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  1. Updates for Friday 24 March 2017
  2. Nottingham cockle man's cancer diagnosis
  3. St Ann's stabbing victim named
  4. Luddite sabre sold to city council
  5. Work begins on Great Central Railway bridge
  6. Forest boss could face legal action over Rangers exit
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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Your pictures: Cat-ching rays in Hawton

BBC Weather Watchers

It's the weekend - time to celebrate like this moggy in north Notts.


Your comments: Cockle man's 'bittersweet tale'


You've been leaving messages for Dave the cockle man on our Facebook page  after he revealed he found out he had cancer after he was beaten up in Nottingham.


Ashutosh Pathak wrote: "Not all heroes wear capes. Get well soon."

Fiona Celand posted: "A more bittersweet story has never been told! Poor Dave - but what a hero!"

Councils seek core participants for child sex abuse inquiry

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire councils have opened applications for any individual or organisation that wants to be a "core participant" in the inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales. 

Those who qualify get to suggest questions to the inquiry, make legal submissions and get advance notice of the inquiry's report. 

But it's not necessary to be a "core participant" in order to give evidence to the national inquiry.  

Alleged care home rapist 'threatened victim'

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

I'm at Derby Crown Court for the trial of Christopher Metcalfe, who's accused of five separate sex offences against three girls in the 1970s and 80s.

Video of a police interview with one of the alleged victims has been played to the court today.

In the tape, she said Mr Metcalfe, 70, took her to his house and raped her.

"He got me down...and started sexually abusing me...I tried to run away from him, but I didn't know where I was," she said.


The alleged victim was 15 or 16 years old and was in care at Skegby Hall, Mansfield, where Mr Metcalfe, of Blidworth, was a teacher.  

She continued: "I scratched him while fighting him off. He told me: 'No-one will believe you... If you do say something I'll get you'."  

"It made me feel angry... I tried to kill myself, was drinking all the time... I didn't really care anymore."  

The alleged rape took place in the 1980s at Mr Metcalfe's home in Kirkby-in-Ashfield when the complainant was 15 or 16.

The trial continues.

Man arrested at East Midlands Airport after drug operation

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Police have said a man's been arrested after being found in possession of a controlled substance at East Midlands Airport.

Specialist search dogs were used during an operation at the airport today and a number of people admitted to having consumed/smoked drugs before arriving at the airport.

East Midlands Airport

The matter has now been passed onto the UK customs authorities.   

Post boxes locked in Nuthall

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Getting your last minute Mother's Day card off today?

If you're in Nuthall you might have to settle for a phone call or a text...  


Royal Mail has admitted sealing up four post boxes on the Horsendale Estate over a week ago because the postmen have lost the keys.

A spokesman said specialist new keys had to be made but it was hoped this would be done "in the next few days".

Red Nose Day: MP gets 'tattoo'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If that's permanent, you've gone above and beyond for the Comic Relief cause, Gloria.

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Cricket: Broad, Ball and Hales available for Notts

BBC Nottingham Sport

Stuart Broad, Jake Ball and Alex Hales will be available to play for Notts in at least one of the first three Championship matches.

broad, ball hales
Nottinghamshire CCC

Broad is available for Championship games against Leicestershire and Sussex, and one-day games against Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Ball is available for Championship games against Durham and Sussex plus one-day games against Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire

Hales is available for all matches.

Large load heading towards M1

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

A quarry truck leaving Pye Bridge is heading towards the M1 on J28 via the A38.

Minor delays are expected on the roads.

Large load
Derbys Road Police

Have you seen missing girl?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have put out an appeal to find 14-year-old Aksa Ejaz.

Aksa Ejaz
Nottinghamshire Police

She was reported missing from the Meadows area at about 07:00 this morning.

Aksa is described as Asian, 4ft 9in and was last seen wearing a grey hooded jumper, a white t-shirt, black jeans, black shoes and a white handbag.

Travel: BioCity roadworks end in sight

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Bosses 'feeling fantastic' at start of heritage railway bridge

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Andy Munro, the chief executive of the Great Central Railway, has said he is thrilled to finally have work underway on a new bridge (see 10:11) to connect part of the heritage railway.

