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  1. Updates for Thursday 25 May 2017
  2. Manchester attack: The region falls silent to remember victims
  3. Manchester attack: Nottingham man drove 200 miles to help
  4. Tram derails in Nottingham city centre
  5. Driver captured going down wrong way of carriageway
  6. Second teen arrested over gunshots in Leicester

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That's all from the East Midlands live page - updates will start again on Friday at 08:00.

East Midlands weather update: Clear spells to develop

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Clear spells will develop overnight. It’ll stay dry with light winds.


It’ll be hot and sunny on Friday with cloud steadily building over the course of the day - perfect for a Friday night barbecue!

Highs of 25C (75F).

Derby centre: 'Less people in city are being radicalised'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Derby Pakistani Community Centre has called for more to be done to understand why young Muslims are vulnerable to being radicalised by extremist groups.

Derby Pakistani Community Centre

Shokat Lal is from the centre said there is "nothing normal" about extremist behaviour. He also believes there has been a reduction in the number of people being radicalised in the Derby area.

Mosque in Derby

He said this is because extremist groups used to be able to recruit on the streets - handing out leaflets and approaching young Muslims. He said you don't see this anymore.

He admits that the internet has allowed it to go "underground" and vulnerable people are being "groomed" online instead.

Watch: Driver captured going down wrong way of carriageway

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A driver has spoken of his shock - after witnessing a car driving down the wrong side of a dual carriageway in Mansfield.

Richard Hayes's dashcam captured the incident, which took place at about 12:45 BST on Wednesday on Southwell Road West.

He said: "I saw the car on the wrong side of the road and I was in complete shock.

"I tried to wave him down [to highlight he was going the wrong way] but he blanked me."

Nottinghamshire Police has said its enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Watch: 'Can I just de-sweat please?'

BBC Sport

British and Irish Lion Dan Cole has been feeling the heat at a Lions media session.

The England and Leicester prop earlier trained with the remainder of Warren Gatland's squad as preparations continue for their 10-game tour of New Zealand.

Cricket: Read included in squad after injury concerns

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read has been passed fit for the club's upcoming County Championship match against Gloucestershire.

Chris Read
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Read had been unable to field during the draw with Glamorgan after suffering a hip injury.

Stuart Broad has also been included in a 13-man squad for the match that begins tomorrow.

Urgent appeal for elderflower pickers

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

It's elderflower season so the pickers are out in Belvoir collecting the flowers to be used in cordial.

The problem is - they urgently need more...

Elderflower farm

Belvoir Fruit Farms need 3.6 million flower heads so they can keep up with the demand for its fruit drink.

The flower only blooms for between four and six weeks so they need an army of pickers to help collect them.

Tram derailment still causing disruption in Nottingham

Sandish Shoker

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter

A representative of NET told me the tram was travelling into Market Square from the Theatre Royal when the back end of the tram derailed, leaving these marks on the ground.

Scratch marks from a derailed tram

The front end of the tram is still on the track, but the back is now partly on the pavement.

Tram operators 'hoping to restore services as soon as possible'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The tram operators, NET, have just released this statement following the derailment in Old Market Square.

Engineers at Tram crash

One of our trams has been stopped in Old Market Square after wheels on its rear bogie disengaged from a section of track whilst it was performing a low speed turnback manoeuvre. No passengers were on board at the time. Due to the problem with the tram, we currently have no service between our Royal Centre and Nottingham Station stops. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is currently accepting tram tickets on their buses between The Forest and Nottingham Station. Our technicians are on site to rectify the situation and we hope to restore services as soon as possible."


Police cordon in place around derailed tram

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Nottingham reporter Sandish Shoker has just sent this picture of the police cordon around the derailed tram in Old Market Square.

Derailed tram in Nottingham

No-one injured in Nottingham tram derailment

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police have said no-one has been injured following that tram derailment in Old Market Square in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police has attended the scene to assist members of the public.

