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  1. Updates for Monday 4 April 2016

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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: On off showers will disappear tonight

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

We've had some hectic showers around today. 

These will fade away this evening to leave a much drier and brighter day tomorrow.


Highs of 12C    

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's your final headlines for today:

Powercut in Daybrook

Football: 'Boos from fans help no-one', says Reid

BBC Sport

Nottingham Forest coach Andy Reid says boos aimed at players are "helping no-one" at the club.

Nottingham Forest huddle
Getty Images

Boos sounded out round the City Ground on Saturday after a mix-up between Kelvin Wilson and keeper Dorus De Vries led to a goal for Brenford, and again at full-time.

Nottingham Forest huddle

Forest boos help no-one, says Reid

Nottingham Forest coach Andy Reid says boos aimed at players are 'helping no-one' at the Championship club.

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Travel: Broken down car on London Road causing come delays

Absconded prisoners thought to be in Nottingham

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There's been a fresh appeal to track down two men after they absconded from prison last week.

Darrel Bryce (left) 31, from Nottinghamshire and Jeremiah St.Phorose, 27, from Hull were both serving life sentences at Doncaster Prison.

Darrel Bryce and Jeremiah St.Phorose
South Yorkshire Police

Police say they believe both men are in the Nottingham area.

Cannabis debate continues

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

As the cannabis arrest figures are revealed today, there's a big debate about how much the police should prioritise cannabis. 

It's illegal and a "class B" drug but some experts think it's harmful and a gateway to harder drugs. Others though, want the cannabis laws relaxed. 


Home Office research shows the number of cannabis users hasn't changed so there are questions about why there are fewer arrests for possession. Is it down to tighter "stop and search" rules? Or is it because the police are simply turning a blind eye to personal cannabis use?  

Stags have worst league record for cards

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

With seven red cards and 84 yellows, Mansfield Town have the worst disciplinary record in League Two.

Is that why they've slipped?  

Damned United film adapted for the stage

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A stage show has been made of the Damned United, a film based on Brian Clough's short time at Leeds United.

But you'll have to cross the county border to Derby if you want to see it - it opens at the Derby Theatre on Thursday.

Damned United
Malcom I Johnson / PA

Cannabis arrests fall in region

Lewis Scrimshaw

News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

Fewer people are being arrested for possession of cannabis in Nottinghamshire.

It's according to figures released after a Freedom of Information request, made by the BBC.

These stats show a sharp fall in arrests for possession of just over 41% since 2010. 

On dealing, the numbers charged with possession with intent to supply are also down by 10%.  

Colourful birdhouses in city centre

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

They've been there are a few days already but I just spotted these brightly designed birdhouses on my trip into the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre this lunchtime.

There's 15 dotted around the centre and Victoria Centre as part of a tour around the country and they've been designed by 15 British celebrities. 


The designers include Nottinghamshire athletes Becky Adlington and Richard Whitehead.

Forest coach hoping Mancienne's injury is not serious

BBC Nottingham Sport

We're with Forest coach Andy Reid.

He says Michael Mancienne is going to have scan on his injured knee and he's hoping it's not as bad as it looked.

Andy Reid

Next court date for kidnapping accused

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I've just called Nottingham Magistrates' Court to get an update on the three people from Leicester charged over the Bulwell kidnapping.

Alshauntia Robinson, 22, has been bailed to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 3 May.

Tafari Smith, 26, and Denell Baker, 23, have been remanded in custody and will appear at crown court on the same date.

Your photos: Looking grey over Kimberley

BBC Weather Watchers

Not that you need could just look out a window...

But it's a bit grey and cloudy out there today.

Kimberley grey
Steve from Kimbo

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Man injured in Bulwell kidnapping

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The three people charged over the kidnapping of a man in Bulwell are all in their 20s. 

It is alleged they forced a 20-year-old man out of a house in Broad Eadow Road at about 16:00 on Wednesday. He was found the next day in Leicester with minor injuries.

Get ready for a big day out

BBC Radio Nottingham

BBC Radio Nottingham's Big Day Out takes place on 17 April, with 24 museums and heritage attractions all across Nottinghamshire opening their doors for free.

Here's a list of those taking part.

BBC Nottingham's Big Day Out

Man still in hospital after accident

Klara Lethbridge

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

Police say a man in his 50s has been left with "life altering injuries" and remains in hospital after a head-on crash on the A616 in Nottinghamshire.

