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  1. Eight arrested on suspicion of making explosives
  2. Leicester man held in Dubai for raising middle finger
  3. Quarter of region's ambulance staff stressed, says union
  4. New video shows Broadmarsh revamp plans
  5. Glenfield Hospital decision pushed back by two months
  6. Derby City Council boss criticised by predecessor
  7. Live updates for Thursday 21 September 2017

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By Gavin Bevis and Liam Barnes

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Severe accident: A447 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A447 Leicestershire both ways severe accident, between Church Lane and Stapleton Lane.

A447 Leicestershire - A447 Hinckley Road in Cadeby closed in both directions between the Church Lane junction and the Stapleton Lane junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J24 for A6 and J24A for A50 Derby.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of an accident involving four vehicles. In the roadworks area.

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

Police car in Daneshill Road

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and on suspicion of making explosives.

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire southbound severe disruption, at J25 for A52 Brian Clough Way Nottingham.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J25, A52 (Nottingham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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Weather: Rain to clear but chilly night expected

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering rain and clouds should move away through tonight and it’ll be clear and dry overnight. Feeling slightly chillier than previously with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather chart

Your photos: Stormy skies in Eastwell

BBC Weather Watchers

The sky's looking a little ominous near Eastwell. Thanks to Pete for the pic.


Alvaston death crash cyclist named

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police have named a 73-year-old cyclist who died in a crash with a lorry in Alvaston yesterday.

John Scott, from Rolleston-on-Dove, died at the scene of the crash in Fernhook Avenue at about 16:10.

Police are keen to hear from anyone with dashcam footage of the collision.

Fernhook Avenue

Major delays on M1 after car overturns

Two lanes are closed and there are major delays on the M1 northbound between J20 and J21 following a crash in which a car overturned.

Leicestershire Police are at the scene.

M1 tailbacks
Highways England

Ledley: 'I'm fit enough to face Blues'

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County's new signing Joe Ledley believes his fitness will be good enough for him to slot into the Rams squad for the Birmingham City match on Saturday.

The 30-year-old midfielder was a free agent, which meant he was clear to join a club even though the transfer window is closed.

Joe Ledley
Derby County

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J22 for A50.

M1 Leicestershire - Heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J22, A50 (Coalville), because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Trent Bridge: England match with West Indies abandoned

BBC Sport

The afternoon downpour has done for today's cricket match at Trent Bridge, with England's one day international with the West Indies called off due to the rain.

Only 2.2 overs were bowled before play was cancelled, with Jonny Bairstow on nine and Alex Hales 10.

England currently lead the series 1-0, and the third match will be played in Bristol on Sunday.

England West Indies cricket rain
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Rory Kleinveldt

Rain ruins day three of the match between promotion-chasing Northants and Nottinghamshire with only 25.3 overs bowled.

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Fake address councillor could face £27,000 bill

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A former Derby city councillor could be forced to pay tens of thousands of pounds for causing a by-election to be held.

Richard Smalley resigned as a councillor after it emerged he'd used a false address when standing for elected office. He was jailed for two months last year.

Richard Smalley
Derby City Council

Baggy Shanker, the councillor responsible for governance at Derby City Council, said: "I've authorised our monitoring officer to seek recompense for the £27,000 that it's cost this authority to rerun a by-election.

"We take electoral fraud seriously and it's on record we've successfully prosecuted a former member of council who's ended up in prison for electoral fraud."

Power back on in Derby city centre

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Derby city centre's power problems have been resolved.

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Police embark on Leicester knife hunt

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Police have been carrying out a "knife sweep" in the west side of Leicester today - looking for bladed weapons hidden in holes and cavities.

They said criminals and gangs often conceal their knives in public areas. This one was found just off Comet Close.

Knife found near Comet Close
Leicestershire Police

British man held in Dubai for raising middle finger

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A British man who raised his middle finger at another driver in Dubai could face jail after he was arrested for "offensive behaviour".

Middle finger Leicester Dubai
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Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, from Leicester, said he reacted "in frustration" when the driver cut him off in traffic.

It happened in February but he was detained on 10 September as he returned to Dubai for a second holiday.

His passport has been confiscated and Mr Mukadam has been told he must remain in the city awaiting a court hearing.

Derby city centre hit by power cut

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

BBC Derby's newsroom was affected by this - but only very briefly.

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Hurricane Irma food plane set to depart East Midlands

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A cargo firm is currently loading 110 tonnes of food and drink onto a plane at East Midlands Airport ready to be flown out to troops helping with the Hurricane Irma relief effort in the Caribbean.

The Barbados-bound flight will deliver 70 tonnes of bottled water and 40 tonnes of ready meals for more than 1,000 British armed forces personnel and government support staff.

Cargo flight
East Midlands Airport

Spireites caretaker boss not interested in permanent position

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Chesterfield FC's interim boss Guy Branston has ruled himself out of the running to be the club's next manager.

Branston will instead help with the selection process. The club has had 30 applications to date.

Guy Branston
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Queen's Park, Chesterfield

Derbyshire's County Championship Division Two game with Kent at Chesterfield is rained off for a third straight day.

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Teen questioned after man attacked during attempted burglary

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A teenager has been arrested after a couple were threatened and attacked during an attempted burglary at their flat in Draycott.

Police said a man was hit on the head after answering the door in Cowslip Meadow on Friday night to three men demanding money and drugs.

The trio left when the couple made it clear they didn't have any.

Cowslip Meadow

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and released while investigations continue.

Eight arrested on suspicion of making explosives in Leicester

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Eight men were arrested this morning after police officers responding to an alleged assault searched a house in Leicester and found suspicious material.

