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  1. Updates for Tuesday 5 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from Local Live today. Join us again tomorrow.

Weather: Cloudier later

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Staying mostly dry with some clear spells into the evening and the first half of the night but the cloud will thicken up later and there will be some light rain heading in by the end of the night. 

Lows of 4C (39F).


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Toddler death trial: Jury retires

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A jury has retired to consider verdicts in the case of a mother and stepfather accused of stamping a toddler to death at the family home.

Matthew Rigby, 22, from Nottingham, denies murdering 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith at their home in Staffordshire in May 2014.

Ayeeshia's mother, Kathryn Smith, also denies murder.

Kathryn Smith Matthew Rigby

New sails for windmill

Notts TV

Green's Windmill in Sneinton has seen 24,000 visitors in the year since its sails began turning again.

Skip to 7m 08s to see what Notts TV found out...

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EMAS debt: Your views

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

You've been having your say about the news that East Midlands Ambulance Service has overspent by nearly £12m, resulting in staff being unable to take scheduled breaks.

Jane Osborne wrote on Facebook: "The ambulance drivers do a fantastic job and receive such negative comments when people do not see the bigger picture. Something needs to change at the handover points at the hospitals."

While on Twitter:

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Travel: Delays expected to continue at Arena

Travel: Arena roadworks cause delays

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The top stories this afternoon:

Cricket: Notts v Cambridge MCCU latest

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

At the tea break Notts are 362-4 (67 overs)

Prolific session for the county side, adding 219 runs since lunch in 34 overs.

Arnold conmen steal from elderly man

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Men pretending to be builders stole cash from an elderly man in Arnold, police have said.

The men went to his home in Langford Road, using ladders to get in.

Campaign to pay for Mansfield toddler's funeral

Mansfield Chad

Friends of the family who suffered the devastating loss of their "cheeky" little girl are banding together to raise money for the tot's funeral.

'Significant damages' for cattle attack family

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The money awarded to Glenis Freeman and her family after her husband Roger was killed in a cattle field in 2010 is a "significant sum" her solicitors have said.

The owner of the cattle was found not guilty of manslaughter after a trial in Nottingham in 2014.

Glenis and Roger Freeman
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Lisa Preece, from Nelson's Solicitors, said: "Farmers should think very carefully about the livestock that they intend to graze in a field with public access. 

"If they could pose a danger, then they should be grazed elsewhere.”

Murder file against Robert Black submitted to CPS

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A file of evidence linking the serial killer Robert Black to the 1978 murder of Genette Tate has been handed to prosecutors by Devon and Cornwall police. 

Officers said they had been weeks away from charging Black when he died in prison in Northern Ireland earlier this year.

In 1994, Black was found guilty of three child murders in the 1980s, as well as a failed abduction bid in Nottingham in 1988.

Robert Black

Travel: Worksop delays

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic on the A57 through Worksop at the A60 junction because of roadworks.

Chris Sutton: Chelsea move 'doesn't make sense'

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottingham-born former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton says the appointment of Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge doesn't make sense. 

The Italian will replace Guus Hiddink, who's not lost in 15 league games, on a three-year deal this summer.

Chris Sutton

Lovely sunrise this morning

BBC Weather Watchers

Did you see it?

One of our Weather Watchers was up early enough in Bulcote.

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Man found unconscious in street

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man is still in a serious condition, nearly a month after he was found unconscious in a Nottingham street with a head injury.

Police said the 31-year-old was found in Noel Street on 10 March at about 17:40.

He was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre, where doctors found he had a serious head injury.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious.

Reds striker a dad-to-be

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga has cause for a double celebration following his return to football - after announcing he is going to be a dad.

Britt Assombalonga
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Mansfield Town: Clements could be out for season

BBC Nottingham Sport

Things get worse for the Stags... Clements was substituted during Saturday's defeat at Hartlepool.

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Have you seen these escaped prisoners?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Darrel Bryce (left) was serving a life sentence for robbery and possession of a firearm when he absconded from Doncaster prison five days ago.

He has connections to Worksop and Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police

Jacob Carter absconded from Sudbury prison four days ago. 

He was serving eight years and two months for aggravated burglary and assault and has connections to Netherfield and Bestwood.

Zadrozny PCC bid confirmed

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Jason Zadrozny confirmed as Notts Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, facing UKIP's Francis Loi, Labour's Paddy Tipping, Conservative Tony Harper and Independent Tony Bates.

Jason Zadrozny

Mr Zadrozny announced his intention to run for police and crime commissioner after appearing in court charged with child sex offences last month.

Bull destroyed after attack

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The bull that was in the field - called Moonriver Zac Pi - was destroyed immediately after the incident.

However, during the trial, it was suggested a female cow could have been responsible for killing Mr Freeman.

Farmer Paul Waterfall (pictured) said the bull had never shown aggression to him or his staff.

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Mrs Freeman said: “The criminal prosecution trial was extremely distressing and I was particularly upset with the “not guilty” verdict. 

"I hope that the settlement of this case goes a long way to stop this ordeal happening to anyone else."

'Bull' attack woman 'woke up in hospital'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mrs Freeman spent two weeks in intensive care and a week in recovery at the QMC.

She said: "I was in so much pain that I was hardly able to breathe. I kept thinking 'I can’t believe this is happening to us'.


“I remember Roger telling me that he couldn’t move, and that I needed to get out of the field to try and get help. I remember scrambling across fields and ditches, then being treated by a paramedic in a passer-by’s car.

