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  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 March 2017
  2. Concern over missing family from Newark
  3. Read set to retire as Notts captain
  4. Galleries of Justice to reopen under new name
  5. Trams 'not ready to accept new £1'
  6. Crews tackle fire in Beeston
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Calum McKenzie

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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.

Specialist officers in search for missing family

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Police have admitted there is very little they can say at the moment about the search, but here's a round up of what we know.

Samantha Baldwin and her two sons nine-year-old Louis and six-year-old Dylan Madge are missing and were last seen in Nottingham city centre.

  • The family are from Newark but have links to Lincolnshire and Manchester
  • Louis and Dylan both go by the surname Taylor
  • Louis is described as having collar-length straight fair hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes
  • Dylan is described as having collar-length straight dark brown hair, a tanned complexion and brown eyes
  • Samantha is 5ft 7in, slim build with shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a red knee-length coat from Mango

A dedicated team of officers is working round-the-clock in a "targeted search" for the family, which includes a warning at all ports, a specialist missing from home team and a specialist search team.

Officers urged members of the public to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

Louis, left, Samantha and Dylan
Nottinghamshire Police

Police 'seriously concerned' about missing family

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Supt Rich Fretwell told the gathered media that the importance of the public's help in the search for the family "cannot be underestimated".

"We are seriously concerned for the welfare of all three of them. We need to find them as soon as possible to make sure they are safe and well," he added.

Dedicated team of officers working 'round the clock' in search for family

Jo Healey

East Midlands Today

Nottinghamshire Police have set up a dedicated team in the search for Samantha Baldwin and her two sons, Louis and Dylan.

Three detective sergeants and 11 detective constables are working round the clock in what's described as a "targeted search".

The family were last spotted in Nottingham city centre although they are from Newark and officers have been speaking to people in the town.

Police addressing media at press conference

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Missing family have links across the country

The family, who are from Newark, are believed to also have connections to Lincolnshire and Manchester. 

Police believe they may have travelled to either of those places after they were last seen. 

Police to brief press about missing family

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire police has called an urgent press conference about missing mum Samantha Baldwin and her sons Louis and Dylan which is due to start at 18:00.

We're extending Local Live this evening to bring you that briefing.

Police launches urgent appeal to trace missing family

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Police release images of missing family

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police have just released these images of Samantha Baldwin and her sons Louis (left) and Dylan Madge (right). 

Samantha Baldwin, Louis (left) and Dylan Madge (right)
Nottinghamshire Police

Police release descriptions of missing family

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Samantha is described as being 5ft 7ins tall, of a slim build with shoulder length, highlighted blonde hair and green/blue eyes. 

She was last seen wearing a red knee-length coat from Mango but may have changed her clothing since, Nottinghamshire Police said. 

Louis is described as having collar-length straight fair hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes.

Dylan is described as having collar-length straight dark brown hair, a tanned complexion and brown eyes.

BreakingMother and two children from Newark missing

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police are concerned for the whereabouts of a mother and her two children who were last seen near Nottingham city centre on Monday. 

Samantha Baldwin, 42, and her sons Louis Madge, 9 and six-year-old Dylan Madge are from Newark. 

Nottinghamshire Police believe the three of them are still together. 

The boys also use the surname Taylor. 

Your photos: March across Nottinghamshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Badger for sending in this pic of the daffodils in Bingham. 

Daffodils in Bingham
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Notts captain Chris Read to retire at the end of the season

Anna Soubry criticises bat attack abuse sentence

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has criticised a judge over a suspended jail term given to a man who attacked his wife with a cricket bat.

Mustafa Bashir and Anna Soubry

Mustafa Bashir, 34, also forced bleach into her mouth, but the judge in Manchester said his sentence took into account his wife was not "vulnerable".  

Ms Soubry, a qualified criminal barrister, has called for Bashir's sentence to be reviewed. 

Evans gets GB call for France quarter-final

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottingham-based Dan Evans has been named in Great Britain's four man squad for next month's (7-9 April) Davis Cup quarter-final against France in Rouen.

Dan Evans
Al Bello/Getty Images

Evans, who trains at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, will be down to play two singles matches with Andy Murray out injured. 

The tie will be played indoors on clay at Rouen's Kinder Arena - but Evans has not contested a tournament on clay since May 2015. 

Football: Hardy has 'no regrets' at buying Notts County despite debts

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport Online

Notts County will continue to lose money until January 2022, but owner Alan Hardy has no regrets about buying the struggling League Two club.

Alan Hardy
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Hardy said Notts were losing £1.6m a year when he took over in January.

But he told  BBC Radio Nottingham's Matchtalk programme  they were making progress on and off the pitch.

"It is a step in the right direction, but it is still a lot of money we are losing every year. The whole business model has to change," Hardy said.

Weather: Pleasant afternoon ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mainly cloudy but dry afternoon with occasional gaps and breaks in the cloud allowing for something a little brighter.

Weather map

Highs of 15C (59F). 

Concern over region's graduate retention rates

Fewer than one in three graduates are choosing to stay in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, according to new figures. 


Research by Gradcore found that just 29% of graduates stayed in the region in 2014/15. 

It said that this was possibly because of the number of people who come to university here from London and the south east (and then move back) and the relatively low number of local students who choose to stay and study at the University of Nottingham or Nottingham Trent.  

