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Mosque given permission to play Eid prayers on speakers

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

If you were in St Ann's earlier you might have heard the Islamic call to prayer being played on speakers outside the Nottingham Islamic Centre.

The mosque in Curzon Street is currently closed but was given special permission by the city council to play the prayers today to mark the celebration of Eid which takes place over the weekend.

Worshippers were told they could drive to the mosque but to stay close to their cars and ensure they practised social distancing.

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Drone footage shows extent of Langar industrial estate fire
A plume of smoke that could be seen across several counties is captured in the film.

Council in 'pause situation' with Broadmarsh centre

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Nottingham City Council has responded to concerns over whether construction work will resume on the redevelopment of Broadmarsh shopping centre.

Leader, councillor David Mellen, said he was "considering what else could take place" should the delays continue.

Retail giant Intu was already facing significant financial difficulties before the coronavirus crisis and this week said it was "reviewing the next step" for the project.

Mr Mellen said: "We're in a pause situation with the Broadmarsh centre, but we're also bearing in mind the fact that the company Intu is in some difficulties.

"We are in negotiations with them, looking at our own position in terms of contracts we've signed and being aware that not everything we planned can continue in the way we planned it.

"We know how crucial that site is to the whole of the south side redevelopment."

Broadmarsh development

The Intu Broadmarsh, along with the bus station, car park and library, were set to be the centrepieces of a huge redevelopment of the south of Notingham, from the city centre to The Meadows.

Intu previously said it was "taking stock" and a spokesman added: "We know how important this is to Nottingham, and will give people an update as soon as we can."

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Some areas may see early rain but this should clear to leave much of the day dry and sunny.

There were certainly some dark clouds over Chesterfield this morning - thanks to Viki Spireite for the photo.

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City secures funding to trial eCargo bikes

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A new electric bike scheme is being trialed in Nottingham after the city council secured £50,000 of government funding.

The eCargo bikes are designed to be a zero-emission way of moving loads around.

eCargo bike
Nottingham City Council

Other advantages are thought to include taking up less space than a van or truck and having health benefits for users.

The small fleet will first be trialled by the authority to replace journeys around the city currently done by petrol or diesel vehicles.

Later this year they will be made available to organisations like Sustrans, Nottingham Bikeworks, Ridewise and the two universities.

Local businesses will also be able to use them via the Workplace Travel Service (WTS).

Nottinghamshire's Stuart Broad returns to 'individual training'

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Nottinghamshire cricketer Stuart Broad has been giving an insight into the protocols England players face as they return to individual training.

Broad was one of the England bowlers who was selected for individual sessions as players look to get in shape for a proposed behind-closed-doors series with the West Indies in July.

Broad chronicled his return to Trent Bridge through his Instagram story, where he showed himself taking his temperature with a digital thermometer at home before uploading the result to an app.

Stuart Broad
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Once at Nottinghamshire's ground he was given a designated parking space and directed straight to the pitch.

There he bowled on a wicket on his own, with a physiotherapist there to provide support.

Broad was allowed into the pavilion for a toilet break and was given his own designated toilet, revealing he had to use the ladies' room.

Up to 18 bowlers will take part in individual training sessions across seven county grounds.

Stuart Broad bowling for England
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Speeding in excess of 100mph on A46 prompts warning

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Two motorists caught driving at more than 100mph on the same road in Nottinghamshire have prompted a police warning over speeding.

Nottinghamshire Police said a driver was caught doing 105mph on the A46 in Bingham on 14 May, while another was clocked at 111mph on the same road yesterday.

Both have been reported for summons in court, where they could be banned from driving, the force added.

Police said further patrols are now being carried out following a "noticeable increase" in speeding in the county and country as a whole.

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Litter dumped in woodland 'unacceptable'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Forestry England is appealing to its visitors to "respect and protect" sites after litter was found disposed of in Nottinghamshire woodland.

Litter at Sherwood Pines
Forestry England

It said visitor numbers to Sherwood Pines were increasing daily, despite most of the facilities remaining closed.

There are also limited staff members to care for and maintain the forests, Forestry England added.

A spokesman said: "Clearly this is unacceptable behaviour and we are appealing to everyone to please respect and protect our forests by taking your litter home during these challenging times."

Litter at Sherwood Pines
Forestry England

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's how Thursday morning is looking in Tuxford.

