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  1. Updates for Friday 1 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Dave Wade

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Weather: Isolated showers possible

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll remain fairly overcast for the rest of this afternoon with a few isolated showers possible. Highs of 12C (54F).

A band of rain will affect the north of the region overnight before clearing in the early hours.

Elsewhere will remain mostly dry with variable amounts of cloud. Lows of 7C (45F) in towns and cities - expect cooler conditions in rural spots which could see a patchy frost.

Nottingham Forest v Brentford

BBC Sport

Looking ahead to Forest's game against Brentford tomorrow, the Reds hope to welcome back striker Britt Assombalonga (pictured), following 13 months out with a knee injury.

Captain Henri Lansbury could also be back after a bad ankle injury.

Britt Assombalonga
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Meet the soldier of the future...

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Crown copyright

The 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, which recruits in Nottinghamshire, have been road testing hi-tech body armour.

The MoD says the armour increases agility and makes it easier to carry heavy kit, while conducting exercises to prepare them for fighting in urban areas.  

Trent Bridge 'fifth best cricket ground'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Daily Telegraph has ranked Trent Bridge in the top ten best stadiums in world cricket.

Nick Hoult called it "a model for every other ground wanting to upgrade its facilities."

But fifth just doesn't cut it for Nottinghamshire Cricket Club...

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Trent Bridge

Wrongful rape conviction: Force 'learning'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

An Independent Police Complaints Commission report into the original investigation - seen by the BBC - had initially recommended two senior Nottinghamshire Police detectives, who looked into this case, face misconduct proceedings. 

But the IPCC and the force agreed the pair will face no formal sanctions, and instead were "given management action relating to performance development."

Notts police

A Nottinghamshire Police spokeswoman said it acknowledges the report, from July 2015, and has "recognised there is some learning for the force". 

She continued: "While the report initially recommended that two officers had a case to answer for misconduct, the IPCC was jointly in agreement that the officers were given management action relating to performance development." 

The IPCC said it is "considering" making the report public.

Travel: Ravenshead delays

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on Main Road northbound in Ravenshead at the Mansfield Road junction.

Wrongful rape conviction officer 'bitter'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

More now on Trevor Gray, the Notts Police detective sergeant wrongly convicted of rape who's been granted a judicial review into his dismissal from the force.

Trevor Gray and wife Allison

Mr Gray, who had 25 years' experience with the force, said he still felt "an element of bitterness" over spending 14 months in prison. 

"It shouldn't have happened," he said. "I look forward to having the perverse decision of the force in dismissing me overturned."

Travel: Hucknall delays

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays on Wighay Road, Hucknall, at the Annesley Road junction.

Your photos: Sunrise in Trowell

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher Harrylonglegs was up early in Trowell this morning as the sun tried to break through the clouds.

Trowell sunrise

Travel: Long Eaton roadworks

BBC Travel

Just over the Derbyshire border, there are delays caused by roadworks on Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, at the Thoresby Road junction.

Hospitals plan for strike days

All you need to know if you've got an operation booked at the QMC or City Hospital during strike action next week.

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'Fight' at comedy club

Nottingham Post

A brawl broke out at Nottingham's Glee Club – after a heckler slammed a comedian for telling jokes about paedophiles and ISIS.

High Court review granted into detective's dismissal

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A detective sergeant from Nottinghamshire who was wrongly convicted of rape has been granted a judicial review into his dismissal. 

After Trevor Gray was jailed in May 2012, his wife traced a witness, whose evidence led to his conviction being quashed on appeal in 2013. 

Trevor Gray

When he returned to work, Mr Gray, from Watnall, was suspended and then sacked following an internal investigation - a decision which was upheld by a tribunal. 

The review will take place on a date to be fixed between 25 April and 27 May.

Some taken in by our lions stunt

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Seems like our April Fool lions had some you going.

Sue Patterson wrote on Facebook: "Well done. You got me I posted a protest on Facebook until I realised the dste"

And over on Twitter...

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Mind you not everyone was convinced.

"It's clearly an April fool. What is wrong with you people?!" wrote Matt Wilson.

Bulwell kidnapping: Four arrested

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap after a man was allegedly forced into a car in Bulwell and driven to Leicester, where police found him.

The alleged incident happened in Broad Eadow Road on Wednesday afternoon. The man was found in the early hours of yesterday.

Broad Eadow Road

A 22-year-old woman, and three men, aged 22, 23, and 26 were arrested in Leicester this morning and remain in police custody.

The 20-year-old victim was treated at hospital for minor injuries, police said.

Fire service reveals green engine

Can't quite decide if this is an April Fools or not but a green coloured fire engine??

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Weather: Showers possible

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Things stay very much as they are throughout the afternoon with lots of cloud and only occasional brightness.

A couple of showers possible this afternoon too. Highs of 12C (54F).


Homelessness on the rise

Mansfield Chad

The number of people sleeping rough in Mansfield has increased in the last six years, reports the Mansfield Chad.

Police reveal 'new fleet' on 1 April

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Council admits to alpaca joke

Just as we suspected. You didn't fool us Rushcliffe Council!

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More firearms officers for Notts?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police forces in England and Wales are to train an extra 1,500 firearms officers to help protect the public from terrorism.  

The move will reverse a drop in the number of firearms officers from nearly 7,000 in 2009/10 to 5,875 in 2013/14.


