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  1. Updates for Wednesday 13 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Sandish Shoker

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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.

Travel: Delays to trams

Weather: Sunshine and showers for tonight

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

It will stay dry and bright for the rest of the day and into the night but there will be the odd shower passing by.


Overnight there will be more cloud around and there is the chance of some patches of mist and fog forming too. Lows of 6C (43F).

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

Hamilton loses in World Championship qualifiers

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham snooker player Anthony Hamilton has lost 9-10 to Robbie Williams and will not qualify for the World Championships.

Anthony Hamilton

Boots say pharmacists 'use professional judgement'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Boots has now responded to the accusations it is boosting profits by carrying out unnecessary checks on prescriptions.

A spokeswoman from the Nottingham-based company said its pharmacists "use their professional judgement to assess the appropriateness of a clinical service, and we make it clear to our colleagues that these services should not be undertaken inappropriately.”   

Nottinghamshire beat Surrey by three wickets

BBC Sport

It was certainly a lot closer that it looked when Notts were 72-0 chasing 169 for victory, but Nottinghamshire have done it.

Jake Ball hits Surrey paceman Mark Footitt to the boundary for the victory. Cracking game.

Nottinghamshire Cricket Club

Firefighters searching for potential victims in blaze

Mansfield Chad

The Mansfield Chad has some photos of the house which was gutted by fire early this morning and says there are unconfirmed reports that a man may still be inside the building.

Visitors to QMC ward to stay away 'unless necessary'

Rebecca Dickson

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

There's been an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug on a ward at the Queens Medical Centre.

The hospital says it's dealing with Norovirus on ward B48 and is asking people not to visit "unless absolutely necessary".


Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has asked people not to go to the hospital if they're suffering with vomiting or diarrhoea.  

Cause of Mansfield fire not known

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The cause of the fire in Austin Close, Mansfield is not yet known and a spokesman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said the building had been left "structurally unsound both internally and externally".

He said as soon as the building was safe they would continue searches inside. 

Dantes used cannabis daily

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Dantes' daily use of cannabis was said to have induced psychotic behaviour.

At the Court of Appeal, Lady Justice Hallett said: "These were the most brutal attacks on two innocent and virtually defenceless human beings.

Kamil Dantes
Nottinghamshire Police

She added: "It was an impeccable sentencing exercise. No complaint can be made about the length of this minimum term."  

People 'not accounted for' after Mansfield fire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Firefighters say they are still searching a house in Mansfield after a severe fire in the early hours of this morning as they "can’t confirm that all persons are accounted for".

A spokesman said crews were called to Austin Close at about 01:40 to a "very intense blaze". 

It is now out but firefighters are trying to make the building safe.

Sentence for 'Face/Off' killings upheld

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man who killed his parents after telling police they had been replaced with imposters like in the film Face/Off has failed in a bid to have his sentence reduced.

Malgorzata and Leszek Dantes
Nottinghamshire Police

Kamil Dantes, from Worksop, said he wished to "destroy" the imposters, claiming they were wearing his parents' faces as skin masks.  

He was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 18 years in July but his appeal was rejected at the Appeal Court yesterday.

Malgorzata and Leszek Dantes

Sentence for 'Face/Off' killings upheld

A man who killed his parents after telling police they had been replaced with imposters fails in a bid to have his sentence reduced.

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'Be nice to each other' says Canal Trust

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Steven Hardy from the Canal and Rivers Trust says they wanted to encourage people to go back to old-fashioned manners and respect other users.

Canal towpath

He said: "We just want to remind people to slow down, be courteous towards each other and generally be nice to each other.

He said the signs were just a "light-hearted" way of keeping the peace between towpath users and giving everyone some space.

Travel: Temporary lights causing delays on Melton Road

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Temporary lights that have gone up today on A606 Melton Road, as you approach the A52 roundabout, are causing tailbacks. 

Remember your canal etiquette

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Canal towpaths in the East Midlands had more than 30m visitors last year, and the Canal and Rivers Trust says it is putting these signs up to remind people about the etiquette because of the popularity.

Towpath users told to slow down

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

On sunny days like this, the canal towpath is perfect for a little stroll and now people are being told not to use them if they're in a hurry.

In an effort to get runners and cyclists to slow down, signs have gone up along sections of the towpath.

canal path

The 'polite zones' are being trialled along the Nottingham/Beeston Canal, which is apparently one of the busiest towpaths in the East Midlands.

Men wanted over Newark shop theft

Police have released an image of these two men they want to speak to about a theft at Halfords in Lincoln Road, Newark last month.

Halfords theft
Nottinghamshire Police

Cook: Hopefully Taylor can still be involved

England captain Alastair Cook has been paying tribute to Nottinghamshire's James Taylor, who announced yesterday he was retiring due to a heart condition.

Cook said: "He proved people wrong time and time again and was a great character to have around the dressing room. Those short leg catches in South Africa, doing the hard work for the team.

