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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 10 August 2017
  2. Woman's body exhumed in murder probe
  3. 'Ancient' Grade II listed windmill damaged and robbed
  4. Nursery closed following assault allegation
  5. Abandoned kitten rescued twice in one day
  6. 'Granny's plate' valued at £60,000

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A6 Leicestershire westbound

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A6 Leicestershire westbound severe accident, between Regent Street and A563 Palmerston Way.

A6 Leicestershire - A6 Harborough Road in Oadby closed westbound between the Regent Street junction and the A563 Palmerston Way junction, because of accident investigation work.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, at J26 for A610 Nottingham.

M1 Nottinghamshire - M1 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J26, A610 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from East Midlands Live. Some news, sport and travel will continue to appear through the night until full coverage returns at 08:00 on Friday.

Jennifer Blackwell death: Body exhumation 'relatively unusual'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police have confirmed that the post-mortem into Jennifer Blackwell's death will take place later today following the exhumation of her body.

"To exhume a body is relatively unusual but what is not unusual is that we receive information all the time after people have died," Det Supt Rob Griffin added.

"It is important that we, the police, react to that information."

East Midlands weather update: A dry night

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It will remain dry and fine to end the day with plenty of sunny spells. It will stay dry overnight with clear skies - perfect for viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Weather
BBC

Jennifer Blackwell death: 'Wrong to talk' about reason for murder probe

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police have said it would be "wrong to talk" about the information they were given that led them to ask to exhume Jennifer Blackwell's body.

Rob Griffin
BBC East Midlands Today

"It would be wrong to talk about the information that came to light," Det Supt Rob Griffin told reporters.

He adds that the information was passed to them after her funeral.

Jennifer Blackwell death: Arrested man 'knew victim', police say

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire Police has confirmed that the 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of Jennifer Blackwell (16:17) was known to her.

However, the police would not go as far as to say if they were related or not.

The man has been interviewed and will continue to be interviewed throughout the day.

'Ancient' Grade II listed windmill damaged and robbed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 220-year-old Grade II listed windmill in Derbyshire has been broken into and had an "almost irreplaceable" item stolen.

Heage Windmill
The Heage Windmill Society

Thieves got into Heage Windmill in Belper overnight by forcing their way through the west door.

Windmill door
The Heage Windmill Society

The mill was damaged as well as the undercroft, where there are displays explaining the story of the mill.

The Heage Windmill Society is particularly upset by the theft of one item - a mill bill used to sharpen the millstones.

mill bill
The Heage Windmill Society

Not only is the society "distressed" by the loss of the 150-year-old tool, it is also concerned it could be a "potential deadly weapon". It had been chained down at the mill.

Those behind the break-in even left their stamp on their crime by scrawling in the visitor book.

Visitor book
The Heage Windmill Society

The society has said steps have now been taken to secure the windmill and further safety measures will follow.

Football: Stags preparing to break club record to sign striker

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans has said the Stags are preparing a club record bid in an attempt to sign a new striker.

Steve Evans
Getty Images

Evans told the club's official website: "In the last few days, we've become aware that a player, a type of player that we like, might be available.

"It won't be a question of whether we can get there on the fee, I know we can get there on the fee.

"The manager is going to have a chat with that player today and say, 'would you like to have a football chat [with Mansfield]?'"

The club's current transfer record is thought to be about £150,000.

Appeal following nightclub sexual assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating a sexual assault in a Leicester nightclub are asking for help to identify this man.

CCTV of wanted man
Leicestershire Police

In June a woman reported being following into the ladies toilets by a man who touched her inappropriately and exposed himself.

The woman in her 20s is said to have been shaken by what happened.

Council official storms out of accounts meeting

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Derby City Council's last two years' worth of accounts still have not been signed off, because auditors have said there are serious errors with them.

Derby City Council building
BBC

I’ve spent today at the authority’s audit and accounts committee, whose job it is to monitor the problems.

It began with two senior officials arguing loudly about who could and could not attend the meeting. One briefly stormed out.

It ended with the chair of the committee attempting (unsuccessfully) to tell its members not to speak to the press afterwards.

The council has said it is sorting out its accounting problems. But it is clearly still a sensitive subject.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J28, A38 (Alfreton) and J29, A617 (Chesterfield), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work.

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

Nursery closed following assault allegation

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A nursery school in Leicestershire has been temporarily shut down following allegations that children were mistreated - including one child being "assaulted".

Child on a tricycle
Getty Images

Ofsted received a complaint that the manager "dragged" a two-year-old girl across the floor, "swung" her around then "aggressively forced her to sit down on the floor".

A referral about the child being "assaulted" was made to Ofsted in June by a former member of staff. The facility has been shut until at least 23 August while they investigate.

The manager denies the allegations.

Abandoned kitten rescued twice in one day

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

What a day today has been for this kitten.

Eight-week-old ginger and white kitten Astra was first found abandoned in a box along with four littermates in Nottingham.

