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  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 March 2017
  2. Council looks at cost of Broadmarsh car park demolition
  3. Sex offender arrested in Newark
  4. New cave discovered under Sneinton pub
  5. Royal Mail stops delivery to Bramcote street
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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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 and clear tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A dry night with clear spells. Remaining breezy.

Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).


TV show helps snare on-the-run rapist

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There's more from BBC News Online on the sex offender who was tracked down in Newark after dozens of responses to a television Crimewatch appeal.

Det Insp Yvonne Dutson from Durham Constabulary, where the crimes took place, said: "This a fantastic result and due entirely to the calls we had following the appeal on Crimewatch.

"We understand Hauxwell had been living at the address in Newark for several months, without anyone knowing his true identity."

Lisa Hauxwell
Durham Constabulary

Hospitals warn visitors to stay away for 72 hours after illness

Nottingham Post

Members of the public are being told not to visit any of Nottingham's hospitals for three days after they are ill in order to help prevent the spread of Norovirus. 

The Nottingham University Hospitals Trust says the winter vomiting bug has hit several wards and said any visitors who have suffered vomiting or diarrhoea should stay away for at least 72 hours after their symptoms have gone.

Travel: Rush hour delays

BBC News Travel

A few things to tell you about this evening:

  • The lights are still stuck on red on Wilkinson Street, New Basford which is causing some traffic in both directions
  • There's slow traffic on the M1 southbound at J25 (Brian Clough Way) because of an earlier accident

Cave discovery thought to be 19th Century pub cellar

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've been talking a lot about caves today. 

Here's another one that has been discovered on a building site on Lower Parliament Street. 

One of my colleagues went down to take a look - you can even spot bottles on the shelf of what's thought to be a cellar of a 19th Century pub.

New cave discovered on building site

Boy, 13, reported missing

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Harvey Hollingworth, 13, was reported missing from Basford at about 20:45 last night. 

Police have asked for anyone who knows where he is to get in touch with them.

Harvey Hollingsworth
Nottinghamshire Police

Chris Leslie: Brexit 'looming hurricane'

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie has called Brexit a "looming hurricane on the horizon" and it's not mentioned in the Budget speech.

The MP said the 5,100 self employed people in his constituency will see the "break in promise" not to increase National Insurance contributions, which he says "will make lives precarious".

Travel: M1 lane blocked

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Travel: Traffic lights out in Basford

Postman refuses to deliver post because of 'threatening dog'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Royal Mail is no longer delivering post to one street in Bramcote because staff say a dog in one of the houses is too aggressive. 

Deliveries stopped to the six houses on Dormy Close in December after a postie was chased by the loose dog, and residents now have to collect their mail each day from the local post office.

Dormy Close

The Royal Mail says they will continue delivering post to people's houses there once the dog is secured and no longer tries to attack their staff.

There's a photo of Missy the dog in the Nottingham Post  and owner Derek Read told me: "She's a sheepdog. If she was a rottweiler or bull terrier it would be different, but she's not.

"I have tried to interact him [the postman] with the dog but he won't."

Business leaders gather for budget speech

Hannah Meredith

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Business leaders from across the East Midlands have gathered at PwC at Castle Donington to listen to Philip Hammond's first budget...

Business leaders from across the East Midlands

Nottingham skater sets her sights on gold

BBC Nottingham Sport

Team GB's Short Track Speed Skating team, who are based at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, are in the Netherlands this week aiming for World Championship glory.

Before they flew out we spoke to one of the sport's major stars, Elise Christie, who was in blistering form - winning medals galore - before having to recover from a nasty bout of concussion. 

Now though, she says she's fully recovered and is aiming for gold in Rotterdam.

Elise Christie
Getty Images

Weather update: Staying dry this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Staying mainly dry and cloudy with a few brighter and sunnier spells developing with top temperatures of 12C (54F). 

Just the risk of an isolated shower across southern parts later.

Snake found abandoned in plastic box

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A boa constrictor found abandoned in a plastic box in St Ann's - along with a dead gerbil - has had to be put down.

The RSPCA said a member of the public found the snake, which had shed its skin in the box, in Little John Walk.

boa snake

The snake was surrounded by a brown sludge and was found to have a respiratory infection and an abscess on its head.  

RSPCA inspector Laura Kirkham said they are appealing for information. 

"Very sadly, many people buy exotic pets without thinking through the responsibility first and with little or no idea of how difficult they are to care for, which as a result can lead to them being abandoned in a callous way like this," she said.

