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  1. Updates for Thursday 21 July 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Dave Wade

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Weather: Chance of showers

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase through the evening bringing outbreaks of showery rain at times although some places could stay dry. Lows of 16C (61F).


Sun shines on Splendour stage

BBC Weather Watchers

A cloudier day in Notts today than we're becoming used to.

But still some blue sky around, as one of our Weather Watchers found out in Wollaton Park earlier, where Splendour preparations are well under way.

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Thoresby Colliery: Your views


You've been debating the merits of the proposal to build 800 new homes, a school and a country park on the site of Nottinghamshire's last colliery on Facebook.

Alan Wragsdale isn't in favour. He wrote: "Its a disgrace that former mining villages get left to one side when our next door village has just seen the largest costa coffee shop in the area and a new tesco express."

But Suzanna Barnes was more optimistic: "Hopefully will bring much needed jobs into the area."

Thoresby colliery
Harworth Estates

Damaged tram was named by Radio Nottingham listeners

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Little bit of information here about the tram that was damaged in a collision with an ambulance this morning.

It was named Mary Potter, after a 19th-Century Nottingham nun.

Mary Potter

The name was picked by BBC Radio Nottingham listeners.

She founded the Little Company of Mary Sisters who cared for the sick and dying in Hyson Green in 1877.

Drunk passenger causes plane to divert

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A flight from East Midlands Airport to Gran Canaria was forced to divert to Faro on Tuesday night when a drunk passenger became verbally abusive.

Jet2 said the man, who also broke airline rules by smoking an e-cigarette, has been given a lifetime ban and faces a significant fine.

Six Land Rovers stolen in recent weeks

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Land Rover Defenders drivers beware...

Six of the 4x4s have been stolen in June and July in Rushcliffe, Newark and Sherwood areas, police have said.

They believe they're being stripped down for their parts.

Insp Craig Berry said "They are typically stolen overnight and the A46 appears to be a key route around which offences occur.”

Land Rover Defender
Land Rover

Dad reveals scars from 2006 stabbing

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A young dad from Nottingham has been talking about how he still bears the scars from when he was stabbed several years ago.

kareem ferdinand-morgan

Kareem Ferdinand-Morgan said: "I nearly lost my life, critical condition, I was on life support for a while."

"I don't know how knives got brought into feeling safe when you're in a bunch of people but that's how life and society goes sometimes, unfortunately."


Knife crime increase 'worrying'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Stabbings in Nottingham have been in the news a lot recently.

Now the man in charge of tackling knife crime in Nottingham says he's very worried about the increase.

dave walker

National figures out today show knife offences rose by 10% last year and there have been a number of serious stabbings in the city over the last three months.

Former police officer Dave Walker, who works for the city council looking after community cohesion, said: "When you see the impact it has on families, communities, who lose people to knife crime. It's hugely traumatic and it's worrying."

Tram crash: More pictures

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's another couple of pictures from the scene of the tram crash at Wilford Lane earlier.

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Trapped dog faced 'agonising death'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

PETA has given the force a Compassionate Action Award for saving Gizmo.

“If these police officers hadn’t stepped in, this little dog could have experienced an agonising death,” said charity director Mimi Bekhechi.

gizmo rescue
Nottinghamshire Police

Award for police for saving dog from hot car

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Isn't it nice when you see a good deed rewarded?

Police in Nottinghamshire been given an award by animal welfare charity PETA for saving this dog from a hot car earlier this week.

Nottinghamshire Police

Gizmo the terrier was trapped in a vehicle on Monday in Bulwell while temperatures soared to 30C.

Police smashed the window to get him out and offered his owner some "strong words of advice".

Tram moved after ambulance crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A tram has now been moved from Wilford Lane after a crash involving an ambulance this morning.

Three people were taken to hospital after the collision

Tram crash

Ex-Magpie on Allardyce appointment

BBC Nottingham Sport

Former Sam Allardyce Notts County signing Mark Stallard has said: "He'll be good at getting the best out of the England players."

mark stallard
Getty Images

Tram crash: Your views


We don't yet know the exact circumstances of the crash on Wilford Lane between an ambulance and a tram but it's started a general debate on our Facebook page.

Chris L. Whiteman wrote: "We need to specify right of way. Ambulances usually have it when on a mission."

But Ian Lacey replied: "Ambulances don't have right of way at train level crossings as trains cannot stop in time I presume it's the same with a tram."

tram crash post
BBC / Facebook

John Dragun's view however is: "Trams are a menace to traffic. Fill the lines in, get rid of them. Cheaper in the long run and save lives."  

Travellers left last night

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

People said the travellers in Masfield were using bushes on the land as a public toilet.

I visited the Bull Farm GP surgery shortly after it opened at 07.30.

They didn't want to speak to me but they did say the travellers left late last night.

travellers mess

Cricket: Ball released from England squad

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts bowler Jake Ball won't play for England tomorrow. 

He's been released from the squad ahead of the 2nd Test.

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Two hours to move crash ambulance

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

Police say they got the call at 10:18 and it took around two hours to move the damaged ambulance.

