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  1. Updates for Wednesday 27 July 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Hope you've enjoyed reading today's updates. We'll have more from 08:00 on Thursday.

Weather: Getting a bit colder tonight

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

It's going to stay dry and bright for the rest of the day and also through the night but the cloud will thicken up later on.

It will be a bit fresher tonight with lows of 11C (52F).


Chatty Charlie freezes on camera

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We had some furry visitors in the BBC Nottingham offices earlier who were talking away until I pointed the camera at them. Typical!

Here's Charlie who was taken in by the Guardian Angels Bird Sanctuary in Eastwood after he was found badly neglected by a previous owner.

Charlie the parrot

The usually chatty parrot had no feathers so they had knitted him a little sleeveless vest - except he still keeps it on now.

Travel: Traffic building around city centre

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

Notts trio named in third Test squad

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire have had three players named in the England squad for the Third Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston next week.

Jake Ball, Stuart Broad and Alex Hales are in a 13-man squad - with Ball thought more likely to play in the Test because of the calf injury sustained by Ben Stokes.

Motocross rider left 'gobsmacked' by thefts

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Max Smith started riding motocross bikes when he was four and was competing by 10.

Having won several other medals and trophies he decided to enter the British Masters this year, but now his hopes of competing have been ruined.

Smith family

"I just couldn't believe they cut all the locks and chains," he said. "They don't care for the people that are there and are doing it for their own well-being."

Your photos: Blue skies over East Bridgford

BBC Weather Watchers

Our weather friends were right, the sun did eventually come out.

Emmyloo snapped this in East Bridgford.

East Bridgford

Group stages announced for revamped cup

BBC Nottingham Sport

There was a draw earlier to decide who Notts County and Mansfield Town will play in the group stages of the EFL Trophy  - which replaces the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Magpies will face Hartlepool at home before away games at Rochdale and Sunderland under-21s, while the Stags are at Doncaster first before away games at Port Vale and Derby U21s. 

Watch: CCTV of bike thieves

Teenager 'devastated' after motorcross bikes stolen

Fire crews called to Ollerton Road

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire Fire Service has tweeted that crews have been called to a fire just off Ollerton Road, near Tuxford

A spokesman said the fire in an industrial unit involved two pallets and trailers which were "well alight" and firefighters were now trying to stop the fire from spreading.

Extra bolts and locks didn't deter thieves

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Max's parents Neil and Julie Smith said they had done a lot recently to secure their garage because of other bike thefts in the area.

Neil and Julie Smith

They had used stronger locks and bolts and installed CCTV, but thieves still managed to break through them.

"The garage was all bolted up but it still didn't stop them," said Mrs Smith.

Travel: City street opens to traffic again

Fatal crash: Police thank public

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sgt Ash Thornton said they had received a "very positive" response from people to their appeals which had helped them in their investigation.

He said: "We have identified and recovered a vehicle of interest in the past 24 hours as a result of information from the public".

Chapel Lane crash

Fatal crash: Police still looking for second car

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A 28-year-old man who was arrested after a teenager was killed in a hit and run in Bingham on Monday night has been bailed while further enquiries are made. 

Police said they had managed to recover a vehicle they believe was connected to the crash but are still keen to find the occupants of a dark-coloured Audi Q5 or Q7-type car which overtook the 14-year-old moments before the accident.

Jack Archer

Jack Archer, from Newton, had been cycling along Chapel Lane at 22:15 when the crash happened.

Travel: Vehicle hits bridge in Tollerton

BBC Travel

Melton Road, Tollerton is closed in both directions because a vehicle has hit a bridge. Police are directing traffic.

Bikes stolen from young motorcross hopeful

East Midlands Today

A teenager who was due to compete in a Motocross competition has told the BBC he is "devastated" after thieves stole two bikes worth around £15,000 from his home.

Max Smith

Max Smith 14, was hoping to compete in the British Masters this weekend but his bikes were stolen from his parent's garage early on Saturday morning.  

Boy has competition dreams ruined by thieves

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Next we have the story of a teenager who has had his hopes of competing in a big competition this weekend shattered by thieves who stole his bikes. 

