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  1. Updates for Tuesday 7 February 2017
  2. Shanay Walker inquest: Injury fears raised 'six times'
  3. Stolen pony reunited with owner
  4. Panthers to celebrate cup success
  5. Chickens found abandoned in a bucket
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Ben Truslove

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Weather: Outbreaks of rain this evening

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Patchy cloud with the risk of an isolated shower this evening. Overnight cloud will thicken up from the west with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

Minimum temperature 3C (37F) 


Celebrate Nottingham Panthers' success

BBC Nottingham Sport

Don't forget you can celebrate Nottingham Panthers' European success tonight. If you can't make it down to the Old Market Square there will be video on Facebook tonight.

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Some hospital services 'better run' in the community

Dominic Johnson

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter

The health chiefs who are behind plans to take some services out of Nottingham's hospitals and run them in the community have been defending their plans.

It comes after a group of councillors criticised the plans earlier for being too vague.

James Hopkinson from the Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We are trying to achieve value for money for the taxpayer. That means getting the best possible outcomes for the patients for the best possible price.

"Some of the services we're moving into the community... because they can get better outcomes. For example some of the rehab stuff can be done in people's own homes."

Accident on London Road

A warning to anyone heading out of Nottingham on London Road...

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Your pictures: Waxwings in Hucknall

BBC Weather Watchers

Lucky Steve A captured these beautiful waxwings eating in Hucknall earlier today.

Steve A

This year has seen an usually large number of visitors of the Scandinavian bird, drawn to the UK by a bumper crop of berries.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham and J24 for A6.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound between J25, A52 (Nottingham) and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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Inspectors criticise Islamic girls' school

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

An Islamic girls' school facing a court battle over its partial closure has again been criticised by inspectors.

Jamia al-Hudaa Residential College in Nottingham lodged an appeal in 2016 after it was ordered to stop taking boarders due to poor Ofsted reports.

An inspection in January found progress in areas such as promoting British values but continued issues with safeguarding and teaching.

Overall it said the school did not meet all minimum standards.

The school has yet to comment.

Jamia al-Hudaa Residential College

Milton Street reopens after fire

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

If you were wondering what all the problems down Milton Street were earlier, it was a fire in a lift motor room. 

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It's all now sorted and the road has reopened.

Moving services out of hospital 'could save patient journeys'

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

While the NHS's plans to move eight services out of its hospitals in Nottingham were largely criticised by the scrutiny committee, not everyone agreed.

Kay Cutts, leader of the Conservative group on Nottinghamshire County Council, welcomed the proposals saying it would avoid some patients having to make long journeys to hospital.

Watch: 'Scant lack of detail' in NHS plans

The NHS hopes to save money and improve some services by moving them out of Nottingham's hospitals into the community. But Labour councillor Joyce Bosnjak said they were left guessing at the plans...

Hospital decommissioning plans criticised

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

Plans to move eight Nottingham hospital services into the community have been criticised by a group of councillors.

The health scrutiny committee, made up of county and city councillors, said the NHS should have involved them earlier in the decision making process.

The NHS said it aims to save money and improve the services, named below, by moving them closer to patients' homes.

The committee has asked health chiefs to provide more detail when they return in March.

Proposed changes

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. Traffic is coping well.

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The afternoon weather for the East Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Brighter spells expected across the East Midlands this afternoon and staying mainly dry, although there is the risk of a shower later. Highs of 9C (48F).  

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24A for A50 Derby and J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J24a, A50 (Derby) and J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Stags land two awards nominations

BBC Nottingham Sport

Mansfield Town has two nominees in the League Two January awards. Steve Evans is up for manager of the month after guiding the Stags to four wins and a draw.

Midfielder Ben Whiteman scored twice and is up for player of the month.

Mum hits out as daughter waits eight weeks for a school place

Nottingham Post

Concerned parents have accused Nottingham City Council of neglecting their daughter's education and development after waiting eight weeks for a school place.  

Health meeting over decommissioning plans

Pip Watts

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Plans to decommission at least seven services at Nottingham's two main hospitals are being discussed by councillors today.


Brain injury rehabilitation, pain management and chronic fatigue services could be provided in the community instead of at Queen's Medical Centre or Nottingham City Hospital.

We'll have more on that later in the day.

