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  1. Updates for Friday 31 March 2017
  2. Man dies in A52 crash
  3. Search for missing Newark family enters fifth day
  4. Man arrested over Forest Fields stabbing
  5. Missing sex offender, 81, could be in Notts
  6. Peter Stringfellow comes to Nottingham to find out 'are clubs dead?'
  7. British Canoeing coach suspended over welfare complaint
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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Weather: Chance of drizzle

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Some clear spells to start the night but cloud will move in from the west later on. 


With increased cloud there's a chance of a few outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. 

Cooler than last night. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Missing mum and sons: Appeal to caravan parks and hotels

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

These are the main points from the briefing earlier by Supt Rich Fretwell on missing Samantha Baldwin and her two sons:

  • He's becoming "increasingly concerned for the welfare and safety" of the two boys, Louis and Dylan
  • There's "always a possibility someone is knowingly harbouring" Ms Baldwin and the boys and he urged that person to come forward
  • He appealed to owners, UK wide, to check caravan parks, hotels, bed and breakfasts and holiday lets to look at who has booked their premises since they went missing on Monday
supt rich fretwell
  • He said Ms Baldwin may have changed hers and the boys' appearance 
  • There have been "numerous sightings" and, while many have been discounted, "some are still open lines of inquiry" and cover the length and breadth of the UK
  • Ms Baldwin has previously lived in the Rochdale area, he said
  • "No indication" she's gone abroad but "we won't discount that"

Nick Matthew: Gold Coast could be a nice 'swansong'

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

British number one squash player, Nick Matthew from Sheffield, has hinted at his retirement from the sport.

The nine-time national champion was speaking in Nottingham and thought the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year could be time to step back.

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We're live as police brief press on the latest with the missing mum and sons from Newark.  

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Man sprayed bodily fluids on nearly 200 girls

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man has been jailed for six years and eight months for secretly spraying a solution containing his bodily fluids on young girls in Nottingham.

David Long, 75, admitted 13 charges of sexually touching three identified children and 10 unidentified children both under and over 13 years old.

He asked for a further 186 offences of sexually touching girls under and over 13 years old to be taken into consideration.

He also admitted making 420 indecent images of children.

All the offences were committed between 2003 and 2016.

David Long
Nottinghamshire Police

Nottingham Crown Court heard how Long had taken pictures of children in the city centre before spraying them with the solution and then photographing them again, police said.

When he was arrested a search of his home in Forest Road, Loughborough, uncovered notebooks containing hundreds of pictures of unidentified children as well as notes containing his sexual fantasies about what he had done.

Forensic tests confirmed Long's DNA was found on victims' clothing.

Det Ch Insp Peter Quinn, of Nottinghamshire Police, said Long showed "extraordinary levels of perversion" and called his acts "sickening".

"There will be people out there who do not know that they have been a victim of his criminality," he said.

"I wish to reassure the public however that every reasonable step has been taken to ensure that Long’s actions have placed no-one’s health at risk and I am satisfied that this is the case."

Travel: A52 closed near Saxondale

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A17 crash: Road reopens

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A17 crash: Four vehicles involved

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Four vehicles are involved in the crash that's closed the A17 in both directions in Coddinton.

Traffic is being diverted at Drove Lane and the A1 turn off at Winthorpe.

Legal arguments delay drilling plans

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The date when planning permission can be given to Nottinghamshire's first exploratory shale gas wells has been put back two months to the end of May.

fracking protest

Nottinghamshire County Council  gave permission  to Island Gas Ltd to drill at Misson - a former Cold War missile launch site close to the South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire borders - in November amid anti-fracking protests outside County Hall.

However, legal arguments have not yet been settled over the section 106 agreement for the site, which covers lorry movements around the site, plans to restore the land after use and to monitor water levels nearby.

Once issued, the planning permission will also include 37 separate conditions aimed at minimising the impacts of the development on the environment and local communities.

If shale gas is found, it could be extracted via the controversial process known as fracking.

Severe accident: A17 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A17 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between Drove Lane and A1.

A17 Nottinghamshire - A17 in Coddington closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Drove Lane junction and Newark Showground, because of an accident involving four cars.

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

World's smallest cinema to close

Notts TV

The world’s smallest cinema, Screen 22 in Nottingham, is set to shut down after six years of showcasing films.

Your pictures: Clouds over Clipstone

BBC Weather Watchers

Windyshepherd, who sent us this picture, said: "Shame you can't hear the skylarks."


Teen arrested over student's Forest Fields death

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of 21-year-old Aqib Mazhar in Forest Fields last June.

aqib mazhar
Nottinghamshure Police

Four men were jailed for the 21-year-old student's manslaughter in December.

He was stabbed in the chest on Russell Road, where he lived.

The arrested man remains in police custody.

Man assaulted on Retford train

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise this man?

Retford assault cctv
British Transport Police

Police want to speak to him after a man was assaulted leaving a train at Retford station

It happened on 11 March at 23:40 on a journey from London.

The 43-year-old man, who was assaulted by another passenger he had spoken to, suffered cuts and bruising to his face, British Transport Police said.

Det Sgt Paul Kazimierczyk said: "This incident happened on the day of the England vs Scotland Six Nations fixture, which may help to jog people’s memories."

Roadworks begin near East Midlands Airport

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

You're being advised to leave extra time if you're heading to the airport...

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Missing sex offender could be in Notts

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police in Lancashire have said they're concerned for the welfare of an 81-year-old man who failed to turn up to court to be sentenced for a number of historic child sex offences.

