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  1. Updates for Friday 15 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Dave Wade

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Your pictures: Drizzly panorama

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We've been sent this great panoramic shot that nicely sums up this rather grey Friday...

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Email, Tweet and Facebook us your pics.

Weather: Drier overnight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Tonight will be cloudy with further rain, this falling as snow across the hills. 

It will become drier across most areas later in the night, with some clear spells developing.


Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).  

Artists use old technology for selfies

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

One of the artists responsible for the interactive selfie exhibition has explained his use of flatbed scanners to enable people to create their own selfies.

Nottingham Trent Uni

Iain Foxall said: “We’re using scanners, which are very old fashioned and slow to take an image, and combining them with modern technology which has the same input, but in an alternative way.

“It should make for a unique experience. For instance, when you’re waiting for a scanner to scan, it’s a bit like sitting for a portrait."

Add your own selfies to exhibition

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Is the selfie the modern artist's self portrait, but, you know, quicker?

An exhibition at Nottingham Trent Uni has opened today exploring the phenomena of taking pictures of oneself by letting you take your own on-site and add them to the gallery.

Nottingham Trent University

The Bonington Gallery has been decked out with scanners that take images of your face, which you can then project on to the wall, upload to a website or print out and hang up alongside all the others.

Publishing Rooms by brothers Andrew and Iain Foxall runs until 20 May.

City barrister jailed for supplying cocaine

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A barrister has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for supplying cocaine.

Omar Khan, 31, had worked at the Johnson Partnership in Nottingham for five years before he was arrested. He was due to move into his own chambers in Huddersfield.

Nottingham Crown Court

Erlin Manahasa, Albert Dibra and Nazaquat Ali, who like Khan, admitted the same charge last month were also sentenced.

Manahasa was sentenced to four years and six months, Dibra got seven years and six months and Ali got five years.

Travel: Arena roadworks warning

Wrestling fans beware...

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Newark woman's debut on the cobbles

Nottingham Post

Nottinghamshire actress Bonnie Anne Leak will be making her soap debut tonight on Coronation Street.

Lottery cash for station area

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

More lottery money for Nottingham - buildings around the station could be given a new lease of life after an award of almost £700,000. 

The money will be used to restore properties to their former Victorian and Edwardian glory around Carrington, Arkwright and Station Streets. 

carrington street

At ground-floor level shop fronts will be restored with the idea of allowing upper floors to be brought back into use. 

Work is expected to take up to five years - and is designed to compliment the massive redevelopment of the Broadmarsh Centre.

Rugby: Re-signing at Lady Bay

Nottingham Rugby are pleased to announce the re-signing of young prop Harry Morley on a one-year deal.

The 21-year-old, former Northampton Saints Academy and Leicester Lions loosehead joined the Green and Whites at the start of their 2014-15 campaign.

Harry morley
Nottingham Rugby

He's made a total of seven appearances in league and cup.  

Travel: Worksop roadworks

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A60 Mansfield Road at the Milehouse roundabout because of roadworks.

Deer in Papplewick crash put down

Nottingham Post

A deer had to be put down by a vet after it was involved in a collision with a car early this morning.

Tractor theft caught on camera

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

These pictures show a tractor being stolen from a farm in Gamston.

Police said three men drove onto the farm, detached the orange Kubota tractor from its trailer and loaded it onto their trailer before driving away on 10 March.

The 4x4 has since been recovered but the tractor is still missing and the offenders are at large.

CCTV tractor
Nottinghamshire Police

Travel: Newark accident

Travel: Kirkby lights out

BBC Travel

Traffic lights have failed on Station Street, Kirkby, at the Ellis Street junction, causing slow traffic.

Richard Wood

Rotherham and Nottingham Forest battle to a goalless draw to move closer to securing Championship survival.

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Lenton fatal crash: Police appeal over white van

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for a van driver who may have witnessed a fatal crash in Lenton on Tuesday to come forward.

The 27-year-old driver of a car died in the crash in Abbey Bridge at about 05:50.

A 29-year-old man who was a passenger in the car is being treated in hospital for his injuries.  

The white Transit-type van is not believed to have been involved in the collision, but the driver may have witnessed the incident and is known to have stopped at the scene for a short time.

See castle plans at Notts Big Day Out

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We've been telling you a lot about the plans for the castle today - well, on Sunday, you can meet the team behind those plans when it opens for free as part of BBC Radio Nottingham's Big Day Out.

There are a total of 24 heritage tourist attractions across Nottinghamshire that'll cost you nothing to visit, including the Galleries of Justice, the National Videogame Arcade, Green's Windmill, the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum and the Southwell Workhouse.

Green's Windmill

Click here for the full list.

Ashfield Homes to be axed

Mansfield Chad

Ashfield District Council has axed Ashfield Homes and will directly deliver the district’s housing management itself.

Ollie the Guinea pig found in woods

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Who does this sort of thing?

Two Guinea pigs were found by a dog walker in a wooded area in Ollerton on Wednesday, presumably having been dumped there.

Sadly, one of them had severe injuries, possibly caused by a predator, and had to put down by a PDSA vet.

Ollie the Guinea pig
Bramcote Animal Rescue

Ollie, as he's been called, is being cared for at Bramcote Animal Rescue and will be ready for adoption in about a week.

Susan Collins at the centre said he's being treated for mites and had long nails, which indicate he could have been in the woods for some time, poor thing.

Castle plans: Your views


Over on Facebook, your views on the £24m plans for Nottingham Castle range from mild excitement to ambivalence to downright anger.

