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  1. Live updates for Tuesday 18 July 2017
  2. Dozens of firefighters tackle large blaze in Worksop
  3. Fire involves hundreds of tonnes of plastic
  4. Buildings fail combustibility tests
  5. HS2 will 'very severely impact village'
  6. Over 138,000 visit poppy display
  7. Lord Coe inducted as uni chancellor
  8. No bid for Mahrez, says Shakespeare

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By Calum McKenzie and Maryam Qaiser

All times stated are UK

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A major fire has broken out at a plastics factory near Worksop
Plumes of smoke from the rubber blaze can be seen 15 miles away.

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Dedicated live coverage on this page has now ended, but some news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear overnight.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Worksop fire involves a 'large amount of rubber'

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Nottinghamshire Fire Service has released a statement saying it continues to tackle the fire in Worksop.

The fire involves a large amount of rubber, hence the thick black smoke that people can see for several miles around. Fortunately the fire is outside of the factory, which makes it easier for us to access, and our crews are working hard to contain it and stop it from spreading. We are working closely with our colleagues from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire fire and rescue services, Nottinghamshire Police, the Environment Agency and Public Health England, not only to fight the fire, but to keep people informed and safe.

Station Manager Martin Bills

Weather: Thunderstorms, torrential rain and hail overnight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A band of heavy thundery showers will push northwards overnight with a risk of hail.

BBC weather map

Some places may stay dry, but where thunderstorms occur there could be torrential downpours and frequent lightning.

Minimum temperatures of 15C (59F).

Worksop fire 'dying down'

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Firefighters are starting to get the blaze under control here in Worksop.

It's at a company called MBA Polymers UK which recycles plastics and also metals and started just after lunch.


While we've been here the smoke levels have reduced quite a lot but we've heard the smoke is visible from as far away as Chesterfield and Mansfield.

Obviously they are going to have to wait until the fire is totally out and make sure the building is safe before investigators can see what's happened.

Firefighters continue to tackle Worksop plastics fire

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

The fire in Worksop is visible from across much of north Nottinghamshire and south Yorkshire.

About 50 firefighters are involved in tackling the blaze which involves about 500 tonnes of plastic at the MBA Polymers' factory in the town.

Carl Jacob filmed this dramatic footage of the flames...

Nottinghamshire Fire Service warned people living in the area around Sandy Lane to keep windows and doors close.

The Environment Agency and Public Health England are also at the scene to "carry out impact assessments" and protect the environment.

Watch: Huge plume of smoke over Worksop

These photographs and video give an indication of the scale of the fire in Worksop...

Worksop fire involves 500 tonnes of plastic

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

About 50 firefighters continue to tackle the blaze at a plastics factory in Worksop where 500 tonnes of plastic is on fire, Nottinghamshire Fire Service said.

Worksop fire
Carl Jacob

Firefighters from Yorkshire and Derbyshire are helping with the service which is also working with the Environment Agency and Public Health England.

Paul Mayhew, UK general manager of MBA Polymers, said all his staff were safe and the "fire is being contained".

Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between A5121 and A5132 The Castle Way Willington affecting Dallow Street.

A38 Staffordshire - A38 in Egginton blocked and queuing traffic northbound between Clay Mills and Willington, because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion on Belvedere Road to the Dallow Street junction and on A5121 Derby Road to the A511 Horninglow Road junction.

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

Bakewell hospital 'set to close', BBC understands

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Bakewell's Newholme Hospital will be closed following a one-year consultation, BBC Radio Derby understands.

Newholme Hospital

A press release from the NHS confirmed a meeting on Monday at 19:00, but front line staff have filled in the gaps for us.

They were called to an all staff meeting earlier this morning where they were told by bosses that they intend to proceed with the closure.

We also expect Oker Ward at Whitworth Hospital in Darley Dale to close.

The clinical commissioning groups behind this move argue that this will help treat patients in the community, rather than at these smaller hospitals that are outdated and costly to run.

Dozens arrested over anti-fracking protest

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

A total of 25 people have been arrested in recent weeks during an ongoing anti-fracking protest, police have revealed.


Campaigners have been camped outside Marriot - a firm which supplies drilling rigs but does not frack - in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, since June.

Derbyshire police said seven people have been charged this week with a number of offences including aggravated trespass, obstructing a highway and assaulting a police officer.

It brings the total to 15 people charged since the protest began.

The protesters complained police have been "heavy handed".

Family of man found dead in river plan charity cycle

Press Association

The family of Leicestershire man found dead in a river in Northern Ireland are to hold a charity bike ride to raise money for the emergency workers who found him.

