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  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Sandish Shoker

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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: More heavy showers this evening

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

The rain will ease off this afternoon giving some drier and brighter spells into the evening but there will be a few heavy showers following on behind. 

These will clear away overnight so it will dry up again with some clear spells and the winds will ease off too. 


 The temperatures will again drop to a single figure in rural areas with lows of 8C (46F).      

Rain causing flooding in Lambley

Main Street in Lambley is partially flooded after heavy rainfall this afternoon.

Rob Burman

Vellios wanted to come back to England

BBC Nottingham Sport

Head to our Facebook page to see our full interview with Forest's new signing Aposolos Vellios.

The former Everton striker said he likes everything about England......even the weather!

Aposolos Vellios

Magpies sign Vale midfielder O'Connor

BBC Sport

Notts have been busy signing players in the past few days too.

They've agreed a two-year deal for midfielder Michael O'Connor, who becomes the third player to join the club from Port Vale this week.

Michael O'Connor

Travel: Accident on A1 in Ranby

The accident involves three lorries.

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Ministry says Nottingham Prison is improving

BBC Radio Nottingham

The Ministry of Justice says "improvements have been made" at Nottingham Prison after there were concerns about the increase in prisoners getting hold of 'legal highs'.

It says it acknowledges more needs to be done "to tackle violence and drugs" but says the new laws around the sale and possession of these substances "will see sentences of up to two years in prison" and should discourage people.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Travel: Accidents causing delays

BBC Travel

There's accidents in Ranby and Castle Donington this afternoon which may have been caused by the wet weather.

There's also slow traffic on the M1 due to surface water so take care on the roads.

Ex-Forest player Gunter could miss brother's wedding

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Former Forest defender Chris Gunter is in a bit of a predicament. 

Should Wales beat Belgium and reach the semi-finals he could be missing his brother's wedding next week.

Chris Gunter

He might just have to consider being there over Skype.

Driving warning from fire service

'Put our party first' say Labour members

Labour Party members have said in the letter "put our party first, and resign".

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Montanier plans 'several' new signings

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two days into the new job, Philippe Montanier has made his first signing and says there could be "several" more this summer.

It looks like he's already working closely with the newly-appointed director of football, Pedro Pereira, so they're likely to both use their overseas contacts to bring new players in.

Philippe Montanier
Getty Images

Labour members call on Corbyn to resign

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The backlash against Jeremy Corbyn continues...

More than 100 Labour activists and councillors from the East Midlands have now signed a letter calling for him to step down as party leader "with immediate effect".

Among them are 44 councillors from across Nottinghamshire and eight other activists representing Labour students from Nottingham's two universities.

Watch: Stitch shows how he sniffs out crime

A stray dog that was living rough now helps to snuff out crime for police and security companies.

Health worker resigns after sex offences allegations

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We told you yesterday about the healthcare worker who was charged with 14 counts of sexual assaults and two of rape while working at the Millbrook Mental Health Unit, at King's Mill Hospital.

The hospital trust which runs the unit said the man, who was working as a healthcare assistant, had been suspended as soon as they became aware of the allegations and subsequently resigned.

Report highlights legal highs problem at prison

Klara Lethbridge

Newsreader, BBC Radio Nottingham

Serious concerns have been raised about the use of so-called legal highs by inmates at Nottingham Prison.

A report by the Independent Monitoring Board says some prisoners have needed hospital treatment due to the effects of psychoactive substances. 

Nottingham Prison

The board also says some prisoners use other inmates as "guinea pigs" to test the strength of the substances.

However, it said staff were becoming more aware and a pilot project had been launched to detect these substances.

Absconder arrested

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police have told Joseph Graham, from Nottingham, who absconded from Sudbury open prison in Derbyshire yesterday has been arrested.

He was detained in Derbyshire this afternoon.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • The city council has revealed how people in different areas of Nottingham voted in the EU referendum
  • A hospital trust says a man accused of sexual offences was suspended but "subsequently resigned"
  • Cricket: Nottinghamshire's County Championship game against Warwickshire has been abandoned as a draw

Vellios 'proud and happy' to be at Forest

Vellios: City Ground 'feels like home'

BBC Nottingham Sport

Apostolos Vellios has faced the media and says the City Ground "feels like home already".

