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  1. Updates for Wednesday 15 March 2017
  2. History of Raleigh to feature in new film
  3. Canal Street remains closed for gas pipe repairs
  4. Scientists testing flytipped rubbish to find culprits
  5. Notts County and Mansfield Town lost last night
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 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: Cloud moving in tonight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Largely clear skies with a few patches of cloud through this evening. 

Overnight skies will begin to gradually cloud over from the west with a few patches of hill fog in prone spots.

Minimum temperature 7C (45F)


Canal Street work completed, says National Grid

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Good news Nottingham motorists...

National Grid says the repairs to a leaking gas pipe on Canal Street have been completed and the reopening of the road is in sight.

Canal Street

A spokeswoman said the road would still stay closed tomorrow to allow engineers to carry out tests to ensure there were no more gas leaks before they resurfaced the road.

She said: "We will update people later tomorrow on when we expect the road to reopen."

Tributes to man who died in A1 crash

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed this afternoon that a man who died in a crash on the A1 near Newark was one of its officers.

Ian Newell, who was 52 and from Grantham, had worked for the authority for two decades as a Trading Standards officer.

Sara Barry, from the council, said: "Ian was an absolute pleasure to work with and was a dedicated and long-serving member of our Trading Standards team at the council. 

"He was energetic, hard-working and the ultimate professional. But more than that, he was a kind and caring man, an asset to the team and a joy to be around.  

"He had worked in Trading Standards for over 20 years and was absolutely committed to protecting the public. The team is deeply saddened by this and our thoughts are with his family."

Watch: The story of Nottingham's Raleigh

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've been talking about the history of Raleigh Bikes today.

A new BBC Four documentary tonight has some unseen footage from the factory dating back to 1902 and has interviews with people who worked there over the years to help tell the company's story.

Pizza restaurant closes down

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's the end of the road for another restaurant based at the Victoria Centre's Clocktower dining area.

Stonebaked Pizza Co has closed, just months after Coast 2 Coast and Joe's Kitchen.

Victoria Centre

The area opened in October 2015 as part of a remodelling of the shopping centre.

Intu manager, Nigel Wheatley, said they were in talks with a number of restaurants to move into the empty units and would soon be opening the Nottingham Street Food Club there.

New photo of missing man

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A new image has been released of a 54-year-old Beeston man who has been missing since last month.

John Ferris disappeared on 8 February and police said there had been no sightings of him since then. 

Inspector Steve Wragg, said: "His disappearance is very out of character and he has never been reported missing before."

John Ferris
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Sports Direct brands pay report 'fake news'

BBC Business News

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has criticised a shareholder lobby group, accusing it of "fake news" for claims regarding its executive pay ratios.

The Shirebrook-based firm says a PIRC (Pensions & Investment Research Consultants) report wrongly states the firm has a chief executive-to-average-employee pay ratio of 400:1.

Mike Ashley
Getty Images

Such a ratio would be the second highest in the FTSE 350.

But the retailer says the PIRC figures include a bonus that was never paid, and a "true ratio" would be about 9:1.

Police name man killed in six-vehicle A1 crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man who died in a six-vehicle crash on the A1 at Newark last Thursday has been named by police as Ian Newell, from Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The 52-year-old was driving one of the vehicles involved and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A1 Newark

The A1 northbound was closed for just under 24 hours after the crash.

A 38-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released on police bail until 30 June.

Watch: Unseen Raleigh footage used in new film

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here is some of that Raleigh footage we told you about earlier. 

It is just a taster of what's going to be featured in a BBC Four documentary tonight called Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story.

Your photos: Blue skies over the city

BBC Weather Watchers

There is a lot of blue sky around today.

I've been out for a break to enjoy it myself!


Afternoon weather update: Warm and bright

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should feel fairly warm for most of this afternoon with light winds and highs of 15C (59F).

Students visiting newsroom

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The school reporters have been enjoying their morning watching how we do our jobs in the newsroom.

And they'll be watching East Midlands Today go out live in the studio shortly.

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WWE wrestlers set for return to Download Festival

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Performers from WWE wrestling are set to form part of the entertainment at this year's Download Festival at Donington Park.

WWE wrestlers
Derek Bremmer

Wrestlers including Bobby Rhode, Aleister Black, Tye Dillinger and Kassius Ohno will appear inside the ropes. 

Wrestlers at Download Festival
Derek Bremmer

Festival promoter Dave Bradley said: "Having WWE NXT at Download is like seeing what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object - you just know sparks are going to fly." 

The Download Festival will take place at Donington Park from June 9 to 11.

Agency wants to find those responsible for flytipping

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

BBC East Midlands Today has been to the Environment Agency lab today to see how the flytipped rubbish is tested. 

Stephen Phipps from the Environment Agency said these tests help them determine what the waste materials are and where they have come from.

Stephen Phipps

He added: "It gives us an opportunity to find out where it's come from, what it is and helps us to make sure we are getting the right people and finding those responsible."

Scientists test products in dumped rubbish

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

In April last year 23 barrels were found dumped by the Nottingham Canal in Cossall and Trent Lock containing an unknown chemical.

