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  1. Updates for Tuesday 29 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Sandish Shoker

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Updates on Nottinghamshire's Local Live page have now finished. They will start again on Wednesday from 08:00.  

Weather: Showers to continue

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Showers which may be wintry over higher ground will continue this afternoon with occasional brighter spells. 

Highs of 10C (50F).

BBC weather

First black actor to play Shakespeare role performed in city

BBC Radio Nottingham

As part of the BBC's Shakespeare on Tour series BBC Radio Nottingham today looked at when black actor Ira Aldridge performed in Nottingham.

Mr Aldridge born in New York moved to Europe to be taken seriously as an actor and was famous for his portrayal of Othello.

Ira Aldridge
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Striker makes comeback with a goal for U-21s

BBC Nottingham Sport

Forest striker Britt Assombalonga marked his return from injury by scoring and playing for 45 minutes for the Under-21s side against Hull City.

The 23 year old has been out with a knee injury since February 2015.

Britt Assombalonga
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Shopping centre apology for traffic problems

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The congestion is continuing on Mansfield Road and Shakespeare Street this afternoon because of road closures around the Victoria Centre.

A large crane has appeared outside the centre which is replacing old cooling towers on the roof as part of the redevelopment.

General manager, Nigel Wheatley, said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will endeavour to complete the works as quickly as possible.”

City council 'investing' in libraries

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

In Nottingham three libraries have closed since 2010, with 68 jobs being cut and one more is also proposed for closure this year.

Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, councillor Dave Trimble, said they have "protected the library service as best they can" and are investing money into several libraries over the coming months.

Adjustments made to avoid more traffic delays

BBC Radio Nottingham

The crane which has been blamed for causing traffic problems in the city this morning is lifting equipment onto the roof of Nottingham's Victoria Centre.

The city council said the work had been planned for the Easter period when roads "are generally quieter"..

Mansfield Road
Arthur Seaton

A spokesman said they had made some adjustments to the traffic lights and added an extra lane on Shakespeare Street to avoid the same traffic issues. 

Might still be best to avoid the area if you can until Thursday.

PCC: 'Justice' for victims of convicted social worker

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

On Thursday a former social worker was jailed for the rape and abuse of children in homes more than 30 years ago.

Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham this morning, Nottinghamshire's police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping said he was "pleased" for the victims and felt it was a big step for bringing them justice.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Library jobs cut highest in East Midlands

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Almost 8,000 jobs in libraries have been cut across the UK in the last six years.

In the East Midlands 36% of jobs in libraries have been lost which is the biggest percentage drop.


There were 1,905 paid posts in 2010 compared with 1,213 now.    

The BBC has compiled the data from 207 authorities responsible for running libraries through the Freedom of Information Act.  

Absconded prisoner has connections to Worksop

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

South Yorkshire Police say Darrel Bryce who has gone on the run from a prison in Doncaster has connections with Nottingham and Worksop.

The force said members of the public should not approach either men if seen but contact police immediately.

Robber absconds from open prison

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A Nottinghamshire man has gone on the run after absconding from prison.

Darrel Bryce (left) was serving a life sentence at HMP Hatfield in South Yorkshire  for robbery and possession of a firearm.

Darrel Bryce
South Yorkshire Police

Bryce absconded with Jeremiah St Phorose (right) yesterday morning.

White gets England call up for Euro qualifiers

BBC Sport

Notts County Ladies forward Ellen White has been called up again for the England squad for their next two European Championship qualifiers.

Ellen White
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England face Belgium on 8 April and Bosnia & Herzegovina four days later.

Crime falling in Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire Police says in total 29 children were arrested for suspected firearms offences last year, which is an increase from previous years.

The arrests included three children under the age of 11 in 2015, two in 2014 and two in 2013, and has seen 15 children aged 17 and under being charged in the last three years.

gun crime
Greater Manchester Police

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping told BBC Radio Nottingham that despite these figures, crime in our region was falling faster than anywhere else.

He said there was still a lot of work for the force to do.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Your photos: Purple skies this morning

BBC Weather Watchers

There was an interesting colour in the skies over Shelford this morning.

David E was there to take this shot.

David E

Mansfield facing 'tough task' to make play-offs

Rob Schofield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray admits his side now faces a very tough task to reach the play-off places after the Stags had to settle for a 2-2 draw with runaway leaders Northampton

Matt Green had scored a brace within 16 minutes to give Mansfield the lead but Jamie McGuire’s red card changed the game and allowed the visitors to get back in it.

Matt Green
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The result leaves Mansfield eight points off the play-off places.

Tom Crawford: Police called to former home

Klara Lethbridge

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

The Nottingham Post reported yesterday that Nottingham man Tom Crawford said he'd "reclaimed" his former Carlton home by locking himself inside.

Mr Crawford was evicted from his home last year after a long-running dispute over mortgage payments.

Police confirmed they were called to Fearn Chase in Carlton at midday on Monday and said they would be interviewing a man "at a later stage".

The man came out of the house voluntarily at about 19:30, a police spokesperson said. 

