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  1. Updates for Tuesday 21 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

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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: Dry and muggy night

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be mostly dry tonight with scattered cloud and the chance of some showers towards dawn.

Feeling muggy tonight with lows of 15C (59F).


Police hope clothes will trigger people's memories

Police have released photos of these clothes that were worn by a victim of a serious sexual assault in Lenton in the hope it will encourage anyone with information to come forward.

A 22-year-old woman was attacked, in an area off Derby Road some time between 22:00 and midnight on Monday 6 June.

Victim's clothing
Nottinghamshire Police

Region will be 'stronger and safer' in the EU says Osborne

BBC Radio Nottingham

And from the Remain camp Conservative MP George Osborne was in Beeston, visiting shops and cafes today.

He said: "People want to think very hard before voting to leave and walking through a door you can't walk back through.

George Osborne

"If we vote to remain on Thursday we can be better, stronger and safer in the East Midlands."

Vote Leave banner flown over Nottingham

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This plane was spotted over Nottingham today flying a banner with the words 'Free Britain. Vote Leave'

Vote leave plane

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Win for Brit in Nottingham

BBC Nottingham Sport

Dan Evans, the last British player in the singles at the Nottingham Aegon Open has beaten Ricardas Berankis 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Dan evans

MP says Europe will still want to trade with Britain if we leave

BBC Radio Nottingham

Conservative MP and Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling, has been in Lenton today for the Vote Leave campaign.

He was visiting RH Commercial Vehicles in Lenton and shrugged off concerns leaving the EU could trigger an economic downturn.  

Chris Grayling

He said: "When you look at what experts are saying, if you read the small print, all of them assume that we stop trading with Europe, but why would that happen? 

"We are their biggest customer....They will want access to our market so that means they will carry on trading."

Your views: Tree vandalism 'sad and shocking'


Our story about the vandalised trees at Gunthorpe has got some of you commenting on Facebook.

Sara Day simply wrote: "So disgusting!" 

While Lara Fearn said: "We live in the village and it's so quiet and family orientated it's so sad and shocking that this has been done X."

Jewkes's actions 'selfish', says detective

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Det Sgt James Greely from Nottinghamshire Police said Jewkes was "selfish" on the night of the crash.

"He consciously got into the drivers seat, clearly knowing he was under the influence of drugs, and....we are here today seeing the tragic consequences of his actions that night," he said.

DS James Greely from Nottinghamshire Police

'Devastating' to see Gunthorpe trees gone

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Stephen Pantry (right) who spotted the vandalised trees at Gunthorpe, said planting them in memory of the village's fallen soldiers was "a terrific idea" but it was "devastating" to see them now ruined.

"I don't understand the mentality of how anybody can do such a thing," he said.

Gunthorpe trees

All that's left of some of the trees is a stump and the ribbons that were tied to the trees. 

Mr Pantry said it was a shame to see this happen as so many volunteers had given their time to clear the area.

Travel: A1 still shut

BBC Travel

If you're heading out on the A1 this afternoon, it is closed between the Newark Showground and the Main Street junction in Cromwell because of an accident between a lorry and a car.

There are long queues of traffic in the area as a result.

Driver admitted killing cyclist

This is Jewkes as he arrived at Nottingham Crown Court today.

The 35-year-old, formally of Selston, Nottinghamshire, had pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst under influence of drugs back in May.

Christopher Jewkes

Travellers move onto Basford park

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've been told a group of travellers in about a dozen caravans have moved onto Stockhill Park in Stockhill Lane, Basford this afternoon.

A nearby resident said there had been "some hostility" between local residents and police had been and gone.

Representatives from the city council are expected to attend the site soon.

Victim's mum says she'll never forgive Jewkes

Nicholas Highfield died a day before his 42nd birthday.

In a statement released after today's sentencing, his mum Frances Highfield said: "I have an excruciating pain in my heart.

Nicholas Highfield
Highfield family

Mrs Highfield said Nick's death had "left a gap" in their family.

She added: "I enjoyed our jokes, his humour....He will never hug me again. The person driving that car took that away from me and I will never forgive that ever."

Long delays on A1 following crash

Listen to Nottingham's EU debate

Lewis Scrimshaw

News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

Tonight on BBC Radio Nottingham, from 18:00 to 19:00, there is a special EU Referendum debate with Verity Cowley.

On the studio panel making the case for Remain are Nottingham East Labour MP Chris Leslie, and Kate Godfrey, the East Midlands Regional Director for Britain Stronger in Europe.

Speaking on behalf of Leave are the co-founder of RH Freight in Lenton, and the East Midlands chair of Business for Britain, Nigel Baxter and the leader of the Conservative opposition on Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kay Cutts.

Money was raised for Gunthorpe trees

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This is what the trees at Gunthorpe should look like and this is one of the lucky ones that has escaped being vandalised.

They're positioned near the pathway that runs along the River Trent from Gunthorpe to Burton Joyce.


Rob Woodward, a volunteer for the River Trust, said people had raised a lot of money for the trees, which they had bought for £1,000 each.

Witnesses saw car 'drifting' before crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This was the damage to Chrisopher Jewkes's 4X4 on the night of the crash.

