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  1. Updates for Friday 20 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Dave Wade

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That's all from Local Live this week. Join us again bright and early on Monday.

Weather: Rain pushing in

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Remaining dry but cloudy to end the day with a strengthening south westerly wind. 

Rain will push in from the west overnight but this is likely to be fairly light and patchy. 

It’s a mild night - minimum temperatures of 11C (52F).


Smoking bus coming to a town near you

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A mobile clinic is touring Nottinghamshire offering smokers free nicotine replacement therapy and support.

Welnnes on Wheels

It's been in Mansfield today, where around a fifth of people smoke.  

Travel: City delays

Special Olympics Meg 'died twice on operating table'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Meg McFarlane is no ordinary skater - she has Downs Syndrome and at birth was never expected to walk, let alone skate. 

Now she's earned her place in the Special Olympics. 

Meg McFarlane and mum
Cory McFarlane

Her dad said that 13-year-old Meg, (pictured above as a young child on the ice), underwent a series of operations early in her life and she even technically died on the operating table twice. 

Cory McFarlane said "It proves the power of sport is an amazing thing."

Notts fire engines heading for Croatia

Hucknall Dispatch

A team of staff from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service will be making a trip to Croatia later this month where they will be donating two of the service’s ‘end of life’ fire engines to firefighters there.

Radford school to double in size

Lewis Scrimshaw

News editor, BBC Radio Nottingham

News now of another school increasing in size.

Mellers Primary School in Radford is set to double in size, increasing places to 420 to meet growing pupil numbers.

Mellers Primary School

Eight new classrooms and a new hall will be built, with work starting in August in time for September 2017.  

Breakdancing film on show in city again

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

There's another chance to see the documentary about Nottingham's lesser known breakdancing scene this weekend.

NG83: When We Were B-Boys tells the story of the breakdancing craze as experienced in the city in the 1980s. 


It's being shown at Broadway cinema on Sunday.

Filmmaker Claude Knight, a former B-Boy, told me the film, which was crowdfunded, has been shown many times across the country since its release last October.

Read more about it here.

Travel: Worksop delays

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the A60 Mansfield Road at the A57 junction in Worksop.

Notts County's head of recruitment leaves

BBC Nottingham Sport

Following Guy Branston's departure, chief executive Jason Turner has said: "I would like to thank Guy for his dedication and hard work...He leaves with our very best wishes.

Guy Branston
Getty Images

Branston said he's had a "fantastic time at the club and enjoyed every minute".

The 37-year-old joined as chief scout in February 2015 and has played a key role in recruiting players since then.

Travel: A1 update

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the A1 at Markham Moor because of a broken down caravan.

Magpies release 11 players

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County say they envisage a managerial appointment by the end of the month.

They've announced their retained list, releasing 11 players, including Roy Carroll, Liam Noble and Blair Adams.

Wes Atkinson

Wes Atkinson (pictured) and Haydn Hollis have been offered new deals.  

Mike Edwards and Kevin Pilkington retain playing contracts and Alan Smith has been offered a player-coach deal.

Travel: A1 delays

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the A1 northbound at Markham Moor.

Travel: A46 delays

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A46 Fosse Road northbound in Farndon at the Farndon Road junction.

Disabled boy's plight leads to roundabout mission

Retford Times

A Retford action group have launched a fundraising campaign to get a new fully inclusive, disabled access children's roundabout installed on Kings' Park.

Notts County confirm Branston departure

Notts County's head of recruitment Guy Branston leaves after 15 months with the League Two club.

Guy Branston
Getty Images

Weather: Isolated showers later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A decent day with plenty of brightness. Cloudy through this afternoon and a few isolated showers during rush hour.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).


Cricket: Broad out

BBC Nottingham Sport

Stuart Broad now out for just two runs. England are 233-8.

Stuart Broad
Getty Images

More on Beeston Square purchase

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Henry Boot are the owners of the Square in Beeston.

It was opened in 1970 but hadn't been refurbished since 1989. That was until late 2013 after big sections of it were demolished for the new tram route.

The Square
Broxtowe Borough Council

During that work, shop facades were modernised.

Now the council is planning further changes which it says will "help secure the future of the development of the town".

Disabled ice skater selected for Special Olympics

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Massive congratulations to ice skater Meg McFarlane, from Sutton. 

When she was born, doctors said she probably wouldn't walk but the 13-year-old has earned a place at the Special Olympics. 

Look at her go!

Council buys Beeston Square for £7.6m

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Broxtowe Borough Council has bought the leasehold interest to Beeston Square for £7.6m, the authority has revealed.

It means they can now bring in money from the tenants there, including Wilkinsons, Peacocks, Argos and Birds.

And they have much more control over the planned redevelopment work, which started last year.

Beeston Square
Broxtowe Borough Council

Cricket: Hales out

BBC Nottingham Sport

Today won't be the day Alex Hales gets his first Test century. Gone for 86.

