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  1. Child, 7, has BB gun seized at school
  2. Serious accident closes the A1
  3. Ex-social worker gives evidence in child migrant abuse inquiry
  4. Activity centre plans for former Clipstone Colliery site
  5. Watson Fothergill building still damaged two years after crash
  6. Updates for Thursday 9 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: A dry and chilly night

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and chilly night, with clear spells and light winds. However, cloud will gradually increase by the early hours.


Sherwood Forest included in £392m 'Midlands Engine' plan

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sherwood Forest is to receive investment as part of a the Midlands Engine scheme, which sets out a £392m government investment  to maximise the potential of the Midlands.

The plans will see £500,000 being spent on a new visitor centre at the Nottinghamshire attraction and improvements to existing walking and cycle routes.

Sherwood Forest
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Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement today in Dudley and said money would also go towards other projects in the East and West Midlands, including a £6m regeneration of Derby city centre and improvements to road connections around Loughborough.

Watch: Frank Bruno visits Nottingham boxing school

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Boxer Frank Bruno has been in Nottingham today.

He visited the School of Boxing which is run by the winner of the BBC Sports Personality's Unsung Hero award, Marcellus Baz

The school is currently trying to raise money for a permanent home.

Travel: A1 northbound still closed

BBC News Travel

Just a reminder that the A1 northbound near Newark is still closed after this morning's accident. 

There are several diversions in place and traffic has been heavy all day so avoid the area if you can.

Your photos: Did anyone see the sundog?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I've just been told by BBC Weather presenter Sara Blizzard that this colourful cloud in the sky is officially known as a sundog. 

I was too slow to try and get a picture of it from outside our offices just now, but one of our Weather Watchers was on the ball and took this over East Leake. 

East LEake
Maggie T.

Man denies illegal fox hunting

James Roberson

Reporter, East Midlands Today

A man has denied that he and two other members of a north Nottinghamshire hunt were engaged in illegal fox hunting last year. Peter White, from the Grove and Rufford Hunt, along with huntsman Paul Larby and "whipper-in" Jane Wright, are all on trial at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.  

hunt group trial

Mr White told the court they were carrying out a legal trail hunt in January 2016. 

He said a fox suddenly appeared and was killed by the hounds in 40 seconds before the hunt's officers could stop them. 

The trial continues.

Tram named after hospital fundraisers

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A Nottingham couple who set up a charity to create bereavement suites on maternity wards in the city have had a tram named after them. 

Richard and Michelle Daniels set up Forever Stars in 2013 after their daughter Emily was stillborn. 

Richard and Michelle Daniels

They raised £100,000 for a specialist area at the Queen's Medical Centre and plan to open a second suite for bereaved parents at the City Hospital.    

At the unveiling earlier today, Mrs Daniels, said: "We are so proud of what we have achieved and we want to say an incredible thank you to people who have been involved, donated their time and support, and [to the] donations we have received."

Hales makes impressive return after injury

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales is in good form on his first game back with England after injury. 

He's currently on 89 not out. 

BBC Sport has a West Indies v England live page for all the latest updates.

Alex Hales
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A1 crash: Southbound carriageway reopens

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A1 crash: Man airlifted to hospital

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following the crash on the A1 near Newark. 

Nottinghamshire Police have now told us six vehicles were involved and the man had been cut out from one of those before being flown to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.

The A1 remains closed in both directions and is now not expected to reopen until 20:00 tonight.

A1 crash

Mancienne back in training

BBC Nottingham Sport

Gary Brazil confirms Michael Mancienne returned to training today and is in contention for playing on Saturday, along with Chris Cohen and Armand Traore.

Gary Brazil

A1 crash: Road remains closed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Highways England says the A1 remains closed in both directions. 

They had initially said they expected to reopen the road by 13:30 but it said investigations were continuing after this morning's crash.

Building work ongoing at Trent Bridge

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

I popped into Trent Bridge yesterday to check out the work being done to revamp the ground. 

A lot of graft is still going on at the Radcliffe Road End... and ground staff are hard at it as well. 

It won't be long until it is all ready!  

Trent Bridge

Hearing told child migrants were stripped of identity

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

Dr Margaret Humphreys, founder of the Child Migrant Trust, has described the ritual dehumanisation and stripping of identity for many of the child migrants.

