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  1. Updates for Monday 20 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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: Feeling muggy tonight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be mostly dry tonight with scattered cloud and some clear spells.

Feeling muggy with lows of 13C (55F).


Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

  • John Lewis in Nottingham's Victoria Centre will reopen tomorrow morning
  • A Nottinghamshire woman has gone on trial for causing a fatal crash on the M1 involving eight vehicles
  • The tennis and cricket was delayed because of the rain today but we did manage to see some play in both

Woman 'callously' deleted phone records after crash

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Graham Huston prosecuting told the jury in the trial of Christy George: "Her mind was somewhere else, her attention was on something else and that appears to be her phone.

He said she had deleted records of the calls she made and received after the crash.

Leicester Crown Court

Mr Huston added:  "Realising the significance of her being on the phone she quite calmly, cynically and callously while at the scene and observing everything around her sat down and went into her phone and removed those calls."  

Trent Bridge prepares for ODI

Owen Bradley

BBC Sport

I've been at Trent Bridge today ahead of the first One Day International between England and Sri Lanka.

Trent Bridge

Store thanks customers for patience

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A statement from John Lewis said: "Our teams have worked around the clock to get the shop up and running again and we would like to thank our customers for their patience over the last few days. 

"There are some temporary measures in place and we will be applying the finishing touches to the shop over the next few weeks."

'Hard not to get too emotional' says volunteer

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mr Anwar, 35, who is now back in Mansfield, said it was very hard for him to get too emotionally involved while volunteering.

He said: "It was very difficult to cope with. But you can't let that become the forefront of what you are there to do."

Tai Anwar
Refugee Crisis Foundation

John Lewis to reopen tomorrow

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Good news John Lewis fans .... the Nottingham store is back open again tomorrow.

The shop at the Victoria Centre has been closed since last Tuesday when a burst heating pipe flooded the store.

John lewis

Man quit job to volunteer

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Tai Anwar from Mansfield quit his customer services job to help refugees in Greece and Calais.

Leaving behind a wife and three children he led a team of other volunteer first aiders to help those in the refugee camps.

Tai Anwar
Refugee Crisis Foundation

Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham he said: "The first thing you realise is that no matter the amount of photos and videos you watch you cannot prepare yourself for what is going on out there."

Drivers saw motorist's car 'swaying' on M1

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Today witnesses have been giving evidence.

Heather Parry, who was driving behind Mrs George, said: "The back end of the car started swaying from side to side. The brake lights were flashing on and off. I was worried something was going to happen. I was frightened."

M1 crash

Another driver, Mark Wallace, said he slowed down because he saw Mrs George's Skoda veer into the central reservation and then correct itself.  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A woman has gone on trial accused of causing a crash involving eight vehicles in 2014
  • Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke says he hasn't announced his retirement, more that he is "minded" to retire in 2020
  • Both the cricket and tennis has been delayed today because of rain

M1 driver 'lost control' while on phone

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The M1 was closed for almost 18 hours after the accident in 2014 which left one man dead and a woman with a life changing injuries.

Leicester Crown Court heard today Mrs George had been using her mobile phone without a proper hands-free device and "was distracted" resulting in her "losing control".

Mrs George, who works as a nurse, had been on her way to a night shift Coventry's University Hospital and it's alleged she deleted a record of calls made and received during that journey.

Bones to tell us more about Civil War soldier

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Archaeologists exhumed the top half of the skeleton in 1978 so this latest excavation was to find the bottom half.

The bones will now be used to find out a bit more about him.

Nottingham City Council

Paul Johnson who managed the dig said the excavation had taken place as part of the work going on to restore the castle grounds.

Police warning ahead of England game

Skeleton exhumed from castle site

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Archaeologists have spent a month exhuming a skeleton from a site near the castle. 

The bones are now all laid out in a warehouse ready to be studied.

skeleton bones

The skeleton is believed to be that of a Civil War soldier in the 17th Century when King Charles I chose Nottingham as the rallying point for his armies and raised his standard at the castle.  

Hucknall woman in court over fatal M1 crash

East Midlands Today

A woman from Hucknall has gone on trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving, following a crash on the M1 involving seven cars and a lorry.

It's alleged 36-year-old Christy George was using her mobile phone before the crash in 2014 between Jct 21a and 22 in Leicestershire.

Christy George

A man from London was killed after her car spun out of control, hit a lorry and then crashed through a central reservation barrier.

Mrs George denies dangerous driving charges and deleting data from her phone before being questioned by police.  

Football Banning Order figures revealed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Press Association used Freedom of Information requests to ask Nottinghamshire Police how old the youngest and oldest people were to get a Football Banning Order in the past three years.

The force said a 17-year-old from Mansfield Town was the only fan aged 18 or under to be banned while two people over 50 were banned from Forest and Notts.

Notts County

Cyclist dies after Worksop crash

A cyclist has died after a crash on the A57 in Worksop at 01:20 on Sunday.

The 41-year-old was taken to Bassetlaw District Hospital in a critical condition but died early this morning.

Weather: Last of the showers this afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The main rain has cleared and there will be some more heavy showers for a time, but it is going to be mostly dry and fine this afternoon.


