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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 25 August 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Alex Smith

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: Rainy evening ahead but brighter on Friday

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Heavy showers will continue this evening but these will clear in the early hours.

Tomorrow will be a dry, fine and sunny day with lots of blue sky from the word go with highs of 21C (70F). 

Meanwhile, at Notts County...

BBC Sport

Montanier targets forward

BBC Sport

Forest boss Philippe Montanier has told us he wants to sign a forward before the end of the transfer window.

He also said he won't take a risk on striker Britt Assombalonga and will decide tomorrow whether he will play against Leeds on Saturday.

Philippe Montanier
BBC Sport

Restaurant third in 2017 Good Food Guide

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A Nottinghamshire restaurant is officially the third best eatery in the UK, according to an influential guide.

Restaurant Sat Bains won a score of nine and took third place in the 2017 Good Food Guide rankings.

L'Enclume in Cumbria took top spot. 

Sat Bains
BBC

Stricken baby's father wanted judge to decide

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Little detail about the girl's family background emerged.

The judge was told her parents had health problems and learning difficulties. Both were represented by lawyers at the hearing. 

The Royal Courts
Getty Images

Her father had said he loved his daughter deeply and did not want her to suffer unnecessarily but could not bring himself to say treatment should be withdrawn, and wanted a judge to decide. 

 Her mother said she thought that medics had done the "best possible" and she wanted her daughter to "pass away peacefully".

High Court rules treatment can stop on brain-damaged baby

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mr Justice Keehan continued: "I am completely satisfied that the only course to be taken in her best interests is to withdraw her current life-sustaining treatment and to move her to a palliative regime and allow her to die peacefully in the arms of her loving parents."

Judge: Further treatment 'would bring no real benefit'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mr Justice Keehan said the girl's situation was "a tragic case".

He said: "She is locked in her body unable to see, hear, communicate or respond to her environment.

 "The only benefit of undergoing surgical procedures would be in an attempt to prolong her life. Sadly I have concluded that would bring no real benefits to [her] at all."

Breaking'Medics can stop treatment to baby'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A High Court judge has ruled medics can stop providing life support treatment to a seriously ill baby who doctors said does not seem able to smile.

Mr Justice Keehan concluded the six-month-old girl should move to a palliative care regime after a two-day hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

The girl - who is in the care of Nottingham City Council and being treated by medics in Nottingham - has a range of health problems and has never left hospital

Kids 'loved' farm's Star Wars shed

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mrs Rogers said the shed was put in the play area and that children "loved it".

The shed also featured in Channel 4's Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year programme.

Millennium Falcon shed
Stonebridge City Farm
Millennium Falcon shed
Stonebridge City Farm

Cricket: Yorkshire closing in on win

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire have made it to tea but face an uphill battle to save the game against Yorkshire.

They trail by 390 runs and have seven wickets remaining. The home side declared earlier on 263-4.

You can listen to the match here.

Travel: Bus route returns

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Travel: Bus diverted after crossing failure blocks road

BBC Travel

A diversion for the Red 44 Nottingham City Transport (NCT) bus has been put in place because Colwick Road, Colwick, is blocked between the Racecourse Road junction and the Port Arthur junction due to a level crossing failure. 

Star Wars shed staff 'devastated'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The farm was first hit on Sunday evening when every shed was broken into and vegetables were "smashed up".

Vandals then struck again between last night and this morning.

Mrs Rogers said the farm has been left "devastated" by the raids - which also saw animals such as chickens and turkeys let out of their cages.

A bird was also found dead in the farm's aviary - and Mrs Rogers said that "could have been down to fright".

Millennium Falcon shed
Stonebridge City Farm

Man campaigns for restriction on betting ads

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A Nottingham man whose gambling addiction led him to contemplate suicide is calling for further restrictions on TV adverts by betting companies.

Ian Bartlett racked up thousands of pounds in debt and ended up in jail after stealing to feed his habit.

He's now set up an organisation to help others and said there should be a 9pm watershed for certain adverts - like in-play sports betting.

