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  1. Updates for Thursday 30 March 2017
  2. Search for missing mum and sons widens to Europe
  3. Nottingham Women's Centre boss steps down
  4. M1 'smart motorway' plans criticised
  5. Charlie the parrot gets his feathers back
  6. Snooker: Murphy through to China Open quarter finals
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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Weather: Patchy rain later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It’ll be mild and mostly dry. Cloud will thicken through the night with the odd outbreak of patchy light rain possible.


Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)  

Missing mum and sons: CCTV images released

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

CCTV images showing Samantha Baldwin's last movements before she disappeared have been released by police.

The pictures were taken in the Nottingham Waterfront area, near the canal, at around 11:00 on Monday and in Cheapside in the city centre between 11:30 and 12:45 the same day.

Ms Baldwin,of Newark, is wanted on suspicion of abducting Dylan Madge, 6, and Louis Madge, 9, for whom she has no legal custody.

Nottinghamshire Police

Police said they believe the three of them are together.

However, they've not been seen since the CCTV images were taken in Cheapside.

The images show the 42-year-old wearing a distinctive red coat, black tights and black shoes and holding a black handbag. 

Supt Rich Fretwell said: "In light of the recently released footage, I would urge people to cast their minds back to Monday 27 March.

"Did you see a woman in a red coat walking in the city? We would like to hear from you if you did."

A52 closure affecting buses

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A52 closure: Quiet roads in Wollaton

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Notts academy head on £260k

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

A teaching union has criticised top pay at some East Midlands school academy trusts as "too high".

Jane Crich, from the National Union of Teachers, made her comments after a BBC investigation found one trust leader in Nottinghamshire was paid £260,000 last year - believed to be one of the highest such salaries in England.

At the top of that scale was John Tomasevic, of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust in Bingham, who manages six schools. 

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The trust has declined to comment but the Association of School and College Leaders said it's difficult to compare pay rates because of the different nature of the schools they run. 

Interim general secretary, Malcom Trobe, said: "It's a competitive market place for trusts in order to recruit those people they have to look to ensure that they're setting a salary package that is appropriate in order to attract the best people."

M1: Lanes re-open

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Expect delays to remain for some time.

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M1 closure: Four miles of queues

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

And growing...

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Travel: M1 delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Traffic appears to be queuing from before junction 27 after an accident closed three lanes northbound between junctions 27 and 28.

Highways England

Magpies: 'Lots of work, not much play'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Notts County defender Carl Dickinson: "That run under Sheridan was horrible...But the gaffer has given us confidence. Now a lot more thought goes in to it.

"We are a lot more organised. We know exactly where we need to be and training is a lot higher intensity."

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On summer signings, manager Kevin Nolan said: "There won't be anyone coming here for a free ride. Lots of work not much play. The best sides work hardest."

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Severe accident: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J27 for A608 Hucknall and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Nottinghamshire - Heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J27, A608 (Hucknall) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of an accident earlier on.

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

Severe accident: A52 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A52 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between A6464 Woodside Road and A6514 Clifton Boulevard.

A52 Nottinghamshire - A52 Derby Road in Nottingham closed in both directions between Priory Island and The Qmc Island, because of an accident involving car and pedestrian. Traffic is coping well.

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

Missing mum has lived in Newark for two years

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Police have been making house-to-house enquiries in Newark today on this, the fourth day Samantha Baldwin has been missing with her sons.

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Officers have said the 42-year-old has lived in the area since 2015.  

Forest: Mills and Hobbs 'not far from return'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Forest manager Mark Warburton says injured Matt Mills has trained all week and Jack Hobbs is not far away from return either.

mark warburton

Warburton was non-committal on links to Gillingham midfielder Josh Wright: "Prefer to do our business in private."

Women's Centre head steps down

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The chief executive of Nottingham Women's Centre, Melanie Jeffs, is stepping down, the centre has announced.

Ms Jeffs, who has been at the centre for six years, said: "I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved together over the last six years and I’ve no doubt that the centre will continue to go from strength to strength."

Melanie Jeffs
Ursula Kelly

She helped launch a successful campaign to record misogyny as a hate crime.

Nottinghamshire became the first force in the UK to do so last year, after Ms Jeffs led the research into hate crime in the city.

However, she received hundreds of abusive messages, including death threats.

"One person said I should get cancer, I had somebody threatening to find me and tie me up and lots of comments about my appearance," she said at the time.

HS2 firm's pull-out 'no misdemeanour'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The government's rejecting Labour's calls for an independent inquiry into the operation of the HS2 high speed-rail link after an engineering company pulled out amid allegations of "conflicts of interest". 


