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  1. Updates for Friday 15 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Ben Truslove

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Nottinghamshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Your comments: Poster contract is 'Tooth Fairy'


News that the council splashed £4,500 on posters condemning the police's decision to scrap its Nottingham city division has sparked a conversation on Facebook.

Alan Cassady-Bishop said: "I wonder who has the contract to print all these posters? Whoever it is must consider the city council to be the Tooth Fairy."

And Valerie Fryer said: "Should spend their money on repairs of their homes."

Weather on St Swithern's Day: Wet...

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It’s St Swithin’s Day, it has rained, therefore we are doomed now for 40 days. Or maybe not. 

More than likely not as it looks dry, fine and warm on Sunday and Monday and, at this stage, Tuesday too. However, some rain tomorrow…

Cricket highlights: Broad's third wicket

Nottinghamshire bowler Stuart Broad ended Pakistan's innings with the wicket of captain Misbah Ul-Haq this morning. If you missed it, watch this glorious delivery from Broad.

England's batting however, is not going so well.

Death crash driver suffers guilt nightmares

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The Nottingham nurse jailed for five years for causing a fatal crash on the M1 told the court she suffered guilt nightmares and flashbacks.

In mitigation, her lawyer said her five-year-old would be "severely impacted" by Christy George's custodial sentence.

She was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after she lost control of her car while distracted by her mobile phone.

Christy George

Nottinghamshire in T20 Blast action

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottinghamshire can book their place in the Twenty20 quarter finals this evening if they beat Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.

Trent Bridge
Getty Images

The Outlaws - who top the Northern Group - have won their last five games on the bounce when weather hasn't prevented play.

The match starts at 18:30.

Fatal crash driver had prior conviction

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Christy George - who caused a fatal pile-up on the M1 near Leicester - had a previous conviction for careless driving after reversing over an eight-year-old boy.

George, from Nottingham, was distracted by her mobile phone as she drove south to Coventry causing the horror smash in 2014.

She was jailed for five years for causing death by dangerous driving and banned from driving for 10 years.

Driver deleted call history to divert suspicion

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

After causing the crash which killed one person and seriously injured another, Christy George deleted her call history.

At her sentencing for causing death by dangerous driving, His Honour Judge Robert Brown said: "Before the dust had even settled and the noise had left the air she deleted her call record " to "divert suspicion."

Driver sobbed when sentenced to five years

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The nurse who caused a major crash on the M1 in Leicestershire sobbed as she was jailed for five years.

Christy George, from Nottingham, had been using her mobile phone when she lost control of her car, hitting a lorry.

The lorry then careered across the central reservation into six more vehicles, killing one person and seriously injuring another.

M1 motorway

Jail for causing fatal motorway crash

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A woman who lost control of her car on a motorway causing a fatal eight-car pile-up has been jailed for five years for causing a man's death.

Christy George

Christy George, 38, of Nottingham, hit a lorry which crashed into the central reservation on the M1 near Leicester.

Nottinghamshire presence at Horseball world cup

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Heard of horseball? Me neither - but it's been described as rugby on horseback and there is a world cup next month.

Nottinghamshire's Will Haynes will be representing the nation in Portugal riding his beast Blossom. 

Supporters back Jeremy Corbyn

Nottingham City Councillor Steve Battlemuch - who is also a member of Momentum - said more than 500 East Midlands supporters of the Labour party have backed Jeremy Corbyn.

They signed a statement in support of Mr Corbyn in the upcoming leadership contest.

Pokemon Go is already popular in Nottinghamshire

Are you playing Pokemon Go? Of course you're playing Pokemon Go, everyone is playing Pokemon Go.

Attenborough Nature Reserve has seen a surge in the number of people visiting - all on the hunt for some peculiar, digital lifeforms.

Pokemon catching at Attenborough

Tim Sexton, assistant manager at the reserve, said: "The last few days have been absolutely crazy. We've seen so many people coming here just glued to their mobile phones.

"I think it's a really positive thing - unlike traditional gaming it's getting people outdoors. Yes they are glued to their phones, but they are certainly getting more fresh air."

