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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 21 March 2017
  2. Fire on top floor of Nottingham block of flats
  3. CCTV of police river rescue released
  4. Anti-fracking protesters await drilling decision
  5. Weapons used in city centre 'confrontation'
  6. Freak hail storms across region
  7. Nigerian king visits Nottingham
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Dave Wade

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Your pictures: Cossall canal turns red

BBC Weather Watchers

Steve A, who took this shot, reckons the red substance on the water is azolla, an aquatic fern.

Is he right? Let us know.

cossall
Steve A

Weather: Cloud increasing

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Another cold night. It’ll turn increasingly cloudy from the west but we'll hold on to a few clear spells. 

weather
BBC

There’ll be a few showers but for most becoming drier into the early hours.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Woman missing from Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is Jean Fuller - the 68-year-old was reported missing from the Sharpley Road area of Loughborough yesterday...

Jean Fuller
Leicestershire Police

Jean was last seen heading to Loughborough town centre and is now believed to be in the Nottingham area.

Police have said they are concerned about her welfare and want to hear from anyone who has seen her.

Travel: City centre problems getting worse

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Man arrested over Newark sex attack

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of a serious sexual assault in Newark.

Police said the woman was attacked in Castle Gate at about 01:55 on Saturday.

The 24-year-old man has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Happy Birthday Cloughie

BBC Nottingham Sport

He wasn't the best manager. But he was in the top one. 

Brian Clough would have been 82 today. Happy Birthday, boss.  

Brian Clough
BBC

Rugby: Eden signs for Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Tiff Eden has signed a one-year permanent deal with the Green and Whites from Worcester Warriors.

Tiff Eden
Nottingham Rugby

  He returns to the Bay in the summer for a fourth spell.  

Travel: M1 accident

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Travel: A52 delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Travel: City centre delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

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It's also affecting buses from the Broadmarsh

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Travel: Fire causes bus delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Fire latest: Residents not allowed home yet

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Canning Circus fire under control but no sign of residents being allowed back in any time soon.

fire engines
BBC

Water main burst in Eastwood

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The burst pipe is on Church Street.

Severn Trent says its teams are on site trying to fix it.

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Watch: Firefighters tackle blaze

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Another picture of the blaze

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Fire spreads to roof, residents evacuated

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Firefighters were called to this block just after 15:00.

The fire itself is in one of the top-floor flats in a building that is six storeys high.

From where I've been standing I've seen smoke billowing out of one of the windows.

fire
BBC

Firefighters have been trying to bring it under the control.

In the past half-an-hour the fire has spread to part of the roof area.

This block was built in 2004 and is part of a series of over 60 apartments on Raleigh Street.

A couple of dozen residents are being moved out of the area for their own safety.

Multiple fire stations involved

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The fire service says it's working hard to deal with the incident on the top floor flat.

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More firefighters arrive at blaze

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There are now around 30 firefighters at the scene, according to our reporter who's there.

The blaze is just off Alfreton Road in the Radford/Canning Circus area.

Gamble Street
BBC

Stay away from flats blaze - fire service

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There are at least four fire engines at the scene.

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Over a dozen firefighters at scene of blaze

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

About 15 firefighters are at the scene of this blaze on the top floor of a flat in Raleigh Square.

flat fire
BBC

Blaze in city centre block of flats

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There's currently a large fire at the top of an apartment block in Nottingham.

Gamble Street is cordoned off and Raleigh Street is blocked by fire engines.

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Long Eaton car park battered by hail

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The freak hail storm earlier seemed to affect Long Eaton too.

This is the Asda car park in the town, filmed by Ben Hemstock and posted on our Facebook page.

River rescue PC: Your comments

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

You've been reacting on social media to the incredible footage of PC James Patterson rescuing a man from the River Trent last month.

Hayley Sowerby wrote on our Facebook page : "well done to all involved, lucky man that they were all on hand and showed bravery in the rescue"

Gillian Dack said: "Just a brave officer doing a fantastic job. Notts police should be very proud."

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'I made a difference today' - river rescue PC

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottingham firm at ticket abuse inquiry

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

At the Commons Culture, Media and Sport inquiry into ticket abuse, Nottingham-based See Tickets boss, Rob Wilmhurst, fears legislation will not stop secondary companies.

One of those sellers, Viagogo, is condemned for refusing to give evidence to MPs. 

MP John Nicholson called it "shady".

Here's an example - prices for Nick Cave in Nottingham on See Tickets (first picture) are £48.60, compared to Viagogo, where you can only buy three over-inflated tickets for over £500.

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See Tickets
viagogo
viagogo

Freak hail storm in Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Check out this short, sharp blast of hailstones in East Midlands Today reporter's Nottingham garden earlier!

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Were you caught up in it? Let us know. 

Weapons used in city centre 'confrontation'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Four teenagers were involved in what police are calling a "confrontation" in Nottingham involving weapons.