Sam Comber
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Sam Comber, 39, was pulled from the River Foyle in May. His family believe he was swimming before he lost his life.

The family plan to cycle from his home town of Hinckley to Northern Ireland between 2 and 12 August.

"The ride is a memorial to our beloved son," a statement from his family said.

"We are raising funds for the Foyle Search and Rescue Team, a group of dedicated volunteers who cared for us during the search for Sam, and who thankfully found and returned him to us."

Dozens of firefighters tackle Worksop blaze

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

More than 40 firefighters from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene of the large blaze in Worksop.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

It's at a plastics factory in the town. Crews from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire are also helping tackle the fire.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Nottingham and Leicester buildings fail cladding tests

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

High rise buildings in Nottingham and Leicester have failed combustibility tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Grenfell Tower
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) found two buildings in Nottingham and one in Leicester failed the tests.

The DCLG has said it is the responsibility of local authorities to reveal the identities of the buildings that failed the tests.

We'll let you know when we hear from Nottingham and Leicester city councils.

Worksop fire: Large smoke plume seen across Nottinghamshire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Pictures have emerged of the fire which has broken out in Worksop this afternoon.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is assisting the fire crews from Nottingham.

Fire has broken out in Worksop
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Severe disruption: A60 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A60 Nottinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between Sandy Lane and A57.

A60 Nottinghamshire - A60 Sandy Lane in Worksop closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Sandy Lane junction and the A57 junction, because of a building fire.

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

Firefighters tackling large blaze in Worksop

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

A large fire has broken out in Worksop, Nottinghamshire Fire Service said.

People living near the blaze in Sandy Lane have been warned to keep their windows and doors shut.

We'll bring you more on this when we have it.

Parents urged not to leave children home alone

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

More than 150 cases of children being left at home alone were referred to the police and social services in Nottinghamshire by the NSPCC in the last two years.

The children's charity is now urging parents and carers to think twice as school summer holidays approach.

Children not to be left home alone

Although the law doesn't say what age you can leave your child on their own, it is illegal to put them at risk.

The charity said it acknowledged that parents often had difficult choices to make when it comes to childcare, but it has produced an online guide offering advice.

Watch: Coe's 'pride' at Loughborough Uni role

East Midlands Today

Double Olympic champion Lord Sebastian Coe has admitted being installed as Loughborough University's latest chancellor is "one of the proudest" days of his life.

Lord Coe, who won gold in the 1500m at the 1980 and 84 Olympics, will be the university's main ambassador and also undertake ceremonial functions.

The 60-year-old added that he was also "proud" to see how the university had developed since he graduated from there in 1979.

Derby gets help from Nottingham to tackle flytipping problem

BBC Radio Derby

Enforcement officers are being brought in from Nottingham to help Derby get on top of the problem of flytipping in the city.

Flytipping enforcement officer

Derby City Council decided to implement these measures after just two fines were issued for the offence last year, despite there being 5,000 reported incidents of flytipping.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, the cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "We've tried to engage with communities, we've tried to get the evidence, but now it has got to the point where we need proper enforcement.

"Although it is not just about enforcement, it is also about saying we don't want litter here...flytipping it is not acceptable."

Anti-fracking protesters 'a drain on police resources'

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Police claim anti-fracking protesters camped outside a drilling company near Clay Cross, Derbyshire, have become a "drain on resources."

Fracking protestors

Marriott, which supplies drilling rigs but is not a fracking company, told the BBC that the campaign group has been camped outside their building since the end of June.

Paul Matich, a senior projects manager at Marriott, said the campaigners had been "very intimidating" as staff arrived for work.

The protesters have complained of "heavy handed" treatment by police.

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Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone says reaching the Championship play-offs this season is a bare minimum requirement.

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Residents 'will not be properly compensated for HS2 viaduct,' MP says

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for Erewash, Maggie Throup, has expressed concerns about the impact of the 50ft (15m) high viaduct over Long Eaton for HS2.

Maggie Throup

Speaking after the confirmation of the route on Monday, Ms Throup told Parliament: "Some of my residents, who have lived in their homes for 40 years or more, are only being offered two thirds of the value of their home [as compensation].

"They cannot afford to buy another home.

The government has said its existing compensation scheme offers homeowners the "un-blighted" value of their home plus 10%.

Cricket: Ball nearing Notts return following injury

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire bowler Jake Ball could make his return from injury against Derbyshire on Friday evening at Trent Bridge.

Jake Ball
Getty Images

Ball, 26, has been out since the end of June with a knee injury, forcing him to miss the Royal London One-Day Cup final win and England's first two tests with South Africa.

