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  1. Updates for Tuesday 14 March 2017
  2. Canal Street closed in one direction for gas works
  3. Forest announce new manager
  4. UK's first drone arena opens
  5. MP Anna Soubry abstained in Brexit bill vote
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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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.

Hunt group consider appeal against conviction

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've been informed the three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt are seeking legal advice and considering appealing against today's decision at Mansfield Magistrates' Court .

Campaign group Countryside Alliance said they were "disappointed" by the verdict.

A spokesman said: "They had nothing to hide and were acting lawfully within the Hunting Act legislation.

“They will now take legal advice and may very well appeal the decision at a higher court."

Weather: Getting cloudier tonight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Some clear spells for a time this evening, but we’ll see more in the way of cloud building overnight.

The cloud could be thick enough to produce the odd spot of light rain. We’ll also see some patches of mist/hill fog developing.

Minimum temperature: 8C (46F)


Duchess gives approval to wash bag scheme

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Duchess of Cornwall has been in Nottingham today to give her seal of approval to a scheme which helps rape victims.

The scheme, which has been run by Boots for a few months, gives wash bags full of toiletries to victims of sexual attacks who often cannot shower for hours afterwards. 

wash bags

The Duchess met with volunteers who have filled thousands of the bags and also spoke to a rape victim who had used one of them.

Manager of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Nottingham said: "Sometimes they [victims] are asked not to wash for a number of hours while we complete the forensic medical examinations and then being able to go and have a shower with these beautiful products in the wash bag I think is really important."

Sheridan's Notts sacking appeal 'astonishing'

BBC Sport

BBC Sport has more on the reaction from Notts County chairman Alan Hardy to news that former manager John Sheridan is appealing against his sacking.

Sheridan was sacked after he used foul and abusive language towards the referee and fourth official during the Magpies' game against Wycombe in December.  

John Sheridan

Responding to news of the appeal, Mr Hardy said: "I am not prepared to tolerate any member of my staff abusing referees and officials in this manner. 

"The conduct shown by Mr Sheridan towards the match officials in this instance was nothing short of scandalous."

Have you got the dino factor?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Obsessed with dinosaurs and looking for a new job? 

Wollaton Hall is looking for someone to dress up as a sinraptor and roam around Nottingham between now and October.

It's all part of the Dinosaurs of China exhibition that's coming to Wollaton Hall in July.

Dinosaurs of China

Diversions to stay in place tonight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's a helpful map from the city council to show you the diversion and how you can access Trent Street while Canal Street is shut.

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Canal Street to stay close until 'at least the morning'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Meanwhile, National Grid has said Canal Street will stay closed until at least tomorrow morning. 

A spokeswoman told us some of the repairs to the leaking gas pipe have been done and the others are being finished off at the moment.

She said they will then test the pipes again tomorrow to make sure everything is fixed before they can reopen the road.

Council halting roadworks during Canal Street closure

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The city council has announced it is halting all other roadworks in Nottingham city centre while Canal Street is shut in order to help with the traffic flow.

Councillor Nick McDonald said the council was informed of the emergency works on Sunday night and while there was "nothing they can do to prevent them" they were clearly "causing a major disruption".

Canal Street

He added: "We understand that these are emergency works that have to be done and safety must be the priority where gas lines are concerned. 

"But questions have to be asked about why this couldn’t be resolved first time round."

This is the second time this year emergency gas works on Canal Street have caused traffic disruption.

Hunt members showed 'disregard' for law, say police

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Speaking after the trial of the hunt members at Mansfield Magistrates' Court, Sgt Matt Scott from Nottinghamshire Police said the case shows the trio had "total disregard for the law".

He said: "The three defendants who appeared today acted with complete impunity.

"Ultimately the law is there for everybody to observe and they are no different."

Sgt Matt Scott, Nottinghamshire Police

Hardy furious at dismissal appeal

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts chairman Alan Hardy says he is "astonished" John Sheridan has appealed his dismissal. 

He said in a statement issued this afternoon, Sheridan's conduct shown to officials was "scandalous" and added: "Sheridan clearly believes this industrial language is used in everyday workplaces.

"Not in my place of work it's not."

John Sheridan
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It was revealed in January that Sheridan was sacked by the club for gross misconduct after a verbal outburst in which he used offensive language and threatened officials. 

Three hunt members fined

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

All three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt were convicted of hunting a mammal with dogs and fined at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.

  • Larby, 58 and from Barmby Moor, Nottinghamshire was fined £800.
  • White, 57, from Kneesall, Nottinghamshire was fined £550
  • Wright, 63, from Lound, Nottinghamshire fined £180.
fox hunting

Watch: Footage of an illegal fox hunt

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's the footage we spoke about earlier of the illegal fox hunt in Laneham which was captured by a birdwatcher.

It was used in the trial of the three hunt members at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.

The League Against Cruel Sports said this was the first case they were aware of where footage from members of the public - rather than hunt monitors - was used to secure a conviction. 

Did someone say cheese?

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Fancy a Brieyonce or a Celine Dijon?

A cafe specialising in trendy cheese toasties or grilled cheese sandwiches has popped up in Sneinton Market.

Forty of the 46 units have now been let in the refurbished market and in the last year a circus school, art installations and a gin distiller have also moved in.


