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  1. Midland Mainline electrification scrapped
  2. "Sexual thrill" killer jailed for 12 years
  3. Murder investigation in Derby
  4. Dogs smuggled into UK 'under cling film'
  5. Notts County owner Alan Hardy buys Ilkeston Town
  6. Live updates for Thursday 20 July 2017

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By Calum McKenzie and Dave Wade

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Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between A610 and A61 Derby Road.

A38 Derbyshire - A38 in Ripley closed northbound between the A610 junction and Watchorn Island, because of a serious multi-vehicle accident.

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

Severe accident: A38 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between A516 and A5111 Kingsway.

A38 Derbyshire - A38 in Derby closed northbound between the A516 junction and Kingsway Island, because of an accident and recovery work.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Brendon McCullum

Kent's Matt Coles takes the first hat-trick of this summer's T20 Blast but ends up on the losing side as Middlesex, Leicestershire and Sussex all win.

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Dedicated live coverage on this feed has now ended for the day.

Some news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear overnight before East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Weather: Cool but generally pleasant night

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A dry and fine evening with plenty of bright or sunny spells.

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It will be largely dry overnight but a few spots of light rain is possible and cloud will gradually increase.

It’s a cooler night than of late. Minimum temperatures of 14C (57F).

Cricket: Foxes ready for Durham following unbeaten start

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire spinner Callum Parkinson has admitted he is pleasantly surprised by the Foxes' unbeaten start to the T20 Blast.

Callum Parkinson
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The Foxes put their 100% in the competition on the line tonight when they travel to Durham Jets.

"In the North Group there are a lot of good teams," Parkinson told BBC Radio Leicester.

"Like you say, out of three away games [so far] we'd have probably taken two wins.

"Obviously now we've got a great chance to go four from four and the lads are just chomping at the bit to get out there at Durham."

Union questions reliability of new Midland Mainline bi-mode trains

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The general secretary of the Aslef union, which represents train drivers, has said that the decision not to electrify the Midland Mainline shows a "lack of ambition for the future".

Mick Whelan
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The government's new plans are for bi-mode trains to use overhead cabling up to Kettering before switching to diesel power mid-journey to complete journeys.

Mick Whelan said: "It's yet another reminder of the lack of ambition for the future which has beset the railway since privatisation and confirms that the government's rail policy is no more than make do and mend.

"Bi-mode trains are more expensive, less reliable and slower to accelerate than electric trains. Passengers on packed trains today will be on even more packed trains in 10 years' time."

The Department for Transport has said the move not to electrify the route will mean passengers benefit sooner and experience less disruption.

Travel: Crash on A50

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Derby murder inquiry: Picture of dead man released

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A man, who was found dead in Normanton, Derby, yesterday has been named as Murrey Paulson.

Murrey Paulson
Derbyshire Police

The 52-year-old's death prompted a murder inquiry.

Police were called to Meynell Street about 07:30, where they found a man with an injury to his throat.

He remains in a critical condition in Royal Derby Hospital.

Later, officers discovered Mr Paulson’s body in a house on the same street.

Mr Paulson and the injured man are thought to have known each other.

House-to-house inquiries in the area will continue tonight, police said.

Travel: Broken-down coach on A1

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Your photos: Drier and brighter afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

After this morning's rain - the weather has brightened up. It looks quite pleasant in Clipstone.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Windyshepherd for the pic.

Skies over Clipstone

The indifferent weather also hasn't deterred visitors to Chatsworth. This photo is from BBC Weather Watcher happyhoppy.

Bridge at Chatsworth

It also looks a bit more like summer in Loughborough. Thanks to scrappy for the pic.

Park in Loughborough

Castle play cancelled after set stolen

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

If you were planning to see an open air performance of The Comedy of Errors at Nottingham Castle tonight, you'll have to find other plans.

nottingham castle

It's been cancelled, but not because of the weather - the theatre company's van, containing the set, costumes, lighting and props was stolen in London last night.

