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  1. Child, 7, has BB gun seized at school
  2. Serious accident closes the A1
  3. Ex-social worker gives evidence in child migrant abuse inquiry
  4. Activity centre plans for former Clipstone Colliery site
  5. Watson Fothergill building still damaged two years after crash
  6. Updates for Thursday 9 March 2017

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By Sandish Shoker

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  1. 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.

  2. East Midlands weather update: A dry and chilly night

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and chilly night, with clear spells and light winds. However, cloud will gradually increase by the early hours.

  3. Sherwood Forest included in £392m 'Midlands Engine' plan

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Sherwood Forest is to receive investment as part of a the Midlands Engine scheme, which sets out a £392m government investment  to maximise the potential of the Midlands.

    The plans will see £500,000 being spent on a new visitor centre at the Nottinghamshire attraction and improvements to existing walking and cycle routes.

    Sherwood Forest

    Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement today in Dudley and said money would also go towards other projects in the East and West Midlands, including a £6m regeneration of Derby city centre and improvements to road connections around Loughborough.

  4. Watch: Frank Bruno visits Nottingham boxing school

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Boxer Frank Bruno has been in Nottingham today.

    He visited the School of Boxing which is run by the winner of the BBC Sports Personality's Unsung Hero award, Marcellus Baz

    The school is currently trying to raise money for a permanent home.

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    Video caption: Frank Bruno visits Nottingham boxing school
  5. Travel: A1 northbound still closed

    BBC News Travel

    Just a reminder that the A1 northbound near Newark is still closed after this morning's accident. 

    There are several diversions in place and traffic has been heavy all day so avoid the area if you can.

  6. Your photos: Did anyone see the sundog?

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    I've just been told by BBC Weather presenter Sara Blizzard that this colourful cloud in the sky is officially known as a sundog. 

    I was too slow to try and get a picture of it from outside our offices just now, but one of our Weather Watchers was on the ball and took this over East Leake. 

    East LEake
  7. Man denies illegal fox hunting

    James Roberson

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    A man has denied that he and two other members of a north Nottinghamshire hunt were engaged in illegal fox hunting last year. Peter White, from the Grove and Rufford Hunt, along with huntsman Paul Larby and "whipper-in" Jane Wright, are all on trial at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.  

    hunt group trial

    Mr White told the court they were carrying out a legal trail hunt in January 2016. 

    He said a fox suddenly appeared and was killed by the hounds in 40 seconds before the hunt's officers could stop them. 

    The trial continues.

  8. Tram named after hospital fundraisers

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    A Nottingham couple who set up a charity to create bereavement suites on maternity wards in the city have had a tram named after them. 

    Richard and Michelle Daniels set up Forever Stars in 2013 after their daughter Emily was stillborn. 

    Richard and Michelle Daniels

    They raised £100,000 for a specialist area at the Queen's Medical Centre and plan to open a second suite for bereaved parents at the City Hospital.    

    At the unveiling earlier today, Mrs Daniels, said: "We are so proud of what we have achieved and we want to say an incredible thank you to people who have been involved, donated their time and support, and [to the] donations we have received."

  9. Hales makes impressive return after injury

    BBC Sport

    Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales is in good form on his first game back with England after injury. 

    He's currently on 89 not out. 

    BBC Sport has a West Indies v England live page for all the latest updates.

    Alex Hales
  10. A1 crash: Man airlifted to hospital

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following the crash on the A1 near Newark. 

    Nottinghamshire Police have now told us six vehicles were involved and the man had been cut out from one of those before being flown to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.

    The A1 remains closed in both directions and is now not expected to reopen until 20:00 tonight.

    A1 crash
  11. Mancienne back in training

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Gary Brazil confirms Michael Mancienne returned to training today and is in contention for playing on Saturday, along with Chris Cohen and Armand Traore.

    Gary Brazil
  12. A1 crash: Road remains closed

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Highways England says the A1 remains closed in both directions. 

    They had initially said they expected to reopen the road by 13:30 but it said investigations were continuing after this morning's crash.

  13. Building work ongoing at Trent Bridge

    Dave Bracegirdle

    BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

    I popped into Trent Bridge yesterday to check out the work being done to revamp the ground. 

    A lot of graft is still going on at the Radcliffe Road End... and ground staff are hard at it as well. 

    It won't be long until it is all ready!  

    Trent Bridge
  14. Hearing told child migrants were stripped of identity

    Jeremy Ball

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

    Dr Margaret Humphreys, founder of the Child Migrant Trust, has described the ritual dehumanisation and stripping of identity for many of the child migrants.

    She said some of them felt they were being sent abroad because they were about to report the sexual abuse they faced here.

  15. Man absconds from prison 'while working outside fence'

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    A prisoner has absconded from Ranby Prison in Retford , Nottinghamshire.

    Matthew Rooney, 36, from Leicestershire, disappeared between 12:00 and 15:00 yesterday while working outside the perimeter fence. 

    Nottinghamshire Police said he "does not pose a threat to the public."

    Matthew Rooney
  16. Child, 7, has BB gun seized at school

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    A seven-year-old who took a BB gun into school has had it seized by police.

    Berridge Police, which covers Forest Fields, New Basford and Sherwood Rise, said the gun was seized by officers at a primary school.

    BB Gun in primary school

    Posting on their Facebook page, officers said while it only fires small pellets, the gun could have been perceived as a real firearm. 

    They wrote: "Not only does this have no place in a school, it shouldn't be in the possession of a seven-year-old, and furthermore; what need is there for anyone to have one at all?

    "The item is very convincing, and under different circumstances; could have been perceived to be a real firearm." 

  17. Activity centre plans for former Clipstone Colliery site

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    An " Eden Project style plan " has been submitted for the former Clipstone Colliery site.

    Those behind the plan want to use the Grade-II listed headstocks - believed to be the tallest ever built - as the centrepiece for an activity centre with a 100mph zip wire, tethered parachute jumps and indoor skydiving.


    The Save Clipstone Colliery Headstocks group has spent years building support for plans to convert the surviving buildings into a sports and leisure hub and are now applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

    Denise Barraclough, from the group, said: "This has the potential to be a major part of a big tourist offering in the East Midlands, it has been compared to an Eden Project for the East Midlands." 

  18. Ex-social worker gives evidence in child migrant abuse inquiry

    Jeremy Ball

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

    Former Nottinghamshire social worker, Dr Margaret Humphreys, has begun giving evidence about the abuse of British child migrants at the Independent Inquiry into Sexual Abuse.

    She's described it as "the most catastrophic child abuse scandal within living memory" and says child migrants were deported to the Commonwealth and subjected to torture, rape and slavery.

    Margaret Humphreys

    Dr Humphreys added: "Look at the violations. Kidnapping. Sexual abuse before they were sent. Unlawful rapes. Living in constant terror."

    She told the inquiry there was collusion and cover-ups, and records of child migrants in Rhodesia were deliberately destroyed. 

    It is day eight of the hearing and you can  follow the inquiry here.