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  1. Updates for Thursday 9 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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.

Weather: Mild night ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

An exceptionally mild night with a couple of spots of drizzle. 

Lows of 15C (59F).


Group camped out in Sherwood Forest

Mansfield Chad

The Mansfield Chad is reporting that a group of up to 20 people could have been camping out at Sherwood Forest. 

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

  • A seventh man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 21-year-old Aqib Muzhar in Forest Fields last week
  • A councillor has criticised the amount that has had to be spent on repairing a children's play area in Hucknall after it was vandalised
  • British number one Johanna Konta was knocked out of the Nottingham Open earlier

Council money 'should be spent on improving services'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Conservative councillor Ben Bradley, who has been speaking out about repairs to the play area at Titichfield park, told BBC Radio Nottingham it was important to educate people about how much their vandalism costs.

Titchfield Park

He said: "It costs a lot to local services and can't be invested on improvements and new services if we keep having to repair old ones.

"While councils have a statutory responsibility to offer services we can also as a community make sure people are aware that this [damage] is not acceptable."

Panthers coach 'privileged' to be back with Great Britain

BBC Sport

Corey Neilson, the boss of Nottingham Panthers says it is "a privilege" to be back with the Great Britain coaching team.

The Canadian has previously worked with the side as an assistant coach and told BBC Sport he "cannot wait to get involved with GB again."

Corey Neilson
Denham J Gouldson

Your views: Park damage is 'absolutely shameful'


The vandalism at Titchfield Park has got some of you talking on our Facebook page.

Jane Barnett said: "We went to this park on Sunday and the damaged caused is absolutely shameful. It make me ashamed to live in a town where people disrespect their property like this. Just think what good 21k could do if it wasn't needed to make damaged property good again." 

Arrests after man collapses and dies outside hospital

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two men, aged 25 and 59, have been arrested over the mysterious death of a man outside Bassetlaw District Hospital last month.

A 23-year-old man collapsed close to the entrance of the hospital after being dropped off. 

Police said he died of a brain injury but detectives were still working to establish how he had suffered the injury.

Councillors ask residents to work together

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ashfield District Council said work on the repairs at Titchfield Park started on Monday.

Meanwhile local councillors Keir Morrison and Lauren Mitchell, wrote on their Facebook page earlier this week: "A significant investment in time, resource and money has been put into trying to combat the disappointing behaviours at Titchfield Park..."

Titichfield Park
Ben Bradley

The councillors encouraged other Hucknall residents to support them and work together to tackle the issue of vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Money 'could be spent elsewhere'

Councillor Ben Bradley says criminal damage and vandalism such as that at Titchfield Park is taking away money from other local services.

That's all money that could otherwise have been spent on improving what's on offer there. It's also 30 hours of officer time that could and should be spent supporting residents, or maintaining the area. Sometimes I get complaints that bins aren't emptied or hedges aren't cut, and that's because that member of staff is having to deal with criminal damage somewhere else.''

Councillor Ben BradleyLeader of Ashfield's Conservative Group

Travel: Delays in Nuthall

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A610 in Nuthall because the traffic lights are not working

Park repairs cost £21,000

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This is some of the damage at Titchfield Park in Hucknall from a few weeks ago.

Play equipment was broken, turf was ruined and fencing was pulled down by vandals.

Titchfield Park Hucknall
Ben Bradley

Now Ashfield District Council has spent £21,000 on repairing the damage caused.

New takeover to help hospital

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the King's Mill Hospital, Newark Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital, has faced several problems in recent years.

Last year it was given just three months to improve or face being taken over.

Kings Mill Hospital

Last week the trust's board approved the appointment of Louise Scull and Peter Homa (chair and chief executive at Nottingham University Hospitals) to step in. 

Another arrest over Forest Fields murder

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A seventh man has been arrested over the murder of Aqig Muzhar in Forest Fields last week.

The man, aged 19, remains in police custody.

A total of four people have already been charged with Mr Mazhar's murder.

New name for hospital trust

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A new name has been given to the newly merged hospital trust in Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the City Hospital and QMC, has taken over the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

But it must have taken some time to come up with a new name...It's going to be called Nottinghamshire University Hospitals from now on.

Your views: For or against church lights?


Some of you have been discussing the prospect of lighting being installed on a Beeston church on our Facebook page.

Many of you agree with David-Eileen Roper who thinks it is a good idea and wrote: "Welcoming, bright, fun - what a great idea! Well done folks."

While others have suggested the money is spent elsewhere, like Richard Jukes, who said: "Why not spend it on people who need it."

Lights are 'fantastic' for church says warden

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Church warden, Ray Stevenson, says there will be 22 lights around the top of the St John the Baptist Church.

"It's fantastic for the church and for the community," he said.

St John the Baptist Church, Beeston

"The church is a gateway now and it will show it off to its best."

Konta out of Nottingham Open

Delyth Lloyd

Reporter, BBC Sport

Johanna Konta walks off court after losing 6-4 7-5 to Saisai Zheng in the second round.

Johanna Konta

Church 'won't be like a disco' says council

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's the church in Beeston we're talking about. 

It could soon be surrounded by coloured lights which change colour every 30 minutes

But Broxtowe Borough Council, which has submitted the application for the lights, says it won't have a disco feel.