General shot of Nottingham

Mandy Ball, who has been a lecturer at Nottingham Trent for 14 years, said other cities are prospering at Nottingham's expense. 

"Nottingham is caught a bit between two stores in that it is a city, but it is not as big as other competitors," she said.

"There are perhaps greater opportunities in some of those larger cities." 

Nottinghamshire County Council is set to discuss the findings of the research today.  

Fire rips through house being built in Beeston

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

These dramatic pictures show a blaze at a house under construction in Beeston. 

House fire in Beeston
Leigh Curtis
Leigh Curtis

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said no one was injured in the blaze and there was no damage to surrounding properties. 

An investigation into the blaze is taking place while one crew continues to damp down the property, the fire service added. 

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 entry slip road closed northbound at J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a swan on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Your questions: What's the Beeston stump all about?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Dustin St Dennis used your questions to ask: "What does the statue in Beeston square actually represent?"

It's been in the town centre for nearly 30 years but what exactly is it?

the stump

It's official name is Water Head but it's known locally as "the stump".

However its real meaning probably died with its creator, the sculptor Paul Mason, in 2006.

It was originally meant to be a fountain, like the Leaf Stem near St Peter's Church in Nottingham also designed by Mason, but the water stopped flowing in the 1990s and neither were ever switched back on.

The Beestonian blog  reported that Mason was often involved in the setting of a piece and probably wouldn't have chosen Beeston's much maligned Square (since redeveloped).

Matt Turpin, who runs the blog, said he thinks it would be better suited to a more natural setting like the nearby churchyard.

"It's a very springlike piece and I would like it a bit better if it were somewhere with nature around it rather than where it is. It looks a bit incongruous," he said. 

Football: Stags 'won't be accepting any offers for Evans'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Mansfield Town chairman John Radford has moved to quash reports linking manager Steve Evans with a move away from the club. 

Steve Evans
Getty Images

BBC Radio Nottingham's Stags reporter Charlie Slater said on Monday he had heard that Evans had been the subject of a "lucrative offer" to go and manage in Qatar. 

In a statement on his Twitter account, Mr Radford said he was "not of the mind to accept any offer for our manager." 

He added that he had decided to release the statement so the club could focus on their next game against Exeter. 

Mansfield are currently ninth in League Two, a point outside the play-off places. 

Tributes paid to retiring Notts skipper Chris Read

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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BreakingNottinghamshire stalwart Chris Read set to retire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read is to retire at the end of the season. 

Chris Read
David Rogers/Getty Images

The 38-year-old, who is about to begin his 20th campaign at Trent Bridge, is to take up a job as director of cricket at Uppingham School in Rutland. 

He won the County Championship twice with Notts in 2005 and 2010 and led the Outlaws to YB40 success at Lords in 2013. 

Chris Read with the YB40 trophy
Jan Kruger/Getty Images

"I’m going to really enjoy this last six months of my playing career," ex-England international Read said. 

"I’ve set myself high standards throughout my career and this season is no different.

"I’ll be putting everything into Nottinghamshire, into driving us forward and making sure that, when I do leave at the end of September, the club is in the best possible position."

Chris Read plays for England
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Nottingham tram network 'not ready to accept new £1 coin'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

If you get one of these new 12-sided £1 coins,  that have come into circulation today, unfortunately you will not be able to use them for the tram ticket machines in Nottingham. 


Well, not yet, anyway. 

Pound coin
Royal Mint

A spokesperson for the tram operator NET said: "Whilst every effort is being made to ensure our machines are updated as soon as possible, further software tests are required before we can implement the change. 

"In the meantime, customers can still use the old pound coins when paying for their tram travel by cash." 

Galleries of Justice to reopen under new name after refurb

BBC Radio Nottingham

The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham are set to reopen at the end of the week following a million pound facelift. 

Galleries of Justice

The museum, which is a former courthouse and jail, will now also be known as the National Justice Museum when it reopens. 

It currently houses the UK's largest collection of law, crime and punishment artefacts. 

Galleries of Justice refurb

"This is the first time the museum has been refurbished since it opened in 1995," the museum's chief executive Tim Desmond told BBC Radio Nottingham. 

"It is a major thing for us. 

"It is a bit like having one hundred painters and decorators coming into your house and transforming it." 

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here is my forecast for Wednesday... 

Your photos: March across Nottinghamshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a misty start to the day near the Bennerley Viaduct at Awsworth this morning. 

Bennerley Viaduct in the mist
Steve A/BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Steve A for taking this pic. 

Students set for stern test against Nottinghamshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It might not feel like cricket weather outside - but Nottinghamshire begin their season later (11:00) with a three-day friendly against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's. 

Fenner's ground
Tony Marshall/Getty Images

The students will be given an examination of a different kind with Nottinghamshire having included England internationals Alex Hales, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad (pictured below) and Harry Gurney in their XI. 

Nottinghamshire have another friendly against Glamorgan before beginning their season at Leicestershire on Friday 7 April. 

Stuart Broad
David Rogers/Getty Images

Head coach Peter Moores told the club's official website: "We won’t be able to get everybody away in this game that’s in with a chance of playing against Leicestershire, but we’ll get to do that over the two games." 

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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

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