It is flytipped rubbish like this that is being investigated in the Environment Agency labs by Lady Bay bridge.

chemical barrels
Environment Agency

Scientists testing flytipped rubbish to find culprits

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A team of Nottingham scientists from the Environment Agency is using forensic science to crackdown on flytippers.

The agency says it has seen a rise in illegal waste being dumped across the region and they're now investing millions of pounds in tackling the problem. 

Flytipping lab

The scientists test small samples of flytipped rubbish to see if they are hazardous and to give clues about where the rubbish has come from.

Pupils take part in School Report

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Apologies for the delays in updates, I have been showing students from the Holgate Academy in Hucknall around BBC Nottingham.

The group has been visiting the online team ahead of tomorrow's BBC School Report, when we will hopefully be featuring a story from them.


Gas works needed for safety

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Canal Street has been shut since Sunday evening after a gas leak was detected in one of the pipes near the junction with Trent Street.

A spokeswoman for National Grid said: "For the safety of everyone in the area it is imperative that we complete these repairs."

She said "every effort" was being made to complete the work as soon as possible.

Canal Street

Canal Street to stay shut until Friday

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

National Grid says Canal Street is likely to stay closed until Friday.

A spokeswoman said engineers have completed repairs on five joints of the gas pipe and the road has been resurfaced there, but there is still a section of road they are working on.

gas works

She added: "We will then monitor the gas readings tomorrow. If no gas readings are detected tomorrow then we will reinstate the road and aim to reopen it to traffic on Friday. If gas readings are detected then further investigative work will be needed."  

Apartments have kept features of Raleigh factory

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Raleigh is a brand that's close to my heart.

Growing up I had a Chopper and today I live in the original Raleigh factory in Radford.

About a third of the old factory was refurbished into apartments in the early 2000s and is known today as Raleigh Square.

Raleigh Square

Many of the original Victorian features can still be clearly seen on the outside, with large windows and even an old clock tower.

The exposed brickwork has also been retained inside, and in the corridor there is evidence of the old floorboards.

The firm's Alfreton Road site was taken over by new offices for Metropolitan Housing, which owns the apartments.

Raleigh Square

Journey of Raleigh bikes features in new film

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Tonight on BBC Four a special documentary will chart the history of one of Nottingham's most famous exports - the Raleigh bicycle.

The company had humble beginnings on Raleigh Street, Radford, in 1888 and was later bought by Sir Frank Bowden.

Raleigh bicycle
Getty Images

The firm grew to become the biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world - known for its simple and practical bikes.

The film features unseen archive footage and tells the tales of ups and downs at Raleigh, plus interviews with former workers, people who bought the bikes and the dealers who sold them.

We'll have a sneak preview of some of that unseen footage later.

Football: Disappointment for Notts and Stags

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

It wasn’t a great night for Notts or Mansfield last night. 

Despite taking the lead Notts County were beaten 3-1 by League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers , seeing the Magpies slip to 21st.

And Mansfield Town are down to 10th and five points adrift of the play-offs after losing 2-0 at Colchester United.

Slavery brothers subject to new court order

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two brothers  jailed for modern slavery offences  earlier this year have been made the subject of a new court order in a bid to further protect their victims.  

Erwin and Krystian Markowski, from Nottingham, were jailed for six years after they recruited men from Poland to work at the Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook.

Erwin and Krystian Markowski
Nottinghamshire Police

Under the 10-year order the pair will have to disclose their bank details to police and are forbidden from carrying more than £500 in cash.

Nottinghamshire Police said it was the first time it had applied for a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order, under the Modern Slavery Act.

Travel: Accident on A610

Warburton's style of play 'easy on the eye'

Christian Hewgill

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

I’ve been chatting to BBC Scotland’s Alasdair Lamont who covers Warburton’s former club, Glasgow Rangers and has been helping us get to know the new Forest manager a little better.

He told me Warburton likes to play a passing style of football that’s easy on the eye, but can be reluctant to change that.  

Mark Warburton
Getty Images

He said: "I think what Mark Warburton brings is a very specific ethos about football and how it should be played. But he said that Plan B for him was doing Plan A better. 

"He wouldn't compromise his ethos and ultimately that began to cost him results."

Travel: Canal Street remains shut

BBC News Travel

Just a reminder that Canal Street in Nottingham is still closed westbound this morning from the A60 London Road roundabout. 

Diversions are in place and at the moment traffic seems to be flowing. 

National Grid said they were hoping to have the work finished soon and carry out tests before the road reopens.

Weather: Another sunny warm afternoon ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy at first, but soon becoming brighter with some sunny spells developing, especially in eastern areas, and feeling warm by the afternoon.

It will remain dry, with light winds through the day. 

Maximum temperature 15C (59F)

Good morning: Join us for today's updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Today we have news of a BBC documentary looking at the history of bicycle maker Raleigh and we'll be keeping an eye on the Canal Street closure too.

If you would like to get in touch with any of the stories today you can email or Tweet us.