeding for two years.

"It started following me from tree to tree," she said. 

"After about a week I started feeding her and now she waits every morning at Trent Meadows for a feed and calls her partner over."


If you're into your birds, the RSPB's annual Big Garden Bird Watch is from 28 to 30 January this year.

'My family think I'm mad'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Vicky has been called the "bird whisperer" by her family

"They think I'm a bit mad, which I am, " she said.


She's been carrying bags of mealworms and bird seed to feed her robin friend since October every time she walks her dog in the nature reserve.

"I love being outside, love seeing the wildlife, love birds, love animals and love walking my dogs," said Vicky.

Meet Chilwell's 'bird whisperer'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

You'll have heard of the horse whisperer and the dog whisperer but the bird whisperer?

That's what a Chilwell woman is being dubbed because of her close affinity with our feathered friends.

Here's Vicky Webb at Attenborough Nature Reserve with a robin eating out of her hand.

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Pizza bosses deny Brexit statement

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The firm that owns the Nottingham-based Pizza Factory, 2 Sisters, has said the job losses were down to losing a big contact with Tesco.

"100% wrong. No 'new year message' like this has been sent", a spokesman told website

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Travel: Traffic signals back on

BBC Travel

The lights had gone out on Radford Boulevard and Western Boulevard.

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Soubry asks PM for Brexit debate white paper

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

At Prime Minister's Questions, Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has called on the Prime Minister to consider publishing 12 Brexit objectives in a white paper so MPs can debate it.

In reply, Theresa May promised clarity where possible for both the public and Parliament.


Weather: More greyness

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There’ll be little change in the weather this afternoon with more grey sky, overcast conditions and occasional drizzle. 

Highs of 7C (45F).


Pizza bosses blame 'challenging economic environment'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Unite said this was the new year message Pizza Factory bosses gave to workers...

As [I] am sure you all know we are in an extremely challenging economic environment following Brexit. We are facing very significant commodity and utility inflation on top of the national living wage increases. At the same time retailer competition is intensifying with growth harder to come by and value a key theme.”

Pizza Factory managerment

The union's members voted 72% in favour of industrial action short of a strike and 66% for strike action.  

Travel: Radford lights out

BBC Travel

There's been another traffic light failure in Nottingham. This time on Radford Boulevard at the Hartley Road junction.

Brexit 'behind Pizza Factory redundancies'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Could the decision to leave the EU be behind the potential loss of 280 jobs in Nottingham?

That's what the Unite union has said it's been told by bosses at the Pizza Factory.

pizza factory

Talks are being held with the company today as workers are said to be preparing for a day of industrial action next week.

The firm currently employs 781 people, but the redundancies could kick in at the end of the month.

Travel: Ring road lights out

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A6514 Western Boulevard at the Vernon Road junction because of a traffic light failure.

Number of people in work a 'near record'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Despite this fall in employment across the East Midlands, employment minister Damian Hinds does not appear overly concerned. 

Damian Hinds
Conservative Party

He said: "There’s great news in the East Midlands where there are a near record number of people in work at 2.3 million and the employment level for women is at a record high of 1.08 million."

Your views: 'Vile' dog fighting


The news about dog fighting in Nottinghamshire has got you riled up on Facebook.

Victoria Davison wrote: "How vile. What kind or brainless thug would encourage this. The poor dogs."

Freda Hallsworth said: "What vile people we live amongst."

dog fighting

Nottingham's free running space

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

You might have seen the news recently that parkour has been officially recognised as a sport in the UK - the first country to do so.

We've taken a look at an area in Nottingham that's opened specifically for people who take part in the sport, also known as free running.

It's exhausting just watching them....

Second time Evans beats world top 10 player

BBC Sport

Nottingham's Dan Evans has just caused a major upset by stunning world number seven, Marin Cilic, to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time.

Evans, ranked 51st in the world, fought back from a poor first set to beat the Croat 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3.

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It is the second time the British number three has beaten a player ranked in the world's top 10.

He will face either Australian Bernard Tomic or Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos in the third round.

BreakingEvans beats Cilic

BBC Sport

The biggest win of Dan Evans' career.

He's beaten Marin Cilic and is into the third round of the Australian Open.