But after being handed into the RSPCA, he jumped out of the box and under a parked Vauxhall Astra.

Staff from the charity tried to get him out, but he had climbed in the car's engine.

He was only rescued when the fire service came out and took off one of the wheels.

cat engine
RSPCA
Astra the cat
RSPCA
Fire service rescue cat
RSPCA

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J23A for A42 and J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J23a A42 and J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down van and recovery work. Congestion to J23, A512 (Loughborough).

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

Crash closes Ashbourne road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Exhumation and murder probe 'distressing' for family

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Investigators are currently "hard at work" to try to learn more about the circumstances surrounding Jennifer Blackwell's death, police have said.

Nottinghamshire Police logo
BBC

Det Supt Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Jennifer's family have been, and will be, kept updated and supported throughout this extremely distressing time and have requested privacy as I'm sure you can understand.

"They are very supportive of the work we are doing and we are accommodating their wishes as part of the very sensitive task at hand.

"Investigators are currently hard at work to learn what they can about the circumstances surrounding Jennifer's death."

BreakingWoman's body exhumed as part of murder probe

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A woman's body has been exhumed from the ground as part of a murder investigation.

Jennifer Blackwell, 43, died on 28 April this year. Her death was initially believed to be non-suspicious.

Nottinghamshire Police said the decision to exhume her body was made following a consultation with the coroner and her family.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and will be questioned by officers later.

A force spokesman said: "Following a review we have launched an investigation, for which an exhumation is deemed absolutely necessary.

"This is an unusual and extraordinarily sensitive matter, which Nottinghamshire Police is treating with great seriousness and respect."

Carlton Cemetery
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Travel: Long delays on M1 in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Highways England has said recovery is now on scene for the broken down vehicle - delays remain back to junction 23.

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Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire service is working to extinguish a house fire on Parliament Street in Derby.

They've tweeted to say the building is "well alight" but no one has been injured.

Police are also on the scene controlling a cordon.

'Mmmm... get a sandwich, I must'

Jeremy Ball

BBC East Midlands Today

Even Nottingham's floating Yoda needs a lunch break.

Yoda
BBC

'Car dooring' taxi driver appeal adjourned

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A taxi driver who was convicted over the "car dooring" of a cyclist in Leicester has had his appeal hearing adjourned.

Sam Bolton
Leicestershire Police

Sam Boulton (pictured), who was cycling near the station in July last year, was hit by a taxi door before falling in front of a moving van.

Driver Farook Bhikhu is trying to get his conviction for permitting the opening of a vehicle door so as to injure or endanger a person quashed.

The door was opened by one of Bhikhu's passengers, Mandy Chapple, who was fined £80 after admitting accidentally hitting Mr Bolton.

The case is set to return to Leicester Crown Court on 22 September.

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

Cyclist dies in crash with car

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A 23-year-old man has died following a crash involving a car and a cyclist in Sutton in Ashfield.

Station Road
Google

Emergency services were called out to attend the crash on Station Road at around 14:00 on Wednesday.

Another man, 26, has been arrested on suspicion of causing the cyclist's death by dangerous driving.

He has been released while inquiries continue.

Countryfile host praises Peak District visitor centre

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Peak District's recently renovated visitor centre at Castleton has been given the seal of approval by BBC Countryfile presenter John Craven.

Mr Craven, who was the guest of honour at the centre's re-opening, said it made the park "very, very approachable" for people visiting.

The renovation, which cost just over £300,000, features displays, a new cafe and an interactive wall to explore the park.

The Peak District National Park has visitor centres at Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and Upper Derwent.

Peak District signage
BBC

Happy birthday Chris Read

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nottinghamshire CCC tweets:

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, after J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound after J29a, Markham (Markham Vale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Watch: Team to tackle illegal rubbish dumping

East Midlands Today

Illegal rubbish dumping has become a significant problem, according to the Environment Agency.

Four sites across the East Midlands are currently under investigation by the agency - two in Leicestershire and two in Nottinghamshire.

Here's one illegal rubbish dump, just outside the village of Cotgrave.

Rubbish in Cotgrave
BBC

Peter Haslock from the Environment Agency said a new team has been set up to tackle the issue.

Your photos: Weather across the East Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

Finally - some sunshine!

We've had some lovey photos sent in by our Weather Watchers - this was taken by noah in Blidworth.

Blidworth
noah

Here are some strange clouds in Chesterfield by Viki the Blue...

Horse in Chesterfield
Viki the Blue

...and blue sky above the fields in Melton Mowbray by Pete.

Bails in Melton Mowbray
Pete

Uni gets green light for new science building

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Planning permission has been granted to Nottingham Trent University to build a new teaching facility on its Brackenhurst Campus.

Plans of Nottingham Trent University's new building
Nottingham Trent University

The campus, which is near Southwell, is home to the university's School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.

Professor Robert Mortimer said the building would allow the university to "build upon our reputation as a centre for land-based education, research and enterprise".

Building work on the project is set to begin next year, in the hope that it can be ready for 2019.

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