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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 8 July 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Dave Wade

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Dry end to the week

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Staying mostly dry for the rest of the day with some spells of sunshine. 

The winds will ease off this evening, giving a fine end to the week. 

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Staying dry for most of the night with some clear spells at first but the cloud will thicken by the end of the night and there will be some showery rain heading in by the morning. 

It will be a muggy and humid night with lows of 13C (55F).

£50k for Newark council HQ consultant

Newark Advertiser

A council has so far spent more than £50,000 on a consultant for work on its new offices.

Travel: A50 accident

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the A50 southbound in Kegworth at the Church Street junction.

Fire service to stay at Basford fire overnight

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The fire service said firefighters will be staying at the scene overnight.

Missing teen found

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Rehanna Boughalem, the 15-year-old girl who went missing from Daybrook yesterday, has been found safe and well, police have said.

Story tells of ex-pat's return to Midlands

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Fittingly, the Flying Fish tells the story of an Englishman in Mexico who is called back to his ancestral home in the Midlands. 

While sitting on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico he sees "flocks of flying-fish swept into the air, from nowhere… brilliantly twinkling in their flight of silvery watery wings rapidly fluttering".

DH Lawrence
University of Nottingham

After he became ill with TB, Lawrence dictated the first nine pages of the story to Frieda and then later he continued to work on the story, stopping at the top of page 39.  

Unfinished Lawrence manuscript returns to city

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A manuscript of an unfinished short story by Eastwood-born author DH Lawrence has returned to the writer's home city.

The Flying Fish was started by Lawrence, who was ill with tuberculosis, in Mexico City in 1925. 

DH Lawrence text
University of Nottingham

He dictated the story to his wife Frieda, before later continuing the work. 

The University Of Nottingham bought the text at auction for $28,000 (£21,645).

Thomas Lam

Nottingham Forest sign free agent Finland defender Thomas Lam from Dutch Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle on a three-year deal.

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Basford fire: More pics

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A great picture from the scene at the Basford fire, where firefighters are expecting to remain for the rest of the day.

basford fire
Nottinghamshire Police Emergency Planning

Travel: Worksop roadworks

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays in Worksop on the A60 Mansfield Road at the Millhouse Roundabout.

Cricket: Outlaws vs Northants tonight

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts Outlaws are in action this evening, facing Northants away in the T20 Blast competition.

Notts go into the match in fourth spot in the North Group but are up against the in-form leaders.

Wantage Road
Getty Images

The action comes from Wantage Road at 18:00.  

Fire being scaled down

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Latest update from the fire service: they've scaled down from eight fire engines to five.

However, firefighters have still not been able to get inside the building because it's structurally unstable.

firefighters
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

They'll be there the rest of the day and into the evening.

The evacuated residents are still at the community centre, and no time has been given for them to return.

Fan ban at Nottingham Forest's City Ground

It's a good job the football season is a few weeks away - Nottingham Forest's spectator capacity at its City Ground is limited to zero.  

Nottingham Forest's City Ground
PA

Nottinghamshire County Council said it had no choice but to "restrict the club's spectator capacity to nil" because it has no safety certificate holder.

But fret not, it is understood the club will sort out its paperwork and the limit will be lifted "in the next couple of days" - fingers crossed that's before the start of the season.

Notts hospitals to stop some heart procedures

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Away from the fire for a moment, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust is to stop providing secondary level congenital heart procedures.

These are procedures that don't require surgery like techniques to close a hole in the heart.

QMC
Google

It comes as MPs are to meet the Health Secretary to try to overturn a decision to stop children's heart surgery at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital.

NHS bosses in Nottingham said it's no reflection on the quality of the work they do.

City council: No definitive time residents can go home

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There's "no immediate prospect" of residents being allowed back into their homes, according to Paul Millward from the city council.

"We can’t say definitively - the fire is still continuing, some work being done to isolate electricity and gas."

"I don’t know for definite yet at the moment."

Firefighters have not yet been inside building

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's another update from Notts Fire and Rescue.

We've been told because the building is structurally unsafe, fire crews have still not been able to get inside so they've been fighting the fire from the outside.

fire
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Jo Wooler-Ward said: "The direction of the wind has also presented some challenges to the fire-fighting operation." 

And she repeated the warning to keep windows and doors shut.

More fire pictures

Facebook

Here are some more of your pictures of today's in Basford.

We've had so many sent in, we've made a Facebook gallery.

basford fire
Christopher Bradley
Basford fire
Christopher Bradley

Watch: Smoke billowing over homes

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Carolyn Elkins filmed this from her bedroom window earlier this morning...

