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  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 March 2017
  2. Police make direct appeal to mum, missing with two sons
  3. St Ann's stabbing: Murder accused appears in court
  4. East Leake 'fifth most normal town'
  5. Nottingham judge defends rape and domestic abuse comments
  6. Cricket: Notts start second day against Cambridge University
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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Weather: Drizzly night

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A mild and cloudy night with a few outbreaks of rain and drizzle, particularly through the early hours.


Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).  

Shanay Walker inquest: School has reviewed its safeguarding practices

Lewis Scrimshaw

News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

Southglade Primary School has responded after it was criticised at the inquest into the death if seven-year-old Shanay Walker.

The acting head Alison Thomas said they have reviewed all their safeguarding practices.

Since Shanay’s tragic death, we have worked hard to ensure that safeguarding children at Southglade Primary is at the heart of all that we do. All concerns raised regarding our pupils are dealt with according to our procedures and reported to the relevant agencies if appropriate. We understand how difficult it has been, not just for those who knew Shanay, but for everyone in our wider community. Her tragic death will stay with us all. Our thoughts continue to be with Shanay’s family at this difficult time.”

Alison ThomasActing head teacher

Shanay Walker inquest: Safeguarding issues 'concerning'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The NSPCC has issued this statement after the conclusion of the inquest into Shanay Walker's death.

No child should have to suffer the appalling cruelty and neglect that Shanay was subjected to at the hands of her aunt and grandmother. This inquest has raised some concerning issues over safeguarding and a lack of communication between various agencies in the months before her death. But it is vital that action is now being taken to address these problems and ensure the child is at the heart of all decisions that are made. We would urge anyone concerned about a child – whether it’s unusual behaviour at the school gate or noises from next door - to speak out, as it could save them from harm."

Shanay Walker
Nottinghamshire Police

Travel: Latest on Nottinghamshire's roads

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • A46 northbound is slow approaching Newark
  • A453 southbound is congested heading into Clifton
  • A50 eastbound is slow approaching M1 J24A

Woman charged with historic sex abuse

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A 60-year-old woman has been charged in connection with four sex offences at a Stapleford children's home in the 1980s.

nottinghamshire police

Myriam Bamkin, of Ripley Road, Belper, is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on 27 April, charged with three offences of indecent assault on a male under 16 years old and one offence of indecent assault on a male over 16,  police have said.

The charges, which were brought following an investigation by officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s historical abuse unit Operation Equinox, are alleged to have happened at the former Amberdale children’s home.

Crufts winner shows off skills

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Check out these moves!

This is Millie the labradoodle and her owner Rebecca Colley, from Worksop.  

They performed at Crufts in the Young Kennel Club's medium agility ABC competition and won!

Now they've qualified to represent Team GB in the European Agility Championships in Luxembourg this summer.

HS2 engineering firm pulls out

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An engineering firm that was chosen to deliver the stretch of high speed rail line HS2 to the East Midlands has pulled out.


CH2M's £170m contract was to develop Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds, via the East Midlands hub at Toton, Nottinghamshire.

But the contract signing was delayed as officials were reportedly investigating concerns from a rival bidder over alleged conflicts of interest.

CH2M blamed the exit on "protracted delays and ongoing speculation".  

Phase 1 of the £55.7bn HS2 scheme is scheduled to open in December 2026, with a second Y-shaped phase launching in two stages.  

The Leeds leg is set to run through Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

Shanay Walker child cruelty inquest: Coroner criticises school staff

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

In the last few moments a coroner in Nottingham has given a narrative conclusion at the inquest into the death of a seven-year-old girl from Bestwood Park.

Shanay Walker
Nottinghamshire Police

Shanay Walker died in 2014 and her aunt and grandmother were jailed for cruelty in 2015.

Coroner Mairin Casey said Southglade Primary School headteacher, Peter Smalley, and teaching assistant, Laura Shreeves  "undermined the safety of Shanay" when they "recreated" a safeguarding form after her death.

Rise in complaints about animal cruelty across East Midlands

East Midlands Today

Complaints about animal cruelty in the East Midlands have risen in the last year, according to figures published by the RSPCA.


