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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 31 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Dave Wade

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Weather: Yellow warning for rain

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

 A yellow warning for rain has been issued for Nottinghamshire.

There is the risk of locally torrential, thundery bursts which could result in localised surface water flooding with lows of 11C (52F).

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'Feral gangs' blighting Ashfield village

Mansfield Chad

Police need to clamp down on "feral" gangs in Huthwaite before someone is killed, according to Ashfield councillor, Lee Anderson, following the recent attack on a teenager who needed surgery to repair his shattered jaw.

Ryan Winnals
BBC

FA to lead brain disease study after Astle campaign

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The FA will lead a study into possible links between football and brain diseases, it has confirmed.

It follows campaigning by the family of former England and Notts County striker Jeff Astle for research since he died from brain trauma in 2002.

A coroner described his illness as an "industrial disease", in reference to him heading leather balls.  

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Travel: Cycle corridor roadworks begin

Look out for roadworks, starting tonight in Nottingham.

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Brendan Taylor

Brendan Taylor scores his second century of the match as Nottinghamshire draw against Durham at Trent Bridge.

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Travel: Tram line still blocked

BBC Travel

Be aware the tram line is still blocked by a fallen tree, halting services to and from Toton Lane and Beeston.

Magpies transfer embargo lifted by end of week: Sheridan

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County's new manager John Sheridan says he's been given assurances that the club's transfer embargo will be taken off by the end of the week.

John Sheridan
BBC

Watch him speaking live on Facebook to the media earlier.

Odd laws: Don't linger too long at a funeral

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's an amusing round-up of some of the weird laws that still exist in England.

However, it was no laughing matter for Frank Blades who stayed an extra 20 minutes after laying his wife Violet to rest in the Hannah Park Cemetery in Worksop last year.

He was landed with a £160 bill, which the funeral directors said was because the council gravediggers had to work beyond their contracted hours.

hannah park cemetery
BBC

Modern slavery team set up in city

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

A national team of "modern slavery" investigators is being set up in Nottingham, it's been revealed. 

It'll be run by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, which is now working with Derby University, to train food companies across the country to avoid using slave labour.

Private school to close

Nottingham Post

Parents at Dagfa School have been told that their children will not be allowed to return to class next September.

The school in Broadgate, Beeston, will close on July 15 - despite staff taking pay cuts to try to save it.

Cricket: Notts v Durham abandoned

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

Match abandoned as a draw - 12 points for each team.

Travel: A1 four-car crash

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A1 northbound between Carlton and Tuxford Junction because of an earlier four-car crash.

City jobs at risk as Austin Reed announces closure

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The menswear retailer, Austin Reed, which has a shop in Nottingham is to close 120 stores by the end of June, costing 1,000 jobs.

It fell into administration last month, amid a "challenging" retail market and cash flow difficulties.

Austin Reed
Google

The city branch is in the Exchange Arcade. It's not known yet whether it's one of the stores which will close.

Cricket: Rain stops play

Notts 534 & 289-5 v Durham 447

BBC Sport

It's started raining at Trent Bridge now. 

Looking at the rain radar, they may get away with a passing shower, but it's only going to eat into Nottinghamshire's time to try and force a win.  

Travel: M1 accident cleared, delays remain

It was because of an overturned caravan.

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Travel: Sneinton crash

BBC Travel

Sneinton Dale is closed in both directions at Cardale Road because of an accident. Buses are being diverted via Carlton Road.

Travel: M1 lanes closed after crash

Drug drive death man changes plea

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man charged with causing death by dangerous driving through use of heroin has changed his plea to guilty.

Christopher Jewkes hit cyclist Nicholas Highfield in August 2014 in Leeming Lane, Mansfield.

The 35-year-old, from Selston, had previously pleaded not guilty but changed his plea at Nottingham Crown Court today. He'll be sentenced on 21 June.

Weather: Cloudy afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Staying cloudy with rain pushing in over the coming hours. 

Some of the rain could be quite heavy for a time and it’ll be windy with highs of only 13C (55F).

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New Magpies boss Sheridan faces media

John Sheridan has taken part in his first news conference since taking charge of Notts County.

John Sheridan
BBC

He said: "I think it's a club I can get going again. I believe I can get them out of League Two, and that's my aim."

Travel: Tree branch in road

BBC Travel

More tree-related delays this afternoon if you're heading in or out of the county. The A38 is blocked from the A61 in Alfreton to the Watchorn Island because of a large tree branch in the road.

Cricket: Ball in England squad

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball is again included in the England squad for the third test against Sri Lanka next week. 

England are 2-0 up in the three-match series.

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Today Ball will try to help Notts beat Durham on the final day of their County Championship match at Trent Bridge. Notts are 104-1, leading by 191.  

Travel: Fallen tree leads to tram disruption

BBC Travel

A tree has fallen on the tracks blocking the line to Toton Lane.

NET is running a shuttle service from Toton Lane to Cator Lane and back, taxis from Meadows Way West to Cator Lane and trains from Nottingham to Beeston are also accepting tram tickets.

