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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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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. Hunt group consider appeal against conviction

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    We've been informed the three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt are seeking legal advice and considering appealing against today's decision at Mansfield Magistrates' Court .

    Campaign group Countryside Alliance said they were "disappointed" by the verdict.

    A spokesman said: "They had nothing to hide and were acting lawfully within the Hunting Act legislation.

    “They will now take legal advice and may very well appeal the decision at a higher court."

  3. Weather: Getting cloudier tonight

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Some clear spells for a time this evening, but we’ll see more in the way of cloud building overnight.

    The cloud could be thick enough to produce the odd spot of light rain. We’ll also see some patches of mist/hill fog developing.

    Minimum temperature: 8C (46F)

  4. Duchess gives approval to wash bag scheme

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    The Duchess of Cornwall has been in Nottingham today to give her seal of approval to a scheme which helps rape victims.

    The scheme, which has been run by Boots for a few months, gives wash bags full of toiletries to victims of sexual attacks who often cannot shower for hours afterwards. 

    wash bags

    The Duchess met with volunteers who have filled thousands of the bags and also spoke to a rape victim who had used one of them.

    Manager of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Nottingham said: "Sometimes they [victims] are asked not to wash for a number of hours while we complete the forensic medical examinations and then being able to go and have a shower with these beautiful products in the wash bag I think is really important."

  5. Sheridan's Notts sacking appeal 'astonishing'

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport has more on the reaction from Notts County chairman Alan Hardy to news that former manager John Sheridan is appealing against his sacking.

    Sheridan was sacked after he used foul and abusive language towards the referee and fourth official during the Magpies' game against Wycombe in December.  

    John Sheridan

    Responding to news of the appeal, Mr Hardy said: "I am not prepared to tolerate any member of my staff abusing referees and officials in this manner. 

    "The conduct shown by Mr Sheridan towards the match officials in this instance was nothing short of scandalous."

  6. Have you got the dino factor?

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Obsessed with dinosaurs and looking for a new job? 

    Wollaton Hall is looking for someone to dress up as a sinraptor and roam around Nottingham between now and October.

    It's all part of the Dinosaurs of China exhibition that's coming to Wollaton Hall in July.

  7. Diversions to stay in place tonight

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Here's a helpful map from the city council to show you the diversion and how you can access Trent Street while Canal Street is shut.

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  8. Canal Street to stay close until 'at least the morning'

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Meanwhile, National Grid has said Canal Street will stay closed until at least tomorrow morning. 

    A spokeswoman told us some of the repairs to the leaking gas pipe have been done and the others are being finished off at the moment.

    She said they will then test the pipes again tomorrow to make sure everything is fixed before they can reopen the road.

  9. Council halting roadworks during Canal Street closure

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    The city council has announced it is halting all other roadworks in Nottingham city centre while Canal Street is shut in order to help with the traffic flow.

    Councillor Nick McDonald said the council was informed of the emergency works on Sunday night and while there was "nothing they can do to prevent them" they were clearly "causing a major disruption".

    Canal Street

    He added: "We understand that these are emergency works that have to be done and safety must be the priority where gas lines are concerned. 

    "But questions have to be asked about why this couldn’t be resolved first time round."

    This is the second time this year emergency gas works on Canal Street have caused traffic disruption.

  10. Hunt members showed 'disregard' for law, say police

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Speaking after the trial of the hunt members at Mansfield Magistrates' Court, Sgt Matt Scott from Nottinghamshire Police said the case shows the trio had "total disregard for the law".

    He said: "The three defendants who appeared today acted with complete impunity.

    "Ultimately the law is there for everybody to observe and they are no different."

    Sgt Matt Scott, Nottinghamshire Police
  11. Hardy furious at dismissal appeal

    BBC Nottingham Sport

    Notts chairman Alan Hardy says he is "astonished" John Sheridan has appealed his dismissal. 

    He said in a statement issued this afternoon, Sheridan's conduct shown to officials was "scandalous" and added: "Sheridan clearly believes this industrial language is used in everyday workplaces.

    "Not in my place of work it's not."

    John Sheridan

    It was revealed in January that Sheridan was sacked by the club for gross misconduct after a verbal outburst in which he used offensive language and threatened officials. 

  12. Three hunt members fined

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    All three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt were convicted of hunting a mammal with dogs and fined at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.

    • Larby, 58 and from Barmby Moor, Nottinghamshire was fined £800.
    • White, 57, from Kneesall, Nottinghamshire was fined £550
    • Wright, 63, from Lound, Nottinghamshire fined £180.
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  13. Watch: Footage of an illegal fox hunt

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Here's the footage we spoke about earlier of the illegal fox hunt in Laneham which was captured by a birdwatcher.

    It was used in the trial of the three hunt members at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.

    The League Against Cruel Sports said this was the first case they were aware of where footage from members of the public - rather than hunt monitors - was used to secure a conviction. 

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    Video caption: Footage of an illegal fox hunt captured by bird watchers was used in a trial.
  14. Did someone say cheese?

    Hayley Compton

    Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Fancy a Brieyonce or a Celine Dijon?

    A cafe specialising in trendy cheese toasties or grilled cheese sandwiches has popped up in Sneinton Market.

    Forty of the 46 units have now been let in the refurbished market and in the last year a circus school, art installations and a gin distiller have also moved in.

  15. Eyewitness described 'mass' of dogs chasing fox

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    During the trial the court heard that on 30 January last year, the Grove and Rufford hunt met at the Bees Knees pub in Laneham, Nottinghamshire for a day's trail hunting. 

    The prosecution said the trails laid for the hounds were a ruse, and the hunt's real intent was illegally to hunt foxes.

    Peter White was a trail layer among the group and a volunteer, Paul Larby, was huntsman and employed by the hunt and Jane Wright took the role of 'whipper in'.


    Philip Palmer was out birdwatching with his partner Pauline Hogg and they asked to take photos of the hunt.

    He described to the court how he saw a fox run into another field chased by a "mass" of 45 hounds.

    Mr Palmer said this happened in view of members of the hunt and he never heard shouts to call the dogs off.

  16. Member of public shot footage of hunt

    Simon Hare

    BBC Inside Out East Midlands

    The hunting group's case is unusual in that it was brought using footage shot by members of the public, not hunt investigators.  

  17. Manager appointments a 'big day in the East Midlands'

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Ahead of the East Midlands derby on Saturday, BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty tweets...

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  18. New managers for Forest and Rams at derby

    Christian Hewgill

    Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Mark Warburton has also managed Brentford, joining in 2013 before leading them to promotion to the  Championship, then a play-off finish the following season.

    His first match in charge will be a massive East Midlands derby against Derby County at the City Ground on Saturday.

    Forest are just two points above the relegation zone and the Rams also have a new man in charge after they appointed Gary Rowett earlier today.

    Mark Warburton