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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 17 March 2017
  2. Newark MP defended over election fine
  3. Council in High Court battle over care funding
  4. Mann slams Osborne over newspaper job
  5. OAP student leads fashion project
  6. University's 'uterus infection' cake causes a stir
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Calum McKenzie

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Our live coverage has now ended and will return on Monday from 08:00. 

Weather: Wet, cloudy and mild night

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BBC Weather

It will stay cloudy overnight with some hill fog and patchy outbreaks of rain. 

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Remaining mild. Minimum temperatures of 7C (45F).  

Magpies owner in Twitter row after filming in academy dressing room

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Notts County owner Alan Hardy has become embroiled in a Twitter row after breaching the Football Association's guidelines on child protection.

Alan Hardy
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Hardy shared video shot inside the club's academy dressing room before a game at Manchester City.

He removed the video after the FA, which prohibits filming in changing rooms, contacted the club.

A children's charity said Hardy should take guidelines "seriously" but he said they shouldn't be "overly restrictive".

Peregrines lay first egg on University building

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottingham Trent University's environment team tweets... 

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...if you want to know some more about Nottingham Trent's long-standing peregrine project this article from a couple of years ago should help. 

England international signs for Lady Pies from Reading

BBC Sport

Notts County Ladies have signed former Reading and Arsenal midfielder Bianca Bragg ahead of the Spring Series.

Bianca Bragg
The FA

Bragg scored five goals in 12 Women's Super League Two games to help Reading earn promotion to the top division in 2015.

The 23-year-old has represented England up to under-23 level.

"She already has a great amount of experience in the WSL which will be a big benefit to this club," manager Rick Passmoor told  the club website.

Your photos: March across Nottinghamshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Moving swiftly on from that somewhat gross cake - here is a nice pic of some daffodils in Arnold Park. 

Daffodils
Phil/BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Phil for sending it in. 

University's 'uterus infection' cake causes a stir

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Do not adjust your sets - this is actually a cake made by students at the University of Nottingham.  

Cake
University of Nottingham

Made as part of a competition to help raise money to provide free pet care for Nottingham's homeless, it represents a nasty canine infection of the uterus called Pyometra.

You learn something new every day... 

Osborne is 'taking the mickey out of the taxpayer,' MP claims

The Daily Politics

Here is some more from Bassetlaw MP John Mann's interview (see 13:19) raising concerns about George Osborne remaining as an MP as well as editing the London Evening Standard.

John Mann
BBC

"It seems to me that he is taking the mickey out of the taxpayer and general public in doing that," Mr Mann told the Daily Politics on BBC Two.

"He won't be taking any of his share in Parliament, he won't be sitting on any committees, he won't be attending any committees... he'll turn up for the occasional vote having not heard the debate and that is fundamentally wrong." 

In response, the newspaper said Mr Osborne would work as editor an "average of four days a week" and its schedule would enable him to "continue to fulfil his other commitments, including as an MP."  

Ealing Trailfinders name side to welcome Nottingham

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

And here is the opposition... 

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Green and Whites name side for Trailfinders trip

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Backs Vili Hakalo (pictured), Billy Robinson and Will Millett have all recovered from injury and return to the Nottingham Rugby starting XV for tomorrow's game with Ealing Trailfinders. 

Vili Hakalo
Nottingham Rugby

In the pack, prop Ben Hooper replaces Will Stuart at tighthead and number eight Shane Buckley coming in for Josh Poullet.

Interestingly - the game will be played on Ealing's artificial 3G surface at Vallis Way. 

Will plastic be fantastic for Nottingham? 

Weather: Showers arriving later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloudy throughout the afternoon with some showers arriving bringing light rain for a time. 

Weather map
BBC

Increasingly breezy as the afternoon goes by with top temperatures of 9C (48F). 

Bassetlaw MP slams Osborne's new newspaper job

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire MP John Mann has accused ex-chancellor George Osborne of "pretending" to be an MP. 

John Mann and George Osborne
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Mr Osborne, who was sacked as chancellor in July, has been appointed as editor of the London Evening Standard  and still intends to stay as MP for Tatton, in Cheshire. 

London Evening Standard
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But Mr Mann, who represents Bassetlaw, said the appointment "devalued Parliament." 

Mr Osborne said he was "thrilled" to be taking over as editor for four days a week. 

St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Nottingham

Sarah Teale

East Midlands Today reporter in Nottingham city centre

Nottingham is packed with people celebrating St Patrick's Day.    

Crowds in Nottingham
BBC
People celebrate St. Patrick's Day
BBC

The culmination of the celebrations in the city is a festival of Irish dancing and music. 

