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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 March 2017
  2. Nottingham school 'worst hit' in funding shake-up
  3. Council energy company announces 17% price rise
  4. People forced to spend night away from fire-hit block
  5. Campaigners 'disappointed' after drilling plan given go-ahead
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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East Midlands weather update: A mostly cloudy night with showers

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain at times. 

The winds will ease in strength in the early hours, with the chance of a few patches of mist and fog forming.

Your photos: Squirrel in East Leake

BBC Weather Watchers

That is one determined squirrel... hope he wasn't driven nuts. 

Squirrel
Maggie T

Police appeal after serious assault in New Basford

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire Police has appealed for witnesses after a serious assault on a man in New Basford.

The force said the assault occurred in Maud Street at about 23:10 on Monday.

The victim sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Parliament shooting: John McDonnell MP Nottingham lecture cancelled

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Residents allowed back into fire-hit apartment block

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Residents have been allowed back into their homes - and while for the most part they're in remarkably good shape, some have quite a bit of water damage. 

I've spoken to a number of people whose boilers have been temporarily condemned for safety reasons, so although most have light, they may not have heat.  

Fire and police investigators have been here today but so far there's no word on what caused the fire. The top two floors are still out of action, so for some it'll be a second night away from home.

Raleigh fire
BBC

Trio jailed for arson attack at disused nightclub

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Three men have been jailed for an arson attack at a disused nightclub in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire police said.

Ricky Whitworth, 24, formerly of Penn Street, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Connor Bowerman, 19, formerly of Welbeck Street, Sutton-In-Ashfield, and Robert Short, 19, formerly of Welbeck Street, Sutton-In-Ashfield, were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday having all been found guilty of arson reckless as to whether life was endangered. 

The court heard that the trio had set fire to the First Base Bar in Low Street on September 7, 2015. The building was extensively damaged and the occupants of an adjoining flat were evacuated.  

Ricky Whitworth
Nottinghamshire Police
Connor Bowerman
Nottinghamshire Police
Robert Short
Nottinghamshire Police

MP 'arrived to vote as attack happened'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has reported that Orpington MP Jo Johnson, Boris Johnson's brother, had arrived to vote as the attack on Parliament happened. 

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Gedling MP's 'tremendous shock' at Parliament shooting

Lewis Scrimshaw

News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

We've just spoken to Gedling MP Vernon Coaker, who is locked in the chamber. He was at Parliament for a vote.

He said: "There is a tremendous sense of shock... but that it's not just about us [MPs]. There's also a shared concern for the family of the woman killed and those injured ."

Vernon Coaker
BBC

Sherwood MP expresses gratitude to police and security

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Pictures: Office block demolition nears completion

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Back to events in Nottinghamshire... 

We told you earlier that the demolition of an office block near County Hall was nearing completion. 

Here's an updated picture, today taken by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Demolition
Nottinghamshire County Council

This was the site just 12 days ago... 

Demolition
Nottinghamshire County Council

Gedling MP 'on lockdown in chamber'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

MPs 'taken out of library at gun point'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Nottingham North MP 'safe' after 'attack on Parliament'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Nottingham North MP Graham Allen has tweeted: "Thanks for asking, my staff and I are all safe after today's attack on Parliament."

Photo: The scene at Parliament

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

This is the scene at Parliament at the moment.

Parliament scene
BBC

A reminder that you can follow the BBC News live page on this story here .

Police officer 'stabbed at UK Parliament'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A bit more on this developing story...

A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, Commons Leader David Lidington has said.  

He told MPs the "alleged assailant was shot by armed police" following a "serious" incident.

Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices.

Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.

Transport for London said Westminster underground station has been shut at the request of the police.

MPs 'locked in the chamber'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Ashfield and Eastwood MP is 'safe'

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Reports of shots outside UK Parliament

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry tweets... 

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For the latest on this breaking story, click here .

MP wants clarity on energy price rise

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Earlier we told you that Nottingham City Council's Robin Hood Energy company has announced a 17% price rise .

Now Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie has said he wants more clarity on why the rise is happening.

The Labour MP told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I think it's important that companies that put up their bills explain why that's happening.

"Yes, there are wholesale prices and all those other things, but I think a bit of transparency would help."

Chris Leslie MP
PA

Weather: Sleet and hail showers this afternoon

Rain pushing in throughout the afternoon with some heavier downpours possible at times which could also involve sleet and hail.  

Highs of 8C (46F).   

Weather
BBC

Your photos: Swanning around in Market Warsop

BBC Weather Watchers

Market Warsop
Dave

Great picture by our Weather Watcher Dave. Remember you can send us your pictures here .

Former Forest winger Burke relishing German education

BBC Sport

Oliver Burke in action for RB Leipzig
Alexander Hassenstein

Former Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke has said he loves " getting better and better " as he continues his football education at Bundesliga RB Leipzig.

New hope for couple who claim pregnancy drug left daughter disabled

Nottingham Post

A woman whose daughter was born with a severe deformity after she took a controversial pregnancy test drug in the 1970s says she has been given fresh hope of "justice".

