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  1. Updates for Thursday 4 May 2017
  2. Pair killed woman 'over football puncture'
  3. Man admits 1992 Nottingham bus stop rape
  4. Belper fatal crash: Father and daughter named as victims
  5. Leicestershire mechanic died in 'moment of madness'
  6. Polystyrene plane travels from Wales to Leicestershire

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By Amy Woodfield and Sandish Shoker

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Live updates have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

East Midlands weather update: Some late evening sunshine

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There will be a bit more in the way of cloud but a few late spells of sunshine this evening. 

Overnight, it will be fairly chilly and breezy with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells at times.


There will be lots of dry and bright weather tomorrow with some patchy cloud at times and good spells of sunshine. There will be a maximum temperature of 15C (59F).

Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, at J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Pair sentenced after breaking into car and stealing tablet

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Thieves Natalie Picken and Daniel Treece have been sentenced after admitting breaking into a car and stealing a Samsung tablet.

The theft occurred on Tuesday morning when the car was broken into on Otter Street, Derbyshire Police said.

Natalie Picken and Daniel Treece
Derbyshire Constabulary

Picken, 26, who was already the subject of two suspended sentences, was today jailed for 40 weeks for those previous offences, this theft and a further charge of handling stolen goods from another previous offence.

Meanwhile, Treece was handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Travel: Accident on the A38 near Mickleover

BBC News Travel

There are delays on the A38 near Mickleover because of an accident. 

It's causing problems on local buses too.

Kasper Schmeichel: Can players get a manager sacked?
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is asked about player power, and whether the team can influence a manager's future.

Nottingham bus stop rape victim: 'You can't believe that happened to you'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A rape victim who was dragged from a Nottingham bus stop 25 years ago told BBC's Crimewatch in 2008: "Every time you see a man or hear a man speak, you think is it him...

"You can't believe that happened to you."

Christopher Scott pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court today and was remanded into custody to await his sentencing later this month.

Warning: This video has no sound. 

Pair killed woman 'over football puncture'

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A father and daughter have been convicted of killing a woman they attacked because she punctured a child's football. 

Kelly Machin (below) had been fed up with balls landing in her back garden in Leicester, so she burst one before throwing it back over the fence. 

The child's mother and grandfather assaulted her and she died almost two weeks later. 

A jury found both Natalie Bollen and William Jelly guilty of manslaughter. 

Jelly, 48, was not in the dock for the verdicts as he collapsed in court earlier and was taken to hospital. 

Both he and his daughter, who is 28, will be sentenced in June.

Kelly Machin
Leicestershire Police

Fire crews free person from car after accident

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has tweeted that one person has been cut out of a car after an accident in Watnall Road, Hucknall. 

The fire service said the accident involved one car on its roof and has warned motorists to expect delays in the area.

Watch: Shakespeare 'unaware' of United interest in Schmeichel

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has been speaking to the media this afternoon.

Questions were asked about the future of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel - he's been linked with Manchester United...

The Foxes boss also spoke about Wes Morgan, who's missed the last few games.

Shakespeare said the captain won't make the match against Watford on Saturday but he’ll train next week and be in contention to face Manchester City on 13 May.

Wes Morgan
Getty Images

Of course, this was this time last year the city was celebrating winning the Premier League but Shakespeare said no-one has been marking the anniversary.

He said the squad did, however, say goodbye to the trophy.

“It came down to the canteen and we all had a look at it again. No-one can take the memories away but we have to move on," he added.

Travel: Delays in Hucknall

BBC News Travel

Hundreds evacuated after East Midlands Airport fire scare

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Hundreds of people were evacuated from East Midlands Airport this morning over a fire scare.

Paul Reddington called to tell us the airport had been evacuated for what he thought was a fire, having seen hundreds of people queuing outside and being able to smell smoke inside.

"There were large fire trucks and everybody was outside when we arrived at 11:00," he said. 

East Midlands Airport

Fortunately, Mr Reddington was able to get his flight to Ireland on time after passengers were let back into the airport, but delays of less than an hour were caused to three flights to Belfast, Jersey and Bergamo respectively.  

An East Midlands Airport spokesman said: "After a full investigation by the fire service, all passengers were allowed to re-enter the terminal building following a fire alarm."

Polystyrene plane

A family from Wales were shocked to receive a postcard from a woman in Leicestershire who found the toy.

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Jewellery containing ashes stolen in Littleover burglary

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sentimental jewellery including an "Ashes to Glass" pendant, that contains the ashes of a woman's mother, has been stolen in a burglary in Littleover, Derby

Police said the jewellery was taken some time between 12:00 BST on Saturday and 16:30 BST on Monday while the occupants of a house on Normanton Lane were away for the weekend.  

Derbyshire Police

Last day for paper £5 note

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's worth noting that from midnight tomorrow you won't be able to spend the old £5 note in a lot of places.

The Bank of England says there are still about 150 million of the old paper notes in circulation. 

They can still be used or exchanged at the Post Office and banks though. 

