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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 26 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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: Staying dry tonight

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's going to be a dry and cloudy night with lows of 9C (48F).

weather
BBC

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

A guide to the EU Referendum

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

You'll probably hear a lot about the UK's EU Referendum over the next few weeks - maybe so much it'll confuse you. 

To make sure you have all the information you need, the BBC has put together a guide for everything you need to know.

EU Referendum
Reuters

Still votes to be won

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's four weeks today until the EU Referendum and it seems a lot of you are still undecided about which way to vote.

BBC Radio Nottingham's politics reporter Peter Saull was out on the High Road in Beeston earlier to get people's thoughts on how they would vote and found many people had still not made up their minds.

Peter Saull
BBC

Backpacker returning home early

New Zealand, like many other countries, has very strict rules on what you can and can't take into the country when you travel.

There are restrictions on various things like food, plants and pets.

Jonny is now shortening his trip

New signing for Stags

BBC Nottingham Sport

Mansfield Town have signed Burton Albion defender George Taft.

Taft returned to the Brewers in October after a six-month loan spell at Cambridge United. 

George Tuft
Getty Images

Mum pleased banana son is taking responsibility

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Jonny Burke's mum Jackie told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I'm really pleased to hear he’s taking full responsibility.

"It does feel a bit heavy-handed but we did say to him before he goes travelling that you’ve got to go with the laws in the particular countries. I didn’t really envisage this situation."

Jonny Burke
Jonny Burke

She said she was pleased Jonny was having to come home now instead of putting that money towards a bungee jump he had planned, but it looks like he's already been some big adventures while travelling.

Your views: Taxi driver broke the law

Facebook

Some of you have been onto our Facebook page to show your support for blind campaigner Mel Griffiths who was turned away by the driver of a pre-booked taxi at Nottingham railway station.

Shiher Yar wrote: "Its the law to take guide dogs so the taxi driver was not trained properly or he was not doing his job."

Karen Clarke said: "That would be the dispatchers fault for not passing the full info about the booking on to the drivers. Agree is not good when u have a booking!!"   

Backpacker put off bananas after saga

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Jonny has been travelling for three-and-a-half months and said he forgot he had a banana in his bag.

He told us the saga has put him off bananas for now.

“I was in shock. I was going to eat a banana the next day and I couldn’t do it – it was bringing up bad memories," he said.

“I’ve only got myself to blame, it was just a bit of complacency..."

Biker killed in A52 crash named

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A biker who died in a crash on the A52 near Bottesford, Leicestershire yesterday has been named as Christopher Williams, 25, from Derby.

The road was closed for much of the day yesterday between the 46 at Bingham, Nottinghamshire and the A1 at Grantham, Lincolnshire.

A52 crash
BBC

Police said a 33-year-old man who was arrested has since been bailed and they asked for witnesses to come forward.

Banana boy slips up

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Backpacker Jonny Burke got a nasty surprise when he forgot to declare to customs at a New Zealand airport that he had a banana in his bag.

The Southwell teenager was forced to pay a $400 (about £183) fine and says he will now have to shorten his trip because he is short of cash.

Jonny Burke and friends
Jonny Burke

“I thought surely they’re just going to give me a slap on the wrist and tell me that they can just put it in the bin and say don’t do it next time, but no, I was marched off into another room and planted with this fine on the spot which was a bit annoying for the rest of my trip.”

Getting stuck into archery

Mark Shardlow

Sport reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

The archery tournament has been taking place at the University of Nottingham's Highfields playing fields all week and I've been down to check it out.

More tickets have been released to see Great Britain in Sunday's final.

Archery
BBC

Designer gets inspiration from flowers and plants

Nottingham designer and flower fan Paul Smith has been talking to the BBC at the Chelsea Flower Show about how he has managed to keep his fashion business running for 40 years.

Paul Smith
BBC

Market Square transformed for archery

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I had a little wander through Market Square this afternoon and preparations are well under way for the final of the European Archery Championship.

The finals take place in Market Square on Saturday and Sunday.

Market Square
BBC

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Schoolboy recalls crash story

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

One man who has been following our story on the Woodborough air crash is John Hobson.

Aged six, and as a pupil at Sir John Sherbrooke School in Calverton, Mr Hobson remembered he still had his schoolbook drawing of when he re-told his memory of the crash to his class.

Woodborough crash
John Hobson

He got a gold star for the story too!

Protest over taxis refusing to take guide dogs

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Arnold's Mel Griffiths was at Westminster with her dog Hudson yesterday and told BBC East Midlands Today she felt "angry" about taxi drivers who won't accept her dog.

She said: "They are refusing me because I have a dog and because I am a blind person...and that's discrimination!"

Guide Dog Hudson
BBC

The charity that organised the protest said only one in six taxi drivers had been taken to court and fined for breaking the law in refusing to take guide dogs.

A spokesman from the charity said they wanted tougher penalties for drivers who break the law and for disability and equality training to be made compulsory.

Pilot had been instructing when crash happened

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Pilot Tim Thorne had been instructing Mike Sedman when the crash happened in Woodborough 50 years ago.

Mr Sedman himself had only had been flying for two months before the accident.

