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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 31 July 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Have a good weekend

Today's updates have come to an end. We will be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Dry night

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

It'll be a fine end to the day and most places will stay dry overnight with clear spells and lows of 12C (54F).

Mel Coles' weather
BBC

Nurses stay local

Rob Sissons

Correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

The Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust in Nottinghamshire says 30 newly qualified nurses will start work in September.

Nurse
BBC

The trust says many of the new recruits have graduated from universities in the East Midlands.

Wanted: budding weather presenters

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

If you are planning to head along to the Riverside Festival in Nottingham this weekend, why not come and say hi to us on our BBC stand?

Riverside Festival promo
BBC Sport

You can also try your hand at presenting the weather or have a go at programming a Dalek. We'd love to see you!

Nottingham out to 'wow' Chinese

BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottingham City Councillor David Trimble says he hopes the people of Ningbo in China will be "wowed" when they are given their replica Robin Hood statue.

The statue has been commissioned to mark ten years since the cities were twinned.

Newark crash

The A46 in partially blocked

at the A616 Great North Road junction in Newark following a lorry accident and a shed load.

Robin Hood's off to China

BBC Radio Nottingham

A copy of Nottingham Castle's iconic Robin Hood statue is being sent to our twin city of Ningbo in China.

Robin Hood statue
LOCOG

It's to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the partnership.

Hucknall woman charged with murder

A woman

has been charged with the murder of a man at a house in Hucknall.

Ellisha Allen, 28, of Spruce Grove, Hucknall, will appear before magistrates tomorrow.

She is accused of murdering Karl Bloxham, 39, also of Spruce Grove, who died as a result of a stab wound to the chest at their home on Wednesday.

Speiss is right at Torquay

Robin Chipperfield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Former Notts County goalkeeper Fabian Speiss

has joined Torquay United.

Fabian Spiess
Dan Westwell

He made nine appearances for the Magpies in four years.

Latest headlines

Here are your latest headlines for Nottinghamshire:

Nottingham to be eighth UBER city

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottingham City Council's decision to approve plans for the taxi-booking app UBER to operate in the city is by no means unique.

The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco
AP

Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield all currently operate UBER taxis.

Who are UBER?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Cabbies have raised concerns about UBER taxis in the past -

they claim the firm's drivers aren't subject to the proper regulations.

Uber app
Getty Images

But it's thought UBER taxis are cheaper, and so it remains to be seen what sort of reaction they'll get now they've been approved for use in Nottingham.

Latest headlines

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here are your latest headlines for Nottinghamshire:

  • Plans to introduce the
    taxi-ordering app UBER in Nottingham have been approved by the city council.
  • Derbyshire Police have expressed concerns about the Forest vs. Derby match being moved to a Friday night so it can be televised.
  • And a replica of Nottingham's Robin Hood statue is going to be sent to Ningbo in China, to mark a decade since the two cities were first twinned.

Uber future for Nottingham?

Plans to introduce the

taxi-booking app UBER in Nottingham have been approved by the city council.

The Uber mobile phone application
Getty Images

The system, which already operates in London, allows passengers to book and pay for a journey using a mobile phone and fares can be cheaper.

Taxi drivers have raised concerns about the possible impact on their business.

Ex-Forest man Perch joins QPR

Robin Chipperfield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Former Nottingham Forest defender James Perch has

joined QPR on a three-year deal.

James Perch
Getty Images

The 29-year-old spent seven years at the City Ground between 2003-10.

Police express derby switch concerns

BBC Radio Nottingham

Derbyshire Police aren't happy the Nottingham Forest v Derby County match on 6 November has been switched to Friday night so it can be shown on TV.

Forest v Derby
Michael Regan

They're concerned keeping order will prove more "challenging".

Cup win would be a triumph for city

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Notts County Ladies manager Rick Passmoor has challenged urged his side to "make sure" they bring the FA Cup back to Nottingham.

Rick Passmoor
BBC

Passmoor believes a win for the Lady Pies against Chelsea tomorrow at Wembley would be a triumph for the whole city.

More details from Crawford hearing

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Evicted homeowner Tom Crawford has denied kicking a police officer.

Tom Crawford
BBC

His supporter Monika Godos denies spitting in a police officer's face. The pair will both conduct their own defences.

Dozens of protesters gathered earlier this month as bailiffs, under police protection, took possession of his house in Fearn Chase, Carlton.

Mr Crawford had

disputed claims he owed Bradford & Bingley £43,000, saying the terms of his mortgage had been changed without his knowledge.

Book inspires cycle adventure

East Midlands Today

Two cyclists from Nottingham set off on an epic journey from Paris to Gibraltar today.