He had lost control of his car after taking five pounds of heroin, on top of prescription medication, and mounted a kerb before driving into cyclist Nicholas Highfield.

Jewkes car
Nottinghamshire Police

Witnesses who saw the crash described to Nottingham Crown Court how Jewkes was speeding and his car had been drifting in and out of the lane.

Drug driver jailed for killing cyclist

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man who took heroin before getting behind the wheel and killing a cyclist has been jailed.

Christopher Jewkes, 35, killed Nicholas Highfield as he cycled along the A60 Leeming Lane South, Mansfield back in August 2014.

Christopher Jewkes
Nottinghamshire Police

Jewkes had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in May and was sentenced to seven years and three months in jail at Nottingham Crown Court.

Your views: Drains have needed clearing 'for a while'


On our Facebook page, you've been talking about council efforts to clean out the drains.

Sarah Boyles wrote: "The drains have needed doing for years. Glad they are getting it done. Will save lots of people lots of money."

Dave Mabbott said: "The council wanna com on to vale road and sort the drains out at the top of St Johns Schools drive as its always blocked."

Police investigate trees vandalism

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A total of 12 trees were planted on an area of land by the River Trent at Gunthorpe Bridge after River Trust volunteers cleared the site.

It was decided the trees would serve as a memorial to the fallen soldiers from Gunthorpe during World War One.

Gunthorpe trees

Last week a walker said he noticed 10 of the trees had been sawn off and some had been taken away.

The vandalism has been reported to the police who said they were investigating.

Travel: Traffic around Trent Bridge

BBC Travel

If you're heading to West Bridgford you might want to allow a bit of extra time for your journey.

Loughborough Road, Melton Road and Radcliffe Road are all busy as people head to Trent Bridge for the cricket. 

Your photos: Summer has arrived

BBC Weather Watchers

Just because the sun's out and it's beautiful outside, here's a photo of the blue skies over Misterton.


Memorial trees vandalised

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Next, we're talking about trees that have been planted as part of a war memorial in Gunthorpe.

They were planted by volunteers but it seems vandals have struck and cut down the trees.

School reporters get a taste of tennis

Ian Westbrook

BBC News School Report

Six BBC News School reporters from Rushcliffe School have been given a tennis doubles masterclass at the Aegon Open at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. American Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak of New Zealand put the teenagers through their paces on court before answering their questions at a press conference.

Tennis masterclass
Tennis press conference

Comedy duo star in city panto

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

To me, to you...

The Chuckle Brothers are coming to Nottingham to star in the Theatre Royal's pantomime this Christmas, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Theatre Royal panto
Theatre Royal

The comedians Paul and Barry Trot will play Jack's brothers.

Grandad's road birth emergency

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I've spoken to the man who was directing traffic on the A46 in Newark while his daughter-in-law gave birth to his granddaughter in the back of his car.

John Mollison was driving his son James and girlfriend Sophie to the hospital in Lincoln when her water broke and they literally had minutes before the baby was born.

A46 Newark

Mr Mollison said they were near the Brownhills roundabout and there was no hard shoulder to stop.

"I was just stopped in the outside lane so I got out and waved my hands around," he said. "I was shocked and amazed at how polite and courteous other drivers were and nobody complained."  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Weather: Staying warm and dry

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

it's staying dry this afternoon with occasional sunny spells and some cloud plus highs of 20C (68F)

Travel: Sneinton road reopens after accident

Man on the run after Newark robbery

Matthew Porter is wanted over an armed robbery in Newark. He has gone on the run after failing to answer bail.

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How will England fair against Sri Lanka?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you're heading to Trent Bridge this afternoon for England's first ODI against Sri Lanka, here's a full preview. Play starts at 14:00

Trent Bridge

Vacuum used to clear out drains

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's down to the council to clear the drains and this morning BBC Radio Nottingham was with the county council's team in Dunstan Street, Netherfield.

it looks like they're just using a huge vacuum to clear the drains of silt and litter.

Cleaning drains

Martin Carnaffin, from the council, said anyone who thinks the drains in their street need cleaning just needs to call a helpline and report it.

Motorcyclist injured in crash

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

A motorcyclist suffered suspected serious injuries in a crash with a car in Sneinton earlier.

The rider was taken to hospital after the smash on Manvers Street at 10.30 BST and the road is partly blocked at the junction with Lower Eldon Street.

Travel: Accident in Sneinton

BBC Travel

There's an accident on Manvers Street, Sneinton that's causing delays in both directions.

Drains often clogged with litter and silt

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Martin Carnaffin from the county council's highways team said cleaning the drains usually only takes a few minutes but can take longer when they find something difficult to remove.

He said litter and silt was their most common problem and easy to clean but sometimes concrete from housing developments got stuck in the drains and caused an issue.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Police are investigating after trees planted as a war memorial were vandalised
  • New figures show more people are leaving petrol stations without paying
  • Trent Bridge is hosting the first of England's one-day internationals against Sri Lanka

Clearing drains to help prevent more flooding

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Cast your minds back to last week when a lot of Nottinghamshire was underwater when heavy rain caused flash floods.

BBC Radio Nottingham's Rebecca Dickson has been out this morning finding out how they can be prevented - it's as simple as cleaning out the drains.

University floods
Stephen Jones