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  1. Mansfield Town criticised for name of female promotional staff
  2. Taxi drivers could be penalised by council under new proposed penalty system
  3. Firefighters have been tackling a fire at Blidworth overnight
  4. Dan Evans who trains in Nottingham is through to third round of US Open
  5. Updates for Friday 2 September 2016

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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: Staying dry tonight

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

It's staying dry through the evening with cloud continuing to break for late spells of sunshine, this then leading to a dry night with clear spells. 


Assombalonga signs Forest deal to 2021

BBC Sport

Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga has signed a new five-year contract.

The 23 year old missed most of last season with a knee injury.

Britt Assombalonga
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Family plan how to spend winnings

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Brown family, from Eastwood, have won £1m and a commemorative gold medal.

David Brown, 61, said the first thing he would do is retire, while his wife Yvonne, 59, plans to spend more time at her allotment.

Daughter Becky said she would pay off her mortgage and Julie said she is putting together a long list.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Brown family are lucky lottery winners

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I told you earlier about a family from Nottingham who had won £1m in a special Olympics Lottery draw.

We can now reveal who the lucky people are.

Brown family
The National Lottery

They're David and Yvonne Brown and their daughters Becky and Julie, who are all sharing the money equally.

Burke funds 'will be reinvested'

BBC Sport

Were you one of the Forest fans wondering where the money from the sale of Oliver Burke went?

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has reiterated the £13m will be reinvested in the club and says they could still spend in January or on a new facility.

Fawaz Al-Hasawi
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Travel: M1 delays

BBC Travel

Traffic is being slowed down on the M1 northbound between junctions 25 and 26 because of an "incident".

Football boss in 'One Call Girl' row

There's more in this article from Carolyn Radford, chief executive at Mansfield Town who has denied accusations that the club's use of promotional workers - known as "One Call Girls" - is sexist.

Carolyn Radford and husband John Radford
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Baby girl died 'peacefully in mum's arms'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Doctors had argued the burdens that continued treatment would place on the little girl, who cannot be identified, outweighed any benefits, and they wanted to move her to a palliative care regime.

She had been born 14 weeks premature and had suffered brain damage during birth - which meant she would have no meaningful sight, would not be able to communicate, would have no significant voluntary muscle movement and would not be able to feed herself or enjoy food.

A lawyer involved in the case said she had died "peacefully in her mother's arms".

Seriously ill baby dies after High Court ruling

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Some sad news now, 

A seriously-ill baby who doctors said did not seem able to smile has died after a High Court judge ruled that medics could stop providing life-support treatment.

The little girl, who was six-months-old and in local authority care, had a range of health problems and had never left Nottingham City Hospital. She died on Wednesday.

New tram bridge could be built by next year

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The tram started dropping passengers at the QMC a year ago, with 98,000 trams passing through there since then.

It is thought the QMC is the only one in the country with a direct tram, but still passengers have a lengthy walk to get to where they want to go.

The city council is yet to set a date for the meeting to discuss the plans but, if given the go ahead, it's hoped the development will be complete by summer 2017.

Plans submitted for new hospital footbridge

Rebecca Brice

BBC Radio Nottingham

Plans have been submitted to build a new footbridge for patients arriving by tram at the Queens Medical Centre.

It would give passengers direct access to the hospital rather than having to walk around hospital buildings.


The planning application includes 10 design options for improving access; from using a bridge directly from the tram stop into the hospital, to redeveloping an existing bridge which would lead into the south block.

Checking for pollution after fire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Paul Reeves from the Environment Agency said they had been contacted after the fire at Blidworth last night.

He said considerable amounts of fire water had been used by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue and they were checking nearby ponds and streams for potential water pollution.

Contamination concern after Blidworth fire

Sexism row over Mansfield's 'One Call Girls'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We were talking about the One Call Insurance Girls at Mansfield Town earlier and we now have a photo of one of them to show you.

Here's an idea of the outfits some of the women wear.

One Call Insurance Girls
John Sumpter

Al-Hasawi says Montanier could've spent more

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

In case you missed it, here's my interview with Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi yesterday.

Man in court over teenager's death

Steve Beech

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A man from Newark has denied murdering a teenage girl.

James Morton, 23, is charged with killing 16-year-old Hannah Pearson who died in hospital after emergency crews were called to an address in Newark in July.

A judge at Nottingham Crown Court remanded Mr Morton into custody until his trial next January.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Mansfield Town's chief executive has defended the use of female promotional staff and says their name was not intended to be demeaning 
  • Taxi drivers in the city could soon be punished using a penalty system if council plans go ahead
  • Sprinter Richard Whitehead has been selected as captain of Team GB's athletics team at next week's Rio Paralympics

Have you seen missing teenager?

