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Takeaway window smashed over social distancing row

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A man shouted abuse at workers and smashed the window of a takeaway after being told only one person was allowed in at a time, police said.

Officers believe the outburst at Manor Pizza in Stapleford just before 20:00 on Monday was racially aggravated.

The suspect, described as white, having stubble and wearing a silver hoody, ran off, and police are asking for help tracking him down.

Manor Pizza

PC Simon Widdowson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Businesses are already struggling due to the impact of coronavirus and now the owner of this takeaway is facing the added cost and inconvenience dealing with this mindless vandalism."

Man charged after Sneinton evacuation

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A man arrested after homes in a Nottingham street were evacuated yesterday has been charged with nine offences.

The 54-year-old, of Baden Powell Road, Sneinton, has been charged with four counts of threats to kill, two counts of common assault, criminal damage, affray and assault.

Police closed the road and evacuated 30 homes on the street at about 06:40.

People were out of their homes for several hours and waited in a nearby church hall to return.

Baden Powell Road

Nottinghamshire Police said they were initially called to reports of a woman being assaulted in the house but she had managed to escape.

The force said when officers arrived, a man fled and later returned before barricading himself in the cellar.

The step to evacuate homes was done as a precaution after a smell of gas came from the property.

The charged man will appear before magistrates later today.

Presenting the weather forecast from home

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

If you enjoyed Rich's weather forecast from his messy bedroom yesterday, he's found a new glamorous location...

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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

Another dry and warm day is ahead with spells of sunshine and some patchy cloud.

There are light easterly winds.


Footballer donated organs to 'save other people'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A footballer who died after being attacked on a night out in Nottinghamshire donated every organ that he could to "save other people", his family has said.

Matlock Town player Jordan Sinnott suffered a fractured skull in Market Place, Retford, in January.

His brother Tom said the 25-year-old made three attempts to join the organ donor register before his death.

Jordan and Tom Sinnott
Tom Sinnott

Mr Sinnott said: "It was Jordan in a nutshell really - live to help other people and even after he's gone he's still managing to do that.

"He gave everything that he could give to people aged between 20 and 50 years old."

Jordan Sinnott
Tom Sinnott

Two men have been charged with Mr Sinnott's manslaughter.

Football shirts with Mr Sinnott's name on the back were sent by professional clubs across the UK to friends and family after an appeal.

The shirts featured at his funeral and will soon be sent to the charity Sport Relief.

Coronavirus: Police warning over school meals scam

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

The East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) has warned parents to be alert to a scam email over school meals.

Some parents in Derby have received emails asking them to send bank details if their children are eligible for free school meals, but police are urging people not to respond to the messages "and delete it immediately".

The unit refers to the latest government advice on school meals, and also warns about a fake email from the UK government asking for donations to help the NHS treat the coronavirus outbreak.

School meals

Residents in Sneinton return home after police incident

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Residents in Sneinton have now been able to return to their houses.

About 30 homes in Baden Powell Road were evacuated earlier this morning after police were called to an incident at a house on the street.

Nottinghamshire Police said the move was "a precaution" after a smell of gas was reported from the property.

Nearby roads were closed and residents were taken to a local church hall.

Resdients evacuated in Baden Powell Road

A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and threats to kill.

The force said no-one was injured and it is not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Weather presenter's forecast from home

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

If you're sick of seeing people's very fancy bookshelves and tidy homes on TV interviews, this should make you smile.

East Midlands Today weather presenter Rich Davis greeted his Twitter followers with a video forecast this morning... except he didn't get round to tidying his bedroom beforehand.

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Sheep throats cut in 'frightening' attack

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A man has been arrested after two sheep had their throats cut on a farm in Calverton.

Nottinghamshire Police said the animals died from their injuries along with a third, who is thought to have suffered from shock.

Two other sheep were also found tied up by their horns with nylon rope.

One of them had a slash wound but police said their injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening.

Grazing sheep
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The attack on the livestock happened at about 23:00 on Monday in Oxton Road.

Police said they were called by farmer Michael Asher after he heard "loud bang" noises and talking in a field.

A local gamekeeper assisted police to arrest a 41-year-old man on suspicion of criminal damage, theft of a motor vehicle and animal cruelty.