Weather: On and off showers

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showers will be on and off this afternoon and turning increasingly heavy with potential for hail.

Still some dry weather to be had as well though.

Highs of 8C (46F).

Travel: Nottingham to Grantham line now open

Improved performance for Magpies

Rob Schofield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Notts County inched another point away from the League Two relegation zone, after a goalless draw with Wycombe at Meadow Lane yesterday.

Haydn Hollis and Izale McLeod spurned the Magpies best chances, in a much-improved performance from the 4-0 thumping at Portsmouth on Good Friday.

Meadow Lane
Getty Images

The result leaves Notts 13 points above the relegation zone and was Mark Cooper's first home match in charge of the club.  

Council warns poster removal is vandalism

Nevine Malek

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottingham City Council has warned that the removal of its controversial anti-begging posters could be vandalism or theft after several were taken down over the weekend.

Children arrested over gun crimes

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Seven children under 11-years-old have been arrested by Nottinghamshire Police for suspected gun crimes since 2013.

New data obtained by the Press Association shows more than 1,500 children were held across the country with arrests going up by 20% last year.

gun crime

A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs' Council said firearms offences in the UK accounted for less than 0.2% of total recorded crime.  

Council says it is targeting persistent beggars

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottingham City Council says it is concerned about "persistent beggars" and that money given directly to people who beg is used to feed harmful addictions.

Leader of Nottingham City Council, councillor Jon Collins said Nottingham has a good track record on providing support for homeless people.

He added: "Many of these individuals appear to be ‘rough sleeping’ when they have already been provided with accommodation and use the money to feed their lifestyle."

Travel: Compensation for rail passengers

BBC Travel

Rail passengers affected by the cable theft in Netherfield today have been advised by East Midlands Trains that they are entitled to claim compensation.

It said Network Rail were "working hard" to get the line back up and running.

Tributes to Nottingham man killed in Brussels

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Tributes have continued to pour in for Nottingham man David Dixon after it was sadly confirmed on Friday he had died in the Brussels attack.

David Dixon
Dixon family

Mr Dixon, 50, who had lived in Brussels for 10 years, went missing after the third blast at the Metro station last Tuesday.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "I am deeply saddened to hear David Dixon was killed in the Brussels attacks. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family."  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's your top stories for the day:

Anti-begging posters 'demonise' homeless

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Thousands of people have signed a petition opposing the anti-begging posters in Nottingham because they said they "demonise" homeless people in the city.

Student Ruth Atkinson, who started the petition, said: "Exploiting stereotypes like this would not be tolerated if discrimination were focused on gender, sexuality, race or religion."

Begging poster
Nottingham City Council

"These adverts have the very real potential to increase hostility towards people who beg."

She said many homeless people relied on donations for food and shelter and this campaign would "make their lives harder".

The city council says there is a small number of persistent problem beggars and the best way to give is through a registered charity.  

Begging poster

Anti-begging posters 'demonise' homeless

Thousands of people sign a petition opposing anti-begging posters in Nottingham because they "demonise" homeless people in the city.

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Panthers through to play-off finals

Rob Schofield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

The Nottingham Panthers have got through to the play-off finals for the first time in three years after winning 3-1 in Belfast last night.

It completes a 7-4 aggregate victory over the two quarter-final legs.   

Evan Mosey
Nottingham Panthers

Andy Bohmbach, Evan Mosey (pictured) and Chris Lawrence scored the goals and the Panthers will now play Fife in Saturday’s semi-final for a place in Sunday’s final.

Your views: 'My money goes where I want'


You have been giving your thoughts on this morning's story about the anti-begging posters that the city council has put up around the city centre.

Dave Bramwell wrote: "I think it's about time something ws done about them. Walking from the train station to Broadmarsh can be a task in itself! When you then see the same people later on with a few hundred quid worth of clothes, mobile phone and a joint, walking in to a pub it really grates!"

Jean Eastwood said: "My money goes where I want, thanks for the advice."

Posters appear on eBay

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

Campaigners say these posters "demonise the vulnerable" and are unfair to the homeless.

One of the posters has now disappeared and been put on eBay with bids of more than £3,200.

begging posters

The person selling it says "every penny will go towards the homeless of Nottingham".

Council's new begging poster goes up for auction

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A campaign by Nottingham City Council to stop people donating to beggars is under fire again today. 

The council says it wants people to give money to homeless charities instead and this weekend it seems one of the posters has gone up on eBay.

Travel: Replacement buses from Nottingham to Grantham

BBC Travel

If you're going from Nottingham to Grantham by train this morning, you will be taking a replacement bus instead, as there is a signalling fault at Netherfield caused by a cable theft.

East Midlands Trains is tweeting updates and says buses will depart from Queen's Road outside Nottingham station at 45 minutes past the hour.

Weather: Dry start but rain moving in later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be a largely dry day with some ocassional showers this afternoon.

Travel: Delays expected in city centre

Join us for today's updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Good morning. Hope you're all rested after the long weekend break. 

I'll be bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather for Nottinghamshire throughout the day.

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