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  1. Updates for Friday 26 May 2017
  2. Nottingham runners to hold minute silence
  3. More security at Leicestershire festival
  4. Police aim for greater diversity in recruitment
  5. Horse left to die in 'excruciating' pain
  6. New coach for women's Twenty20 team

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By Calum McKenzie and Amy Woodfield

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Our live updates have now ended and will return from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Extra firearms officers coming to the East Midlands

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

More firearms officers will be coming to the East Midlands to support the region's police forces while the UK's threat level for terror attacks remains "critical."

Firearms officers
YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images

The officers, who have come from the strategic policing reserve, will be deployed on the streets of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire from tonight.

The strategic policing reserve is made up of police officers from the Civil Nuclear Authority, Ministry of Defence Police and British Transport Police.

There are currently no plans to deploy the military to the East Midlands.

Special constable appears in court

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Leicestershire Police special constable has appeared in court charged with a series of offences including criminal damage, harassment and possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious gas.

Leicestershire Police emblem

Shahib Asan, who is 21 years old and from Birstall, is next due before Leicester Crown Court in November.

Motorbike stolen in Belper

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police trying to find a stolen motorbike in Belper have released images to help trace it...

Black Kawasaki ER 650
Derbyshire Police

The black Kawasaki ER 650 was taken from a shed at a house on Nottingham Road overnight between 6 and 7 May.

The motorbike has a partial registration plate of LD59.

'Snow' in Nottingham?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

An amusing take on the warm weather from Notts County's owner...

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Road to close for brewery drum delivery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A stretch of the A38 will be closed next week as police escort an abnormal load through South Derbyshire and into Staffordshire .

The load is a number of huge brewery drums destined for the Molson Coors site in Burton.

At about 20:00 on Thursday evening the delivery will travel along the A50 from Doveridge, then along the A516 towards the A38.

The northbound carriageway will be closed from Egginton to Clay Mills so the convoy can use it to travel south.

Nottingham early morning noises 'probably from machinery,' police say

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A number of people across Nottingham reported hearing some strange/mysterious noises across the city first thing this morning.

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I've spoken to the police who have said that it is likely to have come from machinery.

The force also wanted to stress that the noises were nothing to be worried about, following Monday's attack in Manchester.

Festival fun in Wymeswold

Emily Anderson

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

I've just met Tragedy - they've flown in from the USA to perform at Glastonbudget tonight.

It's their first time at the festival - what a crazy, amazing bunch...


I've also met this bunch of festival-goers having fun in the sun...

People at Glastonbudget

Fewer coaches on some East Midlands Trains services

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Useful information if you are planning on travelling between Nottingham, Derby, Liverpool and Matlock...

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6 affecting J22 for A50.

M1 Leicestershire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J22, A50 (Coalville).

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

Watch: Walkers Crisps Gary Lineker campaign inTwitter sabotage


Leicester-based crisps maker Walkers has had a marketing campaign hijacked by Twitter users.

Offering followers the chance to win tickets to the Champions League final, users were soon replying with distasteful photos, including images of killers Fred West and Harold Shipman.

The user's picture would then be incorporated into a personalised video, featuring Gary Lineker, automatically tweeted and captioned by Walkers.

Walkers has apologised for what happened.

Lewis Alessandra

Notts County sign forward Lewis Alessandra from relegated Hartlepool United on a two-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

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Magpies sign striker Lewis Alessandra

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Notts County have signed striker Lewis Alessandra from Hartlepool United for an undisclosed fee.

Lewis Alessandra

Alessandra, 28, has signed a two-year-deal at Meadow Lane.

Magpies boss Kevin Nolan told the club's official website: "There were a number of clubs interested in Lewis and it looked tricky at one stage, but I’m absolutely delighted that he chose to come and work with us."

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J23 for A512 and J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound between J23, A512 (Loughborough) and J23a A42, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Your photos: Warm and sunny Nottingham

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Plenty of people have taken the opportunity to cool off in the fountains in Market Square in Nottingham...

Market Square in Nottingham

...and in this heat - I don't blame them.

Delays on trains between Leicester and Market Harborough

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Trains tweets...

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Cricket: New coach for women's Twenty20 team

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Loughborough Lightning have unveiled former England international Matthew Hoggard as their new Assistant Coach...

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More security at Leicestershire festival

Emily Anderson

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

I'm at Glastonbudget in Wymeswold - it claims to be the biggest tribute festival in the world.

Organisers have increased security for this weekend after the bombing in Manchester on Monday.

Police at Glastonbudget

Shopping centre evacuated

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We're just hearing shoppers are being asked to leave the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester because of a fire alarm.

It seems this has happened once already today...

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Police haven't been contacted and it's thought to be caused by a heat activated fire alarm.

Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire southbound severe accident, before A61 Alfreton Road affecting A610.

A38 Derbyshire - Queuing traffic on A38 southbound in Derby before Little Eaton Island, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car towing a caravan earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the A610 junction.

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

Watch: Police aim for greater diversity

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police in Derby are holding a recruitment drive at a city mosque.

Officers have been speaking to members of the public at the Jamia Mosque in Normanton...

Police at Derby mosque

The aim of the event is for the force to better represent the communities it serves by encouraging people from more diverse backgrounds to join the police.

Here's PC Steve Revill explaining more...

Jogger punched after rejecting sex talk

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A female jogger has been attacked after reportedly turning down the sexual advances of a stranger.

The woman was in Wollaton Park at about 21:45 on Wednesday when she was approached by a man.

After speaking to her he became "sexually suggestive" but when she refused he punched her in the head.

Officers described the man as black, aged about 30, 6ft 2in tall and of average build, with short black hair and stubble.

He was wearing a dark-coloured polo shirt and grey jogging bottoms.

Wollaton Hall
Lee Haywood

Manchester attack: Minutes silence before Sunday's Nottingham 10K race

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There will be a minute's silence before the start of the Nottingham 10K race on Sunday to remember the victims of the attack in Manchester.

Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Laureus
The Magazine

The Magazine may have seen Richard III's body brought back for display after his defeat in battle.

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Horse left to die in 'excruciating' pain

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man who left his horse to die an “agonising” death has been disqualified from keeping equines for life.

Simon Nall, of Clarence Road in Long Eaton, failed to attend to his horse Storm for several months.

This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that this bench has seen. It was your responsibility to prevent this. You made no attempt to check on the animal and you showed no remorse."

Philip HicksonChairman of the magistrates

Storm belonged to Nall and was stabled with four other horses belonging to his mother and sister.

The 20-year-old claimed to believe his mother had been looking after Storm - and said that was why he didn't check on him.

The RSPCA has said it was called by a concerned member of the public in October last year - they found Storm’s decomposing body in a stable, and faeces all over the floor.


The animal was underweight, his hooves were 14 to 20 centimeters long and he had been suffering from chronic laminitis.

The vet who examined his body said this would have been excruciating.

I have never seen a horse in such a bad way before - it is clear that Storm’s last few days of his life were agonising. If he’d been attended to, and properly, then this could have been avoided. The responsibility of owning an animal does not go away if you turn a blind eye.”

Laura BryantRSPCA inspector

As well as a ban on keeping horses Nall was given an 18-week prison sentence suspended for two years.

He was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work, given a three-month curfew order and told to pay £515.

Winners at East Midlands architecture awards revealed

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Five buildings across the region were winners at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands awards in Derby last night:

Number One Westhill in Leicester
  • Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project
  • Number One Westhill, Leicester (pictured above)
  • Artemis Barn, Castleton
  • George Green Library, University of Nottingham
  • Meadow View Specialist Dementia Residential Care Centre, Darley Dale (below)
Meadow View Specialist Dementia Residential Care Centre

Robert Evans, who was chair of the regional judging panel, said: "Each of the winning schemes demonstrates the great architecture that results from a partnership between a passionate client and a committed, imaginative architect.

"In very different ways, every scheme adds enormously to their locality, and will engage and delight for many years to come."