The crash happened at a traffic light-controlled road crossing on Wilford Lane, alongside the Wilford Lane tram stop.


And for those interested, the tram involved is called Mary Potter.

Tram services operating past crash scene

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

Three people are thought to have been taken to hospital with minor injuries - two ambulance crew and a tram passenger.

It's not clear whether the tram has derailed.

tram crash

Tram services are still operating as there is a double track where the accident happened.

NET officials are currently inspecting the tram.

Travel: Two crashes on Wollaton Road

BBC Travel

Wollaton Road is closed in both directions at St Peter's Street because of an accident.

Just a few yards ahead, there's been an accident at the Crown Island that's causing slow traffic.

Tram crash: At the scene

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

Here's another picture from the scene of the crash between an ambulance and a tram at Wilford Lane.

tram wilford lane

The road remains closed in both directions.

Oxton crash: Two injured

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Firefighters had to cut free a woman from a car after the crash on the A6097 Nottingham Road this morning, which is still causing traffic problems.

Another woman had been released from her vehicle before the fire crews from Arnold and Edwinstowe arrived on the scene near Oxton.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Both were taken to hospital by ambulance but thankfully neither women's injuries are believed to be life threatening.

“This incident saw a small, three door car sustain some significant damage to the front and side,” said station manager Matt Reavill, who was at the scene.

Travellers leave flammable gas canisters

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

The land is absolutely strewn with rubbish - I could see pillows, food, crockery, nappies, even a wrapper for a two-piece bath and mat set.

There was a tanning mitt and a boxing glove, two flammable gas canisters and bits of carpet all over the land.


Travellers leave mess near GP surgery

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

This is the mess left by a group of travellers in Mansfield.

Around 15 caravans appeared last Thursday on private land next to the Bull Farm doctors surgery in Concorde Way.

travellers mess

Police were called to the site but no arrests were made.  

Police staff sacked for gross misconduct

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A 21-year-old Nottinghamshire PCSO has been dismissed for driving a police vehicle at excessive speeds without proper training or business need.

And a performance analyst, 41, has also been sacked for using police force systems for a non-policing purpose. 

Both staff members appealed against the dismissal but the decisions were upheld.

Tram crash: Road closed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police said it looks like the tram has come off the track.

Wilford Lane is likely to remain closed for some time.

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Four hurt in crash involving ambulance and tram

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police say it was an ambulance that was involved in a collision with a tram at the Wilford Lane crossing, not a car as previously thought.

Two tram passengers and two ambulance staff were injured in the crash, which happened at about 10:15.

ambuilance crash
Matt Cleaver

The injuries aren't thought to be serious.

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area if they can.

Cricket: Notts in relegation zone

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire are in the County Championship relegation zone this morning following their humiliating defeat at home to Somerset yesterday.

Notts lost by 10 wickets despite having scored 401 in their first innings.

It leaves them without a win in the competition since the first week of the season.

Probe into gorilla heart disease mystery

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

When you see the gorillas at Twycross Zoo swinging around their enclosures, the last thing you'd think they'd have to worry about is heart disease.

But apparently the condition is a "major cause" of death in primates but, unlike humans, experts don't think it's linked to poor diet or lifestyle.

Lucy Ray

A University of Nottingham project at the zoo in Leicestershire is trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Water warning for Sutton

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories this morning:

Travel: Oxton crash update

The crash involved one car and a van on Nottingham Road in Oxton.

The air ambulance was at the scene. One person has been taken to hospital.

This is what a station manager had to say...

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Big Sam set for England job

BBC Nottingham Sport

As you may have seen, former Notts County manager Sam Allardyce is set to be confirmed as the new England manager today. 

The Sunderland boss will succeed Roy Hodgson, who stepped down in the wake of England's disappointing Euro 2016 campaign.

sam allardyce
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Final chapter for Thoresby Colliery

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

When Thoresby closed just over a year ago, it brought an end to eight centuries of coal mining in Nottinghamshire.

Its 600 workers were gradually laid off through compulsory or voluntary redundancy and the last 360 miners left when Thoresby closed on 10 July 2015.

It left just one deep coal mine in Kellingley, Yorkshire - which has also since closed.

Coal News

At one time, the pit produced up to 100,000 tonnes in a week, making profits of £50m a year

Read more about the history of the site here.

Thoresby Colliery: What are the plans?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Harworth Estates will put the plans on show as part of a consultation process, when the public will be able to suggest any changes.

Harworth Estates

Here's what's planned: 

  • 800 houses 
  • a school
  • business premises
  • a country park  
  • a zip wire
  • sports pitches

Colliery site plans unveiled

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Thoresby Colliery was one of the last of the UK's working coal mines but when the mining stops, what do you do with a 470-acre hole in the landscape?

Developers have put forward a proposal to build 800 homes, a country park - and even a zip wire.

Harworth Estates

Harworth Estates says it will create at least 500 jobs.

More on their plans for the site throughout the day.

Weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Here's how it's looking today...

Weather for the East Midlands on Thursday 21 July 2016