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  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Dave Wade

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Weather: Scattered showers

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

There will be a few showers this evening but they won’t be too troublesome and they will fizzle out into the evening. 


It will remain dry overnight with a fair amount of cloud. It will stay muggy and warm with a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).  

Amnesty organised before city stabbings

BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottinghamshire's first knife amnesty in two and a half years was arranged before a recent spate of stabbings in the city.

It means sharp blades can be dropped off anonymously and it has the backing of Marcellus Baz whose boxing career was ended after a machete attack in the city. 

He said: "There can be very devastating effects where one kid loses their life and another is going into prison for life, and it has a rippling effect on effect on communities."

£27m college building opens

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

A new campus at New College Nottingham has been officially opened by city MP Graham Allen.

The development at the college's Basford Hall site has cost £27m.

Basford Hall

Arrests after Low Wood Road fatal crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Three men have been arrested in connection with a crash near Nuthall last week in which a 21-year-old man died.

James Horton, from Warsop, died in the collision and two others were injured on the A6002 Low Wood Road on Friday evening.

The men aged, 37, 19 and 21, who were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, have all been bailed.

Police are still trying to trace the drivers of a DAF lorry and a dark-coloured Renault Megane who stopped at the scene.

Tennis: All Brits out

Heather Burman

Journalist, BBC News Online

All Brits are out of singles at the Nottingham Open now as Daniel Evans loses 7-6, 6-7, 4-6 to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay on centre court.

Daniel Evans
Getty Images

£2K reward to find suspect in jewel theft

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Do you know this man?

Matthew Porter, from Boston in Lincolnshire, is sought in connection with a robbery at Andrew Michaels Jewellers in Newark on 6 January.

He was arrested a few days later on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery but failed to answer bail.

Matthew Porter
Nottinghamshire Police

Crimestoppers have put up a £2,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. 

Police thought child wouldn't survive

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire Police said the outlook was "extremely bleak" for the child, who they said was not expected to survive.

"However, contrary to all odds, the child did make a full recovery," a spokesman said.

They went on to say the case was "distressing and disturbing", with the court being told there were about 40 marks on the child's body "consistent with physical abuse".

Rare gull breeds in Notts for first time

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Birdwatchers are said to be flying high after a rare breed of gull bred successfully in Notts for the first time.

A young Mediterranean gull chick has been spotted amongst a black-headed gull colony on Clifton Pond at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

mediterranean gull
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Originally from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the gull has bred on the south and east coasts before but this is a first for Nottinghamshire.

Throughout early May one of the Mediterranean gulls could be seen sitting on what appeared to be a nest but it became hidden from view by growing vegetation.

Man jailed for 'waterboarding' child

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A Nottingham man who almost killed a child in what a judge described as a "waterboarding" episode has been jailed for 13 years and three months.

Earl Jason Romans, 29, forced his victim to consume over five pints of water in a short period of time, medical reports showed.

Earl Romans
Nottinghamshire Police

Romans pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent against an infant child during his trial at the city's crown court yesterday.  

Travel: M1 delays

BBC Travel

There's heavier than usual traffic on the M1 southbound before junction 24A.

Zafar Ansari

Zafar Ansari takes 6-36 as Surrey wrap up their first Championship win of 2016, beating Notts by 228 runs at The Oval.

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Travel: Crash outside city centre

Ex-police officer's crimes 'shocking'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

More now on Anthony Critchley, the 64-year-old former Nottinghamshire Police officer who has been jailed today for sex offences against a boy in the 1970s.

The court heard how the victim and his mother trusted Critchley because of his position in the force.

Anthony Critchley

Det Insp Amy Styles-Jones, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is a shocking example of how a serving police officer took advantage of his position and abused a young and vulnerable person whom he had made contact with through the course of his duties."

Tennis: Baghdatis victory

Heather Burman

Journalist, BBC News Online

The crowd erupts as Baghdatis wins first match 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 at the Nottingham Open.


The Cypriot lost the first set to Sam Querrey, of USA, 6-1.

He returned in the second set to win 7-6 after a tie break, much to the delight of the crowd on centre court.

Missing opus not in archive

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The sheet music for the missing wedding march is nowhere to be found.

"I’ve looked through all the opus lists and I can’t identify it myself from the music scores in the archive. But I’ll just have to keep hunting," said Sarah.

Gaze Cooper
Family photo

Mystery of missing wedding march

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Sarah Bradwell, who's campaigning with a group of Gaze Cooper's former pupils and musicians to bring him back into people's memories, is also searching for a lost piece of music.

He composed a wedding march for her parents' wedding, which was played on the organ at Sawley church, and at her own wedding.

"My daughter’s getting married next year and she would like it played at her wedding but sadly we can’t find it," she said.

Gaze Cooper and Nottingham Symphony orchestra

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Former police officer sentenced for historic sex offences

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

I've been down to Nottingham Crown Court where a former Nottinghamshire Police officer has been sentenced to two years for sex offences from the 1970s.

Anthony Critchley, 64, from Wollaton, was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child.

Nottingham Crown Court

The offences were committed against a 13-year-old boy during bird-watching trips while he was off-duty in 1974.

The judge, Rosalind Coe, said the offences were a severe breach of trust by Critchley, who was aged 22 at the time.

Euros related food on offer

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Other football-related food on offer in Hockley are a Back of the Net sandwich and an Extra Thyme Cocktail which has a Swedish twist.

Head down for yourself and see what Euros treats you can pick up

Composer's wish was to make grandchildren 'rich from royalties'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Gaze Cooper's grandaughter said she is "proud" of her grandpa and privileged to have known him.