Julian Bentley and Paul Smith are planning to follow in the tracks of two artists who made the journey 120 years ago.

That original adventure featured in the book, The Curious Cyclists, which inspired them to recreate the trip.

People 'cannot smell' digester

Greig Watson

BBC News

The chairman of a group of farmers behind plans for an anaerobic digester near Farnsfield says residents and visitors

won't be able to smell "what is going on in the digester".

digester plans
BBC

Opponents to the project believe the smell will put people off coming to the area.

Latest headlines

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here are your latest headlines for Nottinghamshire:

  • A Nottingham man who was evicted from his home following a row over mortgage payments has appeared in court
  • There are fears
    plans for an organic power plant near Farnsfield could put people off coming to the area
  • Notts County Ladies are heading to Wembley to prepare for their FA Cup final against Chelsea tomorrow

Global attraction for Nottingham festivals

Nottingham Post

Half a million visitors from around the world will flock to Nottingham as the city

hosts 15 festivals in just one month.

Knight
Dustin Michailovs

Tonga test for Green and Whites

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Rugby will welcome Tonga to Lady Bay for a pre-season friendly on 28 August.

Tonga rugby haka
Jeff J Mitchell

It will also serve as a Rugby World Cup warm-up for the Tongans, who begin their campaign against Georgia in Gloucester on 19 September.

£16m upgrade of sports village nearly complete

Maaiysa Valli

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

I've been having a look round the Harvey Hadden sports village ahead of its official opening in September following a £16m upgrade.

swimming pool
BBC

The complex in Bilborough includes a 60m indoor running track and an Olympic sized swimming pool.

Final stages of tram testing begin

BBC Radio Nottingham

The final stages of testing begin today for Nottingham's newly expanded tram system.

Trams will be stopping at each stop as they will when it opens, but you won't be able to go any further than Nottingham station.

Tom Crawford denies assault

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Evicted homeowner Tom Crawford and supporter Monika Godos have both pleaded not guilty to assaulting police officers.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on 2 July when people gathered to support Mr Crawford as he was being evicted from his home in Carlton.

The pair have been granted conditional bail and their cases have been adjourned until 18 November.

Concern over digester plans

BBC Radio Nottingham

Fears are growing that an

anaerobic digester planned for a Nottinghamshire village could deter tourists from visiting local attractions.

Proposed area for anaerobic digester
BBC

Plans for the digester near Farnsfield, which would break down carrots, maize and manure to produce power which will be fed back into the National Grid, have been put forward by a consortium of farmers in the area.

Latest headlines

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here are your latest headlines for Nottinghamshire:

  • A new police office is to open inside the Queen's Medical Centre to try to reduce the number of attacks against staff.
  • Residents living near Farnsfield believe plans for an
    anaerobic digester could put people off coming to the area.
  • And Nottingham Rugby will host Tonga in a pre-season friendly at Lady Bay on Tuesday 28 August.

Telford fit for Wembley showdown

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Notts County Ladies goalkeeper Carly Telford has confirmed she's fit to play in tomorrow's FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley.

Carly Telford
The FA

Telford suffered a shoulder injury at the World Cup in Canada, but has passed a fitness test and will take her place under the famous arch.

If you can't make it to Wembley, the match will be live on

BBC One from 14:45.

Drug addict tricked elderly couple out of £60k

Nottingham Post

A drug user who

tricked an elderly couple out of £60,000 was told by a judge in Nottingham: "You told lie after lie after lie."

Nottingham Crown Court
Nottingham Post

Police unit to open in QMC

East Midlands Today

A new police office is to open inside Nottingham's Queens Medical Centre, to try to reduce the number of attacks against staff.

Police constables and PCSOs will be on site.

Queen's Medical Centre
Google

Outlaws survive Shark attack

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham cricket reporter

Fifties from James (pictured) and Brendan Taylor ensured the Notts Outlaws kept up their

unbeaten start to the Royal London One-Day Cup with a four wicket win against the Sussex Sharks.

James Taylor
Getty Images

Set a daunting 283 to win, the Outlaws reached their target with more than three overs to spare.

Police clamp down following Wire campaign

Following the Wire's article about

drivers using Central Avenue's restricted zone, Notts Police pulled over motorists and issued tickets.

Police issuing tickets
West Bridgford Wire

Council to consider UBER taxi plans

BBC Radio Nottingham

Plans to introduce the

taxi-ordering app UBER in Nottingham will be considered by the city council today.

Uber
Getty Images

The system, which already operates in London, allows passengers to book and pay for a journey using a mobile phone, and fares can be cheaper.

But many traditional taxi drivers are concerned about the impact on their business and argue that UBER is not subject to the same stringent regulations as them.

Latest headlines

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here are your latest headlines for Nottinghamshire: