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American's back Nottingham's Major Oak tree for award

Robin Hood fans in the American states of Oregon and New York are backing Nottinghamshire's Major Oak for the title of European Tree of the Year.

The famous tree in Sherwood Forest is known for being Robin's base.

Dog walkers walk past The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Major Oak facts:

1,000
years old
23
weight in tonnes
33
feet in circumference

We are delighted to be backing this campaign. We enjoy close links with our friends in Sherwood Forest in the UK through our respective annual festivals which celebrate the life and times of Robin Hood and it would be great if the Major Oak can win.

– Susan Danz, from the Robin Hood Festival in Oregon, America

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Would you support a voluntary ban on smoking in Nottingham's Old Market Square?

There are calls for a voluntary ban on smoking in Nottingham's Old Market Square. Credit: PA

There are calls for a voluntary ban on smoking in the Old Market Square in Nottingham. It would follow in the footsteps of Bristol, which recently introduced voluntary 'smokefree zones' in two of its city squares.

(A voluntary ban means it is not enforceable).

Those in favour say it's good for public health and would discourage children from smoking; critics argue children are more likely to smoke because of peer pressure, adding that smoking in public is not harming anyone's health, other than perhaps those who are actually smoking.

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'Police incident' closes Lady Bay Bridge in Nottingham

General view of Lady Bay Bridge, Nottingham Credit: Google Street View

The A6011 Lady Bay Bridge in Nottingham is closed in both directions because of a "police incident" between A6520 Radcliffe Road and Meadow Lane.

The bridge has been closed by police since 2:30am this morning.

Loughborough Road, Radcliffe Road and Trent Bridge are expected to be much busier than usual this morning as traffic diverts.

Nottinghamshire Police said there is no estimate for when the bridge will reopen.

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