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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 July 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 fine evening to come

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Well ‘twas a gawgeous morning but alas hello cloud! 

However we should see it clearing to leave a fine end to the day, with sunny spells and light winds this evening.


Lows of 11C (52F).  

Meeting The Stig makes Jacob's day

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Jacob's mum, Sarah-Louise Simpson, says it's been amazing to see her son meet his hero today and forget his health issues for a couple of hours.

"It means a lot to Jacob," she said. "He watches Top Gear every time it is on telly and he said the best part today was hugging The Stig."

Sarah-Louise Simpson

"It makes your day just to see his face light up and look so happy and not have to think about what's happening in the real world."   

The Stig surprises young brain tumour patient

Geeta Pendse

Arts reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

It was a very special end of term for Top Gear fan, Jacob Rhodes.

The seven-year-old is fighting a brain tumour and had an unexpected visit from his hero - The Stig - at the Queen's Medical Centre school earlier today.

The Stig and Jacob

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

Has Soubry missed out?

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

All the big jobs have gone now.

It's not looking good for Anna Soubry.

Travel: Lanes near Meadow Lane / Lady Bay Bridge reopen

Care home guilty after staircase death

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

George Chicken died in hospital 48 hours after his fall at the Mansfield care home.

Read more about what happened here.

George Chicken

Family say nothing can recompense their loss

The family of Mr Chicken were in court today.

Afterwards his daughter Valerie Clowes said: "To think all it would've taken to save my dad's life was a £5 thumb screw for the door that he went through or a £20 child gate on his bedroom door."

Valerie Clowes

The care home owners Embrace All Ltd and manager Amanda Dean will be sentenced in September.

Who's playing Splendour this year?

There's just nine days to go until this year's Splendour Festival comes to Wollaton Park, Nottingham. 

Man wanted over restaurant burglary

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's not the most clear CCTV image but police are trying to trace this man in connection with a burglary at a Chinese restaurant in Worksop.

It happened last month and a large amount of money was taken.

Worksop burglary
Nottinghamshire Police

Family of care home resident hopes case helps others

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Speaking outside court, George Chicken's wife, Jean Chicken, said: "This won't bring him back but hopefully it will do some good for other people so that nobody else is going to suffer in their care home."

Mansfield District Council says it won't comment on the case until after sentencing in September.

Travel: Lane closed on Lady Bay Bridge

Care home failed to look after Mr Chicken

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mr Chicken couldn't look after himself, he'd had hip and knee replacements and was confused because of his dementia.

The court heard he regularly opened the fire doors but those incidents were filed as risks.

Amanda Dean

After two days into her trial, manager Amanda Dean today admitted failing to care for Mr Chicken and other residents at the Rose Court Lodge care home in Mansfield.

Mushy pea stall makes a comeback

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you were ever a fan of the famous mushy peas stall at the Victoria Centre Market then there's some good news for you.

This is Claire Fisher who has reopened the stall in the city centre.

Claire Fisher

Nottinghamshire Baroness loses seat

Travel: Lane closed on Trent Bridge

Police reiterate misogyny hate crime message

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Not sure if she's having a dig at comments made in some national newspapers following yesterday's story, but Nottinghamshire Chief Constable Sue Fish has reiterated the force's commitment to investigating misogynistic hate crime.

In today's statement she said: "Claiming we are focusing on wolf-whistling and cat-calling does nothing more than trivialise our intentions.

"We want to encourage women to feel that they can report incidents where they have been made to feel intimidated, or frightened by this unacceptable unwanted behaviour."

Team GB call up for city equestrian

BBC Nottingham Sport

More good news for another Nottingham sportswoman.

Sophie Wells has been named in the Team GB Equestrian squad for the Paralympic Games in Rio.

Sophie Wells

The 26-year-old was born in Lincoln but now lives in Nottingham where she trains.

Golf course is unsuitable for housing, say residents

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Residents near the Bramcote Hills golf club say wildlife is thriving there and it's not an appropriate site for houses.

Mike Sharatt who lives nearby said the area doesn't need more housing and the area is likely to flooding so it is "unsuitable for a nursing home".

Council prosecutes care home and manager

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The recent case against the care home company and manager came about after an investigation into Mr Chicken's fall in November 2012 at Rose Court Lodge in Sutton Road, Mansfield.

Mansfield District Council was leading the prosecution.

