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  1. University testing starts ahead of student travel window

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Nottingham's two universities have begun testing thousands of students to enable them to safely leave the city ahead of the winter break during the "student travel window", which is due to start on Thursday.

    The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have worked with the city council to offer testing for the local student population.

    Students with negative tests can return home but if they test positive, they will be told to stay and self-isolate.

    Nottingham Trent University

    The travel window runs from 3 to 9 December, with all teaching moved online from 9 December to the end of the term.

    The dates were chosen so that anyone who has to self-isolate should still be able to leave before Christmas.

    Both universities said more information would be made available soon on staggered start dates for next term.

  2. Snow forecast for part of Derbyshire later this week

    BBC Weather

    As millions prise open the first door of their advent calendar today, parts of the East Midlands could be set for some festive snow later this week.

    The white stuff is currently forecast to fall in Ashbourne and Buxton on Friday, with sub-zero temperatures expected in the early hours.

    Snow in Buxton

    Most other parts of the region are likely to see sleet on the same day.

    Get the latest forecast for your area here.

  3. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    After a cold start, plenty of sunshine is expected throughout the day.

    Bamford landscape

    It will be mainly clear this evening and then cloud will increase through the night.

  4. 'Violent outbreaks' prompt closure of bar

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    A bar in Newark has been ordered to close due to "outbreaks of violence, crime and disorder".

    Nottinghamshire Police said Madison's Lounge Bar and Bistro, in Carter Gate, was stripped of its licence by the district council for breaching licensing laws.

    Police officer taking notes

    Insp Heather Sutton, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: "While it's a shame to see a local business close its doors, I strongly feel there were no other options for Madison's Lounge Bar and Bistro.

    "There have been several very serious incidents that have taken place and poor management has put customers' safety at risk.

    "Alongside high levels of crime and disorder, we evidenced multiple occasions where punters had not been asked for proof of age, searches had not taken place where appropriate and people had been forced to queue in an unsafe manner."

  5. Fourth man arrested over shooting in Stapleford

    Neil Heath

    BBC News Online

    A fourth man has been arrested by police after a man was shot in the arm.

    A 23-year-old man was injured near Hickings Lane Park, Stapleford, on 18 November.

    An 18-year-old was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder.

    Hickings Lane Park

    Two men, both aged 21, have already been arrested on suspicion of the same offence and released on bail.

    A third man, aged 58, has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is currently on police bail.

    The victim has since been discharged from hospital.

  6. Nottinghamshire's stricter rules 'averted catastrophe'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A Nottinghamshire health boss has said the county managed to "avert catastrophe" by increasing restrictions when Covid rates spiked last month.

    Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health for Nottinghamshire County Council, praised the hard work of residents and said the gains had been "very hard won".

    With lockdown due to end next week and the county set to enter tier three restrictions, he said this was not the time to "squander" those hard gains and urged people to stick to the measures in place.

    A man wearing a face mask as he walks through Nottingham city centre

    A briefing with local health bosses earlier on Friday heard the number of people being admitted to Nottinghamshire hospitals with Covid has gone down, along with the number of Covid-related deaths.

    However, there are still significantly more people in hospital with the virus than during the first peak in April.

    Dr Andy Haynes, the executive lead with the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, said the local NHS is ready to start administering a vaccine once one is approved by regulators.

    It has taken on 214 new members of staff to work on the vaccination programme that will aim to administer 80,000 Covid vaccines a week.

  7. East Midlands Chamber calls for clarity on tier timescale

    East Midlands Today

    Business leaders in the region worry they'll miss crucial Christmas trade after most areas were placed in the highest level of restrictions when national lockdown ends.

    It means serious restrictions on the hospitality industry at typically one of their busiest times.

    Draft pumps inside pub

    Chris Hobson, from the East Midlands Chamber, said: "Businesses need time to plan, they need time to order stock, they need time to talk to staff, to talk to customers.

    "We need much greater clarity and much clearer timescales from government in terms of decisions being made so people can try and charge back out of this."

  8. Newark MP promises 'meaningful review' of tiers

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Communities secretary and Newark MP Robert Jenrick has said "there will be a meaningful review" of the tiers allocation next month.

    He said some areas could see their restrictions change before Christmas.

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    Video caption: Robert Jenrick MP: There will be a 'meaningful review' of tiers
  9. Nottinghamshire tier change 'unlikely' before Christmas

    Hugh Casswell

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Council leaders had a ministerial briefing yesterday in which they were told it's very unlikely Nottinghamshire will come out of tier three when the allocation of tiers are reviewed on 16 December.

    It is more likely that will be in the new year.

    One leader described the review to me as "negligible".

    Nottingham city centre
  10. Today's weather for the East Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Today will be cold and mainly cloudy with fog lingering in places, which could be dense in some places this morning.

    However, locally, some brightness is possible.

    Kneeton, Nottinghamshire
  11. 'I'm baffled by the tier system'

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    Muahmmed Jonaid, 36, from Aspley, admitted he was unclear what the tier three rules were - and believed he was not alone.

    He said: "I think a lot of people aren't even sure of the rules in the different tiers. The difference between them baffles me."

    Muhammed Jonaid

    He added: "Looking at how busy it is here now [in Nottingham city centre] it feels like we're in tier three [rather than a national lockdown] already, I'd rather just stay in this."

    A full breakdown of the rules for 2 December onwards is available here.

  12. Restrictions will leave some firms 'hanging by a thread'

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Rick Blackmore, East Midlands director of the Confederation of British Industry, said going into toughened tiers while waiting for a vaccine to be rolled out would feel like "suspended animation" for businesses in the region.

    “Some parts of the economy, such as retail, can begin to reopen and look towards a recovery," he said.

    "It gives our high streets a chance to rescue some of the vital festive trading period.

    “But for other businesses the ongoing restrictions in tiers two and three will leave their survival hanging by a thread.

    St Peter's Street in Derby

    "Hospitality will remain frozen and supply chains that cross regions in different tiers will be hit even if they don’t face direct restrictions."

    “It’s vital that these firms receive the financial support they need to make it through to the spring.

    "Clarity about ongoing employment support, including the Job Retention Bonus, will help protect as many jobs as possible.

    "Businesses need to know what support will be there through to March and beyond in advance, rather than taking it down to the wire."

  13. 'I'm not seeing my grandchildren grow up'

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    Pat West, 63, from Newark, said she was upset and confused about Nottinghamshire being made subject to the tightest restrictions.

    "It's terrible. I don't understand why we're in tier three," she said.

    "Being in it does make a difference - I work in cafes and they're mostly closed and takeaway doesn't need as many people."

    Closed sign

    Ms West also expressed sadness about the prospect of missing out on family memories.

    She said: "I'm really disappointed. My grandchildren can't come round to see me at home, I'm not seeing them grow up."