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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Another sunny day but with the prospect of some rain at the weekend

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Car business to axe 300 jobs after losses

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

One of Nottinghamshire's largest businesses, car dealers Pendragon, is to cut about 300 jobs and close more than 20 showrooms.

It confirmed it will axe nearly two thirds of the Car Store chain, with just 12 of 34 branches to remain.

The firm, which also trades under the Evans Halshaw and Stratstone brands, made pre-tax losses of £32.2m in the first six months of the year.

In a statement it said "market conditions are very challenging", laying some of the blame on "heightened political and Brexit uncertainty".

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Dry and warm day with plenty of sunshine.

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A610 closed after 'serious collision'

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

The A610 at Eastwood has been closed in both directions following a serious collision.

Nottinghamshire Police were called just after 06:00 following a report of the collision involving a pedestrian and a lorry.

The road will remain closed for "some time", police said, and motorists have been told to expect delays.

An appeal for witnesses has been made.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be some clear conditions through much of Wednesday, dry with blue sky and sunshine through to this afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be sunshine, sometimes hazy, but it will then feel slightly cooler before a chilly night.

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Church and court buildings join knife amnesty

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A church, court buildings and a civic centre have joined a knife amnesty across Nottinghamshire.

They include the Mount Zion Apostolic Church in Radford, Nottingham Magistrates' Court, Mansfield Magistrates' Court and Newark & Sherwood District Council's Castle House civic office in Newark.

Nottinghamshire Police working with the community for knife amnesty campaign
Nottinghamshire Police

They will join Nottinghamshire Police and their existing partners to host amnesty bins during the latest operation, which will run from Monday to 22 September.

A total of 635 bladed weapons were handed in at 15 locations during Nottinghamshire's last knife amnesty in March.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: "This will be the third amnesty we have held in 18 months and each time we have seen more weapons handed in.

"We now have so many amnesty bin locations that are in community locations, because we recognise that not everyone feels comfortable visiting police stations."

Firearms and drugs arrests after raid

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of firearms and drugs offences following a police raid at a house in Nottinghamshire.

A number of police vehicles were seen outside the house in Mapperley Plains as officers searched the property as part of a "pre-planned" operation on Thursday.

A 26-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and possession with intent to supply drugs.

Both remain in custody.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We might be in for a treat today with plenty of blue sky and sunshine, but it will be a little cooler and fresher than yesterday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

BBC Weather

The bad news? It's going to be a windy, cloudy and, at times, wet Wednesday.

But the good news is the weekend is looking, if not balmy, at least a little bit sunnier.

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Grooming offences in the East Midlands on the rise

David Pittam

BBC News Online

The number of grooming offences in the East Midlands has risen by almost a third in the last year.

Figures obtained by the NSPCC show the number of incidents in the region rose from 266 last year to almost 350 this year.

The data also reveals more children are being targeted on social media sites.

Over the last two years, Facebook-owned apps and Snapchat were used in 70% of incidents dealt with by Derbyshire Police.

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Outgoing Labour MP nominated to the House of Lords

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw and an independent government adviser on anti-Semitism, has been made a peer in former prime minister Theresa May's resignation honours list.

The 59-year-old, who was first elected in 2001, will sit in the House of Lords after receiving a non-affiliated peerage.

Mr Mann is standing down as MP, citing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's handling of the party's anti-Semitism crisis.

He said he could not campaign for Mr Corbyn knowing he could become prime minister, and told the Sunday Times he would "never forgive" him for allowing the party to be "hijacked" by anti-Semites.

Mr Mann, often a critic of the House of Lords, tweeted in 2017 that it should be abolished.

John Mann MP
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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's a drier day today but still a bit chilly. Fortunately that should improve (a bit) towards the end of the week.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Autumn seems to have arrived in earnest today, with a wet and cool start to the week.

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Police force pulls out of LGBT employer rankings

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Nottinghamshire Police will no longer feature in Stonewall’s workplace equality index, it has been revealed.

The annual list compiled by the charity ranks organisations on how inclusive they are for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff.

Nottinghamshire Police HQ
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In the latest list, the force was named as the 39th best employer in the UK, and the second-highest ranking organisation in the county, behind Nottinghamshire County Council (22nd).

But chief constable Craig Guildford said compiling the information to send to the charity took considerable time, which he feels will be better spent tackling other areas of workplace diversity.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and rainy morning, but we could see brighter spells later.

Nottinghamshire Police to stop taking part in LGBT ranking

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

Nottinghamshire Police will no longer take part in a national ranking of how LGBT friendly employers are because they say it takes up too much time.

The annual list compiled by the charity Stonewall ranks organisations.

In the latest list, Nottinghamshire Police was named as the 39th best in the UK.

Police officer
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But Notts chief constable Craig Guildford said compiling the information to send to the charity took considerable time, which he feels will be better spent tackling other areas of workplace diversity.

When asked, Notts Police could not say how much staff time was spent on compiling the information, nor how much it cost.

The force says it has learned valuable lessons from being involved in the programme, and while it will not appear on the next ranking, it will continue to measure itself using the ranking system in-house as a benchmark.

Steep rise in Nottinghamshire stop-and-searches

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

The number of stop and searches carried out in Nottinghamshire has risen sharply – in part because of the police's targeted campaign to tackle knife crime.

In 2018-19, there were 3,023 stop and searches – a 58% increase on the previous year.

More than half of the searches (54.4%) resulted in further action being taken, with 15.4% of people arrested on the spot. Others received cautions, summonses and drug possession warnings.

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In total, there were 83 arrests for possessing knives and firearms, up from 58 the year before.

A force report said the figure "illustrates what a vital crime fighting tool these powers offer and how they can be used to protect the public by removing weapons from the streets".

M1 lane closed after tanker crash

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

One lane of the M1 northbound has been closed following a crash involving a lorry and a tanker.

Long delays are expected as a result of the crash, which happened before 10:00 this morning.

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Forest shirt thefts prompt CCTV appeal

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Police have shared photos of two people they want to speak to after a number of Nottingham Forest shirts were stolen from the club shop.

The replica kits were taken from the City Ground store on Thursday 29 August.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police.

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We should see some decent spells of sunshine today but there's also the chance of showers later.

HS2 hit by delays

BBC Business News

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says parts of the high-speed rail project HS2 will be delayed by up to five years and cost £22bn more than expected.

"The chairman of HS2 does not believe the current scheme design can be delivered within the budget of £55.7 billion, set in 2015 prices," Mr Shapps said.

The East Midlands section of the new railway is now expected to be completed between 2035 and 2040

Sir John Peace, chairman of Midlands Connect, said: "Although any delay is very disappointing, this is a project we will all benefit from for the next hundred years and more. It’s well worth waiting for."

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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We should see variable amounts of cloud today with some bright spells but the chance of drizzly, light rain later.

Crash on M1 near airport causes delays

Highways England

Motorists have been warned of traffic delays on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire, between junction 23 and 24, following a crash earlier.

Highways England said there were seven miles of queuing traffic and delays of more than an hour near East Midlands Airport after three of the four lanes were closed.

Traffic on M1 northbound between junction 23 and 24 following a crash
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