Jeannette Willis wrote: "What a waste of money, who in their right mind would want a monstrous building like this"

Nottingham Castle
Duncan Harris

Nick Halaburda wrote: "It's never going to look like a castle but this is nice".

After seeing the plans Dave Webster felt "overwhelmed with indifference".

Weather: Temperatures struggling

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain on and off for most of the afternoon with temperatures struggling to 9C (48F).


Castle plans: Where's the money coming from?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's how that £24m, aimed at transforming Nottingham Castle, breaks down:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund - £13m 
  • Nottingham City Council - £5.5m
  • Fundraising via Nottingham Castle Trust - £3m
  • Regeneration and other public funds - £2.5m
new visitor centre
Nottingham City Council

The plans also include a new visitor centre (pictured).

Castle to become 'world-class destination'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

More now on the £24m project for the castle.

It's been under way since 2013 but the city council has today announced more details of how it will turn it into "world-class visitor destination".

lace gallery
Nottingham City Council

Plans include:

  • The creation of Robin Hood Gallery, allowing visitors to "step back in time" with interactive audio-visual storytelling, games and experiences
  • A new Rebellion Gallery exploring four major periods of social unrest and rebellion in Nottingham, from the medieval period onwards
  • Galleries telling the story of Nottingham's most famous industry - lace (pictured)

Magpies 'underdogs' against Stags

BBC Nottingham Sport

Stay calm is the message from the Notts County manager Mark Cooper to his players ahead of the Nottinghamshire derby against Mansfield Town at Field Mill  tomorrow.

The Magpies are the underdogs, according to the bookmakers, despite being unbeaten in four.

Mark Cooper

EU Referendum: Gove in city today

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

So the campaign proper on whether we should remain in or leave the EU has begun. Excited...?

Justice Secretary Michael Gove will be heading up a Vote Leave rally with business leaders in Nottingham this evening. 

Britain Stronger In starts its campaign with a speech from former Labour Chancellor, Alistair Darling.


Sutton man fined over fake cigs

Hucknall Dispatch

An Iranian man who claimed to be looking after his friend’s shop in Sutton for half an hour has been sentenced for selling "potentially dangerous" counterfeit cigarettes.

Mansfield blaze: Firefighters going in building today

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's the latest on the Mansfield fire, where officers have been trying to track down a man who's thought to live there.

The fire service has said they've scaled up their operation.

The house in Austin Close is now safe for investigators to go inside, they've said.

Austin Close

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

Fire service advice after serious blazes

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's after a man died following the fire in Hucknall on Wednesday.

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In Mansfield, officers are still trying to trace a man following a large blaze in Austin Close, also on Wednesday.

And a man was pulled out of a house fire in Langold, in the far north of the county on Tuesday. It's thought he's still recovering in hospital.

Bingo hall checkpoint used for clampdown

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire Police, HMRC, Trading Standards and the DVLA set up a vehicle checkpoint in the car park of a bingo hall in Top Valley yesterday.

For some drivers, their numbers were up.

Top Valley vehicle check

Detective Inspector Becky Hodgman said that they were checking to see if drivers were legally trading, checking their insurance, road tax and whether the vehicles were of legal weight, especially scrap recovery vans.

"We are quite often going to bring in legal traders = we do have to do that to catch the ones that are illegal," she said.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are today's top stories:

Vans seized in 'rogue trader' clampdown

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Around 20 vans were stopped and checked by police and a range of other authorities in what they're calling a high profile crackdown on rogue traders.

Four vehicles were seized and eight drivers were given warnings during Operation Rogue Trader in Top Valley yesterday.


This one was found to be illegally using red diesel and having the wrong insurance.

Cricket: Derbyshire loan for Notts' Fletcher

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher makes a one-month loan move to neighbours Derbyshire.

Luke Fletcher
Getty Images

Castle plan not set in stone

Kevin Stanley

BBC Radio Nottingham

Project manager for the castle transformation, Cal Warrren, says they've taken on board ideas suggested by the public.

"The biggest difference is, for local people, they will come and have some of that experience of the castle that we know they want and will thoroughly enjoy," she said.

Here's another of the planned new attractions - an interactive game called The Golden Arrow.

Target practice
Nottingham City Council

But it's not yet set in stone - a final bid of £13m will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund this summer.

A decision's due in November and, if successful the attractions will be open in 2020.

Images of castle makeover released

Kevin Stanley

BBC Radio Nottingham

As any Nottinghamian knows, the debate over what to do with the castle is almost as old as the legend of Robin Hood himself. 

Robin Hood gallery
Nottingham City Council

But today, the first images have emerged of a futuristic gallery taking visitors back to the time of the outlaw. 

Another space will tell the story of Nottingham lace.

Castle to get multi-million pound transformation

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottingham Castle - arguably the city's best known landmark - is in line for a £24m makeover, it's been revealed this morning.

Robin Hood and Nottingham lace are to be the centrepieces of the transformation, the council says, with new interactive galleries and a new visitor centre.

Robin Hood statue

I'll be bringing you more updates about the plans throughout the day.  

East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how it's looking this morning:

Travel: A60 accident

BBC Travel

A car has hit a deer on the A60 Mansfield Road in Papplewick, partially blocking the road northbound at the Forest Lane junction.

Good morning: Join us for today’s live news coverage

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to Friday's updates. 

Stay tuned for exciting news about Nottingham Castle this morning.

Nottingham Castle

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