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Summary

  1. Shopkeeper child grooming trial hears from first witnesses
  2. Rams fan gets lifetime ban for Billy Sharp son death jibes
  3. Nottingham homes 'infested' by rodents
  4. Bar staff threatened with knife during robbery
  5. Lucky escape after car almost plunges into reservoir
  6. Rare bird spotted in Loughborough
  7. Drinkwater asks to leave Leicester City
  8. Live updates for Wednesday 30 August 2017

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By Gavin Bevis and Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Police at West Park Court, Long Eaton

A 63-year-old found fatally injured at a property in Derbyshire has been identified as Nigel McGurk.

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Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound at J27, A608 (Hucknall), because of a spillage on the road.

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

Jake Ball

Nottinghamshire edge towards a seventh win of the season despite rain on day three against Northants at Trent Bridge.

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Luis Reece

Luis Reece hits a century for Derbyshire but Durham are favourites for victory going into the final day at Chester-le-Street.

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Our live coverage across the day

Regular live coverage on this page has ended for the day, but breaking news, sport and travel updates will continue to appear through the night.

East Midlands Live returns from 08:00 on Friday morning.

Tonight's weather outlook

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Showers will slowly fizzle out in the first half of the night with dry and clear spells developing in the early hours. Lows of 6C (43F).

Weather map
BBC

Village to unveil tribute to 'secretive' war hero

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A memorial in honour of a Boer and First World War veteran, who was buried in an unmarked grave, is set to be unveiled at the weekend.

Sharrad Holland Gilbert
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Sharrad Holland Gilbert died in 1961, after serving in elements of the Leicestershire Regiment for about 35 years.

He was then buried in an unmarked grave in Burbage.

A permanent memorial to him is to be unveiled on Saturday at St Catherine's Church in the village.

Local historian, Greg Drozdz, said: "By nature, he was a quiet man. He was a little bit reclusive, a little bit secretive.

"Whilst he did contribute to the community, it was never in the limelight, it was always in the background."

Sharrad Holland Gilbert Memorial
G. Seller and Co

Fatal stabbing victim named by police

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A man who died in Long Eaton on Tuesday morning has been named as 63-year-old Nigel McGurk.

A post-mortem examination of Mr McGurk, who was found injured in West Park Court and died at the scene, concluded he had been stabbed.

A 46-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Football fans complain about body searches

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Some football supporters have complained that searches at last night's Mansfield and Lincoln match were inappropriate.

Field Mill
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One Lincoln supporter told the BBC that a steward joked about a bomb and female fans weren't given the option of being searched by another woman.

"Searches need to be done in a proper way," Imps supporter Jonathan Bellshaw said.

"If you're going to search kids there's a way to do it and that is first asking the consent of the parent and tell the kids what's going on... you certainly don't make jokes about bombs."

Mansfield Town has said it takes the complaints very seriously and has begun the process of establishing the details of the incident.

Historic stones taken in 'organised' raid

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Thieves have stolen 20 heavy gritstones from a popular and ancient path in Matlock.

Police believe the slabs, which went missing from the games area in Hurst Rise during the weekend of 19/20 August, may have been sold on.

Gritstone path
Derbyshire Police

James Bowler, from Derbyshire Police, said: “This crime has had a significant impact on the local community and ruined a footpath that’s been in place for over 250 years.

“The seemingly organised nature of this offence causes particular concern that similar incidents could follow if we are unable to track the offenders down.”

Gritstone path
Derbyshire Police

New school welcomes first intake of pupils

BBC Radio Leicester

Lessons have begun at a new school in Leicestershire, which was built to ease the high demand for places in the area.

school classroom
BBC

Hallam Fields Primary, in Birstall, took less than a year to build and welcomed its first intake of four-year-old students on Tuesday.

"The Hallam Fields estate has been growing over the last 14 years," headteacher Scott Fewster told BBC Radio Leicester.

"The two existing primary schools had become heavily oversubscribed, as a result of that, the school has been really needed and campaigned for.

