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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 20 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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: Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Remaining dry and sunny to end the day.

We keep the clear skies overnight and with light winds it will be chilly with a patchy frost. Min 3C (37F) 

weather
BBC

Scientists etch message to Queen into dog hair

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This message to the Queen seems fairly easy to read on this photo, but in reality it's tiny.

It's been written by a team of scientists from the University of Nottingham on hair from a Corgi dog using special microscope technology. 

Corgi dog hair message
University of Nottingham

The idea came about to demonstrate the facilities of the university's new £12m Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (NMRC) in the School of Chemistry.

Force invites people to watch stop and search

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

In an unusual move, Nottinghamshire Police are inviting people to join them at night to watch stop and search powers being used by officers.

People can observe the operations on selected evenings from next month until December.

The force said it had taken the move to "promote transparency and build stronger community relationships".

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for the day:

Five sites to be revealed tonight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Nott Forgotten design challenge is a competition which aims to revitalise sites within Nottingham’s Lace Market.

The five locations earmarked for potential transformation will be revealed at an event at the Malt Cross tonight.

The evening will feature talks by representatives from Nottingham’s Creative Quarter plus local artist Wolfgang Buttress.

Travel: Traffic on Castle Boulevard

BBC Travel

Traffic is building out of the city centre towards Lenton again because of the roadworks on Castle Boulevard.

Project urges people to get creative

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Another area in need of a bit of a spruce up is St Mary's Gate.

The Creative Quarter is backing their project with funding also coming from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Architect Matt Greenhalgh
BBC

Mr Greenhalgh said: "We don't necessarily know what are the best answers for the sites.

"We want to open it out to as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, to tap into the broader spectrum of creativity."

Panthers players in action with Great Britain

BBC Nottingham Sport

Six Nottingham Panthers players are in the line up for Team GB as they face Lithuania this afternoon in the World Champs.

Full commentary is on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra now.

Council first to take such a stance on smoking

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

More than 80 authorities, including the county council, have signed a declaration on tobacco control, which outlines their commitment to tackling smoking and its harmful effects.

A Public Health England spokeswoman said the organisation was not aware of any other local authority in the country who has taken such a stance on smoking.

Project to breathe life into forgotten parts of Lace Market

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A group of architects have launched a competition to revitalise areas of the Lace Market that have been forgotten.

One of them is this car park in High Pavement opposite the Galleries of Justice.

Lacemarket
BBC

Matt Greenhalgh, president of the Nottingham and Derby Society of Architects, said they wanted to get ideas from people about something creative to do with the area.

Notts working to identify people responsible

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've now heard Notts County's reaction to news about gangs targeting matches with the aim of causing trouble.

In a statement, a spokesman for the club said: "Notts County Football Club do not condone the behaviour of a very small minority of ‘fans'.

"We are working hard with the relevant authorities to identify the individuals responsible and will take any appropriate action as necessary."

Employee supports smoking ban

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A council worker and smoker for the last 20 years, Mark Knight, has told BBC East Midlands Today he thinks the staff ban is a good idea.

"It is about protecting the health and well being of staff here," he said. "I want to stop but it's an addiction."

Council worker Mark Knight
BBC

Council staff smoking ban approved

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire County Council's smoking ban stops staff from lighting up in its buildings, on its land and in vehicles.

Staff working on behalf of the council away from the office and contractors are also banned.

Person smoking
PA

The authority said it would be the responsibility of line managers to enforce the policy.

Person smoking

Council staff smoking ban approved

A council approves a ban on its thousands of employees from smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes in its buildings, on its land and in council vehicles.

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'Every town and village should have one,' says breastfeeding charity

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Emma Pickett from the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers said the family cafe, which is said to be the first of its kind in Nottingham, is not a totally new concept, but breastfeeding support and resources for expressing were new.

Breastfeeding cafe
BBC

She said: "I think it sounds like a really interesting idea. I like the way it acknowledges the needs of expressing mums and those with older children and that it offers breastfeeding support.

"If every town and village had one, I can imagine mums' lives might be a whole lot easier."

Players will not get me sacked - Cooper

BBC Sport

Notts County boss Mark Cooper tells his players that they will not cost him his job after slumping to a defeat at Barnet.

Cooper is in charge until the end of the season and has been set a points target to get an extension to his contract.

Mark Cooper Notts County manager
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Notts County manager Mark Cooper

Players will not get me sacked - Cooper

Notts County boss Mark Cooper tells his players that they will not cost him his job after slumping to a defeat at Barnet.

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Cafe to help breastfeeding mums feel comfortable

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ms Purdie who came up with the idea of the family cafe said she sometimes felt uncomfortable herself when breastfeeding her son in regular coffee shops, so wanted to create a space where mums could be relaxed.

"I just want people to feel comfortable," she said.

Charlotte Purdie
BBC

The cafe also includes breastfeeding 'comfort' rooms and will see a support worker coming in to talk to mums.

'Further action to come,' police warn hooligans

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Supt Mark Holland, who is head of football policing in Nottinghamshire, has said he's been concerned about the Notts County hooligan group for some time.  

Notts County logo
Getty Images

"There's about 60 to 80 'supporters' who have been attending away games, causing problems and disorder" he said. 

"We don't police more than 50% of the games in Nottinghamshire, but we've been attending all Notts County games in an intelligence-gathering capacity.

"They're trying to get themselves established, but we've arrested quite a few of them, we've gathered quite a bit of intelligence and there'll be further action to come."

