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Church and court buildings join knife amnesty

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A church, court buildings and a civic centre have joined a knife amnesty across Nottinghamshire.

They include the Mount Zion Apostolic Church in Radford, Nottingham Magistrates' Court, Mansfield Magistrates' Court and Newark & Sherwood District Council's Castle House civic office in Newark.

Nottinghamshire Police working with the community for knife amnesty campaign
Nottinghamshire Police

They will join Nottinghamshire Police and their existing partners to host amnesty bins during the latest operation, which will run from Monday to 22 September.

A total of 635 bladed weapons were handed in at 15 locations during Nottinghamshire's last knife amnesty in March.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: "This will be the third amnesty we have held in 18 months and each time we have seen more weapons handed in.

"We now have so many amnesty bin locations that are in community locations, because we recognise that not everyone feels comfortable visiting police stations."

Firearms and drugs arrests after raid

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of firearms and drugs offences following a police raid at a house in Nottinghamshire.

A number of police vehicles were seen outside the house in Mapperley Plains as officers searched the property as part of a "pre-planned" operation on Thursday.

A 26-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and possession with intent to supply drugs.

Both remain in custody.

Police van outside a property in Mapperley Plains
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We might be in for a treat today with plenty of blue sky and sunshine, but it will be a little cooler and fresher than yesterday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The bad news? It's going to be a windy, cloudy and, at times, wet Wednesday.

But the good news is the weekend is looking, if not balmy, at least a little bit sunnier.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Grooming offences in the East Midlands on the rise

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The number of grooming offences in the East Midlands has risen by almost a third in the last year.

Figures obtained by the NSPCC show the number of incidents in the region rose from 266 last year to almost 350 this year.

The data also reveals more children are being targeted on social media sites.

Over the last two years, Facebook-owned apps and Snapchat were used in 70% of incidents dealt with by Derbyshire Police.

Children with phones
BBC

'Delivery driver had a poo outside my house'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A Nottinghamshire woman had an unexpected delivery when she caught a driver defecating outside her house.

Nadine, from Gedling, said she heard a noise down the side of her house one afternoon last week and saw the man relieving himself.

"He had his pants down and was rubbing his bum on my fence post," she told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"So perhaps the culprit can be found with splinters in his bum."

DHL GV
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The bizarre incident left her "shocked" and speechless as the man ran off pulling up his trousers and drove off in his van.

"It was quite a big turd," she added.

"I saw the funny side of it, but you can't do that. You don't poo in somebody's alleyway."

Nadine believed the man worked for delivery firm, DHL, because of the red and yellow T-shirt he was wearing and asked them to apologise.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: "Based on the information provided, we are yet to ascertain if the individual in question is a DHL employee.

"However, we are investigating this as a matter of priority as this is clearly unacceptable."

Outgoing Labour MP nominated to the House of Lords

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw and an independent government adviser on anti-Semitism, has been made a peer in former prime minister Theresa May's resignation honours list.

The 59-year-old, who was first elected in 2001, will sit in the House of Lords after receiving a non-affiliated peerage.

Mr Mann is standing down as MP, citing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's handling of the party's anti-Semitism crisis.

He said he could not campaign for Mr Corbyn knowing he could become prime minister, and told the Sunday Times he would "never forgive" him for allowing the party to be "hijacked" by anti-Semites.

Mr Mann, often a critic of the House of Lords, tweeted in 2017 that it should be abolished.

John Mann MP
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's a drier day today but still a bit chilly. Fortunately that should improve (a bit) towards the end of the week.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Autumn seems to have arrived in earnest today, with a wet and cool start to the week.

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Police force pulls out of LGBT employer rankings

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Nottinghamshire Police will no longer feature in Stonewall’s workplace equality index, it has been revealed.

The annual list compiled by the charity ranks organisations on how inclusive they are for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff.

Nottinghamshire Police HQ
Google

In the latest list, the force was named as the 39th best employer in the UK, and the second-highest ranking organisation in the county, behind Nottinghamshire County Council (22nd).

But chief constable Craig Guildford said compiling the information to send to the charity took considerable time, which he feels will be better spent tackling other areas of workplace diversity.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and rainy morning, but we could see brighter spells later.

Nottinghamshire Police to stop taking part in LGBT ranking

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Nottinghamshire Police will no longer take part in a national ranking of how LGBT friendly employers are because they say it takes up too much time.