What do you think? Let me know

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Vandals smash up Star Wars shed

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Vandals have attacked a farm for the second time in a week - and smashed up a distinctive Star Wars shed in the process.

A replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit from the films was donated to tourist attraction Stonebridge City Farm in January.

At the time, manager Marie Rogers said the structure - inspired by The Force Awakens - might be used as a potting shed for children.

Star Wars shed
BBC

Josh skates away with eight A*s

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

You know those people who are just despicably talented? Don't you hate them? 

Not content with being a two-time British national skating champion, the aforementioned Rushcliffe School pupil Josh Brown has scooped eight A*s. Seriously though, well done Josh. 

Josh Brown
BBC

Council congratulates GCSE students

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire County Council's committee chairman for children and young people’s services, councillor John Peck, said: "For many of our young people, these results will be a cause for great celebration, confirming plans for their post-16 education. 

"However, for some, whose results may be disappointing, I would encourage them not to lose heart, but to seek advice from their teachers or the exam results helpline for information on what to do next."

What's behind 'unusual' metal sign?

Andy Whittaker

Presenter, BBC Radio Nottingham

You may have seen a video on our Facebook page about an "unusual metal sign" above an alleyway on Mansfield Road in Nottingham.

Historian Edward Kendall said the origins of the sign involve a family business which traded in everything from pastries to bikes. 

Sign in Mansfield Road
BBC

Reddish: 'We'll hear the Brits at Paralympics'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mr Reddish, a former Paralympic swimmer, said the advantage of stadiums in Rio potentially not being full is the athletes will be able to hear the British contingent better.

"They'll hear the Brits, because we will have a big crowd of Brits out there," he said.

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Mr Reddish is challenging himself to cycle the 5,757 miles from London to Rio through a variety of means (including a Turbo trainer in his garage and spinning bikes) to raise money for sofas, mattress toppers and ice baths - which the British Paralympic Association has to fund themselves. 

He wants to raise £5,757.

Cuts to Paralympics 'will not impact performance'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire's Tim Reddish, head of the British Paralympic Association, says he is confident funding cuts to the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro will not have an impact on Team GB's performance.

Only 20% of tickets have been sold - and the budgets for venues and transport have been reduced.

Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds, David Weir and Jonnie Peacock
Getty Images

Expanded tram network 'boosts economy by £100m'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Now you tram commuters have wolfed down your generous helpings of breakfast bars, muffins and water, you can discover - if you didn't know already - that the NET construction project has reportedly boosted the local economy by over £100m and created hundreds of jobs.

I always wonder exactly how these figures are calculated...

Stat attack

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

According to the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust communications director, nearly 100,000 trams have passed through the Queen's Medical Centre in the past year...

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Cricket: Notts get under way after delay

BBC Sport

The third day of Nottinghamshire's county championship game against Yorkshire has got under way after a slight delay due to rain.

Nottinghamshire are up against it after being bowled out for just 94. Former England star Ryan Sidebottom (pictured) took 3-21 to take his career total to 720 first-class wickets.

You can listen to the latest action here

Ryan Sidebottom
Getty Images

Doctor resigns after surgery slammed

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

The clinical commissioning group (CCG) responsible for care in the area said what happened was an "unacceptable breach of trust".

Dr James Hopkinson, clinical lead for NHS Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group, said 70 patients have been recalled "as a precautionary measure".

"We have carried out a clinical review of 416 patients in relation to the findings and have contacted patients where they might benefit from a telephone or face-to-face consultation with a GP," he said.

“Yesterday, NHS England and the CCG received a formal resignation from Dr [Sylvester] Nyatsuro in relation to his GP contract."

Willows closure notice
BBC

Union shares photos of 'dirty' City Hospital

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Our loyal Local Live readers will know we covered the story about a union calling for an urgent review into cleanliness at a hospital yesterday.

What they would not have seen is these pictures that illustrate the depth of the problem at Nottingham City Hospital - which employs Carillion to carry out cleaning duties.

