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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 4 July 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from Local Live today. 

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Your pictures: Sunny Nottingham

BBC Weather Watchers

And if you look closely you can see the transport heritage day still in full swing in front of the Council House.

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trickytrees

Thanks to Weather Watcher, trickytrees.  

What is the Midlands Engine?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We've been talking about the Midlands Engine today because there's been a summit here in Nottingham this morning.

But what is it?

Here's Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace to explain...

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How to stop dogs attacking posties

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Some helpful tips:

  • Make sure your dog is out of the way before the mail is delivered
  • Make sure children do not open the door, as dogs can push past them
  • If you have a back garden, ensure your dog cannot get round the front as the mail is delivered
  • If your dog likes to attack the mail consider installing a wire cage for letters
  • If it is not practical for you to keep your dog away during deliveries, consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property
dog post
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Travel: Sutton Bonington crash

BBC Travel

The A6006 is blocked in both directions at Sutton Bonington between Trowell Lane and Leak Lane because of an accident.

Cricket: Bad light stops play

BBC Nottingham Sport

Vandals strike at tram stop

Steve Beech

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Vandals have smashed seven glass panels at the Nottingham Station tram stop. 

Staff here tell me they were damaged in the early hours of Saturday morning.

smashed panels
BBC
smashed panels
BBC

Notts County Ladies keeper out for up to three months

BBC Nottingham Sport

England and Notts County Ladies keeper Carly Telford will undergo an ankle operation today.

She's set to be out for two to three months.

Carly Telford
Getty Images

Drugs smugglers wore paramedic outfits and had bogus patient

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Dutch men were arrested in June 2015 after one of the ambulances was tracked entering Smethwick near Birmingham.

Two of the men got out of the ambulance wearing paramedic uniforms and met with two others who arrived in a Mercedes car. They even had with them a fake patient on crutches who was later seen by officers walking around without them.

inside ambo
National Crime Agency

Officers found 193kg of cocaine, 74kg of heroin, 2kg of MDMA crystal and 20,000 ecstasy tablets with a combined potential street value of over £38m.

Via the CCTV from the Chelmsford Holiday Inn Express, they were led to the English men involved who were jailed today for a combined total of over 94 years.

Travel: Derby Road delays

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on Derby Road in Nottingham at the Lenton Boulevard junction because of roadworks. Congestion back to The Ropewalk.

Travel: Bestwood crash

BBC Travel

Hucknall Road in Bestwood is partially blocked in both directions at Bestwood Road because of an accident.

Worksop area also has high numbers of postie dog attacks

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Notts seems to be a real hotspot for dog attacks on postal workers.

The highest number of attacks were in the NG postcode area which covers Nottingham, Mansfield, Newark, Grantham in Lincolnshire and Long Eaton in Derbyshire.

The seventh highest number of attacks was in Sheffield's S postcode area, which includes Worksop.  

Postie dog attacks 'unacceptable'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Back to those figures from the Royal Mail about dog attacks on postmen and women now.

There were over 2,600 across the country in the year up to April 2016 and the highest number was in the NG postcode area.

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The Communication Workers' Union has said the number of attacks, a third of which happen at the front door, are "unacceptable" 

They said "irresponsible" owners risk fines, or even a jail term.

New Southwell Minster window pays WW1 tribute

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's a story that you might have missed from this weekend.

There's a poignant new window at Southwell Minster, commemorating the sacrifice of people from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the First World War.

It shows a group of soldiers lifting a comrade, with his outstretched arms hinting at the crucifixion.

southwell war window
Nicholas Mynheer

How Gibson was caught

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

James Gibson had a leading role in distributing large amounts of class A drugs to organised crime groups across the UK using "trusted, willing and well paid couriers", the National Crime Agency said. 

He had direct links with a Dutch organised crime group, who used a fleet of fake ambulances to smuggle in up to £1.6bn worth of drugs including cocaine and heroin.

Dutchmen and Gibson
National Crime Agency

CCTV footage from a hotel in Colchester showed Gibson (pictured right) meeting two Dutchmen, who were later jailed.

He was sentenced alongside five other English men at Birmingham Crown Court today.

Gibson had trusted network of couriers

Gibson's influence and organisation in the drugs plot was "significant", the NCA said.

"From the relationship he had with the Dutch organised crime group to the trusted network of UK couriers he used to distribute substantial amounts of class A drugs throughout the country," said operations manager Brent Lyon.

drug ambulance
NCA/PA Wire

“The six men sentenced today knew they were engaged in serious and organised crime yet continued their drug trafficking activities regardless."

He said their sentencing will have disrupted many other organised crime groups in the UK.

Rugby: Newcastle fixture for Green and Whites

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Rugby will face Premiership side Newcastle Falcons at Darlington's Mowden Park for a pre-season fixture on Saturday 6 August.

Police raid £1bn drugs ring home

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's the dramatic moment the Ollerton home of James Gibson was raided.

He was the key player in a gang that smuggled drugs into the UK in fake ambulances.

Drugs gang headed by Notts man jailed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A gang of six men, headed by a man from Ollerton, have been sentenced over a £1.6bn conspiracy to import and supply heroin, cocaine and ecstasy.