The annual list compiled by the charity Stonewall ranks organisations.

In the latest list, Nottinghamshire Police was named as the 39th best in the UK.

Police officer
Nottinghamshire Live

But Notts chief constable Craig Guildford said compiling the information to send to the charity took considerable time, which he feels will be better spent tackling other areas of workplace diversity.

When asked, Notts Police could not say how much staff time was spent on compiling the information, nor how much it cost.

The force says it has learned valuable lessons from being involved in the programme, and while it will not appear on the next ranking, it will continue to measure itself using the ranking system in-house as a benchmark.

Steep rise in Nottinghamshire stop-and-searches

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

The number of stop and searches carried out in Nottinghamshire has risen sharply – in part because of the police's targeted campaign to tackle knife crime.

In 2018-19, there were 3,023 stop and searches – a 58% increase on the previous year.

More than half of the searches (54.4%) resulted in further action being taken, with 15.4% of people arrested on the spot. Others received cautions, summonses and drug possession warnings.

Generic photo of knife being held
PA Media

In total, there were 83 arrests for possessing knives and firearms, up from 58 the year before.

A force report said the figure "illustrates what a vital crime fighting tool these powers offer and how they can be used to protect the public by removing weapons from the streets".

M1 lane closed after tanker crash

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

One lane of the M1 northbound has been closed following a crash involving a lorry and a tanker.

Long delays are expected as a result of the crash, which happened before 10:00 this morning.

M1
Highways England

Forest shirt thefts prompt CCTV appeal

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police have shared photos of two people they want to speak to after a number of Nottingham Forest shirts were stolen from the club shop.

The replica kits were taken from the City Ground store on Thursday 29 August.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police.

CCTV photos
Nottinghamshire Police

Vernon Coaker: One rule for PM, one rule for everyone else

BBC Politics

Vernon Coaker, MP for Gedling, had some strong words for Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon...

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We should see some decent spells of sunshine today but there's also the chance of showers later.

HS2 hit by delays

BBC Business News

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says parts of the high-speed rail project HS2 will be delayed by up to five years and cost £22bn more than expected.

"The chairman of HS2 does not believe the current scheme design can be delivered within the budget of £55.7 billion, set in 2015 prices," Mr Shapps said.

The East Midlands section of the new railway is now expected to be completed between 2035 and 2040

Sir John Peace, chairman of Midlands Connect, said: "Although any delay is very disappointing, this is a project we will all benefit from for the next hundred years and more. It’s well worth waiting for."

HS2
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We should see variable amounts of cloud today with some bright spells but the chance of drizzly, light rain later.

Crash on M1 near airport causes delays

Highways England

Motorists have been warned of traffic delays on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire, between junction 23 and 24, following a crash earlier.

Highways England said there were seven miles of queuing traffic and delays of more than an hour near East Midlands Airport after three of the four lanes were closed.

Traffic on M1 northbound between junction 23 and 24 following a crash
Highways England

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We've got a dry and bright start to Monday but it's looking likely to get increasingly cloudy as we move through this afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Five police officers assaulted during arrest of teenager

Alex Regan

BBC News

Five officers were assaulted in Nottingham during the arrest of a teenager, police have said.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers attended reports of a fight, where weapons were seen, in Westwood Road, Sneinton, at 14:50 BST on Thursday.

The 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and assaults on police officers.

The officers received minor injuries, but no knife wounds.

They were taken to hospital for check-ups and "are now receiving support".

Westwood Road
Google

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's the first day of meteorological autumn on Sunday, and it's certainly bringing with it some autumnal weather.

The region can expect some wet and breezy conditions over the weekend.

Today we can expect dry conditions with the odd shower, there will be highs of 23C. This evening we can expect lows of 12C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Most popular East Midlands baby names from 2018 revealed

Alex Regan

BBC News

Olivia and Oliver are the most popular names for babies in the East Midlands during 2018, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The two names retained their number one spots from the previous year, and the name George was second most popular for boys.

The statistics are consistent with the national trend.

Baby name statistics 2018
BBC

TV drama Peaky Blinders may have inspired some of the most popular baby names in England and Wales, with Arthur entering the top 10 for boys for the first time since the 1920s.

Ada was in the top 100 girls' names for the first time in a century.

