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Summary

  1. Nottingham student accommodation fails fire safety checks
  2. Man jailed for drink-drive garage smash
  3. BBC pay reveal a 'disgrace,' says Soubry
  4. Staging Richard III play at cathedral a 'deliberate humiliation'
  5. Hospital closure consultation branded 'a waste of time'
  6. Foxes win pre-season opener in Hong Kong
  7. Live updates for Wednesday 19 July 2017

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By Gavin Bevis and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: A594 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A594 Leicestershire both ways severe disruption, between Highcross Street and A47 St Nicholas Circle.

A594 Leicestershire - A594 Vaughan Way in Leicester closed in both directions between the Highcross Street junction and the A47 St Nicholas Circle junction. Traffic is coping well.

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

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Steve Marshall

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Kevin Pietersen marks his return for Surrey with 52 to help them beat Essex by 10 runs in the T20 Blast

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Watch Billy Godleman smash 70 from just 42 balls, including two huge sixes, as Derbyshire cruise to a seven-wicket victory over Worcestershire in the T20 Blast.
Badger pops through cat flap
The badger has been caught on camera eating the family cat's food and water.
Acid attack victim speaks out
Daniel Rotariu is calling for tougher restrictions on buying acid

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Who's been eating from my bowl?

Heather Burman

Journalist, BBC News Online

A cat got a surprise when a badger popped through its cat flap.

Its owner has rigged up a camera to catch the visits to the house in Nottingham.

Badger pops through cat flap

Weather: Humid night with the chance of some thunderstorms

Anna Church

BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter

For most it will be a dry end to the day although there is the risk of an isolated thunderstorm.

BBC Weather map
BBC

It will be another humid night. Cloud will increase with some light and patchy rain arriving from the west by dawn.

Minimum temperatures of 15C (59F).

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J21A for A46 Leicester North.

M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J21a, A46 (Leicester North), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

Burton's MP named beer drinker of the year

Aleena Naylor

BBC Radio Derby newsreader

It's a title previously held by Andrew Flintoff and Prince Charles, but now the MP for Burton and Uttoxeter has been named Beer Drinker of the year.

The title's been bestowed on Andrew Griffith by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group - which he's also been made an honorary life president of.

Andrew Griffiths
Conservative Party

Hannah Pearson killing: Man guilty of manslaughter

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A man has been cleared of murdering a 16-year-old girl but found guilty of her manslaughter.

James Morton, 23, had met Hannah Pearson on 23 July 2016 and she went to his house in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

He told the trial at Nottingham Crown Court he had been giving her a massage and she had agreed to him putting pressure on her neck.

Morton, who denied murder, saying he had no reason to want Ms Pearson dead, will be sentenced on Thursday.

Hannah Pearson
Family photo

Weather warning for rain still in place

Anna Church

BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter

Before I get to the main forecast, here is a reminder that there is a yellow warning for rain still in place until 23:55 this evening.

Weather warning symbol
BBC

Please keep an eye on the BBC Weather website for the most up-to-date information.

BBC salary exposure 'an absolute outrage,' quips Lineker

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has feigned outrage at the revelation that Chris Evans is paid more than him by the BBC.

Gary Lineker
BBC

The pair's salaries, up to £1.79m and £2.25m respectively, were released for the first time as part of the BBC's Annual Report.

Following the disclosure, former Leicester striker Lineker wrote on Twitter: "This whole BBC salary exposure business is an absolute outrage...I mean how can @achrisevans be on more than me?"

He had tweeted earlier this morning he would have his "tin hat" ready for after the salary release.

Chris Evans
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Foxes to face Reds in Asia Trophy final

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Leicester City will take on Liverpool in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong on Saturday.

The Reds eased past Crystal Palace with a 2-0 win after the Foxes beat West Brom on penalties earlier.

Danny Drinkwater
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Pieces from yarn bomb project disappear

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

Do you remember the yarn bomb project in Arnold?

Well the group behind it says some of the pieces have gone missing today.

Two blankets and a squirrel have disappeared from the Market Place.

The squirrel has gone missing
Button Moon

The Robin Hood style decorations were created by the ladies from the Button Moon craft shop to brighten up the area.

Blanket has gone missing
Button Moon
The blanket has gone missing
Button Moon

T20 cricket: Rapids v Falcons

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

You can hear full ball-by-ball commentary as the Worcestershire Rapids take on the Derbyshire Falcons at New Road.

The game gets under way at 17:30 - hear it on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

New Road cricket ground
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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, at J29 for A617.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound at J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Bullets found in car at Download Festival

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

It's emerged that live ammunition was found during a huge security operation at this year's Download music festival in Leicestershire.

Security staff found a box of rifle bullets in the boot of a car.

Download fans
Paulo Goncalvez/Download Festival

Police say they'd been left there inadvertently by a registered firearms license holder.

The bullets -- which are used to shoot rabbits -- were handed over and destroyed by police officers.

The incident isn't being treated as a security threat.

Nottingham students' photography heads to prestigious London gallery

East Midlands Today

A series of photographs documenting life on Nottingham's Clifton estate are to go on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Man with a bird cage in clifton
BBC

The pictures, which have just gone on show at the Nottingham Contemporary before heading to the capital, were taken by pupils at Farnborough Academy.

Man and a woman on the Clifton estate
BBC

Liz Smith, from the National Portrait Gallery, described the whole project as a "compelling experience" and one that they felt should not just be confined to London...