Mr Asher told Nottinghamshire Police: "It is very unnerving and frightening really. I'm devastated as this will affect the lambing next year.

"Three female sheep all died last night and it's scary that this should happen."

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

Today will be another largely dry and warm day with spells of sunshine and some patchy cloud.

However, there are light winds and a chance of a few isolated showers breaking out in the afternoon.


Weapons seized after man stabbed in street fight

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Weapons including an axe, a hammer and a baseball bat were found near where a man was stabbed, police have said.

Officers went to Turner Lane and Manvers View in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, at about 22:00 BST on Sunday to reports of a fight.

Turner Lane

One man was injured and taken to the Queen's Medical Centre with stab wounds to his chest and arm pit but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Two men, aged 28 and 32, were arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody.

Motorist who crashed car into hedge arrested

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A man who crashed his car into a hedge near Newark has been arrested for a string of driving offences.

Nottinghamshire Police said the 38-year-old failed to stop for officers just before hitting the shrubbery in Bathley, and was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop for police.

Newark hedge driver
Nottinghamshire Police

Small gas fire 'lifts paving slabs from road'

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A gas fire under a road in Nottinghamshire this morning has caused paving slabs to lift up, police said.

Emergency services were called at 08:35 to Main Road, in Radcliffe-on-Trent, outside a Co-op store.

Nottinghamshire Police said no injuries have been reported and no-one had to be evacuated.

Main Road, in Radcliffe, Nottinghamshire

The road has been closed while emergency repairs are carried out.

Insp John Lees, of Nottinghamshire Police, said there was "no threat" to the community.

Council puts money towards pre-school childcare

BBC Radio Nottingham

Pre-school childcare providers in Nottingham are being encouraged to stay open for key workers over the Easter holidays.

The city council says it will put £90,000 towards keeping private provision for children aged between two and four open over the break.

Nottinghamshire County Council previously pledged cash to keep county schools running through the two-week period for children of key workers.

Nottingham Council House

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this morning, but they will clear to leave it dry and sunny for the rest of the day. However, it will feel cooler in the wind.

The weekly outlook doesn't seem too bad either...

Weather for the East Midlands

Jake Bugg to perform at virtual festival

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will perform at a live-streaming music festival in support of artists whose livelihoods have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Light Hustle festival was due to take place in Bugg's home city of Nottingham but because of lockdown restrictions a virtual gig will take place instead.

Bugg will join more than 20 artists including cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason at the gig at 15:00 BST today.

Jake Bugg
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The festival will see an emergency hardship fund launched in support of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire's creative freelancers as government support for the self-employed will not be available until June.

Bugg, who was born in Clifton, said: "With everything that is going on it is difficult for everybody, especially musicians out there, so I thought it was a nice thing to be part of."

Organisers Circle of Light and Hockley Hustle will stream the event on their respective Facebook pages.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason
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Man arrested after Newark supermarket row

Liam Barnes

BBC News

A man is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of theft and public order offences following a row in a supermarket in Newark.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to Aldi at North Gate at about 18:15 yesterday after a staff member confronted a customer they believed was leaving without having paid for a bottle of alcohol.

A spokesman for the force said the 22-year-old returned the bottle but shoved the supermarket worker with a trolley and threatened him.

Aldi generic
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Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with the possibility of the odd shower.

There will also be light winds into the afternoon and throughout the day.


Blocked sewers increase due to 'toilet roll alternatives'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Water company Severn Trent says it has been "much busier than normal" due to more blockages being caused by kitchen roll and wipes being flushed down the toilet.

The company said it has dealt with 3,000 sewer flooding and blockages in the past fortnight.

Grant Mitchell from Severn Trent said: "We know some people are having to resort to using a whole manner of things to substitute for toilet roll at the moment, but a sewer blockage is the last thing anyone needs right now.

"We wanted to let everyone know that kitchen roll and wipes are not designed to break down like loo roll is so please remember to bin them."

Tissues retrieved from blocked sewers
Severn Trent

Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's a mixed picture for the day, with light cloud and a moderate breeze but also the change of sunnier spells and some light rain.


Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy today with some intermittent spots of light rain or drizzle in places, but otherwise largely dry.

There may be periods of hazy sunshine. Winds will remain light throughout the day.

Weather for East Midlands for Wednesday 1 April 2020

Vertical farm crops used to help feed homeless

Liam Barnes

BBC News

Nottingham Trent University is using food grown in its vertical farms - a new method of agriculture using technology to try and make the process more controlled and efficient - to help feed homeless people across the county who are struggling during the coronavirus crisis.

The university runs two such facilties through its School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, which it says can produce more nutritious crops with bigger yields and faster harvest cycles.

Boxes of vegetables such as lettuce, pak choi and spinach have been donated to Tracy’s Street Kitchen, which helps to make and distribute food to people living on the streets.

Vertical farm NTU
Nottingham Trent University

These vertical farms have been created to help the world tackle situations which threaten global food security, so it is only fitting that we use our crops to help society in a time of crisis.

Professor Chungui LuSchool of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A few bright spells to start, but cloud will thicken through the day with the possibility of a few showers and a light breeze.

Some places will remain dry. Maximum temperatures will be between 7C (45F) and 10C (50F).

Tuesday's weather

Three men arrested after 'man forced into car'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Three men have been arrested following reports of an attempted kidnap in Mansfield.

Nottinghamshire Police said it happened on Bishop Street at about 13:30 on Sunday, when officers came across three men "forcing another man against his will" into the back of a car.

The victim managed to get out of the vehicle and walk a short distance before being spoken to by police.

Bishop Street

The three men arrested at the scene were aged 28, 29 and 33.

Officers seized a bag containing weapons including a knife, hammer and two chair legs.

All three men have since been bailed pending further investigations.

Man recovered from Nottingham canal named

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A man whose body was recovered from a canal last week has been named by police.

Paul Musson, 54, lived on a canal boat on the Nottingham Canal near the Sainsbury's supermarket at Castle Boulevard in the city.

While officers do not believe his death is suspicious at this stage, they have appealed for help from the public to piece together his last movements.

Paul Musson
Nottinghamshire Police

Det Insp Ruby Burrow, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It is possible he may have simply fallen into the water from his boat that he lived on.

"However, as his death is still unexplained, it is our duty to collect evidence."

She added Mr Musson's family is "very distraught" and need to find out what happened to him.

Companies to review parking levy due to coronavirus

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Companies in Nottingham have been asked to review the fees they pay to have car parking spaces in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the city council has said.

The workplace parking levy (WPL) means any employer with more than 11 parking spaces has to pay £415 per year per space.

Magnum Photos

This was set to increase to £424 from April 1, but now an email has been sent out to companies asking them to take account of staff not currently in the workplaces.

The Labour-run council has written to companies who have previously paid the fee, saying it "recognises the extraordinary situation facing the country as a result of the pandemic", and that the number of parking spaces needed for the city's employers will have reduced.

Watch: East Midlands makes a noise to say thanks to NHS

Thousands of people across the East Midlands stepped out of their homes on Thursday night to applaud NHS workers and carers working during the coronavirus pandemic.

The result was emotional....

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's set to be another sunny day, but a little bit chillier - and temperatures are set to drop further for the weekend.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Coronavirus: Appeal for former professional signallers

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

Former professional signallers in the East Midlands are being asked to return to the railways to keep the network running during the coronavirus crisis.

Network Rail is keeping signal boxes and control centres across the region open 24/7 so railway services can continue running.

Chris Gee, from Network Rail, said: “We are working hard to keep vital services in place as these get key workers to their jobs and keep food and medical supplies across the country moving.

“We are appealing for signallers who’ve retired, moved on to other careers at Network Rail or left the railway to come back and help us keep signal boxes and control centres open."

Network Rail appeal for former signallers
Network Rail

He said signallers were "crucial to keep the railway open" and they need former workers to provide back-up if staff can’t come to work.

"Full re-training will be given," he said.

The roles will be in the East Midlands Control Centre and at signal boxes across the region.

Summer events cancelled in Rushcliffe

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Rushcliffe Borough Council has cancelled several summer events in Nottinghamshire to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

VE Day celebrations were due to take place on 8 May, Proms in the Park was going to be held on 27 June, and the Taste of Rushcliffe Food and Drink Festival was due to be held on 4 July.

