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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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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: Showers heading into the evening

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

There will be a few showers heading into this evening and some of them will again be heavy with some hail and thunder. 


Most of them will clear away overnight so it will become dry for most but we will keep the cloud. Lows of 5C (41F).

House owner is man in his 60/70s say neighbours

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Environmental officers have been using a cherry picker to demolish the property in Austin Close, Mansfield brick by brick so firefighters can reach the source of the smoke.

Residents say the owner of the house was a man in his 60s or 70s who lived there with his two dogs.

Incident commander Martin Bills told me the occupant was still unaccounted for.

First look at Stanford Hall

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's some great drone footage of the work that is going on at Stanford Hall.

Travel: Slow traffic in Harworth

BBC Travel

Blyth Road in Harworth is blocked and there is slow traffic around the Serlby Road junction because of an accident.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

  • A man who was jailed after he stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death has been found dead in his prison cell
  • A Mansfield house destroyed by fire is slowly being demolished as firefighters continue in their search for the occupant
  • Nottingham Forest say they have paid £90,000 to Derby County for ticket sales at last month's game at the iPro

Airport seeing higher numbers

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

For the fourth month in a row passenger numbers have increased at East Midlands Airport. 

281,450 passengers used the airport in March - an increase of 9% compared with the same period last year. 

Their best ever day was Easter Monday.

East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport

Bilsthorpe decision delayed until May

The project to build an energy plant at the former Bilsthorpe Colliery site was given the go ahead by Nottinghamshire County Council in 2014 but Eric Pickles, then Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), stepped in.

Bilsthorpe Colliery

Now the DCLG says it is "not yet in a position to decide" on whether to grant planning permission after a gas company pulled out of a similar project in Tee Valley because of "operational challenges".

The DCLG said it would delay its decision until at least May.

Former prisoner raising awareness of 'one punch' campaign

Notts TV

Jacob Dunne (pictured right) was convicted of the manslaughter of James Hodgkinson in 2011 after he died from a single punch on a night out.

Having served 14 months in prison Mr Dunne was given the option of early release through restorative justice.

Jacob Dunne
Notts TV

He's been talking to Notts TV about meeting with his victim's parents and what he has been doing since his release to raise awareness of how a punch can impact on someone's life.

Man rescued from Worksop blaze

Worksop Guardian

An investigation is under way at a house in Worksop after an elderly man was rescued from a fire yesterday morning. His condition is not known.

Bilsthorpe incinerator decision delayed

BBC Radio Nottingham

A decision has been delayed over plans to build a new incinerator in Bilsthorpe. 

The £70m project had been referred to the government for determination but the final say has been put back because a similar project in the north east by a different company has collapsed.

Fire crews taking apart burnt down house

Rebecca Dickson

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Fire crews are expected to be at the scene of a house fire in Mansfield until tomorrow.

A spokesman has told us they are taking apart the house on Austin Close piece by piece as they look for a man who lived there and is still missing.

Austin Close, Mansfield

The house was gutted - and is structurally unsafe - which is hampering the investigation.  

Travel: A52 fully open after this morning's accident

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A man who killed his ex-girlfriend in a row over their child has died in his prison cell
  • The fire service says officers are expected to stay at the scene of the fire in Austin Close, Mansfield until tomorrow
  • Nottingham Forest have paid £90,000 to Derby County after the Rams complained to the Football League that the amount was still outstanding

Magpies trying to bring in young players

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County manager Mark Cooper has been talking to us about young players he has his eye on, including Montel Gibson.

He said: "It shows we are trying to promote younger players that we have in our system."

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Forest pay outstanding Derby debt

BBC Nottingham Sport

A Nottingham Forest spokesman says they've now paid a £90k bill to Derby County for ticket sales from last month's away match at the iPro.

It was revealed the amount was still outstanding after the Rams made a complaint to the Football League.

Police filing report for coroner

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Although James Sullivan's prison cell death was last month, it has only just been confirmed by the Ministry of Justice.

Nottinghamshire Police says it is helping to file a report for the coroner.

James Sullivan / HMP Lowdham Grange
Google / Nottinghamshire Police

Sullivan was serving a 20-year sentence after he murdered 21-year-old Sara West at her home in Aspley Lane in 2010.

Grade II hall to become soldier rehab centre

There's some background on Stanford Hall in this BBC article from 2013.

It is a Grade II listed building in Stanford-on-Soar on the Nottinghamshire border with Leicestershire and was bought by the Duke of Westminster in 2011.

Stanford Hall

During World War Two it was used as an army transport supply centre as well as being used for military convalescence.

Mansfield fire: Neighbours speak of shock

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Osman, who lives in Austin Close, Mansfield, told BBC Radio Nottingham's Hayley Compton he was woken up by screams from his mother-in-law after she saw the fire.

it started early yesterday morning and has completely destroyed the house.