Andy Munro

Once complete, the 30-metre structure will carry a single track of the railway over the main line between Derby and London St Pancras.  

"It feels absolutely fantastic," Mr Munro said. 

"We can't believe that finally after all this time, after all this work from so many people, we are standing here and work has started to put the bridge in place." 

"It is fantastic."

Forest: Brereton on England U19 lineup

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Forest's Ben Brereton starts his first England U19 game...

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Who were the Luddites?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Luddite movement started in 1811 when Nottinghamshire weavers attacked the new automated looms that were replacing them.

Ned Ludd
Getty Images

The workers took inspiration from a fabled General Ludd or King Ludd living in Sherwood Forest, whose name may have come from a young Leicestershire weaver called Ned Lud, who was rumoured to have smashed two stocking frames.

The frame-breaking spread to other parts of the country but the state response was brutal, with scores hanged or transported to Australia.

The Luddites were mocked by the establishment, as in this picture, showing Ned Ludd dressed as a woman.

But they were revered as working class heroes, defending their rights at a time when trade unions were banned.

In modern times the word Luddite is used to describe someone averse to modern technology.

Weather: Pleasant afternoon ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud will clear and there should be plenty of blue sky and sunshine around this afternoon. 

BBC weather map

Highs of 13C (55F). 

Luddite sabre bought by city council

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottingham has always had a rebellious past, particularly in the time of the Luddites - the frame breakers who smashed up factories around the country.

Two hundred years ago, Luddite leader, John Blackburn, may have brandished this impressive sabre as he carried out one of the group's infamous attacks on a factory in Loughborough.

And now it's been bought by the city council's museum and galleries services via donations from the Nottingham Civic Society and the Nottingham Castle Trust.  

luddite sword
Mellors and Kirk

On the night of 28 June 1816, Blackburn's men wrecked John Heathcote’s factory, shooting one of the staff in the process. 

Three of the gang were arrested and one, James Towle, was hanged but Blackburn escaped unpunished.

He was, however, caught poaching at the estate of Lord Middleton in Cossall and fought with the Lord’s gamekeeper, W Cook. 

In order to spare himself from the gallows, he chose to inform on those involved in the Loughborough factory raid, which spared his life, and saw six comrades hanged.

Blackburn and his young family were ushered away to Canada for their own safety, while the gamekeeper had the brass pommel inscribed...

Taken from Blackborne Genl of the Luddites by W Cook Shortwood Jany 3rd 1817."

Insription on Luddite sabre

The sabre, with its 58cm steel blade, was a trophy taken by the gamekeeper.

Auctioneers Mellors and Kirk said: "It would not be surprising if the misspelling of Blackburn’s name was deliberate, intended to demonise him, for example in the same way as the evil pirate Blackbeard, which sounds much worse than ‘Edward’."

Travel: One lane closed on M1 near East Midlands Airport

BBC News Travel

A broken down vehicle on the M1 northbound is causing congestion between junction 24 and 23A near East Midlands Airport.

One of the four lanes is currently closed.

Here's how it's looking like at the moment...

Highways England

Your pictures: Sunny Selston

BBC Weather Watchers

It's certainly looking a lot greener out there but there's still a chilly wind out.


Red Gnomes Day in West Bridgford

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Geraldine Ellis certainly wasn't stumped for ideas when it came to fundraising for Comic Relief...

amazon gnome
Geraldine Ellis

Amazon the gnome is doing his bit for Red Nose Day at his tree stump home in West Bridgford.

The "treehouse" stump is under threat from being taken down by the local council but the local kids love it, Geraldine has said.

The story behind the Red Nose squirrel

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The photographer who snapped this excellent bit of Comic Relief has explained how it came about.

Christopher Bull

"A group of us were taking nature photos in Wollaton Park," he said. 

"Someone put some seeds in a red bottle top, the squirrel took it into the tree and dropped it when it had finished eating."

Travel: Trains moving but delayed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Work begins on Great Central Railway bridge

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Work has begun on a bridge that will one day carry heritage steam trains over the Midland Mainline.