'Mark horses' call to protect from theft

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Charlotte - who was reunited with her stolen pony Stardust - is urging all horse owners to get their animals marked to prevent theft.

She was on her way to a market to see if anyone was about to sell her beloved beast when she got the call to say he'd been found.

"He's got two numbers and two letters on his back - it's called a freeze mark. I suggest everybody who has a horse, get it done. You can't steal a horse with this - you can't sell a horse with a freeze mark."


Trams running on time

Good news on the tram service after delays this morning when an ambulance was called to help a passenger.

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Tears as stolen pony is reunited with owner

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Some good news to melt hearts now. A stolen pony was reunited with his owner after thousands of people shared his plight on social media.

Stardust is just 32in (81cm) tall and has helped countless children learn to ride but he disappeared from an Aslockton field on Friday.

Stardust and owner Charlotte Smith

After an all night search and appeals on Facebook and Twitter, owner Charlotte Smith got a call the following day to say he was wandering around, four miles up the road.

"Eventually when we caught him, my friend moved his forelock out of his eyes and when he looked at me, he just whinnied the biggest whinny ever. My heart just melted and everyone started crying," she said.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 lane blocked on entry slip road northbound at J28, A38 (Alfreton). Traffic is coping well.

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Appeal for help in finding Joe Young

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Have you seen missing Joe Young? The 22-year-old was reported missing from the Calverton area last night but hasn't been seen since Wednesday last week.

Joe Young
Nottinghamshire Police

Plans for electric taxis in Nottingham

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Nottingham City Council has revealed plans to cut the number of older, more polluting taxis in the city.

It wants a fleet of electric cars alongside a new code of conduct for drivers, a possible uniform and a booking app.

Nottingham cabs

Richard Antcliff, who is in charge of licencing at the council, said not every driver can be expected to invest £50,000 in a vehicle 

"We wouldn't advocate spending that much money up front. There will be a variety of financial products really is, fundamentally looking at the business model again.

"The current model is not sustainable. We've got cars almost 20 years old, the average age of a Hackney is 14 years old. We've got to move forward but the challenge is big."

Missed appointment charges would 'hurt the vulnerable'

Pip Watts

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A GP said fining patients who miss doctor's appointments would hit the most vulnerable in society.

It comes after a survey suggests 70% of people think it's a good idea.

But Nottingham based GP Dr Jonathan Harte said: "They have the greatest social care issues and they often have the most chaotic lifestyle which is often why they become ill in the first place. 

"It's people whith those sort of chaotic lifestyles who often have mental health problems.

"You'd also need to make sure you have a very accurate process to allow people to cancel an appointment when they realise they are not going to make it."

Doctor writing a scrip
Science Photo Library

Your comments: Abandoning hens is 'evil'


The news of the bucket of chickens found abandoned in Bestwood attracted plenty of comments on Facebook

Tracy Wright wrote: "If i found them i would have tried to save them then kept them myself. People can be so vile with not one ounce of compassion."

Phillipa McGinley Collins said: "Whoever did this I hope you or someone you love suffers just as much pain! Evil beyond compare! 👺  "

Bucket of chickens

Panthers to celebrate cup success in Old Market Square

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Want to celebrate Nottingham Panthers' European success? Well today's the day.

At 18.15, the first British ice-hockey team to win a major European trophy will be outside the Council House to mark their victory.  

Panthers with the Continental Cup
Panthers Images

There will be a stage presentation with "special effects" and the Continental Cup itself. Although, it's really more of a plate.

Panthers lifted the trophy last month after a 4-1 victory over Italian hosts Ritten. 

Weather for the East Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

A damp start to the day but it should brighten later. Here's the outlook...  

Shanay Walker child cruelty inquest opens

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

A teacher of a seven-year-old girl repeatedly abused by her aunt before her death reported concerns on six occasions, an inquest has heard.

Shanay Walker died of a brain injury at a house in Nottingham while in the care of Kay-Ann Morris in July 2014.

Shanay Walker
Nottinghamshire Police

The inquest, which opened yesterday, heard from Lisa Hyland, of Southglade Primary School. She said she had suspicions someone was "deliberately causing injuries" to her.

The aunt and grandmother Juanila Smikle were jailed for child cruelty in 2015.

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BBC News Online

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