Austin Close, Mansfield

He said: "It was like three/four metres high above the roof. I have never seen anything like that before."

Environment Agency thanks councils for quick response

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Paul Reeves from the Environment Agency said: "Waste crime is a scourge that we have to crack down on.

"We were lucky this time as the incident was reported quickly and drums made safe, meaning that any danger they posed was minimised”.

barrels found dumped in Cossal
Environment Agency

Barrels content 'not harmful'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Remember the barrels that were found dumped in Cossall? 

The Environment Agency has confirmed the substance inside was not harmful.

Environment Agency

The agency said the barrels were full of a polymer resin, which is often used in wood adhesives, surface coatings and to strengthen paper tissues.

It's still not known who dumped the barrels.

Stallard predicts tight derby game

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Former Notts County and Mansfield Town striker Mark Stallard is predicting a tight game when they meet in the Nottinghamshire derby at Field Mill on Saturday. 

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "Notts owe Mansfield one after they came to Meadow Lane and won 2-0. They got a bit of retribution in the Johnstone Paint's Trophy but it's the league that matters."

Mark Stallard
Getty Images

Centre could be used for NHS patients

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The site of the new rehabilitation centre at Standford Hall is huge and could see a second centre being built for NHS patients. 

That bid is being led by Peter Homa, chief executive of the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, which runs the QMC.

Stanford Hall development

He said the centre's facilities and expertise could also be used by patients involved in serious road or farming accidents as there was currently a "significant shortage of rehabilitation services for them".

Killer found dead in prison cell

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

James Sullivan, 27, was jailed in 2011 after he stabbed his ex-girlfriend in a dispute over their child.

He was aged 22 at the time and was taken to HMP Lowdham Grange in Nottinghamshire.

James Sullivan
Nottinghamshire Police

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed he was "found unresponsive in his cell" on 24 March.

An investigation is now being carried out by the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

Community 'devastated' by fire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

One lady who lives in Austin Close, Mansfield told BBC Nottingham's Hayley Compton everyone was "very devastated" by the fire.

She said a man lived in the house with his two dogs, and no-one had seen him since the blaze, which started in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Weather: Heavy showers expected this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There's a yellow warning in place for heavy showers this afternoon.

These could be heavy and thundery which could lead to standing water, spray and localised flooding.

heavy rain

Police arrive at Mansfield house fire

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Fire crews say they still can't confirm that a man was inside the house in Austin Close, Mansfield which has been destroyed by a fire yesterday.

Now crime scene investigation officers from Nottinghamshire Police have arrived.

Austin Close, Mansfield

Taylor tweets ambulance photo

It's only a couple of days since it was announced Nottinghamshire cricketer James Taylor was retiring because of a serious heart condition.

He's due to have an operation in the coming days but luckily he hasn't lost his sense of humour.

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New centre will 'make a difference'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ibrar Ali lost his right arm in a roadside bomb blast in Iraq.

He was treated at Headley Court and trained to use a rifle with his left arm, and said within 18 months he was back in Iraq again.

Ibrar Ali

Taking a look around the construction site at Stanford Hall, he said: "This is an immensely exciting project."

Holt to face Australian next week

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport Online

World number 28 Michael Holt came through three qualifying rounds to earn the right to play at snooker's showpiece event at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

He faces Australian Neil Robertson on Tuesday. 

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Firefighters are still at the scene of a house fire in Mansfield. It is not yet clear whether someone might have been inside at the time
  • The BBC has had a look around the building site for a new rehabilitation centre for injured soldiers in Nottinghamshire
  • Nottingham's Michael Holt is to face former world champion Neil Robertson in the first round of the 2016 World Snooker Championships

Stanford Hall chosen from 70 others

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

The grounds of the secluded stately home have become a vast building site with a mass of diggers, concrete and scaffolding. 

The man in charge of the build is General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman who chose Stanford Hall after considering almost 70 potential locations. 

General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman

He said the vast majority of the centre would be a new building, which they hope would last another 70-80 years.

"The nation needs it," he added.

A52 still closed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

One lane remains closed on the A52 between the Wheatcroft Island near Tollerton and Knight Island because of the overturned lorry.

Items from the lorry had been thrown across the carriageway when the accident happened shortly before 05:00. 

A52 lorry
West Bridgford Wire

New rehab centre set to open by 2018

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A national rehabilitation centre for injured soldiers is being built at Stanford Hall on the Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire border.

It will replace the current centre, Headley Court in Surrey, but is not due to open for another two years.

Stanford Hall stately home

Holt to face former world champion

BBC Nottingham Sport

Michael Holt is to play 2010 World Champion Neil Robertson in the first round of the snooker World Championships in Sheffield.

Building of new rehab centre in full swing

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Work is taking shape on the building of the new national rehabilitation centre for seriously injured soldiers near Nottinghamshire.

BBC East Midlands Today's Jeremy Ball has been to see the progress.