Leicestershire Police said officers arrived at a property on Daneshill Road on Wednesday morning, and a 55-year-old man was taken to hospital with injuries to his arm.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

After searching the house police found "items which caused some concern", and firefighters were called in to examine the house to make sure it was not a danger to the public.

A force spokesman said eight people, including the man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing explosives under suspicious circumstances under Section 4 of the Explosive Substance Act of 1883.

Daneshill Road Leicester

Have a gander at Goosey as it makes its annual migration

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Yes, it's that time of year again - the nights are getting longer, the weather's getting colder, and the Goose Fair is on its way.

You may have seen Goosey was flying into position near the Recreation Ground earlier this morning, just under a fortnight before the fair gets under way.

Three arrested over Selston assault

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Three people have been arrested in connection with an assault in Selston that left a woman with facial injuries.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called to a reported "altercation" at Holland Crescent at 20:50 yesterday.

Two women, aged 65 and 40, and a 16-year-old girl were arrested at the scene.

Holland Crescent Selston assault

St Peter's Street cycle lane taking shape

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Here's how work to create a cycle lane in St Peter's Street in Derby is progressing.

The council hopes to have the new lane ready by the summer.

St Peter's Street
Cycle lane

Cricket: Delays affect Notts and Derbyshire matches

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire are bidding to seal the County Championship Division Two title, but they've been held up by bad light in their match at Northamptonshire.

The home side declared for 270-9 in their second innings, having scored 194 in their first.

Notts currently trail by 206 runs with seven wickets remaining, and need a draw to win the league.

At the other end of the table, Derbyshire's match with Kent has still yet to start, with today's action called off due to a wet outfield.

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Derbyshire towns get sharper CCTV cameras

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

This photo shows staff from the district council proudly showing off one of several new CCTV systems being installed across the Derbyshire Dales over the coming weeks.

CCTV unit
Derbyshire Dales District Council

The new cameras, which offer a sharper picture, are being installed in Matlock Bath, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth at a cost of £100,000.

Residential care at school for disabled pupils could end

BBC Radio Leicester

Since the 1960s Maplewell Hall in Woodhouse Eaves has been run as a school for young people with learning disabilities.

As well as the day term activities, children can stay overnight, to help them learn how to live independently.

Leicestershire County Council has launched a six-week consultation that could mean the residential facility is closed down, saving the council some £293,000 a year.

Councillor Ivan Ould said the authority "cannot afford to fund services for children who aren't eligible for them", but parents and pupils have criticised the decision, and nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition trying to save the school.

Maplewell Hall School Woodhouse Eaces

New student flats built above pub

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

A former Nottingham office block has been turned into new student accommodation - and it's right above a city centre pub.

A total of £3.3m has been spent on turning the upper floors of Norwich Union House on South Parade into 88 studio apartments.

It forms parts of the building housing the Sir Joseph Else, and is one of three similar projects being undertaken across the city by Clegg Construction.

Student accommodation pub Nottingham
Clegg Construction

Cargo plane in 'chaotic approach' to East Midlands Airport

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A few of you eagle-eyed aviation enthusiasts may have spotted this on Twitter last night.

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We asked East Midlands Airport what happened and were given this brief statement:

“The aircraft had a suspected technical fault, but landed safely at 9.45pm.”

We've asked Icelandair Cargo for a little more info and will let you know when we hear back.

Man charged after woman and girl hurt in separate crashes

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A man has been charged with trying to kill a woman and injure a girl by hitting them with his car in separate crashes in Leicester.

Police said a female pedestrian in her forties suffered serious injuries when she was struck at the junction of Acer Close and Butterwick Drive yesterday.

A 12-year-old girl was also hit by a car in Butterwick Drive.

Acer Close

The 21-year-old man, from Leicester, was charged with attempted murder, attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, dangerous driving and driving with alcohol above the limit.

He's been remanded to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court today.

EFL Cup: Leicester drawn at home to Leeds

BBC Sport

It'll be a tricky assignment for the Foxes in the fourth round of the EFL Cup as they were drawn at home to Championship leaders Leeds United.

Leicester City made it through to the next round after beating Liverpool 2-0 on Tuesday night, with Shinji Okazaki opening the scoring.

Burton Albion and Nottingham Forest both fell at the wayside in the third round, losing to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

Shinji Okazaki Leicester City EFL Cup
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Weather Watchers: Nice weather for ducks

BBC Weather Watchers

Autumn is well and truly upon us today, and as this picture from LindafromBelper shows it's scoring highly on the Eider counter.

Ducks Belper Weather Watchers

The weather's not been much better in Kegworth, at least judging from scrappy's snap, but Uncle Windy managed to see the sun rise over at Weston.

Kegworth weather
Weston sunrise weather
Uncle Windy
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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Recycling company: Colwick blast not caused by failure in operation

Kevin Stanley

Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

The recycling company insists there's been no harm to the environment after an explosion yesterday seriously injured two of its workers.

Bio Dynamic UK, which converts food waste into energy, said the "accident was not as a result of any failure in the normal operation of our plant".

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

Colwick explosion Bio Dynamic HSE

Two of our friends and colleagues have been injured and our main focus and concerns are with them.

Bio Dynamic UK spokesman

Uber available in Derby from today

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Uber has its official launch in Derby this afternoon.

The ride-booking service, billed as a cheaper alternative to traditional taxis, is already available in more than 40 UK cities, including Nottingham and Leicester.

The firm says it will be fully up and running in Derby from 16:00.

Uber screen

Changing room thief steals man's car

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A man had his car stolen after his bag was snatched by a thief while he got changed at a leisure centre.

Police said the man had briefly left the bag unattended when it was taken at Long Eaton's West Park Leisure Centre on 10 August.

The Renault Clio was later recovered in Nottingham. Police now want to speak to the man in this photo about the theft.

CCTV image
Derbyshire Police