All of the winning buildings will now be considered for the RIBA national award next month.

Rail authority 'not looking into' Nottingham tram derailment

Lewis Scrimshaw

BBC Radio Nottingham news editor

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has confirmed it will not be looking into the derailment of a Nottingham tram in the Market Square yesterday afternoon.

Tram derailment

The tram operating company, NET, said earlier it would be looking into the incident as it was "not a normal occurrence."

No-one was on board the tram when it derailed, but it caused delays for rush hour commuters.

Your photos: May across Nottinghamshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

David Siggers has been in touch via Facebook to send this nice picture of Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, in the sun.

Newstead Abbey
David Siggers

Cricket: Derbyshire v Leicestershire

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Day Two at The 3aaa County Ground has just got underway - a few moments ago I took a look at the pitch...

Power cut in Bingham

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It should be back on in time for lunch...

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Cricket: Gloucestershire match underway at Trent Bridge

BBC Nottingham Sport

The strip at Trent Bridge for today's match against Gloucestershire - being used for first time this season...

Cricket pitch

There's a slight tinge of green. This may have influenced Phil Mustard's decision to bowl first.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J24A for A50 Derby and J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J24a, A50 (Derby) and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an accident.

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

Magpies announce York friendly

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Notts County FC tweets...

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M6 diesel spill causing congestion

There's queuing traffic on the M6 northbound between junctions one and two, causing congestion in the area, after a large diesel spill on the carriageway.

The carriageway has now been closed with congestion backing up to the Catthorpe Interchange.

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Tennis: Derby youngster hoping for Wimbledon wildcard

BBC Radio Derby

Derby tennis player Jay Clarke has admitted he faces an anxious wait to find out if he has been offered a wildcard for Wimbledon.

Jay Clarke
Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The 18-year-old's current world ranking is 403, meaning he will not automatically make the main draw at SW19.

"It is always going to be tough because my ranking is not quite there yet," he told BBC Radio Derby.

"It is my first year out of juniors and I think I'm like eight in the world for my age.

"It is a big thing to ask for, but I think my game is there."

Prize money at Wimbledon means that a wildcard is worth at least £35,000.

Bearded Theory underway in Catton

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The sun is shining and festival goers are arriving at Bearded Theory at Catton Hall in South Derbyshire...

Pitching a tent

The event was last year named "Best Family Festival" at the UK Festival Awards

The BBC have been speaking to the Hamilton family who are their for the fourth year - Jo said: "We really enjoy it. We come with a lot of our friends. We like this one in particular, it's really quite local for us."

Her children Oliver and Abbie are also there today and will be going to the site's Ofsted-approved school.

Bearded Theory

This is the 10th year of Bearded Theory - bands playing include Madness, Seasick Steve and Skunk Anansie.

It started at the Knockerdown Pub, near Carsington Water, in 2007. It was a birthday party but sold loads of tickets.

It carried on since then and got bigger and bigger.

Watch: Torvill and Dean visit Nottingham charity

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Olympic ice skating champions Torvill and Dean have paid a visit to a Nottingham charity that tries to keep people out of crime by teaching them boxing...

...the pair became patrons for Switch Up after they worked with the charity on a TV programme called Skate Estate.

Switch Up is run by Marcellus Baz, a winner of the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero award in 2016.

Nottingham tram derailment set to be investigated

BBC Radio Nottingham

The operators of Nottingham's tram network have launched an investigation into how one of the vehicles derailed yesterday afternoon.

Derailed tram

No-one was hurt when the tram came off the tracks as it arrived in Old Market Square, but it caused delays to rush-hour services as commuters tried to get home.

Mike Mabey, the head of operations for NET, said: "It is not a normal occurrence.

"It is not what we would expect to happen and that [the investigation] may be ongoing for a couple of days yet."

Derailed tram scratch marks

Leicester Muslims organise vigil for terror victims

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Islamic centre in Leicester has arranged for an interfaith vigil to pray for the victims of Monday's Terror attack.

That event takes place this afternoon at Leicester Central Mosque on Conduit Street.

Leicester Central Mosque