Have you seen missing 15-year-old Amakii Spence?

He was last seen by his mother at his home in St Anns on Tuesday 9 August and had also been living with his grandad in Aspley.  

Amakii Spence
Nottinghamshire Police

Family win £1m in Olympics lottery draw

BBC Radio Nottingham

A Nottingham family have been confirmed as one of the £1m lottery winners in last Saturday's special draw to celebrate the Olympic success of Team GB.

On top of the usual Lotto draw, 67 additional prizes were up for grabs to mark the number of medals won by British competitors. 

The local family - who haven't been named - will receive their prize and a Lotto Gold medal at a ceremony at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont later today.  

Promotional women nothing new, says boss

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mrs Radford said female promotional staff had been used at the club for almost six years and wasn't anything unusual compared to other football clubs and sports such as motor racing and boxing.

She said all the women were employees of One Call Insurance, so were not employed just for promotion work.

Club boss defends use of promotional staff

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Carolyn Radford, chief executive of Mansfield Town, and wife of the owner of One Call Insurance, said the tabloids had picked up the story from a tweet where someone didn't mention the word Insurance in their name.

Carolyn Radford

She said: "I have experienced sexism in football and there is no way I would condone sexist behaviour at the club.

"We are not trying to demean women whatsoever and women have a place in my stadium - the One Call Stadium."

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Mansfield Town says it is not a sexist club after receiving criticism for the name of its match day promotional staff
  • Taxi drivers in Nottingham could face penalty points or have their licences revoked if a new system is introduced by the council
  • Sprinter Richard Whitehead has been picked as the captain of Team GB's athletics team at the Rio Paralympics

Ground getting busy ahead of Durham v Notts

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

The Chester-le-Street ground is a buzz of activity ahead of play. 

Could be a massive day in store for Notts. 


Travel: Roadworks causing delays

BBC Travel

Roadworks on the A57 in Worksop are causing long delays at the junction with the A60 Mansfield Road.

Campaigner thinks name was intentional

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Lisa Clarke from the Nottingham, who is part of the No More Page 3 campaign, said while the outfits - full-length tight catsuits - were not particularly the most revealing, women were still being sexualised.

"I refuse to think for one minute the board didn't think about the second meaning of that name [One Call Girls]. I think it was intentional."  

Lisa Clarke
Lisa Clarke

Whitehead gets captain title

Nottinghamshire sprinter Richard Whitehead has been selected as captain of Team GB's athletics team at the Rio Paralympics which start next week.

Richard Whtehead
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Canning Circus fire was accidental, says fire service

Nottingham Post

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service says a fire at a derelict shop in Canning Circus last week was "most likely" started accidentally from either a candle or smoking material by someone starting a fire to stay warm.

One Call name is everywhere

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We cannot ignore that obviously the ground where Mansfield Town play is the One Call Stadium.

Anger at Mansfield 'call girls' tag

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you're a regular at Mansfield Town home games you will be used to seeing women dressed in tight lycra catsuits handing our beer vouchers with the club sponsors One Call Insurance written on them.

Their name has sometimes been abbreviated to One Call Girls, which some people say is like comparing them to prostitutes.

One Call stadium

People in Mansfield have mixed views about the name, with some saying it is harmless and just promoting the club sponsors, while others say it is degrading.

Libby helps give Notts the edge

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Jake Libby hit a career best of 144 for Nottinghamshire against Durham on the second day at Chester-le-Street yesterday as Notts were bowled out for 313.

He said: "I was delighted with how the day went. It was the kind of pitch you can score on but I was just trying to be positive in my game."

Jake Libby
Nottinghamshire CC

Durham will resume today on 83-3, a lead of 14.      

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Mansfield Town has been accused of sexism for its use of women as promotional staff
  • Taxi drivers in Nottingham could face penalty points or have their licences revoked if proposals for a new council penalty system get the go-ahead.
  • Cricket: Jake Libby had a great game yesterday as he hit a career best of 144 against Durham

Mansfield's promotional girls criticised

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

You might have seen it in some of the tabloids already but there's been criticism of Mansfield Town's use of female promotional staff - called the One Call Insurance Girls - at matches.

We'll hear this morning from someone who says the name is demeaning, and also from the club itself.

City tennis player heads further into US Open

David Jackson

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

Good news for a local sportsman.

Dan Evans, who trains at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, has made it into the third round of the US Open.

Dan Evans
Getty Images

He joins Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund - making it the first time since 1968 that three British men have gone that far into the tournament.