Store apologises after shopper trapped in bomb scare

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's a statement from the Danish boss of Søstrene Grene after a shopper became trapped in the chain's Victoria Centre store during the bomb scare on Sunday.

“We are really sorry to hear about this episode. To be honest I know little about exactly what happened at this stage. There is to my knowledge a clear policy in the store on how to evacuate in case of an emergency but somehow there must have been some panic due to the terror threat which led to this very unfortunate situation. We are currently trying to get to the bottom of it, to understand what happened minute by minute, so we can evaluate if there are any processes that can be optimised."

Mikkel GreneChief executive and co-owner of Søstrene Grene

Travel: Beechdale Road crash

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on Beechdale Road in Broxtowe, Nottingham, near the Strelley Road junction.

The road is blocked with local bus service diversions in place along Robins Wood Road, Aspley Lane and Western Boulevard.

Skeleton exhumation delayed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We've just been told there'll be a delay in digging up the bones at Nottingham Castle.

The digger has broken down on its way to the site!

Trapped bomb scare shopper: 'Pretty panicky'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

More now from Nick Atkinson who was trapped in a shop in the Victoria Centre during Sunday's bomb scare.

He said he and his partner were left clueless with no announcement, alarm or staff to tell them what was happening.

bomb scare
BBC

"It was only after we flagged down a police officer by banging on the shutters that we realised we shouldn't be here at all. We got a bit panicky then," he said.

"It was only when we managed to get out of the Victoria Centre and we saw that everyone had been evacuated... that's when we started to panic. It was pretty scary."

Intu says it has launched an investigation.

Travel: Tram delays

Victoria Centre bomb scare: Intu 'sorry'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Atkinson said he was heading for the counter to pay for some goods when he noticed everyone had disappeared from the shop.

"We looked for the exit and realised it had all been shuttered up and the store had been completely abandoned," he said.

"We were very clearly visible, quite clearly there. We didn't have a clue what was going on. We thought maybe it had closed up early because there had been no announcement, no alarms, no staff telling people to evacuate."

Sostern Grene
BBC

Intu, which owns the Victoria Centre, apologised, saying it was "disappointed to learn that a retailer within the centre had not followed normal evacuation procedures". 

Victoria Centre bomb scare: Shopper trapped in store

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

You'll have no doubt heard the news about the bomb scare at Nottingham's Victoria Centre on Sunday.

Shoppers were evacuated and the city centre was brought to a standstill but it turned out to be a discarded suitcase.

Sosterne Grene
BBC

Nevertheless it was no doubt an anxious time for people in the area - but for one shopper it was a particularly terrifying experience.

Nick Atkinson, from Arnold, was left trapped in Sostrene Grene, a homestore, after staff pulled the shutters down.

Magpies: Sheridan to speak

BBC Nottingham Sport

New Notts County manager, John Sheridan, is due to speak publicly for the first time later this morning since taking over at Meadow Lane. 

Sheridan signed a three-year deal with the club late last week.

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Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories this morning:

  • Archaeologists are to begin exhuming a skeleton at Nottingham Castle today
  • Nottinghamshire's Old Rufford Road has the longest stretch of average speed cameras in the country, figures reveal
  • British tennis star Heather Watson says she's coming to the Nottingham Open next week to win

City had first average speed cameras

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An interesting fact - Nottingham was the site of the UK's first average speed cameras.

A four-mile stretch of the A6514, known to most people as the ring road, had cameras erected back in 2000.

A6514
Google

Notts road has longest stretch of speed cameras

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If you've ever driven between the A1 and Nottingham, this might not come as a surprise.

The A614 Old Rufford Road near Ollerton, has officially the longest stretch of speed cameras in England at 12 miles long.

Old Rufford Road cameras
Google

The length of the UK road network covered by permanent average speed cameras has more than doubled since 2013, figures obtained by the BBC's The One Show have revealed.

Research by the RAC Foundation found cameras are now in 80 UK sites, covering 263 miles - a distance longer than the M6 motorway!

Tennis: Watson 'gutted' over last year's Open

BBC Nottingham Sport

British tennis star Heather Watson says she's coming to Nottingham next week to win the tournament. 

Watson said she was gutted to have to pull out of last year's event through injury. 

Heather Watson
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This year's Nottingham Open starts on Monday.  

Who could castle skeleton be?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The news about this skeleton has got us talking: Could this be Nottingham's Leicester moment? Will it mean one of our football teams will have unprecedented success next season?

Sorry to disappoint but it's believed the bones belong to a Parliamentary captain from Derby, who was killed at Nottingham Castle in September 1643.

Twenty Royalists were taken prisoner after a siege of the castle. They were dragged from the dungeon and beaten but they fought back, killing the captain, according to an account written by the wife of the then-governor of Nottingham.

Civil War battle
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Nottingham City Council said work is already under way at Oxford University's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit to date the part of the skeleton, which was found in 1978. Results should be available in a few weeks’ time.

Travel: A52 roadworks

BBC Travel

Watch out for delays on the A52 in Whatton in the east of the county because of roadworks around the Station Road junction.