She said some of them felt they were being sent abroad because they were about to report the sexual abuse they faced here.

Man absconds from prison 'while working outside fence'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A prisoner has absconded from Ranby Prison in Retford , Nottinghamshire.

Matthew Rooney, 36, from Leicestershire, disappeared between 12:00 and 15:00 yesterday while working outside the perimeter fence. 

Nottinghamshire Police said he "does not pose a threat to the public."

Matthew Rooney
Nottinghamshire Police

Child, 7, has BB gun seized at school

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A seven-year-old who took a BB gun into school has had it seized by police.

Berridge Police, which covers Forest Fields, New Basford and Sherwood Rise, said the gun was seized by officers at a primary school.

BB Gun in primary school
Nottinghamshire Police

Posting on their Facebook page, officers said while it only fires small pellets, the gun could have been perceived as a real firearm. 

They wrote: "Not only does this have no place in a school, it shouldn't be in the possession of a seven-year-old, and furthermore; what need is there for anyone to have one at all?

"The item is very convincing, and under different circumstances; could have been perceived to be a real firearm." 

Activity centre plans for former Clipstone Colliery site

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

An " Eden Project style plan " has been submitted for the former Clipstone Colliery site.

Those behind the plan want to use the Grade-II listed headstocks - believed to be the tallest ever built - as the centrepiece for an activity centre with a 100mph zip wire, tethered parachute jumps and indoor skydiving.

Save Clipstone Colliery Headstocks

The Save Clipstone Colliery Headstocks group has spent years building support for plans to convert the surviving buildings into a sports and leisure hub and are now applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Denise Barraclough, from the group, said: "This has the potential to be a major part of a big tourist offering in the East Midlands, it has been compared to an Eden Project for the East Midlands." 

A1 crash: Person trapped in wreckage

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire Police has said  firefighters are still working to rescue someone trapped in the wreckage of the crash on the A1. 

The force has also appealed for anyone who saw the crash to come forward with information.

Ex-social worker gives evidence in child migrant abuse inquiry

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

Former Nottinghamshire social worker, Dr Margaret Humphreys, has begun giving evidence about the abuse of British child migrants at the Independent Inquiry into Sexual Abuse.

She's described it as "the most catastrophic child abuse scandal within living memory" and says child migrants were deported to the Commonwealth and subjected to torture, rape and slavery.

Margaret Humphreys

Dr Humphreys added: "Look at the violations. Kidnapping. Sexual abuse before they were sent. Unlawful rapes. Living in constant terror."

She told the inquiry there was collusion and cover-ups, and records of child migrants in Rhodesia were deliberately destroyed. 

It is day eight of the hearing and you can  follow the inquiry here.

Listen: EMAS paramedic has taken time off for stress - twice

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Current East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) paramedic Alan Brooks has been in his job for 21 years and has had to take time off for stress twice.

He said at times, staff did not get their meal breaks until "nine, 10, 11 hours" into their 12-hour shifts which was one contributor to stress.

Commuter describes A1 scene as 'absolute havoc'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's a photo of the crash scene on the A1.

The accident happened at about 07:55 on the northbound carriageway.

A1 crash
Lincolnshire Live

One commuter told Lincolnshire Live said: "It's absolute havoc. The crash is just to the south of the bridge where the A46 goes over the A1 and police have stopped both southbound and northbound traffic.

"I didn't see any of the vehicles move an inch. People are going to be stuck in it for a while. Hopefully no-one is badly hurt."

Travel: A1 to stay closed until this afternoon

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Road traffic website Inrix has reported one of the lorries involved in the crash was carrying a shipping container. 

Police have not yet given any details of injuries.

Highways England said the crash is expected to be cleared between 13:15 and 13:30 this afternoon.  

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Force follows in Nottinghamshire's footsteps

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

North Yorkshire Police has followed in the footsteps of Nottinghamshire Police by beginning to  treat misogyny as a hate crime.

Last year, our force announced it was to become the first in the UK to record verbal abuse and unwanted sexual advances towards women as a hate crime.


Supt Mark Khan, North Yorkshire's lead officer for hate crime, said they made the move in response to concerns raised by women on a youth commission panel. 

