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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 10 March 2017
  2. Man, 52, dies in six-vehicle A1 crash
  3. Driver's fine overturned because of 'unclear' signs
  4. QMC helipad plans approved
  5. New acts announced for Splendour Festival
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Sandish Shoker

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 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

East Midlands weather update: Cloudy and dry tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy and mainly dry again tonight. Clear spells will develop overnight with a risk of isolated fog patches.

weather
BBC

Most fires were 'relatively minor'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The figures showed that in some months the fire service were called up to 10 or 11 times to Nottingham Prison.

Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah, said: "The definition of fire incidents is not reserved for deliberate acts of arson; it also covers a wide range of circumstances including accidental fires.

"Although the fire service routinely attend fire incidents in prisons, the majority are relatively minor in their nature."

HMP Nottingham 'had one of highest amount of fires in country'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

New figures have revealed HMP Nottingham had one of the highest numbers of fires in jails in the country last year. 

There were 78 blazes recorded at the Perry Road site which included fires started deliberately as well as accidental fires.

Nottingham Prison
PA

The figures were revealed in a Parliamentary answer to a question by Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader.

Nottingham was third in the list, with Thameside Prison in south-east London recording 101 fires last year and Birmingham recording 82.

BreakingMan arrested after A1 fatal crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the crash on the A1 near Newark yesterday.

Police said the driver of one of the vehicles was pronounced dead at the scene following the six-vehicle accident. 

A1 crash
Lincolnshire Live

One other man was airlifted to hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries, and four other people were treated for minor injuries.

The crash happened at 07:55 on the northbound carriageway, causing long delays throughout the day and saw a section of it closed until this morning.  

Woman shares her transplant story

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

Janet Tilford from Hucknall was on the organ donor register for 40 years and never dreamt she would one day need a liver transplant herself.

She now promotes organ donation and talks to groups around Nottinghamshire about her powerful transplant story.

And she's been speaking to me about it today.

Janet Tilford
BBC

Wife of terror attack victim wants better travel warnings

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The widow of a man who died in the Tunisia terror attack in June 2015 says tour operators should do more to warn travellers of the risks before they book a holiday.

John Stollery, a former Nottinghamshire social worker, was shot dead in the attack while on holiday with his wife Cheryl and their son.

Last month a coroner ruled the victims were "unlawfully killed" by a gunman and rejected a finding of neglect against the tour firms and the hotel. 

John Stollery
Stollery family

But Cheryl Stollery from Walesby told BBC Radio Nottingham there should be better communication between the foreign office and travel agents and "kite marks" for hotels which guarantee minimum safety standards.

She said: "I needed more in depth information about what was happening and why we would've been at risk....If that had been reported to me we wouldn't have put ourselves at risk."

Tour operator TUI said it has already taken steps to raise awareness of the Travel Aware campaign.

Hospital helipad could be functional by next year

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

BBC News online has more on plans to build a helipad at the QMC. 

It will be funded by a £2.5m donation from the Nottingham Hospitals Charity and a £700,000 investment from the Nottinghamshire University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Artists impression of a helipad
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Thousands of fake goods with a retail value of £1m seized at airport

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Thousands of fake items have been seized during a crack down on counterfeit goods by Border Force officers at East Midlands Airport.

Over 8,000 items were confiscated in three days which included make up, fake trainers, electrical items and designer handbags.

Border Force officers said if genuine, the goods would have an estimated retail value of over £1m.   

Fake items seized
Home Office
Fake items seized
Home Office

Burst water main in Brinsley

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

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The burst water main is at the junction of Main Road and Brinsley Hill.

Severn Trent said its engineers were at the scene.

Your photos: Sunrise over Nottingham

BBC Weather Watchers

Was anyone else up early enough to spot the lovely sunrise this morning?

Here's one of our Weather Watcher's pictures over Arnold.

Arnold sunrise
Krestar

Should we have more rooftop gardens?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A week of BBC stories has explored the different ways people are trying to make the air cleaner.

The  SoICanBreathe  project asked for people's stories about the steps they're taking and suggestions to make a difference to air pollution.  

rooftop garden
Getty Images

Ema Gleaden, 24, from Nottingham suggested we should create more rooftop gardens with restaurants creating their own herb gardens and using compost bins.

She said she wanted to do a part time course in horticulture so she could create green spaces in residential and industrial areas. 

Tim Pryce at the Carbon Trust said: "There are many reasons to encourage tree planting and rooftop gardens, they help clean the air, support urban wildlife and create better living spaces."  

Notts debt is a 'big challenge' says chairman

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Notts County chairman Alan Hardy told fans at a Q&A last night that reducing the club’s £4m debt is among his biggest challenges.

He says the club is currently running at a loss of £1.6m annually.

Meadow Lane
Getty Images

Helipad will be on stilts

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's how the helipad would look.

Andrew Chatten, from the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said there was still "much to do" but getting the formal planning approval was an "important milestone".

Helipad
Nottingham University Hospitals
helipad
Nottingham University Hospitals

Severe accident: A52 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A52 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, around A6011 Radcliffe Road affecting A606 Melton Road.

A52 Nottinghamshire - A52 Gamston Lings Bar Road in Gamston closed and very slow traffic in both directions around the A6011 Radcliffe Road junction, because of an accident involving lorry and three vehicles. Congestion to Wheatcroft Island.

