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County official rejects government school restart date

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A highly-critical letter of government plans to reopen schools to more pupils next week has been sent to headteachers in Nottinghamshire.

The message, sent by Colin Pettigrew, Nottinghamshire County Council's corporate director of children, says official advice has been "too nuanced" to be helpful.

He describes "an avalanche" of repetitive advice from the Department for Education since last weekend that is "often too late to support meaningful planning".

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Writing before yesterday's press briefing by the Prime Minister, Mr Pettigrew said "regardless" as to what Boris Johnson would say "more children can only return when headteachers can accommodate them."

In that briefing Mr Johnson said the most disadvantaged pupils were being hit hard by school closures and Monday would start "to put that right".

But asked today, Downing Street said there would be a “cautious and phased return, in a safe way".

Two arrested after pedestrian hit by car

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A 30-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man have been arrested after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police were called at 23:45 on Thursday to a report of a crash in Sneinton Dale.

The male pedestrian was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has since been discharged.

The two arrested have been held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm following the collision.

The road has been shut by police between Holborn Avenue and Shrewsbury Road while officers investigate.

Sneinton Dale

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's going to be another warm and sunny day with high UV levels and pollen count.

We can expect highs of 23C and lows of 9C overnight.

Weather 29 May

Council meeting suspended over 'political imbalance'

Hugh Casswell

Political reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A live-streamed meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council had to be abandoned this morning after some councillors claimed there was a political imbalance.

The full council meeting had been planned to include only around 20 councillors, rather than the usual 66, to allow for social distancing but represent the authority's political balance.

Before the meeting, Maureen Dobson, an unaligned independent councillor, said she would not attend, feeling it was unnecessary to have the meeting in person and wanted a risk assessment.

council meeting
Nottinghamshire County Council

Ashfield Independent councillor Tom Hollis, who would not have been part of the meeting otherwise, argued her not being there made the meeting politically imbalanced and wanted to take her place.

Council chief executive Anthony May said Mr Hollis refused to leave.

A few other options were discussed, such as increasing the overall number in attendance, but Labour felt this would have made social distancing impossible.

Ashfield Independent leader Jason Zadrozny said: "If they can't have some honour with how they treat people and the balance of the council then we won't behave honourably either."

Overturned tanker cleared from road

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A46 Nottinghamshire
Highways England

A tanker that overturned on the A46 at the junction with the A17 near Newark has been removed from the scene.

Earlier this afternoon, Highways England said it began "making the last few preparations" for the recovery to allow the clean-up operation to begin.

A46 Nottinghamshire
Highways England

Rescue pony injured after being 'spooked' by youths

Alex Regan

BBC News

A rescue pony cut its legs and damaged a fence after being "spooked" by youths in Brinsley.

Jon Beresford, co-founder of Brinsley Animal Rescue, said the actions of the teenagers on Tuesday night were "thoughtless and mindless", and has since been sent videos posted on social media of a boy running up to the rescue animals.

Horse cut and fence
Brinsley Animal Rescue

Mr Beresford said: "We save these ponies, sometimes from almost certain death. Often they're sold or traded for meat.

"We train them so they can be permanently rehomed.

"We weren't able to get to the animal to treat it on Tuesday night, it was so spooked."

The charity volunteer said that the boy's parents had come forward, and he would be meeting the family this evening to talk about repairing the fence.

"It's a positive outcome, we could have called the police but I'm a strong believer that making amends is a stronger lesson in life," he said.

Medical stock stolen from ambulance at hospital

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Police have launched an appeal for information after medical stock was taken from an ambulance at King's Mill Hospital.

Nottinghamshire Police said theft is thought to have happened between 22:00 and 22:30 on 28 April.

Officers are "keen" to hear from a white man of slim build, who was wearing dark tracksuit bottoms with a stripe down each leg, dark trainers and a dark hoody with white or light grey sleeves.

He was carrying a large black bag over his shoulder and his face was covered with a mask.

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


Overturned tanker sees diversions put in place

Highways England

Emergency services are at the scene on the A46 in Nottinghamshire after a tanker overturned near the A17 junction.

A diversion is in place to reconnect the two roads while the vehicle is recovered.

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Today's weather for the East Midlands

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

There's a bit of morning cloud brought in from the North Sea, but that will burn off to leave sunshine for the rest of the day.

We can expect highs of 23C and lows of 9C overnight.

Weather: 28 May 2020

Fox filmed scavenging sausages for cubs

Alex Thorp

BBC News

Footage has been captured showing a fox gathering sausages to feed her cubs.

The video was captured by photographer Andy Campbell near Nottingham Trent University's Clifton campus.

"The campus is virtually empty 24/7 now and the wildlife is moving much closer, both out of necessity to scavenge and curiosity, I guess,” Mr Campbell said.

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today there will be lots of cloud around, but there will be some sunny breaks as well.

It will be another warm day with highs of 21C and lows of 9C overnight.

Weather 26 May
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.

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.

Viki Spireite

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
PA Media

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.

Speeding GV
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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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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.

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.

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.

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

'Huge' queues reported at Nottinghamshire waste sites

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

"Huge" queues are being reported at waste sites across Nottinghamshire after they opened for the first time in weeks.

Outside Beeston Recycling Centre, pictured below, people have told the BBC they had been queuing for about 40 minutes, while a staff member said people were arriving from 07:00.

