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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 13 March 2017
  2. Emergency gas works cause delays
  3. Vodafone announces Newark jobs
  4. Rail strike affecting services in Nottingham
  5. Nottingham skater Elise Christie wins three golds
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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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 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Warmer than last night

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Staying dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud. 

There will be some clear spells at times, particularly at first with more in the way of low cloud later. 

Warmer than last night thanks to the cloud.

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BBC

What do Medilink changes mean for pensioners?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

From today fares have been introduced for the Medilink and Centrelink buses.

The service, run in partnership with Nottingham University Hospitals and Nottingham Community Transport, is funded by Nottingham City Council which has introduced charges of up to £1.20 for adults.

QMC
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Pamela Bright used Your Questions  to say: "Have just read about Medilink Buses charging from Monday. Not clear if all pensioners with bus passes will still be free." 

A spokeswoman from the council has clarified that city pensioners with a senior bus pass will be able to use it for free between 09:30 and 23:00 on weekdays, and at all times on weekends and bank holidays.

These times remain the same for pensioners living outside of the city area, however they will have to pay for the services from the Wilkinson Street or Queen's Drive Park and Ride sites.

Canal Street delays expected tonight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Engineers have been working on Canal Street since last night to repair a leaking joint on a pipe and it is already starting to cause delays during tonight's rush hour.

It is not yet known how long the road will be closed but National Grid said engineers would be working 24 hours a day until the repairs were done. 

Closure expected to 'improve traffic flow'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A spokeswoman from National Grid said the decision to close Canal Street had been made after discussions with the highways authority.

She said: "It is hoped this solution will help traffic to move more smoothly than lane closures. 

"The closure will be in place until the repairs are completed."

National Grid
BBC

The closure will be in effect from the morning rush hour, and eastbound traffic is not going to be affected.

Canal Street to close tomorrow

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Canal Street is going to be closed from the London Road roundabout westbound from tomorrow to allow for the repair work to continue.

National Grid says diversions will be in place, which they hope will help traffic flow better than closing just one lane. 

Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A608 Hucknall and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J27, A608 (Hucknall) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

National Grid warn motorists to avoid Canal Street

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

National Grid has taken to Twitter in the last hour to warn motorists about the gas repairs on Canal Street... several hours after work started.

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Nolan considered sitting on subs bench

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County manager, Kevin Nolan, says he's got a selection headache for tomorrow's game at Doncaster with O'Connor and Stead available again.  

He has also admitted he was thinking about putting himself on the bench for last Saturday's game but ultimately decided against it.

Kevin Nolan
BBC

Your photos: Runway sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

An awesome shot of East Midlands Airport, taken early this morning by Loki's Keeper.

East Midlands Airport
Loki's Keeper

Your Questions: Where does 'nesh' originate from?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Paul Bassett used Your Questions to ask: "I would like to know the origins of the word 'nesh' meaning cold weather or someone who feels the cold."

I must admit I hadn't heard of the phrase before, but it's probably because I'm not originally from these parts....although it's also used in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire to describe someone who feels cold or is a bit of a wimp.

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Linguistics expert at Nottingham Trent University, Dr Natalie Braber said it is often difficult to know exactly where local words come from.

The word is said to derive from the Old Engilsh word hnesce meaning feeble, weak or infirm.

And according to the Oxford English Dictionary  it is thought to originate from the Dutch word nesch or nisch meaning soft or damp.

Fourth time Canal Street has been shut for gas works

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The emergency gas works on Canal Street are in full swing. 

They took a lot of motorists in Nottingham city centre by surprise this morning, and are likely to cause delays during tonight's rush hour too.

gas works
BBC

This is now the fourth time parts of Canal Street have been closed in the last nine months because of gas leaks.   

A spokeswoman for National Grid told us they don't know how long these latest works will take.

'There was less traffic in the 70s' says retiring lollipop lady

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

You see fewer lollipop men and women outside schools these days but Jean Dawson has told BBC East Midlands Today little has changed in the job since she started in the 70s.  

Jean from Stapleford is hanging up her stick and hi-vis jacket after 42 years.

Jean Dawson
BBC

Looking back she said: "There was not so much traffic...not quite as many children....and I used to do this four times a day because the children would go home at lunchtime.

"But it is just as enjoyable."

Nottinghamshire hope to sign Pattinson

BBC Sport

Here's more from BBC Sport on the news that Nottinghamshire has targeted Australia paceman James Pattinson to replace injured Peter Siddle as their overseas player.

Siddle joined Notts on a two-year deal but did not play last summer because of a back injury. He has now been ruled out for the 2017 county season.

James Pattinson
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Mum called for speed to be reduced on A60

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Councillor Steve Carroll helped mum Janet Caplin with her campaign to see the speed reduced on the A60 outside Portland College after her son was hit by a car while crossing there in September.

He was taken to hospital with minor injuries and a few weeks later a young disabled girl was hit. 

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BBC

Ms Caplin said she started a petition to have the speed reduced on the stretch of road. She said: "The number of near misses here is astronomical. 

"We felt we needed to do something to bring the speed down and make it safe."