Baby name statistics 2018
BBC

Search for boy, 15, missing from Mansfield

Alex Regan

BBC News

Officers are appealing for information to find a 15-year-old boy who was reported missing from Mansfield on Monday.

Nottinghamshire Police have launched an appeal for Dylan O'Neill, who is 5ft 4in, has short ginger hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a grey Nike hoodie, grey jogging bottoms, black Under Armour sliders, an orange T-shirt and blue sunglasses. He was also seen carrying a black bag.

Dylan O'Neill
Nottinghamshire Police

MPs react to Parliament suspension plan

Alex Regan

BBC News

Remain MPs from the across the East Midlands have reacted with anger and consternation at the news the government will seek to suspend Parliament on the week of 10 September, making it unlikely politicians will have time to pass laws to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Prime minister Boris Johnson said a Queen's Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his "very exciting agenda".

Leader of the Independent Group and Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry said Mr Johnson was trying to "stop people's democratically elected representatives doing our job".

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People's Vote campaigner and Derby South MP Dame Margaret Beckett accused the prime minister of "trashing the constitution".

"In the referendum, Boris Johnson promised the people a great deal. Now he is trying to force on us a no-deal for which neither the people nor Parliament have voted," she said.

Meanwhile, Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth called the move "an affront to democracy".

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However, Conservative Party chairman James Cleverley defended the plan as what "all new governments do".

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith added the decision to suspend Parliament was "not sinister at all", and the dates for suspension covered "pretty much" the same period as party conference recess.

Appeal after bank worker assaulted and racially abused

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police in Nottingham would like to speak this woman after a person working in a bank was assaulted and racially abused.

It happened at the Lloyds Bank on Main Street in the city on 17 June.

CCTV of wanted woman
Nottinghamshire Police

Puppy put down after reports it was kicked

Alex Regan

BBC News

Police are appealing for witnesses after a puppy was put down following reports it was kicked in Retford.

Nottinghamshire Police said the puppy, nicknamed Asher, was taken into the Co-operative supermarket in Welbeck Road on Friday, after reports it was kicked in Ollerton Road, Ordsall.

Despite the best efforts of vets, the puppy's injuries were too severe and he was put to sleep on Monday.

Police are appealing for witnesses, but also warned there have been threats of violence made to several children on Facebook in relation to the incident.

A spokesman said: "This is now being dealt with by the police and anyone else reported to be conducting themselves in this manner will be dealt with robustly."

Asher the dog
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We've lost quite a few degrees from the temperatures we had earlier in the week.

There are two weather fronts today, one that's producing quite a cloudy start.

The second will bring in quite a lot of heavy rain as we move into the afternoon, there will be highs of 20C and it'll be a lot cooler this evening, with lows of 10C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Council preparing for impact of no-deal Brexit

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit have been drawn up by Gedling Borough Council.

The possible problems it's preparing for range from panic-buying of fuel and economic destabilisation to procurement at local leisure centres and staff recruitment.

The document, EU Exit and No Deal Action Plan, was released after a Freedom of Information request by the People’s Vote campaign.

Gedling Borugh Council
BBC

Deputy leader of the council, Councillor Michael Payne, said all councils have an obligation to plan for all sorts of events from floods to terrorist attacks and the Brexit plan forms part of its "risk register".

"The purpose of the risk register is to honestly assess scenarios, including worst case ones, so we can decide how likely they are to happen," he said.

"The register is not an indication that we expect these scenarios to happen... it helps ensure we are as prepared as we can be for any eventuality including a deal or no-deal Brexit."

Artist turns old windscreens into art

East Midlands Today

A Nottinghamshire security officer has found a way of turning old windscreens into works of art.

Brian Smallwood, from Ravenshead, turns scrap windscreens and glass into colourful creations, and has seen one sold for thousands at Christie's in London.

He often scours scrapyards for his materials, using acrylic or glass sourced from aeroplanes, trains and cars, and has even had an aircraft window exhibition at East Midlands Airport to showcase his work.

Artist Brian Smallwood
BBC

Explaining how he came up with the idea, the 59-year-old said: "It was about seven years ago I was in a car park, sat in my car, looking out.

"It was a beautiful day and I saw all these beautiful reflections on the windscreens and I thought maybe I could paint on these windscreens and put them on a wall."

Brian's artwork
BBC