Yesterday it was revealed, American firm, CH2M,  won't be going ahead  with its £170m contract to develop Phase 2b of the project, part of which is due to pass through our region via the East Midlands hub at Toton. 

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the House of Commons: "This was not some massive misdemeanour. 

"It was an error in process which has caused them to take a step back."

Brexit: 'Will workers' rights be protected?'

House of Commons


Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has expressed concern that a guarantee to protect benefits in trade and customs "has become an aim".

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In the Great Repeal Bill debate earlier, she asked for an undertaking that workers' rights and consumer protections will be "in no way changed" as a result of this bill. 

The prime minister has already given that undertaking, David Davis replied.

Rise in cat ownership 'down to men'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Russell Brand has got one, so does Ed Sheeran.

Could that be the reason behind the number of pet cats rising by 500,000 last year?

A survey by the Pet Food Manufacturer's Association says a million more men got themselves a feline friend in 2016.    

Mike Brooks
Mike Brooks

Mike Brooks, from Nottingham, has three cats and loves them as pets.

"I got a cat because I have always had cats since I was a child and they're wonderful creatures," he said.

"They're cute, usually cuddly (if you respect their wishes), generally low-maintenance, and there is nothing more satisfying than the purr of a happy cat."

'Do the right thing' police urge missing mum

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's a summary of what Supt Richard Fretwell said at the press briefing earlier over missing mum Samantha Baldwin and her two young sons.

  • He said police have had an "overwhelming response" from the public following last night's appeal
  • Lines of enquiry are being followed up "on a national scale"
  • House-to-house enquiries in Newark are to give a "comprehensive picture" of Samantha Baldwin's and the children's movements and to "give community reassurance"
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  • He said officers are becoming "increasingly concerned" for their safety with every day that passes
  • "I would appeal directly to Samantha to do the right thing and return Louis and Dylan safe and well," he said
  • He encouraged people to come forward with information to provide "that little bit of a jigsaw" which could lead to the family's safe return

Travel: A38 broken down vehicle

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There's a broken down vehicle blocking the A38 northbound between the A61 for Alfreton and junction 28 of the M1.

Council looking at safeguarding after child death inquest

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottingham City Council says it's continuing to learn lessons from the death of a seven-year-old girl, after a coroner said a school failed to pass on concerns about her being abused. 

Shanay Walker
Nottinghamshire Police

Shanay Walker's aunt and grandmother were jailed for cruelty after she died in 2014.

Yesterday, a coroner said the headteacher at Southglade Primary, Peter Smalley, and teaching assistant Laura Shreeves, undermined Shanay's safety by not raising the alarm about concerns from other staff members.

Alison Michalska, from the authority, said safeguarding had been reviewed after Shanay's death.

"We've made sure the learning of that has gone across all schools in Nottingham," she said.

"The scale of what was further revealed at the coroners court means we need to go back and make sure things are as robust as we think they had improved to."

Watch live: House-to-house enquiries over missing mum and sons


We're live from Mansfield police station as Supt Richard Fretwell has the latest information about missing mum Samantha Baldwin, from Newark, and her two young sons

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Stags boss 'turned down' Qatar offer

BBC Nottingham Sport

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans confirms our story earlier this week - he did receive a Qatar job offer, but says he turned it down.

Steve Evans
Dan Westwell

Your pictures: Waxwings wait for warmer weather

BBC Weather Watchers

These 10 waxwings sitting in a tree in Kimberley were spotted by Steve A.

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Steve A

They're winter visitors to the UK, so they are probably waiting for the weather to warm up before they head back to Scandinavia.  

Weather: Showers possible later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mainly dry and bright afternoon with some sunny spells and only a couple of showers, particularly in the early evening. 


Warm too, with highs of 19C (66F).  

Search for missing mum and sons widened to Europe

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The search for missing Newark mum Samantha Baldwin and her two sons has been widened out to Europe, police said this morning.

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Supt Rich Fretwell said: "We have an all-ports warning in place, that stretches over to Europe. However, there's no indication at the moment that they have left the country, but we keep an open mind."

Officers confirmed last night they were treating it as an abduction and confirmed she didn't have custody of Louis Madge, 9, and Dylan Madge, 6.

Two women, aged 62 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and have been bailed.

Charlie the parrot's feathers have grown back

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

He still loves that tank top, though.

Charlie was rescued in 2007 and has been looked after by Eastwood woman Rachel Blagg, from Guardian Angel Bird Sanctuary.