Across the region, we should see some sunny periods this morning but with the chance of the odd shower. It will then be dry this afternoon with plenty of sunshine.

Tuxford sunrise
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Nottingham Trent University campuses 'to reopen in autumn'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Students at Nottingham Trent University will be able to return to campus in September.

The university is planning to open all of its campuses for the autumn term for classroom and online teaching.

No lessons have taken place at the university since 23 March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Nottingham Trent University

Professor Edward Peck - vice-chancellor of the university - said: "At every step we will be sure to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students and we will follow all government advice: our community's safety will stay our priority."

He said the university was also working with Nottingham Trent Students' Union to "rethink how we approach the social aspect of university life".

Three injured in unmarked police car crash

Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a Nottinghamshire police officer, a woman and a child were injured in a crash involving an unmarked police car in South Yorkshire.

Ryton Road

The officer was driving on the A57 Worksop Road near Anston just after 22:00 on Tuesday 12 May when the car was involved in a crash with a VW Golf at the junction with Ryton Road.

A 40-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl in the Golf were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries. They have since been discharged.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit, police added.

The driver of the Nottinghamshire Police car, which was a black, unmarked Seat Leon responding to an emergency call, suffered minor injuries, South Yorkshire Police said.

Anybody who saw the crash - or saw either vehicle before the crash - is being asked to get in touch with police.

Man charged after 'petrol bombs thrown'

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A man has been charged after reports of petrol bombs being thrown at a property in Nottingham.

Residents were evacuated in the area of Bosworth Walk, in The Meadows, on Monday afternoon.

The 45-year-old, from the same street, has been charged with causing a dangerous/noxious thing to be taken/received with intent to burn/maim/disfigure or disable another or cause grievous bodily harm to another.

Police at Bosworth Walk in The Meadows, Nottingham

He was also charged with affray and possession of a bladed article. He remains in custody and is due appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court later.

Coronavirus: Specsavers office jobs at risk in Nottingham

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Hundreds of office jobs across Specsavers offices in Nottingham, Southampton and Guernsey are at risk of redundancy due to a "sizeable downturn in business" because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Specsavers has announced the redundancies will impact 450 support office jobs "at all levels of seniority" and spanning "all business functions".

Staff employed in its 900 UK stores will not be affected.

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CEO John Perkins said: "We have done everything we possibly could to avoid making people redundant, including implementing salary cuts, the introduction of part-time working arrangements and utilising the government's furlough scheme.

"My heart goes out to each and every one of our people who could lose their jobs."

He added: "Moving forward, our single-minded focus is on rebuilding the business to protect the interests of our joint venture partners and their store teams."

Coronavirus: Almost 90 key workers 'coughed on or spat at'

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Almost 90 attacks on key workers responding to the coronavirus outbreak have been investigated in Nottinghamshire, according to police.

Nottinghamshire Police said there were 61 incidents of key workers being coughed on or spat at between 20 March and 27 April and a further 28 similar assaults were reported up to 18 May.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said the attacks on police officers, care workers and paramedics was "abhorrent".

"I find it abhorrent that anyone would ever think to spit or cough at an emergency worker," he said.

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He added: "Each and every day, the county’s key workers are putting themselves at risk to help keep the public safe and I – along with the vast majority of the county we serve – cannot be more thankful of their efforts."

The force has charged five men, aged between 23 and 37, from the Nottingham area, with various attacks on emergency workers.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers, prison officers, firefighters and other front-line workers in the county have made a plea to stop these attacks through a video.

Girl, 3, 'seriously injured' after dog bites face

A three-year-old girl is in hospital after being bitten on the face by a dog.

Nottinghamshire Police said the German shepherd was off its lead around Enderby Square and Woodside Road in Lenton Abbey at about 15:30 today.

The girl was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre with "serious injuries", a spokesman said.

The dog owner's described as being in her late 40s, about 5ft 5in tall with red hair.

Enderby Square Lenton Abbey

Prisoner dies after testing positive for Covid-19

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

An inquest has heard a prisoner died after contracting Covid-19.

George Cobbledick, aged 90, was serving a sentence at HMP Whatton in Nottinghamshire when he died at Nottingham's City Hospital on 4 April.

Assistant coroner Laurinda Bower opened the inquest into his death at the city's coroner's court earlier.