Tram derails in Nottingham city centre

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A tram has derailed in Old Market Square in Nottingham.

Derailed tram in Nottingham
Rachael Webb

In a tweet, NET Nottingham said services between the Forest and Old Market Square have been affected due to a faulty tram and engineers were on site.

You can follow service updates on the trams here.

Second teen arrested over gunshots in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating reports of gunshots being heard in Leicester on Sunday have arrested a second person - a 16-year-old boy.

The shots were heard on Tolton Road, in the Beaumont Leys area of the city, just before 22:30.

There were also reports of a small group of men in the street.

Police found no-one injured at the scene and said no-one went to hospital with firearm injuries.

Another teenager arrested earlier in the week has been released from custody.

Tennis: Nottingham Open men's event set to name entrants

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The entry list for the men's Challenger Tour event in Nottingham is expected to be announced on Monday.

Nottingham Open preparations
Daniel Smith/Getty Images

British number three Dan Evans has already confirmed that he will be playing at the Nottingham Tennis Centre between 10-18 June.

The entry list for the women's event has already been confirmed and full details can be found here.

Councillors clash over withdrawal of 'building materials' plan

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham political reporter

The new Conservative-led administration of Nottinghamshire County Council has been criticised for withdrawing a plan for quarrying for building materials across the county.

Nottinghamshire County Council

Labour, who are now in opposition, said the withdrawal of the Minerals Plan was "crazy and dangerous".

But the Tories said Labour had planned to dig up more of the county based on out-of-date figures.

The plan was withdrawn following the support of Mansfield and Ashfield Independents for the Conservatives' proposals.

Gozie Ugwu

Relegated Chesterfield agree a deal to sign striker Gozie Ugwu on a two-year contract ahead of next season in League Two.

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Trains now 'running normally' between Newark North Gate and Lincoln

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Manchester attack: Vigil to be held in Nottingham tonight

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A vigil will be held in Market Square in Nottingham later to honour the victims of Monday evening's terror attack in Manchester.

Tributes to the Manchester attack

The event, organised by local faith leaders and community groups, will take place by the Brian Clough statue at 18:00.

Local imam Dr Musharraf Hussain said: "We can think of no more horrific and callous an act, no more cowardly a deed, than to target innocent lives - many of whom were just young children.

"We will not allow those who wish to divide us through acts of violence and brutality succeed."

Trains 'unable to run' between Newark North Gate and Lincoln

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

King 'rested' for Wales World Cup qualifier

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester City midfielder Andy King hasn't been included in the Wales squad for their World Cup qualifier against Serbia next month.

Andy King
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King had been struggling with a hamstring injury towards the end of the season before returning for the final game against Bournemouth on Sunday.

We understand he's simply been rested from the squad.

Foxes forward Tom Lawrence is in the 26-man squad.

Vardy included in England squad

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been included in England's squad to face Scotland and France.

Vardy scored 18 goals for club and country this season.

Jamie Vardy
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Meanwhile, Leicester City's Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell have both been included in England's preliminary squad for this summer's European U21 Championship in Poland.

The final squad has to be named by 6 June.

Man charged with historical child sex offences

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 52-year-old man from Radcliffe-on-Trent has been charged with six counts of indecent assault and two counts of rape.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in 1987 at the Amberdale Observation and Assessment Centre in Stapleford.


All the charges against Dean Gathercole relate to the same victim, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Mr Gathercole will appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on 22 June.

He was arrested by officers involved in Operation Equinox - a team dedicated to investigating allegations of historical abuse of children in Nottinghamshire.

Armed officers present to 'reassure and protect' Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police has additional officers and armed officers out in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland today.

They are to "reassure and protect" the public.

Here are two I saw earlier in the city centre...

Armed police

Three arrested following Haribo sweets theft in Ripley

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Notts County's pre-season schedule taking shape

BBC Nottingham Sport

Notts County will host Wigan in a pre-season friendly at Meadow Lane on Saturday 22 July.