Eyewitness described 'mass' of dogs chasing fox

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

During the trial the court heard that on 30 January last year, the Grove and Rufford hunt met at the Bees Knees pub in Laneham, Nottinghamshire for a day's trail hunting. 

The prosecution said the trails laid for the hounds were a ruse, and the hunt's real intent was illegally to hunt foxes.

Peter White was a trail layer among the group and a volunteer, Paul Larby, was huntsman and employed by the hunt and Jane Wright took the role of 'whipper in'.


Philip Palmer was out birdwatching with his partner Pauline Hogg and they asked to take photos of the hunt.

He described to the court how he saw a fox run into another field chased by a "mass" of 45 hounds.

Mr Palmer said this happened in view of members of the hunt and he never heard shouts to call the dogs off.

Member of public shot footage of hunt

Simon Hare

BBC Inside Out East Midlands

The hunting group's case is unusual in that it was brought using footage shot by members of the public, not hunt investigators.  

Manager appointments a 'big day in the East Midlands'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Ahead of the East Midlands derby on Saturday, BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty tweets...

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New managers for Forest and Rams at derby

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Mark Warburton has also managed Brentford, joining in 2013 before leading them to promotion to the  Championship, then a play-off finish the following season.

His first match in charge will be a massive East Midlands derby against Derby County at the City Ground on Saturday.

Forest are just two points above the relegation zone and the Rams also have a new man in charge after they appointed Gary Rowett earlier today.

Mark Warburton
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Trio guilty of hunting fox with dogs

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

Three members of a Nottinghamshire hunt have been found guilty of hunting a fox with dogs.

They are members of the Grove and Rufford hunt and the fox was killed in January last year.

They are 58-year-old Paul Larby, 57-year-old Peter White and Jane Wright who is 63.

They were found guilty after a trial at Mansfield Magisrates' Court.

Hunting group

Forest appoint Warburton as manager

BBC Sport

There's more from BBC Sport on Forest's appointment of former Rangers boss Mark Warburton. 

He's been out of work since  leaving Rangers on 10 February

Warburton is joined at the City Ground by ex-Scotland international defender David Weir, who was assistant manager at Rangers.  

How to get to Trent Road with road closure

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We had a query earlier from a motorist wanting to know how people can get to Trent Street and Station Street with one side of Canal Street being closed. 

You can in fact turn right from the eastbound side. You normally can't do that but there's an exception while the emergency gas works take place.

Warburton confirmed as Reds manager

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's the confirmation from Forest of Warburton's appointment.

The 54-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half contract after leaving Glasgow Rangers last month.

He joined Rangers in June 2015 and guided them to the Scottish Championship and well as the Scottish Challenge Cup.

Mark Warburton
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BreakingNew Forest manager announced

BBC Nottingham Sport

Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has tweeted to confirm the appointment of Mark Warburton as the new manager.

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Stead says he would've left Notts

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Jon Stead has told BBC Radio Nottingham he’d probably have left Meadow Lane for the United States in January had Kevin Nolan not taken over. 

He said "It was a frustrating place to be. The previous manager made it clear to everyone they were available to leave.

"The new gaffer said I can’t let you go anywhere and I totally understood that."

Jon Stead
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Christie: 'I never imagined winning three golds'

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

After becoming a triple World Champion at the weekend, Nottingham-based speed skater Elise Christie has been telling me just how shocked she is this morning. 

She said: “I can’t describe what it feels like. I wanted gold but never expected to win three in one weekend!” 

Elise Christie

Your views: Traffic problems are a taste of the future

Travel: Heavy traffic around the city

BBC News Travel

It's been a busy rush hour this morning with traffic on pretty much every road around the city.

This was the situation five minutes ago with red meaning very slow traffic.


National Grid apologises for delays

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sara Wilcox from National Grid told BBC Radio Nottingham last night they appreciate people will be frustrated with the Canal Street closure this morning but the repairs needed to be made.

She said: "For the safety of everybody we need to get this pipe fixed and get this road relayed and everybody moving."

Canal Street

The road was shut this morning to allow engineers to dig up more of the road to repair a leaking gas pipe near the Trent Street junction. 

Ms Wilcox said while relaying the entire pipe would be the best solution, that was a "major job" taking months of planning and likely to cause bigger disruption.

Drone racing arena opens in Nottingham

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The UK's first drone arena has opened in Nottingham.

Boss Sam Shaw said he wants to make drone racing as popular as football and for people to watch it as a sport from their own homes. 

UKDS Racing say they are hoping to reconfigure the Nottingham site each month to "keep pilots on their toes".

And it's hoped to open more of these arenas around the country.

Watch: Today's weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A mainly dry day with a few sunny spells. Feeling mild too, especially in the sunshine.

Maximum Temperature 16C (61F)

Canal Street closed this morning

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The closure of Canal Street from the London Road roundabout has taken a few motorists by surprise this morning. 

The road has been closed this morning to alleviate the traffic problems of yesterday after one lane was closed for emergency gas works to take place.

Canal Street

Diversions are in place and Canal Street is still open eastbound.

Good morning: Join us for today's updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Hello and welcome to today's news, travel and sport for Nottinghamshire. 

We'll have more details today on the work that is happening on Canal Street and details of drone racing in Nottingham.