Your views: Patriotism 'hijacked' by extremists


We've been talking about the England flags issue on our Facebook page this morning.

Some of you replied to say you've been flying your flags and have seen plenty around.

But others like Paul Mountain wrote: "Unfortunately nationalism and patriotism along with our flags have been hi-jacked by right wing extremist groups which sadly makes people feel uncomfortable flying our flags for fear of association with these obnoxious groups." 

Clarke says he 'hasn't announced retirement'

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Word from Ken Clarke is he hasn't announced his retirement.

He says he's "minded to retire as an MP in 2020".

There was similar speculation in 2015 and he didn't retire.

Kyle Edmund 'feeling good with game'

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Ken Clarke's office says he always intended to step down in 2010
  • A man appears at Nottingham Magistrates' Court charged with the rape of a woman in 1986
  • There's still no play on day two of the County Championship match between Nottinghamshire and Surrey

England fan notices lacks of flags

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

BBC Radio Nottingham's Pip Watts went to Hilton Crescent in Edwalton where she found one house with a garden full of flags and more hanging from the bedroom windows.

The owner Michael told her he always put his flags up for football tournaments.

England flag

"I have hardly seen any at all," he said. "I am the only one on this road but normally you get loads of people with their flags up."  

Tournament failures hit England flag sales

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Bob Hales, manager at Collins Cash and Carry in Bobbers Mill said there had been a slow start to sales of England flags and memorabilia but there had been a surge since England beat Wales last week.

He said the biggest year for sales for them was in 2002 when England got through to the quarter finals of the World Cup.

"Since then, as a nation, we haven't succeeded in these competitions and that's resulted in some trepidation with people not getting behind the team," he said.

Council wants more info on fracking plan

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Last week we told you the prospect of fracking in North Nottinghamshire had moved a step closer after the Environment Agency granted a permit for two exploratory boreholes to be drilled at Misson Springs.

Today, the county council has said it is going to write to IGas for more information about the application before it makes a final decision.

Clarke always intended to stand down at next general election

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Ken Clarke's office has told me it was always his intention to stand down in 2020.

There are no immediate retirement plans.  

A representative said: "If there were to be a General Election before then, he'd weigh up at the time whether or not to stand.”

Have you been flying your flag?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

As England take on Slovakia tonight in their final group game at Euro 2016, BBC Radio Nottingham's Rebecca Dickson has been looking at whether there are fewer flags being flown this year.

Years ago there would have been flags hanging out of windows, attached to cars or pinned to houses, but this year it seems there is a lack of them around.

England flags

This is one shop in Bobbers Mill where there is plenty of memorabilia on sale

Tennis a wash-out this morning

BBC Nottingham Sport

Not a pretty picture at the Nottingham Tennis Centre this morning! 

There's no play before 12:30 but three Brits are due on centre court today....If  the rain stops!   

Nottingham Tennis Centre

How do police investigate historical sex abuse claims?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The BBC has looked at how historic sex offence cases are investigated, and how people have had the courage to come forward in recent years.

It comes after two separate operations by Nottinghamshire Police investigating sex abuse claims in the county's children's homes, dating back 40 years.

Samantha Morton
Getty Images

Actress Samantha Morton is one of those to come forward with allegations of abuse and said when she first reported it, aged 13, there was no support

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ken Clarke: Lover of sport and jazz

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ken Clarke is 75 and has been in Parliament since 1970.

Over the years he has served as health secretary, chancellor during John Major's term as PM and more recently, justice secretary.

Ken Clarke

He's viewed by many as a good constituency MP and outside of politics is a regular visitor to the City ground and Trent Bridge, is a massive fan of jazz music and has once or twice presented programmes on BBC Radio Nottingham and Radio 4. 

Man in court over rape 30 years ago

BBC Radio Nottingham

A 54-year-old man is appearing in court this morning charged with the rape of a woman in Basford, Nottingham in May 1986.

John Bainbridge from Burton-on-Trent was arrested by officers from Nottinghamshire Police on Saturday morning.

Nottingham magistrates court

He's been remanded in custody and will appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court later.   

Travel: Still delays around Lowdham

BBC Travel

There are still some delays on the Epperstone bypass around Ton Lane and Old Main Road, Lowdham because of an earlier accident and an oil spillage.

Rain delays cricket start

BBC Nottingham Sport

It's very wet at The Oval this morning and rain continues to fall.

It's unlikely there will be any cricket before lunch

The Oval

Canal Street to be shut at night for five weeks

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

From today there will be evening closures on Nottingham's Canal Street for five weeks.

Work is being carried out on the city's District Heating system and will see the road closed between 19:00 and 06:00 on Monday to Saturday evenings.

Brits in action at Nottingham Open

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

The Men's Nottingham Open started yesterday. 

Brits James Ward and Kyle Edmund are in action on centre court this afternoon, as is reigning champion Dennis Istomin.

James Ward

MP hasn't given notice of retirement plans

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A source at the Rushcliffe Conservative Association has told us Ken Clarke hasn’t yet given notice of his intention to stand down at the next election.

As far as they’re concerned, he’s still their MP and their candidate until they hear otherwise.