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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Nottinghamshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Staying sunny into tonight

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Any showers will ease tonight to leave a pleasant end to the day with plenty of early evening sunshine.

It's dry overnight with light winds and clear skies. 

weather
BBC

A frost is likely in rural areas. Min 1C (33F).

CCTV of pair released in assault investigation

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police have released CCTV of a man and woman they want to speak to in connection with an assault on a man in Maid Marian Way in Nottingham city centre on 19 March.

Assault
Nottinghamshire Police

Councillor says life has been 'ruined' by allegations

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Jason Zadrozny, 35, who faces nine child sex allegations, said he wanted to prove his innocence in court.

He said his life had been ruined and criticising police he said other people's careers had been ruined by police following other "spurious allegations".

Jason Zadrozny outside court

Child sex accused wants to run police

A former parliamentary candidate charged with child sex offences announces his intention to run for police and crime commissioner.

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Exhibition 'believed' to have broken record

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A spokeswoman for the Society for All Artists based in Newark says they have submitted an application to the Guinness Book of World Records to have their display officially recognised, but it could take months before that is confirmed.

paintings
Society for All Artists

She said a record of this kind had not been in existence before for original works created specifically for an exhibition, so they are convinced they have broken it.

The exhibition has exactly 32,283 pieces on show.

Councillor criticises police force

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Speaking outside the magistrates court Jason Zadrozny criticised Nottinghamshire Police and said he intended to stand as an independent candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner post because he wanted to stop officers dealing with "politically motivated attacks".

Jason Zadrozny
BBC

"Somebody needs to clean up Nottinghamshire Police," said Mr Zadrozny. "I want to put bobbies back on the beat and stop officers dealing with their political pay masters."

He said the charges against him had been "the work of fantasy" and he looked forward to clearing his name in court and proving his innocence.

Thousands of mini-paintings to go on display

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are a few little stats for you on the display of miniature paintings in Newark:

  • If they were all laid end to end they would stretch 2.87km (1.78miles)
  • 10,263 artists have submitted their work
  • Based on taking 30 minutes each to paint, the artists have all spent a total of 2,019 days painting

paintings
SAA

Thousands of mini-paintings on display

An attempt to break the world record for the most number of paintings displayed in one exhibition will open to the public on Friday. It has taken months to mount the 32,000 miniature works of art.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Independent councillor Jason Zadrozny has appeared in court over child sex charges, which he denies
  • A taxi driver has been fined after he picked up passengers at the QMC while uninsured and then charged them double the fare
  • White Post Farm in Farnsfield has been closed today because of a power failure

Councillor faces several charges

Independent councillor Jason Zadrozny, 35, of Sutton Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a schoolboy and four counts of indecent assault on a boy under 16 between September 2003 and April 2004.

Jason Zadrozny
BBC

He also faces three more charges of sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 15, between 2004 and 2006.

Mr Zadrozny, who denies the allegations, was granted bail.

Empathy doll to help with dementia treatment

Notts TV

Notts TV has been to a Bulwell care home to find out how empathy dolls are being used to help people with dementia.

Staff say while one of their residents Margaret still needs medication, the doll has had a much more positive affect.

dementia doll
Notts TV

England women's team lose in semi-final

Councillor in court over child sex charges

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A Nottinghamshire councillor has appeared in court accused of raping a schoolboy, and several other historical child sex offences. 

Jason Zadrozny was arrested after becoming the Lib-Dem's parliamentary candidate for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire last year. 

He's strenuously denied the allegations. A magistrate in Mansfield has ordered Councillor Zadrozny to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 27 April.   

Notts Abbey features in new baking show

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Did you see the Great British Bake Off spin off - Bake Off Creme de la Creme on BBC Two last night?

It's set in the beautiful surroundings of Welbeck Abbey.

Taxi driver fined for overcharging fare

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Tahir Zia from Aspley picked up two passengers at the Queen's Medical Centre in April last year. 

He drove them to Gedling, charging £30, but when they complained about being charged double they found out he wasn't licensed as a hackney driver in the city.

QMC
BBC

Magistrates fined Mr Zia £375 and gave him six penalty points for driving uninsured, but there was no separate penalty for breaking taxi regulations. 

The magistrates said he could face "exceptional hardship" if he lost his driving licence.  

Cabbie escapes driving ban after picking up passengers while uninsured

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

A cabbie who drove two passengers while uninsured has escaped a driving ban.

Tahir Zia from Nottingham picked up his fare from the QMC illegally but was found out after a complaint that he'd charged them double. 

Tahir Zia
BBC

Mr Zia, 41, from Grassington Road in Aspley, was at Nottingham Magistrates' Court today.

Art challenge 'inspires' thousands to get creative

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's taken months for the SAA to go through the entries and put them together on large boards for display. 

The Society's World Record Art Challenge was launched last year to get more people painting and see the largest number of artwork exhibited under one roof.

atrwork
Society for All Artists

Managing director, Richard Hope-Hawkins said: "We've been astounded at the response - it's remarkable to see so many different and creative artworks in one place.

"Art groups have taken part as well as individuals, schools and many renowned professionals - it's inspired thousands of people to try something new."