BBC East Midlands Today have been down to meet him and his parents in Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Supporters join in Mullaney's celebrations

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

Notts finish on 251-9 with Steven Mullaney hitting a career best of 89 runs.

That's celebrated by a pitch invasion at Scarborough.

Scarborough pitch invasion

Bus passengers all safe after fire

Lisa Teanby

Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

Crews from Newark were called to put out the fire on a double decker bus on Great North Road.

The fire service said the driver and eight passengers all got off safely and diversions are in place.

Travel: Bus fire in Newark

BBC Travel

There's delays on Great North Road in Newark near the Cattle Market Island because of a fire on double decker bus.

We've been told the driver and passengers are all off the bus and safe

How do gymnasts like their eggs?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A bit of coconut oil, two eggs and some smoked salmon is all it takes to make an Olympic champion's breakfast.

Helen Downie, mum of gymnasts Beckie and Ellie Downie, came into our kitchen at BBC Nottingham to show us how it's done.

Mum of gymnasts shows how food is important to success

Weather update: It's getting brighter out there

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's mainly dry and occasionally bright with some sunny spells and plenty of cloud.

Certainly an improvement on this morning’s weather with highs of 22C (72F)    


Your views: No surprises over drop in wages


We've been talking wages on Facebook and most of you aren't surprised the typical wage in Nottingham has fallen.

Lesley Dudley wrote: "NHS haven't had a proper wage increase for at least 5y ...!!!!!" 

Stuart Bamford asid: "Can well believe it." 

Travel: Delays to buses after city street closed

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A Newark man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 16-year-old girl at the weekend
  • The sightings of otters in Nottinghamshire are on the rise again
  • Nottinghamshire are hoping for a win against Yorkshire in the One Day Cup today to be in with a chance of a quarter final place

Experts say more people starting on lower wages

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Alex Alcock, from Macildowie Recruitment in Nottingham told BBC Radio Nottingham he doesn't think everybody in Nottingham has seen their wages fall.

He said he believes there is just a higher percentage of junior workers and less experienced people in the city who are starting on lower wages.

salary advice

Police thank community for 'outstanding efforts' in missing man search

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There was a big effort to find 84-year-old Douglas Cook who had gone missing on Monday and police have now thanked all those who helped.

The search and rescue team were joined by 50 members of the community who the force said "did sterling work".

Det Ch Insp Andrea Baxter said: “Mr Cook had already spent one night outdoors and was about to spend another when he was located last night."

Wages decline in Nottingham

Is your wallet feeling a bit lighter these days?

The typical wage in Nottingham is said to be £1,695 lower than it was in 2011, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

British currency

Not an otter in sight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

BBC Radio Nottingham's Hayley Compton was on otter watch along the River Trent this morning but unfortunately did not spot any.

And the people she spoke to by the riverbank said they hadn't seen any either.

Otter sightings are still rare says expert

Erin McDaid from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said they have seen evidence of otter sightings in this county increasing since 2000.

"They are still very few and far between," he said.

Erin McDaid

He added: "We don't want to cause any undue disturbance and we want to encourage that natural recolonisation of the Trent and its tributaries."

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Murder accused remanded in custody

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

I've been down to Nottingham Magistrates' Court where a man has appeared charged with murdering a 16-year-old girl in Newark.

James Morton, 23, of Pierson Street, Newark, only spoke to confirm his name and address.

Deputy district judge Vee Munro remanded Mr Morton in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court tomorrow.  

Otter sightings on the rise

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Back in the 1970s otters were facing extinction, but sightings of them have been increasing again in Nottinghamshire.

Wildlife photographer, Jack Perks, captured this video of one in the city area.

Otters make a return to Nottinghamshire

Notts win pre-season game

Nigel Bell

BBC Radio Nottingham

Notts County beat League One Walsall 3-2 at Meadow Lane last night in their penultimate pre-season friendly.

Two goals inside two minutes, from Haydn Hollis and Jonathan Forte, put them in a commanding position at half time. Jon Stead added a third in the second half.

Not such a good night for Mansfield Town though. They lost by one goal at non league Mickleover.   

Mum gets daughters ready for Rio


You can head to our Facebook page to see a video with Helen Downie and how she is preparing her gymnast daughters for Olympic success in Rio.