Konta out on centre court

Delyth Lloyd

Reporter, BBC Sport

Two Brits are in second round action today at the Nottingham Open.

Johanna Konta is taking on Saisai Zheng from China now.

Nottingham Open

Commentary is available online

Plans to light up church

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

You could soon head into Beeston and see a church in the town all lit up.

There are plans for St John the Baptist Church to have lights illuminating the upper section so it is visible along High Road and from the trams.

Nottingham getting better at recycling

Pip Watts

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Kevin Wilcockson from Wastcycle says people in Nottingham are getting better every year at recycling. 

Last year, 32% of household waste in the city was recycled - which is still just short of the government target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • People in Mansfield are asking for a giant knitted heart which was stolen from the town to be returned
  • Plans have been submitted by a council to install lights at the top of a church in Beeston
  • British Johanna Konta is out on centre court for the start of the Second Round at the WTA Nottingham Tennis Open

Man wanted over shop theft

Police say they want to speak to this man in the CCTV image about a theft from a One Stop shop in Spa Lane, Retford.

Retford theft
Nottinghamshire Police

Some recycling stats for you...

Pip Watts

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottingham's largest recycling plant, Wastecycle, says it's creating up to 50 more jobs over the coming three years with a £10m investment.

The site on the Colwick Industrial Estate was expanded to cover 20 acres last year and now employs 300 staff. 

The centre handles various types of recycled waste, including plastic and glass which is treated then sold on. 

Weather: Lots of sunshine this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of sunshine around throughout this afternoon although some cloud is likely to build later. 

Staying dry with highs of 22C (72F)

What's happening at the tennis today?

Take a look at where your recycling rubbish goes?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Pip Watts went up in a scissor lift to get a better look at the Wastecycle centre in Colwick. 

It covers 20 acres and takes all of Nottingham city's recycled waste - which is about 20,000 tonnes a year.

Join audience for EU referendum debate

BBC Radio Nottingham

BBC Radio Nottingham is hosting an EU referendum debate next week at the Galleries of Justice and you can be there.

To take part in the audience sign up online here.

Galleries of Justice

Politicians on the panel are Labour MP for Nottingham East, Chris Leslie and Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, Emma McClarkin, 

They will be joined by European politics lecturer Kyriaki Nanou, local businessman Nigel Baxter, community worker Chevalier Douglas and local author and historian, Joy James.

Behind the scenes at city recycling centre

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Next we're talking rubbish.

One of the UK's biggest recycling centres is right here in Nottingham and BBC Radio Nottingham's Pip Watts has been behind the scenes to find out how they sift through our recycled rubbish.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Mansfield residents are asking for a giant knitted heart to be returned after it was stolen from the town's memorial
  • A city recycling centre said it was hoping to create more jobs in the next three years with a £10m investment
  • Two British women are competing on centre court from midday in the second round of the Nottingham Open

Ball misses out on England debut again

Robin Chipperfield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

There's no place for Nottinghamshire fast bowler Jake Ball in the England team today.

He'll have to wait even longer to make his Test debut, but Alex Hales and Stuart Broad are in the team for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's today.

Jake Ball
Getty Images

Council struggles to recruit lollipop patrols

BBC Radio Nottingham

Lollipop men and women have been seen outside schools since the 1960s but Nottingham city now has just 34 - down from 66 a decade ago. 

Of those that still remain, just 12 positions are currently filled, and the others remain vacant as the city council struggles to find people who want a job for just an hour a day.

Town manager pleads for return of giant heart

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The blue, red and white knitted items have been dotted around Mansfield to decorate it ready for the Queen's 90th birthday street party at the weekend.

Mansfield's town centre manager, Julie Snowden, said it was "disappointing" the giant heart had been stolen.

Mansfield yarn bomb
Mansfield District Council

"A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work and gone into their own time to do this and for someone to take it [the heart] is very disappointing."

She asked for whoever had taken it to put it back in its place or take it to a council office.

Another good day for Nottinghamshire

Robin Chipperfield

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

It was another run feast at Trent Bridge yesterday as Nottinghamshire made it two wins out of two in the One-Day Cup.

Notts beat Warwickshire by 36 runs, having again made more than 400 in their innings.

Michael Lumb's century, 94 from Dan Christian and 76 from Riki Wessels helped Notts to 415 for 5.

Giant heart missing from town decoration

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A giant heart-shaped Union Jack knitted to celebrate the Queen's birthday has gone missing from Mansfield market place. 

This is what's left of the decoration around the Bentinck memorial that went up over the weekend.

Mansfield memorial

Town 'got involved' with knitting project

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sara Brown who is behind the Mansfield yarn bombing project said she had placed some bunting in place of the knitted heart that has been stolen from the town's memorial.

"It's really thrown me that Mansfield as a community has come together to show their support for each other," she said.

She said everyone had "really got involved" and the knitted squares are eventually going to be used to make blankets for the town's homeless people.

Trams clock 12 million journeys in a year

East Midlands Today

Nottingham's tram network has seen the number of passenger journeys go up by 50% since new lines opened last year.

Toton Lane tram

Government figures show there were just over 12 million journeys up to March this year, compared with just over eight million for the year before.

The new lines to Toton and Clifton opened last August.