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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 8 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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Today's updates have finished. Local Live will return at 08:00 on Monday.

Weather: Showers possible later

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A largely dry end to the day but cloud will increase this evening with a band of light patchy rain pushing east overnight. 

This could be wintry for higher ground. Min 5C (41F).

weather
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Man jailed over modern slavery

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A third person has been jailed for forcing a Hungarian woman into prostitiution while she was kept at properties in Nottingham.

Shomsu Miah, 44, from Forest Fields, who had previously admitted the charge, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years at Nottingham Crown Court today.

Shomsu Miah
Nottinghamshire Police

Hungarian nationals Istvan Vinter and Maria Gaspar, were jailed for eight and six years respectively last month.

The woman, and another who had been sold for a sham marriage in London, had been trafficked to the UK by Vinter and Gaspar.

Family pay tribute to Josh Cotton

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The family of Josh Cotton, from Sawley, whose body was found in the River Trent this week, have thanked members of the public and police who helped to search for him.

Josh Cotton
BBC

The 22-year-old went missing over a month ago from his narrowboat at Sawley Marina. 

In a statement Josh's father, Mick Cotton, said: "He'll be sadly missed for the rest of our lives."   

Stags fan banned over flare

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man who set off a flare at a Mansfield Town game has been fined £371 and given a three-year football banning order, police have said.

One Call Stadium
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The 31-year-old, from Pinxton, appeared in court on Wednesday charged with possession of a flare/firework at the game against Portsmouth on 19 March.

He set the flare off in the Ian Greaves Stand in the home section of the One Call Stadium.

Ayeeisha murder was 'pure evil'

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

Ayeeshia Jane Smith's natural father Ricky Booth has described her murder as "pure evil".

He's also said he is very angry and wishes she had been taken into care.

Kathryn Smith Matthew Rigby
PA

Derbyshire County Council say all the agencies involved with Ayeeshia's family have contributed to a serious case review. 

They say new information from the trial will now be considered before they can publish the findings of the review. 

Meet the PCC candidates: Jason Zadrozny

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Former Liberal Democrat Jason Zadrozny became the youngest council leader in England in 2007, heading up Ashfield District Council. 

He's standing as an Independent, despite being charged with a number of sexual offences against a child, which he vehemently denies. He believes the allegations are politically motivated - and is campaigning "to clean up Nottinghamshire Police".

Jason Zadrozny
BBC

Travel: A1 slow traffic

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A1 southbound in Newark at the Winthorpe Interchange.

Meet the PCC candidates: Paddy Tipping

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

The current PCC, Labour's Paddy Tipping, was elected with 42% of first round votes in 2012. 

Over the past four years, the former Sherwood MP and self-styled "people's commissioner" has campaigned against government cutbacks and overseen the development of a strategic alliance with forces in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Paddy Tipping
BBC

Bulwell 'kidnap': Fourth man charged

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A fourth man has been charged with kidnap after an incident in Bulwell last week in which a 20-year-old man was injured.

The 58-year-old, from West Bromwich, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and has been remanded in custody until a crown court appearance next month.

Broad Eadow Road
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He'll be joined by three others who are also charged in connection with the alleged kidnap in Broad Eadow Road.  

Mother and stepfather's 999 call

An emergency call by Kathryn Smith, who murdered her toddler claiming to attempt to revive her, with help from her partner, has been made public.

Travel: Worksop delays

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays in Worksop on the A60 Mansfield Road at the Millhouse Roundabout.

Meet the PCC candidates: Fran Loi

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

UKIP's Fran Loi is the chairman of the Nottinghamshire County UKIP branch and has been involved in the local campaign for survivors of historical sexual abuse. 

His party is calling for a "zero tolerance" approach to crime. He also says he's the only candidate to come out in favour of the UK leaving the EU.

Fran Loi
UKIP

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Mum had claimed toddler suffered seizure

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

Kathryn Smith had claimed her 21-month-old daughter Ayeeshia suffered a seizure before her death and suggested her bruised body was caused by falling off her potty.

Pathologists found 16 separate injuries on her body, including a historical bleed on the brain. They ruled she died from a tear to a heart which was likely to have been caused by a "stamp". 

Ayeeshia Jane Smith
Family handout

Her ex-partner Matthew Rigby - who was cleared of murder but convicted of causing or allowing the child's death - had told Birmingham Crown Court it was possible the child's injuries were caused when he gave her CPR while on the phone to 999 operators.

The pair had repeatedly protested their innocence at Birmingham Crown Court. They will be sentenced at the same court on Monday.

Snooker: Holt and Hamilton in Worlds qualifiers

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham snooker players Michael Holt (pictured) and Anthony Hamilton play their second matches in qualifying for the World Championship later.

Both need to win three matches in all to qualify. 

Michael Holt
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BreakingToddler's mother guilty of murder

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The mother of toddler Ayeeshia Smith has been found guilty of her murder.

The 21-month-old died in May 2014 and the jury at Stafford Crown Court heard she had suffered injuries similar to a car crash.

Kathryn Smith, 23, and her former partner 22-year-old Matthew Rigby, who live in Nottingham, had both blamed each other for the little girl's death.  

Kathryn Smith
BBC

Fedora hat-wearing man sought over charity shop theft

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police are looking for a man sporting a black Fedora hat and a large moustache after the theft of items left on a charity shop doorstep.

The items were stolen from the Children's Society shop in Middlegate, Newark, on 20 March.

fedora man
Nottinghamshire Police

Old Angel bought by vegetarian cafe

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We got all excited when we read the Mirror story about the Libertines having bought a pub in Nottingham.