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Your Questions: The mysterious 'green woman' of Screveton

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

If you've ever driven through the village of Screveton, you may have spied a rather large green statue of a woman on the edge of the road and wondered what it's doing there.

Chris Underwood did, and after he asked us to look into it we pulled over to investigate.

Get in touch if you've got any questions about your area.

Gary Rowett

Sam Rush's surprise sacking will not affect Derby County's summer transfer activity, says manager Gary Rowett.

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DNA helped catch bus rapist

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Christopher Scott was arrested after his DNA was tested last year in relation to a separate matter.

It matched samples that were taken in 1992 - when DNA was still in its infancy. 

At the time no match was found and it wasn't until 1995 that a national DNA database was set up.

Scott will now be sentenced on 26 May.

Christopher Scott
Nottinghamshire Police

Deer put to sleep after becoming trapped in railings

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A sad story from earlier today.

Firefighters were called to help a deer that had got itself stuck in railings in Birstall.  

Deer stuck in railings
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

The crew managed to calm the deer down and cut the railings but a medical examination found it had suffered a fractured spine trying to free itself. 

Sadly this meant the deer could never recover and had to be put to sleep.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Leicestershire mechanic died in 'moment of madness'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An inquest has taken place into the death of a mechanic from Braunstone, who died from brain injuries sustained when he put his head between the wheel of a lorry and its arch.

Crouch recovery

Peter Hummel had been trying to help a colleague who was towing a broken down truck when his head became trapped.

Forensics investigator Brian Johnson said the 56-year-old had "placed his head in the crocodile's mouth".

It's thought Mr Hummel had cut tie clips which had been holding a metal arm in place. This caused the arm, which controls the amount of air in the bag, to fall. Air was pushed from the bag and the wheel arch fell back towards the wheel.

Paramedic Shay Cullen said he found Mr Hummel with his "head trapped under a lorry".

Despite receiving treatment at the scene, Mr Hummel was pronounced dead soon afterwards.  

Man jailed over scooter rider death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man who caused the death of a Leicestershire teenager by dangerous driving has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. 

Calum Warrilow (below), from Stapleton, was hit by a car as he was travelling along the A1 near Grantham on a scooter in September 2016.

Callum Warrilow
Lincolnshire Police

Driving the car was Kenneth Wallace, from Cambridgeshire. He'd been recorded driving at almost 100mph shortly before the crash.

In a police interview, the 53-year-old admitted he'd been using his mobile phone and was in a poor emotional state.

Kenneth Wallace
Lincolnshire Constabulary

After knocking the 17-year-old off his scooter, Wallace fled the scene. 

Then, unable to stop in time, a lorry driver went over Calum, killing him. Police have said the lorry driver was not at fault.

"My son Calum was an exceptionally kind and considerate young man and I was incredibly proud of him. He also brought a great sense of humour to our family and I know he loved us all as much as we loved him. His stepfather, sister, half brothers, half-sister and I miss him dearly and there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think about Calum. This still doesn’t feel like it is really happening to us, but we do want to see justice for Calum, who shouldn’t have been taken away from us."

Kerry DowersCalum's mother

Watch: International treatment for Loughborough baby

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This eight-month-old baby from Loughborough has a genetic disease so rare she's having to travel to France for treatment.

Ella Rose Long

Ella Rose Long has the most severe form of spinal muscular atrophy - a condition that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement. 

Her mum, Leigh White, fears Ella might soon struggle to breathe.

East Midlands weather update: Dry, bright and sunny

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

This afternoon, it will be dry, bright and sunny but it will feel a little cool because of a chilly wind. Highs of 14C (57F).

Your photos: Blue skies over the East Midlands today

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a lovely bright morning, and some of you been out and about to capture the blue skies. 

This is Twit Twoo's offering, from Donisthorpe in Leicestershire.

Twit Twoo

This is the cracking view over Ilam, Derbyshire, this morning. 

Peak District Sue

And more beautiful colours from Kegworth, Leicestershire.


Popular Darley Park Concert to return this September

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The popular Darley Park Concert will return on September 3 after being axed last year, it has been announced.

The event was shelved by Derby City Council because they could no longer afford it.

But the concert will be making a comeback this autumn, although some people will now have to pay for a ticket. Reduced early bird tickets are being sold for £2.50 each, while under 16s are able to access free tickets, according to the city council.

Darley Park
Derby Live

Polystyrene plane travels from Wales to Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Have you ever put a message in a bottle and thrown it out to sea? At the time you're always optimistic it will end up far away in some unusual location.

Well, one family in Anglesey did just this - but instead of a bottle, they used two polystyrene planes.

Polystyrene plane
Abbie Everett

Abbie Everett's children threw the planes off the Menai Suspension Bridge and the family watched them drift off along the river.

A few months later, one of the planes turned up at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire.

The family know this because they received this postcard...

Children with a postcard
Abbie Everett

The family have told the BBC they want to find Kathy and thank her for the postcard. 

They are also now planning a trip to Bradgate Park so they can see how far their plane travelled.