HMP Whatton

"Doctors have proposed a medical cause of death of Covid-19 associated bronchopneumonia and emphysema," said Ms Bower.

She said during his treatment the prisoner tested positive for Covid-19.

The inquest was adjourned for further evidence to be gathered.

Inquest opens into prisoner death

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

An inquest has opened into the death of a prisoner at HMP Whatton in Nottinghamshire.

Dean Hunt was pronounced dead on 23 April at City Hospital in Nottingham where he had been receiving treatment.

Assistant coroner Laurinda Bower said a post-mortem examination found the 41-year-old had died of metastatic renal cell carcinoma, which is also known as kidney cancer.

HMP Whatton

"Because he was a serving prisoner during the time of his death this matter shall proceed to inquest," said Ms Bower.

She said the inquest would be adjourned to another date for further evidence to be gathered.

Man in hospital after Netherfield assault

A man has been taken to hospital after an assault in Netherfield.

Nottinghamshire Police said he had been walking to the shops with a friend when a group of men shouted at him and assaulted him on Victoria Road at about 14:40 on Monday.

He suffered head, hip and rib injuries that aren't life threatening, a force spokesman said, and was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment.

Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Victoria Road

Nottingham Wagamama among branches to reopen

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The Nottingham branch of Wagamama will be one of the first in the UK to open for delivery.

The chain plans to reopen 67 of its restaurants for deliveries by the end of next month, having run a trial at five of its delivery kitchens earlier this month.

It said it will reopen the Nottingham branch and 23 other sites on Thursday, with a further 20 reopening on 28 May.

Like all other restaurants, Wagamama was forced to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wagamama generic
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Concerns over whether Broadmarsh work will be completed

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

The owners of Nottingham's Broadmarsh shopping centre have said they are "taking the time to review the situation" before restarting work on the redevelopment.

While other major construction projects around the city have resumed in the last week, including on the Broadmarsh car park, questions have been raised about if the development will be completed.

Construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine said it was "awaiting instruction" from Intu and had implemented safe social distancing measures on its other sites.

Broadmarsh shopping centre from above

Yesterday, Nottingham Independent city councillor Maria Watson asked the Labour-run city council for clarity, adding: "While we understand Intu's public statements have indicated construction will only recommence when it is safe to do so, and that with the current Covid-19 situation these concerns are absolutely legitimate, there is obviously also speculation the delays have as much to do with Intu's very public financial issues as they do with social distancing."

Intu recently announced it was at risk of defaulting on its debts unless lenders could give them breathing space.

In normal circumstances, the question would have been answered in the meeting, but due to the meeting being held online over Zoom, it was agreed that responses would be given by the council within 10 days.

Cafe preparing to open despite Covid-19 restrictions

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

The owner of a new cafe in Nottingham says he is still determined to open in two weeks despite a tough start to the business.

Work has continued on transforming the former supermarket in Bulwell ready for Jeromes to open on 1 June, which will offer takeaways to start with.

"It was very bad timing," said owner Jerome Gardener. "The day we got our change of use application granted was the day we went into lockdown."


He said they have made plans to spread out diners inside when they can fully open in line with government guidance.

"It is scary at this time," he added. "We have just done this makeover and we need to be generating all we can.

"But I think we will beat this one day, and we have got to be ready for when this happens, so we can come together to celebrate."

Jerome Gardener

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

It will be another dry and warm day, with temperatures building further compared to previous days.

We've certainly got some blue sky in Braunstone - thanks to Ella for the picture.

Braunstone skies

PC comes to aid of mum and baby

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A police officer came to the aid of a mother and her seven-week-old baby after being flagged down while driving in Bestwood.

Matt Hirst spotted a woman in distress while out on patrol in Southglade Road at about 15:50 on Saturday.

He stopped and got out of the van when the woman told him her baby was struggling to breathe, and he gave the baby first aid while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

The baby is now back at home, and PC Hirst said it "felt great to be able to help".

Southglade Road Bestwood

I've got kids of my own and as a parent I'd hate to be in that situation. It felt brilliant that I was able to help a mother out and that the baby has a life to look to forward to."

PC Matt HirstNottinghamshire Police

Man arrested after 'petrol bombs' thrown

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Bosworth Walk Meadows Nottingham

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and affray after "petrol bombs" were reportedly thrown at a property in Nottingham.