The drugs were smuggled into the UK from Holland in fake ambulances. 

James Gibson, 56, (pictured right) was given 20 years in prison for his organisational role, distributing the drugs to organised crime groups in the UK.

Darren Owen and James Gibson
National Crime Agency

He was sentenced alongside Raymond DeSilva, 60, from Slough, Darren Owen, 48, from Northamptonshire (pictured left), Petrit Kastrati, 41, from Crystal Palace, Richard Clarke, 36, from Suffolk and Jonathan Floyd, 47, from Manchester.

Flytipping up 80% in Rushcliffe

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

On my journey to work, I often see rubbish dumped by the side of the road but it looks as if in one part of the county it's getting worse.

Over 100 tonnes of waste was dumped in the borough of Rushcliffe between March 2015 to March 2016, the council has said.

That's compared to 57 tonnes the previous year.

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The council says it's targeting 75 flytipping "hotspots" with new signage and increasing CCTV to catch the culprits.

Arsenal date for Lady Pies

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County Ladies will travel to Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Women's League Cup.

Heritage day also marks bus firm's anniversary

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's also the 90th anniversary of the formation of the South Notts Bus Company.

So alongside the trolleybus, you can see the South Notts 129 – the last vehicle purchased new by the Gotham-based company in 1989.

There's also a West Bridgford 21 from 1954 and the Nottingham City Transport 540 – one of the very first Leyland Atlanteans purchased in the early 1970s.

Here's another pic of an old trolleybus to whet your appetite.

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Nottingham City Council

Woman sought over tram assault

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise this woman?

Police want to speak to her about an alleged assault on a Nottingham tram on 27 May.

She left at the Inham Road stop ion Chilwell after the alleged attack.

tram assault woman
Nottinghamshire Police

Watch: Trolleybuses in Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's some fantastic footage of the electric trolley buses operating in Nottingham in the 60s.

Thanks to PMP for letting us use it.

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City's last trolleybus on show

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's 50 years since the last electric trolleybus operated in Nottingham.

To mark the anniversary, the Trolleybus 506, which took the very last journey on 1 July 1966, is in the Old Market Square this morning.

trolleybus
BBC

Definitely worth a look if you're in the area.  

Woman due in court over Langar Hall owner death

Nottingham Post

A British woman will appear in court on Monday in connection with the death of hotelier Imogen Skirving.

Imogen Skirving
BBC

Midlands Engine: 'No place for party politics'

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Anna Soubry tells the summit it's important the Midlands Engine is driven by business and there's no place for party politics.

"We need to work together," she says.

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Midlands Engine: 'We must harness spirit of innovation'

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, says Midlands Engine is a great identity and brand. 

History, heritage, enterprise and innovation. "We must harness that spirit," he says.

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Midlands Engine: £50m EU cash 'will go'

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Leader of Nottingham City Council says £50m EU investment in Nottingham is likely to be lost and modern manufacturing is needed for Midlands Engine.

midlands engine summuit
BBC

He says it's important Midlands Engine is more than just a slogan.

County Championship - live text & radio

Kagiso Rabada
Rex Features

Live text updates and ball-by-ball radio commentary from Monday's eight games in the County Championship.

Midlands Engine: 'Now's the time to work together'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Anna Soubry's announced plans for the new hub based in Birmingham to help deliver more high value investments into the "Midlands Engine".

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“Following the EU referendum result, I recognise there’s a level of uncertainty over what the future holds. But now’s the time to work together and support businesses to build partnerships that can help them grow," she said.

1,400 jobs plan for Midlands revealed at Nottingham summit

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

At the Midlands Engine summit in Nottingham. 

Plan to bring jobs and investment have been unveiled by Broxtowe MP and small business minister Anna Soubry.

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Cricket: Looking good at Trent Bridge

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

Glorious start to the day... Notts v Lancs from 11:00.

Trent Bridge
BBC

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are today's top stories:

  • Postal workers in Nottinghamshire are more likely to be attacked by dogs than anywhere else in the UK
  • Notts Police says it received 2,000 inappropriate or hoax 999 calls last year
  • Cricket: Notts are due to start day two of their County Championship match against Lancs at Trent Bridge

Police receive 2,000 inappropriate 999 calls

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Check out these ridiculous ermergency calls made in Nottinghamshire...

Notts Police have published a list of the top 10 most trivial calls they received as part of a campaign to stop people wasting police time.

It's after figures were released showing 2,000 hoax or inappropriate 999 calls were made to the force last year.

Lam close to signing for Forest

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Forest are close to signing Finland international defender Thomas Lam.

Thomas Lam
Getty Images

He's 22 and has already played five times for the Finland national team.  

Travel: A60 delays

Dog lover celeb backs postal worker campaign

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The campaign to protect posties from dog attacks is being backed by TV presenter and dog lover Paul O'Grady.

Paul o'Grady and dog
Getty Images

He said: "No one should feel unsafe in the workplace and it's important we as dog owners, take the necessary steps to give postmen this same respect. 

"Encourage good behaviour when someone new visits. Just spending time getting your pets familiar with guests coming to the house will help create a safer environment for all."