Dirty dishes
Corall Jenkins
Dirty bag holder tray
Unison Members

Surgery 'let assistant examine patients'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A healthcare assistant diagnosed patients and undertook internal examinations without being qualified to do so at a surgery, a report has revealed.

The Willows Medical Centre in Carlton was closed in June by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Willows Medical Centre
BBC

About 4,000 patients were advised to go to nearby surgeries but no explanation was provided for the closure. 

The CQC has put the "inadequate" medical centre into special measures because patients were at risk at harm.

Sports Direct timeline

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

As I alluded to, Sports Direct has faced a series of criticisms for the way the company is run - after a Guardian report last year that workers at the warehouse had been subjected to rigorous searches and surveillance, leading to staff receiving less than the minimum wage.

A BBC investigation also found ambulances had been called to the sportswear retailer's base 76 times in two years.

Sports Direct base
BBC

More recently, founder Mike Ashley told MPs the firm was being investigated by HMRC after admitting workers were paid below the minimum wage.

A subsequent report by MPs in July accused Sports Direct of not treating its staff as humans.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

  • Investors urge Sports Direct review
  • Seriously ill baby embroiled in High Court battle
  • Body of missing dad formally identified
  • Students across Nottinghamshire to get GCSE results
  • Forest face Arsenal in the League Cup

It gets worse...

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Body of missing dad formally identified

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The body of a man found in the River Trent yesterday has been formally identified by Nottinghamshire Police as Michael Bugg.

Efforts to establish Mr Bugg's final movements are ongoing but his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Bugg, 39, had not been seen since leaving the Southbank Bar in West Bridgford at about 01:10 on 21 August.

Michael Bugg
Nottinghamshire Police

Sports Direct to hold 'open day'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

In response, the retailer has decided to hold an "open day" to coincide with its annual meeting in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, on 7 September.

"The purpose of the open day is to enable the board to engage with as many people as possible in an open discussion about the business," it said. 

Mike Ashley
Getty Images

Making concerns public 'unusual'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The Forum said making its concerns public was "an unusual step".

"In prior situations we have always managed to work privately with companies to create effective long-term solutions. We do not take this step lightly," said Forum executive director Andy Griffiths.

The group wants a review of corporate governance, board oversight, potential conflicts of interest, employment practices, acquisition strategy and due diligence, and oversight of supplier relationships and store portfolio management.

Investors urge Sports Direct review

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Another day, another attack on beleaguered retailer Sports Direct...

A group of some of the world's highest profile investors are urging the firm, near Mansfield, to overhaul the way it is run.

The Investor Forum, which has £14.5 trillion of investments, says the company should conduct a thorough independent review.

Mike Ashley
BBC

Happy 'tramiversary'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Paper for one year, pearls for 30 years...I wonder what gift will be bestowed on our beloved tracks for today's tramiversary? 

FYI, NET, you've spelled your own day wrong...

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Students prepare for GCSE results

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Thousands of students across the country will discover their GCSE results this morning.

That includes West Bridgford's Josh Brown - a two-time British national skating champion.

However, Josh (pictured below) will have to grab his results after a competition in Sheffield.

Josh Brown
BBC

Your views: Forest to face Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger
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Mr Wenger looks less than impressed with some of your early predictions for next month's cup tie...

Christian Lee wrote: "I said in June Arsenal are doomed this season. And this looks like a game that could get embarrassing for them! But I suppose if Arsenal lose they will say they are concentrating on top 4."

Andy Ward said the City Ground clash would see the end of Wenger's 20-year tenure at Arsenal.

"Arsene Wengers last game in charge of the gunners right here," he confidently declared.

Forest to face the Gunners

BBC Sport

Two Frenchmen will battle it out from the City Ground dugout after last night's third-round League Cup draw paired Nottingham Forest with Arsenal. 

Philippe Montanier will take on Arsene Wenger's side on 20 September.

Baby 'has never left hospital'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

The six-month-old - who is in the care of Nottingham City Council - has a range of health problems and has never left hospital, a judge has heard.

Mr Justice Keehan is analysing evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London. He says the girl - who is being treated by medics who work for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - cannot be identified.