Lottery winners remembered on 25th year since first draw
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It has been 25 years since the first National Lottery draw was broadcast live from the BBC in London.
It was hosted by Noel Edmonds while Anthea Turner was in Nottingham providing inserts from the intu Victoria Centre.
Over the years Nottinghamshire has seen more than 700 people claim prizes of £50,000 or more.
In 2012, the county had two big winners - Cassey Carrington and Matt Topham from Stapleford won just over £45m in the EuroMillions, followed by Gareth and Catherine Bull from Mansfield Woodhouse who won more than £40m.
Later that year, Jim and Maureen Emerton from Carlton won £4.5m and Alan and Kim Elliott, from Aspley, won £1m.
David Brown was living in Eastwood when he and his family won £1m three years ago.
"I was scanning the QR code on my iPad and I didn't believe it so I switched it off and scanned it again and again," he said.
"I told my daughter and she didn't believe it either, so she downloaded the app herself and scanned it on her phone."
Since winning, he and his family have bought a holiday lodge in Lincolnshire and moved house.
His daughter, who also got a share of the money, used it to pay for fertility treatment. She is now seven months pregnant.
Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands
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It's a frosty start out there, and there's a Met Office weather warning for fog.
More heavy rain is set to fall across the East Midlands.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Thursday and Friday meaning "further heavy rain may lead to further disruption and flooding".
Dales District Council is urging residents and businesses to be ready for a
possible repeat of last week's flooding that killed one local woman.
The authority's chief executive, Paul Wilson, said: "While we will always try to help vulnerable residents, our advice to anyone concerned that their home or business is at risk of flooding is to buy sandbags from a hardware store. Garden soil can be used as an alternative."
More East Midlands flood problems to come, agency warns
More homes and businesses in the East Midlands are likely to fall victim to flooding in the coming weeks and months, the Environment Agency has warned.
The organisation said its teams had been working 24 hours a day to deal with problems caused by last week's huge downfalls.
At least 75 properties flooded in Nottinghamshire - including 50 in Worksop - and 39 homes and businesses were flooded in Derbyshire.
The agency warned with many areas of ground "completely saturated" and further heavy rain forecast, there was a "high probability" more people would be affected later this week and in the months to follow.
Louise Cresswell, East Midlands area manager, said: "Further
rain on Thursday and Friday may bring severe impacts from surface water and
river flooding to parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
"People should remain
vigilant, follow the advice of the emergency services, check their flood risk and plan to stay safe.
people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood
Flood disruption continues as more rain falls on region
Flood warnings and alerts remain in place for several parts of the East Midlands after more heavy rain overnight.
The Environment Agency has issued warnings for the River Idle in Retford, Eaton and Gamston, along with the River Trent at Barrow, Carlton, Castle Donington, Collingham, Girton, Swarkestone and Willington.
Power is still out for more than 200 homes, but this is expected to be returned once the water drops to a safe level.
A number of roads still remain closed.
Ch Insp Claire Rukas said: “Worksop town centre still remains under a lot of flood water with many of the roads still impassable.
“However, as there is no longer the same threat to life as there was overnight, we will be taking down our cordons and the roads closures will be dealt with by the highways agency as business as usual.
“Mansfield still remains a concern and partners are working on making sure the area is safe for residents to return home.”
River levels are slowly receding, with rain expected only intermittently across the weekend.
However, the force said temperatures could fall to zero, with the freezing conditions potentially impacting on driving conditions.
Rescuers save 70 hedgehogs from flooded sanctuary
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Rescuers have saved 70 hedgehogs
from a flooded sanctuary in north Nottinghamshire.
The RSPCA were called to 7th Heaven Hedgehog Rescue, in Retford, this morning to help evacuate the animals.
Five of the hedgehogs were hibernating in one of the hutches but were thankfully taken to safety.
The sanctuary was inundated with people who wanted to help.
RSPCA inspector Dan Bradshaw said: “Lots of local people have taken in hedgehogs until the rescue centre is safe for them to be returned.
“It was such a fulfilling rescue and it was incredible to see the amazing community spirit in Retford.
"Everyone worked together to save these hedgehogs. It’s really heartwarming.”