Director Peter Stickney, from The Lord Chamberlain's Men, said they also had to cancel their show in London last night but is optimistic the items will be returned.

"I'm hoping that when they open the back of the van and see what's in there, they'll leave it by the side of the road," he said.

"It's worthless to anyone else, but priceless to us."

Full refunds are being offered to anyone who bought a ticket.

Government must evidence new rail plans 'will guarantee faster trains'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Cricket: Team news ahead of Notts vs. Derbyshire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Jake Ball returns to the Notts Outlaws squad for the first time since limping out of the Championship match against Kent at the end of June.

Jake Ball
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England international Ball and Brendan Taylor replace Luke Fletcher and Michael Lumb for tomorrow night's T20 Blast fixture with Derbyshire.

The Falcons, who won their third game of the competition last night, have named an unchanged squad, including former Notts bowler Imran Tahir.

Imran Tahir
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Chamber attacks 'London-centric' government for axing electrification

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The decision to pull the plug on electrification of the Midland Mainline is bad for the East Midlands, according to the region's chamber of commerce.

“Once again, the East Midlands is being disadvantaged as a consequence of a London-centric focus on the rail network,” said East Midlands Chamber chief executive, Scott Knowles.

Mr Knowles said the "bi-mode" trains the government says will run on the network accelerate more slowly and take longer to stop.

Nicky Morgan on electrification plans

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Loughborough's Conservative MP, Nicky Morgan, on the government scrapping plans for Midland Mainline electrification.

She says while we're going to get new trains with better disabled access, we're missing out on "quieter, smoother, environmentally friendly journeys".

'Football is coming home to Ilkeston'

BBC Derby Sport

Notts County owner, Alan Hardy, has purchased what will now be known as Ilkeston Town FC from the liquidators.

He said he paid a "six-figure sum" for the club, which will compete in Midland Football League Division One.

Watch: Armed robbery at Nottingham Harvester

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Police have released shocking CCTV of an armed robbery at a Nottingham pub.

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Three masked men broke into the Harvester on Castle Bridge Road at about 10:45pm on Sunday 9 July.

One of the staff was brandishing what police described as a revolver.

They threatened staff before running towards the business park behind the pub.

Police said the staff were unhurt but "very shaken".

Derbyshire Tory MP: Scrapping electrification 'doesn't add up'

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

Conservative MP for Amber Valley, Nigel Mills has been speaking in the House of Commons about the government's decision to scrap the Midland Mainline electrification plans.

nigel mills

"It's a strange strategy that we're looking to get electric charging points in for cars," he said.

"And yet we're being told that the future for trains is diesel or hybrid. I'm not sure that stacks up."

Travel: M1 surface damage after car fire

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Analysis: Midland Mainline electrification scrapped

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

Eight years ago Network Rail dramatically over-promised how quickly and how cheaply it could electrify some of Britain's busiest rail lines.

Midland Mainline train

Reality soon hit home. The budget spiralled out of control.

Why? Because when Network Rail first did their sums, it was based on guesswork.

They hadn't looked in detail at what needed doing and it was just much harder than they thought to upgrade Victorian bridges and tunnels on a line that was being kept open at the same time.

So having kicked some of the promised electrification schemes into the long grass a while ago, the government's finally chopped them.

New trains which are part diesel, part electric, will be used instead.

Supermarket robbery suspect 'identified through fingerprints'

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

A suspected robber who died in hospital two days after being restrained by members of the public was identified through fingerprint records, an inquest has heard.

Shane Bryant
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A brief hearing at North Leicestershire Coroner's Court was told that further tests are being carried out to establish the cause of Shane Bryant's death.

The 29-year-old, from Birmingham, died in hospital in Nottingham on Saturday after being taken ill at the scene of the supermarket raid in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, on Thursday 13 July.

Another man, 24, who was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, has been released pending further inquiries.

A full post mortem into Mr Bryant's death is still being prepared.

The inquest into his death is set to resume on 10 October.

Scene of the supermarket raid

Weather: Brighter afternoon as rain and showers clear

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering showers should clear by early afternoon.

