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  1. Up to 300 jobs under threat at food manufacturers
  2. Schools ban giant hair bows
  3. Reports of 'road rage' on the rise
  4. Lucky escape for Mini driver after fire
  5. Olympic bronze medallist competing again
  6. Updates for Thursday 2 March 2017

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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.

East Midlands weather update: Staying dry tonight

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and settled night with lows of 5C (41F). 


Schools ban giant hair bows

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Does "JoJo Bow" mean anything to you? 

I remember girls wearing the massive colourful bows in their hair in the 80s (yes, i am that old) but it seems the craze is back!

And now several schools are banning them because they breach uniform policies .

JoJo Bow
Claire's Accessories

Sawley Junior School in Nottinghamshire is one of those banning the accessory.

Your Questions: The Lady Bay mystery

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The chairman of the West Bridgford and District Local History Society, Peter Hammond, said this question is something a lot of people ask. 

"People have asked me before but I have never found out the answer or followed it up," he said. 

"It is intriguing to know where it came from."

Lady Bay bridge
Kate Jewell

If anyone has a definitive answer for us, then please  get in touch . It seems a lot of people out there - including me - would love to know!

Your Questions: Where does the name Lady Bay come from?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Martin Holodynsky used  Your Questions  to ask: Why is Lady Bay so named? 

He said he was prompted to get in touch because he is often asked by people visiting the area and "it is something I have often wondered myself".

Lady Bay

Having trawled the internet and made several calls to historians in the city, I'm afraid it is still a mystery where Lady Bay got its name from.

There are, however, several theories about its origins: 

  • That the medieval period Queen Isabella would moor her ships near this part of the River Trent and it was known as Our Lady's Bay
  • A chapel which stood on Trent Bridge in the 13th Century was dedicated to St Mary, which may have given the name Lady's Bay to a bend in the river   
  • A plot of land, now known as The Hook, was the pasture for a mare called Lady Bay    

Up to 300 jobs under threat at food manufacturers

BBC Radio Nottingham

Up to 300 jobs are under threat at Welcome Foods, a food manufacturers based in Huthwaite. 

It's after parent company, Bakkavor Foods, said it was unprofitable.

The firm said a 45-day consultation with staff and unions is underway, and if the site does close, as many staff as possible would be redeployed into a sister factory in Newark or across seven other sites in Lincolnshire.

Models in their 70s wanted for Nottingham fashion show

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's never too late to pursue your dream of becoming a model.

Charity Age UK is looking for two people in their 70s to  become models at the student fashions awards at St Mary's Church, Nottingham .

The event in June is going to be hosted by TV stylist Gok Wan.

Gok Wan
Getty Images

Sports Direct owner acquires struggling retailer

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The owner of Shirebrook-based Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, has acquired struggling retailer Agent Provocateur out of administration.

Mr Ashley is set to pick up the firm, which has 10 stores in the UK and employs about 600 people, via a pre-pack administration.

The Newcastle United Football Club owner is thought to have beaten off competition for the retailer from another private equity firm, Lion Capital. 

The amount paid by Mr Ashley is understood to be in the region of £25m. 

Mike Ashley

Concern over number of laser incidents at East Midlands Airport

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There have been 54 incidents involving laser pens and planes at East Midlands Airport last year, according to figures released by The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).

Bottom of a plane

BALPA have said they want tougher punishments for what they have called the "incredibly dangerous" act of shining lasers at planes. 

If you want to read more about how dangerous lasers are to planes,  this BBC News article from February 2016 is well worth a read.  

Nottingham Forest trio unfit for weekend's match

BBC Nottingham Sport

We're at the Nottingham Forest press conference.

Gary Brazil has told us neither Matt Mills, Michael Mancienne nor Jack Hobbs will be fit for the weekend. Brazil also confirmed an out-of-contract Greek goalkeeper has been training with them this week.

He also said a decision on the future of midfielder Jorge Grant is yet to be made.  

Gary Brazil

Police appeal for help to find missing girl, 15

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police have asked for help to find missing 15-year-old Shola Folorunso .

She was last seen at an address in the New Basford area of Nottingham at 18:40 on Tuesday.

Shola Folorunso
Nottinghamshire Police

Man arrested after police chase

Lisa Teanby

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

A man has been arrested after being pursued by police officers for an hour early this morning. 

Nottinghamshire Police said the 25-year-old failed to stop when requested to on Middleton Boulevard, Wollaton, at about 02:00 but was eventually stopped on the A38 near Sutton-in-Ashfield.

He's being questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving while under the influence of alcohol and theft of a car.

Travel: Burst water main causing delays

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There is slow traffic on the A52 between Bingham and Bottesford, at Grantham Road, because of a burst water main.

It has been reported that about 600m of carriageway has been affected by this leak.  

Watch: Dramatic car fire on Lowdham Road

Mrs Barker had been on her way to work at Newark Hospital when her car burst into flames. 

Lowdham Road has now reopened.

Lucky escape for driver of Mini

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I've just spoken to Lucie Barker - who was the driver of the car on fire on Lowdham Road this morning.

The 22-year-old, from Bakersfield, had a lucky escape after smoke started coming out of the bonnet of her Mini, before it burst into flames.

Burnt out Mini
Lucie Barker

She said: "I was stuck in a bit of traffic due to a broken down lorry and all of a sudden it just started smoking.

"I didn't know if it was overheating and then I got out and within minutes the car was ablaze. It was quite scary."

Pedestrian in hospital after Sutton crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you earlier about the closure of Station Road in Sutton-in-Ashfield because of an accident. 