Apostolos Vellios

Travel: Traffic lights out on Canal Street

Stitch sniffs out trouble

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Stich was handed over to kennels manager Kelvyn Pease, who transformed him from a wild, unruly hound to a focused professional who can sniff out illegal drugs such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines. 

Kelvyn Pease

He said: "There's very few that come through as strays. They usually come from people who have bought them and realise they have really high energy or they are bred for the job."

Warwickshire-Notts abandoned as a draw

BBC Sport

You can read more about how the game ended between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire on the BBC Sport website.


Royal commission for city cakemaker

Notts TV

Notts TV has been to meet Dawn Butler, an elite cakemaker from Nottingham.

Among many other things she has made a lifelike cake of Albert Einstein, which she's won awards for, and now it looks like she has a royal commission too. Watch the report here.

Albert Einstein
Notts TV

Cricket: Match abandoned at Edgbaston

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

As expected Nottinghamshire's fourth and final day against Warwickshire has been abandoned because of rain

It finishes as a draw with Notts taking eight points from the contest.

School gets help to improve

Mansfield Chad

Mansfield's troubled Manor Academy is joining forces with a trust which runs several other schools to help drag it out of special measures.

Stray puppy turns to crime-fighting hound

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Stitch, an English pointer-springer cross, is still a puppy and continues to learn.

His trainer says when he first came to him he was full of energy, had never worn a lead or collar, would chew and destroy everything and would even wee on people who touched him.


Mr Pease said it's amazing to see how much improvement Stitch has made.

Travel: Accident in Bestwood Village

BBC Travel

Bestwood Park Drive West in Bestwood Village is blocked at the Hucknall Road junction because of an accident involving two vehicles.

Man on run after absconding from prison

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man, originally from Nottingham, absconded from Sudbury open prison in Derbyshire yesterday.

Joseph David Graham, 35, was sentenced to "an indeterminate life term of imprisonment" for kidnap in 2008, and could be in the Nottingham or Merseyside area.

Joseph Graham
Derbyshire Constabulary

From stray to sniffer dog

Hayley Compton

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Meet Stich. He's gone from being a stray in Newark to a police sniffer dog.

He was picked up while wandering the streets by Newark and Sherwood District Council's dog warden service and they soon noticed he had a nose for work.

Stitch the Dog

Greek striker signs four-year contract

BBC Sport

Nottingham Forest have signed striker Apostolos Vellios on a four-year contract from Greek club Iraklis Thessaloniki.

He spent three years at Everton but only made two starts for the club 

Apostolos Vellios
Getty Images

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

How people in Nottingham voted

Nottingham vote
Nottingham City Council

Vellios signs for Reds

BBC Nottingham Sport

The signing of Greek striker Apostolos Vellios is a done deal - making it the first signing under new head coach Philippe Montanier.

Your views: EU rally

EU referendum leaves city divided

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Overall, the city of Nottingham voted leave, but only just. In fact, there were only about 2,000 votes in it.

In Bulwell, 69% of people backed Brexit and in Aspley and Bilborough the figure was 66%.


But in other areas, it was a completely different story. The student population in Radford and The Park contributed to the strongest Remain vote of 68%, with Dunkirk & Lenton, Sherwood and Wollaton West close behind.

The margin of victory wasn't so big everywhere, though. In St. Anns, Leave won by just 80 votes.

Notts 71 runs behind on day four

BBC Nottingham Sport

It's a wet start to the scheduled fourth day of Nottinghamshire's County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Notts are 81-2 overnight at Edgbaston - a deficit of 71 runs.

Man stabbed in Bulwell

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A 51-year-old man has been taken to hospital after he was stabbed in Bulwell last night.

A spokeswoman for the police said they were called to Brook Close at about 18:00 and several roads in the area were closed while they carried out their enquiries.