Officers evacuated residents in the area of Bosworth Walk in The Meadows at about 13:00 today.

Nottinghamshire Police said it's received no reports of injuries or any property being damaged, but a cordon remains in place while officers investigate.

The 45-year-old who was arrested is currently being held in custody.

Bosworth Walk Meadows Nottingham

Aldi to launch shopping delivery trial in Nottingham

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Aldi has revealed plans to deliver groceries to homes in the UK for the first time through a partnership with Deliveroo.

The discount supermarket chain said it is launching the trial today at its Daleside Road store in Nottingham before going on to test it at seven other East Midlands stores next month.

Products will be selected by store workers before being delivered by Deliveroo riders.

Aldi said the trial will initially only offer a range of essential items such as bread, milk and fresh produce.

Aldi in Daleside Road, Nottingham

Giles Hurley, Aldi UK and Ireland chief executive officer, said: "We hope the new trial with Deliveroo will provide more customers with access to great quality, affordable food at Aldi".

Ajay Lakhwani, Deliveroo's vice-president of new business, said the company was doing everything it could "to make sure that people get the food they need and want during this unprecedented time".

Deliveroo has also recently extended its grocery delivery service with M&S and linked up with Morrisons to courier food from 130 stores.

Bats and poles used in Nottingham street fight

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police are trying to identify these men after a fight involving bats and poles left one person injured.

The disorder happened in Northdown Road, Aspley, at about 16:00 on Monday.

CCTV image
Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police said one man suffered minor injuries and the individuals left in various vehicles.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the force on 101.

Leave trains for key workers, operator urges

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

East Midlands Railway has urged people to avoid catching trains unless strictly necessary and to wear face coverings if they do so.

The company has increased its number of services by 20% as people continue to return to work and has introduced social distancing measures at its stations.

It reflects changes being made by rail operators across the country.

East Midlands Railways poster
East Midlands Railway

Managing director Will Rogers said: "The new timetable will only allow a small rise in the number of passengers we can accommodate.

"We urge everyone to only go by train if it is necessary and keep public transport for key workers and those who must travel."

Man charged with arson after flat fire

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A man has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life following a fire at a flat in Nottingham.

Nobody was injured in the fire, on the second floor of a property in Holgate Road, The Meadows, at about 22:00 on Saturday.

The 27-year-old was also charged with possession of a bladed article and is due in court later.

Holgate Road

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Today is expected to stay largely dry with patchy cloud and spells of hazy sunshine, although the odd brief shower cannot be ruled out.

Thanks to Mark Hallam in Church Broughton for this splendid sunrise photo.

Church Broughton
Mark Hallam

Care homes take part in virtual festival

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

More than 60 care homes across Nottinghamshire have signed up to take part in a virtual festival's sing-a-long event.

The "Pack Up Your Troubles" sing-a-long will take place as part of the Nottstopping Festival - an online event on 23 and 24 May bringing together local musicians, poets, dancers, as well as local film and theatre.

Nottingham Playhouse pen pals scheme
Nottingham Playhouse

BBC Radio Nottingham and the Nottingham Playhouse have joined forces and hope the festival will help support care home residents and staff through the coronavirus lockdown.

They have also launched a pen pal scheme encouraging people to send a letter, story, poem or drawing to a care home resident to help forge some new friendships and brighten someone's day.

Residents 'emotional' as coaches pass through village

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Residents of a Nottinghamshire village were treated to a drive-by of coaches and buses during Thursday evening's clap for carers.

The event was organised between Marshalls of Sutton-on-Trent Ltd and Hutchinson Engineering, which are also based in Sutton-on-Trent.

Charlie Marshall, who watched the drive-by, said: "It was such an amazing memory and very emotional."

Village treated to drive-past during clap for carers

Man charged after police officers assaulted

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A man has been charged after four police officers were assaulted and spat at in the street.

Nottinghamshire Police said a community support officer (CPO) was surrounded by a group of men who "became aggressive and argumentative towards him" at about 09:30 on Meadows Way in Nottingham on Wednesday.

After one of the groups spat at the CPO, officers were called in, a force spokesman said, and when the suspect was being arrested he bit one officer on the leg, scratched the hand of another and spat at a third.

A 37-year-old man, from Nottingham, has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker, and has been remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Nottingham Magistrates' Court next week.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court