Alex Hales
Getty Images

900 packs of legal highs seized in Notts

West Bridgford Wire

Last year, more than 900 packs of untested drugs were seized by the county council’s Trading Standards team with names including "Go-Caine", "Herbal Haze" and "Atomic Bomb".

legal highs

Tennis: Pat Cash to play at Open

BBC Nottingham Sport

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash will be part of the exhibition line-up that'll play on Women's Finals Day at this year's Nottingham Open.

Pat Cash
Getty Images

City art gallery director signs pro-EU letter

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Director of Nottingham Contemporary, Sam Thorne, is one of the almost 300 high profile signatories of a letter saying Brexit would "damage" the creative industry.

Sam Thorne
Sam Thorne

It's also been signed by Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley Sir Patrick Stewart, Trace Emin and Jo Brand to name a few.

The letter, organised by the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, says Britain's "global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away". 

But clearly not everyone involved in the arts is in favour of Bremain - House of Cards author and Tory peer, Lord Dobbs, said British success in the industry was not down to the EU: "Culture owes nothing to committees... The dream is dead. We need to move on."

Chris Gayle (left), Shahid Afridi (middle), Brendon McCullum (right)

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport

The domestic cricket scene is set to burst into life as the glitz and glamour of the T20 Blast gets under way on Friday.

Read more

£4m expansion school 'oversubscribed'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Phil Crompton, from the Trent Academies Group, which runs Rushcliffe School said in September they were oversubscribed by 450.

"It is a popular school," he said

Rushcliffe School
Rushcliffe School

As well as the expansion, the school also helped to improve the Farnborough Academy in Clifton, where a lot of pupils were applying for places at Rushcliffe.

Rushcliffe School, which was the first East Midlands school to be awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark, is now asking parents, neighbours and other schools in the area for their views on the expansion.

Man 'steals busker's money' in driver's footage

Nottingham Post

An unsuspecting driver filmed what appears to be the exact moment an opportunist thief steals a busker's earnings in Nottingham.

'Absurd' to criminalise cannabis possession and not legal highs

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

However, Mr Wilson, who's an expert on drugs legislation, said the fact the new legislation on legal highs doesn't decriminalise possession is "a good thing".

legal high

"But there's a slight absurdity to it because you've got a substance like cannabis that is criminalised but you've got substances that mimic it that are much more problematic that are not criminalised," he said.

"These are things that we'll have to work through".

Cricket: Hales hoping for century

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales will hope to hit his first Test Match century later this morning. 

Alex Hales
Getty Images

He starts on 71 this morning against Sri Lanka at Headingley, with England on 171-5.

Travel: Sutton lights problems

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories this morning:

  • A school in West Bridgford plans a £4m expansion to admit an extra 500 pupils
  • Legal high ban will have little impact on Nottingham, expert says
  • Cricket: 10,000 expected to see Notts vs Birmingham this evening at Trent Bridge

Legal high ban 'difficult to enforce' in city

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Now you may have heard about the blanket ban on legal highs, due to come into force next week.

Well experts here in Nottingham believe it won't have much of an impact in the city.

From Thursday, anyone found to be producing or selling substances deemed to be "psychoactive" could face up to seven years in prison.

Legal highs
Getty Images

Senior lecturer in criminology at Nottingham Trent, Andrew Wilson, said: "We don't have a good system for picking it up in tests so how are you going to police it?"

Cricket: 10,000 expected at Trent Bridge for Notts vs Birmingham

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire begin their T20 campaign today. 

The Outlaws face Birmingham at Trent Bridge this evening with Dan Christian set to captain the side for the first time. 

Trent bridge

A crowd of more than 10,000 is expected at the match. 

Follow live updates here.

Travel: A611 shut at Hucknall

BBC Travel

The A611 Annesley Road is closed northbound between Hucknall Road and the A608 junction because of an accident.

Space for 2,000 pupils after new block built

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The new building would include three new drama studios and house the school's foreign languages department and music classrooms. 

It would mean the school could increase its capacity to almost 2,000 pupils over the next few years. 

Rushcliffe School performing arts and language centre
Rushcliffe School

Rushcliffe School currently has plans to admit 250 pupils into year 7 each September and it wants to increase that to 290 a year but would need to secure further funding.  

School plans £4m expansion

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

First this morning, potentially good news for prospective parents - a secondary school in West Bridgford wants to expand to admit an extra 500 pupils. 

Rushcliffe School has secured £4m to build new classrooms to allow the expansion.

artist's impression
Rushcliffe School

Here's an artist's impression of the new performing arts and language centre.

Weather for the East Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Here's how it's looking this morning:

Lucy Martin with the East Midlands' early forecast

Travel: No major problems

BBC Travel

Nothing major to report this morning - just minor delays on the A38 and A610 and the M1 junctions and on Melton Road at the Wheatcroft Island.