It happened in Lower Parliament Street, near the junction with Clinton Street East, at about 15:30 on Saturday.

lower parliament street
Google

One teenager is believed to have approached a group of three other teenagers and a confrontation took place involving weapons.

Police said they couldn't reveal what type of weapon was used "for operational reasons" but said it did not involve a gun.

No one was injured.

Special Olympian Meg meets ice skating royalty

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A Nottinghamshire girl, who wasn't expected to walk, is figure skating in the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria.

Meg McFarlane, who has Down's syndrome is set to compete against people from all over the world tomorrow. 

Here she is with a pair of supporters you might just recognise - Notts' own Torvill and Dean.

torvill and dean and meg mcfarlane
Cory McFarlane

The event is being held in Austria and will be hosted by honorary president of the games, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Travel: A52 lights back on green

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The A52 was shut in both directions at Radcliffe-on-Trent earlier because temporary traffic lights were stuck on red.

Highways England has just told me an engineer has been out and they're now back on green around the Cropwell Road junction.

Traffic should start to get back to normal.

Protests outside County Hall

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The anti-fracking group Frack Free Notts has sent us a picture of the protest outside the meeting at County Hall.

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Frack Free Notts

Councillors are still debating the application for the site near Retford, known as Tinker Lane.  

Anti-fracking protesters await drilling decision

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire County Council is currently discussing whether to give the go-ahead for exploratory shale gas drilling in the north of the county.

Anti-fracking campaigners are protesting outside the meeting at County Hall.

county hall
Nottinghamshire County Council

Dart Energy wants to drill on land off the A634 between Barnby Moor and Blyth in Bassetlaw. 

The plans have been subject to an eight-week consultation and, while the government wants to do more similar work with existing reserves beginning to decline, various environmental factors have to be considered by Nottinghamshire County Council. 

The application doesn't include any proposals to undertake fracking.

A decision's expected later this afternoon.

Nigerian king to visit Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It seems royalty can't keep away from Nottingham. First Prince Harry and now... a Nigerian king!

The impressively named, His Royal Imperial Majesty, the Monarch of Ile-Ife, the Ooni of Ife, Nigeria, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II will be welcomed to the Council House by the Lord Mayor as part of a state visit today.


          His Royal Imperial Majesty, the Monarch of Ile-Ife, the Ooni of Ife, Nigeria, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II
AFP

The king is one of the most influential among the Yoruba people, which numbers more than 35 million in West Africa, representing Nigeria's second biggest ethnic group.

The Ooni of Ife's kingdom is in southwest Nigeria, where he was crowned in December 2015 amid celebrations from tens of thousands of subjects.

council houise
BBC

Nottingham will be the only stop he's making in the UK, outside London.  

Lord Mayor Mohammed Saghir will tell him all about the history of the city before meeting members of the local Yoruba community.  

Severe disruption: A52 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A52 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between Lees Barn Road and Cropwell Road.

A52 Nottinghamshire - A52 Grantham Road in Radcliffe on Trent closed in both directions between the Lees Barn Road junction and the Cropwell Road junction. Diversion in operation - via Cropwell Road, Main Road, Nottingham Road and Lees Mill Road.

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

Magpies hope for Newport game

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County could find themselves back to eight points clear of the relegation zone tonight. 

Having widened the gap to 11 on Sunday, struggling Newport host Luton  later, and will move three points closer to the Magpies if they win.

Gedling MP pays tribute to McGuiness

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

One of our local politicians who knew Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, who's died aged 66 , was Gedling MP, Vernon Coaker.

He was shadow Northern Ireland secretary from 2011 to 2013 and again from 2015 to 2016.

Martin mcGuiness
Press Eye

Of Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister, he said: "He made no secret of his past 

"In any conflict stuation you need leaders who move on from that.

"And I think the concentration will be on the way he moved forward and accepted there was a need for peace and reconciliation."

vernon coaker
BBC

Your questions: Was Anglo-Saxon Nottingham divided in two?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Andrew Kordecki used  Your Questions  to ask: "The Anglo Saxon Chronicle mentions Nottingham in 924 having two towns, one south of the river. Where was this?"

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was a document created in the 9th Century, recording the history of the peoples of England.

This year, before midsummer, went King Edward with an army to Nottingham; and ordered the town to be repaired on the south side of the river, opposite the other, and the bridge over the Trent betwixt the two towns."

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, 924

Prof John Beckett, from the University of Nottingham, has said, however, that this probably doesn't mean the town was divided in two.

Rather, the town south of the river was probably a separate settlement - what we know today as West Bridgford - and the bridge was Hethbeth bridge, replaced in the 19th Century by the modern Trent Bridge.

West Bridgford would have been little more than a hamlet in those days, he said.

nottingham castle
Nottingham City Council

Almost 150 years after this entry was written, Norman invader William the Conqueror established Nottingham Castle (pictured above) and it was then that the town really did become divided.

There was a Norman town around the castle area alongside the Saxon town centred on the modern Lace Market.