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  1. Updates for Wednesday 4 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 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.

Weather: A sunny end to the day

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

It's a dry and sunny end to the day with some clear spells and light winds. 

We will be frost free again with lows of 3C (37F).

MP supports Orgreave investigation

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Bassetlaw MP John Mann (Lab) has told BBC Radio Nottingham he agrees with Arthur Scargill that there should be a public inquiry into Orgreave.

Tonight's show rescheduled

In case you were planning to travel to the Motorpoint Arena for this tonight, it's been cancelled.

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Claims Tories broke election spending rules

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

In order to ensure a level playing field in elections there are strict limits on how much each party can spend.

It's claimed the cost of the Tory election "battlebus" used to support local candidates - and the expenses incurred by touring activists - should have been included in the candidates' individual spending returns. 

Conservative election bus
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However, the Conservatives declared the costs in the national return and insists it acted in accordance within the law.  

The deadline for any prosecutions is 12 months from the date of any offence, unless police or the director of public prosecutions apply to the courts for an extension.  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

Travel: Traffic delays on Castle Boulevard

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on Castle Boulevard in Nottingham around the roadworks. 

Bird visits getting more popular

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Derrick started taking his birds around care homes two years ago and said it was getting more and more popular with residents.

He said he hoped people who run the homes see the benefits.

Derrick Buttigeg and parrots

Cricket: Draw would take Nottinghamshire top of table

BBC Nottingham Sport

A draw in today's match would take Nottinghamshire to the top of the Division One table, one point clear of Warwickshire and four clear of Yorkshire.

Police ask for more time over election expenses claims

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Representatives of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Police have taken part in a meeting with the CPS and the Electoral Commission to discuss applying for more time to bring charges over election expenses allegations.

Channel 4 News claims the Conservative party broke spending rules during the general election campaign in constituencies including Amber Valley, Broxtowe and Sherwood.

Expansion to create 700 jobs

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The £30m bioscience building has been bought and funded by the council, and will be operated by BioCity.

The expansion is set to be finished by spring next year and the council says it will create 700 bioscience jobs over the next 30 years.

Parrots can be good friends

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Animal lover, Derrick Buttigeg, who runs a rescue centre for birds in Sutton-in-Ashfield, has come up with an idea of helping older people keep their minds active with birds.

He's been taking his parrots into care homes around Nottinghamshire to keep residents entertained. 


Derrick said the birds can help provide genuine companionship to people.

Notts enjoy run spree

Nottinghamshire 261 & 299-8 v Yorkshire 290 - lunch

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

Nottinghamshire enjoyed the sort of morning that even their most avid supporters could only have dreamed about, on the final day against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.

After losing Samit Patel to his first ball of the day, Stuart Broad set about the Yorkshire attack with gusto, hitting an enormous six off Liam Plunkett, who went for 30 runs in just three overs.

Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire
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Chris Read had been watchful at the start and didn’t add to his overnight 13 for seven overs but when the opportunity presented itself he began to cash in.

Read’s 50 came from 117 balls and by the interval he had raced to 78 not out, with the home side having added 148 runs in the session.

Cricket stops for lunch

BBC Nottingham Sport

 LUNCH: Notts 299-8, a lead of 270. Chris Read 78* Jackson Bird 1*  

Sculpture to help make building 'energy efficient'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The installation at BioCity is called Corona, but only part of it is a sunscreen (called Brise Soleil) which will respond to signals from NASA satellites. 

The satellites, which will be connected to a building computer, will light the site in line with the sun's activity, and the sunscreen will reportedly help make the building more energy efficient.

Wolfgang Buttress

Battle of Orgreave: IPCC may release full report

BBC Radio Nottingham

The police watchdog, the IPCC, is considering releasing the full report into the so-called "Battle of Orgreave" during the miners' strike. 

A spokeswoman said it was currently examining whether there were any remaining legal issues preventing the full publication of the document.  

Calls for inquiry into Battle of Orgreave

For those of you who remember the miners' strikes of 1984 and 1985 the former miners' union president Arthur Scargill has called for a public inquiry into the so-called Battle of Orgreave at South Yorkshire.

Nearly 100 miners were charged with offences including riot but the cases collapsed when it was found the police evidence was unreliable. 

orgreave strikes

The Acting Chief Constable of South Yorkshire has promised to meet with Orgreave campaigners, and Mr Scargill says it's time for a proper investigation into how the force acted.

BioCity sculpture is 'large but subtle'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottingham-based award winning artist Wolfgang Buttress is behind the sculpture which is being unveiled as part of the new BioCity development.

BioCity sculpture
Wolfgang Buttress

He said he wanted the final design to be large but subtle.

"It was important for the design not to be shouting or bombastic," he said. "It needs to be integrated into the public realm and hopefully this sculpture will do that."