Consultation on fracking extended

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

A public consultation on plans to frack in Nottinghamshire has been extended until next month. 

County Hall requested more information from IGas about its application for exploratory shale gas drilling near Misson in north Nottinghamshire.

Rafters taken ill at Holme Pierrepoint


After seeing our story about mud runners hit by the trots, a group of lads said they were pleased to hear it wasn't the beer that made them ill when they went white water rafting.

Whitewater rafters
Darren Misiak

Darren Misiak said: "Half [the group] were affected by the water borne virus and phoned in sick on Monday morning, we now know that it wasn't the beer afterwards that caused their illness!!"    

Westwood on the edge at Troon

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

Nottinghamshire's Lee Westwood is at risk of missing the cut at the 145th Open Championship after carding a second-round 73 at Royal Troon. 

Lee Westwood
Getty Images

After bouncing back well with a back-nine birdie and eagle to shoot level par on day one, the 43-year-old Ryder Cup player then birdied the 4th to go under par for the first time.

But the now Edinburgh-based former world number one dropped four shots in 12 holes, only picking up one more birdie, at the 10th, to stand on two over par. That put him 12 shots off the pace set by his playing partner, American Phil Mickelson.

The projected cut mark (for any player tied for 70th or above) currently stands at one over, one better than Westwood's current mark, but the poor Ayrshire weather could see that fall by the end of the day.

Everyone is playing Pokemon Go

What is a mud run?

While some people might be put off doing a mud run after the outbreak of a bug at Nottingham's X-runner, this kind of event is growing in popularity.

Neil Heath slides down a hill

What exactly is a mud run? Essentially a dirty obstacle course.  

The X-runner had 60 obstacles over tough terrain and open water over a distance of 5km or 10km. There was also a swim through white water rapids.

Weather update: Cloudy this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of showery rain at times.  Feeling humid with a maximum temperature of 21C (70F)

Council defends police posters

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Jon Collins, leader of Nottingham City Council, said he would rather not spend £4,500 on posters calling for the police to reinstate its city division.

But he added: "It's a relatively small amount of money in the context of the amount we spend on community protection. 

"I wish we didn't have to spend it but our responsibility to the city to ensure that the centre is well governed and well policed."

Your comments: Mud runners suffering


The spread of a bug through competitors in the X-runner event at Holme Pierrepoint has got people talking on Facebook.

Charlotte Kelsey wrote: "This seems to be quite common! I did the X- Runner Water Wipeout event this time last year and got severely sick afterwards. I was in hospital for 3 days because of it 😷"

And Siobhan Rhodes said: "I was a bit I'll but not too bad. Although I did throw up on the way round! Perhaps that helped!"  

Man accused of owning bomb making manual

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

A supermarket worker has appeared in court accused of having copies of a bomb making manual and instructions on how to join terror group Islamic State. 

Ryan Counsell, 28, of Russell Road, Hyson Green, was charged with two offences of possession of material likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. 

He was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court and will appear at the Old Bailey next month.

Broad ends Pakistan's first innings

Nottinghamshire bowler Stuart Broad brought Pakistan's first innings to a close taking the last wicket of Mohammad Amir.

Stuart Broad celebrating
Getty Images

Broad ended the innings with three wickets for 71 runs. Meanwhile Mansfield born paceman Jake Ball ended his first innings for England with one wicket for 51 runs.

Follow England's progress on BBC Sport.

Jane Renwick, fourth from right, and her team

A number of runners who took part in an "extreme" obstacle race say they have fallen ill with vomiting and diarrhoea after the event.

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Traffic: Roads mostly clear

BBC Travel

Nottinghamshire roads are mostly looking clear with the odd spot of congestion. Notably the roadworks in Worksop and Retford are causing some delays.

X-runner bug "indescribable"

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Another group of competitors from X-runner struck down with sickness and diarrhoea has been in touch.

Mud runners
Jane Renwick

Jane Renwick, from Derbyshire, has only managed to eat two rich tea biscuits since the weekend.