Police have now released more details about it and said a pedestrian has been taken to hospital with serious injuries  after he was hit by a bicycle. 

The accident happened at about 05:45 and the cyclist was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

World Book Day: Girl, 8, eyes economics book

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I've just seen this tweet from Nottingham's Five Leaves Bookshop - that is one intelligent eight-year-old! 

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What is World Book Day?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

World Book Day is not just about fancy dress. It is designed to get children talking about their favourite books and encouraging them to read more. 

But a study today by the National Literacy Trust suggests that one in four children - aged between eight and 11 - say the first time they've owned a book was when they spent their World Book Day token.  

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Nick Smith, a teacher at Southwark Primary School in Basford, said his pupils had been looking forward to today but ultimately the day was about reading. 

He said it was still sometimes a challenge to get parents to read with their children.

World Book Day: Children getting into character

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Photos of children dressed as their favourite book characters are flooding into us now. 

Here's 10-year-old Rubie Woodcock, from Hollygirt School, dressed as a Gangsta Granny.

Rubie Woodcock
Nicola Ravenscroft

And here's Logan Jennings dressed as Cat in the Hat.

Logan Jennings
Katie Woolley

Lowdham car fire still causing travel disruption

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here is a photo of that car fire in Lowdham which is causing disruption between Lowdham and Gunthorpe. 

Lowdham Road is still closed between Main Street and Gunthorpe Road.

Car fire
Steve Gray

Watch: Sibley excited by lure of sixth title

BBC Sport

BBC Sport has taken a look at where and how Kelly Sibley has been training for this weekend's tournament.

Table tennis: Sibley eyes Nottingham home advantage

BBC Sport

England's number one female table tennis player Kelly Sibley will have home advantage as she  seeks a sixth national singles title this weekend.

The 28-year-old lives near the University of Nottingham's David Ross Sports Village, which is hosting the National Championships, and said she's ready to win the title back after losing it last year.

Kelly Sibley
Getty Images

Severe disruption: A6097 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A6097 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between Main Street and Gunthorpe Road.

A6097 Nottinghamshire - A6097 Lowdham Road in Gunthorpe closed and slow traffic northbound between the Main Street junction and the Gunthorpe Road junction, because of a car fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Travel: Car fire closes Lowdham road

BBC Travel

The A6097 Lowdham Road northbound is closed because of a car fire between Main Street and Gunthorpe Road. Traffic is slow in the area.

Olympian back training at first club

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Sam Oldham won his bronze when he was 19, making him the youngest member of the first British men's gymnastic team to win an Olympic medal since 1912.

Four years later, he failed to make the squad for Rio after a couple of serious injuries, despite thinking he'd got back to fitness in time to get a place.

Sam Oldham

Now Sam is back home training at the Notts Gymnastics Academy where he started his career.

'Famous Five' dress up for World Book Day

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's Dick and Julian from the Famous Five books - better known as Ged and Hal from Arnold - who are off on an adventure at school today.

Ged and Hal
Greig Watson

World Book Day: Carlton Spider-Girl to the rescue

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

And to carry on the superhero comic book theme, four-year-old Adreanna from Carlton has left for school as Spider-Girl today.

Khia Lewis-Todd

Keyworth Olympic gymnast makes return

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Keyworth’s London 2012 Olympic bronze medal winning gymnast, Sam Oldham, is back!

He is in action this weekend at the prestigious American Cup in New Jersey after he missed out on a place in the squad for the Rio Olympic Games through injury.

Among Sam's targets is winning British Championship gold as the build-up to Tokyo 2020 begins. 

'Culture change' responsible for road rage, police say

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Inspector Simon Blincow, from Nottinghamshire Police, said the increase in reports was down to a "change in culture".

He said the phrase was being used a lot more these days than many years ago, and with people using dashboard cameras and recording altercations on their mobile phones, it was easier for them to gather evidence. 

World Book Day: Superhero ready!

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Shaun Barr has tweeted us a photo of his son doing his best Superman impression ready for school today.

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Reports of 'road rage' in Nottinghamshire go up by a quarter

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Figures obtained by BBC Radio Nottingham have revealed reports of "road rage" in Nottinghamshire are on the rise.


Figures from Nottinghamshire Police show reports have gone up by a quarter in the last five years.

Since 2012, there have been nearly 2,000 reports on our roads - but just 5% of those resulted in a charge, conviction or fine. 

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a showery start to the day with scope for a few wintry flurries over higher ground.

However, the showers will clear - along with the cloud - allowing for some sunshine and blue sky.

World Book Day: Arnold brothers pick their favourite characters

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's Toby and George, from Arnold, who are also getting into the dressing up spirit.

Toby, seven, is dressed as Harry Potter and George, nine, is Arthur Dent from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Toby and George Heath
Neil Heath

World Book Day: Send us your photos

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Thousands of children across the country will be heading to school today dressed as their favourite book characters to mark World Book Day. 

Here's four-year-old Finn Ball-McQueen from Hollygirt School in Nottingham, who has made a homemade BFG outfit - complete with snozzcumber and dream blower.

Finn Ball-McQueen
Lindsay Ball-McQueen

If your child is dressing up today, send in your photos via email , Twitter  or message us on Facebook.

Travel: Accident closes Sutton road

BBC Travel

First thing to tell you about this morning...

Station Road in Sutton-in-Ashfield is closed in both directions because of an accident at the A38 Kings Mill Road East.  

Welcome to today's live updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Good morning and welcome to our updates for Thursday.

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