"Ultimately it is the animal that suffers after the novelty wears off."

Sex offender arrested after months on the run

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A sex offender who who has been on the run since last year has been arrested in Newark after a nationwide appeal, including on BBC Crimewatch on Monday.

Craig Hauxwell, 48, who also goes by the name of Lisa Hauxwell and is originally from Darlington, had been convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison in his absence in November for historic sex offences. 

Lisa / Craig Hauxwell
Durham Constabulary

He was arrested last night in Newark where he had been living after police received several calls from members of the public after the Crimewatch appeal.

Nottinghamshire Police said he was now being taken back up north to start his prison sentence. 

Men stabbed in Bestwood

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two men were taken to hospital on Monday night after they were stabbed during an assault in Bestwood.

The 30-year-old and 26-year-old were attacked in Oxengate at 23:00. 

They were taken to the QMC where police said they were in a "serious but stable" condition.

Watch: New cave to be unveiled under city pub

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Speaking of caves, here's how work is being done to dig out a newly discovered cave underneath a pub in Sneinton.

Your questions: What does the city's cave network look like?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sonal Marner used Your Questions to ask: What would the cave system look like if it was mapped in its entirety to the outskirts, including for example, Wollaton Park?

We put the question to the city council's archaeologist Scott Lomax who said there isn't just one cave system across Nottingham, but in fact hundreds of cave complexes. 

He said the caves have never been joined together but here is a map of them across the city.

Caves map
Nottingham City Historic Environment Record

He said the main concentration of caves is in the city centre, around the medieval town (between Parliament Street and Castle Boulevard / Canal Street). 

He added: "Caves do, however, extend out of the city centre, predominantly along roads including Mansfield Road, Derby Road and Alfreton Road, reflecting post-medieval and modern development of the city. 

"There are some caves in suburban areas such as Old Basford, Sherwood, The Park, Sneinton and St Ann's. There is one cave beneath Wollaton Hall."

Mr Lomax said more caves were being discovered all the time so the above map will change.

Travel: Delays on the trains

Progress being made in shopping centre development

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's not yet clear when the council will make its decision on the Broadmarsh car park and bus station, but if demolition is approved, it could start by June this year and take five months.

Mr Chapman said the council is also keen to push the Broadmarsh shopping centre development.


He said: "We are fed up it has taken 15 years to negotiate with different owners and different people but we are gradually getting there. 

"We are showing a great deal of focus and we are doing our best... we have been pushing."

Rail strike: Northern publishes revised timetable

Train operator Northern has published details of its revised timetable which is due to operate during industrial action on Monday 13 March.

Northern train
El Pollock

The RMT union announced strike action last month in a dispute over plans to bring in more driver-only-operated trains.  

Northern says it expects to run approximately 980 services, or about 40% of its normal timetable on many, but not all, of its routes in the north of England.

All services are expected to be extremely busy and the firm's advising customers to give themselves extra time to travel and consider whether their journey is necessary.

Richard Allan, Northern's deputy managing director, says: "We've focused our planning efforts on maintaining a train service on our busier routes between 07:00 and 19:00, and are looking to provide replacement bus services on some routes where trains won't run."

Council looking into costs of Broadmarsh redevelopment

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There are few people I've met who like the 1970s Broadmarsh building.

Graham Chapman, deputy leader of the city council says they have two options because it depends on cost and the structure of the building, which is being decided by engineers at the moment.

Broadmarsh car park

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I would prefer to demolish it because it isn't the most beautiful building, but we will have to think about cost... and the effect on traffic. 

"Whatever we decide to do, it's not going to be easy."

Could changes be coming to Broadmarsh?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you yesterday the city council has submitted plans to potentially demolish the Broadmarsh car park and bus station this summer.

A second option for the site is to redevelop the existing buildings. 


We'll hear more from the council and their plans for the shopping centre this morning.

Watch: Today's weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of dry weather around through the day with some occasional bright spells. 

However there will also be a couple of isolated showers to look out for through the middle of the day, particularly in further southern areas. Highs of 11C (52F)

Travel: Lane blocked on A52

BBC News Travel

One lane is blocked on the A52 Brian Clough Way eastbound because of a broken down car.

It is blocked between Victoria Avenue and the M1 junction.

Join us for today's updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's news, sport and travel updates for Nottinghamshire. 

We'll have more news on the plans to knock down the Broadmarsh car park and bus station and of a postman refusing to deliver to one Nottingham street because of an aggressive dog.