Chilwell boxer hoping for major titles

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Chilwell boxer Jamie Williams is already Midlands flyweight champion. 

This Saturday, he will join a host of local fighters at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Bilborough for the British Challenge belt.

Jamie is hoping this weekend's event will lead to major titles.    

Delays continue on A1

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Anniversary of Pierre van Hooijdonk signing remembered

BBC Nottingham Sport

A bit of football trivia for you.

On this day 20 years ago, Nottingham Forest signed Pierre van Hooijdonk. 

He scored 41 goals in 77 games, and infamously went on strike in 1998.  

Pierre van Hooijdonk

Travel: Air ambulance at crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Highways England has details of the diversions in place because of the A1 closure.

The air ambulance are now also at the scene.

People urged to avoid A1

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The fire service is also at the scene of the A1 crash. Motorists have been told to avoid the area. 

View more on twitter

Police: A1 will stay shut for 'several hours'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Traffic and travel: A1 closed after crash

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The A1 is closed in both directions at Newark at the A46/A17 turn off for Lincoln and Sleaford. 

There's been an accident on the northbound carriageway but one of the lorries involved has overturned across the central reservation.

Police say the road will be closed for several hours.

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Travel: A1 now closed in both directions

BBC News Travel

The A1 is now closed in both directions between Beckingham Road and the A46.

The accident happened on the northbound carriageway and involved two lorries, a van and several other vehicles. One of the lorries has overturned and crashed into the central reservation.

It has caused problems to both sides of the carriageway.

Highways England

Legal issues holding back repair of damaged building

Dominic Johnson

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter

The Watson Fothergill offices on George Street are an example of amazing architecture.

But do you see the damage, just above the fence there?

The building was hit by a truck in July 2015, and the damage has still not been fixed.

Watson Fothergill

Complex legal and insurance wranglings mean work to repair the building is yet to start.

The building's owners are currently awaiting permission for a team of specialists to inspect it.

Watch: Fothergill has more than 100 buildings in county

Dominic Johnson

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter

Mr Fothergill was born in Mansfield in 1841 and designed more than 100 buildings around Nottinghamshire.

His breakthrough as an architect came when he won a competition to design Nottingham's Temperance Hall, the original Albert Hall, which was his first building of size and significance.

Can you recognise a Fothergill building?

Dominic Johnson

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter

Watson Fothergill. Do you know who he is?

I'm checking up on some of his buildings today and this one is in Nottingham's Market Square.

Fothergill buildings

Another, in George Street, was damaged two years ago and still hasn't been fixed.  

Rise in number of region's ambulance staff off with stress

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The number of ambulance staff in the East Midlands taking time off due to stress and mental health problems has almost doubled in the past five years. 

AFP/Getty Images

Figures obtained by BBC Radio Leicester found that 518 members of staff were off with stress and mental health issues in 2015/16.

This compares with 271 members of staff for the same reasons in 2011/12.

The union UNISON has said this rise in the number of people going off with stress is because of extra targets and a lack of resources.      


But East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has said it is doing all it can to support staff.

"We are committed to improving the level of support provided to staff who may experience stress and have introduced measures to ensure that help is provided as promptly as possible," an EMAS spokesman said. 

Severe accident: A1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, between Beckingham Road and A17 affecting B6326 Balderton.

A1 Nottinghamshire - A1 in Newark closed, severe delays and queuing traffic northbound between Coddington Turn Off and Newark Showground, because of a serious accident involving two lorries, a van and several other vehicles. Diversion in operation - via Beckingham Road through Coddington, and the A17 towards Newark Showground. Congestion to Balderton.

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

Travel: Slow traffic this morning

BBC News Travel

There's nothing major on the roads to tell you about this morning, but there is a lot of heavy rush-hour traffic on several routes, particularly on the A52 in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Clifton Boulevard, Bramcote and along Western Boulevard.

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Expect scattered cloud with bright and sunny spells throughout the day. It will feel mild with highs of 13C (55F).

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's a beautiful, sunny morning and I'm at the helm, bringing you the news, travel, weather and sport for Nottinghamshire today.

As always, you can get in touch with any of the stories we discuss today via email, Facebook or Twitter .