He was hardly recognisable as a parrot at the time and vets advised he should be put down.

But with the help of knitwear, his plumage has returned.

How did ex-England winger end up playing rugby for Romania?

BBC Sport

In 2009 former Nottingham Rugby player Jack Cobden helped England win the U20 World Cup final alongside the likes of Ben Youngs, Courtney Lawes and Jamie George.

But on the same day that trio helped England retain their Six Nations title  with victory over Scotland , Cobden switched allegiances, making his debut for adopted country Romania in the Rugby Europe Championship  

Jack Cobden
Daniel Nechta

So how did a player raised in Lichfield, Staffordshire, nurtured at the Leicester Tigers academy and who starred in the Championship for Nottingham end up playing for the country which is perhaps best known to non-Romanians as the home of Count Dracula?

Read his story here.

Cricket: Final day of Notts vs Cambridge

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire are on top, going into the final day of their friendly match against Cambridge University at Fenner's. 

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Notts finished last night with a lead of 262, closing on 46-2. 

Earlier the students were bowled out for just 123.

Samit Patel took five wickets, and Harry Gurney four.

Dash-cam footage of A1 straw bales crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There was clearly no time to BALE out of this crash...

Dash-cam footage has captured the dramatic moment straw bales came toppling off a lorry on the A1 , near Newark earlier this week.  

It was filmed from the cab of a Mid UK Recycling lorry.

No-one was hurt but both vehicles were damaged.

Snooker: Murphy through to Open quarter finals

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham's Shaun Murphy beats Michael White five frames to one to reach the quarter finals of Snooker's China Open.

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Travel: City centre crash cleared

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

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Police were at the scene, speaking to the people involved.


Nottingham band on Glasto bill

Dominic Johnson

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter

Here's the official Glastonbury line-up for 2017. 

So far I've noted Barry Gibb, the Jacksons, Shaggy and Nottingham's Sleaford Mods.

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M1 'smart motorway' plans criticised over hard shoulder loss

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The RAC has criticised plans to turn a stretch of the M1 in the East Midlands into a smart motorway. 

Cars on the M1

The scheme, which work begins on today, will see signs put above lanes on the M1 between junctions 23a and 25 which tell you when it's closed or what the speed limit is.

It also means the hard shoulder could become a full time driving lane.

But the RAC believe this part of the plan could cause safety issues.  

Smart Motorway
Balfour Beatty

Simon Williams from the RAC said: "The concerns are that the hard shoulder is there as a place of refuge when something goes wrong or you break down or you have an accident. 

"While smart motorway schemes have refuge areas my main concern is they are not close enough together. They are up to two and a half kilometres apart."  

Highways England has said the scheme is safe, and they have procedures in place to help any motorists facing difficulty on the motorway.

Missing mum and sons: What we know so far

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • Samantha Baldwin, 42, from Newark, was last seen on Monday in Nottingham city centre
  • She was described as being 5ft 7in (1.7m) 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, but may have changed her clothing since
missing mum and sons
Nottinghamshire Police
  • Louis Madge, 9, is described as having fair hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes 
  • Dylan Madge, 6, has straight dark brown hair, a tanned complexion and brown eyes
  • The two boys also use the surname Taylor
  • On Tuesday night police said all UK ports and airports were on alert for the missing family
  • At a press conference last night, police confirmed they were treating the investigation as abduction and said Ms Baldwin didn't have legal custody of the boys
  • The family has connections to Lincolnshire and Manchester

Missing mum and sons: Police treating as 'abduction'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

As the search for a missing Newark woman and her two sons enters a fourth day, police have revealed they're treating the case as abduction.

Samantha Baldwin Lewis Madge, 9, Dylan Madge, 6.
Nottinghamshire Police

At a press conference last night, Supt Rich Fretwell said Samantha Baldwin, 42, did not have legal custody of Lewis Madge, 9, or Dylan Madge, 6. 

Two women, aged 62 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and have been released on police bail in connection with the abduction investigation.

Supt Fretwell said detectives had carried out searches of properties, studied CCTV footage and used number plate recognition technology in the search.

Travel: City centre crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Travel: Latest on Nottinghamshire's roads

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • The A46 southbound is heavily congested this morning between the A1133 and the A1 approaching Newark
  • A52 eastbound is slow between the Bramcote and Priory islands
  • On the westbound stretch of the A52 , it's congested between the Wheatcroft and Nottingham Knight islands
  • The A453 southbound is slow between the junctions with the M1 and the A42

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