James Taylor
Getty Images

"It's a career cut very short but on the flip side at least it's been detected and we're not talking about something a lot worse. 

"All our thoughts are with him, his family. Hopefully the operation can go well and we'll see him around, and adding his talent to the English game in a different way."

Your views: Smaller bins

Your photos: Sunrise over River Trent

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher David E was up bright and early to catch this stunning sunrise at Bulcote, Nottinghamshire.

Sunrise over River Trent
David E

Boots accused of boosting profits with prescription reviews

Klara Lethbridge

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

Boots is being accused of boosting its profits by carrying out unnecessary extra checks on patients' prescriptions.

The NHS pays out £28 for each review of medicines given to high risk patients.


The NHS caps the number of medicine-use reviews (MURs) per pharmacy at 400 a year, but an email seen by The Guardian newspaper from a senior manager at Boots refers to the 400 cap as a target to be delivered. 

The NHS says reviews are paid on trust and it monitors for fraud.   

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • There have been complaints after general waste bins in Ashfield were made smaller
  • Residents in St Ann's say a £5m redevelopment is helping to change people's attutudes towards it
  • It's the fourth and final day of the County Championship between Nottinghamshire and Surrey at Trent Bridge

Weather update: Staying dry and bright

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

it's going to stay largely dry and bright throughout the afternoon with the risk of just a couple of isolated showers and highs of 15C (59F).

Hamilton keeping his eye on the prize

BBC Sport

Anthony Hamilton
Getty Images

Anthony Hamilton is fighting back in the final round of qualifying for snooker's World Championship.

The Nottingham potter trailed Robbie Williams 6-3 overnight in their first-to-10 match, but has won three of the first four frames and is now just 7-6 down.

The winner will be in the draw for the first round of the sport's showpiece event, which gets under way at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Saturday.

Man fell ill at wheel of car in Southwell

Newark Advertiser

The Newark Advertiser says the accident in Southwell happened at about 11:00 after a man fell ill at the wheel of his car. He is thought to be in a serious condition in hospital.

Travel: Accident in Southwell

BBC Travel

Halam Road in Southwell is blocked and there is slow traffic around the Cooks Lane junction because of an accident. 

Area trying to shake off bad reputation

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Alonzo James reopened the old Co-op in St Ann's as his own supermarket after it was closed a few years ago.

"The Chase [Robin Hood Chase] was dying. Businesses were moving out....and I just wanted to bring back the community feel that we had before," he said.

"St Ann's has got a bad rep over the years from things that have happened but when you come here the people that you mix with prove it is a lovely area."

St Ann's 'looks much better'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nicole Bailey-Lewis grew up in St Ann's but her and her family moved out shortly after the shooting of teenager Danielle Beccan in 2004.

"Back then it had a big impact on me and my friends. We didn't want to go out anymore and it put a dampener on our childhood," she said.

Nicole Bailey-Lewis

Nicole says the square has completely transformed the area and will help change people's attitudes towards it.

She said: "It looks a lot better and once it looks better, people start respecting it more and that's when it starts progressing."

Wicket at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 341-6

BBC Sport

Jake Ball picks up his fourth wicket with the game very much still in the balance between Notts and Surrey.

There could be an interesting chase on the cards this afternoon if Surrey can build a lead of around 200.

The lead currently stands at 120.

New square to revitalise aera

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottingham City Council has spent almost £5m improving Robin Hood Chase in St Ann's - an area blighted in the past by drugs and crime. 

The area has got new houses, as well as a new square with a new library, health centre and shops.

Robin Hood Chase, St Anns

St Ann's is improving say residents

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Next this morning, people living in one of the poorest areas of Nottingham say they finally believe the area is on the up.

The council has spent millions doing up St Anns to help the area get away from the drugs and crime it had become known for.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Households in Ashfield are starting to get their new, smaller general waste bins - and many of them aren't happy about it
  • Residents in St Ann's say a redevelopment of the area has helped to improve it and the reputation it once had
  • Nottinghamshire V Surrey is under way at Trent Bridge for the fourth and final day of the County Championship

Residents want more space for recycling

Trent Bridge looking bright and ready for action

BBC Nottingham Sport

Good morning from Trent Bridge. Dry and bright ahead of the final day between Notts and Surrey.

Trent Bridge

Cooper gets closer to points target

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County are unbeaten in four games now and have won their last two, including their win against Hartlepool at Meadow Lane last night.

When manager Mark Cooper took over less than a month ago he was set a points target to get a longer term contract and he's edging closer towards it now.

Notts County
Dan Westwell

Bin will be used for garden waste instead

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Susanne has emailed us with a question about the bin changes in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

We have been told by the council that the larger general waste bins will be used as the garden waste bins for the next two years.  

Smaller bins will save council money

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Cherly Butler, leader of Ashfield District Council said Nottinghamshire County Council has put £1.4m into the cost of the new bins, while the district council has not put anything in.

Ms Butler said making the bins smaller would save the authority £3m over the next few years which could then be spent on protecting important services and providing new ones in the future.