"So the fact that it is now open means we can join the partnership in the local community."

Will Man City go higher than £50m to get Sanchez?
BBC Sport's David Ornstein rounds up the latest transfer news ahead of the summer transfer window closing at 23:00 BST on Thursday.

'Too big' beauty queen row: 'What planet are they on?

Facebook

Plenty of reaction on Facebook to our story about a size 10 beauty queen who was told she was "too big".

Michelle Sirell posted: "Size 10 too big?!?!?!?!?! What planet are they on?"

Ni Mo wrote: "Disgusting attitude ... certainly NOT too big. Quite stunning."

Felicity Zeb said: "Too big? I dream of being that too big."

Zoiey Smale
Zoiey Smale

Your questions: Was there a castle in Derby?

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A reader got in touch via Your Questions and asked us this puzzler: There's a new development in Derby called Castlefields. Was there ever a castle and where was it?

As you can see from the photos below, there are plenty of references to castles in the Cock Pitt area of Derby - but was there a castle there?

Historian Philip Davis, who has carried out extensive research into castles across the country, said evidence suggested there was a castle built in that part of Derby around the start of the 11th Century - but it was most likely a modest timber structure that was abandoned within a few hundred years.

Castleward Boulevard
BBC

On his website, he writes: "Although Derby was the county town administratively Derbyshire tended to be considered with Nottinghamshire and was administered from Nottingham Castle from an early date and, therefore, a castle at Derby would have little function.

"The site has undergone several periods of intense development, demolition and redevelopment, it is now completely built over and it is unlikely anything survives from this short-lived castle site."

Castle Nursery
BBC

Please feel free to get in touch if you know anything else about Derby's castle.

Castle Walk
BBC
Castle and Falcon
BBC
Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Watch: Bottle smashed over man's head in Long Eaton

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Video footage showing an assault in which a man was smashed over the head with a glass bottle and punched has been made public by Derbyshire Police.

The force has appealed for witnesses to the attack, which happened at about 03:10 on Sunday.

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Cricket: Broad made available for T20 Final's Day

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Stuart Broad has been made available to play for Notts Outlaws in Saturday's T20 Final's Day at Edgbaston.

Stuart Broad
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Broad will then join up with England ahead of the third Test against West Indies at Lord's.

The Outlaws face Hampshire in the day's second semi-final (14:30), with the winner going on to face either Birmingham Bears or Glamorgan in the final.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic on M1 southbound between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), 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

'Dangerous' paedophile sent back to jail

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A paedophile, who was found to be volunteering at a social club where families often took their children, has been jailed.

Alan Carlson
Nottinghamshire Police

Alan Carlson, formerly of Portland Road, Hucknall, pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching a sexual offences order.

The order, handed down to Carlson in 2001, prevented him from being in contact with anyone under the age of 16.

Det Con Lisa Avvio from Nottinghamshire Police said: "Carlson had been slowly integrating himself into a community over the past three years.

"He put himself forward to volunteer during ‘Family Night’ socials and often used sweets and expensive gifts to interact with them.

"The way Carlson completely disregarded his sexual offences order, proves how little remorse he has for his previous actions or understanding of how inappropriate they were; a dangerous attitude to have in a community involving children."

Analysis: Danny Drinkwater asks to leave Leicester

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester

Leicester don't need to sell and certainly don't want to, so if Drinkwater is to move, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is going to have to sign a big cheque.

Danny Drinkwater
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Drinkwater will be a loss to Leicester. He's strong and rugged but his range of passing is most impressive.

And while he'll have to get past Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko to partner his old chum Kante, that isn't something which will faze him. He's sure of himself, focused and disciplined.

This is phase two of the dismantling of Leicester's class of 2015/16 and, sadly, it was always going to happen.

Trial date set for Carlton flat murder

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A suspect has appeared in crown court accused of murdering a man at a flat in Nottingham.

Forensic scene outside a flat
BBC

Steven Wooley, 31, of Manvers Court, is accused of murdering 58-year-old John Inger.