New plans to develop former American Adventure theme park site

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Plans to develop the former American Adventure theme park site, near Ilkeston, are likely to go before councillors later this year. 

The site closed in 2007 and has been empty ever since - despite a campaign to bring another theme park to the area

Amber Valley Borough Council is expecting a planning application for a mix of up to 300 homes and retail space. 

American Adventure
Glen Fairweather

What are your memories of the theme park?  Let me know.

District council chief executive to leave for new post

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Mansfield District Council chief executive Bev Smith will leave the authority in June to take up the chief executive role at North West Leicestershire District Council, it has been announced.

Mrs Smith had taken over as interim chief executive and then chief executive in 2015. She will leave after eight years of service. 

Missing 10-year-old girl found

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Great news... we've just heard that the 10-year-old who went missing earlier has been found safe and well. 

Missing girl, 10, last seen leaving school grounds

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A missing 10-year-old girl was last seen leaving school grounds in Wollaton this morning, Nottinghamshire Police said .

The child left the grounds to collect her bike from her home and has not been seen since.

She is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, of medium build with long brown hair. She was wearing a red top and grey bottoms.

'Fewer carriages' on some East Midlands trains services

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Worth casting your eye over this if you are travelling later...

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Demolition of office block near County Hall nearing completion

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Speaking of all things Nottinghamshire County Council...

Work to demolish an office block next to County Hall is nearing completion. 

The council is considering what do do with the land next - but says the move will save almost £180,000 a year in running costs.

This is how it looked before demolition began...

Nottinghamshire County Council
BBC

Campaigners 'disappointed' after drilling plan given council go-ahead

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire County Council has given plans for exploratory shale gas drilling in North Nottinghamshire the go-ahead, subject to a legal agreement and 52 conditions. 

Dart Energy plans to drill on land off the A634 between Barnby Moor and Blyth in Bassetlaw. The application doesn't include any proposals to undertake fracking.  

Protesters, including anti-fracking group Frack Free Notts, gathered outside County Hall ahead of yesterday's meeting.

Chris Crean, Midland campaigner for Friends of the Earth, called the council decision "disappointing".

Anti-fracking protesters
Frack Free Notts

People forced to spend night away from fire-hit block

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

In case you somehow missed this yesterday... 

Raleigh fire
BBC

About 20 people were forced to spend the night away from this apartment block in Raleigh Square after a major fire.

Engineers from Metropolitan Housing, which owns the building, are working to reconnect electricity and gas supplies - but residents have been warned there's been significant water damage following the huge firefighting operation, which involved seven fire engines and about 30 firefighters. 

Council energy company announces 17% price rise

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Nottingham City Council's Robin Hood Energy company has announced a 17% price rise for some of its customers.

The authority has blamed the price hike for its evergreen tariff on wholesale energy prices.

The measure could add £140 to the average household annual bill. 

BBC Radio Nottingham contacted councillor Alan Clark, the councillor responsible for overseeing Robin Hood Energy, and councillors Steve Battlemuch and Jon Collins, who are on the board.

They also spoke to one of the council officers who oversees Robin Hood Energy. However, none of them were available to talk to them about the price rise. 

Energy
Thinkstock

Old education funding system 'unfair'

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Areas such as Derby, however, can expect to see the total funding shared by schools to rise by about 2.4%.

Across England as a whole, rural areas will see an increase in funding because of a new "sparsity" measure that takes account of their schools being smaller and further away for pupils to travel to.

The Department for Education (DfE) is trying to end what it refers to as an "historic postcode lottery in funding".  

Education secretary Justine Greening (below) says the old system is "unfair" as similar schools can get different levels of funding with "little or no justification".  

Justine Greening
Getty Images

Education cuts mean Nottingham 'will have to reduce services'

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Head teachers representing about 3,000 schools  say the new national funding formula ignores inflationary cost pressures faced by all schools.  

Head teachers
iStock

Meanwhile, Nottingham City Council said the changes will mean cuts to school services.

It's the added enrichment - the out of normal hours services, the holiday clubs, the breakfast clubs, the trips to broaden the horizons of our children, the reading sessions for parents, the extra-curricular sports, culture and arts activities - that I fear will be first to go."

Councillor Sam Webster Cabinet member for education

Nottingham school 'worst hit' in funding shake-up

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Nottingham will become one of the worst hit cities in the country in the first year of the biggest shake-up of school funding in England for decades, it has been revealed .

Official figures released as part of the consultation on the changes show that nationally, 9,045 schools will lose money while 10,653 will get more.

In Nottingham, 87 out of 89 schools will see either a cut or no increase in their funding. That includes Nottingham Academy, which will get £224,000 less in the first year of the new "funding formula". 

IDT on schools
BBC

Your photos: Fiery sunrise at Gunthorpe Bridge

BBC Weather Watchers

Fantastic picture by David e, but you know what they say about red sky in the morning... 

Gunthorpe Bridge
David e

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how it's looking today... 

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Good morning, one and all. 

It's me making a rare guest appearance on your Nottinghamshire live page today with all your news, sport, travel and weather. To paraphrase the good folks at Plusnet, I'll do you proud.

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