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  1. Updates for Tuesday 9 August 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Sandish Shoker

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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: Few more showers possible tonight

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

There could be one or two more showers into the evening and overnight but many areas will stay dry with some clear spells.

It will be another chilly night for the time of year with lows of 8C (46F).


Your views: Ad is 'having a laugh'


Some people have been commenting on our Facebook page with their thoughts on the gym advert.

Chrs Whiteman, wrote: "Killjoys. It's a good Ad. Have a laugh."

Freds Hallsworth, said: "As a society we have lost our sense of humour."

Dentist said treating patients was 'an honour and privilege'

Parts of D'Mello's statement were read in private for confidentiality reasons, but it concluded: "I loved my job and found it an honour and privilege to treat my 22,000 patients, many of whom I cared for as friends.

"Several of my own family were my patients, out of which half of them were general medical practitioners." 

Daybrook Dental Practice

He added that he was "no longer any risk to public health" and had twice applied for "voluntary erasure" from the GDC register.

Latest headlines in Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Suspended dentist, Desmond D'Mello, tells a hearing he was in "total shock" over allegations of malpractice
  • A Long Eaton gym has replaced a controversial advert with something "even worse" say campaigners
  • Nottingham gymnasts Becky and Ellie Downie are competing in the team final in Rio tonight

Dentist responds to allegations

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've never heard from Desmond D'Mello, despite several attempts to get a response from him about the allegations of malpractice.

He's not attended his GDC hearing so far but in a statement read out today he's said they were a "total shock" to him and the investigation by NHS England has been "callous and humiliating".

Ellie gears up for team final

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

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Ellie Downie has posted this on Instagram with the caption: "TEAM FINAL DAY! Grateful for this opportunity today, ready to bring out our Lion hearts tonight"

Local athletes in action in Rio

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you've been watching the Olympics in Rio we have some Nottinghamshire competitors to watch out for tonight.

Becky and Ellie Downie
Helen Downie

Sisters Becky and Ellie Downie are in action with Team GB in the gymnastics team final from 20:00.

Then Adam Dixon from Newark will be playing in the men's hockey team against Brazil from 22:00.

Missing teenager found

Dentist took 'short cuts' to see more patients

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Yesterday the hearing was told Mr D'Mello, who ran the former Daybrook Dental Practice, saw 50 patients in one day in June 2014 when he was secretly filmed over three days.

The following day he saw 62 patients, and 60 the day after that.

Desmond D'Mello
Desmond D'Mello

General Dental Council (GDC) representative David Bradley said he was perhaps able to see so many people per day because of "short cuts" taken. 

Hearing told dentist prescribed antibiotics despite concerns

BBC Radio Nottingham

A hearing has been told that the suspended Nottinghamshrie dentist - Desmond D'Mello - prescribed antibiotics to a patient despite being concerned that they may be allergic to penicillin.

Mr D'Mello, who is not attending the hearing at the General Dental Council, is accused of 56 alleged hygiene failures, including not changing his gloves between appointments and replacing surgical masks for each patient.

The hearing is expected to last up to three weeks.

Rail firm urges union not to strike

Here's more on that story about Virgin East Coast rail staff voting to strike.

They're in a dispute with the rail firm over staffing changes, which the company says would have no impact on safety and no compulsory job losses.  

Virgin trains

Workers finding people from all backgrounds sleeping rough

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

I've been out with the city's outreach team to an area where people are camping out by Nottingham railway station.

Many people they're finding have serious mental health problems, come to Nottingham from surrounding towns and cities or are foreign workers who've lost their jobs and can't get benefits.

outreach worker

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

'Disgust' over 'fat & ugly' gym advert

The Long Eaton gym responsible for an "offensive" billboard poster earlier this year has replaced it with one described as "even worse" than the original.

Fit4Less gym advert

Child sends ambulance service adorable apology

City rough sleeping figures 'a crisis'

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

People are sleeping in tents, shop doorways, even caves, and the numbers are soaring.

Framework's outreach team says around 33 people are sleeping rough in Nottingham on an average night, which is up from 14 last November. 

Chief executive, Andrew Redfern, described it as a crisis and says people are staying on the streets for longer because there's less support as councils across the country respond to spending cuts.

Notts go to Finals Day confident - Read

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire go to Finals Day confident of winning their first T20 Blast title, says wicketkeeper Chris Read.

"Maybe this is our year," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws
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Posters are 'rude and offensive' say residents

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Some people who spoke to BBC Radio Nottingham said the Fit4Less posters were rude and offensive, while others said it was cheeky.

Michelle Green, a tutor at the University of Nottingham who specialises in obesity and sexuality, said it could impact people who walk past it "and feel bad about themselves".

Campaigner 'disgusted' by gym advert

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

I’ve been speaking to Natalie Harvey from Nottinghamshire charity Combat Bullying about the latest Fit4Less advert.

She says she’s disgusted by the poster, which suggests being “fat & ugly” requires “a cure”.