Mr Inger was founded dead at a property in Walton Court, Carlton, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The case will next be at Nottingham Crown Court on 20 November, with the trial provisionally listed for 6 March next year.

Mouse problems in The Meadows 'sent me crazy'

Facebook

We've had a few comments on Facebook about the rodent problem in The Meadows.

Michaella Widdowson said: "5 years ago when I lived on wilford crescent this was a massive problem it's the reason I left sent me crazy."

Mouse droppings
Maggie Newton

Man charged over firearm incident in Leicester street

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A man has been charged with having a firearm on a suburban street in Leicester.

Police said they were called to Tolton Road on Sunday 21 May following reports shots had been fired.

The 24-year-old Leicester man was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of prohibited ammunition.

Tolton Road
Google

Mike Ashley 'will regret' suing former colleague

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A former Newcastle United director being sued by Mike Ashley over an investment dispute involving a French golf course has branded the Sports Direct boss's legal claim "malicious fiction".

Papers lodged at the High Court in London allege breach of contract over a deal with Tony Jimenez made in 2008.

Mr Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United Football Club, is demanding the return of a £3m investment or compensation.

Mike Ashley
PA

In a written statement, Mr Jimenez said: "Mike Ashley will regret the day he embarked on this action and now seeks to reopen events from 2008.

"This fabricated and malicious claim will be vigorously defended and the full details of the relevant agreements and the background to them, including the obligations arising from his failed sale of Newcastle United FC, will be set out in the appropriate courtin a significant claim from me and the other parties involved”.

Zoiey Smale

Pageant winner Zoiey Smale says she has handed back her crown after being told she was "too big".

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Long Eaton hit by water supply problem

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Some homes in the Long Eaton area are without water at the moment.

Severn Trent said the problem - affecting properties in the NG10 postcode area - was caused by water pipes being damaged by a third party and it was working to get it sorted as quickly as possible.

Long Eaton map
Severn Trent

Cricket: Notts v Northants delayed again

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

Light drizzle falling again at Trent Bridge. Covers on, umpires out there with umbrellas.

Severe disruption: M1 Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A608 Hucknall and J28 for A38 Alfreton.

M1 Nottinghamshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J27, A608 (Hucknall) and J28, A38 (Alfreton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Your photos: Pink sky at night

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It's a bit gloomy out there - so how about this stunning sunset to cheer you up?

Pink sky at night
Buster9

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Buster9 for sending it in from Misterton, Nottinghamshire.

Foxes in pole position to sign Jonny Evans?

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Leicester City appear to be involved in a complicated tangle involving Arsenal, Manchester City and Inter Milan in their bid to try to sign West Brom's Jonny Evans.

Shkodran Mustafi, Jonny Evans and Eliaquim Mangala
Getty Images

The Foxes had a £23m bid for the Northern Ireland international rejected last week.

But Inter Milan have made no progress in their efforts to sign Eliaquim Mangala or Shkodran Mustafi, so no-one can be entirely sure which clubs can move on the Evans deal and which clubs can't.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester want Evans. Arsenal need to release Mustafi. West Brom want Mangala. Will either of those players end up at the San Siro?

Covers off at Trent Bridge

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

The rain has stopped and the mopping up process has begun at Trent Bridge.

Day three of Notts v Northants will start at 13:10 providing there are no further showers.

Trent Bridge
BBC

Shopkeeper 'raped girl at city centre hotel'

Jo Healey

East Midlands Today

A 16-year-old girl's been giving video evidence in the trial of Dilan Amin.

At Derby Crown Court, the 27-year-old shopkeeper denies a series of sex offences, including rape, against seven girls, one aged 12.

International Hotel
Google

One of the girls, who was 15 in December told how Amin and another man drove her and another girl to the International Hotel in Derby.

She said they drank vodka, whisky and took cocaine. The court heard Amin had sex with her though she "remembers saying no to him".

The trial's continuing.