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • White Post Farm has closed today because of a power failure
  • An exhibition has opened in Newark with 32,000 paintings which is hoping to break the world record for the largest number of artworks under one roof
  • Mixed martial artist Paul 'Semtex' Daley has been lined up to fight at the O2 Arena in London this summer

Chicks being kept warm at farm

Pip Watts

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

White Post Farm in Farnsfield has apologised after it was forced to close its doors today because of a power failure. 

Anthony Moore, from the farm, said it was the first time it's ever happened and engineers are on site repairing the problem. 

He said there's no need to worry about the chicks feeling chilly though, they're been kept warm by a generator. 

Miniature paintings go on display

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If like me you've been wondering how one building could display 32,000 paintings - they're all just the size of a business card.

Not all the entrants are full-time artists and some have been submitted from as far as Australia.

Paintings
Society for All Artists

The exhibition at the Society for All Artists (SAA) headquarters in Newark opens to the public on Friday.

Exhibition hopes to break records

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A Newark gallery is hoping to break a world record with the largest number of original artworks on display under one roof.

They've got 32,000 paintings on show and have had work sent to them from all over the world.

paintings
BBC

Your photos: Photographer shares his best photos of Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's an image of Attenborough at night.

Nottingham photographer Jay Kirk has been sharing some of his best photos from around the county on Instagram and has kindly given us permission to share them with you too.

Attenborough skies
Jay Kirk

If you want to see more of his photos we have put together a little gallery on our Facebook page.

Travel: Bus delays continue because of lane closures in city centre

Paul Daley announces London fight

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottingham mixed martial artist Paul 'Semtex' Daley will fight at London's 02 Arena this summer.

His opponent is yet to be announced.

Paul Daley MMA
Getty Images

Travel: Accident in Nuthall

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the A610 Nuthall close to J26 on the M1

The role of Nottinghamshire soldier's in Ireland

East Midlands Today

It's 100 years since the Easter Rising when Irish republicans tried to establish an independent republic while the UK was heavily involved in the First World War.

Easter Rising
British Pathe

Later today we'll be looking at how soldiers from the Sherwood Foresters in Nottinghamshire were sent to fight on the streets of Dublin and suffered heavy casualties in a short period of time.   

'Oh lovely cheeses'

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Despite cheese not being a traditional breakfast dish, a few people in Old Market Square did set aside their morning coffee or juice to see if they could taste the difference between Stilton and Stichelton.

Chese
BBC

Both cheeses are made in Nottinghamshire and both came out fairly even when it came to people’s preference.

Comments ranged from ‘horrible’ to ‘Oh lovely cheeses’!  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A petition to get Stichelton cheese recognised as a Stilton has gathered signatures from people across the world
  • A stepfather yesterday denied stamping a toddler to death and blamed the mother
  • Nottinghamshire cricketers, both men and women, are in action with England today for the World T20 semi-finals

Nottinghamshire pair in women's cricket action

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

it's not just the men's cricket team in action today.

England's women also face Australia in the semi-finals, with Nottinghamshire pair Jenny Gunn and Danielle Wyatt expected to play.

Danielle Wyatt
Getty Images

Yesterday, all-rounder Wyatt signed for Sussex for the new domestic season. 

Cheesemaking methods mean it's not a Stilton

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The debate over whether Stichelton can be classified as a Stilton cheese has been going on for years.

Here's cheesemaker Joe Schneider talking to the BBC about it back in 2010.

Stichelton Dairy
BBC

White Post Farm closed today

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've just been told that White Post Farm in Farnsfield is closed today because of a power cut.

The farm said anyone who has pre-booked tickets can be refunded or rearrange their booking.

Stichelton doesn't meet criteria

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A cheese can only call itself Stilton if it's made in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or Leicestershire.  

But Joe Schneider's Stichelton Cheese falls short of the criteria needed for protected Stilton status, because it's made with unpasteurised milk.

Joe Schenider
BBC

Mr Schneider's cause is being championed by the Slow Food Association, who say his method is the original one and he's had support from people around the world in countries such as Burkina Faso, Chile and Italy.

The big cheese debate

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Both these cheeses look similar and they taste similar but which one has the prestigious taste of Stilton and which one is Stichelton?

The latter cheese is made on the Welbeck estate in Nottinghamshire and there are calls for it to be recognised as Stilton.

cheese
BBC

Travel: Traffic lights out in city centre

No pressure for Hales

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mick Newell says batsman Alex Hales won’t be fazed by the big occasion going into today's World T20 semi-final. England face New Zealand this afternoon.

You can follow the action here when play starts at 14:30.

Alex Hales
AFP

Travel: Slow traffic on M1

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the M1 southbound this morning, from J25 (A52 Nottingham) to J24a (A50 Derby)

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's the top stories for today:

  • Around 2,000 people from around the world have signed an online petition calling for a cheese made on Nottinghamshire's Welbeck Estate to be recognised as Stilton
  • Carers in Nottinghamshire have been experiencing what it's like to have dementia by being put through a virtual multi sensory experience
  • Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales is in action with England today in the World T20 semi-final against New Zealand