She was bullied herself as a child for having a “ginger afro” and thinks the poster gives fuel for bullies to pick on children.

Natalie Harvey from Combat Bullying
Natalie Harvey

Rough sleeping in Nottingham rises sharply

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

The number of people sleeping rough in Nottingham has more than doubled since the end of last year.

Outreach teams have found 162 people on the streets in just three months which they say is the result of cuts to housing and treatment services.


Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • There are fears remaining parts of the Victoria Railway Station could be lost during redevelopment work at the Victoria Centre
  • A Long Eaton gym has caused controversy again with its latest 'fat shaming' advert
  • Nottinghamshire say they are confident of making it to the T20 final after beating Essex at Trent Bridge last 

Rail strike could be on the cards

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A rail strike could be coming to Nottinghamshire.

Workers at Virgin East Coast have voted for industrial action in a dispute over jobs, safety and working conditions - although dates are yet to be announced.

Virgin East Coast operates services from Retford and Newark - to London, the north east and Scotland and insists there'd be no compulsory redundancies or impact on safety as a result of changes.

Poster is 'light-hearted fun' says gym

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Natalie Harvey told me she was "absolutely pulverised" on social media after speaking out publically against the other Fit4Less poster in April.

She even had people tell her that she ought to be dead.

She thinks the latest Fit4Less poster is “even worse” than the original, but Fit4Less insists it is meant as “light-hearted fun”.

Gym poster gets people talking again

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This is the poster that is causing controversy over in Sawley, Derbyshire.

It's advertising a gym in Long Eaton.


It's the same gym that caused controversy earlier this year with a billboard that said: "aliens will take the fat ones first", which charities branded offensive.

Victoria railway station remembered at exhibition

An exhibition of photographs of the old railway station described as "the most beautiful station there has ever been" are on show at the Nottingham Industrial Museum.

After that they'll go on display at the Victoria Centre and the Great Central Railway at Ruddington.

Victoria Railway Station
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Leicester teen goes missing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This 13-year-old girl from Leicester has been missing since Sunday morning...

Destiny Angel Russell
Nottinghamshire Police

Destiny Angel Russell is thought to have travelled to Nottingham that morning telling her family she was going to the Riverside Festival and hasn't been seen since.

Shopping centre plans are 'at an early stage'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Intu, which owns the Victoria Centre, says its current focus is on improving the Broadmarsh Centre and any plans for the Victoria Centre are still at a very early stage. 

Old sleepers used for flower beds

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

These flower beds look a bit run down at the moment but did you know they're made with old railway sleepers?

Alan Edwards, a former signalman, said this was a nice way of preserving the heritage and using parts of the old station, without people even realising it.

Railway sleepers

Football teams start League Cup campaign

Nigel Bell

BBC Radio Nottingham

Just a few days after the opening league games of the campaign, Nottinghamshire football turns its attention to the League Cup tonight.

Forest are at League Two Doncaster, with Chris Cohen, Michael Mancienne, Jamie Paterson and Jamie Ward available again after injury.

Notts are at League One Scunthorpe, while Mansfield host Championship side Blackburn Rovers.   

People don't know about station history

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Janine Tanner told BBC Radio Nottingham it was important to explain to people what used to be at the shopping centre site.

"There's lots of people younger than me that wouldn't even know this used to be a railway station," she said.

Janine Tanner

She said she feared if there were plans to extend the Victoria Centre car park this wall which was part of the former railway station would be lost.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Nottingham's Theatre Royal and Concert Hall will close for three months next summer
  • There are fears remaining parts of the old Victoria Railway Station will be lost during the Victoria Centre renovation
  • Notts Outlaws wait to find out who they will face in the T20 semi-final after they beat Essex last night

Fears rail heritage could be lost

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Next, rail enthusiasts are trying to save remaining parts of Nottingham's former Victoria railway station.

They fear Nottinghamshire's transport heritage will be lost if Intu is allowed to expand the Victoria Centre.

Victoria Centre

Janine Tanner, who's helped to put together an exhibition marking 50 years since the closure of Victoria station, fears evidence of the site's former use may disappear if the expansion goes ahead.

Can you give a dog a home?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Molly, a bullmastiff, was found abandoned on a farm in Woodborough on Sunday.

John Charles-Jones, who found her, said she was chipped but the owners didn't want her back.

Molly bullmastiff
John Charles-Jones

He described her a "lovely dog" and said, as he couldn't look after her, he took her to the Babbington Hall kennels where she is waiting for a new home.

Cricket: Notts wait to find out opponent

Nigel Bell

BBC Radio Nottingham

The T20 Finals Day is at Edgbaston on Saturday 20 August and includes the semi-finals as well as the final.

Notts don't know who their semi-final opponents are yet but the remaining quarter-finals take place tonight, tomorrow and Thursday so we should know in the coming days.

Patel shone in Outlaws victory

BBC Sport

Samit Patel had a great game last night.

His superb spell of 4-20 helped send Nottinghamshire to the T20 Blast Finals Day as they beat Essex in the quarter-finals.

Samit Patel
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