Missing Somercotes teenager spotted in Matlock

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police say a 17-old-girl who's been missing from her home in Somercotes for three days has been spotted in Matlock.

Ellie Clarke vanished from her home in Scott Drive on Sunday afternoon and her friends and family have heard nothing since.

Call 101 if you know anything.

Ellie Clarke
Derbyshire Police

Damping down underway at Worksop plastics fire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There are still three crews at the scene of a fire at a plastics manufacturing plant in Worksop.

Fire crews putting out burning rubber
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said its teams are currently damping down.

Fire crews were called out on Tuesday afternoon (pictured) after it emerged that 500 tonnes of shredded rubber was burning.

At its peak, eyewitnesses reported seeing the smoke clouds from Worksop as far afield as Mansfield and Chesterfield.

'Nice' to wear Foxes shirt for first time

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

New Leicester City defender Harry Maguire tweets...

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...the Foxes beat West Brom 7-6 on penalties, after the game ended 1-1.

East Midlands house prices rising faster than rest of UK

East Midlands Today

House prices in the East Midlands are rising more quickly than almost every other region in the UK, according to a new study by professional services company PwC.

Prices are expected to go up by almost 5% this year - which would mean the average cost of a house here could be £178,000 by the end of the year.

New homes
BBC

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Police warning after person caught 'train surfing'

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

British Transport Police have said they're concerned after seeing someone 'train surfing' a commuter train a couple of weeks ago.

The policing team, that work from Sheffield train station, say the train was stopped when the man was spotted holding onto the back.

Foxes beat Baggies on penalties in Hong Kong

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Leicester City have beaten West Bromwich Albion on penalties to reach the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

Jay Rodriguez had fired the Baggies into the lead after ten minutes before Riyad Mahrez equalised for the Foxes on 24 minutes.

The shoot-out then finished 7-6 to Leicester with Marc Albrighton scoring the decisive penalty.

The Foxes will now face Liverpool or Crystal Palace in Saturday's final.

Riyad Mahrez
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Fine dining restaurant opens in farm shed

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A pop-up fine dining restaurant housed in a shed on a Derbyshire farm has proven so popular, its owners are considering extending.

Sloans at Suzie's opened on a farm in Hilton earlier this year and offers a £28 three-course meal for up to 18 diners at a time.

Sloans at Suzies
BBC

The unusual eaterie was the brainchild of chef Tony Sloan, who runs it with his partner Hayley Toone.

Ms Toone said: "Obviously it's not your standard fine dining restaurant but it's great that people are giving it a chance.

"I think people enjoy the atmosphere and ambience."

Tony Sloan and Hayley Toone
BBC

The pair are now thinking about increasing the capacity by extending into a neighbouring shed.

County council may axe chief executive role

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

I've been hearing an extraordinary council meeting will be held at Derbyshire County Council next week to discuss scrapping the chief executive role.

However, the public (and us journalist types) won't be allowed to listen.

County Hall
BBC

BBC pay reveal a 'disgrace' and 'undignified,' Tory MP says

BBC Radio 5 live

Conservative MP for Broxtowe, Anna Soubry, has slammed her government's decision to make the BBC publish the salaries of its stars earning over £150,000.

Anna Soubry
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The revelations are required under the BBC's new Royal Charter and the government has said it will bring the corporation "in line with the civil service" on transparency.

But Ms Soubry, a former TV reporter for Central, said: "This story is a disgrace, not because of the figures, but because they've been published.

"There was no need for this to be published.

"I take objection on behalf of these people who've had their names and salaries exposed in this completely undignified way."

Your comments: Lineker's BBC salary revealed

Twitter

There has been plenty of reaction on the BBC Leicester Twitter account to the news that Gary Lineker earns up to £1.79m for his work for the BBC.

Gary Lineker hosting Match of the Day
BBC

Paul Tompkins tweets: "Nobody is worth that sort of money, especially just for hosting a 90 minute football show a few times a year. BBC is totally out of control."

But Father James Mather is more supportive: "Worth it for the consequent clout of his Twitter presence alone."

Your photos: Glapwell sunset

Instagram

Thanks to Pinford for capturing this beautiful sunset in Glapwell.

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Man pulled from burning house through bathroom window

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Firefighters pulled a man through his bathroom window to safety during a fire at a house in Belper last night.

Unattended cooking was believed to be the cause of the fire, which started in the kitchen of the Bargate Road property at about midnight.

The 49-year-old man was not seriously injured.

Bargate Road
Google

Police searching for 'man in black'

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police have asked for the public's help finding Adi Strawford, who's been missing from his home in the Thorneywood Mount area of Nottingham since last night.

The 38-year-old was wearing a black jacket, black trousers and had a black rucksack. Call 101 if you can help.

Adi Strawford
Nottinghamshire Police

Man jailed for drink-drive garage smash

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A man has been jailed following a drink-drive crash in Nottingham last year that left his passenger with life-altering head injuries, police said.

Scott Turner, 22, of Maid Marian Way, was over the limit when he lost control of his Citreon car in Hucknall Lane and crashed into a concrete garage.

Crash scene and Scott Turner
Nottinghamshire Police

A 24-year-old man in the front seat suffered devastating injuries and a 22-year-old man in the back also needed hospital treatment.

Nottinghamshire Police said Turner admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving while over the prescribed limit of alcohol and using a motor vehicle with tyre ply/cord exposed.

At Nottingham Crown Court he was handed a 30-month sentence and a 52-month driving ban.