It happened last Wednesday between Cuckney and Creswell when two cars collided. 

Three charged over Bullwell kidnapping

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two men and a woman from Leicester have been charged with kidnap after reports a man was forced into a car in Bulwell on Wednesday.

The trio will appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court later today.

Police said a third man was released without action.

Weather: Rain on its way this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showers push in from the south with the odd rumble of thunder possible. 

Some brighter weather is also likely for a time. Highs of 11C (52F)


Your views: 'Rough surface' on new M1 stretch


Some of you are happy to hear the M1 work are nearing towards the end.

On our Facebook page, David Clark wrote: "It's just finished after years of slow work. You hardly saw any workers on the stretch of motorway."

Paul Andrew Toyne, said: "Drove on this yesterday from junction 28 to junction 29 and where the extra lane has been created from the hard shoulder it's blooming rough in places.It seems all they've done is gouge the white line out of the road surface and not resurfaced it."

Your views: Resurfacing needed on new M1 stretch

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Man missing for almost two weeks

Police say they are concerned for the safety of 31-year-old Jason Snelling who has been missing from his New Basford home since 24 March.

Jason Snelling
Nottinghamshire Police

Your views: Poster is 'a bit of fun'


The alien posters have been advertising the gyms across the East Midlands for several months and on our Facebook page, many of you agreed they were not offensive. 

Debbie Codd wrote: "Oh for goodness sake take the joke, I'm a fat bird an not offended.... "

Tracey Trippy Adams, was of the same opinion and said: "It's only a bit of fun for goodness sake!"

New Sheriff of Nottingham takes up role

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire has a new High Sheriff who was welcomed in at a ceremony yesterday.

Judy Naake from Bramcote made her fortune by bringing St Tropez self tanning lotions to Britain from the US in the 1990s.

Judy Naake

She said she was looking forward to the challenges for the year ahead in her new role.

Gym says poster is 'light-hearted and humourous'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The poster criticised for "fat shaming'" shows aliens beaming up a person into their spaceship with the words "they'll take the fat ones first".

The gym behind it, Fit4Less, said it's aiming to create a "light-hearted and humorous" advert to get people talking about getting fitter.

Neilson talks about his future with Panthers

Colin Fray

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Panthers coach Corey Neilson says he hopes the club’s owner Neil Black will take his record into account when deciding whether to offer him a new contract.

Despite a 5th placed finish in the League, Neilson led his side to the play-off Championship over the weekend - a 2nd title of the season and an 11th of the decade.  

Corey Neilson

Neilson told BBC Radio Nottingham: “I would hope they recognise the things I’ve done. If they want me back then of course I’ll consider it. There’s a lot of great places out there, but this has always been special to me.”

Bullying campaigner says poster is 'offensive'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This poster advertising a gym in Long Eaton has been causing some controversy.

Nottinghamshire anti-bullying charity, Combat Bullying, says it's offensive and has called for it to be pulled down.

Fat poster

Natalie Harvey, from the charity, said: "I have driven past this poster a couple of times and thought I can't drive past it again, I have to do something about it."

Weather for the week ahead

If you've got stuff planned for the school holidays and want to know what the weather's going to be like for the week ahead, here's Charlie Slater:

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Accident in Rainsworth

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you saw the air ambulance in Rainworth yesterday, it was responding to an accident in Kirklington Road after a car collided with a stationary van.

Rainworth accident
Simon Ford

The driver of the car was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's your top stories for today:

M1 'smart motorway' work completed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The work on the M1 is on a 20-mile stretch through north Derbyshire and has cost £205m.

It will see the hard shoulder used as a permanent traffic lane to help reduce congestion

M1 map
Traffic on M1 motorway

M1 'smart motorway' work completed

A £205m project to turn a 20-mile stretch of the M1 into a a "smart motorway" is completed.

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Travel: Watch out for roadworks on Queens Drive for the next fortnight

M1 works nearing an end

East Midlands Today

If you've been one of the motorists battling through the roadworks on the M1 for what seems like forever, there's some good news for you this morning.

The 'smart motorway' between J28 (Mansfield) and J31 (Worksop) goes live later as part of the final phase of the work.


It means technology used to monitor the traffic levels will vary the speed limits accordingly, in an attempt to keep traffic flowing.

Travel: Roads still quiet

BBC Travel

It's the school Easter holidays in Nottinghamshire this week and the roads are looking pretty quiet so far this morning.