“I woke up a week later in hospital where I was told that I had needed to have emergency surgery.  My children told me that, although I had escaped, Roger hadn’t made it.”

'Bull' attack 'like a nightmare'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

As well as a fractured wrist, multiple rib fractures, a ruptured spleen, and lower leg wounds during the attack, Mrs Freeman said she's suffered "extreme psychological damage".

"After entering the field, the cows began following us, and when we were half way across, Roger told me that there was a bull amongst them. I felt very scared, as no one wants to be in a field with a bull,” she said.

Underhill Farm

She said “without provocation", one of the animals knocked Roger, 63, to the ground and continued to attack them.

“It was like something out of a nightmare. I didn’t know what to do. I tried to help Roger but the bull butted me in the chest."

'Bull' death family awarded compensation

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The family of a man who was attacked by a bull or a cow in a Nottinghamshire field have been awarded damages, their solicitors have said.

Roger Freeman was killed in 2010 at a farm in Stanford-on-Soar while he and his wife Glenis were on a walking holiday.

Roger Freeman and Glenis
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Farmer Paul Waterfall was charged with gross negligence manslaughter but was found not guilty in May 2014.

“The claim was made on behalf of Glenis who herself suffered serious injuries in the incident, and also on behalf of Roger’s estate," Lisa Preece, solicitor and partner at Nelsons Solicitors, said.

"A settlement has now been agreed which will bring some form of closure to the Freeman family.”

Vet: Check your dog for ticks

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Vets say it's vital you check dogs for ticks after walks in woodland areas and that you get get special implements for removing them. 

George Packer, from the Churchcroft practice in Chilwell, said Babeseosis, which has been recorded in Essex, causes dogs to become anaemic and if it isn't treated it can sometimes cause them to become chronically unwell or even die.


It's thought the tick in question's arrived in Britain from mainland Europe but, unlike Lyme's Disease, which is also on the increase in pets, isn't believed to affect humans.  

Dog walkers warned after tick discovery

Steve Beech

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Bramcote Hills Park, close to the A52, attracts people from a wide area.

But last week, a vet in Chilwell was examining a dog which had been walked here, only to find a type of parasite - not normally found in this part of the UK. 

It's a tick that can carry a potentially fatal disease called Babeseoisis and dog owners here are concerned.

Bramcote Hills Park

At present there's no evidence that any dogs in Nottinghamshire have contracted the disease which can prove hard to treat. 

But few of the people I've spoken to here are aware of this new problem.

Bus driver 'clipped car and made sexist remark'

Nottingham Post

Clifton driver Michelle Weston claims an NCT bus pulled out into her car on Wollaton Vale and the driver made a "sexist" comment.

Cricket: Notts face Cambridge

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottinghamshire start their first class season today with a three-day match against Cambridge University. 

Michael Lumb is in the team but Australian Jackson Bird is not despite travelling.

Michael Lumb
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Ambulance service blames debt on rising demand

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So how has EMAS managed to get itself into this situation? 

The service says it's down to an increase in the amount of people needing its services - last year it dealt with more than 900,000 calls.  

EMAS ambo

There are 3,000 staff members but that's not been enough and they've had to pay for expensive private services to help them out.  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The top stories today:

  • The controversial, new-look Mansfield Market opens today
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service has announced it's expecting to end the financial year with a deficit of £12m
  • Sport: Forest are in action against Reading tonight and in cricket, Notts face Cambridge University

Ambulance service facing major debt

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It seems to be one thing after another with our healthcare at the moment, whether it's GPs leaving or handover delays at A&E.

Today we're hearing East Midlands Ambulance Service Trust is expecting to end this financial year in a huge amount of debt.

EMAS ambo

EMAS is expecting a deficit of around £12m and has now applied for an overdraft.  

Forest face Reading tonight

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Forest are at Reading tonight, looking to put Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to Brentford behind them. 

The Reds are 16th in the championship and nine points clear of the relegation zone and have only scored once from three games under temporary manager Paul Williams. 

Kick-off tonight is at 20:00.

Mansfield Market: What's new?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The council says the new-look market has a focus on bringing more events to the town.

All stalls have been moved from Westgate to merge with the Market Place stalls and market days now run from Tuesday to Saturday, rather than six days a week.

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This will create "time for car boot sales, events and special markets to be held on Sundays in the coming months", the council said.

There are now new stalls, new canopies, signage and "welcoming decorations", as well as "new sophisticated umbrella style stalls for entertainment and events".

Market plans were not 'steamrollered through'

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Changes to the way Mansfield Market looks, its location and the number of trading days were approved in January by the district council. 

Some 4,000 people signed a petition opposed to them and an initial approval was disputed by six Labour councillors.

Mansfield market

Traders on Westgate say the move to the Market Place and reduction of trading days could lead to a drop in trade and there's been some criticism that the changes were pushed through. 

The man behind the plans Stewart Rickersley denied the plans were "steamrollered".

New Mansfield Market opens

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

After months of dispute, it's the official opening day of the new Mansfield Market. 

Among the controversies are the issue of what the traders are being asked to wear.

Mansfield Market

Independent councillor, Stewart Rickersey, who announced the changes says it's not uniforms being offered to traders but "branded workwear".  

Today's weather for Nottinghamshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Here's how it's looking today.

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Travel: Minor delays

BBC Travel

Only minor traffic issues around Nottinghamshire this morning. 

Look out for heavy traffic in the usual places - on the A38 near the M1, the A611 in Annesley, around the Nuthall Island and on the A52 in Wollaton.