Bridge over the Midland Mainline
Great Central Railway

The 30-metre structure (artist's impression above), which should be completed by the autumn, is part of the wider restoration of the Great Central Railway.  

The railway line, between Leicester and Nottingham, was left with a 500m gap after infrastructure, including bridges, were removed.

Workmen on the Great Central Railway

Travel: Train delays on four routes

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Trains say there's been a failure of the electricity supply at the Doncaster signal box, which is causing problems:

  • Trains are unable to run between Doncaster and Lincoln Central on the Doncaster-Peterborough route
  • No service between Lincoln and Newark Northgate on the Grimsby/Lincoln-Leicester route
  • Trains on the Norwich/Nottingham/Liverpool line are being diverted and won't stop at Grantham
  • Nottingham/Grantham/Skegness trains won't stop at Grantham either
east midlands train

Notts gymnasts at national championships

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Keyworth gymnast Sam Oldham is back in action at the Gymnastics British Championships in Liverpool this weekend. 

sam oldham
Getty Images

Nottingham's former world championship medalist Ellie Downie is also competing.

Forest boss could face legal action after Rangers exit

BBC Nottingham Sport

A report in the Scotsman newspaper suggests that the Rangers chairman, Dave King, is considering legal action against his former manager, Mark Warburton over his departure from the club.

Mark Warburton
Dan Westwell

Warburton left the Ibrox last month and is now in charge at Notingham Forest.  

Final home game for Panthers

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Panthers face their final home game in the regular season tonight, as they host Sheffield at the National Ice Centre. 

ice rink

This guy NOSE what day it is...

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Comic Relief squirrel in Wollaton Park is going nuts over Red Nose Day.

red nose squirrel
Christopher Bull

Watch: Weather for the East Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how it's looking today...

Time to close the seafood basket for good?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The attack has left the cockle man contemplating retirement.

Dave the Cockle manm

"It crossed my mind, but why should I? I had two days off and the phone kept ringing," he said.

"People love me in Nottingham. I want to carry on, I don't want to be sitting at home, I want to be mixing with people."

He said he has "struggled" on but has cut down his hours due to the pain from his ribs.

Great to hear, Dave.

Who is the cockle man?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Dave Bartram has sold seafood seven days a week since 1964, when he worked for a local fishmonger.

the cockle man
Lace Market Media

Despite being 60 miles from the sea, he's thought to be the last cockle man in the country.

In 2014 two Nottingham filmmakers made a short film about his life (pictured above). 

He's been attacked a number of times over the years, some of which he fended off with his basket.

A drunken reveller once tried to stab him with a pair of scissors but missed, puncturing his prawn sauce bottle instead

Someone even once put a firework in his basket!

Nottingham cockle man's cancer diagnosis after attack

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If you've ever been out in Nottingham's pubs of an evening you may well have caught sight of a man clad in white holding a basket of seafood...

The cockle man, Dave Bartram, has been pounding the streets of the city selling prawns, mussels and cockles to drinkers for an incredible 50 years with barely a day off.

the cockle man dave bartram

Shockingly, a couple of weeks ago the 70-year-old said he suffered broken ribs after he was beaten up in an attempted robbery.

And when he visited a doctor he was told he had cancer.

"It's serious, but not that serious, they've got it [the cancer] early, I don't need chemo," he said.

"[The robbers] have done me a favour."

Travel: A38 delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • The A38 is slow from the A61 junction in Alfreton to M1 junction 28
  • The A453 is slow approaching the M1 at junction 24
  • It's also congested on the A453 just over the Clifton Bridge

St Ann's murder victim named

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have named a man murdered outside a shop in St Ann's as Reuben Morris-Laing - and they've confirmed it was a  stabbing.

Reuben Morris-Laing
Nottinghamshire Police

The 21-year-old was found outside Premier Express in Robin Hood Way on Wednesday night and later died from his injuries. 

Police have said they've increased patrols in St Ann's to reassure residents.

Good morning: Join us for today’s live news coverage

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

It's another chilly, sunny Friday morning in Nottinghamshire.

Here's the sun rising over Markham Moor in north Notts this morning...

markham moor
Tracey G

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