Weather map

Clouds will thin and break as the day goes on and we’ll have some brighter conditions and some sunny spells later on.

A cooler and fresher afternoon with highs of 20C (68F).

Your comments: Midland Mainline electrification scrapped


The decision not to electrify the Midland Mainline rail route through the East Midlands has certainly sparked plenty of debate on Facebook.

Richard John Butler writes: "We wouldn't have this problem if it was down south."

Phil Simpkin adds: "What a joke! HS2 vanity project costing billions - unwanted by most - yet existing transport networks desperately in need of upgrading and improving are moved to the back of the queue.

"When will they wake up to what people really want?"

Union slams new Midland Mainline rail plan

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Mick Cash, has criticised the government's decision not to electrify the Midland Mainline.

Mick Cash is interviewed
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The plan now is that new trains, which should be ready to use in 2022, will use electricity as far north as Kettering before switching to fuel afterwards.

"This government's talk of rail investment is just jam tomorrow," Mr Cash said.

"In reality important upgrade and renewal work across the UK is being shelved and scrapped due to on-going austerity."

Have you seen missing Mischa?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A 15-year-old girl has gone missing from the Sherwood area of Nottingham, police have said.

Mischa Bennett-Nugent,
Nottinghamshire Police

Mischa Bennett-Nugent was last seen about 10:00 yesterday.

She is about 5ft 3ins tall and often wears her hair in a bun.

She was last seen wearing a pink coat, light blue jeans and a black suede bag.

Magpies owner buys troubled Ilkeston FC

BBC Derby Sport

Notts County owner Alan Hardy has bought Ilkeston FC for an undisclosed fee from the club's liquidators.

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The club was wound up in the High Court last month.

Travel: M1 car fire causes delays

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Here's a view from the M1 traffic cameras at J27 on the southbound carriageway, where a vehicle fire has closed two lanes.

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Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire southbound

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M1 Nottinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J27 for A608 Hucknall.

M1 Nottinghamshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound at J27, A608 (Hucknall), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Bridge fall closed A50

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Derbyshire Police said they were called to the A50 westbound between Willington and Hilton just before 10:00 after reports a man had fallen from the bridge.

He has been taken to hospital, a force spokeswoman said.

Government wants your suggestions for East Midlands rail franchise

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation ahead of the awarding of a new franchise to run the East Midlands Trains franchise.

East Midlands Trains

In the consultation document, transport secretary Chris Grayling, writes: "We are asking genuinely open, thought-provoking questions in this consultation because I believe that some of your answers will stimulate innovative ideas to find new and better ways of doing things.

The new East Midlands franchise, which will operate rail services across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, will come into operation in August 2019.

Travel: A50 reopens

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

WW2 veteran's 'sympathy' after making German sub model

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A 94-year-old Second World War veteran says that building a four-foot model of a submarine has helped him to sympathise with German sailors.

George Hoon

George Hoon, 94, from Alvaston, took three years to complete the model and he has said he now hopes to give it away to a school or charity.

During the conflict, the boat he was on to Burma was chased by German U-boats.

"It gives you an insight into what they [German sailors] had to put up with," Mr Hoon told BBC Radio Derby.

"Weather conditions, conditions in the summer, the lack of oxygen and that sort of thing."

Submarine model

Breaking'Sexual thrill' strangle killer jailed for 12 years

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A man who got a "sexual thrill" from strangling women has been jailed for 12 years for the manslaughter of a 16-year-old girl.

james morton
Nottinghamshire Police

James Morton, 24, called 999 saying that he had accidentally killed Hannah Pearson, from Marston in Lincolnshire, after starting to strangle her.

Police found her naked and lifeless body on the floor of his bedroom in Newark in July 2016.

Hannah Pearson
Nottinghamshire Police

He was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter yesterday at Nottingham Crown Court.

In mitigation, Shaun Smith, said Morton had been "pursuing his sexual thrill without having regard for the consequences of it".