"We’re really pleased with Jake’s progress and he’s started bowling again now and working hard at his fitness," head coach Peter Moores told the club's official website.

"If all goes to plan, he’ll be back in our squad for the start of our home NatWest Blast T20 games in a bid to prove his fitness and put himself in the reckoning for England’s Test squad selection for the third Test at the Kia Oval."

Footage released of armed burglary

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

CCTV footage showing three men, two of whom were armed, burgling a house in Ashbourne, has been released.

One burglar was holding a crowbar while another was armed with a knife.

The men took jewellery before a burglar alarm sounded and they fled the house in Mayfield Road, Hanging Bridge on 28 June, Derbyshire Police said.

CCTV footage of armed robbers is released in a bid to identify the men.
Cow with calf

One woman describes her attack by cows as 'terrifying' after she was charged by eight cows.

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Sheriff of Knit-tingham arrives in Arnold

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Yarn bombers have struck in Arnold and brightened up the bollards with these Robin Hood style decorations.

Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham are among the characters on show.

The pieces were created by a group from Button Moon, a craft and material shop based in the Market Place.

Caribbean Carnival groups preparing for 'happiest day of the year'

Kevin Ncube

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

Groups across Leicester are putting the finishing touches to their costumes and routines ahead of the city's Caribbean carnival.

Carnival dancers

The carnival, which culminates with a party in the city's Victoria Park, is expected to attract 80,000 people along the parade route.

Teenuwake Rodney, who is helping prepare a group of youngsters with a routine for the carnival, said: "I think for me it's about forgetting all of the worries and struggles of modern day life.

"It is one day when everybody can come together, it is the happiest day of the year."

Northern Lights hunter captures stunning Peaks pic


Wow. An incredible picture taken by Neil Pledger in the Peak District, near Hathersage, last night.

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Neil had been out looking for the illusive Northern Lights, but although he did not find them, he still came away with this impressive pic.

In fact, it was so impressive we decided to feature it on the BBC Derby Instagram page for you all to enjoy.

Olympic great confirmed as university chancellor

Amy Harris

BBC East Midlands Today reporter in Loughborough

Here is Lord Sebastian Coe being installed as the new chancellor of Loughborough University.

Lord Coe ceremony

Lord Coe, who was a 1500m Olympic gold medallist in 1980 and 1984, graduated from the university in 1979.

He becomes Loughborough's sixth chancellor.

Lengthy delays remain on tram service

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

There are still delays with the tram service in Nottingham tram failure in Basford at about 08:00 this morning.

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Car and harvester collide

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Unsurprisingly this car came off worse after colliding with a harvester yesterday...

Car crashes into harvester
Derbys Road Police

A 25-year-old man was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs after the crash in Dale Road in Stanton-by-Dale at about 16:15 yesterday.

Derbyshire Police said said the driver's licence had been revoked, the car was uninsured and on false plates.

School's technicolour dreamcoat returned

The coat, taken with a scarecrow, is needed for the school's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

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Leicester woman to represent UK at Miss Universe

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A woman from Leicester is celebrating after winning the chance to represent the UK at the finals of Miss Universe - wearing a dress designed in the city.

Anna Burdzy is crowned Miss Universe GB
Lee Dare Photography

Anna Burdzy, 25, beat off competition from 34 other finalists in Cardiff at the weekend to qualify for the global final.

Samira Jasat designed the red embellished gown with encrusted beads and told BBC Radio Leicester: "I still can't believe it.

"I feel like it has all been a dream and for Anna to win, it has been a huge thing for us."

Samira Jasat and a dress
Samira Jasat

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A617 and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

City has 'embraced' poppy display

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Tower of London poppy display, currently on show at the Silk Mill in Derby, has attracted more than 138,000 visitors.

Visitors at the poppy display
Gideon Mendel

The Weeping Window display, which was part of remembrance celebrations in the capital in 2014, was designed by Derby artist Paul Cummins.

Councillor Amo Raju, from Derby City Council said: "To have had over 138,000 people visit Poppies: Weeping Window at Derby Silk Mill in a month is a real testament to how much the city and its visitors have embraced this sculpture.

"For the past few weeks it has continued to be a focal point for the commemoration to the First World War centenary and the city."

The Weeping Window remains on display at the Silk Mill until Sunday.

Watch: Gardener makes a feathered friend

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

This little blackbird has made a friend in Ripley...

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to school

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

It's back, just in time for the school play.

Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which was stolen from a scarecrow in West Hallam, has been returned.

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