Speed to be reduced on A60

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Plans to reduce the speed limit on a stretch of the A60 near Mansfield where two children were injured in the space of three weeks are set to be given the go-ahead. 

Campaigners want the speed limit on the road which runs between Portland College and Fountaindale School to be reduced from 50mph to 40mph. 

A60
BBC

The campaign was started by the mum of an 11-year-old boy who was hit by a car outside the college.

Nottinghamshire County Council is expected to approve the plans for the speed reduction at a meeting later this week.

Lollipop lady retires after 40 years

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

Here's Jean Dawson, from Stapleford, who is retiring after more than 40 years as a lollipop lady.

I've been to have a chat with her and I'll bring you more later.

Lollipop lady
BBC

Cricket: Australian set to come to Trent Bridge

BBC Nottingham Sport

We understand Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club are set to sign Australian quick bowler James Pattinson as their overseas player in place of the injured Peter Siddle.

James Pattinson
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He is the brother of former Notts player Darren Pattinson.

The club is not making a comment at this stage.

Man in court over street assault

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

An 18-year-old man is due in court today after being charged in connection with an assault in Sherwood Rise .

Police were called to Hamilton Road just after 01:00 yesterday to reports of an altercation.

A 35-year-old man was taken to the QMC for treatment but a force spokeswoman said his injuries are not life threatening.

Sherwood assault
BBC

A teenager, of Basford, was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with GBH. He is due before city magistrates today.

Two other 18-year-olds and man aged 19 were also arrested but released on bail pending further enquiries.

Flags raised for Commonwealth

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

In case you didn't know today is Commonwealth Day. 

A flag has also been raised outside council houses across Nottinghamshire and in Nottingham city centre this morning.

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Top award for Mansfield dog

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Bentley, a Newfoundland from Mansfield, won the Best in Working Group title at Crufts 2017 on Sunday, which qualified him for a place in the Best in Show final later.

But he missed out on the coveted title to Miami the American Cocker Spaniel.

Bentley with owner and handler
Crufts

Three year-old Bentley's handler, Paddy Galvin, said they had been second, third and fourth many times in the Best in Working Group title, so coming top this year was "an amazing feeling".  

Nottingham team wins fourth British Quidditch Cup

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

An unusual sports contest in Staffordshire, inspired by author JK Rowling in her Harry Potter books, has been won by a team from Nottingham. 

The sport of Quidditch held it fourth British Quidditch Cup at Rugeley Leisure Centre with teams from across the country taking part. 

Quidditch

The winners were Nottingham-based Velociraptors QC who beat Bristol's Brizzlepuffs in the final. 

The game sees players taking on the same roles as in the game in the Harry Potter books with players holding broomsticks while taking part. 

'Leaking pipe joint' blamed for emergency work

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

National Grid has told me that engineers have been working since last night on Canal Street to "repair a leaking joint on a pipe".

It's the same pipe that caused similar problems for two weeks in January.

Canal Street
BBC

A spokeswoman for National Grid said they did not know how long these repairs would take and added: "We are sorry for any delays. Every effort is being made to complete these repairs as soon as possible."

She said engineers would be working 24 hours a day to make the repairs.

Fifth clash between Forest and Rams with new manager

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

As Derby County face today without a manager we have seen this interesting stat on Twitter...

And one of our sport journalists has verified it is true. 

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Weather: Bright and sunny this morning

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It’ll be bright with sunny spells this morning.

Cloud will move in from the north west over the course of the day. Highs of 13C (55F).

Alexander Hamilton has the weather for the East Midlands.

Triple gold for speed skater

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Elise Christie has made history by becoming the first British short track speed skater to be named overall word champion. 

The 26-year-old, who trains at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, also won the 1000 metres and 1500 metres event at the World Championships in Rotterdam this weekend.  

Elise Christie
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Mobile company announces new jobs

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Good news for jobs in Newark. 

Vodafone has announced it is creating 2,100 new customer service jobs across the country in the next two years, including 150 at its call centre in Newark. 

Vodafone
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The firm said the jobs would improve the quality of service for its 18 million UK customers and was part of a wider, three-year, £2bn investment programme in network and services.  

Trains affected by strike action

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Rail services in Nottinghamshire are affected because of strike action across England today.

Arriva Rail North services between Retford and Lincoln will be replaced by buses and there are no services between Nottingham and Sheffield.

East Midlands Trains are however stopping additionally at Langley Mill and Chesterfield for customers today.

Arriva Rail
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Your photos: Sunrise in Bestwood

BBC Weather Watchers

It's not all doom and gloom...

There was a lovely sunrise over Bestwood Country Park this morning and one of our Weather Watchers was there to catch it.

Bestwood Country Park
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Emergency works on Canal Street causing delays

BBC News Travel

Two lanes are closed on Canal Street in Nottingham city centre this morning for emergency gas works.

It's causing long tailbacks on London Road and Lower Parliament Street.

Roadworks
BBC

Good morning: Join us for today's updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's a lovely start to Monday morning weatherwise. 

Not so great travel wise...there are rail strikes which are affecting some trains in and out of Nottingham and there are emergency gas works on Canal Street again which is causing delays in the city centre.