Tim Thorn and Mike Sedman
BBC

"It was not the way I expected to start my day," he said.

Pilots 'lucky' to be alive

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two of the three pilots who survived the plane crash over Woodborough 50 years ago today have been talking to the media this morning close to where they landed afterwards.

Mike Sedman said the crash was a "life changer" for him so returning to the village was emotional for him. 

Woodborough pilots
BBC

Tim Thorn, who was teaching Mr Sedman on the day, said he remembered hitting the side of a roof of a house and tumbling over the top and landing "spread-eagled on the road outside the Four Bells."

Player's Girls were paid good salary for promotion work

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Carol Donaldson has been recalling her time as a Player's Girl promoting John Players cigarettes in the Channel Islands.

"They were very happy days," she said,

Carol Donaldson
BBC

She would travel around with four other girls promoting in supermarkets, hotels and businesses.

"We were paid a really good salary for doing really very little....It was a big thing at the time and considered to be a really good job."

Firm chose sexier approach to cigarette advertising

Mark Dennison

Presenter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Yesterday we were talking about the history of cigarette advertising and people's memories of working at the Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham.

Back in the day they had a sexier approach to getting you to buy cigarettes and they had Player's Girls - a special team to promote the sale of John Player's No 6 cigarettes.

John Players No 6
Carol Donaldson

I've been talking to Carol Donaldson from Keyworth. She worked as one of these girls who sampled and sold the firm's products at stalls and social events.

Last days for Imperial factory

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Imperial Tobacco Horizon factory in Lenton produced its last cigarettes last week and closes for good tomorrow.

BBC Radio Nottingham has been running stories all week on the people who used to work there and how society's perceptions of smoking have changed over the years.

Blind woman refused taxi because of guide dog

A big group of blind people from the East Midlands protested outside Westminster in London yesterday about the lack of action taken against taxi drivers who refuse to take guide dogs.

Among them was Mel Griffiths from Arnold who says a taxi driver outside Nottingham railway station once  refused to take her because she had a guide dog.

Mel Griffiths
BBC

Your comments: Smoky memories

Facebook

We've had a few responses to a video we posted on Facebook last night recalling the heyday of cigarette making in Nottingham.

John Player's factory
BBC

Amanda Cartwright posted: "I can remember going on a 6th form school visit to Players. As we left they gave us all a lovely matte gold tin containing 10 ciggies. I kept that tin for years. Didn't smoke the fags though."  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • It's the 50th anniversary of a plane crash over Woodborough
  • A blind woman who was refused a taxi because she has a guide dog was among those who protested in London yesterday about the lack of action taken against such drivers
  • Notts County are expected to officially appoint John Sheridan as their replacement for Mark Cooper today

Substation shooting knocks out power

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you yesterday a substation at New Balderton, Newark, was shot at three times in a week. 

We now know it left 8,000 homes in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire without power on 18, 23 and 24 May for up to an hour each time.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) said interfering with the power lines was "potentially lethal".

'All hell was let loose' says crash witness

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Bells were sounded in Woodborough this morning at 08:46  - the exact time the accident happened.

Mike Batt who was a witness on the day said he was walking to the village to work on a farm when he heard three explosions.

Woodborough crash
David Rose

"All hell was let loose. There was wreckage coming down all over the place," he said.

Mr Batt also told us a lot of children had been on their way to school at that time and he still believes it was a miracle none of them were hit by wreckage.

Pilots welcomed back to village

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

I'm in Woodborough commemorating the 50th anniversary of the plane crash with the pilots who safely evacuated and pupils from the Woodborough Wood's Foundation School. 

Woodborough crash pilots
BBC

Travel: Accident closes lane on ring road

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on Western Boulevard in Nottingham at Crown Island because of an accident.

Notts await injury news for captain Read

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire will find out more today about the injury to captain and wicketkeeper Chris Read.

Read suffered a broken bone in his hand in the Championship defeat at Hampshire and he'll definitely miss the next game against Durham which starts on Saturday, with Steven Mullaney captaining the side again.

Miracle no-one was hurt in crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's incredible to think no-one was seriously hurt in this plane crash.

Two jets collided over Woodborough village in 1966 with three people inside them able to parachute to safety.

Woodborough jets crash
Rev Ross Hayward

And despite debris being thrown across the whole village, no-one was hit by that either.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your top stories this morning:

Notts manager to be appointed today

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Notts County will announce the appointment of their new manager later today. - Oldham Athletic boss John Sheridan.

BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Slater said: "It was never remotely possible that Notts would be unwilling to pay the compensation to which Oldham are entitled because he has a year left on his contract."

John Sheridan
Getty Images

Weather: Dull and cloudy start

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's a dull and cloudy start to the day with drizzle on and off. However the cloud will start to thin and break this afternoon allowing for some brighter weather for a time. Highs of 16C (61F).

Jet crash anniversary commemorated

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

First this morning we are covering the 50th anniversary of two jets crashing in the skies above Nottinghamshire.

Debris was showered over a wide area in Woodborough on 26 May 1966 when two Provost planes collided but miraculously no-one was seriously hurt.