John Gilbert Blacktop
Lancashire Police

John Gilbert Blacktop, of Morecambe, who was given a 21-year sentence in his absence, was living in Nottingham during the trial at Bradford Crown Court, officers said.

He was last seen at the court at 14:00 on Wednesday but police believe he could be in the East Midlands.

Insp Lukmaan Mulla said: “While Mr Blacktop is wanted for failing to appear at court, we are also concerned for his welfare and I would appeal to anyone who sees him, or knows where he may be to get in touch. 

"I would also appeal to Mr Blacktop himself to contact us if he sees this appeal.”

Freeman and Eames to leave Green and Whites

BBC Nottingham Sport

Meanwhile there have been two departures confirmed at Nottingham Rugby.

morgan eames
Nottingham Rugby

Toby Freeman will join Cornish Pirates and Morgan Eames (pictured) heads to Doncaster in the summer.

Are nightclubs dead?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Once a big player on the nightclub scene, Peter Stringfellow has come to Nottingham to find out why people aren't going to clubs any more...

Find out how he got on in Inside Out East Midlands on BBC One tonight at 19:30 .

Nottingham Rugby: Coghlan signs for another year

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Rugby are pleased to announce the re-signing of flanker Jordan Coghlan, for a further year.

Nottingham Rugby

The 24 year-old Irishman will return to The Bay for a second season after joining the Green and Whites from Munster last summer.

70s punks join Splendour line-up

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The Buzzcocks are the among the latest addition to the line-up for Nottingham's Splendour festival.


They'll be joining Kaiser Chiefs, Busted, Tony Hadley, Billy Ocean and more in Wollaton Park in July.


GB Canoeing coach suspended over welfare complaint

BBC Sport

British Canoeing, which has a base at Holme Pierrepont, has become the latest national sports governing body to be embroiled in an athlete welfare controversy. 


The BBC's learned that a a  coach was suspended  last year following a formal complaint. 

An investigation is yet to be concluded.

Last week British Swimming conducted an investigation after bullying claims were made by Paralympians about a coach.

Search for missing mum and sons enters day five

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There's still been no news on Samantha Baldwin, who's wanted on suspicion of abducting her sons Dylan Madge, 6, and Louis Madge, 9.

Here's what we know so far...

  • Police released these new CCTV images last night from the last time she was seen on Monday, wearing a distinctive red coat
  • The images show her in two locations - Nottingham Waterfront, near the canal, at about 11:00 and then at Cheapside, off the Old Market Square, between 11:30 and 12:45
  • Neither she nor the boys have been seen since
Nottinghamshire Police
  • Police revealed earlier in the week she does not have custody of the boys
  • They have issued a warning at airports and ports in the UK and widened the search to Europe
  • House-to-house enquiries have been carried out in her hometown of Newark
  • The family also has links to Manchester and Lincolnshire

Cricket: Notts convincingly beat Cambridge

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire warmed up for the new cricket season in marvellous fashion, beating Cambridge University by 344 runs.

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They bowled the students out for just 79 in their second innings.

Magpies: Bola back in training

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County will give defender Marc Bola as long as possible to prove his fitness for the weekend. 

meadow lane

Bola missed the win at Wycombe last weekend with a groin problem but returned to training yesterday.  

Forest: Mills and Lichaj could return for Preston game

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottingham Forest could have defenders Matt Mills and Eric Lichaj back in their side for tomorrow's Championship game at Preston.

matt mills
Getty Images

Mills has been out for more than two months because of a groin injury.   

Travel: Slow traffic M1 northbound

BBC News Travel

There is slow traffic due to debris on the road on the M1 northbound between J28 for the A38 and J29 for the A617.

Travel: Latest on Nottinghamshire's roads

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

  • The A52 eastbound between the Crown Island and the QMC is queuing because of an earlier accident
  • The A52 westbound is slow between the Priory and Bramcote islands
  • The A453 northbound is slow from M1 J24 towards Nottingham
  • The A50 eastbound is congested approaching M1 J24A
  • Delays on the A46 southbound approaching the A1 junction at Newark

What do double red lines in Nottingham mean?

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Dust off your Highway Code because double red lines have been appearing in Nottingham. 

red lines

They mean drivers will not be able to stop, wait or drop off along what the city council calls the Southern Relief route, which includes Canal Street, Lower Parliament Street, Queens Drive and Wilford Road.

But don't panic, they won't be enforced just yet.

Francis Ashton from the city council said: "This is a big process. It isn't just about slapping some red paint on the road, it's about getting computer software sorted, cameras installed and working.

"We won't be ready to use the red route until some time in April."

Man dies in rush hour A52 crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man's died after a crash on Derby Road between the QMC and Priory Island in Nottingham during rush hour yesterday. 

Jacqueline Dixon

Police confirmed the man, in his 20s, died at the scene following a serious collision between a car and pedestrian at around 16:45. 

The road was closed until just after midnight, causing big delays for traffic.

British Canoeing to host world championships

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The National Water Sports Centre has won the bid to host the canoeing World Freestyle Championships in 2021.  

national watersports centre

The event will be hosted at British Canoeing's base in Holme Pierrepont, where about 300 of the world’s best freestyle paddlers will compete.

Chief executive David Joy said it was "fantastic news".

“This competition will be the catalyst for us to grow and develop the discipline of freestyle in the run up to and after the event itself," he said.

Travel: A52 crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

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

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the last Local Live of the week.

Here's the sun going down in Kirkby-in-Ashfield on what was the warmest day of the year yesterday....

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