Chris Cohen

Chris Cohen will sign a new deal at Nottingham Forest when the club know which division they will play in next season.

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Rolls Royce boss to take "zero tolerance" approach to misconduct

Matthew Barlow

BBC Radio Derby reporter

I'm at the Rolls Royce annual general meeting (AGM), which is being held at Pride Park.

Chairman Ian Davis has told shareholders there will be "zero tolerance" to business misconduct after the firm paid £671m to settle corruption cases with UK and US authorities. 

Rolls Royce
Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce chief executive Warren East says this year has been a "painful chapter" for the company that it is learning from.

Belper fatal crash: School pays tribute to 'kind and caring' girl

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Six-year-old Ruby Watson has been described by her school as a "very popular child who had a smile for everyone". 

In a statement, Pottery Primary School said: "She was a thoughtful friend who was kind and caring.

"Ruby will be greatly missed by staff and pupils alike."

Belper flowers

Family photo shows Belper crash victims

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The family of James and Ruby Watson has released this photo following their death on Sunday.

James and Ruby Watson
Family handout

The 28-year-old father and his six-year-old daughter were passengers in a car that collided with a railing on Kilbourne Road in Belper.

The inquest into their deaths will open tomorrow.

Kilbourne Road leading into Belper

James’s partner, who was also Ruby’s mother, was driving the car at the time and remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

BreakingMan dies in A52 crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A pedestrian has died after he was hit by a car on the A52 in Nottinghamshire last night, police have now confirmed.


The man was pronounced dead at the scene at about 20:50 between Gamston Lings Bar roundabout and the Stragglethorpe Road junction, near Radcliffe on Trent.

Police have asked for anyone who might have dashcam footage of the crash to get in touch.

BreakingMan admits 1992 bus stop rape

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man has pleaded guilty to the rape and kidnapping of an 18-year-old university student near a bus stop in Nottingham back in 1992. 

Christopher Scott, 64, from Billesden Drive, in Heathfield, Nottingham, had initially pleaded not guilty when he was charged last August. 

But he admitted the charges at Nottingham Crown Court today - on the first day of his trial. 

Mansfield Road bus stop

Scott dragged the 18-year-old woman, who was standing at a bus stop, down an alleyway and forced her into a car where he sexually assaulted her.

There was a high-profile appeal for information over the attack in 1992 and it was featured on BBC Crimewatch in 2008.  

Posters for World Naked Gardening Day appear in Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Adventurous gardeners are being urged to strip off this Saturday - for World Naked Gardening Day.

The event's now in its 12th year and posters promoting it have appeared in Colwick Woods in Nottinghamshire.

Rachael Hemmings, from the Meadows Community Garden, says if you're planning on taking part, it's worth being mindful of what you're doing. 

She said: "If you are going to be gardening completely naked without shoes on, you might want to avoid working with a spade, maybe a strimmer might not be a good idea... or shears. 

"Or, taking out brambles or thorns. Do that on another day because that could be potentially quite scratchy. No-one wants to go to A&E with thorns somewhere private."

Naked gardening
World Naked Gardening Day

Watch: Ever wondered why elections are held on Thursdays?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I had been wondering about this myself, so I was glad to see one of my BBC colleagues had helpfully put together this video.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Nottinghamshire sign India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara to provide short-term cover for Australia paceman James Pattinson.

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Famous Fenwick store could become high-end complex

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Plans for the future of Leicester's renowned Fenwick store have been announced.

Developers have applied for planning permission to turn the Market Street building into a champagne bar, restaurant, gym and 90 high-end apartments.


The developers, who bought the iconic building for a seven-figure sum, have said this could create about 150 jobs for the area.

“The purchase of this iconic building in Leicester is really important to us. It has a great deal of history and our plans will create an exciting concept for Leicester and will secure the building’s future. By creating a mixed use scheme, the building has a future which is sustainable for many years to come."

Vijay PatelAimrok

BreakingWoman arrested in connection with baby death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 27-year-old woman is due to be spoken to by the police after the body of a newborn baby was found in a bag near Hinckley.

An initial post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday but more tests are now taking place to identify the cause of the baby's death.

The woman, arrested on suspicion of concealing a birth, had been getting treatment in hospital but has now been discharged.  

Police have now also arrested her in connection with the death of the baby.

Woman detained after tram disorder

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you were delayed while on the tram in Hucknall this morning, police have told us it was because of a "public disorder" incident at the Butlers Hill tram stop at about 07:25 BST.

There were no trams between Hucknall and Moor Bridge for a short time.

A police spokeswoman said a woman was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to Millbrook hospital by ambulance. 

Football: Burton Albion boss reflects on Championship survival

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has praised his players for their "incredible work rate" after securing Championship survival. 

The Brewers were pre-season favourites for relegation back to League One in August, but they head into their final game on Sunday against Reading four points above the drop zone.

Nigel Clough

Clough's side currently sit 19th - ahead of five clubs including Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn.

That is despite a stadium with a capacity of less than 7,000 and one of the smallest playing squad budgets in the division.