Council in High Court battle over care funding

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire County Council is one of four authorities at risk of failing their legal duty to people who could be detained in care facilities due to a "massive funding deficit", a court has heard.

Couple holding hands
Science Photo Library

The Law Commission estimates the shortfall could be up to £666m every year, the High Court was told.

Liverpool, Richmond and Shropshire are the other councils also seeking a judicial review of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) procedure.

A 2014 Supreme Court ruling led to a tenfold rise in cases, judges heard.

'Aggressive' Pattinson fits the bill for Notts, says Moores

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores has been giving his reaction to the signing of James Pattinson on a deal until the end of June.

James Pattinson
Getty Images

"As soon as James became available as a replacement, we knew he was a great option," ex-England coach Moores said.

"He's got real pace - and he's very aggressive, which is the way we want to play our cricket."

Australian international Pattinson signs for 2017 season

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire coach Paul Franks tweets...

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BreakingPattinson signs for Nottinghamshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire have signed Australia international James Pattinson to replace the injured Peter Siddle.

James Pattinson
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Pattinson, who has played 17 tests, will feature in county cricket for the first time, having signed to play four-day and 50-over cricket from the start of the season through to the end of June.   

Helmer: Tories thought they could 'get away with' breaking spending rules

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

UKIP MEP Roger Helmer has been giving his reaction to the Conservatives fine from the Electoral Commission for breaking election expenses rules, including in the Newark by-election.

Robert Jenrick
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Mr Helmer, who finished second to Robert Jenrick, said: "I don't think anybody is seriously proposing that we re-open the Newark by-election three years later." 

"But nonetheless, I think it is an important warning flag. This is something that the Conservative Party have done on a fairly consistent basis because they can get away with it." 

OAP art student from Nottingham in bid to help city's homeless

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A 70-year-old student, who has returned to Nottingham Trent University 50 years after first applying, is running an art project to help raise money to buy shoes for the homeless. 

Gill Howell-Jones
Nottingham Trent University

Gill Howell-Jones has arranged for 30 pairs of shoes to be decorated by her fellow students and they will then be auctioned off. 

Ms Howell-Jones will then present new shoes to residents at homeless support centre Emmanuel House at the end of the month, which will be paid for with the takings.

She is also hoping residents at the shelter will give her their old shoes, which she wants to use as the centre piece for an exhibition.

Shoes
Nottingham Trent University

Gill, who is set to graduate in July, was first offered a place in 1963, but turned it down when she was persuaded art was not a suitable career path to follow. 

Nottinghamshire's Gurney plays in North-South match in Dubai

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

What's this - Nottinghamshire bowler Harry Gurney in an unfamiliar red shirt? 

Harry Gurney
Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Don't worry - he hasn't signed for Lancashire - he is in action for the "North" team in the first of three 50 overs matches against a "South" team in the the Middle East. 

They are the brainchild of the ECB in a bid to look at other players in the run up to the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 Cricket World Cup. 

You can follow how Harry and the rest of the North team are getting on here.

Dubai cricket stadium with the north team
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'Don't blame Robert Jenrick' for by-election spending fine

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The former Newark MP Patrick Mercer has said the Conservative Party should have seen issues with election spending coming. 

Patrick Mercer
BBC

The Tories were fined a record £70,000 by the Electoral Commission on Thursday for breaking election expenses rules, including in the 2014 Newark by-election.

But Mr Mercer, whose resignation forced the by-election, said his successor Robert Jenrick should not be blamed. 

Robert Jenrick wins Newark by-election
Oli Scarff/Getty Images

"I feel very sorry for the Member of Parliament who was clearly struggling in the middle of a by-election," Mr Mercer told BBC Radio Nottingham. 

"[Robert Jenrick] had his mind on all sorts of other things, he was inundated with central office attention and central should have really seen all of this coming and not burdened him with all of this." 

Counting at the Newark by-election
Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Robert Jenrick has not been available for comment, but the Conservative Party insists it fully complied with the Electoral Commission's inquiry. 

Patrick Mercer resigned as an MP in 2014 for allegedly asking questions in Parliament in return for money.

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here is your Friday weather forecast... 

Your photos: March across Nottinghamshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It has been a gorgeous start to the day across the region and the BBC Weather Watchers have been up early with their cameras. 

Sunrise over the River Trent
David e/BBC Weather Watchers
Sunrise at clipstone
Windyshepherd/BBC Weather Watchers

And for those of you wondering where these were taken - they are from East Bridgford (top image) and Clipstone (bottom).

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to St. Patrick's Day across Nottinghamshire. I'll be with you until later with the region's news, sport, weather and travel. 

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