But Sarah Bradwell (pictured left) said it's sad that, despite his achievements, he isn't well known.

Gaze Cooper and grandchildren
Family photo

"I remember he used to say he’d look down and see that his grandchildren would be rich from the royalties of his music," she said.

"And I don’t care about money but I would love to help to promote his music and help that dream come true for him."

Weather: Potential for some drizzle later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's staying dry this afternoon with plenty of cloud around and a couple of brighter spells.

Potential for drizzle and rain this evening. 

Highs of 21C (70F)

Campaign to remember forgotten city composer

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Gaze Cooper. Ever heard of him?

He was a Nottingham composer, who set up the city's symphony orchestra, composed eight symphonies, an opera, two ballets and much more.

Gaze Cooper
Family photo

But the man and his music have been largely forgotten.

Now his family have launched a campaign to keep his legacy alive.

City bodybuilder wins national title

Nottingham Post

A 24-year-old bodybuilder from Nottingham who eats seven meals a day has won the title of Miss Britain Athletic Figure, and is now in the running to be crowned Miss Universe.

City serving up Euros-inspired treats

Marcus Alton

Radio Nottingham

Football and food are proving to be a winning combination for cafes and bars in Nottingham who are serving dishes with a Euro 2016 flavour. 

Some 24 venues in the Hockley area have put footie on the menu to reflect the different flavours of the countries taking part. 

Marcus Alton and cake

Here I am tucking into Guinness Cake (for Republic of Ireland) at Wired Café Bar.

City of Football behind Euros food

Marcus Alton

Radio Nottingham

The Euros-themed food and drink has been inspired by the Nottingham City of Football initiative.

It aims to help people across the city to discover football in new and interesting ways. 

full ENglish

Can you guess which country this dish at Café Hockley is representing?  

Tennis Open: Ones to watch today

BBC Nottingham Sport

Number one seed Kevin Anderson (pictured) against Fernando Verdasco and Sam Querrey against Marcos Baghdatis are the stand-out matches at today's Nottingham Open.

Kevin Anderson
Getty Images

Sherwood teen's stepdad supports amnesty

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Jason Spencer was stabbed to death, aged 17, going to the shops in Sherwood in 2007.  

His stepfather John Greensmith, who was stabbed to death in Nottingham is supporting a nationwide knife amnesty called Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife.

Jason Spencer
Family handout

“The idea is to build an angel with those knifes that will ultimately displayed in Trafalgar Square - in London - in memory of all those who has lost someone to knife crime," he said.

“I think it is a really nice and novel idea.”

Cricket: Notts vs Surrey

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts start the final day of the Championship match at Surrey 385 behind, with their hosts 244 for 5 at The Oval.

Mixed views on knife amnesty bins

Jodi Law

Presenter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Some Clifton residents support a plan for a knife amnesty but others aren’t so sure.

"I think it is brilliant. It's just where you are going to put them and will people come forward to use them, because people might be watching them or recording them,” one woman told me.

knife bin
Getty Images

Another resident said: “You would have people trying to get in them to get the knives out.”

But another said: "It will reassure people that there are less knives on the street but the people who are going to use them will still keep theirs or if others hand them in for them they will get others from elsewhere.”

Murder victim's family support knife amnesty

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The family of Luke Moran, who was stabbed and died aged 25 in Clifton five years ago, wants to put knife amnesty bins around Clifton.

Here's one used in Hackney a few years ago.

knife amnesty

Mr Moran's killer was jailed for 18 years in 2012.

Mansfield Town fixtures released

BBC Nottingham Sport

  • 6 Aug - Newport (A) 
  • 13 Aug - Cheltenham (H) 
  • 8 Oct - Mansfield v Notts  
  • 26 Dec - Morecambe (H) 
  • 31 Dec - Doncaster (H) 
  • 14 Jan - Notts v Mansfield    
  • 6 May - Crawley (A)

Full list here.

Nottingham Forest fixtures released

BBC Nottingham Sport

  • 6 Aug - Burton (H)
  • 10 Mar - Derby (A) 
  • 18 Mar - Derby (H) 
  • Boxing Day - Huddersfield (A) 
  • New Year's Eve - Newcastle (A) 
  • 2 Jan - Barnsley (H) 
  • Season ends at home to Ipswich on 7 May

Full list here.

Notts County fixtures released

BBC Nottingham Sport

  • 6 Aug - Yeovil (A) 
  • 13 Aug - Stevenage (H) 
  • 8 Oct - Mansfield (A)
  • 14 Jan - Mansfield (H)
  • Boxing Day - Doncaster (H) 
  • 31 Dec - Carlisle (H) 
  • 2 Jan - Cambridge (A) 
  • 6 May - Newport (A) 

Full list here.  

Travel: A610 delays

Football: Fixtures due this morning

BBC Nottingham Sport

Forest, Notts and Stags fans - It's football fixtures day...

Stay tuned - our teams find out their games for the season at 9am.

Knife amnesty plan for city

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

First this morning - just this month in Nottingham there have been three serious stabbings - quite a shocking number.

Now police say they are planning to hold a knife amnesty, where you can drop off sharp bladed objects anonymously, with no questions asked.

Getty Images

But they insist it was organised before the recent spate of stabbings.

More on this throughout this morning.

East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

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

Travel: A60 blocked

BBC Travel

If you're heading south out of the county, the A60 Rempstone Road just over the Leicestershire border is blocked by a broken down lorry.

It's causing delays in both directions between Wymeswold Road and Barrow Road. Police are at the scene directing traffic.