Man waiting for heart transplant hits bike challenge

Mansfield Chad

A Nottinghamshire man who has been stuck to a life support machine while waiting for a heart transplant for a month has been given an exercise bike to keep active and has managed to cycle 90 miles.

Weather: Spring has arrived

BBC Weather

It's going to get warmer as we get closer to the weekend.

Here's Matt Taylor with a 10-day forecast to get you all excited about seeing some sunshine.

Matt Taylor

BioCity expansion almost complete

East Midlands Today

A major expansion of Nottingham's BioCity research centre in Pennyfoot Street could finish ahead of schedule. 

The £30m project to extend the current premises will see it provide office and lab space for more firms specialising in pharmaceutical research and manufacturing.

BioCity Nottingham

On the outside it'll also feature an unusual sunscreen with fibreoptic lights - which will respond to signals from NASA.     

Will this do as a micro pub?

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

My makeshift micro pub in Newstead village is open at the Sports Pavilion. No alcohol (as I haven't got a licence) but there's plenty of pork scratchings, dominoes and playing cards.

Newstead pub

People in the village are so desperate for somewhere to socialise they have set up a petition to create a micro pub.

One resident, Paul, told me the pub was a place to socialise and there's people he hasn't seen since the Station Hotel closed.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • The county council meets this afternoon to approve plans for a change to they way dementia care is delivered
  • The £30m expansion of BioCity in Nottingham is almost complete and a grand sculpture will form part of the building
  • Nottinghamshire have started their fourth and final day against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge

Cricket: Patel out

BBC Nottingham Sport

Disappointing start to the day for Notts, with Samit Patel falling to a ball from Jack Brooks for 51 and an excellent low one-handed catch by Joe Root. 155-6

New village pub to help social isolation

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Lorraine Horrocks says there's nowhere for people to meet in Newstead anymore and for the last year she's been trying to find a suitable venue for a new pub.

She's now decided a small bar or micro pub might be the best solution for the village.

Lorraine Horrocks

"It will help bring us together and help others get out the house and meet each other," she said.

"A lot of new people have moved into the community and they have said in two years they haven't met anyone. They go to work, come home, close the door and don't get to see anyone."

Gold for Notts swimmer

BBC Nottingham Sport

Sutton-in-Ashfield's Paralympic Champion Ollie Hynd won his second gold medal at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Madeira yesterday.

Hynd, 21, won the SM8 200m individual medley on a day when Great Britain took three silvers and two bronze medals.

Woman to open micro pub for socialising in village

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A woman from Newstead says she wants to open a micro pub so that people have someone to meet friends.

She said people in the village have become socially isolated since the local pub, the Station Hotel, closed in 2014.

Station Hotel

We'll bring you more on what she plans to do.  

Driver killed in A6 crash could have slept at the wheel

Nottingham Post

A man who died when his car swerved into the path of a lorry could have fallen asleep at the wheel, an inquest has heard.

Important for people with dementia to 'be comfortable' says carer

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mrs Allen said she supported the council's four-year plan to change how it tackles dementia care in the county.

She said it would be good to have more care for people close to their homes so families can visit.

Dementia care

"It's important keeping people in their own environment for as long as possible and if they go elsewhere that they go somewhere they are comfortable."  

Carer struggles to cope with husband's alzeimer's

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Marion Allen from Hucknall was emotional as she spoke to BBC Radio Nottingham this morning.

She is the main carer for her 69-year-old husband Edward who has alzheimer's and Parkinsons and said he needs 24-hour care.

"He's changed an awful lot," she said. "He was a king gentle person and his temperament has changed. He gets cross quite quickly with me."

Cricket: 'Intriguing' final day to come

Colin Fray

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire go into the final day of their County Championship match against Yorkshire with a slender lead of just 122. 

They’re on 151 for 5, after Samit Patel’s half century rescued them from a precarious position last night.

Samit Patel Nottinghamshire
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It has set up an intriguing final day at Trent Bridge, which begins at 11:00.

You can hear ball-by-ball commentary here.

Looking after our health can help reduce risks

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Gill Oliver, a senior public health manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, says by 2020 they believe 11,500 people in Nottinghamshire will have dementia.

She said they wanted to focus on helping people to reduce the risks early on.

"Dementia is very frightening and people are very concerned about it, but they might not realise there are some things they can do to reduce the risk of having dementia," she said.

Weather: It's getting warmer!

Here's more from Sara on the weather for today and it's looking promising

Council proposes to work closer with other services

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Other things the council has suggested for the way it tackles dementia over the next four years is to work with dementia friendly GP surgeries, work to tackle stigma among ethnic minorities and work closer with other services.

Trent Bridge basking in sunshine

Kevin Howells

BBC Test Match Special

We're anticipating a very good final day here at Trent Bridge.

Trent Bridge