Nottinghamshire saw one of the biggest drops in England and Wales with the number of firearms officer more than 40% lower in 2013/14 than it had been in 2008/09.

Last year, police chiefs warned the home secretary about the shortage of 24/7 armed police cover outside London, saying it left regional cities vulnerable to attack.

APRIL FOOL! Lions to stay put

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Yep. We made it up. The Market Square lions are going nowhere.

The observant among you may have noticed that Flair Polo - the Italian town where the lions were supposedly created - is an anagram of April Fool.


And Isese Diot, mayor of said fictional town, can be abbreviated to I. Diot. Get it?

Sorry for "lion" about it. We won't do it again (until next year).

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

  • An Italian town which gave the Market Square lion statues to Nottingham after World War One says it wants them back
  • A Mapperley man has had his bank account cleared by a SIM card scam
  • Nottingham Rugby play their penultimate home game of the season tonight against Ealing

New exhibition opens at war museum

East Midlands Today

A new attraction has opened at the National Civil War Centre in Newark featuring items from battlefield surgery.

The exhibition called Battle-Scarred hopes to help boost visitor numbers following the successful first season at the centre, which opened last May.

prosthetic leg

Councillor Johno Lee, who lost his right leg while on patrol in Afghanistan, has lent his spare prosthetic limb to the exhibition.    

Missing your alpaca?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Bearing in mind today's date, I'm not entirely convinced by this.

But if you do happen to have lost your alpaca, give the council a call.

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Figure skating pair place seventh at world championships

BBC Sport

Nottingham's Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland claimed a career-best seventh at the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston. 

The ice dance duo, now based in Novi, Michigan, scored 173.17 to eclipse their ninth-place finish in 2014.

Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland

Owner of impounded car threatened to trash garage

Nottingham Post

Driver Darren Jones hit the roof when his £400 car was impounded by police and he was told it would cost £364 to get it back, Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

Ay up mi ducks

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Despite the lack of fountains at the moment, these chaps were in the Market Square this morning...


Rugby: Nottingham face Ealing

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Rugby play their penultimate home game of the season tonight against bottom-of-the-table Ealing.

Meet me by the dragons...?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The deputy leader of Nottingham City Council said dragons could replace the lions in the Old Market Square.

Nottingham's Chinese twin town Ningbo has sent the city a dragon statue as a gift, he said.

chinese lions
Nottingham City Council

"We've got very good relationships with Ningbo and there have been discussions over whether to put a dragon there or even two," he said.

Last year two Chinese lions were gifted to the University of Nottingham.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories this morning:

  • Could Nottingham's lions disappear from the Old Market Square?
  • A Mapperley man had his bank account cleared by a new SIM card scam
  • Sport: Lansbury and Assombalonga are back from injury and may play for Forest this weekend

SIM scam: Mobile provider investigating

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Chris Sims, who fell victim to a SIM card scam that left his bank account cleared out, said it's put him off using internet banking. 

"I'd just like to know how the SIM had been sent out, who it was sent to, what address it was sent to - those details haven't been sent out yet. It's very concerning," he said,.

His mobile phone provider EE says it "takes fraud very seriously" and is "investigating as a matter of priority".


Conmen clean out bank account via SIM card scam

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Chris Sims, from Mapperley, had his bank account cleaned out after being a victim of a mobile phone scam known as SIM-swap-fraud. 

Conmen ordered a new SIM card in his name and then gained access to his bank account. 

Chris Sims

Within an hour, they withdrew more than £1,000 and took out an £8,000 loan in his name. 

Although the money's been refunded by his bank, Chris says he's still left with questions.

Forest: Injured pair could both play this weekend

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Forest could have midfielder Henri Lansbury (pictured) back in their midfield tomorrow when they play Brentford at the City Ground. 

Lansbury's been out for almost three months with an ankle injury. 

Henri Lansbury

Manager Paul Williams says striker Britt Assombalonga's knee is now "100% fine" and so may play a part this weekend.  

Lions move: Your views


You've been having your say on Facebook about the news that the lions are on their way home to Italy after 80 years standing guard at the Council House.

Phil Beckwith wrote: "oh no, can we not have two Robin Hood statues there instead?"

Lee Hutton simply said: "No way"

Here's what the square could look like without its famous lions...

Square, no lions

Council 'devastated' by lions move

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Italian stonemasons who created the lions included a "tiny clause" in the contract the council signed with them over 80 years ago, which means they have to hand them back, the city council said.

Here's what the city council has said about the lions returning to their native Italy

The stone lions, Oscar and Leo, have stood sentinel over the Old Market Square since the late 1920s and have become a part of Nottingham life – generations of people have met by them. Sadly, it seems that while we all thought they were a permanent fixture, they were in fact on loan... Clearly we’re devastated but our lawyers have told us we have no option but to comply.”

Nottingham City Council

Market Square lions to leave Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

First this morning, some shocking news: Nottingham's iconic lions are leaving, the BBC can reveal.

The Market Square statues were given to the city by Italy after World War One.


Isese Diot, Mayor of Flair Polo, where they were created, said he wants them back where they belong.

He claims to have a document stating the lions were never a gift but just a loan and has consulted property lawyers.

Today's weather for Nottinghamshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how it's looking today...

Travel: Notts routes clear

BBC Travel

The county's roads are looking clear this morning. Look out for some slow traffic on the A610 at the Nuthall Island and the A453 at Kegworth