Holt 'felt comfortable' against Robertson

BBC Nottingham Sport

Michael Holt says he is feeling "comfortable" after beating Neil Robertson at the World Championship.

Michael Holt
Getty Images

He said: "If I feel comfortable out there, I can compete with anyone.

"I didn't believe myself at times but to go out there and feel comfortable was great for me."

Travel: Trains running again

BBC Travel

East Midlands Trains says trains are now running again between Mansfield Woodhouse and Worksop.

Trains had been disrupted earlier this morning after a person was hit by a train.

The company said a bus replacement service would stay in place until 14:30.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Child-friendly cafe opens in Notingham

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A cafe which caters for breastfeeding mums opens in Arnold later.

Charlotte Purdie, 22, said she wanted to create a child-friendly place for parents and grandparents to meet for coffee with their child.

Milk Lounge breastfeeding cafe
BBC

There are also bottle-warming stations, play areas and activity rooms.

Lancashire ease to win over Notts

BBC Sport

Lancashire clinch an eight-wicket win over Nottinghamshire in their first match back in County Championship Division One.

Despite an early loss of Karl Brown on day four, Lancashire reached victory before lunch.

Stuart Broad
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Alviro Petersen

Lancashire ease to win over Notts

Lancashire clinch an eight-wicket win over Nottinghamshire in their first match back in County Championship Division One.

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Teenagers involved in football violence

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Supt Mark Holland, head of football policing in Nottinghamshire, said some of those involved in the violence at Notts County football games are as young as 14 or 16.

He said: "They are managing to drink in pubs away, and rather than arresting them for violence, we are taking them home to their parents and generally we get a good reaction from parents who have no idea what's happening."

'Not council's right to intrude' says campaigner

Simon Clark from smoking campaign group FOREST, says the council is "going beyond it's remit" and shouldn't dictate whether staff drink, smoke or eat fast food.

He said the occasional smoking break can "improve the efficiency of workers" and this ban wasn't just about health because the council is also proposing to ban e-cigarettes and vapes as well.

E-Cigarette
PA

"The council is treating people like children," he said. "People know about the health risks of smoking but beyond that councils have no right to intrude to this extent."

Nottinghamshire begin fourth day against Lancashire

Rob Schofield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire look certain to lose their Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford today.

The home county need just 87 runs to win after they bowled Notts out for 175 in their second innings yesterday.

Play has now started and you can follow the action here.

Travel: Person hit by train

Council stops staff smoking at work

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire County Council has voted to ban all employees from smoking or using e-cigarettes during working hours.

Snooker: Holt causes biggest shock of championship so far

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport Online

Nottingham's Michael Holt grabbed the headlines on day four at the Crucible in the World Snooker Championship.

He had a brilliant win over Neil Robertson, who became the fifth former winner to be knocked out in round one.

Michael Holt
PA

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A county council meeting is taking place to decide whether to ban staff from smoking or using e-cigarettes during working hours
  • Police says Notts County a group of 60 to 80 hooligans are targeting matches each week to cause trouble so they're stepping up policing of their games
  • Nottingham's Michael Holt caused a big shock yesterday as he beat former world champion Neil Robertson

Council trying to be 'beacon of health and well being'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire's director of public health Chris Kenny, supports the council's policy of bringing in a smoking ban for employees.

"Anything the county council can do to promote non-smoking to get people to give up and to have the county council as a beacon of health and well being is all to the good."

smoking
PA

He said the council was trying to be supportive and encourage employees not to smoke during work time. 

Notts manager blasts players

Rob Schofield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

After a second capitulation in four days, Notts County manager Mark Cooper has lambasted his players.

The Magpies were leading 1-0 at half-time at Barnet, but conceded three early second-half goals to lose the game. The same thing happened at Mansfield at the weekend, when they were beaten 5-0.

Mark Cooper
Getty Images

Cooper claimed he told his players “you’ve got two managers the sack already, you’re not getting me out”, while also saying he could see the capitulation coming as “he knows what is in the dressing room".

Barnet manager and former Notts boss, Martin Allen, said the players “turned their backs on their club. Whoever’s brought in those players in, needs to take a long hard look at themselves.”

'You should be able to have a cigarette on your lunch break,' say staff

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Some county council staff told BBC Radio Nottingham they should be allowed to take a cigarette break, just like people take coffee and tea breaks.

Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottinghamshire County Council

One employee said: "I agree you shouldn't take fag breaks willy nilly, but if you are on a break like your lunch then yeah you can have a cigarette."

One man said he had stopped smoking in February knowing that this enforcement was possibly coming in.

'Only a minority tag themselves onto violence'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Michael Layton was a superintendent with the British Transport Police for 40 years and has written two books on football-related violence.  

He said organised groups were working at Notts County with the sole purpose of starting violence.

"Most football fans are decent people who just want to go to a game, but there is a sizeable minority who, through alcohol, get themselves involved in these incidents and tag themselves onto the violence."    

Hooligans targeting Notts games

BBC Radio Nottingham

For the first time in its history, police say Notts County has a specific gang of hooligans targeting matches.

Meadow Lane
Getty Images

Three people were arrested at last Saturday's match between the Magpies and Mansfield Town and are due in court next month.

Officers say they're now increasing policing of Notts games as a result.

Staff smoking ban could come into force in May

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The council's policy committee will meet at 10:30 to discuss its smokefree proposals so we'll bring you an update when we get it.

If approved, the ban will come into force next month.