"I’ve been so ill it’s indescribable, just horrific. I’ve been to the doctors twice and I’m due to go again to have my blood taken for testing.

"It feels like someone hasn’t done their job properly, to be this ill for a whole week something has gone wrong. I will be speaking to the organisers about what has happened.”

Police respond to criticism

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire Police has defended its decision to scrap the city division after the council launched a poster campaign against the move.

The force said the new structure will be more efficient and bring the ratio of supervisors more in line with other constabularies.

Trent Bridge roadworks to take two weeks

Nottingham Post

Drivers are being warned to expect heavy traffic on their commutes this morning after one lane of Trent Bridge had to be closed due to a collapsed manhole.

Nottinghamshire County Council to fly Tricolore

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

  • Dozens of competitors in Nottingham's X-runner have complained they are seriously ill after the event
  • Nottingham City Council is criticised for its poster campaign against police changes
  • Lee Westwood slips down the leaderboard at The Open

Your photos: Stunning colours at sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher windyshepherd snapped this beautiful shot over Clipstone early this morning.

Sunrise over Clipstone

Lee Westwood in action at The Open

Nottinghamshire golfer Lee Westwood is one under after five holes on day two of The Open at Royal Troon.

Lee Westwood
Getty Images

You can follow all the action live on BBC Sport.

'Horrendous' stomach cramps after X-runner

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A competitor in the X-runner event in Nottingham at the weekend said she suffered "horrendous" stomach cramps, back pain, headaches and fever after taking part.

Mud runners having completed the X Run
Debra Buxton

Organisers said about 25 people had contacted them afterwards complaining of a "mild stomach upset".

A spokesman said they were sorry to hear people were ill and said competitors had been warned of the dangers of open water swimming beforehand.

Council under fire for second poster campaign

The council has been criticised for its second poster campaign around Nottingham this year.

Most shoppers had to be told by a BBC reporter that the posters were calling for the police to reinstate its city division.


One woman said: "It's the same as when they put up the posters about the homeless. I thought that was really wrong. 

"It's a waste of taxpayers money - maybe the council could be using that for something better for Nottingham city rather than wasting the money putting that sort of stuff up."

Sickness bug from mud run blamed on water

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Water quality is being blamed for causing dozens of people to come down with vomiting and diarrhoea after last weekend's X-runner event.

Warning about water quality

According to the National Water Sports Centre, where the event was held, there are "naturally fluctuating levels of bacteria" in the water but tests before the race were "within normal parameters"

Runners sick after 'extreme' obstacle race

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Dozens of people who took part in an "extreme" obstacle race say they suffered bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea following the event.

Neil Heath sliding down a slip and slide

About 3,000 took place in the X-runner mud run, which involved open water swimming, at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham on Saturday  

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Here are the top stories so far this morning:

  • Dozens of people who took part in an "extreme" obstacle race in say they suffered bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea following the event
  • A poster campaign criticising the police's decision to scrap the Nottingham city division has been launched by the council
  • Nottinghamshire golfer Lee Westwood has teed off on day two of The Open

Reinstate Nottingham city police division demand

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Posters demanding the return of a dedicated city policing division have sprung up around Nottingham.

A poster calling on Nottinghamshire Police to reinstate its city division

The campaign cost £4,500 and was funded by Nottingham City Council which previously threatened legal action against the decision.  

Traffic: Morning rush hour causing congestion

BBC Travel

There's lots of traffic around this morning, as expected, with congestion in several areas. It's particularly heavy on the A52 in both directions between Bingham and Bottesford, and the A611 in Bulwell at the Bestwood Road junction.

Lee Westwood on par at Open Championship

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottinghamshire golfer Lee Westwood had a front row seat as Phil Mickleson came within a whisker of making history on day one of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon. 

Mickleson tied the record for the lowest ever round at a major with an 8 under par round of 63, barely missing a putt on the last hole that would've seen him break the record. His playing partner, Westwood, is eight shots back on level par and tees off today at 8:25.