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

Long running campaign for helipad nears completion

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There has been a long campaign to get a helipad at the QMC.

At the moment air ambulance currently lands on a helipad at Highfields Park a mile away before transferring patients by road to the QMC's Major Trauma Unit. 

Back in 2014 the hospital  launched its helipad charity appeal in 2014 and has since raised £2.5m to go towards the landing pad.

air ambulance
BBC

Then in 2015 a plan to put the helipad on top of a multi-storey car park was approved but those plans fell through when a study found the proposals were not suitable for the location.

The hospital trust said the latest plans would see the helipad "on stilts" above an existing ground-level car park to the south side of the hospital.

Peregrine watches over the city

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's a great picture of a peregrine falcon perched on the edge of Nottingham Trent University's Newton building peering over Nottingham city centre this morning. 

The university has a live webcam showing footage of a family of peregrines at the top of the Newton and Arkwright buildings.

Peregrine
NTU / Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Notts County on lookout for new training ground

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Notts County are on the lookout for a six-acre patch of land to develop a new training ground, according to chairman Alan Hardy. 

Meanwhile an indoor training school is also to be developed at Meadow Lane.

Alan Hardy
BBC

Queen's Medical Centre helipad gets the go-ahead

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Proposals for a new helipad above a car park at a Nottingham hospital has been given planning approval.

Queen's Medical Centre
PA

Hospital bosses said it was "an important milestone" in a £3.2m project to cut patient handover times at Queen's Medical Centre. 

Nottinghamshire University Hospitals NHS Trust said the helipad could reduce patient transfers by up to 10 minutes. 

It is hoped the helipad will be in use from early 2018.   

New acts added to Splendour line-up

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

New acts have been announced for this year's Splendour Festival.

Organisers said Billy Ocean, Tony Hadley and Busted had now been added to the line-up for the festival at Wollaton Park in July.

Billy Ocean
BBC

The acts will join headliners Kaiser Chiefs as well as Shaun Ryder's band Black Grape and local singer Georgie who has previously supported Jake Bugg on his UK tour.

Watch: Today's weather outlook

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It’ll be cloudy with the chance of light, patchy drizzle although it will be mostly dry.

There may be some brightness where the cloud breaks a little. Highs of 11C (52F).

Council wanted 'clarification' on signs

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottingham City Council said they brought Mr Sattar's case themselves because they wanted to understand whether they could leave the signs as they were or would have to change them. 

A spokesman said: "The adjudicator agreed with us that it was in the public interest to seek clarification and so we had agreed with them that whatever the outcome, neither party would seek costs against the other. 

Shakespeare Street
BBC

“We now need to look at the details of the judgement and decide how to proceed. However, the judgement will not alter those cases where people have accepted a fine on Shakespeare Street.”

So in short, if you have already paid your fine for driving at that end of Shakespeare Street you cannot now appeal.

Judge calls council's traffic signs 'unclear'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The street, outside Nottingham Trent University, was pedestrianised in 2015 and is only used by student and school buses, or tram replacement buses.

At the hearing Mrs Justice Lang said the signs in the area were "unclear" and did not provide enough information to motorists.

Shakespeare Street
BBC

She said: "The adjudicator was entitled to emphasise the importance of consistency in signage." 

That was needed "to avoid confusion among road users who may be travelling at speed, in unfamiliar places, perhaps when visibility is poor".

Taxi driver's 'bus lane' fine overturned

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A taxi driver has had his fine for driving along a pedestrian zone in Shakespeare Street, Nottingham overturned by the High Court because of inadequate signage.

The High Court agreed with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT) Adjudicator that Nottingham City Council could not fine motorists for "being in a bus lane" when the street was a pedestrian zone. 

Shakespeare Street
BBC

Mohammed Sattar's car was caught by a bus lane camera in Shakespeare Street in November 2015 but he appealed the fine and saw it overturned yesterday.

Nottingham City Council said they used Mr Sattar's case as a "test case" to seek clarification on whether or not their signs complied with statutory requirements.  

East Coast rail problems claim high profile victim

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Commuting was nothing short of hellish for a lot of us yesterday, a six vehicle crash closed a large stretch of the A1 and power cables issues at Reford practically crippled the East Coast main line.

It wasn't just the likes of me and you struggling to get home though - even the shadow chancellor was affected:

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A1 reopens after fatal crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The A1 near Newark has reopened this morning following yesterday's crash.

A 52-year-old man died in the six-vehicle collision which happened shortly before 08:00.

Another man, the driver of one of the lorries, was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries which police said were not believed to be life threatening.

A1 crash
BBC

A woman was also taken to hospital and three other men were treated at the scene for their injuries. 

The road had originally been expected to reopen last night but investigations into the cause of the crash carried on through the night.

Travel: Road closed in Mansfield

BBC News Travel

Cauldwell Road in Mansfield is closed this morning because of an accident. It is shut at the junction with Derby Road. 

Good morning: Join us for today's updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Friday is here and I'll be bringing you the news, travel and sport for Nottinghamshire. 

Today we have news of a taxi driver who has had his fine for driving in a Nottingham pedestrian zone overturned and the widow of a man killed in the Tunisia terror attack who says tour operators should do more to warn travellers of the risks.