Rose Court Lodge care home

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A care home manager has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the death of a resident with dementia
  • Residents in Bramcote are unhappy about plans to build houses on the site of a former golf course
  • Nottingham equestrian Sophie Wells has been called up to join Team GB for the Paralympic Games in Rio 

Care home resident fell down stairwell

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

George Chicken, aged 76, had dementia and was living at Rose Court Lodge care home in Mansfield when he wandered through a first floor fire escape door.

He fell down a concrete stairwell and died from his injuries.

George Chicken
Chicken family

Today the company which ran the care home, Embrace All Limited pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of non employees. 

Manager Amanda Dean, from Ambergate, pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of persons affected by her work activity.

Weather update: Staying sunny this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There will be sunny spells throughout this afternoon and it should stay dry with temperatures of up to 20C (68F)

Creatures of a different kind appear at nature reserve

The Pokemon Go craze has already hit Attenborough Nature Reserve.

They have been inundated with people glued to their phones playing the game and looking for characters.

Attenborough Nature Reserve
Attenborough Nature Reserve

The reserve said apparently an area in the Nature Centre's garden was a Pokemon Gym where people can have virtual battles with their Pokemons.

Care home manager pleads guilty to resident death

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A care home manager and a company based in Mansfield have pleaded guilty to charges connected with the death of a resident who had dementia.

The case had gone to trial and opened at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this week but after the guilty pleas today the jury was discharged.

Two other charges against Embrace All Ltd and manager Amanda Dean were also dropped. 

Houses planned for golf site

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Dozens of bungalows, flats and assisted care units could be built on what was once the rolling greens of Bramcote Hills golf club. 

It hasn't been in use for 10 years now and is overgrown and abandoned - but residents say wildlife is thriving there and its not an appropriate site for houses. 

Bramcote golf course

Ball has 'natural talent' says former teammate

Colin Fray

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

As Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball prepares for his England test match debut, former teammate at Welbeck Cricket Club, Darren Bicknell has described him as having a “rare gift”.

The former Notts opening batsman played for Welbeck after retiring from the county game, and said he remembers deliveries from the teenage Ball “whizzing past his nose”.

Bicknell told BBC Radio Nottingham: “When you see that in a young player, you recognise that they’ve got natural talent. He’ll be very, very nervous, but very, very excited. I’m sure he’ll do just fine today.”   

Pokemon Go is unleashed in UK

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The news UK gamers have been  waiting for... Pokemon Go is now available (legally) over here.

The game which lets players roam a map using their phone's GPS location data and catch Pokemon to train and battle has become a global phenomenon so it's only right we get to join in as well.

Residents object to housing plan for former golf course

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Plans to turn the site of Bramcote Hills Golf Course into a housing development have angered residents living nearby.  

Bramcote Hills Golf Course

Newark station popular with trainspotters

Newark railway station is a popular one with trainspotters.

Rail enthusiast Colin Aldworth has been explaining to BBC Radio Nottingham the appeal of the locomotives and the hobby.

Newark station

He said Newark was the second busiest station in Nottinghamshire with one million journeys starting or ending there each year.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Two soup kitchens in Mansfield have been served with an eviction notice from the market place
  • Residents in Bramcote are unhappy about plans to build houses on the former golf course
  • Jake Ball from Welbeck has been handed his first cap as he makes his debut for England in today's Test again Pakistan

Notts MP waits to hear about cabinet place

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

MP Anna Soubry has told me she's heard nothing yet from Number 10.

As a former TV presenter she's in with a shout to replace John Whittingdale at Culture.

Also a barrister, she could get Justice.

Ball gets his first cap

'They will not shut us down,' says volunteer

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Soup kitchen volunteer Mark Buckland said they were told they had been "attracting the wrong attention" to the soup kitchen - such a drunks and drug users.

"These guys all have their problems but we have had four different accounts of why they want to get rid of us," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"They will not shut us down because we will carry on but we are looking for somewhere else."

Ball has had a long wait

Jake Ball has had to wait some time to make his debut for England and he was tweeting last night to show his excitement.

The 25-year-old was in the squad for all three Tests during England's 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka this summer but wasn't picked to play.  

View more on twitter

Councillor supports soup kitchen

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Labour county councillor, Colleen Harwood, is one of those who has signed the petition to keep the soup kitchen in its place.

"There's people here waiting for food and people in need of food," she said. "And for them [the council] to turn around and say there's enough provision - if there was enough we wouldn't be getting the people here needing it."

soup kitchen

Where will Soubry feature?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We'll be waiting to see today where Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry will feature in Theresa May's new cabinet.

She's Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise at the moment but that could all change.