Fire 'almost out', witness says

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We've had an email from a member of the public who says he thinks the fire might be nearly out...

Power restored to fire-hit area

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It looks as though power has been restored to dozens of homes that were left without electricity around the fire area.

You can see where current power cut incidents are on this Western Power Distribution UK map.

Fire dog on patrol

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Dexter the fire dog has been on the scene of the Basford blaze...

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Residents unsure when they'll be allowed home

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Jules isn't sure when she'll be allowed back in her home.

She says people have been told it could be the afternoon.

She's concerned about what state her home will be in.

Jules Anderson
BBC

Fire evacuee raised the alarm

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

I've been speaking to some of the 55 residents who have been evacuated here at the Forest Fields Community Centre.

Jules Anderson said she was having breakfast before going to work when she heard a sound like fireworks and dashed outside to see the factory, three doors down ablaze.

"I immediately dashed back inside called 999 and then I started banging on my neighbours' doors checking they were alright," she said.

forest field community centre
BBC

She helped to make sure all the bungalows nearby were empty and stopped cars going up nearby roads.

Asbestos found in building

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mrs Wooler-Ward said asbestos was found inside the building.

She said the cause of the fire is unknown but they're investigating alongside Nottinghamshire Police.

A number of walls and the roof of the building have collapsed.

She anticipates the fire service being at the scene "well into the evening, until we're sure the fire has been extinguished".

Building was empty: Fire service

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The fire service has said there was no one in the building - a clothing and textile factory on High Church Street.

Notts Fire and Rescue group manager Jo Wooler-Ward explained that the loud noises people heard were typical when this type of construction burns.

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BBC

It was not fireworks as witnesses were describing at the scene.

She said there is a "significant amount of damage" to the building.

Newspaper names fire-hit firm

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Nottingham Post is reporting the blaze is at a company called Sherwood Forest, which makes outdoor clothing.

They say it employs 25-30 people.

Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest / Facebook

Travel: Road closures

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are the roads closed while firefighters tackle the blaze in Basford:

  • Duke Street 
  • High Church Street
  • Wycliffe Street 
  • Gawthorne Street
  • Northgate 
  • Mount Street

Neighbours helped out of homes near Basford blaze

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Michelle King, who lives nearby, said the flames were "massive".

"They were spreading across the street," she said.

fire
Steve Hughes

"No fire engines there, so I phoned the fire brigade."

She said, despite being worried about her family, she helped to get old people out of bungalows near the blaze.

25 properties without power

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Western Power Distribution UK say 25 properties are without power in the NG7 area.

They have given an estimated restoration time of 14:00.

BreakingTwo arrests over Basford fire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Two youths, aged 16 and 17 have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, police say.

Dozens of people evacuated

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A total of 55 residents have been evacuated, according to the fire service.

They've been taken to the nearby Forest Fields Community Centre.

fire
Nottinghamshire Police Emergency Planning

Ambulance and police at scene of fire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The fire service says it's working with Nottinghamshire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service, the Environment Agency and Western Power Distribution UK at the blaze.

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Keep windows shut warning

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The fire service is also asking people to keep windows and doors shut.

In addition to the eight appliances there is an aerial ladder, a command support unit and an incident support unit.

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BBC

Watch: Fierce flames as building burns in Basford

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Great high quality video of the huge building fire here - thanks to Andrew Machen near the scene.

Basford blaze at commercial clothing firm

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's latest update on the blaze has said there are now eight fire engines at the scene.

They said the premises is a commercial clothing manufacturer.

Basford fire: Not known if people in building

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Graham Wass, who owns a garage near the blaze, said he was also worried it was his business.

"It was just panic, left the breakfast on the table and came straight to work," he said.

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BBC

"It was a relief that it was further up the street but now the concern is for if there's anyone in there.

"Don't know anything about the building but as far as we do know they do screen printing on t-shirts which means there's probably a lot of chemicals which is probably making things difficult for the fire guys."

Fire believed to be textile factory

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Johal, a business owner near the blaze, said he was panicking the blaze was his firm.

"I had 18 missed calls this morning to say there’s a building on fire in High Church Street," he said.

"I reckon I know it’s a textile firm what’s on fire.

"I know the people who own those buildings, hopefully there’s no one in their because people do start quite early."

At the scene: Firefighters tackling blaze

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

You can't even see the end of High Church Street - the smoke has come down and is filling the street

Firefighters are dowsing the flames from street level and also above it.

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BBC

I can see firefighters on a crane pouring water on the flames.

As well as High Church Street, Gawthorne Street is cordoned off and Cairo Street is also closed.