Ralph (pictured above) was neglected by his owners in Mansfield when he was four months old and he had to have a leg amputated. 

He has fully recovered and is now living with a family in Derby. 

Dog is rehomed

Dermot Murphy, of the RSPCA, said: "I believe the figures show that we're not becoming crueller, but that people are simply less willing to stand by and do nothing if they think an animal is suffering.

"People are increasingly likely to share images or footage on social media of animals they believe are not being cared for properly."

What would you like to know about Brexit?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Tonight on Facebook we'll be hosting a live Q&A about Brexit. What are your questions?

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Fire in Mansfield now out

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A fire at a pub in Mansfield has now been put out. 

Fire crews said the fire was in the external electrics at the Corner House Pub on Bridge Street. 

mansfield fire
Damian Booker
mansfield fire
Damian Booker

There are no reports of any injuries and the fire service has left the scene.

East Leake 'one of most normal towns'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

How average do you think your town is?

East Leake has been named as the fifth most normal town in the UK  (I'd say it's more of a big village).

east leake

Now, you might agree that average-ness seems a hard thing to quantify but scientists from ASI Data Science reckon that Didcot in Oxfordshire is the most normal place, because it closely matched UK average lifestyle, opinions and experiences.  

They took into account things like age, ethnicity, marital status, property ownership, employment, Euroscepticism, the 2015 Election vote share, income, and house prices to come up with the results.

Fire closes part of Mansfield town centre

Mansfield Chad

Bridge Street and Church Street in Mansfield are closed after a fire.

New pound coin rolls into Nottingham

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Seen one of the new pound coins yet?

Here's one (on the left) of the first of the new batch released to a bank in Nottingham yesterday...

pound coins

Your pictures: Bingham birds

BBC Weather Watchers

Nice weather for... er... geese, pigeons and coots, apparently.

Bingham birds

Weather: Overcast afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of cloud around throughout the afternoon with a few showers likely. 


A couple of bright spells also in the mix on an otherwise overcast day. Highs of 14C (57F).  

BreakingAppeal to missing mum: 'Please pick up the phone'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have appealed directly to missing mum Samantha Baldwin to return home with her little boys.

Samantha, 42, was last seen on Monday morning in Nottingham with her two sons, Louis, 9, and Dylan Madge, 6.

Samantha, all we ask is that you please pick up the phone and let us know you and the children are OK and that you are safe. Overnight we have received thousands of messages of concern for you and the boys. Your loved ones are desperately worried and want to hear from you. They just want to know you and the boys are safe. For now all we need is that phone call."

Supt Richard FretwellNottinghamshire Police
samantha and kids
Nottinghamshire Police

The family, from Newark, have connections to both Lincolnshire and Manchester and may have travelled there after they were last seen.  

Council giving away free train tickets for new Ilkeston station

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

You've got to be in it to win it as the saying goes... 

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...although, is this one of the most underwhelming competition prizes? 

According to, a full price return ticket from Ilkeston to Nottingham is £5.30.

Cricket: Read 'gave his heart' to Notts

BBC Nottingham Sport

Meanwhile captain Chris Read says he wants to be remembered as someone who gave the club his heart. 

chris read
Getty Images

He'll retire  at the end of his upcoming 20th season at Trent Bridge.  

Watch: Cyclist knocked off by lorry

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This was the moment a Wymeswold cyclist was knocked off his bike in Ruddington on Monday morning...

Nick Shaw managed to get back up and had just a few cuts and bruises but believes he escaped a "serious head injury" by wearing a helmet.

He said: "The big dent in my cycle hat goes to show that all cyclists, whatever age, whether it's a long ride or going round the block, must wear a helmet."

Nick Shaw

He's also commented on the "fantastic" response by other drivers. He said some "great people in Ruddington" witnessed it and wanted to make sure he was ok. 

The CCTV footage was given to him by a local resident with a camera on their house.

Police have told the BBC they are investigating but no one has yet been arrested or charged for what happened to Nick.

Some of you have been commenting on the video on Facebook .

Janette Bott said: "The truck driver obviously didn't see the traffic island otherwise he wouldn't have tried overtaking."

Matt Ramster said: "I have this everyday I cycle. Scumbag drivers."