Taste of Rushcliffe Food and Drink Festival
Ruschcliffe Borough Council

Deputy council leader Debbie Mason said: "As we all continue to work together in these unprecedented times, our teams will review events scheduled for later this year and continue to support all those impacted wherever possible.”

Coronavirus: Police in Broxtowe checking drivers

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police in Broxtowe have said they are stopping drivers to check they are following the latest government guidelines on preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Police stopping drivers
Nottinghamshire Police

On Monday night Boris Johnson announced people may only leave their homes to exercise once a day, to travel to and from work where "absolutely necessary", to shop for essential items, and to fulfil any medical or care needs.

Police and local authorities will have powers to disperse gatherings, including through fines.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The first day of a nationwide lockdown is going to be sunny and warm...

In fact the next few days are all looking pleasant, while the weekend is expected to be a little colder and cloudier.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Recycling centres limit visitors for social distancing

Alex Regan

BBC News

Recycling centres in Nottinghamshire will limit the number of cars allowed at each refuse plant to maintain social distancing.

The county council said all 12 sites would remain open, but staff would only be "allowing five cars on site at recycling centres" at any one time.

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'Activity fridge' filled with books, DVDs and games

Alex Thorp

BBC News

A woman has filled an old fridge freezer with books, DVDs and games to keep children occupied during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jeni Atkinson has set up the "activity fridge" outside her home in Beeston, which also contains books for adults.

Schools across the UK have now closed to most pupils because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ms Atkinson said many of the items had belonged to her children and she had been planning to donate them to a charity shop.

"I had seen posts on social media about people putting box libraries outside their houses and it gave me the idea of extending this to other things like the games, activities and DVDs," she said.

"So, I cleaned up the old fridge freezer from my garage and filled it up."

Ms Atkinson said neighbours had offered to donate more items but said the fridge was now "absolutely rammed".

"We've had our first visitors this morning who messaged me to say they'd taken a couple of books and a DVD and thanked me for the idea," she added.

Jeni Atkinson

Ms Atkinson said she disinfected the fridge and made sure she washed her hands before stocking it up. She said she's also been "very strictly" following the social distancing advice.

Teenager who died after being hit by car named

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A teenager who died after being hit by a car has been named.

William Christmas, 19, was hit close to the Sainsbury's Local store, in Derby Road, Nottingham, at about 12:40 on Thursday.

The first year student at the University of Nottingham, who was studying Politics and International Relations, died at the scene.

William Christmas
Nottinghamshire Police

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

He has been released on conditional bail.

Det Sgt Adam Cooper, from Nottinghamshire Police, asked for anyone who saw what happened or has any dashcam footage to come forward.

He said: "We'd particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a silver or light blue car heading along Derby Road, from the city centre, around the time of crash."

Coronavirus: Two more deaths in the region

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Two more patients with coronavirus have died in the East Midlands, it was revealed over the weekend.

On Saturday, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said a 75-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man had died at its hospitals. Both had underlying health issues.

The woman died on 3 March and the man on 18 March. There were no more reported deaths on Sunday.

The total UK death toll is now at 281, according to latest figures.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

It's set to be a dry and largely sunny few days - although temperatures could drop to freezing overnight in some areas.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Nottinghamshire teenagers 'trapped' in Peru

David Pittam

BBC News Online

A pair of Nottinghamshire teenagers stuck in Peru as the country goes on lockdown over coronavirus "just want to get home".

Luke Smith, 18, from Chilwell, and his 19-year-old friend George Cuesta-Sarris are among 400 Brits trapped in the South American country.

Mr Smith said they've had virtually no direct contact with the British government.

Luke Smith
Luke Smith

They are currently in a hostel which they have not been able to leave in four days.

Mr Smith said: "I just want to get home as soon as possible - we don't know how much worse it is going to get."

Lima on lockdown
Luke Smith

A private flight is being organised but is expected to cost about $3,000 for a one-way ticket.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he is asking the authorities to lift restrictions for rescue flights, but tourists will have to pay for their own ticket home.