Meadow Lane
Getty Images

Kevin Nolan's side also have friendlies against Nottingham Forest and Linby Colliery Welfare.

Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A614 Bawtry Road and J35 for M18.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J34 A614 Bawtry Road and J35 M18, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Your photos: May across Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Pat Powdrill for getting in touch via Facebook and sending in this excellent picture from New Mills in Derbyshire.

Waterfall in New Mills
Pat Powdrill

Manchester attack: The East Midlands falls silent to remember victims

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The East Midlands joined a national minute's silence in honour of the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

This was the scene in Leicester...

Silence for Manchester victims at Leicester War Memorial

This was Derby...

Memorial in Derby

And people also gathered in Nottingham.

Police concerned over missing Derby woman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police said officers are growing increasingly concerned after a 51-year-old woman was reported missing.

Beatrice Asare
Derbyshire Constabulary

Beatrice Asare was last seen in Derby city centre at about 09:30 BST on Tuesday.

Manchester attack: Nottingham man drove 200 miles to help

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A man has described how he felt compelled to drive 200 miles in the middle of the night to help people affected by the Manchester attack.

Jacob Brentnall and family
Jacob Brentnall

Jacob Brentnall (pictured centre) drove to Manchester from his home in Nottingham after midnight when he read about the bombing in the news and on social media.

After giving a young woman a lift across the city he drove a family of three to Leeds, before returning home.

The 21-year-old then turned up for work in Derby despite getting no sleep.

CCTV appeal after four vehicles broken into in one night

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police has released CCTV footage after four vehicles were broken into on one night in Littleover.

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Vehicles on Serena Avenue, Rowley Lane and South Avenue were targeted overnight between 25 and 26 April, the force said.

Items like money, electricals and credit cards were stolen.

East Midlands weather update: Blue sky and sunshine

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There will be widespread blue sky and sunshine for most of the afternoon with only little bits of cloud building at times.

Hot with highs of 27C (81F).

Rugby: Tigers prop earns England starting berth

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers prop Ellis Genge has been named in the England starting XV for Sunday's game against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Ellis Genge
Getty Images

Tigers-bound fly-half George Ford will start at 10.

Watch: Reporter inspects cricket pitch ahead of Derbyshire v Leicestershire

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

I've been looking at the pitch at The 3aaa County Ground ahead of Derbyshire v Leicestershire.

Foxes to play in Hong Kong

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City will compete for the Premier League Asia Trophy this summer.

They'll play either Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion or Crystal Palace at the Hong Kong Stadium on 19 and 22 July.

Leicester City
Getty Images

We are very excited to be returning to Hong Kong this summer for the Premier League Asia Trophy. We know from previous visits that fans in Hong Kong, and across the region, are passionate supporters of our clubs. In Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, we have a group of excellent clubs, players and managers who will give local fans a fantastic Premier League experience.”

Richard ScudamorePremier League executive chairman

Rushcliffe Borough Council set to name new leader

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham political reporter

I understand Simon Robinson will be confirmed as the new leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council later this evening.

Neil Clarke, the leader for the past 12 years, is stepping down after being elected as a county councillor in the local elections earlier this month.

Indian soldiers to be remembered in special ceremony

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Look at these two war memorials. The one on the left is in Leicester, and the one on the right is in the Indian city of Delhi.

War memorial in Leicester and Deli

Similar right?

That's because - apart from the fact the one in Delhi is double the size of Leicester's - they were both designed by English architect Edwin Lutyens.

Edwin Lutyens
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Today Leicester's memorial will be visited by the High Commissioner of India.

He is expected to attend a special commemorative event to lay a wreath of marigolds at the Arch of Remembrance in memory of the 1,174 Indian men from the Labour Corps who lost their lives in World War One.

About 300 schoolchildren, as well as the city and Lord mayors of Leicester, will attend the ceremony.

It's part of the Unremembered Project, which has been organised by the Big Ideas Company.