Judge's rape comments 'basic common sense'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A retired Nottingham judge has been talking to the BBC this morning about two controversial comments by judges in recent days.

Mustafa Bashir
Pat Isaacs/Cavendish

Mustafa Bashir, 34 (pictured), who attacked his wife with a cricket bat and forced bleach into her mouth, was given a a suspended jail term.

The judge Richard Mansell said  he was "not convinced [Bashir's wife] was a vulnerable person". 

Michael Stokes QC (below), who retired from Nottingham Crown Court last year after 45 years in law, defended his colleague's comments on BBC Breakfast this morning.

"The judge did not say that this victim was not vulnerable, she was not particularly vulnerable," he said.

“All domestic abuse victims are in one sense vulnerable because they tend to take place in the home, there are no witnesses and the victim has nowhere to go."

judge stokes

He also defended comments by Judge Lindsey Kushner QC,  who said  women were entitled to "drink themselves into the ground" but their "disinhibited behaviour" could put them in danger of rape.

Mr Stokes said it was "basic common sense": "She said if women want to go out and get blind drunk that's a matter entirely for them but they're putting themselves at risk.

"She wasn’t blaming the women, she was blaming the rapist. She sentenced him to six years."

Hynd 'aiming for perfection' in 2020

BBC Nottingham Sport

Kirkby-in-Ashfield's Ollie Hynd says he's already targeting three gold medals at the next Paralympics. 

The swimmer won two in Rio last year and now says he's aiming for perfection as he returns to training.

He was in Mansfield yesterday admiring his picture on the wall...

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Travel: Beeston road closed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Cricket: Day two of Notts vs Cambridge

BBC Nottingham Sport

The second day of Nottinghamshire's match against Cambridge University gets underway at Fenner's shortly. 


The students start this morning on eight without loss, in reply to the Notts total of 339 all out. 

There were half centuries for Steven Mullaney and Greg Smith. 

Looks like there'll be a delayed start....

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East Midlands to be 'strongest economy' outside South East

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Business advisors PwC's latest UK Economic Outlook report predicts that the East Midlands will have the strongest growing economy outside the South East and London in 2017-18.

rolls royce

The Business Desk  quotes Paul Norbury from PwC in the East Midlands, as saying the region's infrastructure could "withstand the current uncertainty as we prepare to leave the EU." 

St Ann's stabbing: Murder accused appears in court

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man accused of the murder of a 21-year-old man in St Ann's last week made his second appearance in court yesterday.

Reuben Morris-Laing

Reuben Morris-Laing died in hospital on Wednesday after being found injured outside Premier Express in Robin Hood Street.

Remee Jarrett, of Kelvedon Gardens, St Ann's, has been charged with his murder as well as attempted grievous bodily harm with intent on another man, and possession of an offensive weapon.

Police said the 29-year-old was remanded into custody after appearing at Nottingham Crown Court and is next due to appear at the same court on 5 May.

Travel: Colwick Loop Road delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We're getting reports of a crash...

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Missing mum and sons: Airports and ports alerted

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire Police say they've got at least 14 detectives and teams of experts searching for missing Samantha Baldwin.

At a press conference last night, police said they've alerted all UK airports and ports about their disappearance.

Here's Supt Richard Fretwell appealing for information...

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

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

Travel: Latest from Nottinghamshire's roads

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • The A52 eastbound is very slow from the Wheatcroft to Gamston island
  • The A453 northbound is slow through Clifton
  • A50 is congested approaching J24A of the M1
  • A46 southbound is congested approaching Newark

Missing mum and sons: Search continues

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police continue to search today for a mother and her two young sons, from Newark, who have gone missing.

Samantha Baldwin and sons
Nottinghamshire Police

This is what we know so far:

  • Samantha Baldwin, 42, was last seen in Nottingham city centre on Monday
  • She's believed to be with sons Louis, 9, and Dylan Madge, 6
  • The family has connections to Lincolnshire and Manchester and they may have travelled there
  • Police have said they are "seriously concerned" for their welfare

If you have any information contact police on 101.

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

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the middle of the week.

Here's Misterton this morning which seems to have avoided most of the rain we're having elsewhere in the county...


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