Nottingham City Council said at its site in Lenton, there is a queue of three to four hours.

The council said on Twitter cars were being turned away and asked people to "avoid using this service today and store waste at home if it is safe to do so".

Queues for Beeston waste site

Nottinghamshire County Council said there have been "huge" queues at its waste and recycling centres this morning.

On Twitter, the authority added: "Traffic enforcement is in place, but unfortunately many are ignoring the advice - creating dangerous situations potentially for blue light services needing to get around the county."

"We can't stress this enough, this is the first day sites have reopened - you do not need to rush there, please wait a few days."

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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."

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

Funds raised for sanctuary after birds escape

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

More than £800 has been raised to help a bird sanctuary in Eastwood after several rescue birds escaped from Guardian Angels Bird Sanctuary.

Rebecca Blagg, who runs the charity at her home, suspects they got out through one of several holes that had been deliberately cut in the wire of their aviary.

Birds in aviary
Guardian Angels Bird Sanctuary

She noticed four "perfectly square" holes in the cage on Wednesday evening.

A ring-necked parakeet, a Senegal parrot and a rosella are known to have escaped and are yet to return.

Mrs Blagg believes the aviary was vandalised by someone wanting to steal a bird or in protest over the noise they make.

Hole cut in aviary wire
Guardian Angels Bird Sanctuary

She said she was "absolutely devastated" by what happened and has been left unable to sleep.

Like many charities, their fundraising activities have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak so her son set up a Facebook fundraiser.

Mrs Blagg said the money donated to them is "amazing" and has allowed them to get started with installing CCTV and extra strength wire.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed it is investigating the break-in, thought to have occurred between 23:25 on Monday and 23:25 the following day.

Tips to reopen - but you might not be able to just show up

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Some tips across the East Midlands will reopen on Monday.

Recycling centres in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire have been shut for weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.

But some are now reopening, with various rules imposed to enforce social distancing.

For example, Leicestershire County Council has launched an online booking system for the seven sites that will reopen – Barwell, Lount, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Mountsorrel, Oadby and Whetstone.

In Nottinghamshire there will be a one-in-one-out policy when it reopens the Beeston, Bilsthorpe, Calverton, Hucknall, Newark and Worksop centres.

All nine of Derbyshire's centres will reopen on Monday but what day you can visit depends on whether you have an odd or an even number plate.


Arrest after ATM raids across Nottinghamshire

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A man has been arrested after cash machines were raided across Nottinghamshire.

A Lloyds TSB machine, on Portland Square in Sutton-in-Ashfield, and a Natwest Bank, on Church Street in Mansfield, were targeted between December 2019 and March 2020.

A 28-year-old was arrested in connection with a number of thefts and criminal damages.

Natwest Bank, on Church Street in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police said the secure machines were targeted overnight with tools.

Det Sgt David Prest said it has taken the force "many months to track down a man in connection with these incidents".

He remains in police custody.

Arrest after teen 'threatened and robbed' at B&Q car park

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A boy has been arrested after a teenager who tried to sell a belt on Snapchat was allegedly threatened at knifepoint and robbed.

Nottinghamshire Police said it happened in the B&Q car park in Eastwood last night when the victim met a 15-year-old boy after offering the belt for sale.

The victim handed over the belt, but when they asked for money, the boy "pulled out a knife and rode off".

The boy was later located and detained on suspicion of robbery. He remains in custody.

B&Q in Eastwood, Nottingham

Hospital given 'outstanding' rating by inspectors

Liam Barnes

BBC News

King's Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire has been given the highest rating available by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The centre has been upgraded from "good" to "outstanding", with inspectors rating Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as "good" overall.

Newark Hospital has also improved, rising from "requires improvement" to "good", according to the commission, which assessed the trust's performance over January and February this year.

Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals for CQC, said all trust staff "should be proud of the care they are providing".

King's Mill Hospital Mansfield

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

A warmer and sunnier day is in store for Thursday compared to the rest of the week so far, with temperatures expected to peak at about 14C, though clouds will linger in some areas.

Today's BBC Weather Watchers picture comes from Micky P near New Mills.

BBC Weather Watchers
Micky P

Butcher's shop owner 'angry and upset' over vandalism

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The owner of a butcher's shop in Beeston has said he feels "angry and upset" after discovering his shop had been vandalised overnight.

Vandalised butchers
Matt Whittle

Matt Whittle and his business partner arrived at their shop Meat 4 U on High Road just before 06:00 to find it had been covered in graffiti, the windows were smashed, and glue had been put in the lock.

He said he does not know why their business was targeted.

Vandalised butchers
Matt Whittle

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed it was investigating an incident of criminal damage and have appealed for information.

Man held after 'serious assault' at park and ride

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A man has been arrested after another man was injured in a "serious assault" at a park and ride in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called at about 18:00 last night to reports of the assault on the Forest Park and Ride near the Gregory Boulevard entrance of the Forest Recreation Ground.

The victim, in his early 20s, was treated in hospital for his injuries including a neck injury. He has since been discharged, the force added.

The detained man, 21, was arrested this morning on suspicion of wounding with intent and remains in custody.

Forest Park and Ride near the Gregory Boulevard entrance of Forest Recreation Ground

Det Insp Danny Johnstone said: "We believe this was an isolated incident and that both men involved are known to each other."

Anyone with information about the assault has been urged to contact the force on 101.