We instantly thought of Hockley's Old Angel, which closed recently.

Old Angel
BBC

But alas, we didn't find Pete Doherty strumming on his guitar in the bar.

It is however being opened by Ben Rose, who owns the Alley Cafe off Angel Row who says he's focussing on it being a "good boozer" with an on-site microbrewery.

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Pathologists found 16 separate injuries

Ayeeshia Jane Smith collapsed at the couple's home in Burton in May 2014.    

Ayeeshia Jane Smith
Family handout

The court heard she had a heart injury usually seen in people who have fallen off buildings or been in a car crash.

Pathologists found 16 separate injuries on her body, including a historical bleed on the brain.

The pair, who have since split up, insisted in court they had nothing to do with the toddler's death.

Man cleared over toddler's murder

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man from Nottingham has been found guilty of causing the death of a 21-month-old toddler who died with injuries likened to a car crash victim.

Matthew Rigby, 22, was cleared of murder but convicted of causing or allowing the death of Ayeeshia Jane Smith in Burton-on-Trent, Staffs.

Kathryn Smith Matthew Rigby
BBC

Her mother Kathryn Smith, 23, has been found guilty of cruelty to a child.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court is still deciding if she is guilty of murder.

Pete Doherty Nottingham pub story 'not true'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An East Midlands business news website has reported that the Libertines' manager has told them the story that two band members had bought a pub in Nottingham is false.

The Mirror and other national newspapers claimed yesterday Pete Doherty and Carl Barat had purchased a pub that they were going to call The Albion Rooms and would include a studio.

Pete Doherty
BBC

It led to many suggestions as the possible venue, including the Old Angel in Hockley.

Tony Linkin, the band's PR manager, told TheBusinessDesk.com: “I can confirm that the story is not true.”

Mann refers PM to standards commissioner

Klara Lethbridge

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

The Labour MP for Bassetlaw John Mann has said he has referred the Prime Minister's involvement with Blairmore Holdings to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. 

David Cameron
BBC

Mr Mann says any interest in the company should have been registered when David Cameron became an MP. 

The office of the commissioner says it has not yet received a copy of the complaint.  

Notts MP calls for PM to stand down

Klara Lethbridge

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

The Labour MP for Bassetlaw, John Mann, is calling for David Cameron to resign as Prime Minister over his tax affairs.

John Mann
BBC

Meet the PCC candidates: Tony Harper

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

As a recently retired police officer himself, Conservative candidate Tony Harper is hoping his 36 years of experience will stand him in good stead. 

He grew up on the Thoresby estate and his father was a miner at Hucknall Colliery. He's criticised the current PCC, Paddy Tipping, for spending a six-figure sum on PR consultants.

Tony Harper
Tony Harper

Travel: Line reopens at Grantham

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories right now:

  • Nottingham Forest fans set up a supporters trust for the first time in the club's history
  • The county's police and crime commissioner candidates are revealed
  • Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham says the families of the Hillsborough victims have a "deep gratitude" to the people of Nottingham

Meet the PCC candidates: Tony Bates

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

A prolific local tweeter and blogger, Independent candidate Tony Bates' fundamental belief is that the role of police and crime commissioner should be separate from party politics. 

He's also opposed to the proposed scrapping of the Nottingham City Police Division.

Tony Bates
Tony Bates

Travel: Train line closed

This is after a person was hit by a train between Grantham and Peterborough.

East Midlands Trains said Network Rail and the emergency services are on site dealing with the incident and the line is currently closed.

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Nottingham tram fare dodger fined £300

Nottingham Post

A tram passenger has been ordered to find more than £300 for not having a valid ticket.

Travel: Person hit by train

This is on the same line as the broken down train between Stockport and Sheffield.

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Burnham acknowledges 'support and solidarity'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Andy Burnham says he knows the families of the Hillsborough victims are eternally grateful to Forest fans and the people of Nottingham.

Andy Burnham
BBC

"It's because of that support and solidarity that we are where we are and we are hopefully now on the verge of finally securing justice for the 96," he said, speaking in Nottingham yesterday.

"But that relationship is really appreciated in Liverpool and certainly by the Hillsborough families and I'm glad I'm able to convey that to people here."

Travel: Broken down train update

It's causing delays on the Liverpool-Nottingham-Norwich line.

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Travel: Colwick crossings problem

Looks like there's an issue with the barriers at the rail line crossing on Colwick Road.

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Hillsborough families have 'deep gratitude' to Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham says the families of the Hillsborough victims have a deep gratitude to people in Nottingham. 

Hillsborough
BBC

A total of 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at the FA cup semi final with Nottingham Forest in 1989. 

After two years of evidence at the inquest in Warrington, the jury members are now deliberating on their verdict.

Travel: Lenton delays

BBC Travel

There's heavier traffic than usual on Lenton Boulevard at the Derby Road junction. 

This could be a knock-on from the accident on the A52 Clifton Boulevard, where traffic is now stationary.

Mystery chemical 'close to being identified'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

This relates to those 23 barrels dumped in Trent Lock and Cossall on Wednesday...

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Mystery chemical barrels removed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Barrels containing an unknown chemical that were dumped at Trent Lock and the Nottingham Canal, near Cossall have been removed.

Barrels
BBC

The Environment Agency said it has been taken to "a safe place".

Paul Reeves, from the agency, said they have a "number of leads" and are looking at CCTV footage to try to track down the perpetrator.

Travel: Clifton crash

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A52 Clifton Boulevard after an accident involving a lorry and a car. Congestion's back to the QMC Island.